Seasonal Changes

18 Sep

As my work expands,  it’s time to change many things. This site’s menu now includes links to all websites which carry my work, from publications to prints to youtube. Blurb  carries my personal magazine series, Scatterings, with new issues coming out on a regular basis. It also carries the special collections of my photographic work. Poster and stationery prints are now available at Cafepress, with new selections being added each week. Amazon carries my books, Psychic Sensibility, and BEING Home. More books, including a revised issue of A Small Tale of Shakespeare, are coming out in 2018. I have also reopened my Lulu store, which carries some of my early photo collections.

The youtube video channel Simple Gifts is also linked in the menu. I am preparing new videos of photographic work, recitations, and music.

It’s also time to spend more time writing here, and sharing some of the work that is included in Scatterings, on facebook, and other locations. I hope you’ll enjoy what you find here in the days to come.

 

Scatterings

5 Sep

Now begins a new phase in my work – the launch of a personal magazine, called Scatterings, which features pieces on different aspects of my work and life, including photography, art, music, poetry and short fiction, and topics ranging from spiritual to political thought, and anything in between! New things to explore in each issue. Come look at the first volume!

Renewal

17 Apr

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It’s spring, and time to begin new things. After a few months of lessening priorities and focusing on what problems affect us all, it’s time to get down to the work of new publications, and sharing older ones. It’s not a surprise that this is the time my pc decided to die. I’ve battered its keys continuously the past six years! But all the work I did on it is saved and ready to go. Older work has been organized and is ready to be transcribed from typed copy. It’s time to move on to sharing it with you.

I had plans to begin new audio work, but that must wait until I can get a new pc. My audio and video making programs died with the computer. I’m looking forward to getting better program and equipment for new work. You can help me do this: buy my work! Take a look at my books now available for sale on Blurb.com, and on Amazon (see the links below my blog’s banner). The Folio Series will be adding a number of new folios of poetry, art and photography work in the next few weeks; the Dreamwriter Folios will also begin to appear. More on that project soon.

For a sample of my older musical and video work, take a look at the video linked below:

Parting Friends

Most of all, wish me luck. There are many  wonderful things ready to go out into the world, from this Meadow. Help me spread the word.

New Works in New Ways

1 Mar

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Working in several fields is a complication in life at the best of times: when you grow old, it’s very difficult. I am constantly finding ways to lessen how I work. I am starting, now, to only connect my writing to my art and photography, one to one, so I can keep the inspiration and the words organized, together. Later, I will decide what to include in each coming folio, instead of trying to follow any more themes.  It just takes up too much time, and there are still bigger things I really want to finish and feel relieved. Satisfied. And okay with being a shadow attached to my own work.

Stories in Few Words

1 Mar

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I am finding out it’s easier for me to write flash fiction than anything. Flash fiction must be a full arc story, in under 300 words. You have a protagonist, an antagonist, a conflict that disturbs the peace, climax, and resolution. That’s it. But sometimes all of that appears only in the reader’s mind – that’s the point. Flash fiction suggests larger stories in a hurry. One brief story can suggest thousands of individual stories, and wake up the imagination. Most famous example is attributed to Hemingway. Six words: “For sale: Baby shoes, never worn.” I just sent three off to a contest. There’s my submission quota for the week. Happy.

Simple Gifts…

25 Nov

I wish I could say I had a shop to visit, ready to open the doors for good sales and better times. I miss the chatter of excited customers in the small shops I used to work in, listening to what they hoped for, as they wondered and wandered among the rows of books and gifts. But now, I finally do have a Shop again, a shop that anyone can come to! Come visit!
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You can wander through my online bookstore at Blurb.com, and discover The Folio Series, slender photojournals that remind us to look at the simple gifts of the world. Take a look at one of the books, below…

 

Now is the time to look up at the Flame SkyThis photojournal tells why I am passionately in love with the sky when it turns to flame, offering brilliant photos of when the clouds become the greatest art nature has ever given us. Save $6 when you buy Flame Sky!

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If you want to go directly to the store and see all that I have to offer, follow the link to my shop at Blurb 

Coming Soon: The Folio Series will continue to grow, with a variety of writing and photography and art.

Another series: Dreamsense, will be folios explaining how to understand your dreams. Dreams are simpler to understand if you know the basic steps in unlocking the visual language of dreams. All of our dreams are written not only by our subconscious, but by the Universal Consciousness. Dreaming is the true Internet. And though a dream looks strange, when you realize why, and how to read the symbols, you’ll understand that dreaming is the form of communication we can most trust. Each folio will explore one type of symbolism, and help you explore the meanings of it. The first in the series will discuss Houses.

Keep checking back to see more to come!

 

Thanks, thanks, and ever thanks…

24 Nov

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The link leads to a special thanksgiving for those who give so much…

A Thanksgiving

A New Day, A New Site

26 Oct

This is just a notice that this blog is changing to a website dedicated to my work. Within a few days my posts on politics and such will disappear; you will begin to see more about my work and life. It’s been a long journey through what seems to be a lot of lifetimes to the one life I should have had all along – as a writer. This week I published four new titles in my Folio Series on Blurb.com. Today I’m taking a much needed break. Then re-construction begins, on sandralynnsparks.com. I hope you’ll enjoy what you find here. Now: Time for breakfast!the-merchants-wife

To Begin With: Bricolage and the Bits of Time

20 Sep

New work begins this week, much of it bricolage, like this. But time will make it different. How much? We’ll see.

Opening the Door to the Self

19 Sep

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There are key moments in our consciousness when we realize we have just done something to make a gigantic puzzle piece fit into our awareness. How we feel the change may be as unique as we are. When it happens for me, I feel something that relieves me like a colossal YES being whispered by my own voice into my own heart, and it immediately flows through all my blood. I would make the claim that I’m not being poetic when I describe it in this way, but I am a poet, and I paint with words what I feel.

The key moment of my consciousness that happened the moment I finally published some of my poetry, to be purchased, wandering out into other people’s lives, no longer just mine or something to be shared with friends, but to go out and greet the strangers. That’s when I realized that it’s one of the three deepest things that are my expression of self. I am poetry, I am music, I am feelings. These are the ways I express what I perceive. Yes, I do art, and I photograph directly how I see the world, but the photographs are poems in themselves, and the art – well, I have withheld the art from my feelings, because there is a good deal of pain and humiliation connected to art, in this lifetime and the last. Will the art change now, that I’ve realized this? We’ll see. It’s time.

Time? Do I have it? That’s something that overwhelms me – I don’t know. I want great gobs of time but may have little. So I must learn to do little things. No matter how much I want. Greedy thing, I am. But  I will do what I can.

My new publication, PATHS, is very small. The first of what I call The Folio Series. Not proper folios – 8 1/2 by 11 twenty page journals of my photography, poetry, art, different writings. Things out of life.

Take a look at Paths

For more of my books, visit My Amazon Page