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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 …

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 …

A Bookstore and a Dream.

Some of you may remember my list of ‘resolutions’ for 2014, typed in a fit of energy and self-righteousness several weeks ago. Some of them have been a complete and utter failure…Let’s be honest, I haven’t read a single book from my Christmas tree. I am still determined to delve into my Encyclopaedias, but it may have to wait for a time this year when I don’t have quite so much going on. Riiiight…. Getting The Paperbook Collective printed in colour and finding advertising are still very possible, but they are a slow burn project that probably won’t take off until later this year. However, I am very happy, no, completely ecstatic to announce that resolution number five is well and truly underway! Believe it or not, I have managed to start a Book Exchange in my city! I wrote about the tragic closure of two of our bookstores in Issue Six of The Paperbook Collective. In a city of roughly 68 000 people we were left with a total of one bookstore, and no …

A Paperbook Tale.

Whenever you create something, no matter what it is, the greatest achievement you can hope for is that your creation touches someone’s life. Even in the smallest way. The Paperbook Collective is a compilation of all of our contributors creative work, and I hope that in producing the magazine, I help in linking that creative work with people who enjoy it. I get a lot of feedback on the magazine from contributors and WordPress readers alike, which is always hugely appreciated. I probably don’t pass that feedback on to all of you often enough, as life has an annoying habit of getting in the way. I hope that the magazine is, in some small way, helping people. Perhaps it is giving people the confidence to pursue their dream of getting published. Perhaps it is giving people more confidence in their photography, or their artwork, or their poetry. Perhaps it is giving people a place to receive feedback on their work from anonymous and unbiased readers. Or perhaps it is providing inspiration to readers through its …

Working Title: The Time Thief.

Wow, what a start to 2014. I have barely had time to draw breath this year, which has meant that The Paperbook Blog has been shamefully neglected. Rest assured, there had been a LOT going on behind the scenes. First things first, every single zine order has been posted! As I type there are copies of issues 4, 5 & 6 flitting their way across the globe towards your mailbox, eager to be opened, read and enjoyed by you.I am in a very zine loving mood at the moment, so keep the orders flowing in. The creative juices haven’t just been limited to zine making though. I have been working on lots of other Paperbook goodies, all of which you are very welcome to order!     I have framed Paperbook quotes from Issues 1 – 6, as well as some handmade Paperbook notepads and posters. Yes, it is quite possible that I have gone Paperbook mad. Another insanely exciting (and slightly terrifying) thing has happened…I have opened a little pop-up shop! This has been the …

Support Your Local Bookstore – No One Else Is Going To.

I hope you will bear with me while I do a little shameless self-promotion. For those of you who have made your way to the end of Issue Six of The Paperbook Collective, you may have already read my piece on the slow demise of the humble book store. For those of you who haven’t had time yet to sit down with the latest issue, I would like to share my story with you in preparation for the first project I am tackling in 2014. I spoke briefly about it in my post about Reading My Christmas Tree and other 2014 challenges, and I received some excellent advice and links to follow up from some of my fellow bloggers. The following piece will explain what it’s all about ~ __________________________________________________ I’ve always loved to read. Even before I could read, I loved to read. When I was a toddler my favourite book in the world was my Little Golden Books copy of The Little Red Caboose. My parents would read it to me every night, …

The Paperbook Collective | Issue Six

There wasn’t any fireworks in our city centre on New Years Eve. Any official fireworks, that is. At around a quarter to midnight, when I was sitting comfortably on my couch, gin in hand, a huge bang went off outside. I raced on to my balcony to find a fireworks display going on in the middle of the street, literally metres away from my apartment window. For those of you who aren’t aware, fireworks are illegal in all states of Australia. Highly illegal, according to a police statement released in the following days. But I took a timely lesson from those kids who ran giggling and screaming off into the bushes that New Years Eve, thrilled with their devious ingenuity. If no one is going to put on a fireworks display for you, you better do it yourself. And it is what The Paperbook Collective is all about, I guess. No one was going to come knocking on my door, asking to publish my writing or exhibit my photography. So, here I am, doing it …

Reading My Christmas Tree and Other 2014 Resolutions.

I’m not one for making New Years Resolutions. I guess I used to, a few years ago, but the only goal I ever seemed to achieve was spectacularly failing all my resolutions. I’m feeling a bit optimistic this morning though. It could be because I have been listening to Flight of the Conchords non stop for the past four hours, and have consequently been cackling away to myself in an empty apartment. If you are ever feeling a bit flat, I highly recommend you give these guys a listen. Here are a few song lyrics from my favourite song, Hurt Feelings, to inspire you: It’s my birthday/2003/waiting for a call from my family/……/they forgot about me/ The day after my birthday is not my birthday Mum! I am also finishing of Issue Six of The Paperbook Collective, and I am really happy with how it’s going. It will be released on time tomorrow, all things going according to plan. So that’s awesome.  Anyway, I have been thinking about a few things I would like to achieve …

The Paperbook Collective ~ 2014.

Hello Paperbook people around the globe! I hope you all had a sensational Christmas and New Year, and that you took plenty of time out to relax and read. I certainly did. But now I am slowly getting back in the Paperbook groove, which is just as well because there is a lot of exciting things coming up in Paperbook Land over the next few weeks! Firstly, Issue Six is set to be released on the 7th of January, in two days time (or three, depending upon where you are in the world). I am very impressed with the submissions I have received, bearing in mind that we have just had the biggest festive period of the year to contend with. I am thrilled to see some old friends and new faces amongst the January contributors. Every month we seem to receive around 50% of submissions from regular contributors, and 50% of submissions from first time contributors. I think this is the perfect mix, keeping the magazine fresh and original while still ensuring that reader’s …