Stop.Look.Listen.Now: Dreamwriting!

2 Aug

The Patreon page, Sandra Lynn Sparks, is now up and running with the first Seekers course online: Dreamwriting. A dreamwriting journal can help you create what you wish to dream about, understand your dreams more fully, and unlock creativity you might not have realized you have. Joing us for the course! Seekers courses can be accessed for a $20 per month subscription. You can join just for the length of a four week course, or keep subscribing to access each new course and all the course materials available. There are also other memberships available for access to great creativity and ideas all the time. Visit Sandra Lynn Sparks at Patreonstoplooklistenbio

Creation Questions at The Speed of Light

14 Jul

Have you realized how fast things change now?  I  kept looking for solutions on how to be a working writer in the 21st century and have run into insanity everywhere I go. Once I make a good decision it becomes a wrong one. Add to that, the problems of being a creator in many ways: What do I focus on? Where? How? When? How many websites must I use to make a living? Again: What, where, how, when? In the meantime I keep working, all sorts of work piles up, and what am I to do with it?

I need to do more than work: I must make money. I don’t live on air.

Enter Patreon. A subscription site where I can write, sing, play, paint, create all kinds of things, and teach, for those who want to support my work. It’s just begun. All the work I’ve done for many years will arrive on its pages in the next few months. Occasionally there will be public posts, but most posts will be viewable only by subscribers. I can do work both within and beyond my limits, limits that have been sources of great frustration over the years. Now I can publish work as I can, when I can, and reach more people. I can present works in progress and get feedback. Creativity does not feel fulfilled until it goes out into the world to be part of it. I hope this is a good move for all concerned. It’s just begun. It’s still in the glitchy stages. Bear with me, and bless this cloudship as it begins its journey…

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Music Albums, Reborn…

29 Dec

Kindle has made it possible for a new kind of music album to be born: the interactive e-book! Here are the first releases of my music albums:

Freesong coverWhat is Freesong? Spontaneous music, usually with no known language. Whatever you get from listening to this music, that is what it is. Something different, for each of us. I once poured all my passion for a man into my song, and someone listening heard angels. It doesn’t matter. Freesong is a secret song for each of us. Nine improvised pieces of music, and the tales behind them, inhabit this album. I say “inhabit,” because this music lives.

 

 

 

 

Available on Kindle for Android and Fire tablets only. Join Kindle Unlimited, and you will be able to access this title and any of the hundreds of titles I have coming out this year for free. One more, before you go:

 

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The second music album is listed as the #1 release in traditional and folk music this week!Seven pieces of Celtic and original music on Celtic themes, with vocals, Celtic harp, Irish flute, Bouzouki, Mandolin, Bodhran, clay double flute, and possibly the kitchen sink. By a duo once known as Sudden Enlightenment and Emptiness Music. At times. Tongo Ni and Ku Gaku on other occasions. Same meaning, different sounds. Among other aliases. If you love Celtic music but can’t give up the jazz, this is for you.

 

Much, much more to come. The Stop.Look.Listen Project officially starts January 1, 2019. The plan: to release more than 200 new e-titles in a single year. Poetry, prose, fiction and non-fiction, essays, art, craft, photography, opinion, life lessons, creativity, unusual mind (you will have to see just how broad a topic this is!), spirituality… there is no telling what might appear!  Many of the titles will be available for most e-book apps. In addition, there will be some paperback titles available, and new editions of my earlier work. What will happen? How to take it all in? This bears repeating – Join Kindle Unlimited and you’ll have access to all the e-works as they appear. Check here often for new releases…

Every Thursday…

13 Dec

I watched an old Loretta Young and John Forsythe movie called Every Thursday the other day, about a couple who bought a small town weekly newspaper only to find the old printer broke down, on schedule, every Thursday just as the paper was coming out. Strangely enough, I learned a few tips about how to deal with Stoplooklisten’s current state of breaking down in some way every single day! It’s difficult enough starting a new business. It’s insane to start one with next to no money and tools (apps!) and machinery that break down on you without notice. But I will persist.

Add to all that, I have a physical problem that makes it impossible to sit at a desk in the same position for long hours.  So I’ve rigged a way to move my PC from an fat armchair to the bed and back when I need it. I love the armchair the best, because this is my view:DSC03234 (2)

The closer we get to Winter Solstice, the more golden The Meadow will be at sunrise. It will take the edge off of broken down days.

What will come out today? We’ll have to see. As I said… things aren’t working quite yet. But there will be SOMETHING wonderful. You can’t work in a place like this and not have something brilliant come out of it…

Make sure you visit my shop at Blurb.com today. The photoart books are listed at sale price, and it’s getting close to Christmas… the link is on the banner at the top of this page.

Have a golden day!

Stop.Look.Listen

10 Dec

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Stoplooklisten Press is ready to go.

Have you wondered what the newest way to experience creative work is?

My published e-work will now be available online through Stoplooklisten on facebook, or on this page. Most of it will be available directly through Kindle and Amazon.com. There’s a new kind of e-book called a complex ebook that can combine audio, video and text in a single ebook. Do you miss the music albums we used to have, when we sat down with more than a recording, but text and photographs? Now you can have that experience with an ebook. My music albums start being released this way, by Christmas. Some will be music video albums! Do you love to be told a story, not just read one? Video story telling books are coming your way! I am also releasing a series of Easebooks, books that take a moment to meditate on a thought through poetry, video, or audio, taking no more than a few minutes of your time. It’s a coffee break for the soul. Or tea, if you’re like me! Easebooks also make great ways to let someone else know you’re thinking of them. The first title, A Thanksgiving for the All in All, is out now: it’s good not just for Thanksgiving Day, but any time you want to thank someone for what they have done.

Easebooks are only 2.99, the price of a greeting card. The price of the music and story albums will be between 4.99 and 6.99 depending on volume of material. None of my e-books will cost over 9.99, and that’s for a full book! So much variety for so little cost. What’s going to be available? Stay curious, and come see for yourself what is being added.

Stoplooklisten’s own webpage is coming soon. For now, look for updates here on this page or on face book.

In the meantime: Visit my published work already on Blurb.com and Amazon.com. The links are at the top of this page.

The Crack Between The Worlds

29 Oct

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Things are changing here now. In fact, things will always be changing.

But in this season of Samhain, for me, there are some critical changes. Endings and new beginnings, all happening at the time of “the crack between the worlds.”

My work is now focused through two outlets: Amazon, and Blurb. I am releasing new titles through both, sending out a good deal of writings, photography. music and memories. New at Blurb are the chapbooks Regret No Grief and Cereus. These slender volumes are art pieces that can be framed, or scattered, most definitely read, because there is poetry and more images inside of them. They are high quality publications, made on demand. The next chapbook coming out is Guardians, in early November. Guardians is a book about my work in sculpting guardian figures. At this time, my painting and fiber work are also turning to creating new images of guardians, the unknown angels that guide and support us.

The most exciting news are the changes through Amazon. Both music and new books will be released through the website. Most of my new books will be e-books. Some will have paperback versions. The first to be released will be Transforming Suicide: Changing What We Choose to End.  The paperback version of this book will be an interactive journal, giving space for readers to write their own ideas about suicide and its effects and solutions. We have seen and lost too much by suicide this past year. It’s time to take a clearer look at what we can do to change our reactions to suicidal impulses, to things that do not stop our lives, or do harm in any way. We do have choices we may have never realized. I have changed my suicides into better things. I’m alive, and glad of it.

There will also be a series of e-diaries that follow my new journey: more on that by Christmas. In the meantime: there’s much to do about the music and this first new book. Samhain is, for me, the end of one year, and the beginning of a space between this year and another. For two months I celebrate life before a new year sends us all in new directions. May we all have good ones.

The Dangerous Silly

9 Oct

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This is for you. I told you it would be here. You had the silly idea you could ridicule people you have made no effort to know.

If you read today’s other post you’ll see I’ve been busy. Yes. When the world is falling apart around me, I get very busy finding what’s right with it, while many others seem determined to make it very, very wrong. In these times of political hatred and ugliness, when people who have no clue about what has really happened to them – let alone anyone else – want to spew off, we need something better to be taken care of.

I am tired of those who sound off about things and people they don’t even want to understand. There are better things to do as we help in the struggle to bring the world back to a centered place. No matter how angry the dangerous silliness of these times can make us, there is always a center.

But that doesn’t mean we will not get angry about being abused in any way. Anger is the right of a human to stand up for one’s self. It just helps to be honest about what we’re really angry about, instead of letting other people tell us what we’re supposed to think and do. I have no interest in repeating the lies and manipulations of people who want to control me, as many people have discovered over the years. While finding my center, I have not lost my roar. Or my independence. I don’t know what happened to yours.

If you don’t want to hear me or anyone else roar, don’t tell me the lies you’ve clung to. I don’t care how much you believe them. That’s your problem. I’m here to tell you they are not acceptable if you don’t have the courage to check out the truth behind what you’ve been told. And have the respect for this nation to not insist on turning it into a silly thing.

A Polish woman I met 40 years ago told me of her trials as someone who lived under the Stalinist regime. When she told our class about her father’s arrest and death for doing nothing at all, we were horrified. We said it was terrible. She turned to me and said, “It’s not terrible, it’s silly. There’s nothing more dangerous than silly.” I was reminded of that last year, when I head the memories of a woman who lived in Nazi Germany. Her family had voted for Hitler because he promised such huge things. They believed him. By the end of the war, their farm had been destroyed, their town, the homes of their relatives – and their relatives. Their jobs. Their security. Their lives as they knew them. All she has left from before the war was a family crest that they took great pride in. Most of that family is now gone. I told her about the Polish woman. She nodded. “Oh, yes. That sounds true.” That’s all she could say. In the end, it’s all anyone has left.

I’m not interested in taking part in, or hearing any more, of our dangerous silly things. If you ask the people around you, you’ll find most of us do not share your gullibility. Be responsible people and take a good look at what you’ve been doing. For what? Really? What have you got left?

 

Stop.Look.Listen.

9 Oct

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Visit Blurb.com to preview my newest photoart chapbooks, Regret No Grief  and Cereus  They are the first and second offerings in a series called Stop.Look.Listen, chapbooks that share poetry, prose, and images in volumes so slender, their art ready covers can be framed! The words and photos speak of life, within and around us. While you’re at it, check out my profile for the work that has come before. I think you will enjoy what you find. I’m fortunate to live in a beautiful place, that inspires good things…

Upcoming news? Transforming Suicide and Redefining Joy will be released through Kindle Publications within the next month, if all goes well! They are among the first releases of another series, The Mindwood Journals, which will explore life, thought, belief, and creativity, all the things that help make us human, full of genius as well as faults. Then, soon after that – the music returns. The freesong collection Reborn will be coming out for the holiday season, through Amazon music. Listen to a sample of freesong, below.

 

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