Colostomy – 1st August

Posted 23 October, 2014 by dragonscaleclippings
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Breeze blown butterflies
Dervish driven dragonflies
Seven spotted scarlet ladybird
Emerald shining fly
© Freya Pickard 2014

Inspiration – Dan Hoger

Posted 22 October, 2014 by dragonscaleclippings
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I am inspired to write when my emotions just can’t be contained within me any longer. If I don’t get them out, they will build up and destroy me from the inside out. I write to express how I feel. I communicate with the world through my poetry. It is my way of letting the world know what I am going through.
Putting my thoughts into words helps me make sense of the madness that goes on inside my head and heart. Sometimes it is the only way I can fully understand myself. By writing it all down, it helps me come to terms with whatever my current circumstances are.
The best part is when I write a poem and then read a similar poem that someone else wrote. It reassures me that I am not alone and there are others going through the same thing. It reminds me that I am only human.
By transcribing my emotions into poetry, it helps the process of getting over them and moving on. It is therapeutic and helps my heart begin to heal. I would much rather write everything down than let it bottle up inside me.
Dan is a freelance writer, copyeditor, blogger, screenwriter, and poet. His poetry can be found at Missing The Muse
© Dan Hoger 2014

Colostomy – 28th July

Posted 21 October, 2014 by dragonscaleclippings
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Finding stillness and peace, even as my muscles ache and nag; standing barefoot in the grass doing tai chi.
© Freya Pickard 2014

Colostomy – 27th July

Posted 16 October, 2014 by dragonscaleclippings
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Managed a 7 minute walk out in the lane today. 3.5 mins out, 3.5 mins back. Totally exhausted.
© Freya Pickard 2014

Inspiration – Kathleen Maher

Posted 15 October, 2014 by dragonscaleclippings
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Writing and Rewriting Online
Nearly eight years ago I started a fiction blog to keep me from rewriting everything to death. Once I adjusted to the format, I posted serial fiction nearly three times a week. My stories found a new pace. For once they moved fast. Every post shot for the end. I slept very little and wrote five to seven hundred words in a day or two. Then I read them out loud, listening for twisted syllables. But I left description, backstory, and a good deal of the characters’ uniqueness for later. (Also, laundry, exercise, and meals.)
My first serials were brisk portraits, often ending in catastrophe. I killed characters for the first time. Initially, people read what I wrote. That revelation took a while to penetrate. Interesting questions popped up in the comments. Often a reader hitting a middle post would ask about the time or what was at stake—bringing everything into focus.
My blog hit a peak and slowly dwindled. Fiction blogs are a hard sell. But for a brief phase, mine worked, leaving me several stories, possibly novels to rewrite—I hope not to death.
You can visit Kathleen’s website at Pure Fiction or follow her on Facebook
© Kathleen Maher 2014

Colostomy – 24th July

Posted 14 October, 2014 by dragonscaleclippings
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Pulling, aching feeling warns me not to do too much, reminds me to sit down and rest.
© Freya Pickard 2014

Bowel Cancer and afterwards…

Posted 13 October, 2014 by dragonscaleclippings
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Thank you to everyone who has sent me prayers, thoughts and positive vibes over the last few months. It’s been the most horrendous ordeal so far of my life and I couldn’t have got through it without the grace of God and the help of my family and friends (that includes you, my readers).
In brief, I was diagnosed with bowel cancer in early July (no symptoms!) and had an emergency colostomy to save my life. A month later I had open surgery for a reverse colostomy, removal of the cancer and, due to complications during surgery, ended up having a sub-total hysterectomy as well.
It has taken me a while to get back on my feet again. I am now preparing for chemotherapy to make sure all the cancer has been dealt with. This I am looking forward to with some apprehension as it is a course of 12 treatments over 24 weeks. I have no idea how I will react to chemo, except that everyone has promised me I will get tired…
I still don’t know when my chemotherapy course will start, so I am scheduling some clippings that I wrote whilst recovering from first the colostomy and then the tumour removal. And I am finally posting some of my Inspiration series instead of Wednesday Words. Please bear with me as I don’t know how often I will have internet access. It may take me a while to catch up with you on your blog or reply to your emails.
I really appreciate the loyalty of you, my readers, while I have been away from the internet. Much love Freya xxx
© Freya Pickard 2014

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