– Filming a mystery pilot with Craig and Charlie!
– Making a million pound movie – what’s the secret?
– The 98 year old fitness instructor – if she can do it so can we!
– A film fest of reviews for you
– And a hilarious blooper from Jackie Kabler!
– Plus sneaky peeks of Yankee Candle, Samsung and Gatineau!
FIRST – congratulations to Linda Shaw the winner of last week’s Murad comp! Her comment is below – my blog lady Sarah randomly chose her and I happened to pick out her comment too!
What fun Charlie, Craigy, and I had this week, on a behind-the-scenes recording of a new show idea. We filmed a 20 minute pilot where we just chatted about events that had made a difference in our lives, plus the occasional product we love. I thought it was a nice idea since viewers are always asking more about us, what we use, and what we believe in.
If it’s a success, it’ll be coming to QVC Extra in the near future. Hopefully part of a series! Otherwise it may be used for the website – or our blogs – we’ll see.
But partly we discussed how technology has played a role – I mentioned something some of you might recall – those early video games that made a ping pong noise – do you remember them? If so leave me a comment below – neither of the guys did!
Made me remember I’m a decade older than them – lol – plus another year as of this Saturday (10th!) Anyway, we will keep you informed if our mystery pilot gets the green light!
WORKSHOP – MAKING A MILLION POUND MOVIE
If you’re a regular, you’ll know how I like to go and do new things. In particular, in keeping with my oft-repeated phrase ‘when I’m a grown-up I wanna go live in LA and write movies’, I like learning about my future craft (!).
So, last weekend I went along to a really reasonably priced one-day workshop with Richard Holmes, run by the London Screenwriting Festival team. Richard is the film producer who produced films like ‘Shooting Fish’ with Kate Beckinsale, his biggest success internationally ‘Waking Ned,’ and ‘Resistance’.
His new one is ‘Keeping Daisy’ a dark drama set in Manchester starring Blake Harrison (the stoopid guy from The Inbetweeners) in a meaty role, and Maxine Clarke – watch out for it.
I found that what they taught on the day was exactly what I was hoping for – a scene-setter and an eye-opener as to the vagaries of film producing on a low budget – in no way would I come away from there thinking it was a walk-over, far from it.
It helped put the various stages of film production into context . It dealt with the actual processes in detail – the forms, grants, funding, and bonds – which all sounds quite dry. But Richard is such a good raconteur, and very funny too (he was once in a stand-up comedy duo), that the day went by quite fast.
Worth going on if you’re an industry professional wanting to learn from an experienced expert.
Richard now works for Creative England, allied to the BFI, which helps to fund regional movies in the UK – interesting. Money for your film if you make it in certain parts of the UK. This is one way to help get funding for your movie!
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Another way is to use a crowd-funding website – so many people are doing so nowadays. Sign up here for a link to a free one hour video on crowd-funding your film with Chris Jones. And there you’ll see links to the full website to book future courses on this topic and so much more – am probably going to the scriptwriting one in a month – depending upon how I get on with my Hawaiian Retreat novel, due out on 28th June!
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RiWiSi – my weekly look at all things book!
Book of the Week – Day of the Vikings by J. F. Penn
Are you ready for an action-packed, adventure ride? 'Day Of The Vikings' is now available at a launch price – click here. It’s a novella by one of my favourite mentors in book marketing, Joanna Penn. At time of writing it’s currently number one in the Amazon women’s adventure chart.
Day of the Vikings features Dr. Morgan Sierra from the ARKANE thrillers, and Blake Daniel from the London Mysteries, but it is also a stand-alone novella that can be read and enjoyed separately.
Can Morgan and Blake uncover the truth before an ancient Viking force is unleashed, consuming all in its wake?
All 5* so far – this from N Gambles on Amazon – “This one has Morgan and a new sidekick pitting themselves against a modern day Valkyrie and Neo Vikings bent on finding a mystical object that will bring about the end of times. Excellently researched and written – this time whisking the reader around the British Isles. Thoroughly recommended.”
Next week’s Book of the Week – Dear Thing – out on paperback – by my main mentor, the Queen of ‘show don’t tell’ Julie Cohen! I’m delighted it’s been made a Richard and Judy book club pick!
My Novels Links to all my books are shown at the bottom of this blog if you’re interested and would like to read them on kKindle or app them on Amazon. Do leave me a review if so! I love hearing what you think! And thanks to so many of you for being so kind in their reviews – it’s very rewarding to know people are liking what I do!
Now 21 out of 26 – here’s one from Fiona on Amazon –
“Another great read from our Debbie Flint. I loved the pace and the descriptions, I really felt like I was there!”
Go here to get The Diary of a Wannabe Shopping Channel Presenter on eBook or paperback!
The Ccountdown is on! Two months to go unil my next novel – Hawaiian Retreat – out end June.
Yes the third in the Hawaiian Trilogy – again with a steamy or PG option (!) will be available from 29th June! If you sign up to the QVC Facebook Author page here, you’ll see I’ve started posting little extracts of my Work in Progress from book three of my Hawaiian trilogy.
– Just 5 weeks till the cover teaser/reveal – on my website first, then on here!
– Just 7 weeks till Hawaiian Retreat is released on Amazon
– Just 7 weeks till a bumper special offer on my titles and a super comp to win four of my novels!
Getting you ready for summer reading with my steamy romances – all on Amazon!
P.S. if you’d like to join our select, small group of active beta readers, and can read and respond really quickly, email me email@example.com. We have a couple of spaces for newcomers!
Discovered this week, so thought I’d mention it – Mills and Boon have teamed up with a pal of mine, Alison Norrington, to produce their first ever video blog romance series. It will focus on their new innovation – supporting an eight book series of romances set in The Chatsworth hotel. Go here to their site to find out more.
You’ll also see the LoeDown vlog there too – more about that on my RiWiSi Go Large on my website, and congrats to Alison for writing and producing the LoeDown videos!
Also on Read It Write It Sell It – Go-Large:
– More about the ‘LoeDown'
– 100 books everyone should read
– Tips for self-publishers!
And, as promised, a full run down all in one place of info about how to self publish – a basic guide for any beginner, and would-be author. Click here.
A negative situation has turned into something amazing for me, recently – I can’t tell you more yet, but am over the moon! And if it works out you’ll be the first to know! ( 😉 )
So a positive mind is how I live my life. You may have heard me say before, that I’ve been told I’m not only glass-half-full, I’m ‘glass-so-full-a-magic-genie-comes-and-tops-it-up-again-if-the-tiniest-bit-disappears!’ Haha! But it’s a great way to live your life.
I used to work at Piccadilly Radio in Manchester – before it was Key 103 – and everyone always hugged everyone, it was lovely. Not so much in the world of finance or when I ran my importing business.
But back in the world of media, it’s back to the hugging and a very happy Debbie!
As you can see if you read these two lovely comments left on last week’s QVC blog, both Linda and Madge are loving their involvement in our groups – do join us.
Over on B2U blog on debbieflint.com – more about well being on my weekly Monday Update –
This week's was: non-dairy probiotics and how to make your own fermented vegetables… putting a positive spin on a break down… and a special day in Surrey at end of June when you can come find out how your food may be causing your illnesses and some amazing transformations just by changing your diet. Go here to read it
Plus, see below in snippets for the 98 year old fitness instructor showing us all a thing or two!
Back to You returns to QVC in September. See below for links to join the Facebook groups.
Sneaky peek One nearer to home this week – just couldn’t resist getting Craigy to pose for this pic with part of next Wednesday’s new Today’s Special Value from Yankee candles! It’s a fab set with some novelty shapes to the wax melts! I’m getting one – I love teapots!
Well this was Kim and I giving you a heads-up – as I often do on Twitter – so do follow me @debbieflint for insider news! (Other presenters’ Twitter names are on their blogs too).
Do go along or spread the word – it’s in Jeannie Avent Gallery Dulwich 'till Tuesday!
Guest Funny – Alert, alert, he’s back! Lol! Lovely Antthony returns on Friday next week (15th) with lots of 3rd anniversary shows – incl with me Saturday at 4pm – can’t wait! He made this mask from a Virgin Airlines sleep mask – crazy man! Love him.
This Week –
– HUGE TV Friday night at midnight – the first TSV bargain for a year! From Samsung, it’s all singing, almost all dancing, and 48 inches across! Join me and James Murden for the launch, and also look out for brand new white goods with a top of the range space age washing machine!
– BIG Gatineau TSV Sunday! Melatogenine all the way with a brand new set – don’t miss it! (I will cos I’m going to see Brian Weiss ‘Many Lives Many Masters’ for my bd with pal Goody!) plus Charlie’s 3 hour gold fever special will be on from 5pm Sunday.
– 12th – on Tuesday I’m looking forward to the Nour necklace and bracelet set for under £30 which we’ve all been wearing, together with the Miele show – quality tumble dryers and vacs from the massive brand – a white goods theme for you this week!
– On Thursday it’s Yankee Candle time – don’t forget! Find out what else is on on our TV Guide on the home page.
OMG the funniest mishap from Jackie Kabler (she is making a habit of these – hehe!) happened during last weekend’s bank holiday TSV Pinks (mini carnations) airing. If I tell you that the 18 month old plant full of buds had just one bloom on it, then watch this, you’ll see why Richard Jackson’s face was a picture!
Me and Craigy outside QVC Building at the non-glamorous side! Just after we went out for an early birthday meal for me (it’s Saturday) and forgot to get a pic in Carluccio’s in Chiswick! Lol! Was fab fun as usual with my bezzie!
98 year old fitness instructor who can show us all a thing or two! Keep mobile, that’s the key? And believe you can, don’t think about what’s supposed to happen ‘at your age’, just buck the trends and join our Back to You group! (see above)
Panda TV OMG how hilarious is this!! And how wonderful. You got to watch it. ITN’s report on how a Chinese zoo solved the problem of a lonely panda…
Fellow History Geek? I’m looking forward to this one! Fulfilling my nerdy needs! Lol! Why not book a ticket and come too? Thursday 28th ay 6.30-8.30 Natural History Museum – a talk about early man. Heaven! : – ) Click here to book.
25 Hilarious Texts Between Parents and Kids Doing the rounds – hilarious funniest ever texts – is your mum/kid like this? Do click here – it actually made me laugh out loud! (LOL).
WATCH – MINI FILM FEST!
In light of the main topic this week, here are no less than THREE film recommendations –
A Time to Kill – 1996, on DVD starring Matthew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock and Kevin Spacey.
Well worth a watch – saw it having just read the sequel, Sycamore Row, on audiobook. (I gave the sequel five stars and it’s unabridged so I knew to expect an abbreviated version of A Time to Kill for film, as usual.)
I wasn’t disappointed.
Well, not much.
Fab performances all round, which made up for the marks lost in the omissions from the original novel by John Grisham. It’s a Grisham so I expect genius, therefore the film had a lot to live up to! One thing that differed in the film from the book made me very happy though – to do with a pet – I prefer the film version! A young Matthew McC. shows his future Oscar winning abilities in a pre-rom-com-era performance. Just never watch the awful Fools Gold (with Ray Winstone’s worst ever US accent award) or the Clive Cussler book adaptation, Sahara (please, NEVER watch that film!!!!) and your image of him as a superb actor will be complete!
A Time To Kill gets 8.5/10. V Good, even though it’s vintage – nearly 20 years old. You can find it on Youtube.
Admission - 2012, on DVD starring Paul Rudd and Tina Fey. Well, Paul Rudd is in it, need I say more? Lol. He plays an anti-convention art college teacher who tries to encourage a zany eccentric kid to get into Princeton uni.
We see the behind-the-scenes process of selection in a couple of fascinating vignettes, and all through it, the heroine, Tina Fey (who is excellent in a Helen Hunt kind of way – reminds me very slightly of our Sara Griffiths!) struggles against the system and her own past, peppered with comedy. I loved it. Would watch it again. Typical Paul Rudd fodder, didnt let me down. 8.75/10.
Seven Years In Tibet - 1997, on DVD starring Brad Pitt, David Thewlis, BD Wong. Now, as much as I love Paul Rudd, early Brad Pitt does zilch for me – he’s a big no-no – too obvious, for me, I think. (He speaks very highly of me – haha!) B
ut I liked his (very) gradual transformation from Austrian chauvinist in the WW2 years, to a more rounded human being, set in Tibetan villages and giving an insight into the terrible tragedy of the China vs Tibet conflict.
Educational, a feast for the eyes, and quite cleverly written. Apart from being overly long and a tad ponderous (with some very very indulgent shots of Brad being Brad) I enjoyed it.
Well, part of my new novel Hawaiian Retreat, is set in Tibet so this helped set the scene! 8/10.
Next Week – birthday weekend! May 10th night out, May 11th at Brian Weiss workshop with Goody, plus Julie Cohen’s ‘Dear Thing’ – a Richard and Judy pick.
Have a fab week!
P.S *TiFFT = Try it For the First Time Club!
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(Book 3 Hawaiian Retreat – Helen's Story is coming in the summer)
When Dreams Return (2014) – spooky romantic short story – when Chelle's pal Sara gets her to conjure up her ideal man with a full moon magic spell, she gets more than she bargained for…
The Valentine’s Surprise (2010) is a short story proving it’s never too late to find your Sir Galahad!
Till the Fat Lady Slims is my 2002 weight loss book all about eating like slim people do, following Food Freedom technique. As used and recommended on our Back to You QVC Facebook group!
OTHER WORK IN PROGRESS – (see my new Work in Progress tab on my website for updates!)
'Hawaiian Retreat' – book three in the trilogy, see above.
'TFFLS' revised version – coming Autumn 2014.
'The How to Find a Husband Manual' – hehe – more info in the summer. A spin off from the Hawaiian trilogy's character Kate, Helen's friend in New York.
'Diary of a Rookie Shopping Channel Presenter' – sequel – early 2015.