Jo Blackwell

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Short Story – Fat Chance!

Short story

This “coffee break” short story was first published in Take a Break in the summer of 1992. I’ve updated it so that the character can use email instead of a fax machine! Enjoy. Fat Chance! Jo Blackwell   Myra Heptinstall was fat. Not “pleasantly plump” or “cuddly”, but lusciously, opulently fat. Not that she minded, […]

Not Just for Girls!

Enchanted Portraits

It’s summer, which means I’m spending a LOT of time away from the computer and in the woods and gardens of this beautiful part of the world, chasing after small people. This “behind the scenes” video was shot last August in Kathy Brown’s Garden in Stevington, Bedfordshire. We’re returning on Friday and I have to say, […]

During the war…

War/Survival Fiction

My quest to ‘find’ my grandfather (see “Searching for Jack”) has lead me into a rabbit hole of research. I am only just coming up for air, having immersed myself in the history of the war in the Far East, specifically the aftermath of the Fall of Singapore, one of the most shameful military disasters […]

Short Story – ROAR!

Jo Blackwell

Here is my new short story: Roar! (or 20,000 words a day) This is the first piece of short fiction I’ve written for almost 20 years. At that time, I was a regular contributor to magazines such as Take a Break Bella Best My Weekly The Lady and Family Circle. This isn’t a “tea break” kind of story though. It is longer, […]

All about the Music

4bar Collective

Those of you who have followed my previous blogs will know that my son, Music Producer and Musician, Dan Blackwell, runs a not-for-profit project called 4bar Collective Launched here in the UK in 2013, Dan writes the bare bones of a track, then collaborates with a number of different musicians at different times and locations, to […]

Searching for Jack

Jo Blackwell, Fiction

My grandfather, Jack, spent 3 years as a POW of the Japanese in Singapore. When he signed up, he was a 10 ½ stone, Welterweight, amateur boxing champion. On repatriation he weighed 5 ½ stone. That he survived at all was a testament to his toughness, both physical and mental. He died, in his fifties, when […]

Juggle

Three Brother Bears

My name is Jo Blackwell, and I am one of life’s jugglers. We all are, of course, to some extent. Especially parents of young children. But I am not one of those any more. Now, I am a juggler of ideas, concepts, dreams and projects. And I am an expert dropper of balls.   Juggling […]

Firmly in La-La Land

Enchanted Portraits

I have been quieter on here than usual leading up the launch of my latest business, Wings and Whimsy Enchanted Portraits. A collaborative project between yours truly, stylist, Lisa Pocklington and blogger, Sally Selwood, it has seen me chasing fairies through secret pathways, dodging torrential rain, shopping for fabulous fabrics and shooting a unicorn. Yes, really! […]

Proper Tea

Doc Brown

It’s Bank Holiday weekend here in the UK – that’s a three day weekend, which gives all time to kick back and relax. Buy a paper. Put the kettle on. Because a cup of tea is as essential to us as cawfee to a New Yorker. The sand to our beach. The fuel for our day. […]

Find your Why

Jo Blackwell Portrait

It doesn’t matter what we do in life, there’s little satisfaction to be had unless we know why we’re doing it. If we’re in business, it’s easy to define what we do, and even how we do it, but the why we do it is the key to success. Writers are good with “whys”. We […]