Fictional Tendencies


Oh, it’s a thought you had is it?
Or do you have the thought now,
In this moment?

Whatever it is, you need to figure it out.

Figure a way out of the malaise,
The redundancy of this life.
This thing that’s holding onto you more tightly than you are to it.

Let go.

Stop hiding behind the fear in your fingertips,
The emotionless words
That you try hard to avoid.

Grab hold.

Freedom is waning, along with your heart.

Works in Progress

Here we are ten months into the year and I feel like I’m not much further along than I was this time last year. But let’s take a look back and compile my accomplishments.


My work in progress (WIP) is still untitled

somewhere between 4,000 and 10,000 words written, maybe more

88 emails (ideas) compiled, and that number is growing

Slowly researching a few topics to add some level of logic and truth to my WIP


Below is a list of books along with a brief thought or review on my reading experience.

  1. The October Country by Ray Bradbury: A pure joy, couldn’t put it down.
  2. The Left Hand of Darkness by  Ursula K Le Guin: A patient 200 pages before the last 100 pages sucks you into to the relationship of Genly Ai and Estraven.
  3. The Virtues of War by  Steven Pressfield: A visual account of the Man, the Myth and the Legend.
  4. Trail of Tears: The Rise and Fall of the Cherokee Nation  by John Ehle: A part of American History that is slowly being swept under the rug. Some of the same government tactics are still being used today. A great read filled with a lot of information.
  5. The Origins of Creativity by  Edward O Wilson: Interesting.
  6. Dear Father, Dear Son by Larry Elder: I immediately sent a text to my Dad that read “I Love You”
  7. The Catcher in the Rye by  J.D. Salinger: I understand why it’s a classic, but I don’t agree.
  8. No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy: Simple and elegant yet brutally picturesque. I couldn’t put it down. More insight into what makes a man than expected.
  9. The Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel:  An interesting read; not what I expected and pleasantly surprised. The tale of a man who knew the world wasn’t for him. The quote Polonios, “To thine own self be true.”
  10. Iron Gold by Pierce Brown: Did this book really need to be written? The original Trilogy was perfect so I came into this very hesitant, although, there is one beautifully stunning chapter involving Romulus au Raa, I teared up.

Now I’m trying to figure out which book to pull from the shelf and read next.


Storm Writing School

Brian Paone

The Elements of Style

Photographic Central


Over the passed several months I’ve been diving deeper into the world of photography. My camera of choice is the Pentax K-01 but I recently purchased the Pentax K-50 for my wife and have had some fun with it. I also have a Canon G10 that is an excellent point and shoot type camera. I’ve also dusted off my Pentax K100D Super for fun and to let the kids have a go at it. I find that it’s nice to have another creative outlet other than writing.


What does the future hold? More of the same as stated above. I’ll continue to work towards writing more and compiling more ideas; both in digital format and the classic pen to paper format. I’ll collect images (written) and decide whether or not they add to the story. More research, always work towards accuracy. I’ll continue to work on fine tuning any skills I have in writing. Write and then submit a short story for publication, hopefully the work will be accepted, if not, hopefully I learn from the experience. Take more pictures. And never stop creating.

If you’re still here, thank you for your time. Get out and create.




Are you in the mood?
Who is?
I am, if there ever was a time to be.

As I stand back
Watching my shadow try,
Its efforts go unacknowledged.

Silly projection,
Lack of direction,
Your hopes of becoming relevant,
Pure conjecture.

You might as well die in the silence that consumes you.


Here at Fictional Tendencies I typically use this medium to share poems, prose, story ideas or occasionally highlight another Writer or Author but today, today I want to highlight another form of story telling with the Zeiss ZX1.

While I’ve had a camera readily available within the last 15 years, only recently have I been digging into photography as a form of expression. So needless to say, my experience and knowledge while minimal is growing. I know what I like. I know what I want. And I know enough to hold a decent conversation about cameras with other more knowledgeable photographers. So when my good friend Carl told me about the Zeiss ZX1 I turned into a little school girl, I’m so giddy. Talk about a camera that is both at the right place in time and ahead of its time.

This camera is going to change the industry more than it already has with this announcement.

Get out and create. – Joshua Guzman

See Zeiss’s Press Release below for a more complete picture. (No pun intended)

The Camera Concept for the Creative Flow in Photography

First full-frame camera from ZEISS with first-class image quality and the familiar, intuitive image editing and connectivity of a smartphone.

OBERKOCHEN/Germany, 2018-09-27.

ZEISS ZX1 – That is the name of the newly developed mirrorless full-frame camera from ZEISS that was presented today in Cologne, Germany. Thanks to the ZEISS lens and a sensor developed in-house at ZEISS, the camera delivers first-class image quality combined with an operational concept and user experience that make the photographer’s jobs-to-be-done as intuitive as on a smartphone.

The ZEISS camera concept is just the first step to opening up a new world of possibilities for ambitious photographers – from taking the shot to editing the image and sharing it on the web.

SHOOT. EDIT. SHARE. – Harmonized hardware, software and optics for a seamless creative process

SHOOT: the ZEISS ZX1 features a newly designed, integrated ZEISS Distagon 35 mm f/2 T* lens with autofocus that has been perfectly matched to the 37.4 megapixel full-frame sensor developed in-house at ZEISS. The interplay between the lens and sensor ensures first-class picture quality with that typical ZEISS look.

EDIT: The ZEISS ZX1 enables photographers to professionally process RAW images directly on the camera thanks to fully integrated Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC. Moreover, the ZEISS ZX1’s unique user interface supports the user’s particular workflow without any interruption – providing direct access to the most frequently used functions via a 4.3″ multi-touch display.

SHARE: when the networked full-frame camera is connected, the user can upload selected images directly to the internet – without the intermediate transfer to memory cards or other external devices.
512 GB of internal memory provide sufficient space for approximately 6,800 RAW files (DNG) or over 50,000 JPGs – more than enough to handle photos, even during a longer trip, and giving the photographer the chance to let their creativity flow. Versatile connectivity options such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and USB-C ensure that various peripherals can be connected. Over-the-air software updates keep the camera up to date without requiring a computer connection.

Designed with a passion for detail and a focus on the essentials

The design of the ZEISS ZX1 is characterized by its iconic shape with carefully crafted details. The overall form and reduction to just those elements that are absolutely necessary lay the foundation for an ergonomic camera and ensure easy handling. The symbiosis of hardware and software is exemplified by the newly defined user interface that utilizes the 4.3″ multi-touch display. The slightly bent screen separates the live view from the control elements, making camera operation comfortable and straightforward.

“We know that we exploring new ways and initially addressing a special target group with the ZEISS ZX1. With our concept we are focusing on ambitious, professional creatives who want to produce their photographic experiences quickly and efficiently, and inspire as many people on the Internet as possible. This requires a streamlined workflow in addition to high-end features. This is exactly what the concept of the ZEISS ZX1 offers,” explains Jörg Schmitz, Head of the Consumer Products business group at ZEISS.

ZEISS ZX1 available from early 2019

The ZEISS ZX1 will be available at selected dealers in early 2019. ZEISS will announce the recommended retail price at the start of the official market launch. Starting now, anyone interested in receiving information on exact availability can register at


The Vestry of Light

The Vestry of Light

The stained windows to the Soul
Gaze upon the sun,
Casting kaleidoscopic images,

Coloring the conversation…


The shadows are too quick to pass judgement
As lies disguised as truths fail to soften the blow.

Woe is the broken heart,
Might it find life and love
Through the passages of time…

In a rhythm yet to be written.

A Night at the Soap Box Opera

A Night at the Soap Box Opera

I remember when masks
Were worn
For theatre and plays,

Now the entire world is a stage.

Every moment an event.
Every memory meant for the masses,
Your Soul was priceless,
Yet, you’ve sold it for cents.

I remember when integrity
Stood for an unimpaired condition;
A firm adherence to a code of especially moral values,
Instead, we’ve confused it with integrate:
Look how the masses run with the sheep.

I remember when masks
Were worn
For theatre and plays,

Now, we’ve lost our way.

…missed opportunity

I miss the memory of you,

that youthful exuberance,

when innocence was a child carelessly laughing.




The mask has been removed,
Applied perfections erased,
Raw and intimate truths

There’s strength in the subtleties of beauty.

Soft and elegant,
Perfect imperfections exposed.
I’m lost
In the sweet kiss of tiny freckles.

Transfixed by their natural innocence.

On…(A Series)

On Depression

We’ve met once before,
It was an extended stay.


On Sorrow

If only I could love you
On the level in which
You make me feel.


On Happiness

You’re never truly appreciated, understood
Or enjoyed to your fullest
Until you’re gone.

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