Jo Blackwell

Writer & Photographer - Inspiration Station

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 […]

Relentlessly Helpful

Tim Grahl Out:think

So you’ve written a book. Maybe you’ve been picked up by a publisher, or you’ve leapt feet-first down the self-publishing route. Either way, this is only the beginning. For it’s now up to you to make sure people hear about – and buy! – your magnum opus. And this, friends, is where so many authors stumble […]

Creative Business Ideas – Rising Tide Car Wash

Creativity extends to creative ways of doing Business. The car wash company featured in the short video below was specifically created to provide a young man with autism a purpose and now 90% of their workforce is on the autistic spectrum. We view autism as one of our key competitive advantages – CEO Tom D’Eri […]

The Dad Project

Briony Campbell, Photographer Inspiration comes from many places, sometimes the most unexpected. For photographer, Briony Campbell, inspiration grew from something so painful, so personal that to view the result is both breathtaking and heart breaking. As a photographer I am constantly seeking visual inspiration beyond the genres in which I am currently working. Recently,  I stumbled […]