Monday, 13 August 2012

A little wordy?

Day two of my new journal ideas :) Yesterday, I won't lie, I didn't get them all written, but today I plan to make up for it! The bright colours make me want to write so much more!

Here are today's prompts;

Go and write, lovely people of the interwebs! I've also had another thought, do you have any great ideas for prompts? Yes? Contact me! Let me know and I'll put them into one of these lovely boxes of bright. Filled with the hopes and dreams of baby colours every where :)

Unicorn kisses and love to my lovelies xx

Sunday, 12 August 2012


My beautifuls, my lovelies, sweet delicious people of the world - I have had an idea! Of course I couldn't stop writing, it was much too difficult to just stop, even though I mentioned that I would be moving over to my Travel Blog. So whilst coming up with new ideas for writing prompts etc. (Pinterest is my bestest friend at the moment!)

So here I thought, how about Julz had a certain number of words she has to write a day eh? Then I thought, that could get REALLY boring - so I've come up with questions to answer for different lengths each day and I'll be posting them here for you to enjoy as well, should you find yourselves favoring this technique. The first one is below.

What do you think? Good idea? I am loving it so far - I'll be posting every weekday (or trying really really hard to!) best of luck to all you beautiful writers out there. I'd love to hear what you wrote in response to any of these prompts, and if you like I may even organise to publish a few on the ol' blogsie if there's interest!

Love & Hugs

Sunday, 22 July 2012

Tales of Sharks and Near Death Experiences

Ok so I exaggerate. Nobody nearly died, well except that I may have died from my heart beating so fast it just gave up.

Head over to One Step Around the World to read about lover's stupid embrace with a shark!

Love to you all :) xx

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Oh My Apologies are Fierce!

Hello my lovelies! I am so sorry to have been so incredibly lax that my last post was OVER A MONTH AGO. Shocking, and really, truly, I am sorry.

I check in with an EXCITING (for me) update! Work has decided to send me to Bali for 5 nights as a 'Thank you for your hard work' reward :) I will be going with another friend of mine that works in our southern office and it shall be AMAZING!

This, and my previous travels to obscure beaches had prompted a change in blogging, from writing and organizing - to travel! Feel free to follow more consistent updates at One Step Around the World of my travels, where I've been, where to go, my bucket list, a bit about me and what's in store!

I shall still tend to this lovely writerly blog of mine from time to time and I miss you all and still follow all your blogs my lovelies :)

Best wishes & unicorn kisses xx

Julz Perri

Monday, 28 May 2012

I love a sunburnt country...

A land of sweeping plains, off ragged mountain ranges, of droughts and flooding rains. You can find that poem here. It's an iconic poem about Australia written by Dorothea MacKellar that seemed fitting to open this post. Why? Well I have had a revelation my wonderful lovelies. I love my country. I think my whole life I've taken for granted how fantastic this place is. I'm so lucky to live here. I've seen but a tiny part of this massive, beautiful country and I can't wait to see more. While travelling overseas is definitely on my list - why not discover this grand beauty that is right in my backyard? I'm so lucky. We were scarcely touched by the GFC and finding jobs (I have found) is still pretty darn easy (I've heard it's not such a delight for you Americans out there!).

This is the Australia I know (and love);



How lucky am I? Well we have this; 


And these. These are the places I want to discover.... (beware, there are many)














And these are the people I want to meet;






There is just so much to see and do in this beautiful country :) I'm so excited to travel it with my lover over the next few years.

Do you have a jewel of a country that you've taken for granted? Where've you been? Where will you go? What places have you not even considered a great destination to explore that are right under your nose?

Love, hugs & unicorn kisses.

Disclaimer: I own none of the above photos. All have been sourced from Pinterest with a link to the publishing website shown beneath each picture.

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

So the universe keeps on trying.... [Language Warning]

To get me down. And after a quick sob, an undeserving rant at the lover (sorry hun) and a coffee I'm determined that it's not going to work. You may have read an earlier post of mine about how life keeps trying to punch me in the face. Well today I had a tad more greeeaaaaaat news. (I really do wish there was a font for sarcasm).

After getting my car all fixed up to go over the pits again the ABS light came on. Yay. So I dropped it off at the auto electricians this morning to get it looked at. I expected a couple hundred bucks - what more can the world charge me? I just received a lovely phone call from a rather empathetic chap (but I think I like people too much) kindly informing that my whole ABS module is rooted and it will cost me $2600 to replace. Roughly. That's when my eyes got a smidge watery, wondering how in hell I'm supposed to pay all these bills. Then he kindly went on to explain what had gone wrong. Ready for this one? He said;

"Have you had your engine cleaned recently?"

My heart dropped. Why yes, yes I have actually. It was on the list I received from the vehicle examination centre.

"Oh," he said, "Well the reason behind it is that there is extensive corrosion from steam/pressure cleaning that has pushed water past the plugs."

Extensive? It was done a week ago! EXTENSIVE CORROSION! Those fuckers. Those fuckers I paid $1360 to fix my car had caused a MORE EXPENSIVE PROBLEM! I want to go back to that place and hi five them. In the face. With my foot. Or maybe my handbag. If I fill it with rocks first.

So I don't really know what is going to happen now because I don't have the money they want to fix it. I can drive the car around ok without fixing it but will it pass the examination? Probably not. That's the next phone call I plan on making - to check that out. Maybe I'll just get rid of it unregistered and buy a piece of crap in it's place.

Any of you care to share? Misery does indeed love company - any advice? Have you ever been in a similar 'life sucks' situation?

Love & hugs xx

100 Words or Less

I'm trying a new take on creating excitement. I've been working on a couple of 100 words or less stories. This is the first one I wrote. It's honest to god shocking - but I'm posting it here to be cemented in history to be my comparison after I (hopefully) improve!

Do you write any flash fiction? I'd love to read it if you do!

Love, hugs & unicorn kisses xxox

“We still on for Friday?”

“I guess.”

“When are we going to skip?”

“I dunno, whenever.”

“I’ll leave after second, it’ll be easier.”

“Second? That’s half the god damn day, why would you even bother skipping?”

“Fine. I’ll try and get out after first.”

“Meet you at the old oak.”

“Sounds good.”

The carefree youth walked off, shoulders slouching, feet dragging across the cold concrete.
He had everything he needed. The second youth crossed the street and pulled back the heavy door of the van.

“Get it?” he asked the driver.

“Got it. On Friday, he’s a dead man.”

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Journal Porn & Writing Tools

Good morning, afternoon or night! How are you all? Good? Good. Today's post? Well I've been doing a bit of pinterest stalking lately and a few beautiful writing journals caught my eager eye! I don't know about you other writers out there, but I have a bit of a journal fetish :|

I love journals. Love love. I have too many already but can't throw any away and still find reasons to buy more... so of course I love perusing the jaw-dropping stunners of journals on pinterest. Here are a few that I had to repin for loves sake :)

(I feel as though I ought to apologise in advance for just how many there are, like I said, I love journals)
This is my favourite - owl! via





So I think I'll leave you with that for the time being :) I love love love journals! I want them all! Do you have a journal fetish? Mine is becoming a bit of a problem - I don't have enough room to put all my empty journals!

Now... onto the business end of things, what are the essential items required for journal writing? Pen and paper? Yes. However I've just outlined below some of my very favourite tools to use when writing and where you can get them from!

Do you like what you see? Oh my goodness gracious I wish I had the coin to own all 9! So, I've chose three pens, three journals, and three desk accessories I think would be a huge improvement to my writing zone!

  1. Papermate Flexigrip Ultra Capped Pen - available from Officeworks.
  2. Metal Twist Ballpoint Pen: Organisk - available from Kikki-K (I actually have this pen! Love!).
  3. Philosophy Pen Shell & Floral Black - available from Officeworks.
  4. Contrast Notes - available from Typo.
  5. Leather A5 Notebook: Sand - available from Kikki-K.
  6. Philosophy Pack of 3 A6 Notebooks - available from  Officeworks.
  7. Right On Desk Pad - available at  Typo.
  8. Marbig Desktop Organiser - available at  Officeworks.
  9. Letter Holder: Card - available at  Kikki-K.

The prices range from $2 to over 50! But I love them all :) Is there anything is there that you'd maybe take out? Anything that you'd add? Keep an eye out for my next post, which is on my essentials of novel writing :)

Much love to you all xx

Monday, 21 May 2012

The Feature Article

Hey all you lovely people out there, whether you are writers or not I think that everyone will have read a feature article in their life. If you are a writer, even if you're strictly a novelist, short story writer or poet... the feature article is a form of writing that is applicable to everybody in everyday life. That spread in women's weekly about the man that died under a brick wall? Feature article. The article on Anna Bligh in the Financial Review's BOSS magazine? Feature Article.* So... you may ask why I have decided to harp on about this form of writing. Well, for starters we have looked at it during my studies, but the main reason is because of something my lecturer said.


I listen to all my lectures in the car, it works out pretty well because my commute to work usually works out to be around the same length as my lectures. I was listening to the lecture on feature articles (and I must admit, doing a fair bit of daydreaming as I was stopped at the lights) when I heard the lecturer say these five words;

"You could do it now"

I was like - what can I do now? He went on to explain that interviews, good research and an ethical approach was all we needed in order to go ahead and write a feature article to submit to a publication. We'd learnt how to interview, research and behave ethically, and he simply said that now we know what a feature article entails, that we could go ahead and write one. Perhaps even get it published. It opened up worlds for me, those five simple words.

At first had a rush of self-doubt flood my mind. Surely I couldn't write a feature article to be published, I mean who was I? Who would want to read what I'd written, I'm pretty boring. However it all started to sink in and I realised that this is how you start.


I fully intend to write (and maybe) publish novels in my future, however I felt strangely connected to the idea of writing a feature article. The way the lecturer explained 'getting in' the situation you're discussing and bringing your own personal discovery to the article enthralled me. I imagined already what I'd write about the hot topic of violence in Northbridge. I imagined myself driving around the suburb at 2am, having never experienced clubbing there myself, getting a first hand account of whether the violence was true, exaggerated or understated and then bringing the opinion of a 20 yo that doesn't club to the table. I know this probably doesn't translate and is terribly boring to many of you - but in that one moment my eyes were opened to the vast world of opportunity that awaits me.

Have any of you experienced an 'eye opening moment' that defined your career as a writer? Or even your hobby as a writer, or something that contributed to your success?

I'd love to hear from you :)

Love, hugs & unicorn kisses xoxo

*My apologies to those of you from around the world for all the Australian references, but I am Australian so there you go!

Sunday, 13 May 2012

The Versatile Blogger Award! Consider it accepted!

Hello and goodmorning, afternoon or night :) The wonderful Diane Carlisle has been kind enough to award my blog the Versatile Blogger Award! It was such a wonderful brightening of my day! If she hadn't awarded me first Diane would be the first blog that I would award in return! The rules of this award are fairly straightforward;
  1. Thank the person that nominated you.
  2. Share seven things about yourself.
  3. Nominate seven other versatile bloggers.
So I intend to do just that - HUGE thank you to Diane for the award, it is enthusiastically accepted and humbly appreciated!

Seven things about myself? Hmmm... let's see how random I can get;
  1. When I was little we had a three legged, one eyed cat called Jaquie that was mean - she died under the house.
  2. I moved out of home one month after my seventeenth birthday to live with three 18 year olds. Drink drank drunk.
  3. I'm newly addicted to Skyrim and it's going online next year. I fear I have one year of social life left.
  4. Lover and I have been doing the long distance thing for a year now, and even though he's moved back to our hometown, I've moved to the city for work and it's just as hard as everyone says it will be.
  5. I have five siblings. Four sisters and a brother and we hardly ever all get together to catch up at the same time as we're scattered across Australia.
  6. I want to buy a castle in England when I grow up.
  7. I had a horse called Bundy that I loved to bits. When she was sold they came and picked her up while I was at work and I didn't get to say goodbye.
Now to name seven other wonderfully versatile bloggers!
  1. Bailee @ Lost and Found
  2. Michelle @ Michelle Krys
  3. Teralyn @ A Writer's Journey
  4. Ruth @ Ruth Lauren Steven
  5. Emily @ One Girl and Her iPod
  6. Britt @ AlmostBritain
  7. Charity @ This Is Life
These are all wonderful blogs that I LOVE to read and check for updates on a daily basis! Yes I'm pretty obsessed with these wonderful ladies :)

Best of luck to you all and thank you again to Diane for the wonderful award! Loves, hugs & unicorn kisses!

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Life's a Bitch. So I steeled myself and fought that bitch back.

Language Warning

Sorry once again for my absence! However by the end of this post I hope that you do forgive me and understand why once more blogging was shoved roughly into the scary dark recesses of my mind. Well last time I checked in I mentioned that I'd visited the dentist a three times in a week. To expand, the first visit was to have a tooth filled, the second was to see the dentist after the filling had already come loose, and the third was to have the very same tooth extracted because my tooth had shattered into pieces in my gum. Lovely thought eh?

 So now my teeth are beautiful. I've actually had braces, multiple fillings and a root canal (the root canal tooth got pulled) but I take the best care of my teeth! I blame genetics. Meanwhile lover can neglect tooth brushing for weeks and still go see the dentist and have just a clean required. I fume silently.

So, in addition to that, I've had a couple of major assignments due with uni - no biggie, just having to fit it all around work whilst keeping up with the weekly lectures etc. I've also had to move out of my unit and into a house with my Uncle to save some dollars because paying $350 a week for a unit when lover doesn't even live there is ridiculous - so that had to go. In addition to simply moving all my crap (and I have a lot of crap) I needed to organise a top to bottom clean. With uni and work I ended up getting cleaners in because of my time restraints. That was couple of hundred dollars. It is also a requirement of my lease that we have the carpets professionally cleaned. So that is happening today for another $200 (I tell you what, if I don't get my bond back I'm going to have to roll a bitch).


The most recent of dramas? Last week I rang the department of transport to ask about my car rego (we don't have the stickers anymore see and I haven't seen the bill in a while) and they were like 'Oh dear! Your car has been unregistered since May last year!' I was like what the fuuuuuuuck? I checked the address and I was definitely living there when they reckon they sent it out. Bullshit if you ask me. The kind woman also so delightfully added 'As a driver it's your responsibility to make sure it's paid. You should know better' - ah... FUCK YOU BITCH (apologies) but wasn't that what I was doing at that precise moment by calling and checking where it was at? Who are you to tell me what I 'should' be doing? But I digress.

Anyhow, before I hung up she managed to squeeze in a real quick 'Oh and your driver's license has expired too, so you can't drive your car, and you can't drive. Any car. At all.' Well thank you kindly for your help. Delightful. So I had to call lover up to chauffeur me around to get my license - which was simple apart from the hour long wait in the licensing centre just to pay a bill. Sheesh. Another $100 gone. As my car has been unregistered for over 3 months it needs to have a 'vehicle examination' which is a $90 fee. Lovely. So I booked an examination and was promptly rewarded with a long list of 'not good enough's to go get fixed. Also, to drive my car without a license I need to pay $21.80 for a 48 hour permit. Once the 48 hours is up, I need to pay another $21.80 to get another one. Sheesh.

Trying to be onto it with everything, I booked my car in as early as possible with a centre that took care of tyres, auto electrics and mechanics so it could all be sorted in one go. That was for today. So this morning I drove to the centre, dropped off my car and keys to the friendly young man behind the desk and called a taxi (lover has since returned to the farm leaving me relying heavily on taxis!). I stood in the miserable rain waiting and eventually got to work on time. I just received a phone call from this charming young lad apologetically informing me that it will cost $1365 to fix all said problems in the car and also 'it didn't start first try'. Really. It's always started like a charm for me. So new battery as well.

So to sum up, here are my newly accrued expenses;

Dentist $600
Cleaning $400
License $100
Vehicle Examination $90
Vehicle Repairs $1365
TOTAL = $2565

Just to pop this into perspective. I save $50 a week. I had $1250 in savings. That's gone and I still have to pay whatever my new rego ends up being. I make $633 a week after tax working 9-5 Mon to Fri. $150 goes towards rent, $100 to my dad to pay back a loan after hitting a kangaroo left me with $7000 of damages, $60 to pay off previous vehicle repairs, $75 for my car loan, $50 to savings and $60 to my 'monthly bills' kitty - so phone, power, gas etc. This leaves me with $138 to buy fuel ($80 a week), groceries and other petty unforeseen expenses.

Life is most definitely a bitch trying to make me crack. BUT I WON'T LET HER I TELL YOU! Even though I feel like any more bills on top of this would break me, I'm determined not to let this crazy pile of dramas overwhelm me! I'm seeing it as a test of my character. I can whinge (which I suppose I may have done a bit on this post - my utmost apologies if it seems that way!) or I can soldier on, organise payment plans, get a second job and work my butt off, study hard and don't go anywhere or do anything! No more coffees from Maccas or lunch from the deli. I will pack lunch and I will drink the coffee at work.

Tell you what though, I'm going to need a payrise at the next review - not because of my expenses, pay should never be increased because of your personal life. I will need a payrise because of how much more I'm doing than my starting salary was intended for!

Have any of you beautiful, wonderful, lovely readers out there ever felt that life was dealing you crappy hand after crappy hand for its own amusement? Did you soldier on? Get through it? I'd love to hear from you, especially if you're experiencing this right now :)

Love, hugs and unicorn kisses.

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Using Your Writing Journal to Create Characters...

Hi everybody! Sorry I've been so quiet for so long but things have been hectic lately! With assignments, work and three trips to the dentist in a week I've had to neglect my poor little blog! However, I'm back! And I'm ready to get back into blogging about what I love most - writing.

This post is basically about how to create characters from your writing journal. I don't know about you, but I write a lot of crap in my journal. I'm pretty sure my last post was about a crap journal entry that I did because I use my journal to just empty the sludge from my brain.


I really enjoy going back over my journal and reading some of the random entries that I've put in there. One thing that I noticed most recently, particularly as I'm trying to create some characters for my new novel, is that each of my entries has it's own voice. I noticed the voice of the passage varied largely due to my changes in mood when I was writing. In some cases, it was hard to imagine that the same person had written the two passages. It's not just the anger, sadness, frustration or excitement that comes out making it seem different... it's the way I've written when in any of these moods.

I don't know if reviewing your journal would uncover a similar idea, but this is how I found reviewing my writing turned out. I narrowed it down to a few simple things that can influence the voice of a passage, thus creating a founding for a character to be created.

1. Pace
How fast a piece of writing moves when you read it is indicative of the person that wrote it. Or in this case, the character.There is a piece in my journal where I write about thunderstorms and making love in the rain. In this piece, the flow is slower and almost more sensual where I describe thunderstorms and the emotions and feelings that they bring out. Another piece I wrote, while anxious and excited, runs through extremely fast, flitting from one topic to another - which is a huge difference when compared to the thunderstorm piece. When reading these two entries, I imagined a sexy, seductive woman describing thunderstorms. I imagined her being mature, but not old (about 30). When reading the fast-paced piece, I imagined an excited young teenager, someone naive and scatterbrained.

2. Description
Different people describe things to differing levels of detail. For example, I have a friend that will explain her morning to you in excruciating detail. To the point that you almost have to ask her what the point of her story was, to get her to finish it. In some pieces of writing I've done this to try and capture the essence of a location or feeling that I didn't want to lose. Other people however, leave a lot to the imagination when describing something, these people are the ones you often find yourself asking questions to, to try and understand what they're trying to get across.

3. Language
This is wasn't such a jump out for me when reading my entries, as I obviously have my own language, dialect and way of speaking. It was only in a couple of entries, when I was writing as someone else, that the way someone speaks is a great factor in creating a character. If all my characters spoke exactly the same... it would be unnatural, not to mention boring.

With these three points in place, I was able to more selectively pick and choose what aspects of myself I wanted to see in my characters. This hounds back to the philosophy that everything we write is representative of our self, and I couldn't agree more with that sentiment. Each character we create will have something of ourselves in it in order to bring it alive - we can't give characters what we ourselves don't have.

I hope this helps in developing characters - have a read through your journal and see if you can see how different entries seem written by other people.

Best of luck to you all! :)

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Random Journal Entry

So, I have a hard time writing quality stuff. I can sit down and right alright, but usually I just churn out garbage. Do any of you experience this? If you do, don't let it get you down. I use to, now I just roll with it, and occasionally I'll write something that I'll visit again.

To encourage those of you that write bollocks as much as I do, here is what I wrote on a plane, whilst zooming my way towards balmy Broome where lover was waiting. I was nervous, and so wrote like I talk when I'm nervous... scatterbrainedy and fast. Bee tee dub, this is all unedited *cringe*


I sighed with relief, at least I wasn't sitting next to someone that I'd be regretting the whole flight. He was young, and polite enough. I sat down and made friendly small talk. He was a pilot! I think I thought that was cooler than he did. He seemed to talk himself down a bit - telling me that he 'just' flew prison planes. I didn't even know that prison's had planes to transfers inmates.

Flying is amazing isn't it? I'm awed by how huge big machines can power thorugh the air, I really should look into finding out how planes work. I reckon it would be fascinating. There's a lot of clouds today - so there won't be much of a view for the flight but that's ok - I guess I can focus on my writing more.

I should write more - this entry has turned into a crazy jumble of all of the thoughts flying through my head - perhaps I should write more often - even just ot get the garbage out so that when the time comes - I can write decent stuff!

Anyway, the plan keeps tipping and turning and I feel like my journal is going to slide off my little tray. That'd be embarrassing, better hold onto it a little tighter.

The flight in estimated at 2hrs 11minutes. Which is a pretty good time when you consider the fact that it took lover 2 FULL days of driving just to get to Broome. I don't know what kind of aeroplane I'm on (I'm pretty hopeless with that kind of stuff) but it's only four seats wide, with an aisle down the middle - one of the attendants fills it right up! That sounds awful, but just trying to paint a picture here.

Virgin flights aren't that bad actually - they bring you food and the seats are fine for me - lover would struggle though - he'd have to get to the airport earlier than me and book the exit seat. They're bringing food, god, as if my breath isn't awful enough - I hope they give me the mints that they did last time. They oughta freshen up the fairy slipper situation I got going on in those chompers.

There are two girls behind me that are your typical giggly teens. And yup - just as annoying. One of them keeps saying 'Oh my got I almost died!' or 'We're gonna die!' with every kick of turbulance. It's like, grow the fuck up bitch, you'll live dammit. And if we were all going to die, don't yo uthink the rest of the plane might be freaking out too? I suppose I was like that once so I'll just pop in my headphones and refrain from saying anything rude to them.

My first flight to Broome I still remember well - I was on a bigger plane and there were screens in the backs of all the seats. I made the mistake of not paying the $7.50 to watch foxtel, it looked good! I was seated across from a girl with orange hair - she was lovely. She was flying up to go work in a remote community and had just said goodbye to her family, whom she wouldn't see for six months. I felt awful for her. I still wonder where she is and what she's doing these days. I think it's been about 9 months since I saw her, so hopefully she was able to spend some time with her family. I can't wait to see Pickle. 

God I'm so scatterbrained today - and now my eyes hurt. From the early start of too much writing you think?

Weather ahead and a reasonably smooth flight they say. THUNDERSTORMS in Broome - fuck yeah baby, I love be a good thunderstorm!

So that was my whole entry that day. Nuts eh? Now that I look back on it, there are some funny bits but still, the writing is god awful! See? Writing bad stuff isn't so bad, now I've got some points of humor I can add to my WIPs, I'm not real good at humour you see :)

Love & Hugs

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

A Reunion of Families!

Hey there lovelies. Most of you lovely readers probably don't know this, but I come from a family of 6 siblings. Yup, six. I am number five. Well it's been YEARS since all six of us have caught up at the one time. I have three neices and two nephews, so with us living all over the joint, and all the different families - it's a rare occurance. I think the last time was when I was... eight? Now I'm 20, so that's twelve good years ago!

Well, yesterday we managed to get all of us together. That's Fernie from down south, Carrie from Kununurra, Ash from Darwin, and Bron, Narz & I from Perth. It was a beautiful day and a great bbq!

Here are some happy pics of our reunion yesterday. It was soo good to allll catch up!

The baby of the siblings.

Fernie and I chillin' out.

Showing off my best side ;)

My brother, sister and neice :)

Cutest kid I ever laid eyes on!

Cheezles featured predominantly on the day.

The whole clan!

The original six siblings.

So I had a FANTASTIC day catching up with all my lovely ones. I spent a good five hours at the Synergy Parkland in Kings Park. It was beautiful. I didn't get much study done that day (oops!) but it was worth it. Can't wait to do it all again!