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With nearly 20k followers on Twitter, and over 3000 subs on various blogs and music sites, it is impossible for me to welcome each person individually. Of course, I wish I could. I love meeting new people and hearing their stories! Until I find a way of cloning myself a few hundred times, this will have to do. 🙂

A brief summary about myself. I have been writing since I was 12. I love the horror genre and that is what I read and write mostly.I also write fantasy and mystery.You can learn more about my writing just by surfing this site, if you so desire. I have been singing and playing guitar since I was 15. All of my music is FREE. (who actually sells music these days?) The music I create embodies Rock, Blues, Chill, EDM, and Downtempo. Give it a listen if you like.

I have only recently started doing photography, but I studied the craft very carefully before beginning, and spent the money required, to do it justice. I am unhealthy and trying to build a legacy, before I die from all of the health problems I have. Everything I create is with that in mind.

I currently live in a new RV in Texas, with my wife and a majikal cat named appropriately, Jinxy. If you want to learn more about me, or just seek something to discover, here is a complete list of all my websites-

http://jb-thomas.pixels.com-My main photos site. You can buy prints, cards, iPhone cases, tote bags, towels, shower curtains, and much more with my best photos on them.

https://www.facebook.com/jbthomasphotography– This is only place I will be discussing photos and art. Come join us!

http://licensing.pixels.com/profiles/jb-thomas.html– If you would like to license my photos for books, online ads, TV, or many other things, go here.

axewielderx.wordpress.com -Main blog with jokes, funny pics and music.

authorjbthomas.wordpress.com– This is where ALL of my writings are. Poetry, prose, short stories, Novel chapters, and more.

amazon.com/author/jbthomas– My amazon author page where you can buy both e-book and paperback versions of my books. There are more book links, in the My Books” section of this site.

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5251326.J_B_Thomas-My Goodreads profile.

http://www.reverbnation.com/lucidchaos– My reverbnation website. All music here is in mp3 format only.

http://lucidchaos.bandcamp.com– Any format, lossless or mp3, is here. For those who like the best sound!:)

http://soundcloud.com/lucid-chaos– I only put sneak peeks of music WIPs here. I don’t care for soundcloud’s limitations.

http://www.youtube.com/user/Axewielderx– Various videos ranging from music videos to gaming casts.

http://www.facebook.com/authorjbthomas– My FB author page. This is strickly for the fans. I hate FB and self iced my personal account there.

http://axewielderx.tumblr.com/-Tumblr– It catches most of my posts from nearly every blog.

https://twitter.com/JB_Thomas– My twitter account where I do most of my daily posting.

I want to thank each and every person who has followed, subbed, or become a fan. I hope you enjoy the ride you just climbed aboard, and tell your friends, before the train has left the station for good. Take care and feel free to contact me anytime. I will answer as time allows. 😎  If you would like to connect on any of these sites, just send me your info via the contact page.

JB

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It’s our expectations…

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After my last rant(post) I thought it might not hurt, to share some deeper thoughts on the entire matter of people and what they do in real life and social media. I believe my last post clearly demonstrated, even though it was a bit of a rant, that people do the same thing in both RL and on social websites. What I did not bother with, is the why. Why they do these things, why we react the way we do, whether publically or in private, and why any of it even matters to the average person.

So let’s start with that first why. Why do people do the things they do?

The easy answer is people are people. However, I am not known as someone who gives the easy answer. People are people. What does that mean? It means people are flawed. There are far too many ways to explain them all. People make mistakes. People hide truths that are unflattering. People want to survive. People become numb. People don’t really know how to listen. There are really more things wrong with the average person, than are right.

How we became so fucked up as a species, I will leave this answer to those “experts” out there. However, I don’t believe there is an easy answer to this question. Environmental issues, genes, social ideology, etc. can all come into play. The how we got here, is not really as important, at least for the sake of this article. We are answering those why questions right now.

Why do we react the way we do?

I believe this is because of two main factors. One is we just don’t know how to react in any other way. I know better and how I should react, however, I am also the kind of person that would rather put it “out there” than just “ keep it bottled up inside”. While I know most people won’t read the post, I also know that not everything I write, is actually for the readers. Sometimes I just write to get the words out of my head.

The second reason we react the way we do is because of bad expectations. We all have them and literaly everyone is to blame. We are told to be positive. We are shown on TV and in the movies, that everything ends happily ever after. We read this crap in our books, magazines, newspapers. It is everywhere.

Why are we not taught reality? Understanding that all people are completely flawed, would go so much further in creating realistic expectations. Yet, we are told over and over again, fables. Falsehoods of what people and life is really like. True friends never abandon you. Love is stronger than anything. Love lasts forever. Trust in the better angels of human nature. It just goes on and on and on. It is people lying about people. Lies designed and honed over centuries, to keep the monsters in the closet. All the while we shield ourselves, and are blind to any real threats, such as ourselves, our neighbors, our friends, and finally our family.

Our expectations, that have been pounded into our minds since childhood, do nothing, but endanger us and lead us blindly toward the real threats of our lives. Those erroneous expectations will never benefit us.

So why does this matter to the average person? This answer is simple and yet, complicated too. When we walk around with these unrealistic expectations of others, and those expectations are not realized, we sink far lower than we would have, had we had realistic expectations. Is it not better to see the wall before we run into it? Of course it is. Therefore, throw away any expectations! Realize this now…you cannot control the without, you can only control the within. You should never expect anything, from anything, you don’t control. It is just basic common sense.

While it is my practice of airing out my disappointment in things, I wanted you to be aware, that I know I am ultimately responsible for my happiness. I chose to declare my feelings on the matter, not in any attempt to change things. I was merely letting others know, of why I decided to avoid social media.

I have no expectations. I only have lost dreams and hopes, as everyone else. Perhaps one day, a hope we all share, will come to fruition and we can again have expectations and those expectations will be correct. I hope this helps others out there and have an amazing day!

JB

 

 

Social websites are just a mirror of the real world

I am betting there are some out there who would disagree with this. My oh my, what a sheltered life you have led. If you have led a life of exploration, then you will not have any problems with this idea.

When I grew up I learned a lot about people and how they really are. You see, young ones, in my youth there were no video games. If you wanted to play, you went outside to do so. In doing this alone, I learned more in a few years about people, than most of these youngsters learn in their whole lives.

Here is just a few of those things I learned.

1. People fucking lie! Not just little white ones or when they are in trouble. They lie all the time.

2. People will do ANYTHING to be more popular. Yes, I mean anything. They will bully, lie, sell, borrow, steal, and even kill to become more popular.

3. People have no real loyalty. Sure, they might be loyal when the going is easy. But if the shit hits the fan, you are the last person they are going to think about.

4. People are like children. They almost always do the exact opposite of what they are told, even if it will not be to their benefit.

5. People cannot be trusted. They will fuck you over, any time they think they can get away with it.

I realize these are hard things to read and most of you are probably thinking that I have lost my mind. Why would anyone ever post anything like this? What is there to gain from this?

To understand why I post this and really mean it, you would have to understand my life. Since nobody is going to read that long, let me do a very concise explanation.

I have personally seen all of the above behavior from relatives, close family, friends, associates, and even my own spouse and children. When you no longer can trust anyone, what is there to lose in posting this? Nothing!

So how are social media/websites reflecting this behavior? How many times have we seen or read false news? How any people are making money off of people’s need for popularity? How many people have followed and then unfollowed you, as soon as you follow them back? How many times have you asked followers/friends/whatever to retweet, share, or to pass along your post, only to have people unfollow/unfriend you? How many times have you been nice enough to follow/friend a stranger, only to have that person mess with you in some way?

All these actions are just reflections of what they do in real life. The only difference is that on social media websites, they can easily get away with this behavior, because there are no CONSEQUENCES! They gain followers/friends. They gain popularity. They gain position over anyone who has morals.

I was willing to give my time. I was willing to share. I was willing to be there. I was just supporting these bad people. That ends now. Just as surely as the sun sets every day!

In the past I have walked away and came back. I did not want to give up. I am not a quitter. But I will be damned if I am going to sell my soul for this. I am not going to spend my remaining days, helping bad people get their way.

Life is just too valuable to throw it away on people who just use and manipulate others.

The ugly truth is, most people don’t deserve this beautiful planet we live on and as long as greed and selfishness prevail, they won’t get to enjoy this planet for much longer. I think it serves them right. I think the punishment should fit the crimes they commit…daily.

For those that actually read this far and think they are not like this. Take a good look in the fucking mirror. I won’t claim I am perfect. I know better. But, at least I am not sitting here, lying to myself.

When the people of this world change, that is when you will see me actually post to social media on a regular basis again. Me thinks, that hell will have frozen over, politicians will be honest, and my cock will have doubled in size, before that happens.

JB

Bankruptcy, homelessness, the end of creativity.

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It seems the days of creativity are soon to come to a close. As the reality of our impending bankruptcy begins to gain a foothold and the impending homeless becomes a reality, I find I little options in saving any tiny likelihood of being able to create.

I really should have seen this coming and if I were not trying to be positive, perhaps I would have figured out this ending sooner. So much for positive thinking!

When my oldest son abandoned us; perferring the company of a liar who “hated me from the moment she met me”. I should have seen that things were going downhill.

When my wife got fired for no cause, I should of seen it coming. When she lost job after job afterward, I should have seen it.

When she got herself fired from her last job doing completely dumb shit and then lied about it, I should have really known it then.

When my second son decided to jump on the I hate my parents bandwagon, I really should have known.

When I watch the way that social media has turned into a game of numbers instead of a way to meet people, it was clear, but yet I chose to still believe there was hope.

Now I know I will never see my kids or grandchildren. Now I know that no matter what I create, nobody is ever going to care. Now I know that my own wife cannot be trusted and that nobody is ever going to hire her, because she is either too old or does not have enough experience. Now that I know all these these things, the whole outcome seems very apparent.

I won’t have the time or ability to post much longer. I won’t have any reasons to want to. I am not sure I will even have a reason to live. You see this whole situation is one of those, been there, done that, type of thing. I have been homeless already. I have been poor most of my life.I have been lonely or alone or both for most of my life. None of it I ever cared for and certainly did not do anything deliberately to end up in this position. Unless, you think that giving a crap about others makes you a target for this kind of result.

Without creativity there is no hope. Without hope there is no reason. Without reason there is no life. I would rather die than live on the streets again.

I have posted this flower as a reminder to look for the beauty in life. It may help you keep your sanity. But know this, even beauty cannot help you, when the world is taking it away from you every day. Hold onto it as long as you can.

So I pass this beauty onto others, as it seems it has gone from my life. Sorry, for wasting your time with this drivel. I only thought some of you might want to know why I have quit posting. One should only post if it serves a purpose and that purpose is no longer valid for me.

I was never a welcome addition to this world and it won’t really miss another bankrupt and homeless artist.

JB

The Art Of Creative Photography: Chapter 7 (final chapter)

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This is what is known as a Di Vinci. The triangle light on the left cheek, is similar to how the Mona Lisa is portrayed. These are exceptionally rare to get, especially outdoors, where you work with the light and don’t control it.

Before we get started: Hint-Clicking on each photo in this series, will reveal the full-sized internet version of the photo.

So in my mind, I imagine a bunch of little, bright shiny young(and perhaps older) faces, staring at their computer monitors or iPads or even their little phones, wondering when I was going to get around to this final chapter. Of course, I do realize I just exposed how warped and utterly insane my mind is in saying that, but be-that-as-it-may, what is done is done. Here is that final chapter of knowledge, for which you all crave or not, whatever the case may be.

The most important thing for your creative photography endeavors is unsurprising really. It is a the deep desire to make your voice heard, your vision seen. To send out your own individualized message, with each and every photo that you create.

This photo forces you to look at her face. The slight bit of light on her nose and the blurred frontal leaves are used to accomplish this effect.

You cannot expect others to look toward you and listen, if you are singing the same song as everyone else. You must put your own voice to it and that can only be done by systematically teaching yourself to focus, and learn the teachings of those who have come before. In learning what others have done, we then know what we must do to separate ourselves from them.

Finding your own voice, your own vision, is the hardest part. Learning technique and principles, rules, etc. anyone can do. It takes more than that to reach into that creative realm. It takes a tunneled vision of what is to be…and making it so.

It is always important that you keep an open mind when out and about shooting. As stated in an earlier chapter, anything has the potential to become a photo, you just have to find the way of doing it that makes you happy. This photo was the models idea and it was my experience that made this happen.

 

Ultimately, in the end, we all create our own reality. What does yours look like? I have shown you mine. Now it is time for you to show the world!!! I hope you have enjoyed reading this small internet series on creative photography and that it helps you, in your goal to improve your photography.

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

For those who wish to learn more, please read below.

This small internet series was just a basic introduction to creative photography. I have future plans to turn this into a full-fledged book and to add details that are not gone into; call it a slightly more advanced series. I also have plans of creating a PDF of this series for Patreon members to download. But exactly how might these be different from what is posted in this internet series, you might ask?

The PDF for Patreon members will have direct links to recommended tutorials, both video and written. It will also have links to valuable resources such as ALL the software and cameras mentioned in this series. I will also add in a section of editing techniques I use for models. Considering all of that, I think it will be well worth the price of admission($1/month) of becoming my Patreon.

This photo is from my first photoshoot with a model. Had I not learned the basics of shooting before going out, there is no way I would have ended up with such an amazing photo.

As for the E-book and hard/soft cover versions. Lots of pictures!!! When I say lots, I mean lots! And I will also be expanding each section to go further, discuss more, REVEAL more. I’ll let you have a look beyond the gate keeper and reveal some of my innermost secrets. Now, I won’t reveal everything. No true artist ever does that! However, the things you will learn, will expand your creative vision and help you to find your own, exclusive and sometimes elusive, inner creative photographer. As always, I will try to keep the price as low as possible, however, books with colored photos are not cheap to make or sell.

If you want to know when the Patreon PDF and when the book are released, just hit that subscribe button over there and join the more 15k people who already know…I am worth listening to.

Until next time I type…

JB

11 Things to Ponder

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Alot of things have been going on behind the scenes and numerous decisions have been made. Decisions are almost always made when new information and insights are gained. Let me share some with you and I will leave you to ponder their meanings.

1. The only mathematics I understand…
0=EVERYTHING

2. The weaker sex is..
The one that believes they are equal.

3. There is only one truth…
Look inside and you will find it.

4. Who created the Big Bang?
We did.

5. Tomorrow will be the same as today…
Unless you change NOW.

6. If you want a lie, speak to a friend.
If you want a half-truth, speak to a relative.
If you want the truth, speak to yourself.

7. If you desire wisdom, you only need do one thing…
Live!

8. A pool gains no momentum.

9. There is no right path,
There is only YOUR path.

10. If you want to understand, read.
If you want to know, live.
If you want to see, think.

11. Many things are worthy of your LOVE!
Nothing is worthy of your HATE.

Copyright 2018 J. Bradley Thomas