8 years ago
IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve decided to sell prints of my photography.
IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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 IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll put it up for sale.
IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m sending all of my prints via MPIX (www.mpix.com). IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve purchased prints from them before and IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve thought about selling prints for myself before, but it wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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/
8 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. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not a large selection, but itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not sure exactly what the appeal here is, except that maybe itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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!
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Why didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t you write this?Ã¢â‚¬Â We say to each other. I mean, hell, it canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“This one is about Cowboys.Ã¢â‚¬Â IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d say to Jared Ã¢â‚¬Å“Cowboys who fight Zombies. Why didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t you write this?Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know.Ã¢â‚¬Â HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d say Ã¢â‚¬Å“Why didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t you write this book about this woman who is torn between two vampire lovers?Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know.Ã¢â‚¬Â IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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 wouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not proud, but I am happy.
Oh, alright. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m proud too.
8 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.
It's hard work, making good things happen, but it's worth it, it's all worth it.
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.
9 years ago
IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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 Ã¢â‚¬Å“scienceÃ¢â‚¬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. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a good day.
But there is no rest for the wicked. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s off to the next project for me!
9 years ago
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.
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.
9 years ago
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!
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 wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t spam you unless you request their newsletter, I know, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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!
9 years ago
Just a note.
I am NOT TEX.
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.
I am a professional troublemaker, writer and photographer. My photographs can be found here: Flickr Photos
My essay Ã¢â‚¬Å“Evidence of a BakerÃ¢â‚¬Â 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