Being – 77

Posted 21 May, 2015 by dragonscaleclippings
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woodfire scented breeze blows cool upon my sun-heated skin
© Freya Pickard 2015

Wednesday Words – Parchment Poll May 2015

Posted 20 May, 2015 by dragonscaleclippings
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This is the first Parchment Poll for nearly a year…
Due to being diagnosed with bowel cancer, having three lots of major surgery and then six months chemotherapy, I’ve had a lot of time for reading. Mainly because I’ve been unable to do anything else. Books are my dream food and soul food.
I can recommend Patrick O’Brien’s Aubrey/Maturin series as a distraction from pain. I read 14 out of the 20 books in the series whilst recovering from surgery. You have concentrate a lot on the writing which takes your mind off the pain…! I still have 8 more to read, but am waiting for the chemo fog to clear before I start them.
Re-reading old favourites was all I could manage during the 6 months of chemotherapy. Familiar texts are easy to read and distract one’s mind from the utter awfulness one is going through. I recommend Tad Williams’ Memory, Thorn & Sorrow trilogy for pure escapism. If you want epic grandeur, try Terry Brooks’ original Shannara Series (not the later ones, they’re very samey). JRR Tolkein’s The Lord of the Rings and other books are brilliant for getting lost and feeling refreshed with each chapter you read. Robert Jordan’s 14-book series The Wheel of Time took me nearly 4 months to read. But it’s worth it. Anne McCaffrey’s Dragons of Pern series never ceases to impress (joke!) and satisfy. Though the earlier novels are more exciting than some of the later ones. I particularly enjoy Moreta; Dragonlady of Pern, The White Dragon and the Menolly books.
I’ve also discovered 3 books that are ideal for reading when ill/recuperating. All 3 were sent to me by friends. Amanda sent me “God’s Little Book of Hope” which is essential during the “dark” days of Chemo. Nick sent me “Benedictus” by John O’Donaghue. This is a book of blessings but I read them as poems and prayers. It’s a fascinating and inspiring read. And Willow sent me “Romancing The Ordinary” by Sarah Ban Breathnach. This is an amazing book full of hope and ideas and inspiration. Even if you’re not ill, read it!
Next time I’ll try not to leave it nearly a year before I let you know what books are there to be read (or not!)
Currently reading: –
Matthew (Commentary by R T France)
Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them?
© Freya Pickard 2015

Being – 76

Posted 19 May, 2015 by dragonscaleclippings
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struggling to get brain into work mode, so used to resting it won’t fit into the work groove easily
© Freya Pickard 2015

Being – 75

Posted 14 May, 2015 by dragonscaleclippings
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the frustration of not getting anywhere, of going over the same ground again and again, of not achieving or progressing; how to break out of this rut?
© Freya Pickard 2015

Wednesday Words – Lynds Jennings

Posted 13 May, 2015 by dragonscaleclippings
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Last year I published a series of Wednesday Words about Inspiration. You can find the four people I featured if you click on the dragonscales above to get back to the main page and look on the right hand side for Allies.
Lynds Jennings submitted some words about Inspiration, but, due to being ill with cancer and having chemotherapy, I didn’t find the email until earlier this year. Lynds had some really encouraging and inspiring words for me during the dark time of chemotherapy. I tried the visualisations, as Lynds suggested. I imagined myself healed and whole, dancing to energetic music. And guess what? It really helped, particularly on those days when I was so tired, I couldn’t even read.
Lynds is a Textile Artist, Silk Painter and a Writer of Small Pictures. If you’d like to find inspiration in pictures and words, please visit Dragonsilk.
And here is why Lynds was inspired to start writing…
“I had never thought to write. But then I began to look for joy in a darker day, to find brightness, silver linings in grey clouds. And to try to describe those moments as a picture in words. Precious.”
Thank you, Lynds, for your encouragement and for your delightful pictures and words at Dragonsilk.
© Freya Pickard 2015

Being – 74

Posted 12 May, 2015 by dragonscaleclippings
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frustration – no one’s listening to what we’re saying about fracking, it’s all planned, we are irrelevant and our concerns about contamination are being ignored; do we live in a democracy or a dictatorship?
© Freya Pickard 2015

Hedgerows & Wing of Dreams

Posted 11 May, 2015 by dragonscaleclippings
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Just to let you know that this week a poem of mine will be appearing at Hedgerow which is a beautiful blog run by Caroline Skanne Please check it out and let me know what you think of it. I would encourage you to follow the Hedgerow blog – the poetry on it is very diverse.
Also this week I am being interviewed by Sharmishtha at Wing of Dreams. The interview starts today, 11th May and she will ask me a question each day until 18th May 2015. Find out more about me and Dracomagan and my other writings…
© Freya Pickard 2015


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