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J.R. Blackwell
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Last night I finished editing photos of this gorgeous couple. I feel so lucky that part of what I adore doing is being with people in love to document a day where they celebrate that love. It's a privilege of this art form, and one I take with a serious joy.
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Beautiful picture. 
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At the end of every month I triple-back up my photos. Have you backed up your stuff recently? In more than one place? Perhaps today is a good day to do that!

Remember, as the universe spirals inevitably towards entropy, and all things succumb to heat death, our weak effort to preserve the things that are important to us are not even ripples in the great ocean of time, and we are but dust in the void.

But you are still going to be pissed when your hard drive fails and you don't have that thing you were working on. So back it up.
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In Their Own Worlds Backers! New update today about PJ Schnyder​'s Bite Me and our search for a werewolf: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/458185346/in-their-own-worlds/posts/1308621

Your input has been requested!

Sorry non-backers, this post is backers only!
J.R. Blackwell is raising funds for In Their Own Worlds on Kickstarter! In Their Own Worlds will photograph authors in the worlds of their novels.
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Since the In Their Own Worlds Kickstarter ended in May I have updated 14 times, including photos, descriptions and behind the scenes galleries. Today was a particularly large update that involved completing the photoshoot for Ursula Vernon's Digger.

If you backed you can read them here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/458185346/in-their-own-worlds/updates
J.R. Blackwell is raising funds for In Their Own Worlds on Kickstarter! In Their Own Worlds will photograph authors in the worlds of their novels.
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Loved seeing the behind-the-scenes for the "Digger" shoot! And so glad I could support the project through Kickstarter and every chance I get to support you in general. 
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Listen to this one. Jared works his fiction together with improvisation that was done right after a table top game about the characters and situations of the game.

All of this is done within the context of an interview. An interview with characters in a desert Apocalypse wasteland.
 
It's my birthday! Celebrate by listening to a brand new episode of The Voice of Free Planet X "What They Left Behind" http://planetx.libsyn.com/episode-172-what-they-left-behind
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Items on my actual to-do list: Reserve cabin in the woods, contact at least three werewolves, edit the prison photos, pay for the wombat.
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One should always pay for one's wombat.
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Cosplay for Justice is printing a 2016 cosplay calendar with five of my photos! Nearly half the year is mine!

All the photos have been taken and they are currently in the layout and printing stage. If you want a cool calendar for 2016, now is your chance to get one: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/925733026/2016-cosplay-for-justice-calendar
Ali Peppers-Kral is raising funds for 2016 Cosplay for Justice Calendar on Kickstarter! Changing the world one cosplay at a time through the art of cosplay!
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The people behind this project are so sweet. They were great clients and are so passionate about cosplay and the charity they hope to eventually fundraise for. It was great to hang out with such sweet people.
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Quite a few people have asked me to produce a calendar of my photography - but I've never had the time to produce one. Now a client has gone ahead and done it for me.

Here is a calendar featuring at least five of my photos (almost HALF the months) for a group called Cosplay for Justice, whose ultimate goal is to sell the calendars at conventions in order to raise money for a charity that helps to build rape clinics.

If you want the 2016 calendar, pledge to the Kickstarter to get your reward.


https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/925733026/2016-cosplay-for-justice-calendar
Ali Peppers-Kral is raising funds for 2016 Cosplay for Justice Calendar on Kickstarter! Changing the world one cosplay at a time through the art of cosplay!
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Thanks Robert! It is my image. I was location scouting for Emma Frost when I saw this student sculpture at UPenn and I knew it would be perfect for the character. It's not a permanent installation so we really got lucky with the timing.
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My friend Laura made a bomb. I don't think she did it alone, but honestly, I didn't know the details. She gave us the bomb before she was killed in the alien invasion. She told us we could follow some simple instructions and launch it into orbit. Every day, Jared would set up the bomb for launch, and then change his mind.

The drones hadn't found us yet. We were out in a cabin in the woods, with three kids my friends had asked us to watch while they went on a mission that they never returned from. By now, the kids had stopped asking when their parents would come back.

It was peaceful, out there in the woods, near a lake. We would make up things for the kids to do, set up and take down the bomb, and eat out of our dwindling supply of canned goods. If we set off the bomb, sure, it would hurt the invaders, but it would also tell them exactly where we were. And we had three kids.

There was a light chill in the air on the day I spooned out pie filling onto plates for the kids for breakfast. I told Jared that I thought we should set up the bomb. He said I should do it and I said I didn't know how to do it alone. He said he would show me, so I would know, for the future.

But both of us knew there wouldn't be any next time. We set the bomb to launch and we took the kids down to the lake. I felt safe there, though I knew that was an illusion. The water was up to my thighs, and up to the chests of the kids. I held the littlest one on my hip, and the eldest held the hand of the middle one. Jared held my hand as we watched the explosion in the sky.

"We were always going to go down fighting," he said. And I knew he was right.

We put the kids behind our bodies, for all the good it would do, and waited. It didn't take long before the trees began to rustle.

-This post was sponsored by my Anxiety Dreams, which are not satisfied by dreams like: "showing up naked to school on the first day" or "having forgotten about the big test".
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Those first two lines are a fantastic hook!!
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Brand new episode of The Voice of Free Planet X: LIVING IN V-TOWN!
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Everytime I see Romeo and Juliet my perspective changes.

The first time, when I read it at 15, I saw it as a tragic love story. Parents don't really understand, man! These people are in love! Romance! Drama!

Later, in my twenties, I thought about the dynamics of the family feud, that these two families could not see past their own complicated conflict to what was best for their children and their community.

Later, I connected with and admired the Priest when he was talking to Romeo about being banished. Hey kid, sure, looks bad now, but guess what? You are alive! She is alive! SHIT CHANGES. Parents realize that they miss you, social and political change happens. Kid, you think it's the end because you are young. When you get older, you know the only constant is change. Cheer the fuck up teen boy!

Then I saw the Priest played by a young man and I suddenly saw him as completely irresponsible: DUDE. Wtf are you doing? These are fucking KIDS. You are an adult and you are trying to USE them in order to forge a peace within their families? How could you be so reckless with their lives? Giving teens drugs and complex plans in order to make their families get along? Their deaths are on you, guy.

I can hardly wait to see what happens when I see the play at 40, 60 and 80.
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I've read all of his plays. I'm continually discouraged that his worst, Romeo & Juliet, is routinely the first one shoved at high school students.
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Listen to this one. Jared works his fiction together with improvisation that was done right after a table top game about the characters and situations of the game.

All of this is done within the context of an interview. An interview with characters in a desert Apocalypse wasteland.
 
It's my birthday! Celebrate by listening to a brand new episode of The Voice of Free Planet X "What They Left Behind" http://planetx.libsyn.com/episode-172-what-they-left-behind
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I am a writer and photographer. Also, kind of a badass.
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I am a writer and photographer. I write fiction, games and other amusements. My photography is pretty sweet.
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This one time I wrote this essay about cake and it ended up in a holy book. True story.
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