Tuesday, June 16, 2020


Sarah Winters 1870 (art from Timelines Are Sarah)

Monday, June 15, 2020

INST Radio interview

 A 5-minute segment of the INST Radio interview with David Hartley on his new book 

Tuesday, June 9, 2020


David Hartley at work on Timelines R Sarah 

Welcome to my personal blog. All updates on my new upcoming novel Timelines Are Sarah will be posted here.


Monday, June 8, 2020

art books for sale

Because the novel Timelines Are Sarah is a multimedia endeavor it has required a great deal of art to be generated for the book. Some of that art is now available for a short time only in published books form from David Asleep Studios.   

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Printed art available

preparing art for Timelines Are Sarah

In addition to the artbooks now available. I will also (for a short time) be offering printed pieces of art from my book Timelines Are Sarah. Signed and numbers. Tom Alexander Printing here in Flagstaff does all my limited printing. He is considered one of the best in the country. Several important artists use him only. If interested. Just contact me through FB Messenger.

Friday, May 29, 2020

Sarah and David in North Africa 1956

Monday, May 25, 2020

Postcard Goodbye (video)

The multilayered layered reality of night dreams is a major part of Timelines Are Sarah. This new video Postcard Goodbye highlights bits and pieces of the storyline. Might I suggest putting on headphones if you watch the video? It will really add to the presentation here. 

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Timeline R Sarah (audio chapter)

Sarah and David at Greenwood Elementary School
 Below is a link to experimental audio from my upcoming novel Timeline R Sarah. The story will be a multimedia presentation as well as a fully printed book. At this point, I am experimenting with several different ways of telling the story. The book itself will be published next year in August. And be available on Amazon. Until then your welcome to enjoy these little experimental files. 

You may need to download the Soundcloud app. But it's free. The audio file is from an early chapter in the book that takes place during Sarah and David's childhood.

 Please, feel free to submit your comments as it greatly will help with the progress of this novel. The link is to an MP3 file is on my Soundcloud site.

Friday, May 22, 2020

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Elvis on the radio (new audio chapters)

art from Timelines Are Sarah

5 short audio chapters from the later part of the book Timelines Are Sarah. In these David and Sarah are adults and have fully engaged in the dynamics of their romantic relationship. This is also a good overview of the surreal flow of the entire story and the important role that dreams and alternate realities play throughout the book. Enjoy!

Wednesday, May 20, 2020


Little hints of the many directions that Sarah's story takes. 

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

What's playing on Sarah's car radio?

Inside shot of Sarah's 1941 Plymouth

In the book, Sarah often drives home through the Arizona desert in her old 1941 Plymouth. When way out there in the middle of nowhere she gets a bit lonely.  So I guess about nine times out of ten she will reach down and turn on the old AM radio. Wonder what she is listening too?

photo David Hartley 2020
Sarah's Southwest is steeped in ancient tribal mythology. And all the beautiful art that goes along with it. 

Friday, May 15, 2020

Elvis and motel nights

Yep. You guessed it. Elvis is in the story too. 

It gets weird on those little highways that pass through the desert.


Yep. Elvis is in the story too. 

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Highlights of music from the Sarah novel

The Sarah novel is as much a multimedia story as it is purely written words. Here is a highlight of one of the many pieces of music written for the story.

Friday, May 1, 2020

One of Sarah's dreams

Let's take a look at one of Sarah's night dreams. The woman at the beginning of this video dream here is not Sarah. But a sort of a dream within a dream figure. However, Sarah does pop up in her own dream. 

Dream cards art from Timelines Are Sarah

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Timelines Are Sarah (notes)

notes from Timelines R Sarah
For me, it has been as much an unconscious endeavor as a conscious one. Dreams crossing over into waking reality. And waking reality over into dreams. 

Working through the complexities of the narrative structure in my book has not been an easy task. The story itself is based on the potential outcome of several different timelines in one woman's life or lives. Thus the title of the story Timelines Are Sarah. Unfortunately, I simply did not think about how things would end up.  I just wrote and did. But sooner or later I knew I would have to go back and tie up loose ends. And it ended up being a bit like weaving tapestry on a loom,  a strange sort of loom. One made of dreams, rather than paper. 

the passage- 8 x 12 sketch in pencil on paper

art by david hartley from Timelines R Sarah

Are you dreaming? Or are you awake?

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Thursday, April 2, 2020

346 pages

Timelines Are Sarah.

I just spent 2 weeks on 31 “short” pages in my book! 2 weeks. . 2 long weeks/ on 33 pages of text. Ahhhhh! (that's the written sound of my frustration there= “Ahhhhh!”) And now... To date, there are exactly 346 pages in my book. 346 pages that further, the life of two people called... David and Sarah Burkhart. In a place and reality called Timelines Are Sarah.

But is it my story? 

To be honest it all seems less my story and more like their story. Because you see, when I am doing my story. Excuse me. When I am. . . doing their story. David and Sarah's story. It seems more often than not that all of it is being dictated to me, rather than me just “writing” it all out and calling it my own. 

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

whatever I use. Or do not use

The work desk

And then there are the mediums.

Not the gypsy card, reading kind. Although they too are in the story. Gypsies. But the other kind of mediums, you know, “the stuff” I use to tell the story with. And not just typing text on a computer. Or writing words down on a paper. But actually using audio and visual stuff that makes you hear and see things. Feel things. I like to feel things.

But whatever I use. Or do not use.

No doubt about it. That it is simply that. A story. A narrative. But I can tell you this much. It's never simply. . Anything. But hard work. But because I enjoy “the hard work”. It makes it pleasurable and enjoyable to do. And even the most mundane thing... if it brings pleasure. Well, you can do it over and over. Again and again. I know what your thinking. And your right. Yep. You do it too. And so do I. Over and over. Again and again.


Remember when you used to get a spanking for “Doing it”. But even that feels good to some people. Getting a spanking. Not me. I like sipping an ice-cold Coke while reading a story. Hearing a story. Or watching a story.

Art from Timelines Are Sarah

Sunday, March 22, 2020

How did Orson Welles do it ?

Orson Welles 1937


I wonder lately. How did a person like Orson Welles ever “do it”? You know to bring all those wonderful stories to life. And in a way, few people ever did and do. I mean by 21 years old he had already mastered several different art forms/ mediums. And in such a way he is still today considered one of the best. Not only for his famous movie(s). But on the radio and live stage as well. And all of it goes back to his being an artist on canvas and paper. Drawing and painting. He drew and painted everything. Often long before it was ever acted out on the radio, stage or screen.



He dreamed dreams that even Homer would have been envious of. But undoubtedly there would have been no Welles without Homer's traditional Greek ways of telling a story. And of course, then comes Plato's thoughts and writing on “telling a story”. I mean it is at the bottom of everything “western” (not cowboy western (they are stories too) but western civilization) Putting aside cowboys... It's all Greek to me... God! Must we always go back to the dilemmas of things like Plato's The Phaedrus. Have you read it? My god. It messes with your mind. But it's all about basic storytelling. With a big warning at the end. You know like...What is a speech? What is reality? What is the body? What is the soul? What is death? What is life? And finally, it all goes back to the direct transmission of the story itself from the teller. That written words simply won't do in the place of the real thing. That is you and me and our own lives and the stories they tell. 

Whatever it is. Or whatever they are.

It always seems to boil down to making a good story out of ordinary lives with extraordinary potential. And the Greeks were some of the best at it. Telling a good story. They passed that tradition down to us. . .Westerners. Cowboys too. And us too.  That is in spite of all it's dreaming and alternate realities.  Timelines Are Sarah is a story about two people being in love with each other. And hey. What's better than a good romance? 

David and Sarah's song by Hartley 2020 

Friday, March 20, 2020

has grown from a few thoughts

Art from Timelines Are Sarah

So goes the story.
Timelines Are Sarah, has grown from a few thoughts and personal dreams. Grown into a legitimate, full-fledged naked, steaming, sensual reality. Into a sort of living book, movie, something not only expressed in written words. But more so in art, photos, and audio text. And even some songs and music too.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Sarah the dreamer

Art from Timelines Are Sarah

In spite of her great suffering, Sarah Winters Burkhart is a hopeful dreamer with a beautiful heart. When you read the story you might find it very easy to fall in love with her. Seemingly. almost everybody does. But the story also concerns her best friend David.  And how their love, true love, can recreate the entire world. Even when everything about it seems so hopeless and dark.