Month: October 2013

Spotlight On…AR Neal.

This week on The Paperbook Blog, I am shining a spotlight on some of the fabulous contributors who make The Paperbook Collective what it is each month. Yesterday I shone the spotlight on one of our fabulous contributors, Alicia Austen of A Small Press Life. See her five minute interview here: Spotlight On…Alicia Austen. _________________________________________________________________________________________________ Today, the spotlight moves over towards Southern California, to land on the always entertaining AR Neal, author of the fabulous flash fiction piece  The Melting, published in Issue Two of The Paperbook Collective.  ____________________________________________________________________________________________________ To read the rest of AR Neal’s story, check out Issue Two. PDF ~  The Paperbook Collective-Issue Two_2013 ISSUU ~  The Paperbook Collective Issue Two 2013 _____________________________________________________________________________________________________ Five minutes with AR Neal ~            1. What is your creative outlet, and how did you first get into it?  I have two creative outlets: writing and tech-tinkering. The first began when I wrote a story in response to an electric company contest about a space toaster while in elementary school which got published (I won an …

Spotlight On…Alicia Austen.

For the next month or so, I will be shining a spotlight on some of our superstar contributors here at The Paperbook Collective. Each and everyone of them is a creative genius in their own right, so I thought I would take this opportunity to share some love and promote their work. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________ First up is the fabulous Alicia Austen, author of the chilling short story,  Beyond the Boneyard Gate, published in Issue Three of The Paperbook Collective.  ____________________________________________________________________________________________________ To read the rest of Alicia’s story, check out Issue Three. PDF ~ The Paperbook Collective Issue Three 2013 ISSUU ~ The Paperbook Collective Issue Three 2013 ________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Five minutes with Alicia ~           1. What is your creative outlet, and how did you first get into it? Writing is my creative outlet. I started writing when I was seven, because even then it seemed like a natural extension of my love for reading. I also love to bake, which is my main non-verbal hobby.           2. What …

Shine A Spotlight on Ya.

It’s Paperbook Collective city over here at the moment. Issue Four is coming along nicely, and is due to be released on Friday, 1st of November. That’s soon. Gulp. There are some great submissions as always, I get way too distracted reading them and looking at them to focus on bringing the formatting and editing together! In saying that, I’m also distracted by the book I’m reading, my cat, and the Spring sunshine outside. Sitting on the balcony, warming my legs in the sun while reading a good book sounds too lovely to pass up on, doesn’t it? Certainly sounds better than spending hours and hours on end locked behind a computer screen. Actually, I might go take a quick break… View from my window. No. Stop it. Focus. As well as working on Issue Four, I am also preparing Issue’s One, Two and Three for sale at the Let Them Eat Zines Fair on Sunday. So much cutting, folding and sticking that I am going cross-eyed. My boyfriend isn’t really all that keen on …

When Good People Write Bad Books.

There is, quite honestly, nothing worse than reading a bad book. The indecision it provokes is the hardest. Should I soldier on and hope for an incredibly unexpected fantastic ending that makes the whole thing worthwhile? Should I mark my place and slide it back onto the bookshelf, set aside for some point in the future when I have more time or more patience? Should I burn it so no one else has to read the same poorly constructed sentences and farcical story line that I am currently being assaulted with? I think the worst part is knowing that the hours you spend reading a bad book could be spent far more enjoyably reading, well, a GOOD book. Let’s face it, we all have a restricted number of hours a day that we can hide ourselves away with a book, and those hours are very precious and often hard-won. They deserve to be enjoyed, appreciated, embraced. Not spent with half your mind wondering if you would be better off seeing if there is anything decent …

Tanka: River Sarca

A gorgeous Tanka poem by Bastet, a recent contributor to The Paperbook Collective. I think this is a lovely example of what can be submitted for Issue Five ~ The Culture Issue. Here she is sharing two cultures with us; the Japanese culture through her poem and the Italian culture through her photograph. Some Saturday inspiration for us all!

The Culture Issue.

Hello Paperbook People. I hope you have all had a fantastic week. We’re heading into Friday afternoon over here, so I just thought I would show you what it looks like. It looks a little like this. And a little like this. And something like this. I’m actually lying, these are all photos I took yesterday. But I can see it’s shaping up to be an identical evening over here, so I think I might just celebrate with a gin. And a couple of hours of ‘zine making, of course. Speaking of which, Issue Three is now a ‘zine! Well, almost, it is in several pieces on the table, just waiting for me to put it all together. So if you would like your very own copy, head up to the page The Paperbook Collective Zine to order one! Next weekend I am heading up to the Perth Zine Fair, awesomely named Let Them Eat Zines. It falls two days after Issue Four is due out online, so next week is going to be a busy …

A Month of Steinbeck.

A few things have happened to me this morning. I woke up just in time to see the moon poking its head through my bedroom window. I finished reading Bryce Courtenay’s Whitethorn…and was a little disappointed. More on that later. I discovered that we had run out of milk for my morning coffee so I used cream instead. It tastes so damn good that we’re never buying cream again, to prevent a future heart attack. We hit 250 likes on The Paperbook Collective Facebook page. I got my hands on my new business cards. And… I received the email I have been waiting for. The email that I have been hinting to you about. The email that made my day, my month, heck, my whole year. You may remember that I recently reblogged my post John Steinbeck is My Homeboy. This post has proved quite popular; perhaps because it encourages people to consider their own favourite authors, perhaps because it has a few interesting facts about my own favourite authors, or perhaps it was my gratuitous use …

A Tentative Theme…And Other Announcements.

So, last night I rolled out the idea of having themes for future issues of The Paperbook Collective. I received some excellent feedback! The reason that I like to put forth these ideas for your consideration, instead of simply inputting them, is that we are a Collective. This means your opinion is just as important as mine. There were some strong opinions for and against – check out those responses here: Team with the Theme. Please feel free to share your opinion, the more information I have, the easier it is to make a decision. So I figure, in the interest of fairness, I will put forth a compromise. Not every future issue will have a theme, or, rather, the theme for those issues would be RANDOM or MASH UP or ECLECTIC…and so on. There will be plenty of issues like this so please don’t feel worried that your work won’t ‘fit’ with The Paperbook Collective any more. Everything fits here, this magazine is one size fits all. I promise. I have decided to trial a …

Team with the Theme.

After the dust had settled on Issue One of The Paperbook Collective, several people told me that it would be a pretty difficult task to keep up the momentum and quality each month. This is so true. I think it is absolutely essential that the magazine keeps moving forward, rather than stagnating, so I have been brainstorming ways of achieving this. The idea that I landed upon today was prompted by the number of emails and comments I get from people who are not quite sure what to submit. They like the concept, they like the magazine, but deciding what to contribute is a bit overwhelming. I totally get that. Each month, it is difficult for me to decide what to put in: something original, something unique, something a little different to the month before. So I thought, why don’t we narrow it down a bit? Why don’t we have a theme each month? I am really interested to know what you all think of this, because obviously it is you who decide whether or not …

A Scent of Promise.

It’s been quite a week. I am still recovering from the chaotic mess that was September, but October has bought with it a scent of Spring and a scent of promise. Despite the fact that I am still madly trying to catch up on all the work I missed in September, I am certainly feeling encouraged by a number of things that have happened this week. Firstly, a lovely milestone in my blogging career occurred this morning, and I was awake to witness it. I am very pleased to announce that the lovely lady who blogs over at Destino has become the 1000th follower of The Paperbook Blog! Her tag line is Hugging and pillow fights. Monkeys optional. So I think we can all agree that it is a blog worth checking out. I’m sorry for trotting out all the old blogging clichés again, please bear with me. But I honestly never believed when I started this blog back in May that anything would come of it. To be completely honest, I am hopeless at sticking with anything, particularly …