All posts filed under: Myself

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.  

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

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 …

Adios Amigos.

Morning all. It is with great regret that I have to say goodbye to you… Only for a few days! Don’t worry. Yes, moving day has finally come, I’m packing up the last of our belongings today and doing the big shuffle to our new home. Sadly, this means the Internet will be down for around five days (I’m hoping they don’t mean five WORKING days!) so I will be absent from WordPress for a while. I’m sure that during that time I will be sneaking over to my parents house for a little fix, but that will be more to check out what you creative minds have going on in the Reader than to update The Paperbook Blog. Rest assured that I will miss you all dearly, I can’t wait to be set up again in our new home, and racing downhill towards issue three. On that note, keep those submissions rolling in! There is plenty more room for you all, so if you have a little project you’re working on, or simply a …

In Which I Get Emotional.

That’s right everyone, as always, I STILL NEED YOU!! The countdown to the October Issue of The Paperbook Collective is on. If you are a writer, a poet, an artist or a photographer, your work belongs in The Paperbook Collective. Have you written something recently? Did you go out on the weekend and take some great photographs? Did you spend last night sketching away in your visual diary? Don’t let your work end up in a drawer under piles of paper. Email it through to me and let it shine in this free creative magazine. I’m Looking for You ~ I am looking for poetry in any format, whether it be haiku’s or limericks or sonnets or free verse.    Braille by Emmyl Gant. *** I am looking for short stories, flash fiction, creative non-fiction, book reviews, even micro fiction; scribble something down and email it through. Doing the Math by Mark Paxson. *** I am seeking photography on any subject, including iPhoneography. Head out today, take some snaps and email them through. Where in the World by …

Paperbook Land.

I’ve spent all morning desperately trying to catch up on university work, (yes, it is the end of week two and I’m just starting), and I have spent the past hour trying to write my review of Brave New World. But clearly, my brain is fried, because I can’t seem to be able to string a coherent sentence together. So I have filed that one under ‘Drafts to be Finished at Some Unspecified Time in the Future’, and I have decided to write a little update post instead.  So here is what’s going on in Paperbook Land this week.  Guest Posting.  I am still seeking people for guest post contributions for The Paperbook Blog!  Basically, I am seeking book reviews, posts about your favourite author, posts about your favourite second hand book store, posts about your preference for books over e-readers, your book shelves, even a post about what books are on your night stand. Anything book-related, basically.  The (flexible) guidelines are that the book for review should be published by Penguin (you know how I …

Mother Nature is a bitch.

Photo taken on my walk. She really is. I was meant to write this blog post yesterday, but Mother Nature spent the entire day tormenting me, so I was far too upset and exhausted to even contemplate it. Why is she so mean? She’s obviously reading my blog, specifically my last two blog posts filled with all the joys of Spring. It clearly sent her over the edge. I awoke at around 4.30am Tuesday morning to hear her sending down all the vengeance of the sky, pouring down rain so heavy it sounded like it was coming through the roof. So heavy that we couldn’t even consider going back to sleep until she quietened down a bit, almost an hour later. Her sky in the morning was horribly gray and bruised from her battering the night before, but I decided (stupidly) to ignore it and go for a walk. Hah! Mother Nature said. Right where I want her!! She waited (like a bitch) until I was about three kilometres from home. Then she opened the …

Spring has Sprung!

Good morning everyone, (or, good last night, for a lot of you) today is the 1st of September, and you know what that means! That’s right! The Paperbook Collective Issue Two comes out TODAY!! (wooo, yeaaa, hand clapping, various cheering) It’s been a huge week for me, mainly due to the fact that my parents made a terrible decision about 21 years go and had my brother within a week of my sisters birthday. (22nd and 29th of August). Height of rudeness, wouldn’t you agree? These self same parents also decided to go on the trip of a lifetime to Europe this year, scheduling their return on the last Tuesday of this month, meaning we had a 4 hour round trip to pick them up from the airport (monsters)*. Oh, and guess what. Australia decided to have Father’s Day today. Doesn’t anyone know I have a magazine to produce? Finally, and most importantly of all, these monster parents are DRAGGING me kicking and screaming** down to the beautiful wineries of Margaret River today, to celebrate …

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 …