Month: July 2013

Pass It On.

Well…just over 24 hours to go. Holy heck. I am so excited and nervous that I am certain I won’t sleep tonight, although that might be a good thing in terms of performing the final touches. Everything is coming together very nicely I think, the magazine seems to be achieving the fusion of handmade and technological that I was aiming for. Fingers crossed. The Facebook page is going well, for anyone who hasn’t seen it yet click the icon below to check it out. It’s a great way of reaching the non-blogging community, meaning the magazine – and your work – will be reaching a much wider audience. I will be launching the magazine simultaneously on the Facebook page, so feel free to share the link from there to your Facebook friends. Under the wonderful advice of Michelle I will be publishing the online version of the magazine on the website ISSUU, where you will be able to flick through it in all its glory. There will be a link to it published on my blog. …

I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead…

I’m sorry I’ve abandoned you. Please don’t hold it against me. I’m sure most of you are well aware of the deadline that looms in front of me…August 1st. I’m not kidding, it’s imprinted on the back of my eyelids, I swear. Five days to go. Five days until the first ever Paperbook Magazine goes public, hopefully to a small smattering of applause. My own, mostly. Rest assured it’s coming together nicely, if slowly. Contributors, fear not, I am receiving your emails, and I will be responding in the next few days with edits and so on. Fellow bloggers, I’m sorry I haven’t had one second spare to peruse your latest offerings, but please believe me when I say that as soon as this bloody magazine comes out, I’ll be hitting up your pages non-stop. Champagne in hand, hopefully. I also wanted to send you all a virtual high five, because I have just reached 600 followers! 604, to be precise. WordPress doesn’t even give us a notification for having 600 followers, as though it’s not exciting …

The Nitty Gritty’s.

Hello Blog Land. Submissions have closed for issue one of the Paperbook Magazine. For those of you who have sent work in…well done! You are about to be part of something creative and exciting and original. Beaucoup good shit, too beaucoup. For ease of understanding what this project is all about, I have created a page explaining the in’s and out’s of the magazine. This page is up the top, yep, right there, right hand side, labelled The Paperbook Magazine. Click on it and all your questions will be answered…hopefully. So, yesterday I did something that I haven’t done since Primary School…I went stationary shopping. Ok, hands up who adores stationary. Wasn’t that just the greatest part of the school year, the day before first term when all your pencils were sharpened, your mum had labelled everything that didn’t move (and some things that did), your pencil case was clean and the future looked bright. Flash forward to the end of week two and your pencils were broken or lost, your pencil case looked like …

Where in the World Are You?

Hello friends from around the globe! We are down to the wire…less than 24 hours to go until submissions close for the first issue of the paperbook magazine!! You have until midnight tonight in whatever country you are based in to get your submissions in. I’m not going to say ‘midnight in Australia’ because for some of you, you will be just getting out of bed! (If you enjoy a decent sleep in…) So wherever you are in the world, you have less than 24 hours to get those final pieces finished and sent my way. Which brings me to my next point… Where In The World Are You? Each day I check my stats and marvel over the fact that people in Lebanon, Spain, United Arab Emirates, Belgium, Serbia etc. etc. are reading my humble words. People in countries I have not yet had the privilege of travelling to are connecting with me through this blog, and I think that is absolutely amazing.  And that is going to be the beauty of this magazine, …

Dazed and Confused.

Taking five to put up another reminder…now only two days to go!! Two days until submissions close for the paperbook magazine, that is. But, not only that…two days until we finally get rid of this dog! My sister is on her way back from Asia as we speak, and as of Saturday, my house will be blissfully dog-free once more. There are simply not enough descriptive words in the English language to explain how happy that makes me. I don’t have much else to say here, and I don’t have much time to say it. What with assignments and dogs and magazine submissions and general every day life I don’t have time to scratch myself, change out of my pyjamas or change the roses around my house. I obviously need to sleep less…  One final picture to finish up this teeny tiny post. This little fella lives in my garden. He has lived there ever since a friend of mine stole him from the very famous Gnomes Ville (look it up – it’s a city of …

THREE DAYS LEFT!

It’s that time people…time to start getting excited. Or, if you’re me, more excited, nervous and exhilarated than you have ever felt before. Except perhaps the time I went skydiving in New Zealand, but that’s another story. THREE DAYS…THREE DAYS LEFT!! That’s right, three days left to get your submissions in for the very first issue of the Paperbook Magazine!! (name pending). I have had some excellent submissions flow in over the past few days as everyone finishes polishing their work and sending it my way. If you’re still hesitating, now is the time to bite the bullet and send it in. Don’t miss out! I had a very productive creative session last Sunday with my good friend from Art Of Darkness, throwing around ideas and thoughts. And, let’s face it, getting very drunk. But we have decided on a fantastic cover image, which he is working on as we speak. This magazine is going to be a creative collaboration, from cover to cover. Get excited. Get involved. Now for a few little updates… Distribution: I have decided …

Sans Serif.

I feel like a whole new woman today. Why? Did I go on a holiday? Get a haircut? Buy something new for myself? No, no and sadly, no. I moved my desk. ‘How boring!!’ I hear you cry. But for those of you who, like me, are destined to spend the better part of the day stuck behind the bloody thing, you will understand how important this hunk of wood is in your life. My office has two windows. My desk was originally positioned below the side window, facing directly onto my neighbours front yard. For those of you who read my post Where Will All The Crazy Go?, you will understand how thrilled that made me. Needless to say, that blind was always closed. Sure, in that position the desk was convenient to both the power point and the internet cable. Sure, I now have cords unattractively snaking the entire length of a wall, and I have had to switch my internet to wireless. But now, my desk overlooks MY front garden, and the street …

A Modern Day Romance.

Love. Rejection. Heartbreak. Heartache. Easiest things in the world to write about, aren’t they? Everyone’s been there, so everyone can relate, can’t they? To quote the words of Hemingway, all you need to do is sit at a typewriter and bleed. But then again, could it actually be the hardest thing to write about? Not in terms of the painful wrenching of the heart as you commit its machinations to paper, but rather because, well, let’s face it… Has it all been said before? I’ve had heartbreak in my life. Obviously. I never thought I was unique but I desperately clung to the belief that my particular humiliations were. And yet, the older I get and the more people I meet, the more I realise that my different heartaches have been lived through by many, down to each exacting, agonising detail. Cheated on? Check. With a good friend? Check. While you believed you were still together? Check. Check. Check. So really, what is there to add to something that has been said a million times before? Nick Hornby accepts this, alludes …

Welcome to the Weekend.

It is the best feeling in the world. There is absolutely no feeling like it. It’s Friday afternoon, I press ‘submit’ on the last assignment of the week, and I crack open a cider. The refreshing fizz of that summery drink in the depths of winter makes it all the more delicious. The fact that I managed to get anything done this week is extraordinary, considering the sheer volume of hours I spend walking this bloody dog. But no matter. It got done. The main distraction. It’s definitely time for an update on the Paperbook Magazine. (Real name pending). I have had some absolutely amazing submissions so far, I can see a real body of creative work coming together. It makes me very excited! I will take a few moments now, before I open my second cider, to address some of the most frequently asked question’s I have had so far: When is the magazine going to be released? I was initially planning on releasing it around the 24th, but I have decided to push …