Book Self-Publisher – Rama Kant Interview – 2016

 Book Self- Publisher – Rama Kant Interview – 2016

Rama Kant, the son of Radhey Shiam, was kind enough to provide insight about publishing works by his deceased father:

SPORKETTE: Why did you decide to publish a book of your father’s poems after his demise?

RAMA KANT: The idea to publish a book of my father’s poems was originated when my father was alive. When I started compiling, I had no inkling that my father’s end was approaching. After his demise, I accidently discovered a bunch of poems which contained poems composed during 1950s to 1970s. When I went through it, it raised my spirit and put me on different pedestal of consciousness. This prompted me to publish the poems.

SPORKETTE: What prompted self-publication for The Book of Life, rather than submitting a poetry chapbook manuscript to a traditional publisher?

RAMA KANT: It has been a sort of self-publication in the sense that printing and marketing aspects have been dealt with by the publisher.

SPORKETTE: How did you feel when you had the finished book in your hands?

RAMA KANT: The feeling can not be described accurately. It was, I think an amalgamation of thrill, achievement, and apt tribute to my father.

SPORKETTE: What is the current book project you’re working on now?

RAMA KANT: Currently, I am concentrating on sorting and compiling a new format of poetry called Tercets/Triveni. It has a three-line stanza but it is not haiku. Besides this, collections of tanka and hay(na)ku are also in pipeline.

SPORKETTE: How has your father’s poetry impacted your life?

RAMA KANT: My father’s poetry has influenced me deeply. I have often found expressions in his poetry echoing somewhat similar sentiments in my heart/mind. His poetry consoles me, encourages me, calms me down, and again and again lifts my spirit.

SPORKETTE: Thank you, Brother, for your time…and your devotion to your father. You honor him greatly.


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Universal Law by Freya Pickard and Patricia Spork (poem)


by Freya Pickard and Patricia Spork



leafed tree:
metallic showers


pumpkin grimaces


moon smiles
sheds silver
light, promise of


dry land…
barren fields
moist from midnight’s


growing green shoots;




dies, one
lives; this – the




©Copyright 2015-2016 Freya Pickard and Patricia Spork

Universal Law” first published July 18, 2016 at  Dragonscale Clippings. Lantune sequence poem: first, third, fifth and seventh verses by Freya Pickard; second, fourth, sixth and eighth verses by Patricia Spork.

Read “Parasitic Predator” by Patricia Spork and Freya Pickard.




Congratulate me, for I’m blessed to be a great-grandma, but how the heck did I get stuck with the nickname Gam-Gam? Sounds more like a brand name for jawbreakers. You recall those hard candies? Think I’d rather be Bam-Bam, since I’m starting to feel like an ancient, cartoonish cave dweller. LOL!johngracelynn2

Gracelynn is an honored fifth-generation child. She is the future of this world. I’m becoming the past. Sobering thought. But that thought does not blemish the grandeur of her birth, or of my blessing to see her, hold her, get to know and love her in days or years to come. Many, many, many moons ago I prayed to live long enough to have grandchildren. That prayer was answered. Now, look at me, with a great-grandchild. Who’d have thunk it? Not me, for sure. Thank you, Lord!

carlagracelynnLittle Gracelynn has been born into a world filled with horrors unimaginable in her infant mind, but I’m comforted thinking she will traverse all obstacles in a positive manner. As long as I’m alive, I will show her light overshadows darkness, beauty…found in the ugliest of things, hope…in deepest recess of sorrow and pain, and how to laugh when all else seems to fail.davidgracelynn16

The photos shared in this blog post have tattooed Daddy David holding Gracelynn right after her birth; Grandma Carla watching Gracelynn suck her thumb for the first time; Great-grandpa John smiling big time with Gracelynn snuggled in his hands; and of course, Gam-Gam (Yucko!) peering down as she holds Gracelynn for the first time. Also, our first four-generation photo with proud Mommy Madison with her first child, our dearest Gracelynn. Hopefully, within month or so, I’ll have a five-generation photo to post here. Oh yah!4generation16

Back to the “Gam-Gam” mess. Grandma Carla wants to be called “Honey,” which we won’t allow to occur, even though she’s come up with some honey and bumblebee song she sings to Gracelynn several times a day. “GG” is great-great-grandmother’s nickname, since she posted “gg grandma” sign-off at FB. Those two got cute names, and I got stuck with Gam-Gam. Grrrrrr. Be assured, Gracelynn or me will come up with something more suitable, even if it has to be Bam-Bam.

So, do you know my great-granddaughter’s name yet? Heheheheh.

Blessed be the children,




Patricia Spork Update – August, 18, 2016

2FrickinKoolPatricia Spork Update – August 18, 2016

Hey, hey, hey all you cool people! How ya been? Hope great!

Me? I’ve been wracking brain and consuming time with newest online store effort. Previously, I closed down a storefront I’d started elsewhere. For various reasons, just couldn’t get enthused working it.

Anyhoo, the online service I’m using now allows a free storefront for up to 20 products. They have a decent selection of store themes and a theme editor. Tried to go with an all white background, to use with one of my logos, but it caused the button colors to be white with only button text appearing. Sooo, chose a color that kind of matched a different logo banner and colored the buttons. Bright as heck, but hey, they’re sunflower colors, so goes along with the Sorrel Sunflower biz name.

I could have paid to host the domain and installed everything needed for a store, but would have taken much more time and effort. By going the free route, I’m more limited to site design, but everything else needed for store operation is handy-dandy. As for product amount, prices are reasonable, so I can pay for other services as the store grows.

Call me a dummy, but some things, like postage “bands,” I couldn’t get to work properly, and rather than going back and forth with support team, opted for different route that should work for me. So, for multiple orders and less shipping fees, I’d have to be contacted for combined shipping rate. Yes, will probably lose me some customers, but anyone truly interested in the products would take the time. Or they could pay for all shipping fees in the basket. In a circumstance like that, I’m the type of person to refund any amount I feel was overcharged. Of course, most people wouldn’t know that…to my detriment. Positive note: One product purchase is the usual for items I’ve offered online, so guess that’s why the I’m not overly concerned. Depending on my needs, I’ve done the same when shopping online.

So far, Sorrel Sunflower has four patriotic jewelry products. One product is a “bundle,” with some non-jewelry items included. The bundles can save people money, since each item would cost more if individually offered for sale by me. Another good thing about the bundle is it offers several giftables, for self and others. I think making themed bundles is going to be a lot of fun for me.

If you get time, visit Sorrel Sunflower and consider becoming one of my customers or subscribe to the up-coming monthly newsletter by providing name and e-mail at bottom of store’s homepage. Hope to have the first issue ready to send within first week of September. But, my great-granddaughter is due to be born the end of this month (Whoo-hoo!), so first issue may not be sent until mid-September.

Sometimes, you may find information about newest store products by following me here.

Dogs need to go out, so ending this post.

Take care and enjoy your family.



Baby Zebra Baby Shower Invitation by Patricia Spork

Baby Zebra Baby Shower Invitation by Patricia Spork

Hi, Everyone!

The baby shower was a success, but I didn’t attend because of the loss of one of my dogs…dear, sweet Wesley. Anyway, now I can share my original design of the invitation with you. You can see the front and back sides further below. You’ll notice I replaced some text with plain black “X” letters for the design samples. Privacy concern’s, ya know?

Since the party theme design was a pink and black zebra pattern, I fiddled and farted with several zebra doodles before opting for a seated baby zebra, with a flower on its head and wearing a diaper with a baby pin. I scanned the red and black marker drawing into the computer, where I cleaned and colored it more to my liking. Poor thing looks like it has a mohawk-style hair-do. And facial appearance looks more like a cow. Hahahah! Hey! Worked for me. LOL!

BabyZebraFrtPSpork16BlogSampPlopped the baby zebra on a pretty pink background and mainly went with black for text, with some yellow. I used several styles of fonts and font sizes, which I enhanced in various ways. Being a flower child from late 60’s to early 70’s, I went wild with the flower, using it as a border design within image and splattered a few of the blooms around text. Because I liked the zebra so much, kind of did similar with that graphic, resizing and rotating it for my purposes. Even used the zebra graphic on address labels and envelope stickers. Too cute!

On the back side, I diddled with the opacity of the baby zebra, lightening it up so the text (background pink color) would be much more prominent. Ya like it? I do.BabyZebraBkPSpork16BlogSamp

When I started my image file, I set it up for home printing on 4”x6” paper, but once I started printing, I realized ink cost would have been too exorbitant, so chose to use an online printer service. I was too lazy to change the PSD file for the required printing specifications for the service, so I re-sized the TIFF image, which widened my thinner zebra just a bit, making her more squatty looking, which I liked even better than the original. Go figure!

Anyhoo, ordered 40 flat cards on Premium Matte paper, which included white envelopes, and paid extra for faster shipping. I should have stuck with standard shipping cost, since package arrived later than the due date. Still, received early enough in case I needed to make changes and reorder.

And…before uploading image, had to rotate it for horizontal printing, since the service didn’t do flat vertical printing. When I received the cards, the text on the back appeared upside down if twisting your hand to the right (if right-handed)…sideways, like most people do that are right-handed (my theory after testing on husband, daughter, and granddaughter, who flipped card to right or left. But if card was flipped upwards, text appeared to be the right way. My fault, since I uploaded for single-side printing, like how I would have used my printer at home, rather than uploading for a double-sided printing printer, which I should have known a mass producing service would use. Well, I’ll know better next time. That imperfection aggravated me (grrrr), yet we all agreed I didn’t need to go to anymore expense, so upside down was accepted. Majority rules! Whoo-hoo!

To say the least, I was quite pleased with the finished 5.5” x 4” cards, since I’d been concerned about color variations and flower border alignment. Colors were pretty much right on the money, but would have been more vibrant on glossy paper. Border was in alignment to all edges, probably because I’d made sure to download the service’s template for adjusting to the bleed and cropping specifications before uploading front and back card images. My family loved the cards, and from what I hear, so did everyone who received one. Supposedly, got lots of compliments. Yee-haw!

Placed one card in an envelope, adhered an address label on the front, and sealed it with a sticker on the back.  I wrote my great-granddaughter’s name on the front and stored the card away for future presentation to her. More than likely, I won’t be around when she gets it, but she’ll know I was thinking about her…even before she was born.

BabyZebra150PSpork16BlogSampIf you like the flat card design and want to use it for your baby shower invitations, pay $20.00 to license (One-Time Personal Non-Commercial Use Only) either the Front or Back “Baby Zebra” designed image, or pay $35.00 to license both (Front and Back) “Baby Zebra” designed images. I’d change the text (Front, Back or both images) for your needs and e-mail you the completed TIFF (300 dpi) image files/files, which are set-up for the online printer service I used. NOTE: I may have to relocate graphics or change font sizes to accommodate your text requirements. If requested, I can supply an image file to use for a finished 4” x 6” printing, rather than the image/images used for a finished 5.5” x 4” card. NOTE: Printing and shipping costs or applicable taxes using any professional printing service will be your responsibility. I will not be held responsible for color variations or printing/cropping/alignment/border problems that may occur if you use any professional printing service or print from your home printer.

Any license fees received will more than likely be spent on GraceLynn. LOL! I’m pretty easy to work with, so contact me to discuss details for your order and to find out about payment methods. Please use Subject Heading “Baby Shower” for my reference. Thanks!

Long-winded, I know. Hahahahh. Hope you like “Baby Zebra.”