The Hang Over.

Fairly appropriate I am assuming given that it is New Years Day. 
Another beautiful look book by Planet Blue.

Hope you all have a wonderful night all over the world. I can't wait for another big year of blogging in 2012!

Down by the lake.

Taking a little Christmas break to spend some time with the family.

This is what I most likely will be wearing the whole time I am away, just chilling by the lake and involving myself in water sports, sausage sizzle eating, chip and dip munching and Christmas day feasting.

Seriously crushing on neon yellow and beige, combined.

Hope you all have a very Merry Christmas!

P.s. The Molten Store competition ends December the 28th, if you need a refresher on what you need to do, click HERE.

Bikini and Loose Italian Knit: Witchery

No Years.

Can I tell you something amazing ?

Are you from Brisbane ? Are you stumped for something unique and exciting to do on New Years Eve?

A mere five months since the launch of Molten Store, they are proud to present to the blogosphere their Brisbane-only giveaway, the "Molten Store’s No Years Competition".

Born from the notion that nothing exciting ever happens in Brisbane, No Years (held on New Years Eve) exists to fuse the best of Brisbane’s artistic talent for a celebration unlike any other. More than just your average New Years celebration, No Years will see bands such as The Holidays, Ball Park Music, Last Dinosaurs and Dum Dum Girls perform to a crowd of 1500 revelers at the Brisbane Powerhouse.

More than just your average New Years celebration, No Years will see bands such as The Holidays, Ball Park Music, Last Dinosaurs and Dum Dum Girls perform to a crowd of 1500 revelers at the Brisbane Powerhouse. Selected works from the look book of our in house label Molten Relic, launched last month, will be on display, showcasing our love for all things sentimental, bohemian and obscure.

For your chance to win a double pass to the No Years event valued at $180, simply follow these three easy steps!

1. Follow Social Emissions on Google Friend Connect or Bloglovin.
2. Follow Social Emissions on facebook here.
2. Like Molten Store on Facebook here.
3. Comment on Molten Store’s Facebook Page with a shout out to moi, so they know who sent them!

It's simple! Best part is that if one of my lovely Brisbane readers win, then I also win a beautiful Molten Store print that will be featured on the night to hang on my currently very bare walls. YAY!

Good luck kids!

Small press networks in the digital age

Julie Koh, Zoe Dattner and Louise Swinn

Sleepers Publishing is an independent publishing house based in Melbourne. Founded by Zoe Dattner and Louise Swinn in 2003, it advocates for new and emerging writers in Australia. Writer Julie Koh interviewed Louise and Zoe about the implications of new technologies for the work of Sleepers Publishing and other small presses across Australia.

How does social networking impact on how you connect with readers?

Social media is a really quick and easy way to speak to our audience frequently and light-heartedly. We use Twitter, which is big in the publishing industry, and Facebook. Some of our authors are great social networkers: Steven Amsterdam is big on Facebook, with regular and interesting updates, and miles vertigan is a prolific Tweeter. His tweets are funny and irreverent, and a great companion to his book, Life Kills - they have a similar style and sense of humour to the book, so they are each a tiny publicity stunt.

The Sleepers App for iPhone comprises short stories from previous Almanacs. What was your rationale behind creating the app? Are you finding this technology to be a worthwhile venture?

We were aware a few years ago that reading habits were starting to change, and as we began to make our existing books available as ebooks we also wanted to dive into a new format. The iPhone App seemed like a good way to start because we know many users of the iPhone, and the great thing about it is that it’s with you all the time. There have been sales but digital formats are generally slow at the moment, and plenty of our readers still prefer paper books. However, it’s been a really useful way for us to get our toes in the water of digital reading, and we have discovered a fondness there. We are, increasingly, surrounded with friends and family reading on Kindles and iPads.

You publish in both paper book and ebook formats. Are you finding one format to be more popular than the other? How much do you think this will change in the future?

All of our books are now available as ebooks. We still sell more paper books, by a long margin, but it’s slowly changing. It can be hard to find the books you want as ebooks in Australia, due to territorial rights, so readers are sometimes wary of investing in the new technology until everything is available. However, availability is increasing, in multiple formats, starting, for us, with Readings and Kobo, and we envisage a steady rise in ebook take-up from our readers over the next few years.

A few years ago, the Small Press Underground Networking Community (SPUNC), in which you are both involved, commissioned a report by Kate Freeth, A lovely kind of madness: Small and independent publishing in Australia (2007). Freeth found that some of the more common difficulties that small presses face relate to issues of distribution, publicity, marketing and public awareness. How is SPUNC helping small presses to confront these difficulties?

SPUNC has been invaluable at connecting small presses with the ebook retailers/distributors, and therefore showing us the market that is out there. It can be difficult to keep up to date with all of the technology as it changes so it’s terrific having someone "on the ground", digitally speaking, to keep us in the loop. In terms of paper book distribution and marketing, the SPUNC site and blog and surrounding social networks creates an easy to access way into a community of likeminded publishers, and a community of eager readers. It’s the linking and educating that SPUNC does so well.

Can you comment further on how new technology has had, and will have, an impact on the operation of Sleepers Publishing and small presses in Australia?

We can’t speak with any authority about other small presses but, at Sleepers, it has been terrifically energising to know that we are now able to access a worldwide community. Prior to ebooks, it has been near impossible for us to take our books out of Australia and New Zealand, but now we are in the global market. We look forward to seeing that grow and continue. Sometime in the future, we will print fewer books – ideally only printing on demand – therefore reducing the need for warehousing or, as is the case at the moment, overcrowding our micro-tiny office. We look forward to that day!

Louise and Zoe discuss the Sleepers iPhone app,
the founding of Sleepers Publishing and paper books.

Mr Chow.

As promised this the last of my touristy American posts.

LA most certainly took me by surprise, but that's what happens when you travel with no expectations. I ate some of the best food in my LIFE here. Hospitatlity especially within the restaraunts and cafes was exceptional and there were no hesitations in paying the required tips, as it was always well deserved. We stayed in West Hollywood on Sunset blvd. Just minutes down the road from the Viper Room, Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive, Melrose Ave and Robertson Ave. Following our Hollywood homes tour (which made me feel like a massive stalker) my friends and I worked out that from our hotel rooms that we could see directly into the penthouse that Jennifer Aniston will be staying in now given that she just sold her house for $32 million or something. Like I said, food was amazing but with out a doubt one of the most exciting moments on the trip was having dinner at Mr Chows (very popular with the stars). Although making a booking, there was still an hours wait before been seated, but that was all made worth it when we realised we were sitting only a couple tables away from Jason Segel aka. Marshal from HIMYM. SO EXCITING!

Don't know if LA is much a place for the lads, but most certainly a A+ shopping destination for the ladies. LA boast some of the worlds best designer flagship stores as well as immediate access to almost any label you can think of in Macy's, Bloomingdale's and Neiman Marcus. Also an extensive number of vintage stores (although we didn't see many of these, I know that they are there) and popular stores such as Opening Ceremony (thoroughly enjoyed looking through the Rodarte capsule collection). Given the location and the atmosphere, I felt it was only appropriate to buy something extra special which I can't wait to show you all.

Must DO in LA:

- Rodeo Drive
- Melrose and Robertson Ave
- DisneyLand
- Hollywood Homes tour
- Hollywood Blvd
- Eat out on Sunset Blvd

Sin City.

There is really no other words to describe Vegas other then OH MY GOD.

This place is hectic to say the very least, and expensive (thanks a bunch gallery nightclub, all we wanted was to see Snoop Dog). Really not a whole lot to do during the day other then sleep in and get room service at 2pm in the afternoon, get up and get ready to do l again.

My recommendations:

Cirque Du Soleil "O" . Amazing!
Holly Madison PeepShow. Surprisingly tasteful and good quality entertainment
Gallery Nightclub @ Planet Hollywood
The Palms : Moonlight Bar for Dirty Tuesday. It's all in the title.
MGM Grand Buffet
The Old Vegas. Just for a little history.

Last post, L.A.

Outta Town.

Can't go to America without doing a road trip.

After our Disney adventure, we packed up our bags and hit the road.

Destination... Vegas Baby!

It's pretty much just one big straight road of driving, really not a whole lot to see along the way other then mountain sides, abandoned shacks and huge crazy ass American cars. We did manage to tick of one thing on our "to-do list" on the way... Eat at traditional American style dine-in... aka Denny's. One look at the menu alone almost made me vomit, so I opted for the safest choice, which just so happened to be a mango smoothie. Even that tasted deep fried.

I tell you what I did love though... the massive selection of M&M flavours.Yum!

Service Announcement.

Just a brief note to my readers that I will be not posting for the next five weeks, as I'm off to "the home of the brave and the land of the free."

I'd like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a safe and prosperous New Year.

Happiest Place On Earth.

So, between then end of November and the start of December I packed up my bags for the millionth time this year. Ditched the computers, phones, internet and blogging and headed over to the big U S of A. 

I have sorted through the photo's and I have decided that this weekend will be just one big onslaught of American fun for you all. Starting of course with the happiest place on earth. 

We arrived in LA, Anaheim on Thanks giving (It's weird traveling from Australia to America, we left and arrived on the same day at almost the same time!). Getting there early, we quickly checked in and headed straight to Disneyland!!!!!!!! I put several exclamation marks because as you can tell by the last photo here, I was extremely happy that after 22 years on this planet, I finally made it there! We spent the day just wondering around enjoying our selves and being there. You don't have to get on every ride to make the most of the place, the atmosphere alone is enough. We dinned on traditional JUMBO turkey legs (It was thanksgiving day, so it made sense) and a churro or two, or three....

Spinning tea cup ride was everything I dreamed it to be. 

Stay tuned.