Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Today we lost a good one...

A boy I went to highschool with passed away today after along battle with cancer. I knew he was sick, but I still couldn't face the fact that this might happen. I never thought it would, to tell you the truth, because he was always a fighter, always strong. He was one of the few people I knew that had a true sense of self.

I hate that I have to introduce him as 'a boy I went to high school with' because I'd love to say he was a friend, but to say that, I'd have to have been a friend to him, which I wasn't. I was in school I guess, but that was three years ago now. He was a beautiful person inside and out and I feel awful I didn't put in an effort to meet up with him before he died.

I can only hope that his family finds solace in the mountains of support that their friends and family have for them.

Has anyone else out there been affected by the death of someone, more than they thought they'd be?

Rest in peace beautiful man. May you be in a better place, and may your family heal quickly from the loss of you.

Cody - a boy that did everything beautifully. JP xx

Word of the day: Arachibutyrophobia

This word just makes me giggle because of it's meaning! Hahahahahahaha any of you beautiful people out there have  Arachibutyrophobia ?

Main Entry:   arachibutyrophobia
Part of Speech:   nDefinition:   a fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof ofone's mouthEtymology:   arachi- 'ground nut'


LOVE IT! jp xx

Monday, 30 January 2012

New blog! Just for organising!

I have a brand new blog! It can be found here.

I'm still working on the name, I don't love the one it has, I'm tossing up with 'Suppress the Mess' or 'Improvise and Organise' or something like that. Please help me if you can!

I realise that a lot of my personal interests (i.e. how I love to organise my home) seem to clutter up this writing blog, and so from now on I'll endeavour to keep them seperate. Feel free to head on over and check out a bit more about me on the new blog, or just stick to this one!

Love and hugs JP xx

Word of the day: Assiduous

This word is just awesome to say... and it makes sense even though I only learnt it today. Have a great one lovely bloggers!


as·sid·u·ous

  [uh-sij-oo-uhs]  Show IPA
adjective
1.
constant; unremitting: assiduous reading.
2.
constant in application or effort; working diligently at a task;persevering; industrious; attentive: an assiduous student.

Sunday, 29 January 2012

Beautiful Bron's Bogan 21st Bash!

We all have an inner bogan just itching to burst forth, and this weekend a whole bunch of us were able to let out our crazy bogan selves and party hard at my mates 21st bogan party. I had to give a speech with another mate of mine which (I think) was pretty well received! Check out the photos below! Definitely have some writing material from these!




There were some speeches to give, as per our aim, we had the birthday girl covering her face in embarrassment and shame :p


Here are some bogans ready for the night, with the exception of the beautifully dressed Kathy on the right :)


I had my whole outfit downpat, complete with messy hair and tramp stamp.



Pickin' me teeth the way you oughta after a delicious meal and cake...



The beautiful birthday girl :)



Bogans all lined up for easy pickins...



And of course lover was rockin the dirty mullet look. If he ever tried this in real life, I think he'd be single real quick :p.

Twas a fantastic night that has set the bar high for all the 21sts that are to come this year! Do all things beautifully like the lovely birthday girl Bron :) JP xx

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Let the messy bogan celebrations begin!

I am so VERY looking forward to this weekend. I'm making the 400km trek down to hometown to spend it celebrating with a girl I absolutely LOVE!

I'm giving the speech with another friend of mine and the theme of the night is BOGAN! I'm oh-so-excited about it all! I promise to post pics next week when I get back and recover! I can't wait to throw myself into the preparations, then the celebrations of 21 years of her wonderful life :)

Any wonderful plans for you beautiful people this weekend? Loves!

Do all things beautifully! JP xx

Word of the day: Capricious

Sorry I missed a couple of words of the days! My internet connection was having a blue with me and didn't let me get a good post on over the weekend, anyhow here is today's! I love this word... makes me feel all mischievious just thinking of it. Loves!


ca·pri·cious

  [kuh-prish-uhs, -pree-shuhs]  Show IPA
adjective
1.
subject to, led by, or indicative of caprice  or whim; erratic:He's such a capricious boss I never know how he'll react.
2.
Obsolete fanciful or witty.

Ode to Vodka

So it's my very good friend's 21st this weekend, and with another friends of ours, I'm to give a speech. Included in it is the poem we wrote below... it's all a bit of fun and nonsense. I hope you enjoy our little ditty!

(I know that the flow is jerky and doesn't fit at times, but for the audience we have they'll care more about rhyming than rythm :)

There was was this girl called Bron
Who never could do a thing wrong
She found a dude
And liked him nude
And they partied hard and long


One night there was a challenge of cruisers
There could only ever be once loser
Ben wasn't so wise
The funnel his demise
Bron of course, the tank of all boozers


In one nigth, downing two casks of goon
Bron sat in the light of the  moon
On the grass she lay sickly
The spew came so quickly
But alas, she was drinking again soon


Sophie & Bron are close friends
A night with each other they did spend
With a spew in the bin
And a trail on the chin
Soph vowed never to drink again.


Now that I type it out like that, there's nothing really good about it at all. It just sort of has a mishmash of memories with no storyline, flow or even rhyme. Sue me, people will laugh.

Do all things beautifully (and not like this poem!) JP xx

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Finally! Organised, Home Binder Style!

So a few weeks ago, I was looking back through all the blog posts on iHeart Organising (GREAT blog, I fully recommend that you head on over and get inspired!) and was particularly intrigued by the home binder post. I know it's an old post but I had a lot of time and love her ideas! This was great for me, as I'm always looking for ways to sort and organise all those papers that come into the house - insurance docs etc. So I've shared the success of my story below! With some pics to show off just how excited I am :) Enjoy! Let me know if you have a go at this - I'd love to hear about it!

First I picked this pretty binder out at my local officeworks (they have the best range and are even cheaper than Kmart!)





I will eventually spiff it up a bit with a fancier insert and some scrapbook letters or something of the like on the front, so it isn't so plain.

Next, I organised a cover page so it's pretty!



I decided that nice and simple was best, especially for me - I seem to be so scatterbrained!
Next, I organised my finance section - I put it at the forefront because getting bills paid on time is the most important thing to me in the home. I did a nice coversheet, put the details for a direct debit I need to set up in the front pocket, and organised a 'bills to pay' checklist. Lovely!




Yay! This is where I started getting excited, there were things in my binder! Haha.

Next was my 'Dates' section...


In this section I store birthday cards in the pockets (handy for when you need one last minute, or see a card that's perfect for someone). I also keep important dates to remember, birthdays, anniversaries etc. I keep a calendar that I put schedules on and also a 'gift ideas' schedule, so that I can plan gifts in advance. This is great if I need some time to order it online or something!

I have a seperate cover sheet for each category, so a blue pretty sheet for Calendar, Important Dates and Gift Ideas.

Next? Contacts!


I have 'People to Call'

And a page of 'Important Contacts' so that if we go away and leave someone in the house they can contact emergency services, or us. It also serves if lover needs to contact my fam, as I know he doesn't have those in his phone!


Next is a very thin section - travelling! I intend to fill this up with ideas and plans of where we're going to go, at the moment it just holds this....


Next tab is Home Maintenance! This pretty much holds all of the household info that we need, including our Cleaning Schedule, To Do Lists and a Media Checklist. This way I can keep on top of chores every day, week, month, quarter and year! The media checklist also means I know what I own, and can keep track if something goes missing, I'm still filling that one out!




And that's that! For now... I plan to keep adding to it as I need. Lots of people have a kids or school section, but that doesn't apply to me! Same as with pet sections etc... I imagine if an when those things become applicable I'll add them in.
So comment, let me know what you think! I hope you get inspired to try something like this! I love being organised. I think I'll do something like this for my writing too - do you guys have any suggestions as to how I could do this? New binders! Yay!

Do all things beautifully, JP xxox

Monday, 23 January 2012

Word of the day: Chagrin

Ooooh I just love this word :) everytime it comes up in a book or a movie I get a little shiver. It's just beautiful!


cha·grin

  [shuh-grin]  Show IPA noun, verb, -grinedor -grinned, -grin·ing or -grin·ning.
noun
1.
a feeling of vexation, marked by disappointment orhumiliation.

Sunday, 22 January 2012

A Letter to Lover.

Hey Pickle,

I know you don't like to read, so you probably won't read all of this. You probably won't even read this sentence. I need to write to you, because - well I don't know really. There are so many things that go unsaid, so many things I want to tell you, but we can't speak them aloud. I'm not sure why, it just seems to be this unwritten rule between us. I don't mind. I like that there are things that we know about each other without them having to be said.

One thing I don't know though, is how to make you feel better when you're down. You're so strong. You've been my rock for three years, I wish I could return the favour. I don't know what you want and that's hardest. When you're hurting, do you want me to just listen? Would you like me to try and fix it? Bring you hot chocolate and hold you close? I wish I knew. I think I do an okay job - but I can't be sure.

Lately I've been trying to build my relationships with my family. It's hard though, like any time that I have with them is time taken away from you. I know that this isn't always the case, but it feels that way. I justify it in my mind by reminding myself that you spend time with your family, and that I have no qualms about that - so I just assume you must feel the same and get on with it. You don't though. I know that now, that I need to be more careful about how I plan my time.

When I'm with you I don't worry about the things that I can't change. The fears that grip me when I'm in bed alone at night, the worries of my future, what I'll be, what I'll do - they dissipate when you're near. I don't think of much else other than the here and now and it's nice. It's a break from the constant burden that I carry when you're gone. The strain of not knowing what step to take, where it will lead, or even where I want to go. I'm a bit lost. You know this though. You're the only one that knows this, and I'm grateful for it. Even if this letter is never read, I know you know everything I'm saying. I'm not even sure why I'm writing this, but it feels like it needs to be written, and with each word I put on the page I feel slightly more at ease with where I am.

You think I'd get used to being apart. It seems silly to still hate going to an empty bed at night, wishing you were there to hold me in your arms. I feel safe when you're there. Warm. Now I lay and try to fall asleep as swiftly as possible, the scent of your side helping me forget I am alone. You're body is so big. You're long legs and arms swamp my tiny limbs. I like it like that, we're two puzzle pieces that fit comfortably together despite our vast size differences.

I can't wait to feel your hand in mine... or my hand in yours rather. The rough skin feels like home.

Loves. JP xx

Word of the day: Ephemeral

I like this word because it sounds pretty when you say it - yep that's about it on that one :p... ephemeral, ephemeral... I can't wait to find somewhere in a novel that it just 'fits' :)

e·phem·er·al

  [ih-fem-er-uhl]  Show IPA
adjective
1.
lasting a very short time; short-lived; transitory: theephemeral joys of childhood.
2.
lasting but one day: an ephemeral flower.

A hard life lesson

It's apparent, that no matter how bad you're feeling. No matter what awful thing has happened to you - someone is always seeking sympathy for something worse.

The lesson? Don't share your hurt and pain, it's private, others have experienced hurt and pain. Don't shout it from the rooftops. Most people don't care, some pretend to, and a select few actually do.

These people are the ones you want to share it with. Keep it private. Keep it safe.

Saturday, 21 January 2012

Word of the day: Attrition

A great word :) I like to use it in the sense of the second definition listed below. Have a beautiful weekend lovely ones.. JP xx


at·tri·tion  [uh-trish-uhn]

noun
1.a reduction or decrease in numbers, size, or strength: Our club has had a high rate of attrition because so many members have moved away.
2.a wearing down or weakening of resistance, especially as a result of continuous pressure or harassment: The enemy surrounded the town and conducted a war of attrition.
3.a gradual reduction in work force without firing of personnel, as when workers resign or retire and are not replaced.
4.the act of rubbing against something; friction.
5.a wearing down or away by friction; abrasion.

Music for your muse...

Today I'd like to share a remarkable playlist on youtube that helps me write. The music is beautiful and just plays softly in the background. The mood wasn't sad, or epic or even joyful, it was just there. It meant that I could write about whatever and not get jerked out of it by the music I was listening to.

You can find the playlist here.

I often find that if I'm listening to fast paced music, I can't write a sad scene, and vice versa. This music let me go from writing a sad moment, to action, to when my characters were travelling. I also think it helped bring me out of my funk (I haven't written a decent chunk in a long time) so there's that as well.

I hope you all get something out of this playlist like I did, it's nice to just play in the background and it covers a good long time so you don't have to change tracks.

Let me know what you think, or feel free to share any music that you love writing to. I'd love to learn of more music to try :)

Do everything beautifully, JP xx

I have no words...


The Prize Fight: Pen vs Keyboard

So, just about the whole day went by before I realised that I have neglected to post today (excluding word of the day of course)... so the topic? Handwriting, or typing? Which one do you prefer? I myself prefer to type, because I'm out of practise when it comes to handwriting, and I like to write neatly, so it takes me a long time and my hand tires quickly. As for typing, I do that all day at work (on and off) and I like to think of myself as fairly quick, however I probably can't hold a candle to most of you writers out there and my accuracy is totally shot.

Anyhow - what I'm interested in is what do you prefer? I love to handwrite, don't get me wrong, but just for short snippets of writing, perhaps a timed freewriting exercise... but that'd be about it! I have a beautiful journal that I'd love to fill but at least 50% of the pages are pasted on printouts where I've just written on the computer because it's quicker. Do any of you feel this way? Do you prefer typing because it's faster? Do you prefer to handwrite because it gets the 'creativity' flowing? Which I fully understand by the way. It gives my mind more time to think, however at the same time that could be a negative, now I think about it.

Let me know! I'm oh so curious!

Do all things beautifully, JP xx

Word of the day: irascible.

I love this word. Some days, when lover or lil sis are grating on my nerves and I can't exactly justify why I'm being the catty moron I am - this is exactly how I feel. It's so satisfying to say that I'm 'irascible' that it makes me feel better just thinking about the mood I'm in.

Gotta love beautiful words :) heads up if you agree!

i·ras·ci·ble[ih-ras-uh-buhl]

adjective
1. easily provoked to anger; very irritable: an irascible old man.
2. characterized or produced by anger: an irascible response.
Definition (source)

Thursday, 19 January 2012

A Thief of Books

So here's my dilemma. I'm reading The Book Thief at the moment. Or at least I'm attempting to. The way the book is written in death's POV puts me off. I don't know if I like the voice - which irks me because so many people love this book. If you're one of them please don't smack me over the head with it (it's quite hefty!). The thing is right, I really want to like it, but I keep finding myself putting it down because the structure and the voice make it hard for me to read. Perhaps I'm just an unpracticed reader. Maybe I should read more.

Going off on a tangent slightly, I found the book at my parent's place (where my younger sister still lives at home) and realised it was from the school library. It had been checked out quite a while ago. I gave her sh*t while my lover starts chuckling from the couch.

"What's so funny?" I ask.

"It's called - The Book Thief." he chuckles back at me. It took me about two more seconds before I was there. I cracked up! So did lil sis.

There you go... one good thing I have to say about it - it was pretty hilarious that that particular book was nabbed from the school library :p... have to get it back to them now.

Make sure those tasks that you set your heart upon are done beautifully, loves JP xx

Be Mine Valentine?

So it's Valentine's Day in under a month, and I always panic at the thought of having to do something romantic for lover - because lets face it, it's hard to pull off romantic without it being 'sappy' and he is definitely a man's man - sappy just won't do!

Do any of you beautiful readers out there have any suggestions? So far all I've got is baking him some chocolate cupcakes with pink icing. He loves food, and I don't cook or bake if I can help it, but I've done some decorating in a bakery I use to work at, so I'm fairly confident that if I can get the recipes down-pat, that I can decorate them to be looking pretty swish.

Does this sounds stupid? Let me know so I can try a couple batches, maybe I'll let you know how well it goes (or how well it doesn't go...) I'm so open to suggestions lovely ones!

Do all things beautifully! JP xx

Word of the Day!

So I'm going to introduce the word of the day. It will be a short post, with the word, it's meaning (as defined by this online dictionary) and why I like it :)

Today's word is.... nefarious.


ne·far·i·ous

  [ni-fair-ee-uhs]  Show IPA
adjective
extremely wicked or villainous; iniquitous: a nefarious plot.


I love this word :) it suits so many evil characters and their motives so well. It's also just fun to say... nefarious nefarious nefarious... see?


Do all things beautifully! JP xx

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Scrivener, my love...

So for all of you writers out there, I want to share with you the absolute LOVE of my life - Scrivener. It's a relatively cheap (forty *american* bucks!) writing software that I use on a daily basis. I'd like to formally introduce you.

Now Scrivener was designed for writing. You can download a free trial for Mac or PC here. The trial lasts for 30 days... no! Not thirty days from the download, thirty used days, so I could open it one day each month and it would work for thirty months... comprende? I bought it before the trial was even up :p.

A couple of the reasons I love Scrivener:

It has project targets.



You have an auto backup that kicks in when you close;


It has a great outliner for planning those novels - I found this a godsend!



You can skip between chapters/separated texts while viewing the documents as whole. These are referred to as scrivenings.



A great corkboard that you can customise and set out your whole novel on:





And when you've finished your manuscript and are ready to print? Simply compile it into a pdf document for easy access!



There are a whole bunch of other tools that I have yet to discover, I know you can split the screen to view your research (all stored in Scrivener, including images, videos, text etc.) and what you're writing, you can drag your chapters/segments around on the corkboard and the left hand navigation panel and makes notes on the notecards on corkboard with snippets of what the segment is about etc.

All in all I have fallen desperately in love with this software. There are writers out there that think that it's too complicated and detracts from the actual 'writing' however I disagree. Bells and whistles distracting you? Simply launch full screen mode, which allows you to edit the background and the text so that's all you see on your screen. Great or what?

UPDATE: I'd just like to include this link to an excellent tutorial video on youtube, where the creator himself runs you through a quick guide to Scrivener, there are other longer video's available, but this one is a quick peek at how to get the most out of the software. You can find it here.

Enjoy, and feel free to comment and let me know what writing software you love, or love to hate!

Do all things beautifully xx JP

Lovely late night linkfest!

In the spirit of being awake, late when I should be pounding out some writing or snoozing and resting up for a big day at work tomorrow – I’ve decided to compile a list of my favourite links for your pleasure and perusal. Check them out, feel free to leave some links in the comments, including your blog! I’d love to have a read, let me know if you like any or think any are a waste of time!

  • ·         Absolute Write – ok this was always going to make it
  • ·         My Writing Spot – this is an online writing program (it’s great to keep your wips online so you can work on them from any computer!)
  • ·         Fishpond – this is an Australian Amazon, if you will, so probably won’t be of any interest to those from other countries tonight.
  • ·         Voices in Space – this is a great site for a quick ego booster, the people here don’t *crit* so much as say things nicely… good for  a quick post
  • Cyanide and Happiness – This site is a hilarious webcomic of cynical comics – enjoy! (warning: NSFW) 
  • Dear Blank Please Blank – A great sight where people write messages about things that tick them off!
  •  Post Secret – a fantastic uplifting sight where people send in their deepest secrets on the back of a handmade postcard. Really motivating.
  • FmyLife – pretty self explanatory and I’m sure you’ve all heard of it – where people share their f*ck my life stories J and you can vote!
  • Failbook – hilarious facebook fails, I’m usually laughing at the screen!
  • Rage Comics – these take a page or two to get into the first time, but I’m in love and visit it daily for a laugh!
  • Damn You Auto Correct! – hilarious autocorrect fails to laugh and giggle at!
  • Glozell – ok so this isn’t a site, it’s a youtube channel but Glozell is HILARIOUS! And yes this is her real name!
  • Passive Aggressive Notes – a compilation of hilarious passive aggressive notes people have found left for them!

So go ahead and click and enjoy! Let me know if you have anything to add, if you didn’t enjoy any or loved them! Let me know what you think!
Do all things beautifully! Loves xx JP

Head 'em up! Move 'em out! Rawhide!

Today, my lovely readers, I attempted to write in a genre that I've never in a BAGILLION YEARS thought I'd even consider writing in. The inspiration? A competition to win three books and an amazon voucher - what better motivation then the lure to win some books eh? However I've written and planned a dozen or so plots and have scrapped every single one of them under the premise of 'OH MY GOD IT'S HORRIBLE!'.

Have any of you branched into a previously un-tried genre and come up blank? Or ridiculous? On the other hand, I'm curious as to whether any of you have leapt into unknown territory and come out pleasantly surprised and successful.

Oh yeah the genre - western. Can you believe it? I am typically a fantasy/adventure/YA/sci-fi writer and I've branched out into a genre I've absolutely no experience or knowledge in. I grew up riding horses, and have seen my fair share of rifles and shotguns, lever action, pump action and bolt action alike. However - NONE OF THIS IS HELPING ME. I thought it would, don't be stupid Julz it's much harder than that!

Anyhow, just a small rant on my unsuccessfullness of the day!

Do all things beautifully, and I wish you luck! JP xx