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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.  

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 …

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 …

Interview With Jayde-Ashe Thomas, the Genius Behind The Paperbook Collective

Originally posted on 1WriteWay:
Welcome to an interview with Jayde-Ashe Thomas, entrepreneur extraordinaire!  Jayde is the creator of the online literary journal, The Paperbook Collective Zine.  She also blogs at The Paperbook Blog; makes bound paper copies of the zine as well as Paperbook cards, posters, and bookmarks; sells her photography at a pop-up shop; and recently started a book exchange in her city of Bunbury, Australia. [Excuse me while I take a few minutes to catch my breath.  Just listing all that Jayde does leaves me a bit winded :)] *** M:  Jayde, thank you so much for agreeing to this interview and for spiriting yourself here all the way from Bunbury.  You must be famished.  What would be your pleasure?  Coffee, tea?  Something stronger? JAT: Thanks very much for having me Marie! It is an honour to be here. As you know gin and tonic is my tipple, but as it is only 10am over here in Western Australia perhaps I should stick to coffee for now. M:  Coming right up.  Just have…

I Need Your Imaginations!

Calling all of the creative spirits out there…I need your help! The time has come for me to get serious about my various enterprises, and combine them together beneath one business name. Obviously this name has to represent what I am about, as well as incorporate my separate ventures. I am having a lot of difficulty settling on the final word for my business name, which is where all of you come in! I need you to help me come up with the perfect name. Beneath the business name will be my various projects:    Obviously this incorporates The Paperbook Collective, as well as any future writing I do (fingers crossed!) The last six months have been very exciting in regards to my photography, as I am slowly starting to market it to the public through various events as well as through my little shop. Jayde Ashe designs at this stage refers to the handmade Paperbook cards, posters, bookmarks etc. that I make. This is another project that I hope will continue to expand as …

The Paperbook Collective | Issue Seven

Hello everyone. As you might have noticed, I have been appallingly absent from the WordPress halls. You might have also noticed that it is February 5th today. And I am four days late in publishing Issue Seven of The Paperbook Collective. Here is the apology part of the post: I am very sorry! And the thank you: You guys are all awesome for waiting so patiently! I won’t bore you with the who’s and the why’s and the when’s; rather I will get straight into the good stuff. Issue Seven has arrived! Here it is, in all its February glory. As always, I think the quality of work sent in is incredible. I thoroughly enjoyed putting this issue together, despite the delays. I do hope you enjoy reading it. PDF –  The Paperbook Collective Issue Seven 2014 ISSUU – The Paperbook Collective Issue Seven 2014 Cheers, and happy February everyone!

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 …

Year-End Post Special: Twenty Things We Learned Blogging This Year

I was very excited when the lovely Wayfarer of A Holistic Journey asked me to be involved in a reflective end of year post for 2013. The Wayfarer and I entered the WordPress world at a similar time at the start of this year, and have trodden different yet interesting paths to end up where we are now in terms of our blogging. So here are our musings on what the blogosphere has meant to us in 2013, as well as some wonderful insights from The Talking Violin and The Eye-Dancers, two very worthy blogs worth checking out. I hope you enjoy the post, and thanks once again to the Wayfarer for having me on board!

A Paperbook Update.

Good morning, afternoon, evening or good night! Salutations, wherever you are in the world. It’s been a more hectic week than usual, as you might have gathered from my weekend post. So it’s high time I caught my breath and updated everyone on The Paperbook Collective. The Culture Issue. Firstly, I want to say an enormous to everyone who shared, liked, reblogged, or read Issue Five of The Paperbook Collective. It had a record number of reblogs, which was absolutely thrilling. It is a lovely feeling to have people spreading the word about this little venture, it makes all the hard work more than worth while. Just on the off chance that you missed Issue Five, here are the links for you. PDF ~ The Paperbook Collective Issue Five 2013 ISSUU ~ The Paperbook Collective Issue Five 2013 It was a wonderful issue in which contributors shared a little piece of their culture. I absolutely loved reading it and I know you will too. Issue Six. Submissions are open for Issue Six until the 27th of December. Due …

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.

It has been a truly wonderful year. It feels so amazing to be able to say that, particularly with the hurdles that 2012 threw in my way. But I can honestly say that 2013 has rocked my socks off, culminating in one of the most incredible weekend I have had in my entire life. These are pretty big, bold statements, aren’t they. And I haven’t even started drinking yet, although there is a lovely selection of Christmas beverages available in the fridge. I think the reason why this year has been so fantastic is that I have finally, after many long years, begun chasing my dreams. I have spent the past eight years pushing my dreams away, afraid that if I actually gave them a try I would fail. And that would be embarrassing. And I don’t like to be embarrassed. This year, however, I have finally pulled myself together and given life a go. The result has been mind-blowing. I spent the weekend down at a winery in the Margaret River region of Western …