Green Darkness

Posted 9 January, 2018 by dragonscaleclippings
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I stand at the border of the forest, amidst grasping root and snaking vine. And I listen. I can hear you snuffling in the green darkness. Your breath sucks in and blows out. In my mind’s eye I can see the moist cavity of your lungs ballooning and deflating. A breeze scratches among the leaves and I freeze. Your snorting ceases. The deep shadows become still. A scrabble of earth, the ripping of vines and you, the Animal, are gone.

I wait until daylight when sunlight dapples the forest floor. I hear you roar, greeting the new day and I search for you. Following your razor-like tracks in the leaf mould, I walk beneath tall trees and beside rushing rivers. Would your sharp claws embrace me if I met you?
Your heavy stench drifts upon the close air. My nostrils flare in revulsion even as I strain eagerly forwards to catch a glimpse of you. But the forest glade is empty. I stand at the edge. Your scent pulses around me. I know you are there. My eyes examine every plant, every pattern of light and shade. You are too well concealed. The pattern of your fur blends with the dappled shadows …
This is a short extract from my most recent publication; Xmas @ Camelot II, available at Amazon UK, Amazon US, Kobo, Barnes&Noble and iTunes. It’s a collection of 10 short stories about Choices, Transitions, Shape-Shifting and Virtual Reality! Check out my video at YouTube.
Currently available as an e-book, I will release a paperback version once I’ve published a few more volumes of Dragonscale Diffusions!
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© Freya Pickard 2018
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Xmas @ Camelot II

Posted 8 January, 2018 by dragonscaleclippings
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If you thought Christmas was over, think again! Here are 10 weird and wonderful tales from my fertile imagination!
This is the first collection in my Dragonscale Diffusions series. These are stories which may involve Dracomagan, or, they may not be about her at all! The tales in Xmas @ Camelot II vary in length from 50 words to 2,660! So you can dip in and out of them whenever you have time. And don’t worry, these stories take you through the seasons, they’re not all about Christmas!
If you’ve enjoyed my novels Vintrig’s Kingdom and Vintrig’s Throne, you’ll love to discover the prose tales of The Slaying of Jormungund and the full length version of the Snow Bear. If you like Dragonscale Leggings, you can indulge your love of Dracomagan in both Trapped and Xmas @ Camelot II.
The themes within these tales centre around Transitions, Shape Shifters, Choices and Virtual Reality. Turning Point is a short Freudian study of light and dark and Lie In is my take on a popular fairy tale. Ariel is my interpretation of Shakespeare’s play, The Tempest, whilst Animal explores the complicated world of shape-shifting. And, Taking Root, is another interpretation of an old, old manuscript and Norsemare is a wry glance at the world of gaming …
Dare to walk the paths of darkness and light, explore your reactions to the choices my characters make!
It is available NOW at Amazon UK, Amazon US, Kobo, Barnes&Noble and iTunes.
As always, there’s a VERY short video about this collection at YouTube
Currently only available as an e-book, the paperback will be released in the future once I’ve published several more Dragonscale Diffusions!
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© Freya Pickard 2018

Pure Haiku is Open to Submissions!

Posted 1 January, 2018 by dragonscaleclippings
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Happy New Year to you all! Hope you had a lovely Christmas! Just wanted to let you know that …

Pure Haiku is currently OPEN to Submissions.

The THEME is OCEAN.

But this time, you are not allowed to use the words Ocean/s or Sea/s in your haiku/senyru (and you cannot use these words in the title, if you choose to provide titles for your submissions). I want to receive haiku/senyru that are implicit in their mentions of Ocean.

Explore the Ocean from its darkest depths to its farthest sandy shores. Wherever and whatever the Ocean touches is suitable matter for your haiku. Paint me vivid pictures of what sails on the Ocean, what swims and lives in it, what land it touches, its legends and myths…

This time I am restricting the amount of haiku to be published. There will be 20 slots for individual haiku plus a week’s slot for a single featured haiku writer.

The DEADLINE for submissions is 19th January 2018 at midnight.

OCEAN themed haiku written in the traditional/classical form (5-7-5 syllables) will be posted on this site in February & March 2018.

How to submit to Purehaiku

If you would like to submit your haiku for publication on this site, please send a maximum of 5 haiku written in the classical form on the current theme to: –

purehaiku (at) gmail (dot) com

with SUBMISSIONS, the current THEME and your NAME in the subject line.

Please include the following in the body of the email: –
Your first name
Your last name
Your email address
Your haiku (all 5 in one email please) (they do not have to be titled)
The full address of your blog or website if you have one
The name you want to appear on the copyright
One sentence introducing yourself. Be quirky and interesting – you want people to visit your blog, don’t you?!

By submitting your haiku you confirm that you are the author of the work and that you give me permission to publish your work at Pure Haiku. The copyright remains with you, the author.

Please send me each haiku with just one or two lines of spacing between each one in the body of your email.

When you have emailed your submission, you should receive an auto reply informing you of the date when I will be in contact with you. If you do not receive an auto reply within 24 hours, please feel free to send a second email enquiring about your original submission.

I can only accept haiku for consideration if they are EMAILED to me at the above mentioned address. Please DO NOT submit haiku via the comments box or via a facebook message or via G+ messaging.

Please do not send attachments. I can only accept haiku that are submitted in the body of the email.

If you read the following pages you are more likely to have your haiku accepted: –

What I Am Looking For

How To Compose Classical Haiku

FAQS

Selection Process

Last post for 2017 …

Posted 18 December, 2017 by dragonscaleclippings
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Well, here we are at the end of 2017! And what a year it’s been. Moving house, a new business and publishing another novel! How has your year been?

I’m going offline now for a few weeks. I have scheduled a few things to appear at my Facebook page (just in case people miss me while I’m away!) and a post or two may appear here in the New Year as I’m not yet quite sure when exactly I’ll be online again. So if you comment or leave a message for me, please don’t be offended if I don’t respond for a few weeks. It’s because I’m not online! I always need to detox from the internet and my computer screen at this time of year and this year I really need to! Things have been too busy sometimes.
Don’t forget to download your copy of Vintrig’s Throne. And if you’re waiting for the paperback to come out, keep a look out here for an announcement when it finally appears!
If you would like to continue to receive my Newsletter (it’s FREE!) please make sure you email me BEFORE 31st January 2018 at dragonscaleclippings@gmail.com so I know to keep you on the mailing list! You get a free short story every year, poetry expressing my deepest thoughts and emotions as well as a short editorial about my real life happenings!
For now, I wish all my readers and supporters a very Happy Christmas! Have a peaceful and relaxing time and I will see you all sometime in the New Year! Much love, Freya xxx
© Freya Pickard 2017
I’ve started making some videos about my writing! Please check them out at YouTube.

Escape Pod Emulation – Julie Palmer

Posted 11 December, 2017 by dragonscaleclippings
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Here is the final Escape Pod Interview for 2017! Find out more about the back story at Escape Pod Emulation! This month I’m welcoming Julie Palmer into her very own EPod! Read on to find out what Julie would take with her …
The first item I would take with me would be my Bible so that I could connect with others through Christ.
I would also take a Paper journal with me, to hold my thoughts together.
My Paintbox – a must! So many endless possibilities with watercolour!
Definitely a Cushion, for a hug!
And my last item would be a Mirror, so I could talk to myself for company!

Julie Palmer produces and performs in Prayerscapes, which is a musical landscape of scripture, poetry and song set within stunning orchestration. Listen to refresh your soul, to bind old wounds, and to connect with the eternal!
Find out more about Julie’s artistic and music skills in the latest Prayerscapes album, Dwell
And don’t forget to check out my review of Dwell!
© Freya Pickard 2017

Melodic Meanderings

Posted 4 December, 2017 by dragonscaleclippings
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I usually produce a post with lots of mini reviews of books I have enjoyed reading over the last few months. However, this year, due to moving house and starting up a new business, I have not had time to read anything. Shocking, I know, but I no longer have any time to myself. I’m hoping to get lots of reading done over the winter, but there is still a lot to do on the business in the quiet season. So, this time, I’m reviewing Dwell, a cd that really helped me through a very difficult summer.
Memorable melodies and lingering lyrics. This cd was the perfect gift at a very difficult time. Being able to listen to it, albeit in small snatches, allowed me to stay sane in an extremely stressful time.

Not since I discovered the music of Iona in the 1990s, has a cd had such a profound effect on me. Hearing it gives me goosebumps. I find it both relaxing and challenging. When I first listened to it, I felt like a dry sponge soaking up cold, refreshing water.
Dwell speaks to me on many levels; mental, spiritual and emotional, and it allowed me to relax physically. I find myself drawn in particular to tracks 2 & 9. Track 2, Dwell, is incredibly reassuring and up-lifting. Track 9, Come O Spirit of God, is challenging, inspiring and strengthening. These two tracks have lyrics that have stuck in my memory and I find myself singing them as I go about my daily business.
Buy this cd for yourself and experience Julie Palmer’s enchanting voice, the haunting and inspiring harmonies, as well as the encouragement of the bible verses spoken over the music.
You can buy the album at Dwell.
© Freya Pickard 2017
Have you seen the videos I’ve made about my writing! Check them out at YouTube

My Newsletter !

Posted 27 November, 2017 by dragonscaleclippings
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This year I have been unable to send out my usual quarterly Newsletter due to moving house and setting up a new business!
But I am now preparing my Newsletter for March 2018! The story that began in The Essence of Thyme and continued in The Oil of Sage, will conclude in The Attar of Chervil! I also share with my readers new poems as well as telling them something about my real life in a short editorial.
If you are already a subscriber to my Newsletter you should have received an email from me a couple of weeks ago, asking if you still wanted to receive it. If you’ve not seen the email yet, please check your Junk and Spam folders. If you do wish to continue to receive my creativity 4 times a year, please make sure you get back to me BEFORE 31st January 2018 to stay on my mailing list!

If you aren’t yet a subscriber and would like to give my Newsletter a try, please send me an email at dragonscaleclippings@gmail.com with “Request Clippings” in the subject line! Your email will never be sold or passed on to anyone else.
© Freya Pickard 2017
I’ve started making some videos about my writing! Please check them out at YouTube.

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