Welcome!

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.

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://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.

Instagram-@j.b.thomas

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.

Axe

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Seize The Day!!!

A lot of people like to give lip service to the title statement, but how many really follow through and lead a life based upon this very basic premise? Many? Some? Few? In my experience, not many at all. It takes a certain kind of rare life experience to motivate someone into living for the moment, seizing every second, and sucking the marrow out of life. Mayhap, I should explain further…

Approximately 8 years ago my thyroid decided, hey, lets just go off the rails and see how fast we can run. It slipped into overdrive and I lost weight rapidly. When I got bone thin and could barely walk, I finally gave into the idea of seeing a doctor. I was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. I was given pills and told I must take the pills everyday, thus I needed to find a regular doctor. I did so and he recommended that I have my thyroid ablated(killed with radioactive Iodine) or removed through surgery. I chose the path of ablation, rather than the path of surgery and the risk of vocal cord damage.

A couple of years later, after several doctors and finding funding and a failed first attempt to kill it, we finally succeeded. I remember to this day the day it died. You see, when an organ dies like this, it is accompanied by a very strong feeling. It’s a feeling you are not likely going to get in many other ways. It is worse than fear or terror and even loneliness. It is worse, than despair, sadness, and even agony. I call this feeling DOOM. Funny, but that is exactly what the doctor called it when he asked me how I felt when it died. Doom is beyond normal feelings. It is life without hope. It is agony, fear, despair, and hopelessness all wrapped in one. Truthfully, that does not even begin to describe it and therein lies the rub. It has to be experienced to be understood.

This is the kind of rare life experience that motivates people to seize the day. It is a rare circumstance that forces you to realize your mortality and just how limited your days on this planet can be. Without having this kind of experience, it really does not seem as important to live the moment.

I used to procrastinate quite regularly, as I am sure a lot of people do. But since that feeling, I try to do at least one constructive thing everyday. I am not talking about doing the dishes or feeding the cat. I am speaking of creating something. A new photo, a photo trip, writing something, creating a song or at least a melody. I do this everyday. No exceptions! Even if my wife is home, I do this when she sleeps. Of course, every waking moment, when I feel well, I spend with her. Since my thyroid was ablated, I have had a lot of health issues, but I always strive to spend time with my wife and create.

You see one other thing happens when you wake up and realize your time is limited. You also find out what is really important in life. Not surprisingly, you discover that money and material possessions have no value in the big scheme of things. They cannot be taken with you into any imaginable afterlife. It is those intangible things that be come alive for you and worthy of spending your time on. The memories, the emotions, the dreams that can be taken with you.

To drive home this point, I am going to share a couple of photos of what is now the reality of where I live, and then I am going to share some photos of what once was. Understand, the beauty I share with you could not have been possible, if I would not have seized the day!

In the above photo is a fence around a school playground. Now you might not consider this much of a difference unless you knew that this is around the entire playground. Thus, it appears in the background of every photo I have taken there since. IMHO, it just ruins the peaceful ambience that once existed there. You will see it when you view the photos from before the fence was installed.

In this photo you can see what remains of a woodland tunnel. Nothing! It has been completely decimated as they make room for a new road coming through here. It the next set of photos you will see what this woodland tunnel looked like and what the play ground without the fence looked like.

(Click on each pic to see full sized)

I sure you can see how many amazing photos would have been lost had I wasted time. I grabbed them while I could and shared them with everyone. By seizing the day, you not only add to your life, you add to everyone’s life. Now I have here a small gallery of photos, that may never be duplicated and have encapsulated the memory of this small spot of earth, for all time. Not bad for doing nothing but living a life to the fullest!

Speaking of seizing the day, I must go seize this day. I hope this post has shown you the true value of living every moment. Take care and have an amazing day!

Axe(JB)

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Which Shall It Be?


Which shall it be?

I have spent the last few months contemplating exactly where I wanted to go with my life. Many people would argue that being talented in many different areas is a blessing. I would have a hard time disagreeing with such an argument, however, many speak to the merits of focusing on one thing and I can see the logic in that aswell. In the end, one must take into consideration all things relevant to a subject before making a true decision. One cannot just decide this is the path, without knowing every path.

Let us examine those paths that have been taken and their results.

Music- I have created 3 digital CDs with songs dating back to 2002 through last year. I have gained over a 1000 followers on various sites. I have had many compliments on my vocals and have even collaborated with other artists. However, sales in this area have never been huge and in general, I realize that at my age I am not marketable for large record labels. TBH, I am not even remotely healthy enough presently, to do a live show at this time. However, it should be noted, that while this may have been probably my least successful of the career paths I have tried, it is the one I love the most and have a natural talent for. When I speak of natural talent, I am referring to vocal abilities, not my music composition skills. Let’s move on to the next path I tried.

Writing- I have been writing longer than any of the other paths by far. I always excelled in English classes and in fact, even in advanced English and Creative Writing, bringing home an “A” was no big deal. For many years, due to having kids, I stuck to writing short pieces of writing. Ones I could quickly set aside such as poetry, prose, and short stories. Then after being diagnosed with Hyper-Thyriodism I woke up and realized I needed to get started onto bigger things. I began writing novels. Eventually, I wrote 3 novels and at one point I had 25k followers on Twitter with several thousand followers on blogs. I must confess that I used a “secret” technique to gain those followers, but writing skills were really what allowed me to continually gain followers. However, the true success of book sales seemed to allude me. I desired to know why, and found after a few very blunt and drastic actions, that I fewer followers and more collectors of followers than I expected. This was frustrating because I knew if people would just read the books, they would become true fans. Not having the resources needed to continue down this path of no support, I found myself moving down my next path.

Photography- Of these 3 paths, photography is the one I have the least serious experience with, but it is at the same time, the one I have made the most money from. How odd that is? I have been an Amateur photographer for about 5 yrs. and a pro photographer for the last couple of years. Yes, that means I have been paid to do shoots and have made money from my photos. But this is the pathway that also the greatest pain in the ass. Models don’t want to work for free, because they think an Instagram feed is a portfolio. The ones who have an actual portfolio expect to be paid enormous sums of money just because they posted some photos to a modeling site. Granted, models are not the only thing you can shoot photos of, but every photographer wants to have a well-rounded portfolio. Fact is, the photos I have made money from are not the ones with models in them. This pathway has given me a few followers on Twitter and made me hate Instagram. The constant following and unfollowing there is just despicable.

So now that we have summed up the paths we have taken and shown briefly the merits, pitfalls and success of each, lets move on to the future. What does my future hold?

Let me give you the easy answer. My future holds for me whatever I desire. You see, I am a firm believer of self-destiny. I believe we decide, moment-to-moment, hour-to-hour, day-to-day, what we are and what we will be. I have already decided that some day I will be famous. I decided that a long time ago. What remains is the how. That is not my concern though. Now, anyone reading this would think I must be crazy, and they might be right in that assessment. However, I should point out that crazy does not equal wrong. In fact, crazy just means, you see things that many cannot see.

After examining all of the evidence of the past paths taken, there is no clear winner guaranteed of giving me fame, money, power, or success. Thus, I have decided there is only one path I can take. The path of no decision.

There is absolutely no reason why I cannot do all. Should I have to settle on one thing just to gain more followers? I think not! I believe being happy with what I am doing is more important. In fact, I believe happiness is, not only the ultimate measure of success, but also the highest goal that everyone should strive for, in their life. What good is a life bound to pain and misery? It is of no worth. Rise above what is bringing you down and seek happiness. Everything else will follow. Sometimes it just takes awhile to catch up.

Having said all that; I can now share with you some of the things I have been working on and future expectations.

I’ve been working on multiple songs and buying some new equipment. Expect some new songs to come out in several months, along with a completed digital CD by Early 2019 at the latest.

I have been plotting the storyline of a new novel and have been working on the final chapter of “The Art Of Creative Photography”. Expect the novel to be released in early 2019. The final chapter within a couple of months.

Now that I have a vehicle of my own, you can certainly expect more photos to be released, as I now have the ability of making “day trips” in and around the Houston, Texas area. There are so many awesome things to shoot in this area that I could certainly spend multiple lives trying to capture it all and wouldn’t be successful. The Houston metropolis area is second only in size to New York City. It is a very “spread-out” city, not to mention Galveston Bay and the ports and Islands there and around the Houston area. I should mention that while there might be the occasional random person in my photos, I won’t be seeking out any more models. My time of working with the few I did, left a bad taste in my mouth. Suffice it to say, there are so many other subjects for photos, that there is no need for me to seek out such ignorant subject matter again. Expect photos being posted at irregular intervals throughout the year, with a photo book to be released, most probably in 2019.

As you may have noticed, I placed all of my major projects for release next year. The reasons for doing this are many. I have a new computer on its way. I have found my MacBook Air just does not have the space for music production. Thus, getting, setting up, and learning to use a Windows 10 computer is needed. This way I can devote the entire computer’s HDD to music creation.

I also have another camera on the way. It is a medium format TLR camera. I want to move more of my photography into the film realm. I have found that I can manipulate the photos well enough to preserve the beauty of film photography and use some digital enhancement to create a hybrid photo that has the best of retro and modern technologies. I’ll have to take some time to learn that new camera.

Lastly, I am anticipating having to hire someone to edit my books or just submitting them to traditional book publishers. Most likely the latter and that will most certainly be a 2019 release.
Of course, there is always the fan to consider. If you tell a fan a creation will released by a certain date and don’t follow through, you lose a certain amount of trust. I don’t want that to ever happen.

Now you know what I know. Do you feel informed? Included? Excited? Well, you should be! Many good things are coming! Not just for me…but also for you! How do I know? I just do!

Take care…

JB

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It’s not about me…it’s about her!

This entire gofundme campaign was not something she asked me to do. It was entirely my idea. Why would I do such a thing without asking? The answer is quite simple…really!

My wife suffered a stroke less than 2 yrs. ago. While it is debatable whether the stroke was caused by her working a lot of overtime at the time or just something meant to happen. It is still a fact! This entire situation has her stressed to the max and who could blame her. In losing her job, she lost all income AND all hopes of having any kind of retirement outside of poverty. All benefits are gone! All ability to pay bills is gone. All hope is gone!

This is not something anyone deserves, especially someone who has worked their ass off for more than 30+ yrs. to provide for her family. Whatever problems occurred, she arose to the challenge, and made sure everything was taken care of, no matter how many hours of work it required. She gave her lifeblood to being responsible.

Furthermore, she is just a downright good person. EVERYONE and I do actually mean everyone who has met her always speaks about how “nice” my wife is. Frankly, it sometimes makes me sick. But it does beg the question, do truly good people deserve to be punished, for doing nothing, but being good to others?

I don’t believe so and I doubt you do either. However, if we do not get some help, she is going to continue stressing over this, until she is hospitalized or dead. This I cannot just sit idly by and watch. The Gofundme campaign was to help avoid this altogether.

You can believe me when I say this, my wife most certainly would rather have a job, than have me ask total strangers for money. She has been looking every single night, hours upon hours, until she litterly falls asleep at the kitchen table in her searches. She does not want to lose our home, go bankrupt, or live on the streets.

Sadly all 3 of those thing are likely to happen without help. I understand and get that some people can’t or won’t help for whatever reason, however, anyone can share this. The power is within your grasp. This campaign is not just about her though. It is also about YOU. What kind of person are you? Would you turn your back on an old lady who was crying in the street or would you offer some kind of assistance? Only you know the answer to this question! If you choose to ignore this cry for help, then you most certainly need to take a look in the mirror, and live with what you see.

I have done my part. I have created this campaign and when to vast lengths to get the word out and offer everyone an opportunity, to either be a good and caring person, or to be an uncaring jerk. The choice is yours!

As a final note, I have never created any of the music, writings, and photographs because I desired money. Sure, that was a side benefit, but it was not my main goal. I have always sought, first and foremost, to enrich peoples lives with my words and actions. I did not post all the funny pics and jokes here to gain anything. I can look in the mirror this night knowing, I have given much and received very little in return. Can you say the same?

If you wish to contribute to the gofundme campaign, just go to this link-http://tw.gofund.me/fight-against-cooperate-america&pc=tw_co_share_m&rcid=r01-149978880781-8dfa28a6b2d64103

If you can’t contribute, for whatever reason, please at least share the link with anyone and everyone. I don’t want you to have to look in the mirror and not like what you see. Believe me, I have been there and would not wish that on anyone. Furthermore, I don’t want to lose my wife because cooperate American decided to throw her away. Please help in one way or another. The goal is set for one year’s salary. I would not ask for anything more than is actually needed. Thank you for your time and my God or whatever higher power you believe in, bless your life for helping!

JB

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I need a break…

And not the kind of break that require’s McDonalds. I have a tendency, I will admit, to let things get to me. It takes awhile but does happen. I suppose that is not abnormal. We all have emotions and sometimes the best way to control them is simply to remove whatever is causing this issue. In this case, it is social media sites.

I am pretty certain I am not the only person to grow tired of the vast amount of stupidity we all see on a daily basis at some of these sites. However, I just let things build and build, until I burst. Probably not a good thing but every human has their own way of dealing with things. Since I do not have to tolerate the issues like I used to when I had kids, I can now just remove from my little world, whatever becomes a burden.

So that is what I shall be doing, in a way. I won’t be visiting any social media websites and I cannot honestly say when I will be back. I will say that even though I will be avoiding social media, that does not mean there won’t be any posts. I can and will make use of the extra time I gain, by creating more digital art. I will be posting those up to my photography and art website, and I will be auto-posting from that same website. I will also probably find that I have the time to spend a little more time at my blogs.

So even though you will not see me posting directly from the social media websites, you will see my posts on the sites.

Maybe someday I will return…

Axe(JB)

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I have come to realize…

That everything I do will never matter. Soon I will die and be forgotten in less than a second. I have finally figured out why nobody wants to support me on any website. It is simple. I am the worst person on the planet. I am worse than even Adolf Hitler. I must be. Don’t believe me?

Why then on every single website, do I follow people back only to have them unfollow me? How come on every site I like and share other people’s posts, but they don’t do the same for me? Why do people only like posts of mine when they are looking for a new follower to unfollow? How much does my photos and digital art suck, that after 158 uploads of diverse photography, not a single sale has happened? How come after all this work I am still losing more followers than I gain every single day?

Apparently, my silence most of the time is offensive. I go out of my way to be nice to people and it seems they go out of their way to avoid, ignore, lie, or abuse me. I absolutely must be the worst person to ever exist.

No worries, I won’t be around much longer. I am old and in bad health. Surely, I will pass soon enough. You will have to find someone else to kick around. Don’t be surprised if I stop liking, sharing, posting, or interacting in all ways possible. EVERYONE has a point where they have had enough. I believe I have found mine.

My life will never matter and if I don’t matter with all my talent, then most certainly none of you will either. Truth…

AXE(The worst person to ever live)

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