Month: March 2014

Throw away the rules that bind.

It’s Friday afternoon, and I am elbow deep in Issue Eight of The Paperbook Collective. I should probably be nose deep in a glass of wine, but there is none in the house. That I can find anyway… So I’m feeling a bit crazy, a little bit wild, slightly Mad Hatter-esque. And a thought just struck me. Let’s throw out the rule book for good. I had grand intentions when I first begun The Paperbook Collective. I thought it would be released promptly on the 1st of each month, it would include specific types of content, submissions would end on a specific date and it would all be very professional and proper. But let’s be honest. Professional and proper? That’s not really my style. So here are the ‘guidelines’ I created at the start of this journey: Guidelines: All work must beĀ original and unpublished. This means it cannot be found anywhere on the Internet; WordPress, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, etc. This is simply because the magazine is going to be original and creative, packed with new …

February Freak Out.

Did anyone see what happened to February? I quite literally blinked and missed it. The Paperbook Blog feels like an empty hall, long since abandoned. My footsteps are echoing off the walls in here. Motivation is such a hard thing to keep hold of, isn’t it. It’s slippery like an eel. You think you have a good grasp, you’re churning out blog posts every few days, your stats are looking good when BAM. It slips through your fingers and a month has passed since you last made an appearance on your blog. It’s not as though I haven’t tried, though. It’s a funny thing, when you lose motivation on here. You begin all these posts, but you’re never quite sure what to say. It’s almost like your voice is gone. My dashboard is crowded with the skeletons of half-begun posts, some no more than a title. It’s ironic then that amongst this mental chaos I was Freshly Pressed! It was a lovely and unexpected surprise, a little light amongst the darkness here at The Paperbook …