Clean away…

Posted 29 April, 2016 by dragonscaleclippings
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Thank you for reading my “clippings” about Housewifery! It’s time now to put the dyson back in its cupboard and to give the dusters a wash.
I’m working on a number of drafts (new writing is still hard to come by) and earlier this week I launched myself at Patreon. You can watch my first ever video by clicking on the link; find out what I really look and sound like!
I’m taking another break from this blog until late June.
Meanwhile, I will be blogging once more at Pure Haiku. My guest haiku writers and I will be exploring CANCER over the next few weeks. Yesterday I shared a haiku sequence written as a collaboration with one of my friends. Hope to see you there!
© Freya Pickard 2016

Housewife – 12

Posted 28 April, 2016 by dragonscaleclippings
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I breathe deeply, letting go of the anger and tension caused by the lateness of the alarm engineer…
© Freya Pickard 2016


Posted 27 April, 2016 by dragonscaleclippings
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A few weeks ago I posted about all my Free Reads but didn’t get much interest in them. Why? I’ve always been told that you have to have free stuff to give to your followers. Is this a lie? Or is my work just not interesting enough?
So, this week, I’m going to tell you about my writing that you can pay to read! There is, of course, my novel Dragonscale Leggings available in paperback at most online stores.
And, I’ve recently launched a campaign at Patreon. I need money in order to self-publish. I just don’t earn enough to actually be able to pay out for my books to be published. I’m fed up with trying the traditional routes, because one, no one ever gets back to me and two, on the odd occasion I have been offered a contract, I would have earned so little, it wasn’t worth it.
Since having cancer 2 years ago, I am more determined than ever to have my work published. This is why I am now on Patreon to gather patrons who will support me with as little as $1 or $5 a month so that I can afford to get my novels published. In return, I will post on Patreon an unpublished short story and poem for my supporters to read.
You can, at last, “meet” me online. I’ve posted my first ever video, introducing myself at Patreon. I am naturally shy and reserved, and, since having cancer, I have become even more of a recluse. Making the video was extremely painful. The final product came after 3 days of recording. What do you think?
© Freya Pickard 2016

Housewife – 11

Posted 26 April, 2016 by dragonscaleclippings
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how quick time slips by when I’m cleaning; there still doesn’t seem to be enough time for everything…
© Freya Pickard 2016

Profound Insights…

Posted 25 April, 2016 by dragonscaleclippings
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Elfje 8 struck me making my imagination run and it is quite profound where I think of the web like the thread of our lives that somehow we are all connected to each other wherever we may be. The Oil of Sage was wonderfully written and has such contrast. Merlin’s rest was described peacefully making me feel relaxed before the interruption came and the rest of the story revolved around the other characters. I wondered what would happen next…I look forward to the next episode! E Choi
Many thanks for sending the last issue of Clippings. It is always such an inspiring read for me! I loved both the episode of the story, with its remarkable and powerful descriptions and the poetry you presented. I just loved the haiku so much! They convey profound insights and feelings, conjuring up strong emotions and vivid imagery in the reader’s mind and soul. C Messelodi
The first episode of The Oil of Sage is available now to read online! The story is a free read for my followers who subscribe to my quarterly Newsletter.
If you would like to read the first episode (episodes 2-4 will follow throughout 2016), just send me an email at dragonscaleclippings (at) gmail (dot) com with “Clippings Request” in the subject line.
To find out more please visit FREE STUFF!. I look forward to hearing from you!
© Freya Pickard 2016

Housewife – 10

Posted 21 April, 2016 by dragonscaleclippings
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black cat on white sheet watches me with old, green eyes
© Freya Pickard 2016

Wednesday Words – Parchment Poll April 2016

Posted 20 April, 2016 by dragonscaleclippings
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Here I am again with the first Parchment Poll of 2016…
Scifaikuest November 2015 Exciting, chilling and entertaining. If you don’t yet subscribe to it, try it! (And one of my haiku appears on page 7…!)
Brilliant books – will re-read
The Little Book of Yorkshire Customs & Folklore A funny little book of quaint tales and lore. It will be useful for basing stories/poems on when I have no inspiration myself…
Wordplay by Gyles Brandreth Brilliantly written. Fascinating discussions. I learnt so much about my mother tongue. This is going on the shelf beside the dictionary and thesaurus.
Dial 174 #105 A beautiful spring and Easter read. A plethora of poetry and some interesting stories and anecdotes. The 2 poems that really spoke to me were Easter Sunday by L Grinter and Words by A Coleman for their use of language, rhythm and flow. Oh, and 2 of my poems, The King Must Die and Nymph Song appear in it!
The Servant Queen by M Green & C Butcher I was really fortunate to be given this booklet as a present. It is heart-warming and inspiring insight into our monarch. She truly is a servant to our nation.
The Thirteen Gun Salute by P O’Brian Another swash-buckling tale of Aubery & Maturin. I love the way the author tells his tale – he breaks all the creative writing rules! But he leaves the reader on such a cliff-hanger…
Interesting but probably won’t re-read
Dragonrider by Cornelia Funke Good pace to this story but I found the characters a little flat. Odd blend of folklore too that for me, didn’t quite gel.
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke Very difficult to get into. I liked the ideas but it was hard-going…Inkspell by Cornelia Funke Maybe slightly easier to read – perhaps I am getting used to her style. It’s not easy though. The ideas are brilliant but the language is clumsy. Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke Again it was a struggle to read this book. The author’s ideas are really brilliant but the story is such a slog to get through…
Mslexia 69 I like the new style and layout. The articles are worth reading. But oh dear! The stories and poems are just awful…
Current Read
The Nutmeg of Consolation by Patrick O’Brian
Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them?
© Freya Pickard 2016


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