jrblackwell

Female
from Philadelphia, PA

    • jrblackwell

      Print Sale

      8 years ago

      403452798_3608cff755.jpgI’ve decided to sell prints of my photography.

      I’ve put up twenty of my favorite photos here: jrblackwell.livejournal.com/ for purchase via paypal. I am happy to sell any prints taken by me from my flickr: www.flickr.com/photos/jrblackwell/, just send me an e-mail at jrblackwell at gmail dot com and let me know which one strikes your fancy and I’ll put it up for sale.

      I’m sending all of my prints via MPIX (www.mpix.com). I’ve purchased prints from them before and I’m very happy with the quality of printing and shipping. All prints will be 8x10 and will be sold for a flat rate of 20$ each.

      I've never sold my prints publicly, but special circumstances have motivated me to raise money for a photographer who has inspired me. Much of what I've learned over the past two years has come from viewing the work of other inspirational photographers, who have been generous enough to share their work online. I’ve thought about selling prints for myself before, but it wasn’t until someone else needed the cash that I really felt inspired to put it all together.

      Took me long enough, right?

      Print Sale: jrblackwell.livejournal.com/

    • jrblackwell

      Grocery Store Selection

      9 years ago

      Whenever Jared (my partner) and I go to the grocery store, we always stop at the rack of books near the front entrance. It’s here that they keep the trashy romance novels, the thrillers, the books about terrorist virus vampires who travel back in time to meet some Vikings. It’s not a large selection, but it’s a pointed one. These are the books that people may be ashamed to buy in bookstores, where the literary elite looks on, ready to condemn your reading choices. These are books for people who feel that bookstores are too uppity, and prefer to get their reading material alongside their produce.

      The grocery store selection consisted of your basic bodice rippers, the ones with a swooning woman on the front and a hunky man holding her with one arm. However, there seems to be a trend where members of the Army/Navy get transported back in time and get to have sex with lots of women, or all of them have sex with one woman. Regardless, they are horny, and they travel though time. I’m not sure exactly what the appeal here is, except that maybe it’s slightly patriotic while at the same time being exotic.

      Patriotic + Exotic = Book Sales?

      Or perhaps we just want to imagine that the people in the armed services getting laid. Or perhaps middle-aged women would like to get laid by a platoon of sweaty men.

      Every time Jared and I go into the grocery store, we pick up these books and read the backs, which sound a little like this:


      Magdalene Starks must chose between her vampire lover, and saving her sisters life!

      When the U.S. Navy Seals travel back in time into an Arabian Harem, how will they find a way to get home?

      At first, Isabella was frightened of the dark stranger, but now his passions threaten to overwhelm her!

      “Why didn’t you write this?†We say to each other. I mean, hell, it can’t be that hard to churn out something about Werewolf Vikings in the Future, or Strong Women who Fight Vampires and also Have Sex with Them. The dialogue is flat, the descriptions are clique, all in all, they read like the first draft of better stories.

      “This one is about Cowboys.†I’d say to Jared “Cowboys who fight Zombies. Why didn’t you write this?â€Â

      “I don’t know.†He’d say “Why didn’t you write this book about this woman who is torn between two vampire lovers?â€Â

      “I don’t know.†I’d say, putting the book down.

      I believe I am capable of writing trash. I even think I could write slightly above average trash. Maybe my trash would have some themes in it; perhaps it would have character arcs and lush descriptions. Maybe I could marry some of the succulent ideas in modern anime to the trashy character types of typical grocery store novels. Write something for a slightly younger audience to secretly enjoy, pass around and jerk off too. If I could even be a gateway drug to writers like China Melville, I believe my work on this Earth would be done.

      I wouldn’t mind a career as a Hack.

      Right now, I am 23 pages into a novel about this chick and this vampire guy in a steam-punk alternate past. There are lots of breasts in this story. Also, there is lots of heavy breathing. And stabbing. And homosexual tension. I’m not proud, but I am happy.

      Oh, alright. I’m proud too.

    • jrblackwell

      Can I Get An Update In The House?

      9 years ago

      2006 was a fantastic year, and 2007 promises to be even better.

      In 2006 I was published, my work was sold in bookstores, I got paid for my writing and photography, and got asked to make the covers of two books. I had great photoshoots, got good grades and got to have all my adventures along with my wonderful partner, Jared.

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      It's hard work, making good things happen, but it's worth it, it's all worth it.

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      An actual update on my life and times.

      9 years ago

      The other day my roommate told me that he thinks people are jealous of me.

      "You live a dreamlife!" he said

      While I have to admit that I do live a very good and satisfying life, I have to admit that most people, if forced to live my life, would wish that I was a little bit more social. In all the times darting between projects, I hardly have any time to sit down with friends and just relax, I'm always working on a story, sending out submissions, taking photos, creating graphics for people, working on my schoolwork. I seldom go out, or party or hang out with anyone. I've turned into something of a loner.

      I have a panel discussion on the FSM on April 28th, and I just sold a story to an online lit magazine - I'll let you all know when it's released.

      Also, I notice that RVB has a soundtrack out. I need me some of that. As soon as I have money.

      Yep, that will be any day now.

      Oh, did I mention that dispite the fact that I do all this work, I have no money? That's right, little of this work pays a dime.

      And you know what? I wouldn't trade the work for the world. I just hope that someone decides to pay me someday.

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      The Flying Spaghetti Monster

      9 years ago



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      I’ve been reluctant to tell anyone about this for the paranoid fear that I would jinx it, but you can now find the work of J.R. Blackwell in bookstores! Today, I walked into Barnes and Noble, and THERE IT WAS, on the center table, displayed for all to see!

      My essay "Evidence of a Baker" is included in The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, a very funny, very noodly book. It’s a parody on Intelligent Design and the general madness of certain school boards in the United States who believe that we should teach creationism in science class. If you like satire, or noodles or pirates, this is the book for you.

      My father is a science teacher. He has always advocated for evolution and against the madness of teaching creation “scienceâ€Â. When I told him that I was published in a book of satire on intelligent design, I think he just about exploded with pride. I’ve always loved science and technology, but as my schooling progressed, it became clear that these were not my strengths. It makes me happy that I wrote this satire and that Bobby and his editor liked it enough to include it in the book. That feels good. It’s a good day.

      But there is no rest for the wicked. It’s off to the next project for me!

    • jrblackwell

      Introductions

      9 years ago

      Hi.
      I'm J.R. Blackwell. I'm a writer, a photographer and a former freak show contortionist. I write for the website www.365tomorrows.com and the first book I'm going to be in is coming out on March 14th.
      (Next Week!)

      I'm in the podcast anothology: Voices: New Media Fiction, and I'm primarily known for taking loads of pictures of pretty girls.

      It's come to my attention that there are 235 people on my friends list, and god knows how many are watching me.

      So give me an introduction. Who are you? What do you do? What drives you? What are your dreams? Tell me something wonderful. Tell me something dirty. Show me something I'll like. Show me your face.

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      Voices

      9 years ago

      Voices

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      From BoingBoing

      The first volume of an anthology of science fiction stories in podcast form has been published. Voices is a new "podiobook" anthology released under a Creative Commons license, which collects stories that have been podcast on various sf podcast shows, and puts them together in a single package. The series is edited by Mur Lafferty, sf writer and host of Geek-Fu Action Grip. The series solicits voluntary donations and splits them with contributors.

      I created the cover for this anthology! I'm so excited to be listed as an author along with the brillant Mur Lafferty and Cory Doctorow! Check it out!

    • jrblackwell

      I Need Your Help!

      9 years ago

      I have won an Honorable Mention in the Sideshow Toy Flash Fiction Contest! To win a prize, I need to be voted the fan favorite out of the other ten entries!

      My story, The Dark Influence, is about a janitor who steals a Darth Vader doll that was turning his boss into an evil villain. Please visit the site and vote for me!

      To vote, you just go here: Collectors Choice Flash Fiction Contest and click on The Dark Influence, fill out your name and e-mail (They won’t spam you unless you request their newsletter, I know, I’ve filled out this form on their site before, they are not mining for your e-mail address) and submit! If I win, I will. . .do something cool. I’m open to your suggestions on that one.

      So what are you waiting for? Go Vote!

      If you vote, leave me a comment to let me know and I'll hook you up with a Mod!

      In order to further bribe you, here is a picture!
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    • jrblackwell

      Before this gets out of hand. . .

      9 years ago

      Just a note.

      I am NOT TEX.

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      Yes, I love Tex and I have a Tex Shirt and Hat and if the RvB crew ever asked me to voice any character, I would, but I am not Tex.

      Let it go no further. I don't know who first wrote that, but I don't want to get in trouble for it.

      I deny all aligations that I am Tex.

      I am a former freak show performer who writes for a science fiction website and takes pictures of hot women. Not Tex.

      Do you hear me?

      Edit: If I get in trouble because of you people, I swear, I will have my vengance.

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      Pictures

      10 years ago


      I've done it.
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      I've deleted all the pictures in my gallery and replaced them with different pictures.
      Out with the old, in with the new.
      I hope you like them.

  • About Me

    I am a professional troublemaker, writer and photographer. My photographs can be found here: Flickr Photos

    My essay “Evidence of a Baker†was published in the Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. My fiction has been published by Static Movement Magazine, Bewildering Stories, Heavy Glow and EMG-Zine. I am a staff writer for 365 Tomorrows, which produces a new piece of science fiction each day. www.365tomorrows.com

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  • Comments (200)

    • john

      7 years ago

      Hey I saw you were from Philly and thought you'd be interested in this:

      RT:Philly

    • Donut123456

      8 years ago

      How have you been?

    • FataLife

      9 years ago

      Hey gurlie hope all is well in your life stop by and say hello sometime i miss you

    • StupidIdiots

      9 years ago

      Hey again. I was busy for a while back there. How is everything?

    • jrblackwell

      9 years ago

      Thank you.

    • JeffSon

      9 years ago

      I like the new photos. Nice work. smiley1.gif

    • StupidIdiots

      9 years ago

      Me too!

    • FataLife

      9 years ago

      JR i miss you

    • StupidIdiots

      9 years ago

      BTW I am still watching you!

    • m_fairfield

      9 years ago

      I decided to start watching you...you have interesting stuff to read and I have to say, I am partial to the Pics.

    • StupidIdiots

      9 years ago

      Hey again my friend! How are things?

    • StupidIdiots

      9 years ago

      *Gets up-* Oh, you get the idea my friend! smiley0.gif

    • StupidIdiots

      9 years ago

      *Gets up, falls to ground immediately*

    • StupidIdiots

      9 years ago

      *Gets up, dances around, faints once more*

    • StupidIdiots

      9 years ago

      YES!!! YOU WON! I can't believe it! *Dances around in glee, faints*

    • StupidIdiots

      9 years ago

      So, how did it go? Anything yet?

    • HaLoWaRRoiR

      9 years ago

      how u doing sexy, still looking good i see, i see you have new pic very sexy i like. I hope u win the votes.

    • StupidIdiots

      9 years ago

      I'll pray for your victory!

    • jrblackwell

      9 years ago

      Well, the final day for voting for the contest is today. I find out tomorrow if I've won. Cross your fingers for me!

    • StupidIdiots

      9 years ago

      Yeah, how is it going?

    • FataLife

      9 years ago

      hey hows the contest goin

    • phylisthe3rd

      9 years ago

      Ive started a photography contes you should enter 2 of your pictures I think they're amazing
      http://rvb.roosterteeth.com/forum/viewTopic.php?id=2188344

    • StupidIdiots

      9 years ago

      How is the voting going down Mistress Blackwell?

    • jrblackwell

      9 years ago

      Thanks Liger117! A mod for you!

    • Liger117

      9 years ago

      Voted! Good luck! smiley0.gif w00t!

    • StupidIdiots

      9 years ago

      Well I'm off. Hopefully with my aid and God's will you will succeed. Send my regards!

    • StupidIdiots

      9 years ago

      There, consider yourself watched!

    • StupidIdiots

      9 years ago

      Ah I get it. He saw the Tex hat and shirt on your lovely self and mistook you for her! However you would make an excellent addition to the crew, what with your smooth voice and all.

    • jrblackwell

      9 years ago

      Um, no. Who said that?
      No. No.

      I do not play Tex on RvB, let me squash that right here. No.

      I have a Podcast called Voices of Tomorrow, where I read some of the stories.

    • jrblackwell

      9 years ago

      Wow, I 'm glad you like the podcast. Thanks for signing up for the 365 Tomorrows forums. I'm not sure what you mean by posting my "contact" but if you let me know, I'll let you know.

    • StupidIdiots

      9 years ago

      Wow, you have quite the smooth voice my friend! I could listen to it all day!

    • StupidIdiots

      9 years ago

      There! Consider yourself with a new listener to your podcast!

    • StupidIdiots

      9 years ago

      You don't mind if I add your contact do you?

    • StupidIdiots

      9 years ago

      Hey again my friend!

    • StupidIdiots

      9 years ago

      Happy V-Day my friend, if you follow that sort of thing! (I don't really)

    • espithaca

      9 years ago

      Yeah, I just thought it was really cool and thought it would excite you guy. Actually, I was a little bit surprised that you hadn't already posted about it. Mention in a national publication like that is pretty big I feel.

      Lol, never mind, just saw your last post. S13.gif

      Post edited 2/09/06 10:07AM

    • jrblackwell

      9 years ago

      Oh! I'm glad you saw that!
      Yeah, we found that about a week ago and we've been freaking out about it ever since. I mean, we are in a Nationally Published Magazine! It made all the writers for the site very, very happy.
      When I first heard about it, I didn't believe it. I thought a fan was pulling my leg, and then we went out and bought the magazine, and there it was. Of couse, I have about five copies at home.
      We think it is totally wild that we are getting some notice. It makes us very happy.
      The downside is, this means that we really need to fix up our site because we are getting an influx of new readers that we want to impress. Unfortuantly, our tech man had to quit the operation, so we have no way of getting the changes we need done. Ack!
      Always new challenges.
      Thanks for taking the time to show this to me. You are a sweetheart!

    • espithaca

      9 years ago

      Popular Science
      February 2006

      Q Blogs are so 2005. What's worth reading on the Web?
      A Imagine a Web site that posts a brand-new, original piece of fiction every day, a story short enough that you can read the entire thing without hitting a "next" button. This all-sci-fi site launched last August and has been posting new prose daily. Read stories about humanoid robots, alien love affairs, and time travel back to the 20th century at 365tomorrows.com.


      Did you know about this? I read it on the train this evening and did a big double-take. I started reading the paragraph and thought, "this sounds like JR's site..." Then I saw that it was your site! Fantastic! S13.gif

    • phylisthe3rd

      10 years ago

      thanks for that comment it made me happy smiley1.gif

    • jrblackwell

      10 years ago

      Good for you! I think it would be a real bonding experience if both of you got to go. Good luck and keep me updated on what you decide to do! :-)

    • espithaca

      10 years ago

      Right now, I'm only looking at TESOL courses with an organization called Global TESOL. They teach the courses for the certification as well as make the specialization courses available online, and then help you (guarantee) find a job. I am really excited about this and I think Amanda might be willing to come, which would be fantastic, but we'll see...

    • StupidIdiots

      10 years ago

      Ditto!

    • FataLife

      10 years ago

      howdy howdy howdy

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      i'm so happy to see you today

    • jrblackwell

      10 years ago

      Things are great.

    • StupidIdiots

      10 years ago

      If I can catch you, how are things?

    • t00117527

      10 years ago

      nice

    • Lt_Cabose

      10 years ago

      hey there... check out ma journal pls... tnx...

    • jrblackwell

      10 years ago

      Thanks!

    • Trolly

      10 years ago

      I think your profile is ace and your pictures are very beautiful

    • Freeman

      10 years ago

      MamaJo said:

      I mod you with the ditto points because I love you like whoa right back, lil' lady.

      In other news, I think Freeman is onto us!


      You would think that after the many many times I;ve seen your profile I would have read the personal comments and seen this but NOOOO I catch this NOW three months later.... Heh, I probably WAS on to you two at the time. smiley8.gif

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