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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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A Journey Through Limbo

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A journey through limbo

Life is an amazingly long trip and sometimes I believe it wants…it needs us to just stop and contemplate what we have learned, what we have seen, what we have felt. Life makes a pause to just regather our energies and find the best way forward.

After my wife’s loss of her job, I found myself in the space of white. A nether of hollow. In limbo I resided. For there was no real way forward. The money lenders had sent their wolves barking and scratching at my door. The sleep agents were randomly arriving and disappearing. There was no order, only a chaotic void of narcissism and depression. 

My mental and physical health both took a dive. While I am uncertain that my physical health will ever get back on positive track, the mental health has finally landed upon a solid track once more. My wife finally settling on a job that is both agreeable and financially sound, allows me some leeway to see a better future, and thus, to make plans once more.

Normally every year, at the beginning of the year, I lay down some desired plan for the year. This year was an exception to that trend. I had to wait for the voices to recede. I had to wait for the flames that were burning me, to die out. I had to wait for the universe to decide my time in limbo had come to an end.

Now that things have changed, I can lay forth my plans for the rest of this year. 

As we are all aware, plans often get ruined, even the best laid ones. However, I shall try to follow through on things this year as my health allows. I should briefly speak of my health so that all are aware of what I am up against. I have been having, for nearly a couple years now, vertigo spells. During these spells, the world turns and as it spins, there is ringing in my ears and my heart beat intensifies. I feel like I will faint but I do not. I sometimes wish that I would. I dare not move and standing is way out of my thoughts. I can only sit still and hope it passes. These vertigo spells can become so bad that I sometimes see double. Seeing double while the world is spinning around would be fine perhaps if I was on some carnival ride. Sadly, that is not the case. The spells are scary!

To make matters worse, the doctor is not sure what the issue is. He says I am borderline Diabetic. He has given me Lipitor, but thus far that has not helped at all. These spells have kept me virtually home bound and interfered with any kind of travel. You cannot drive when you are uncertain when a spell might happen. 

Thus between my health and employment issues, I have remained in Limbo. But things have changed, and I can at least begin to move forward, into the creative space I once inhabited, though in a limited capacity.

One of the first things things that needs to be addressed is what has happened with my photos website.

My original intention in creating the site on Fine Art America was to have a place to put my photos online for people to view. I understand that the website is mainly used for selling photos and art. However, that was not a concern of mine. I just did not want to pay some ridiculous amount of money to share the photos with the world. But, a funny thing did happen. People actually bought some of my prints.

While that might be good news for most, and I was certainly not opposed to the idea, I did not like how it was implemented. Let me show you two photos to make it clear what I see as the problem.

This first photo shows my notification of someone buying a rather large print of mine. 

If you will notice, that person bought a 24”x20.250” print and I made $15.08. Does that seem a bit odd? Well, let’s look at this next photo and all will become a little clearer.

In this photo I did a mock up of what the person ordered using the exact description from the sales receipt I received. As you can see, that person spent a whopping $216.28 for the photo, with a frame.

 Now I do get that this is a custom frame size, however I believe they got soaked or I got stiffed. How can a customer spend over $216 and I get only $15? This simply does not seem right! I am the one who spent the money for the camera, I spent the time editing and lastly, I spent the entire day taking photos to get this shot. I am not sure if this is unfair to me, the customer or both of us. Probably both of us and I never want to see this happen again!

Thus I have come to the conclusion that I will have to move my photos site to somewhere else. I want my customers to be charged fairly and I expect to be the one who profits from making sure that is what happens. Yes, a new portfolio site will cost me more per month, however, I believe it will benefit customers, clients, and myself in the long run.

Once I have found and set up a new portfolio site, I will most certainly let everyone know. But know this, it will take some time. Quite possibly several months. After it is up and running, then and only then, will I move on to other matters.

What are those other matters, you might ask? Well, I have been neglecting several things. Mainly, creating new graphics, developing new photos, and writing. And of course, music has been put off for far too long. Sadly, music I believe will always come in last place in my life. While it is easy to sit down and pluck the strings on my guitar, I have found the time vs benefit ratio of creating complete songs, not worthy of my time. 

As for creating new graphics, I will likely get enough of that in the building of my new portfolio site. That leaves developing new photos and writing. Since I won’t have any new photos to develop due to my current health issues, that leaves writing.

So yes, that means for probably what is left of 2019, after the new website is up, I will be writing.

I KNOW there are many out there who will be happy to read this!

It should be mentioned that I also have over 200 photos that have been developed and never been posted to ANY website, that will appear on my new portfolio site. So lots of good things are coming this year for those who are patient.

I might be sick and old, but I have come through limbo and plan on moving as fast as I can, the rest of this year. Please join me…a little company always makes any journey better!

JB

Obamacare is Unconstitutional!!!

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Sadly, it is not the only law we have created in this country that is (unconstitutional). In fact there are many, and if we are to ever stop the destruction of the constitution, we need to start with this law.

I have sat idly by the past few years and been a personal witness to the destruction this bill has inflicted upon families that were left out. I can stay silent no longer.

Lets review exactly what is unconstitutional about this law. I believe the answer can be found in the very foundations of the constitution. The constitution clearly states that “all men are created equal”. Thus any law which states otherwise by giving favoritism to ANY man(or woman) is in complete contradiction to this premise. I know this seems like an over-simplication of the matter. But does basic common sense have no meaning?

Obamacare does not stand with this basic premise. It excludes people from the protection it claims all are entitled to. How the heck can you leave 25 million people out of the same healthcare program, that you give the rest of the nation and call this equal rights? How can you make everyone in the country pay for the healthcare of 20 million people? This nation sits at a population of approx. 400 million people. Yet, only 20 million people actually get “benefits” from this program. The rest of “the people” (380 million) pay for it. How in all this, are the American people being treated “equally”?

We founded a nation on the ideal that all men are created equally and thus should  have equal rights. However, we are not being treated equally. In fact, we are so far down the unequal road, we have lost sight of what being treated equally means.

There should be no laws which treat any man(or woman) with favoritism. Any law that does so, is unfairly punishing people. This is not the foundation our country was built upon. But, each and every day, I see this happening more and more. Tell me please, when does this end? How many people must sacrifice their rights, for the ideals of “special interests”? If all men are created equal, then ALL men(and women) are to be considered with EVERY law!

If I could leave this nation of inequality, I would…quicker than I could blink my eye. What does that say about this country? It should speak magnitudes to the common people of this once, great country. Alas, leaving is not an option. I cannot afford healthcare, I am a secondary citizen. I certainly can not afford to leave.

I also cannot afford to support a body of rulers that discriminates against portions of their populations! If any lawyer wishes to sue this government of inequality, I am all in! If any man or woman wants to march on Washington, I am there! If any person wants to fight this systematic reduction of our basic right, to be treated fairly and equally, just give me a shout!

Long live the true America! The land of equality! The land of equal pursuit of happiness! The land of equal freedom!

JB

Poll: What would you do?

Obviously, from previous posts it can be easily gathered, that I am a man with a mind of his own. However, it never hurts, to at least hear other opinions. With that in mind, I am going to give you a few different situations and ask you what you would do, in those same situations. I only ask that you answer with what you would ACTUALLY do. The poll is completely anonymous, so there is no reason to lie. So let’s get on with this, shall we?

Lets say your father sent you a friend request on Facebook. You are on general speaking terms at the moment, but there is tension, which is par usual for fathers and sons. What would you do with that friend request?

Please read and answer the poll before reading further!!!

Now that you have answered the question, I can tell you how my son chose to handle the friend request I sent to him. He chose the third answer. Yep, he chose to report my friend request and then lied to the Facebook authorities by telling them I was not related to him. Thus he publically disowned me. I believe the fact he had to lie speaks volumes about what kind of action this was.

Let’s move on to the next phase of this poll. This next section deals with my reaction to this betrayal by my own son.

If your son had done this to you, what would you do? Obviously, this second question is a bit harder, given the nature of the son’s actions. But just try to put yourself in the parent’s shoes for one second.

Please read and vote in the poll before reading further!!!

Now that you have answered the poll question I can give you what I chose to do. I am not an I for an I kind of person. I believe that is small thinking. However, I did ask for an apology. I have raised both my boys to accept responsibility for their actions and to apologize when they are wrong. Apparently, they did not listen to any of that though. Instead of the apology, I received a email berating me and essentially a refusal to apologize. He still has not grown up enough to this day to do so and this was years ago.

This of course, leads to one last question. This involves my son’s inability to apologize for his very obvious bad behavior in this situation. When your son disowns you and fails to apologize for such behavior, what would you do?

Please read and answer poll before reading further!!!

Now that you have answered the poll I can give you what I chose to do. Seeing as I had always told my sons that I never reward bad behavior, I was left with not much choice in this matter. My son lied, he disowned me, and he refused to apologize for his actions. I was forced into telling him that he was not welcome in my house and was not welcome to call, until he acted like an adult and apologized.

Instead of deciding to do the right thing at this point, he chose instead to send his mother an email stating that “She was not allowed to see the grandchildren or them unless she divorced me.” What kind of kid lies to Facebook, disowning their father, refuses to apologize for their actions, and then tries to get their mother to divorce their father, when they are admonished for their bad actions? Apparently, that is exactly what my piece of shit son does!

Recently, I discovered this son’s home address. You see because of my son’s actions we were never told their location. I told my wife what I had found and she told me to just ignore it. When your wife says that about your son it is very saddening. It says to me that she has given up on this boy. It says she abandoned hope on the matter. I can’t blame her either. The last emails we exchanged with that boy there was no apology to be found. Instead a bunch of lies and false accusations was all to be had. There was no remorse, no caring, nothing. The boy acted as if we had not raised him.

Let me make this very clear. I was a stay at home father. He always had a parent around and never had a lack of love, caring, attention, or knowledge while growing up.

Now I wonder if I should finally close the door on this whole matter. We left things unresolved but with my wife’s answer to the address, I must wonder if the time has come to cut ties permanently and move on. Perhaps your answers to the previous questions will help me decide this final question.

Please take the time to vote and share this with anyone who you think is wise and intelligent enough to vote on this. Take care and have a great day!

JB

If I Am The Monster

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If I am the monster, I am the monster the world created. This is no deed in which to take pride, for no one was born to this lowly creation. I was molded by the hands of the world. When something that is beautiful and innocent can be turned into a monstrous visage, we must look inward to see our failures. We must understand! 

We must know that we take the divine and turn it into insidious venom. We spread our poison throughout all and all shall be damned…for our inability to see beyond our vanity. Heed my words! If this race of humanity continues upon this path, there is only one ending. It is an ending of pain, it is an ending of misery, it is an ending beyond all nightmares, that have ever been dreamt.

If I am the monster, then why have I offered a vision of our future? Surely no monster would attempt to save anything! Certainly not a cesspool of vain liars! Even a monster knows better. But I say this to you, that in my lack of vanity, I see things for how they really are. I see the stark cold reality of our insignificant existence. I see through the fog of deception that so many hide within. I see abuse we inflict upon everything within eyesight. I see the deliberate corruption of all future beings. I see all this and am unafraid to say what I see. Can you say the same?

If I am the monster…then what are you?

JB

                                          

Two Words

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There are two words that are the least uttered. There are two words that are the most desired to be heard. There are two words that everyone should say more. There are two words that are the hardest to say. Yet, most people attempt to convince themselves, that it won’t matter if they speak these words. They do this so they won’t have to say these words. Lies spilled inside to hide the truth outside.

I have always prided myself in taking the high road if allowed. I have always said I admit my mistakes. I have always been a righteous man and I have always lived a code of honor. Thus, I will speak these two words to the world.

I’m sorry!

If you are reading this, then I truly am sorry. For most certainly I have wronged you in some way. It seems I am incapable of doing anything right. That is what the world has been telling me, all my life. “I am useless, and never will amount to anything.” These words came from my mother, so they must be true.

So, I am sorry if I offended you. I am sorry if I did you harm. I am sorry if I did not understand you. I am sorry if I let you down. I am sorry for any and everything I ever did. I am sorry that you wasted even a second of your life in my presence.

I won’t make any excuses or clauses to these two words. For that would only diminish their meaning.

Nor do I ask that you return those two words. That also would dimish them.

Will the two words I spoke here matter to anyone? Will they have meaning? Are they like lost memories…faded and without definition?

I cannot begin to answer those questions. I can only find solitude in the fact that, at least someone was not afraid to say those two words.

JB