Month: September 2013

It’s Zine Time.

I’m baaaack!!!! Well, sort of. Still no Internet in sight at our new apartment. It appears that it takes close to a month to establish a new connection. There are no words. So my computer is now set up at my parents place, connected to their wireless. Isn’t it grand to be 26 and still reliant on your parents. Family is the bomb. Submissions have still been rolling in for Issue Three, so thank you all very much for that! If I have yet to reply to your email don’t despair, tomorrow is email day. I’ll be on it. Just a reminder, submissions for Issue Three close on the 27th of September. Two whole days left. Get them in people, the October Issue will be outstanding! Here’s hoping, anyway. Another exciting thing is that I have the opportunity to turn The Paperbook Collective into a print magazine! Hopefully this all goes ahead and I will be able to share our magazine, and your work, in a different format with the general public. How exciting! I will keep …

Where It’s At.

The Internet. It’s a strange phenomenon, isn’t it. I have never really considered just how reliant upon it I am, until it’s gone. It’s almost embarrassing to realise just how much not having the Internet affects me. From the simplest everyday task such as checking the weather; to the more vital facts of life such as passing my university degree or publishing my magazine, I am lost without The Net. I mean, seriously, all I can do on my phone now is take pictures, send messages and make calls. Oh, the humanity. Why have you forsaken me?  As I mentioned in my frantic post yesterday, In Which I Rant, it appears that we will not be connected to the Internet for at least two weeks. I won’t go into details about my level of frustration, suffice to say that it appears I have a far more extensive curse word vocabulary than I would have initially imagined. So, I am using the Internet wherever it becomes available, which isn’t very many places. You will have to forgive …

In Which I Rant.

Hello everyone out there in the blogosphere. This is going to be very short and…not sweet. Bitter, in fact. As you know, I am mid-house-move. I’m sure you all know how exhausting it is to move house. The lugging of furniture, the cleaning, the organising, the switching of gas and electricity bills… And. Connecting the Internet. Connecting the Internet. You would think it is a fairly standard procedure, no? I mean, basically every house in Australia is connected in some way, shape or form to the world wide web. And yet, and yet… APPARENTLY, IT IS GOING TO TAKE THREE WEEKS TO CONNECT THE INTERNET TO OUR NEW APARTMENT. Three weeks. I am speechless. Last time I heard, Australia was a first world country…apparently not. So, it is with deepest regret that I say I will be offline for the next three weeks. I will be popping round to my parents, battling the weather to make my way to the public library, basically doing whatever I can to get online. So, sadly to say, The …

Adios Amigos.

Morning all. It is with great regret that I have to say goodbye to you… Only for a few days! Don’t worry. Yes, moving day has finally come, I’m packing up the last of our belongings today and doing the big shuffle to our new home. Sadly, this means the Internet will be down for around five days (I’m hoping they don’t mean five WORKING days!) so I will be absent from WordPress for a while. I’m sure that during that time I will be sneaking over to my parents house for a little fix, but that will be more to check out what you creative minds have going on in the Reader than to update The Paperbook Blog. Rest assured that I will miss you all dearly, I can’t wait to be set up again in our new home, and racing downhill towards issue three. On that note, keep those submissions rolling in! There is plenty more room for you all, so if you have a little project you’re working on, or simply a …

Dear Editor…

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the most awesome thing about having this blog is the creative people I meet through it. This blog, and The Paperbook Collective, are influenced daily by you guys, the people who read it and take the time to write to me. Every time someone writes a comment letting me know that they, too are a paperbook geek, I feel like I have made a new friend. Several people email me through links related to reading, writing and paper-books, and I always love to receive them. I also put them up on the Facebook page, so the links you find can be shared with like minded creative people. Feel free to send anything through any time to my email, I do try to check it daily! To see the latest paperbook pictures and links click on the Facebook icon below. Last month, I was inspired by the lovely Princess del Oso to do the Behind the Screen challenge. Behind the Screen. Keep an eye out for this …

In Which I Get Emotional.

That’s right everyone, as always, I STILL NEED YOU!! The countdown to the October Issue of The Paperbook Collective is on. If you are a writer, a poet, an artist or a photographer, your work belongs in The Paperbook Collective. Have you written something recently? Did you go out on the weekend and take some great photographs? Did you spend last night sketching away in your visual diary? Don’t let your work end up in a drawer under piles of paper. Email it through to me and let it shine in this free creative magazine. I’m Looking for You ~ I am looking for poetry in any format, whether it be haiku’s or limericks or sonnets or free verse.    Braille by Emmyl Gant. *** I am looking for short stories, flash fiction, creative non-fiction, book reviews, even micro fiction; scribble something down and email it through. Doing the Math by Mark Paxson. *** I am seeking photography on any subject, including iPhoneography. Head out today, take some snaps and email them through. Where in the World by …

It’s that way.

I have a confession to make. I totally judge a book by its cover. I mean that literally, not metaphorically, although I’m sure I am guilty of that far too often as well. But whenever I am in a book store, or in a library, or at a friend’s house, or even scrolling through the WordPress Reader, I am far more likely to be drawn to a book whose cover instantly appeals to me. Similarly, I am likely to skip over a book whose cover I hate, despite the possibility that I might enjoy the book itself. Disgusting, isn’t it. I do the same with book titles. If the title is catchy and clever, I’ll immediately give the book a chance. With me, it’s all about first impressions. I like strong, simple, straightforward book covers. Not too many swirls, not too many flourishes, and preferably no picture, if I’m honest. Hence why I love orange Penguins so much. I like poetic and intriguing book titles, titles that draw you in but don’t give away too …

Paperbook Land.

I’ve spent all morning desperately trying to catch up on university work, (yes, it is the end of week two and I’m just starting), and I have spent the past hour trying to write my review of Brave New World. But clearly, my brain is fried, because I can’t seem to be able to string a coherent sentence together. So I have filed that one under ‘Drafts to be Finished at Some Unspecified Time in the Future’, and I have decided to write a little update post instead.  So here is what’s going on in Paperbook Land this week.  Guest Posting.  I am still seeking people for guest post contributions for The Paperbook Blog!  Basically, I am seeking book reviews, posts about your favourite author, posts about your favourite second hand book store, posts about your preference for books over e-readers, your book shelves, even a post about what books are on your night stand. Anything book-related, basically.  The (flexible) guidelines are that the book for review should be published by Penguin (you know how I …

Mother Nature is a bitch.

Photo taken on my walk. She really is. I was meant to write this blog post yesterday, but Mother Nature spent the entire day tormenting me, so I was far too upset and exhausted to even contemplate it. Why is she so mean? She’s obviously reading my blog, specifically my last two blog posts filled with all the joys of Spring. It clearly sent her over the edge. I awoke at around 4.30am Tuesday morning to hear her sending down all the vengeance of the sky, pouring down rain so heavy it sounded like it was coming through the roof. So heavy that we couldn’t even consider going back to sleep until she quietened down a bit, almost an hour later. Her sky in the morning was horribly gray and bruised from her battering the night before, but I decided (stupidly) to ignore it and go for a walk. Hah! Mother Nature said. Right where I want her!! She waited (like a bitch) until I was about three kilometres from home. Then she opened the …

Here comes the sun.

Here comes the sun. Ok, so I’m probably going on about it a little bit, but it was another GORGEOUS spring day over here today! The sun was shining, the birds were tweeting, and you could just smell spring in the air. For those of you who were here with me through winter, you may remember my complaints about those -3 degree Celsius days. I was not a happy camper. But now spring is in the air, and with it comes a whole new feeling of rejuvenation. Everything seems possible, life seems grand, happiness is a breath away. Added to this is the fact that we are moving out of our rental (yay!) into a much smaller apartment. No more lawn mowing, no more weeding and pruning a garden that isn’t ours, and more money in the bank. Loving it. We will be switching this view:   For this one:   But heck. I’m sure I’ll survive. Doesn’t my town have lovely beaches? However, the move does mean we are downsizing all our possessions, basically selling everything …