Author: Jayde-Ashe

A Trip to the City

I had to spend two days in the City this week for work, which is always a great way to ‘travel’ while getting paid for it. Perth is a beautiful city, despite the constant roadworks that make getting around by car almost impossible. Luckily for me, I choose to get everywhere by foot, which is a whole lot easier and gave me a chance to really appreciate autumn in the city.   Advertisements

A Brand New Day

The Paperbook Blog is back in action…with a difference. Firstly, it’s had a huge makeover. A renovation, a face lift. There is a bit more of me here than there was before. There is a bit of my life, a bit of my photography, and of course, a lot of my Paperbook Collective. It is quite fitting that I bring the blog back today, as WordPress has just let me know that The Paperbook Blog has been up and running for two years exactly. A lot has changed in my life since then, and I haven’t exactly been the most dedicated blogger unfortunately, but such is life. I will be posting more updates over the next few days, but in the meantime, hello. Hi. I missed you.

A Taste of Cambodia | Part One

I have wanted to get back to Cambodia ever since I spent time there in 2008…an unbelievable seven years ago. Somehow life kept getting in the way, as it tends to do, and I always told myself I would get back there ‘next year’. Well ‘next year’ was finally this year, when I bit the bullet and bought the ticket. Three amazing weeks spent trawling through one of my favourite countries. My first five days were spent in Siem Reap, which has undergone an incredible transformation over the past seven years. Gone is the sleepy little town that I remember. In its place was a sprawling, bustling city; a city that has clearly capitalised on the tourist boon that is the temples of Angkor. Here is a taste of those first five days: Sunrise at Angkor Wat

Off the Shelf

James Frey’s A Million Little Pieces is controversial not only for its confronting subject matter, but also because Frey passed it off as a memoir for years, despite much of it being fabricated. The story follows Frey’s alleged descent into drugs, alcohol and crime, detailing his time spent in an expensive rehab clinic. Perfect reading for a rainy Sunday afternoon…

On Procrastination

The very first concept plan for The Paperbook Collective, circa June 2013 It feels surreal to be finally putting together the contents page for Issue Eight of The Paperbook Collective, but that is what I am doing this morning. This issue has sat in pieces for so long that it became the elephant in the computer – that one massive project that I have consistently avoided over the past six months. But now that I have dived into it again it is coming together as though not a moment has passed. I’m sure there is some lesson on procrastination in there but I will studiously avoid that for now. There are some incredible pieces of work in Issue Eight. I was distracted for hours last night reading through them all, caught up in each one as I scrolled through the pages. And each piece is so vastly different, which is exactly what I was aiming for when I begun this crazy project 15 long months ago. So much has changed in my life in that …

You’re Now a Raging Success

I don’t even know how to begin this post… The last time I typed words into this blog was one day before my birthday, all the way back in April. Two days later, I ended my four and a half year relationship, and all the words disappeared. It has taken me close to seven months to actually open up WordPress again, but here I am. About a month ago I dug out my battered original copies of The Paperbook Collective, and started again. I hadn’t actually realised how much I missed it, and how happy it made me feel. My life is now filled with work and events and committees and obligations, but I am determined to make time for The Paperbook Collective once again. So I have been working hard, and Issue Seven is now officially a zine! If you had ordered a copy of Issue Seven before I dropped off the face of the earth, please send me an email to jayde.ashe@hotmail.com. I will do my best to get them mailed out to …

Hello.

To my most loyal Paperbook supporters,  My sincerest apologies for my lack of contact lately. It has been a rough and overwhelming few months, I quite literally have no idea where they have gone. I’m struggling with a lot of things right now, and unfortunately The Paperbook Collective has fallen by the wayside. It was never my intention for this to happen, in fact Issue Eight is basically complete! Life has just gotten in the way. I have no plans to disband The Paperbook Collective. It is an important part of my life, and I am not ready to give it up just yet. I am slowly getting everything back on track, and hope to have finalised Issue Eight by late next week. I will be including the submissions that I have received for Issue Nine, so hopefully it will be a nice big issue for everyone to enjoy. I am also working on Zine orders, which should all be shipped out by next Friday. If you have a pending zine order, please send me …

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 be 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 …