The pearl is the queen of gems and the gem of queens… and I forgot them!

Art by me, Jessica Barnaby

I wanted to put this picture up as a little get well soon message for the Queen.

This portrait is drawn in willow charcoal and it’s one of my favourite pieces of work, both for the way it turned out and also for the memories that came out as I…


More transparency on how writers can help themselves

Thoth, Egyptian God of Writing, held to be the inventor of writing, the creator of languages, the scribe, interpreter, and adviser of the gods, and the representative of the sun god, Re. Source: Britannica.com

It’s been a few days since the announcement - I’m still pleased Medium have introduced a referral program but haven’t changed my mind that the implementation needs work.

Referral programs are a business marketing tool. Medium’s referral program will attract affiliate-marketers, bloggers and people running writing courses who have no…


It happened at midnight, one starry Nairobi night

Photo by Greg Rakozy on Unsplash

So many decades have passed that nobody remembers I was there. A wide-eyed almost-five-year-old peeping out from behind her mother’s sari, knowing something important’s happening, but not knowing what.

We’re on the rooftop terrace under a warm Nairobi sky shimmering with stars. The air is fragrant with incense and the…


Art isn’t a talent, it’s a language

A selection of charcoal and graphite artwork by Jessica Barnaby of Barnaby Studio, Pet & People Portraits
Art by me, Jessica Barnaby

Crayons, colouring pencils and glunky messy paints are fun but I wanted to be a storyteller when I grew up.

A storyteller needs a typewriter, typewriter ribbon and bottles of Tippex. …


There’s always a story inside a piece of art

Art by me, Jessica Barnaby

The story behind this wise night owl artwork starts with a herd of deer.

It’s May 2018 and I’m walking my dog in Richmond Park. It’s a beautiful evening and we’re both in the mood for a big long ramble, so by the time we’re on the home stretch, two…


“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” Maya Angelou

Photo by Sincerely Media

It’s not just celebrated artistic geniuses like Leonardo da Vinci and Walt Disney who are creative — you are too!

You can see your creative genius in action by looking at what you do for yourself when you’re not worried about the opinions of others:

  • Timetabling and juggling everything into…


It’s about showing your customers how wonderful they are

Image created by author on Canva (affiliate link)

Your About Page is where people look to see if you’re their kind of person. It’s a challenge to fit your whole life into a walnut.

Unlike a resume that follows a universally accepted format, an About Page is a blank canvas and all it insists on is that you…


Emotions are at play even when you’re writing for your business and the stories you tell become the voice people hear. I’ve touched on this in a new article recently set as the Wednesday Genius About page.

I’ve also added a link to my one-to-one coaching in marketing and copywriting


Every business is telling a story, whether they know it or not

Image: Author’s Instagram

You may not think your business is telling a story because to put it that way sounds so pretentious. Surely, all you’re doing is writing sales pages and adverts and product descriptions. Right?

When clients and customers read your website, adverts, and social media posts, your words form pictures in…


Grip love firmly and you won’t feel the pain

Image modified by author from a photo by Amin Moshrefi

I live on a street where people don’t get into each other’s business. A polite nod when you happen to put the bins out at the same time is about as social as it gets. If you don’t catch their eye, you don’t even have to nod. …

Jessica Barnaby

Writer & Artist 🍒 Asking questions, seeking answers ✔ hellojessbee@gmail.com

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