Month: December 2013

2013 – Year of The Paperbook Collective.

Often at this time of year, these crazy few days between Christmas and New Year, I feel a little worn down and dejected. I often feel overwhelmed at the thought that another year has passed, worried that I didn’t get much achieved, disappointed that I am no nearer to figuring out exactly what I want to do with my life. This time last year I was struggling through the start of my university degree, finding it difficult to complete even one unit at a time. I was working in a dead end waitress job in a café, hating the fact that I was twenty-five and still working 40 hours a week on minimum wage. But more than that, I hated the fact that I could see no way out of this mess of a life, no way of figuring out my dreams let alone pursuing them. New Years Eve was spent with good friends, but I can’t honestly say that I enjoyed myself. I felt like a failure, I felt embarrassed, I felt as though …

Year-End Post Special: Twenty Things We Learned Blogging This Year

I was very excited when the lovely Wayfarer of A Holistic Journey asked me to be involved in a reflective end of year post for 2013. The Wayfarer and I entered the WordPress world at a similar time at the start of this year, and have trodden different yet interesting paths to end up where we are now in terms of our blogging. So here are our musings on what the blogosphere has meant to us in 2013, as well as some wonderful insights from The Talking Violin and The Eye-Dancers, two very worthy blogs worth checking out. I hope you enjoy the post, and thanks once again to the Wayfarer for having me on board!

The Beginning of the End…

It is the beginning of the end of 2013. This has been, without exception, one of the greatest years of my life. I quit hospitality, overloaded university, started a blog, met incredible people, spoke on ABC radio, started a magazine, met more incredible people, created a zine, got in touch with old friends, took up photography again, reviewed new novella’s by the son of my homeboy, got involved in local initiatives, remembered how to draw, took pride in my dream and met even more incredible people. Every single one of you reading this, and plenty of you who aren’t, have been a huge part of my 2013 journey. Thank you all so much for supporting The Paperbook Collective in all its manifestations throughout this year. Here’s hoping that it will continue to grow and prosper in 2014! As for me, I am planning on spending the entire day tomorrow, New Years Eve, doing absolutely nothing but relaxing, pottering around and reading. Every year since I turned eighteen, and probably a few years before that, New …

These Halcyon Days.

I’m so lethargic I can hardly bring myself to type these words. Oh well, that’s what these halcyon days between Christmas and New Year’s are for, aren’t they. A time to recover from the decadence of Christmas, just in time to indulge in the decadence of the New Year. I hope everyone had a marvellous holiday, filled with lots of food and drinks and family. And most importantly, books. I for one have spent the past few days nose deep in book after book, rarely pausing to come up for air. In fact, I am trying to build up the energy right now to trot down to one of our local book stores, who I just know is having a $5.00 sale that I have to be a part of. So this post will be short and sweet, giving me more time to browse what is left on the shelves. I haven’t popped into WordPress land much over the past week, but I am guessing it is echoing a little bit as everyone enjoys time …

A Paperbook Update.

Good morning, afternoon, evening or good night! Salutations, wherever you are in the world. It’s been a more hectic week than usual, as you might have gathered from my weekend post. So it’s high time I caught my breath and updated everyone on The Paperbook Collective. The Culture Issue. Firstly, I want to say an enormous to everyone who shared, liked, reblogged, or read Issue Five of The Paperbook Collective. It had a record number of reblogs, which was absolutely thrilling. It is a lovely feeling to have people spreading the word about this little venture, it makes all the hard work more than worth while. Just on the off chance that you missed Issue Five, here are the links for you. PDF ~ The Paperbook Collective Issue Five 2013 ISSUU ~ The Paperbook Collective Issue Five 2013 It was a wonderful issue in which contributors shared a little piece of their culture. I absolutely loved reading it and I know you will too. Issue Six. Submissions are open for Issue Six until the 27th of December. Due …

A Most Unexceptional Gentleman.

I love old things. The more beat-up, falling apart, battered and worn the better. In fact, one of my favourite past times is walking around our city, finding old vintage houses tucked away in forgotten corners and taking photographs of them. I particularly like to take photographs of houses that are about to be knocked down; their graceful weather-boards and overgrown gardens cleared to make room for high rise buildings. I sometimes wonder if they know that they’re doomed, if they feel that there will never be love and fights and adventures and tears and laughter and closeness within their walls again. Take this old girl for example. This is one of my favourite houses in the world, perched sedately in the middle of an enormous block of prime real estate. This house was owned by a very elderly gentleman, who has recently been put into a nursing home. The house is, sadly, scheduled for demolition. Or this house… This old boy lives on millionaire row, tucked in between two multi level mansions replete with …

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.

It has been a truly wonderful year. It feels so amazing to be able to say that, particularly with the hurdles that 2012 threw in my way. But I can honestly say that 2013 has rocked my socks off, culminating in one of the most incredible weekend I have had in my entire life. These are pretty big, bold statements, aren’t they. And I haven’t even started drinking yet, although there is a lovely selection of Christmas beverages available in the fridge. I think the reason why this year has been so fantastic is that I have finally, after many long years, begun chasing my dreams. I have spent the past eight years pushing my dreams away, afraid that if I actually gave them a try I would fail. And that would be embarrassing. And I don’t like to be embarrassed. This year, however, I have finally pulled myself together and given life a go. The result has been mind-blowing. I spent the weekend down at a winery in the Margaret River region of Western …

The 2013 Honour Role.

So, as you are all probably aware by now, the final Issue of The Paperbook Collective for 2013 has been published. It’s been quite a journey! Despite a few hurdles we have managed to put together five issues of this creative, collaborative magazine. Suffice to say it has far exceeded the humble expectations I had for it back in July. I honestly envisioned a magazine of perhaps five pages, mostly my work with perhaps one or two articles contributed by other bloggers. The response I have had to this magazine has been overwhelming, it has achieved exactly what I hoped to design: a magazine that showcases creative talent from across the globe. Yesterday I spent several wonderful hours visiting as many contributor blogs as I could to write a little personal note of thanks for being a part of The Paperbook Collective in 2013. But there are several contributors who do not have blogs, and several that I couldn’t seem to find anywhere in the depths of the Internet. I guess blogs and domain names …

Across the Globe with Issue Five

Well, here it is folks.  Despite the world’s best efforts, Issue Five of The Paperbook Collective is here for your viewing pleasure!  Without further ado… THE DECEMBER ISSUE! PDF ~ The Paperbook Collective Issue Five 2013 ISSUU ~ The Paperbook Collective Issue Five 2013 _______________________________________________ It has been an absolute honour and a privilege, once again, to be entrusted with the publishing of such incredible work. I am continually amazed at the diversity of work that is submitted each month, no two pieces are the least alike. It has been wonderful to see how people have interpreted the ‘Culture’ theme, I have had a fascinating insight into some incredible cultural phenomenon’s across the globe. It has been quite a difficult week for me over here in my little corner of the globe, but I am thrilled to finally publish the very last issue of The Paperbook Collective for 2013. To each and every single person who has had anything whatsoever to do with the magazine, whether it be submitting work to it, sharing it, promoting …

Regular Broadcast Interrupted.

As you have probably noticed, the 1st of December has been and gone and Issue Five of The Paperbook Collective is yet to make an appearance. I can assure you it is almost completed, but the past few days have been a comedy of errors that have prevented me getting it to publication. Firstly, my lovely computer decided to shut itself down, thus losing over half of the completed magazine. Added to this, I have spent the last two days bedridden by one of those awful change of season flu’s that seem to cripple the body. If there is anything more infuriating than having the flu while the sun is shining brightly outside, I would like to know what it is. Welcome to Australia. This is the problem with doing The Paperbook Collective alone, I guess. If I go down, 100% of the workforce has gone down. C’est la vie. Which bring me to my next point – I decided a little while ago to release the January edition of The Paperbook Collective on the …