– a day in the life of Woman and Home magazine – and a shoot for the June mag!
– fab writing info for would-be authors and screenwriters!
– funny Trinny and Susannah blooper, & sneaky peek at Decleor april pick of month
– plus DVD review – Daniel Craig in Cowboys and Aliens
What a busy week – again! My feet haven’t touched the ground since I came back from Center Parcs! And filling almost every spare minute with my writing, it’s a good job I’m not having to be a full time mother, or partner, or anything else, basically! Anyway – hope you like the funny Trinny and Susannah story – just one extract (publishable!) plus a lovely saying doing the rounds on Facebook. Enjoy! D X
Ohhhh What a lovely day I had on Monday, spending the whole of the day with my lovely Lauren ‘up London’, finally using up the fab auction prize I bid for at October’s BCC gala dinner – a day with the Woman and Home Magazine team.
When I rang to book it, they informed me there would be a photo shoot and would I like to be one of the featured readers? I’m not over-fussed about putting myself forward for stuff like that, ‘cos I do lots of that sort of thing and it’s good to let other people have a chance.
But it meant Lauren also got to have some makeup done and have a nice pic taken of me and her afterwards as a little keepsake of the day – lovely! The pics of me are top secret but they’ll be in the June issue (coming out on 18th May.)
We were treated to lunch in their prep kitchen, where Jane the cooking expert puts the food ideas together for the shoots – and what did I spot but lots of KitchenAids! How timely considering we’ve got a new Today’s Special Value on Sunday (31st)! Here’s why professionals love them –
Now when I was at school, I considered a career as a journalist, so it was very interesting to me to see behind the scenes inside the IPC building itself. It has over 60 titles, including the likes of Now! , Marie Claire, Nuts and Woman’s Weekly – can you spot your fave amongst the many on this floor alone?
We were shown round by Carrie Taylor – associate Ed of W&H and Editor of their quarterly health mag called 'Feel Good You' – I was very interested in that title, as you can imagine!
They do a lot of digital output now too – including a DAILY, no less, newsletter you can sign up for (go here – www.womanandhome.com). But it was intriguing that they still use certain old school methods to produce the mag – including a hard copy paper layout sheet like this
And even a scrapbook-like version of the mag before the first sample proofing copies are made for the art director’s approval before it can be released to print each month (echoes of Devil Wears Prada and Ugly Betty! Lol).
And yes there’s even a wardrobe dept – well, more a wardrobe ‘little office’, but it is full of clothes and accessories they use on shoots!
They said Lola Rose often feature as they do so many colours of jewellery! They were working on the May issue – which comes out mid-April – and has Katherine Jenkins on the front.
I’ll keep you informed when it comes out. But all in all a very interesting day and another cool TiFFT* (try it for the first time club – for going to see how one of your favourite magazines is put together.)
(Still to come further down in this week’s blog –
– a sneaky peek at the Decleor April Product of the Month with free p and p! Fiona reveals all!…
– and what did I do to my sweet peas?!!)
Trinny and Susannah came to town this week – telling us what TO wear, underneath some fab dresses and jackets – their magic pants two pack! Sold very well. Here’s a priceless moment from the two hour launch show – they’re apparently even worse after the watershed! Lol
READ IT, WRITE IT, PUBLISH IT!
My new regular feature – all things book! And script – ‘cos this week, a big helping hand for newcomers and also for more specialist scriptwriters!
An obvious one really – but if you don’t know it exists, this will be very handy! I’ll never forget one of my pals years ago giving me this book as a really thoughtful xmas gift, when she knew I wanted to write – and if you want start to write books, it’s vital.
Most publishers won’t even look at a new author without an agent – and this book has info about all aspects of obtaining one.
And other useful info for all types of writing. Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook – in its 106th year! Amazing!
'Full of useful stuff. It answered my every question' – JK Rowling
Writing Course Spotlight – Robert McKee’s Story comes to London!
As promised, for those of you who love learning about writing films, and plots and dialogue, news of world famous script-doctor Robert McKee’s four day screenwriting course – comes to London April 18-21 incl. He’s one of the most renowned international guru’s when it comes to all things film.
I’ve been twice to attend this weekend seminar, and loved every minute of it – you get a film list to watch before you go, so it’s really inclusive. He uses lots of clips too to illustrate the points. Sunday’s finale is a scene by scene analysis of one of the classics – Casablanca. And you come away so much more informed, you’ll never look at a film in the same way again! Go here for more info and to book.(click here)
How proud am I? A holding page has gone up on Amazon – done by my lovely daughter Lauren – so I now have an Author Page!
She managed to upload as a test, the Valentine’s Story I put on here in Feb – it can be bought (I’m donating anything that comes in from this story to BCC) – or loaned for free if you’re a Prime customer.
(weird that! But yes, they do apparently have libraries where you can borrow ebooks for a restricted time period – I guess it just disappears off your Kindle when your time’s up!).
Next week – more about my first novel, and a snippet of it as a teaser to E-Book self-published publication date at end of April! Here’s a link (click here) to the info Lauren used to find out how to upload and to format your own ebook – and become an e-publisher!
– It was lovely to pop along and see my macrobiotics guru Marlene Watson Tara on Sunday to – she was having a two day health and weight loss course near Leith Hill near me. Met some nice new people too.
She told me all about her new weight loss course – I think I may be able to get a competition to win one at some stage – I’ll keep you informed!
In the meantime, read her fascinating blog – specially if you can’t lose weight around your middle (click here)
Mine would be the Golden Cup – a long flat based domed top stick of chocolate filled with runny caramel in a foil wrapper – bought about the same time as a finger of fudge!
After all, it’s just enough to give the kids a treat! Or so they said in the 70’s!
Early last year I posted something similar and it got a lot of conversation going.
I’m posting this one now in the hope it will do the same thing again this year!
Share it girls – pay it forward!
WATCH – Cowboys and Aliens on DVD – Well still no cinema (tooooo busy!) but did manage to fit in a sneaky little DVD viewing when daughter was down – Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford starring in this film. What did you think if you saw it? It’s a weird concept – the plot is literally how it sounds – aliens come to the old wild west!
Now I’ll always watch a fillum with Craig or Ford in, and this has both of them, so I earmarked it some time ago. It’s quite well made, in terms of effects. And there’s quite a compelling storyline – if you can get your head round the fact that you’re watching a spaceship and aliens chasing 1800’s US cowboys.
The thing that saves it tho is of course the performances from the two leads, and , er, seeing Daniel Craig with his shirt off… 7 out of ten.
This week a proper look at the new Beauty Product of the Month for April.
Top product launching on Monday at 1am with Fiona will be the new Decleor BB cream.
A BB is a beauty balm and tends to do lots of jobs. Here’s Fiona to explain more – she kindly recorded it for me in the studio after Wednesday night’s beauty show!
– Lee Hohbein was asked on twitter this week if Apple were coming back and this was his reply.
Book it in your diary if you’re needing something from Apple – three shows on 6th April, he tells us!
@leeqvc – follow him for IT info!
QVC – COMING UP THIS WEEK –
– Join me on Saturday night with Anna and Will for the final Anything Goes! 8-10pm – Jules will be on again with her autobiographical book, plus Stacey’s back with a YBF cosmetics Today’s Special Value on Saturday too – maybe I’ll be able to persuade Anna to join me without makeup for some of the TSV sell! Or maybe not…. Lol. Whatever happens, I’ll be barefaced for the 6pm show – hope the TSV lasts!
– Another highlight for next week is The Women in Control show Tuesday night at midnight – I’m launching another TSV with them – a 2 pack of cropped trousers – should be good! And don’t miss the next Bibi Bijoux pendant with leather necklace on Friday 5th April!
That’s it for another week! Don’t forget to let me know about your favourite bits of the Anything Goes run. Plus – note Twitter and Facebook contacts below! Have a great week!
Best wishes Debs X
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