Month: August 2013

Spring has Sprung!

Good morning everyone, (or, good last night, for a lot of you) today is the 1st of September, and you know what that means! That’s right! The Paperbook Collective Issue Two comes out TODAY!! (wooo, yeaaa, hand clapping, various cheering) It’s been a huge week for me, mainly due to the fact that my parents made a terrible decision about 21 years go and had my brother within a week of my sisters birthday. (22nd and 29th of August). Height of rudeness, wouldn’t you agree? These self same parents also decided to go on the trip of a lifetime to Europe this year, scheduling their return on the last Tuesday of this month, meaning we had a 4 hour round trip to pick them up from the airport (monsters)*. Oh, and guess what. Australia decided to have Father’s Day today. Doesn’t anyone know I have a magazine to produce? Finally, and most importantly of all, these monster parents are DRAGGING me kicking and screaming** down to the beautiful wineries of Margaret River today, to celebrate …

The Paperbook Blog Needs You!!

That’s right folks, The Paperbook Blog is seeking guest posters to share with us your favourite books, authors, book stores and all else booky. Do you love to read? Do you love to write? Do you love to write about reading or read about writing? Then this could be the guest post for you! I would like all posts to revolve around Penguin books, (or Penguin published authors, or even your local book store that sells these little gems!), bringing the reviews back to where I started from. They can be Penguins of any genre, but preferably Penguin Classics, simply because they are my absolute favourite. There are hundreds of these guys to choose from, and the beauty is, they’re only $10 each! Make friends with a Penguin, you’ll be glad you did. Guidelines: 800 words (approx) Must be a paper book (no e-readers sorry!) Must not reveal the ending of the book. Must include photos of the book, ie. the cover, quotes inside, blurb, whatever. Posts on authors should include photos if possible. Example …

Snippets and Stuff.

48 hours until the September Issue of The Paperbook Collective goes live! To get you excited, I thought I would give you a little reminder of the incredible work that was featured in issue one. *** We saw some priceless photography: Andrew Hardacre – All Downhill From Here Leya – Leya Little Dogs Laughed – Little Dogs Laughed *** And some perfect poetry: John Arthur Robinson – The Daily Gaff Khaula Nazir – Khaula Nazir Chaudhry Kira Woodsbury – My Pen, My Sword *** Some fantastic flash fiction: Anne Longmire – Anne Longmire Princess del Oso – Perceptive Pot Clueless Kettle *** A beautiful book quote: Bhuwan Chand – Whatever It’s Worth *** And some amazing artwork:    Tempest – Art of Darkness *** This is barely scratching the surface of the incredible stuff that is all wrapped up in issue one. If you happened to miss it, or you have a spare hour and need something incredibly interesting to flick through, here you go ~ PDF: The Paperbook Collective_Issue One2013 ISSUU: The Paperbook Collective Issue One2013 *** …

Magazine, Guest Posting and all that Jazz…

It’s hard to believe, but here we are again. The beginning of September is rapidly approaching, and with it comes the highly anticipated (by me) release of issue two of The Paperbook Collective! As you can imagine, I have used this next issue as an excuse to spend hours downloading new fonts, hours that should probably be spent on university work, but not to worry. Plenty of time for that. Famous last words. This issue is coming together nicely, and unlike last time I am NOT leaving everything until the last day. I’m not entirely sure what my rationale was last month, but there was about a weeks worth of work crammed into the hours of the 1st of August. Hence the incredibly high stress levels. Never. Again. Only 72 hours until I will be hitting that publish button, throwing more of our creative work out into the blogosphere for your enjoyment. As with last issue there is an interesting and exciting mix of work, everything from short stories to poetry to creative non-fiction to photography. Here’s …

August, I hardly knew you…

Excuse me, what happened to August? Did it actually happen or did I dream it? It feels like yesterday I was sitting in this exact spot with my heart pounding and sweaty palms, getting ready to click ‘publish’ on the first ever issue of The Paperbook Collective. Everything that has happened from that moment to this has been one exciting blur. And here I am again, slowly putting together issue two and praying desperately that it will live up to the hype! Only six days to go until issue two of The Paperbook Collective is released! The submissions for this issue are fantastic, I am very excited to begin editing it and putting it all together. Most conveniently, I am doing a unit at university this semester called Writing, Editing and Publishing, so hopefully I will pick up some great tips and tricks of the trade. Thanks again to every single person who has contributed, liked, shared, commented or read issue one of The Paperbook Collective, your ongoing support is hugely appreciated. I am currently …

Turn on the radio.

The Paperbook Blog. What an adventure. What began as a tentative space to share my love of paperbooks has turned into something far greater than I could have ever imagined. When I published my first post, back on the 5th May 2013, I imagined that by August I would have either given it up entirely or have amassed a following of maybe 20 people. I had no idea that it would inspire me to create my own magazine, put my writing out into the world, meet an incredible number of like-minded creative people and eventually be asked to come in for an interview on ABC South West radio. What?? Yep. That happened. Last Friday, our local newspaper, The Bunbury Mail, published one of my pieces from issue one of The Paperbook Collective on their online website. You can view it here. That in itself was extremely exciting, even more so because it was featured in their hard copy paper which was delivered this morning. What followed was even more exciting. On Monday I was minding my …

Behind the Screen.

Do you ever check your statistics and marvel over the countries in which your blog is being read? I do. Constantly. That is the true beauty of the Internet, isn’t it. We can write something in the quiet solitude of our house, sipping on our morning coffee, perhaps listening to some soothing tunes, and as soon as we click that ‘publish’ button people from all over the world, in hundreds of different countries in dozens of different time zones can read it instantaneously. It still blows me away. And that, my friends, was part of the logic behind forming The Paperbook Collective. There is something so incredible about getting emails from all over the world containing brilliant and beautiful creative works, putting them all together to form a collective, and sending it back out into the world, to be downloaded and read in your home. My statistics show me where in the world the magazine is being read, but they don’t show me the reality behind the readership. I guess, in some small way, that …

An Artist’s Collective.

Quite a few people have asked me what they should submit to The Paperbook Collective. So, rather than tackle the mountain of work I needed to do today, I decided to draw a diagram instead. Because let’s face it, drawing is always more fun than working. I’m hoping that this simplifies it all a bit, and is relatively easy to follow. As far as I can tell it contains all the basic information you need to decide if something is right to submit. Only one week left until submissions close for issue two of the magazine! For more information head up to the page above titled The Paperbook Collective. It has all the information you need to submit your work to the magazine. Friday Photo Challenge! Don’t forget about the Friday Photo Challenge guys! I have had some fantastic entries but as always, I want more. I’m quite greedy like that. All you need to do is take a photo of your computer with The Paperbook Collective open on the screen. Include in the photo the …

I Love Mondays.

That’s just weird isn’t it? No one loves Mondays. I mean, firstly, they follow the greatest day of the week. Not only do they follow it, but they do their best to ruin it, too. Sunday’s are just incredible. They encourage laying in bed until 10am, drinking endless cups of tea while indulging in a good book. Exercise that you were meant to do in the morning just feels better at mid day, or even better in the early afternoon. Or even better, not at all. And drinking. Drinking on Sundays is so much better than every other day of the week, it’s more indulgent, more decadent, more FUN somehow. You can start at midday and no one minds. You can while away the hours laying in the sun swilling cider, or rugged up in a small bar somewhere sipping endless glasses of scotch or red wine or some other appropriately warming beverage. You always eat better on Sundays; café breakfasts followed by pub lunches and cheese and crackers in the afternoon. It’s truly the …

Friday Challenge ~ I NEED YOU!!

Hey everyone, One of the fabulous contributors to issue one of The Paperbook Collective has just given me a fabulous idea. You do that sometimes. Ok, a lot of the time. She emailed me the most incredible picture of The Paperbook Collective open on her computer screen. But it wasn’t just that, the picture also featured her awesome desk, the music she was listening to and her drink of choice. I was blown away. It is so amazing to think about this magazine being read around the world, but then I thought, wouldn’t it be even better if you could actually SEE it being read around the world? So this is where you come in guys. Email me a picture of your computer with The Paperbook Collective open on the screen. Send it through to: jayde.ashe@hotmail.com Here are the links to make it easier: PDF The Paperbook Collective_Issue One2013 Online The Paperbook Collective_IssueOne2013 Include (if you can) the music you are listening to and your drink of choice. It doesn’t have to be alcoholic, if …