Off on a cross-promotional / self-promotional tangent…

Hello! I’m going off on a bit of a tangent this week, which has nothing to do with game shows, or how to win them.

Sorry about that. Actually, no I’m not. I’m not sorry at all. This is my blog. Mine, do you hear me? So I can do whatever I blummen well like… Right, kids?

And so today I’m just going to remind you about – and give you a quick update on – my B.L.E.* As I think I’ve mentioned here before, I’ve undertaken a fairly daunting task this year – I’m writing my first ever novel, and releasing a new chapter online every Friday, from May 17th, 2019 to May 17th, 2020.

You can find it at http://www.thestephenhall.com/novel-chapters/, or by clicking on the image above.

I’m 21 chapters into it now (of the total of 52), and it’s proving to be one of the most challenging, intimidating, difficult – and yet exhilarating – things I’ve ever done. One of my hopes when I started was that the project would build up a readership, who’d keep checking back each week, subscribe to the blog, get active in the comments section, and even get a bit of story discussion going, as it all unfolded. That hasn’t materialised yet, and that’s partly why I’m plugging it here today. The story is a rollicking, swashbuckling space adventure (PG – rated) that takes place 512 years in the future, on an enormous luxury space cruise ship that’s been boarded by pirates. There are ray gun battles, daring escapes, a mysterious treasure, double crossings, desertions, and all that good adventurey stuff. I’m trying to write the kind of audacious, quick-moving ripping yarn that I enjoy reading myself, for a bit of escapism.

As part of the writing process, I’m also recording a short video diary entry each week, discussing the creation of that week’s chapter. You can find all of the weekly video diary entries on the dedicated YouTube channel (click on the image below)… but I would recommend that you don’t watch an entry until after you’ve read the chapter it’s discussing. (Here be spoilers!)

Anyway, please do consider dropping by and sampling the novel, if it sounds like your cup of tea.

And finally, below is a link to the latest episode of The IndyCast (The World’s #1 Indiana Jones Podcast), where the show’s host Ed Dolista very kindly allowed to me babble on about the B.L.E for a while (starting at the 12:10 mark)…

IndyCast: Episode 285

And that’s it for this week. See you back here next time, when it’ll definitely, definitely, totally and utterly be something about game shows. Promise!

* Bold Literary Experiment.

Coming Attractions…

Hello! Just a quick, somewhat interstitial, post this week… as I just want to mention four things.

Firstly, I wanted to thank Judd Field again for chatting to me about his Millionaire Hot Seat experience in the interview that’s gone up here over the last few weeks. I really appreciate him giving such a detailed account of his adventure, and I hope that there were some nuggets of wisdom in there that YOU found helpful.

Secondly, I wanted to let you know about my first ever interview with a game show DIRECTOR. In the six years I’ve been running this site, I haven’t yet spoken to someone who calls the shots (literally) on a game show. Well, now that’s about to change. I can’t say too much at this stage, but the person I’ll be speaking to is a true industry veteran, who’s directed at least ten game shows, on every Australian TV network, dating all the way back to 1998! I’m really pleased he’s agreed to speak to me, I’ll be grilling him about all of them in detail, and getting as much information as I can about the world of game shows from his unique perspective up there in the control room…. If YOU have any questions you’d like to ask a game show director, I’d be more than happy to put them to him, on your behalf! Just let me know, in the comment section below.

Thirdly, a little heads-up about what I have in store for you over the next three weeks. I’m really pleased to be talking to my first ever Hard Quiz winner, Markos Hasiotis. Markos got in touch with me via Twitter (where he’s @FactBuffet – well worth following if you’re a trivia buff – and I’m tipping you are). For those of you unfamiliar with it, Hard Quiz is an Australian quiz show which tests its contestants on both their general knowledge and their knowledge of their own special subject… so if you’re keen on quizzing (of either the general or specific varieties) you should find lots of useful stuff in this interview.

And fourthly and finally, I just wanted to go off on a little tangent and remind you of my current – and ongoing – literary experiment for this year. I’m writing a rollicking science fiction comedy adventure story, and releasing a new chapter every Friday, over at www.TheStephenHall.com. 

I’m twelve chapters in now (nearly a quarter of the way), and it’s proving to be an extremely challenging, yet extremely rewarding (not to mention fun!) experience. Please consider popping over there and giving it a read, if you like that sort of thing.

Okay, that’s it for now. See you back here next Tuesday, with Part I of my exclusive interview with Hard Quiz winner Markos Hasiotis!

Until then, then!

My B.L.E. (Bold Literary Experiment)…

Hello! It’s Stephen here.

Well, I’m glad you asked, Unimpressed Baby.

Firstly, my apologies for not posting here on the site in a while. The fact is, I’ve been pretty busy with work (writing this year’s Logie Awards) AND a new creative project, that I’ve thrown myself into with great gusto.

You see, this year, I’ve decided to write my very first novel.

And I’ve decided to serialise it.

And to publish it online, one chapter at a time.

AND to do that each and every Friday, from May 17th 2019 to May 17th 2020.

The full story behind this big, ambitious (over-ambitious?) idea of mine is over at my other (personal) blog www.TheStephenHall.com, right here.

And all the instalments of the novel I’ve written to this point are right here.  

So far – and we’re currently 5 chapters in – it’s been quite an all-consuming task. It’s very challenging, very fulfilling, but also extremely daunting, as I ask and re-ask myself… “Have I bitten off more than I can chew”?

Time will tell.

In the meantime, if you’re interested in page-turning science fiction adventure stories with a dash of humour, please consider popping over and having a read.

As far as HowToWinGameShows.com goes… very soon, I’ll have another exclusive multi-part interview for you, and a few book reviews, and an analysis of that whole Jeopardy! James Holzhauer thing…

Until then, then!

 

 

Another birthday, and a Big Announcement!

Hello! Well, here we are – six years old today.

It certainly doesn’t seem like six years ago that I took a deep breath, and nervously sent my first ever blog post out into the world. But it was. And since then, here at HowToWinGameShows.com, there have been almost 300 blog posts, 28 interviews, more than 400 tweets, 1 guest blogger and one eBook which combines some of the site’s best content – and a lot of new, just-for-the-eBook content – into one volume.

And there’s plenty more to come! In fact, today I’d like to make a VERY SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT. May I have a drum roll please?

Thanks very much, Invisible Cartoon Drummer.

Today I’m announcing a second How To Win Game Shows eBook!

It’ll be a sort of mini-memoir: a compilation of all my behind-the-scenes adventures in the game show industry. In one capacity or another, I’ve worked on some 16 game shows over the years, and I’ve got stories from all of them. There’s also ‘the ones that got away’; those gigs that I nearly got… but didn’t. In the book, I’ll also go into detail about all those times, when I came so close and yet so far…

So, if you’re a game show aficionado (and I’m assuming you are, or you wouldn’t be here) this will be a unique and personal glimpse behind the scenes into what really goes in to making some of the shows we love so much.

… and, in true How To Win Game Shows style, a few tips, hints and strategies just might find their way in there as well.

The book’s coming together, and I’m looking at a release date some time in the second half of the year, after I get Being Basil – and a couple of other creative projects – finished and out into the world. Of course, I’ll keep you updated on the progress of the new book here, and on Twitter and Facebook, but if you’d like a more personal reminder when the time draws near, please do consider joining the specific email list that I’ve set up for the eBook side of things, by emailing me at author@TheStephenHall.com.

As yet, I don’t have a title for this book… and I thought I might consult you about that.

What do YOU think would make a good title for a book about my various behind-the-scenes adventures as game show question writer, game show adjudicator, game show producer and would-be game show host?

Please leave a reply below, and let me know your thoughts – any and all contributions gratefully received!

The eBook’s now (finally) available on Amazon!

Well, it’s been a looong time coming, but I’m very happy and proud to announce that my eBook How To Win Game Shows: Winning Tips, Tactics and Strategies from Game Show Producers, Hosts, Writers… and Champions! is now finally available on Amazon.

You can find it right here.

It’s cheaper than it’s ever been before, (now at $5.99 AU) and it’s been updated, re-formatted, and optimised for tablets, phones and Kindle e-readers. It’s chock full of tips, hints, photos, gags… and heaps of links to a whole lot of video content.

As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve learned an awful lot about self-publishing over the last couple of months, and all of that new knowledge has been poured into this relaunch of the book. It is priced at $5.99 AUD on the Australian Amazon store, and at comparable prices in the other Amazon stores around the world. However (as I also mentioned in my last post), I will be doing a free-for-a-limited-time promotion in the near future, which I will announce here on the blog, and on the HowToWinGameShows Twitter feed and the HowToWinGameShows Facebook page too.

In the meantime, if you’d like to sample the book, I’d suggest heading over to Amazon and clicking on the “Look inside” tab just above the cover image. That’ll give you a look at the first three chapters.

You can also grab a free bonus chapter of the book (16 pages) which organises some great tips show by show, if you join my new author mailing list. You can see the signup form on this page, just over to the right.

Thanks to all the wonderful people who’ve bought the book, those who’ve left reviews over on Amazon, and everyone who helped me bring it into existence.

Next time, we’ll be back to business as usual here at the blog… with my first EXCLUSIVE interview for 2019!

Until then, then!

 

Happy New Year, from HowToWinGameShows.com!

Hello and WELCOME, 2019!!!

As another year ticks over, and we take stock of the last twelve months, and make plans for the next twelve, I hope that 2018 was full of fun, happiness and laughter for you. I hope you continued your love affair with game shows, enjoying watching them, playing along with them at home, and maybe even appearing on one (or more!)

And if you’re an aspiring game show contestant, but haven’t quite got there yet, then I sincerely hope that 2019 will be the year when you MAKE IT HAPPEN! And if WHEN you do, I sincerely hope that you’re able to find some handy tips in these pages, to help you have a fantastic, fun, and profitable time competing on it.

I’ve got all sorts of interesting – and hopefully helpful – content lined up for you here on the blog in 2019, but as always, I’d love any suggestions you may have.

Please do feel free to contact me in either the comments section below, or via email (Stephen@HowToWinGameShows.com), Facebook or Twitter

Thank you, as always, for your continued support, and as Yoda says, NEW YEAR HAPPY, EVERYONE!

 

Merry Christmas, from HowToWinGameShows.com!

Hello! Just a quick one this week, to wish you and your loved ones the happiest, safest and most fun Christmas that could ever be imagined!

Thank you so much for your support of HowToWinGameShows.com in 2018. I hope that your game show adventures this year were all you wished for.

As we move into 2019, I have loads more exclusive content planned for you, but for now, please allow me to wish you, once again…

Season’s Greetings,

Joyeux Noel,

Frohliche Weihnachten and

Feliz Navidad.

Tidings of comfort and joy.

Stephen.

Normal service will be restored in a fortnight…

Hello! Just a quick one this week, to let you know that I’m off on a family holiday for the next couple of weeks…

… So the next new entry here at the site won’t be until Tuesday September 4th. It’s going to take the form of another one of my patented HowToWinGameShowsBehindTheScenesReminiscences… this time, about one of the longest running gigs I’ve ever had behind the scenes in the world of game shows. It’ll be a multi-part post, and for those of you who are curious, here’s a not-very-difficult clue as to the show’s identity…

TAYG.

If you think you know which show it is, let me know in the comments section below.

THERE MAY EVEN BE A PRIZE for the first correct answer!

And when I say “may”, I actually mean “won’t”. 

Until September 4th, then!

Coming Attractions…

Hello!

Just a quick one this week, to let you know about what I’ve got coming up for you in the not-too-distant future here at HowToWinGameShows.com. There are a number of posts in the pipeline, including:

  • The final two instalments of guest blogger Ryan Vickers’ ‘Life In Game Shows’ series
  • An exclusive interview with a co-host of one of the longest-running game shows in Australian television history!
  • An exclusive interview with a living legend whose voice over and game show related career spans an incredible SEVEN DECADES!
  • Two exclusive interviews with game show hosts!
  • My first ever HowToWinGameShows movie review!
  • More of my patented HowToWinGameShows Behind-The-Scenes Reminiscences (TM) of my times working on Deal Or No Deal, Shafted, The Chase Australia, 1 vs 100, The ConTest… and more!

In addition to all of that, if there’s anything you’d like to see here on the site, please don’t be shy about letting me know.

You can get in touch with me via email (Stephen@HowToWinGameShows.com), Facebook, Twitter… or simply by leaving a comment below.

Until then, then!

Cheers!

Hello!

Just a quick, non-Tuesday post to heartily THANK everyone who supported me – and donated to the FebFast cause – over the past 28 days.

Generally, I think Febfast was a success – I only took one 24-Hour Leave Pass towards the end of the month (thank you, Ed Dolista!) – and I managed to raise nearly $600 ($589.24, to be exact) for young people living with serious disadvantage.

So again, thank you to all of you who supported me (and those of you who put up with me)…. and cheers!