All posts filed under: Blog

Chasing Dreams.

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. Anyway. Here’s what’s been happening in my little corner of the globe. …

Keep an eye on it.

There is all sorts of cool shit happening out in the blogosphere. You only need to log onto your WordPress Reader in the morning to be inundated with endless amounts of wonderful new ideas and initiatives. I thought I would take a moment to share with you the ones I know about, and hopefully you will do the same. So here is what I have been keeping an eye on, in between university and publishing new issues of The Paperbook Collective.  ________________________________________ wePoets Show It. Who: wePoets Show It. Where: WordPress ~ wePoets Show It.                Facebook ~ We Poets Show It. What: An interactive online community designed to showcase writers, poets, artists, published books and photography. They have a really cool rotation of themes and posts on their blog, make sure you swing by and take a look. ________________________________________ First Round’s On Us.  Who: Sahm King (and contributors). Where: WordPress ~ Books by Sahm King et al.               Smashwords ~ First Round’s On Us.       …

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 …

One Liners.

Something has happened to me. Something terrible. I’m suffering from writer’s block. Sometimes blogging comes so easily, doesn’t it, and other times you’re wracked with doubt. I think it often happens after you post something that gets a pretty lacklustre reception, as my post did yesterday. I have spent all afternoon trying to write a book review, but somehow the words are just not coming out right. I haven’t reviewed a book for a while, although I have read a lot in the meantime. So now my Dashboard is crammed with half finished posts that I can’t bring myself to delete, despite the fact that they all sound as though they were written by a sixth grader. So I have decided to put that aside for today. Luckily, the blog-world has provided a bit of inspiration for this post, as it often does when you are suffering from a creativity depletion. I just discovered a new book review blog, called Lucybird’s Book Blog. Go check it out. She has just posted an interesting game, which I …

The Paperbook Blog Needs You!!

That’s right folks, The Paperbook Blog is seeking guest posters to share with us your favourite books, authors, book stores and all else booky. Do you love to read? Do you love to write? Do you love to write about reading or read about writing? Then this could be the guest post for you! I would like all posts to revolve around Penguin books, (or Penguin published authors, or even your local book store that sells these little gems!), bringing the reviews back to where I started from. They can be Penguins of any genre, but preferably Penguin Classics, simply because they are my absolute favourite. There are hundreds of these guys to choose from, and the beauty is, they’re only $10 each! Make friends with a Penguin, you’ll be glad you did. Guidelines: 800 words (approx) Must be a paper book (no e-readers sorry!) Must not reveal the ending of the book. Must include photos of the book, ie. the cover, quotes inside, blurb, whatever. Posts on authors should include photos if possible. Example …

Magazine, Guest Posting and all that Jazz…

It’s hard to believe, but here we are again. The beginning of September is rapidly approaching, and with it comes the highly anticipated (by me) release of issue two of The Paperbook Collective! As you can imagine, I have used this next issue as an excuse to spend hours downloading new fonts, hours that should probably be spent on university work, but not to worry. Plenty of time for that. Famous last words. This issue is coming together nicely, and unlike last time I am NOT leaving everything until the last day. I’m not entirely sure what my rationale was last month, but there was about a weeks worth of work crammed into the hours of the 1st of August. Hence the incredibly high stress levels. Never. Again. Only 72 hours until I will be hitting that publish button, throwing more of our creative work out into the blogosphere for your enjoyment. As with last issue there is an interesting and exciting mix of work, everything from short stories to poetry to creative non-fiction to photography. Here’s …

Welcome to the Weekend.

It is the best feeling in the world. There is absolutely no feeling like it. It’s Friday afternoon, I press ‘submit’ on the last assignment of the week, and I crack open a cider. The refreshing fizz of that summery drink in the depths of winter makes it all the more delicious. The fact that I managed to get anything done this week is extraordinary, considering the sheer volume of hours I spend walking this bloody dog. But no matter. It got done. The main distraction. It’s definitely time for an update on the Paperbook Magazine. (Real name pending). I have had some absolutely amazing submissions so far, I can see a real body of creative work coming together. It makes me very excited! I will take a few moments now, before I open my second cider, to address some of the most frequently asked question’s I have had so far: When is the magazine going to be released? I was initially planning on releasing it around the 24th, but I have decided to push …

A Loafer’s Manifesto.

Hectic. That is the only way I can sum up the past few days. It’s been a madhouse over here. When my partner and I decided that I wouldn’t return to work after quitting my last job, that instead I would double up on my university load so I could graduate a year early, hectic was not the way I envisioned my days. I imagined a life in which I studied calmly, finished assignments early, wrote voraciously, kept the house clean and cooked wonderful meals. With so much free time, how could I ever run out of it? Where does it all go? I wake up every morning at 5am, sit down at the computer then suddenly it’s 11.30. Then I make lunch and blink and it’s 4pm. I never seem to have enough time to fit everything in, I’m always rushing or late with something. It reminds me of that demeaning line that people say to unemployed homemakers, ‘But what do you do all day?’ There is no answer to that question. You just do …

A Paperbook Day…

So once again, life fell by the wayside today as I spent the day engrossed in this new project. I have received a few emails from people already so I hope the rest of you are getting your creative vibe on, ready to get involved in the magazine! I can’t wait to read your stuff, with the quality of work that appears every day in my reader I know this magazine could be brilliant. Feel free to send me anything you like, no matter how large (under 800 words!) or how small. A sneak peak of what I have been working on… Do you belong on this list?     The more people we get involved in this project the better, so feel free to re-blog if you think your followers would be interested! I really appreciate the support I have had for this project already, it proves once and for all just how awesome this blogging community is. Join the project and share the love.

I Need You.

Yes, you. And you. And you over there in the corner. I need all of you. Something new is brewing behind The Paperbook Blog. It started as an idea and it has slowly gathered momentum until it is filling my every waking thought. Which is definitely intruding on my ability to get anything else done, but never mind. University assignments can wait… Friends, fellow thinkers, artists, poets, designers and creators, I am starting the Paperbook MAGAZINE! (Don’t worry, it has a better name than ‘Paperbook Magazine’, but it is under wraps for now…) What the hell? Whyyyyy??????? I can hear your brains screeching from across the globe. Let me do my best to explain: What it’s all about: Basically, I want to create a free online literary magazine. Why? I’ll get to that in a minute. The magazine would include: Creative Non-Fiction, Flash Fiction, Short Stories, Book Review’s, Poetry, Art, Author Bio’s, Photography, and whatever else appears from the madness. It would be available from my blog in the form of a free downloadable PDF. It would be published monthly, or …