The Trifecta: Patreon, Creative Habersham, and Me

3 Nov

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The New Year of creative work starts with putting all my work available in one convenient place, where we can give to each other, and to others!

I now have a subscription blog at Patreon. Sandra Lynn Sparks has subscription tiers for those Travelers who are interested in the many facets of my creative work, for those who support Creative Habersham, my community service project for Habersham Country Georgia, and the supportive Seekers who not only want to support my personal work but want to dig deeper into what might help their own, or others. The overall project is called Stoplooklisten. Paying attention is the root of all creativity. What appeals to us as we pay attention to the world around us feeds our creative ideas.

Started in mid-July 2019, the blog is now shifting into full time gear. Patrons have access to previews of upcoming publications, videos and audio. You will be able to comment and discuss on posts.

There are different posts available for the public; for all Patrons; and exclusive content for the individual groups. For example: Creative Habersham blog posts are geared solely to the local creative community and those who want to stay in touch with it. It will include news and articles about local creative people, events, and creations. The first creation on the list is a magazine called A Habersham Christmas, which will support the county libraries. For a subscription of $5 a month, you can support both local artists, and provide materials and events that support the libraries that are our creative hubs.

The current big project, A Habersham Christmas, is available for a preview here.ahc cover

For those who live in Habersham County Georgia, copies will be available at the Cornelia and Clarkesville libraries for $10.00 by the last week in November. All proceeds of the library sales go to the libraries. Local pre-orders and online sales go to the costs of creating copies for the libraries.

 

 

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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Sandra Lynn Sparks on Patreon

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…

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.

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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The Silent Hum

10 Feb
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What a Small Bird am I

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How Anger Boils

1 Feb

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The Funding of REBORN

15 Dec

 

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I am in the midst of a project very important to my life and work. The recording of Reborn is three months into its 1 year gestation, and it needs your help. Quoting from the update linked here:

As a difficult year comes to an end, we have some hope and magic returning to all of us, even as the world continues to be a scary place. We had snow here last weekend, the most beautiful snow, lie gently on the trees and ground of The Meadow. Even though I’ve been ill with bronchitis, the work and plans for Reborn have continued. The work will have to shift to the night time for the next few weeks, done in secret places as if readying Christmas gifts. Some of the work will be Christmas gifts, bedecked with images like the one included here.  

I need your help more than ever. The debt is steadily increasing, at a time when uncovered medical expenses also have to be paid. I realized I had no choice but to sign up for the most expensive supplemental Medicare insurance, to make sure emergency room visits would be covered (always a concern with my health problems at this time). Half of my very limited  monthly income has disappeared back into Medicare expense. This is why it is crucial for me to return to my work, in the best way possible. Medical help is clearing up some of the problems that curtailed my ability to get work done, including the physical ability to sing well, and the mental ability to focus and work for more extended periods of time. Subscribing to the Adobe Creative Cloud, which is another monthly cost, is helping me get around my inability to consistently play instruments. I may no longer be able to perform with them, but I can record segments and layer them together with the Audition program to create an astonishing range of instrumental music made up of bright, brief bursts of control over hands that never stop shaking anymore. The essential tremor that has always affected my ability to play, no longer stops me.

But the cost limits everything I do. I must find a way to survive on very little money, and complete the recording and video projects, within nine more months. That is, for what I’m doing, a very short period of time.

So please – if you want to give a gift that can spread from one place far and wide this holiday season, consider this. I want to give back to you something as wonderful as you give to me. And I want us all to share it with our loved ones, friends, and strangers, everywhere. Thank you.

Please visit my Indiegogo fundraiser page for more information.

For Your Holiday Shopping!

27 Nov

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Here’s where you can find special gifts of sights and memories, beauty and inspiration, this holiday season, all made with Creativity and Sensitivity!

 The Thorn Tree Christmas is a tale based on a true story from my life, about a Christmas so terrible, my father said we wouldn’t have one… but I disagreed! See beautiful images of a Georgia mountain Christmas while you read our story…

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BEING Home is part memoir, part created dream – about how I learned to create dreams, and found that the dreams would affect my reality. I’ve been a dreamworker for many decades, and am as comfortable in dreamery as in reality. This is the first book I wrote about making dreams come true. A how-to workbook is in the works…

draft_lens7286952_1254273630synaesthesia_sq Psychic Sensibility is a book originally created for the fans of Paranormal State and Psychic Kids, when I was the moderator for Chip Coffey’s bulletin board. There were so many questions being answered with information that was wrong, or remedies that wouldn’t work. I knew this because I am a sensitive – a psychic medium who has never been interested in doing readings or appearances, but in researching what actually works, in psychic energy and communication. I realized that everyone uses the sixth sense: it’s the way we perceive what is happening in our minds, our thoughts, our dreams, our cognitive perceptions. It’s just that, sometimes, conscious information comes from places outside our own minds, and we should know how to recognize and perceive it. Energy carries information – we know that by physics. What do we know psychically? How can we understand it? This book can help.

img_5223 In The Bleak Midwinter tells of the joys of the holiday season to be found ever if, like me, you or someone you know suffers from holiday depression. I decided a long time ago not to expect the most magical times and things to arrive on the holiday or by any schedule at all: I wait for the gifts of the season to come when I feel them. This lovely photographic diary shows how I make the holidays special even in the bleakest times.

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In Wintermas the season of Winter itself takes center stage. It’s a photojournal that can be enjoyed no matter what holiday – or no holiday – you celebrate!

 

 

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However you celebrate the holidays. whatever gifts you give or receive, have a marvelous time!