Happy Monday everyone!
It’s been a crazy yet creative week over here in Paperbook Land.
Blogging has unfortunately fallen by the wayside a little bit, so I thought I would take a sec to fill you in on what’s been going on.
This time of year seems to move at warp speed, doesn’t it. Last time I looked up it was mid-September and I was struggling to move house, suddenly it’s almost December and I have more projects on than hours in a day. I’m sure you can all relate – what with Christmas carols and looming holidays and end of year sales and impending visits from all sorts of family members both close and estranged, it’s a hectic time of year for everyone. I highly recommend taking an hour to yourself each day to relax and read a book.
Who has time for that?? I can hear you screech.
I guess it’s about making the time rather than trying to find it.
Here’s what’s been happening in my little corner of the globe.
The Paperbook Collective
It has a brand new cover design, and is hand stitched.
These babies would make great stocking fillers, so pop up to the page
Pay for your postage and make a donation and it will be winging its way to you in no time!
I am currently working on Issue Five, otherwise known as The Culture Issue.
It’s looking fabulous, it is very interesting to see what people have come up with to fit the first ever Paperbook theme.
It is set to be released on the 1st of December, so keep an eye out!
The Pop-up Collaborative
As you know, I am a huge fan of creative initiatives, especially when they showcase handmade creative talent. When I saw this great new initiative happening in the South-West of Western Australia, I couldn’t help but apply for a stall. Much to my own surprise, The Paperbook Collective was selected!
This is by far the biggest undertaking I have yet attempted. I have just under three weeks to produce enough copies of The Paperbook Collective zines to fill a stall. To say I am freaking out is probably putting it mildly…
As you know, I run The Paperbook Collective out of my bedroom at home, on a massive budget of around $20.00 a month. To organise this stall is going to require a fairly huge monetary outlay, so I am pretty much resorting to begging and borrowing to scrape it all together.
So, if you could spread some Christmas cheer in my direction, it would be hugely appreciated! It would make my entire year if you had a dollar or two to spare to help me make this a reality. You can donate through PayPal in The Paperbook Collective Zine page. I find it really difficult to ask for donations in this manner, but without your help there is just no way this is going to get off the ground. Think of it as your Christmas good deed, your beneficial karma, your support of a new creative industry.
Leave your address and I will send you a Paperbook Collective Christmas card in return!
A Month of Steinbeck
A Month of Steinbeck is still under way! My review of Dr. Greenlaw and the Zulu Princess will be out in the next few days. It’s probably the perfect time of year to be embracing the novella, as you can get through one in a decent sitting. So why not give yourself a few moments to relax, pour yourself a massive glass of your favourite beverage (why not, it’s festive season) and delve into a brilliant novella by Thomas Steinbeck.
And, to get you in the mood, I will actually be interviewing the man himself right here on The Paperbook Blog! How awesomely exciting is that? Within the next week or so we will be given a chance to get inside the mind of a man who is not only himself a brilliant writer, but is also the son of one of the most brilliant writers I know. It’s going to be fantastic. Don’t miss it.
I have a job interview!
That’s right, after months and months of self-imposed unemployment, I am ready to dip my toe back into the job pool.
I decided to take most of this year off in order to overload my university degree in the hope of finishing it early. I also decided that I was putting off my real life by continuing to work in hospitality, and that despite the pay-check it just wasn’t worth it. I honestly believe it was the best decision I have ever made, as I finally feel like I am finally beginning to do what I was always meant to do. Pursuing dreams of becoming a writer, poet, photographer, artist or any other creative pursuit is often not a pathway strewn with opportunity, money and roses. It’s disheartening, it’s frightening, it’s off-putting. But it is also the greatest thing you will ever do.
Still, we all need a way of making ends meet, and it’s been far too long since I had a few dollars to rub together. Or a few cents, for that matter. So I have applied for a job in our local public library. Like a kid in a candy store.
So if you could all cross your fingers and toes at 9am tomorrow when my interview is, that would be fabulous. It will be the middle of the night for most of you, so you will have to cross them in your dreams while I attempt to chase my dreams.
What a way to send a final reminder to someone who won’t pay up!
Have a fantastic week everybody.
Go read a book.
A book is proof that human beings are capable of working magic.
– Carl Sagan.