Freefall

Posted 23 March, 2017 by dragonscaleclippings
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Freefall

This Freyan Verse was inspired firstly by the film “Space Cowboys” and secondly by losing one of my close writing friends in 2014. It also describes how alienated I felt during chemotherapy and during recovery from cancer. Click on the link to find out how to read this poem both vertically and horizontally. You can write your own, if you wish!
I’ve started making some videos about my writing! Please check them out at YouTube

Please Vote For Me!

Posted 22 March, 2017 by dragonscaleclippings
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I’ve never asked anyone to do this before!
I’ve entered The Rusalka Ritual & Other Stories for the Ultimate Fantasy Book Cover Competition. You can view the entries and vote at UFB.
All I’m asking is that you VOTE for my book cover – it’s on the left hand side and it’s Number Seven. You have only 1 Vote so please, please, please use it for voting for The Rusalka Ritual & Other Stories!
And, if you could share the link with all your contacts also, I would be forever endebted to you! Thank you SO much!
Voting closes on 29th March 2017. Find out more about The Rusalka Ritual & Other Stories.
Much love Freya xxx
© Freya Pickard 2017
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an odyssey of ashes …

Posted 21 March, 2017 by dragonscaleclippings
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A detective story and a yearning for Spring … These were the themes of the poem and short story that were given as my March Rewards for my Patreon supporters.
If you missed out on these rewards, don’t worry! If you pledge your support for me at Patreon before 1st April, you will be able to access the April Rewards.
Once published, my books need to be promoted. This can only be done effectively if I pay established companies to promote my novels etc. Therefore, I am seeking to promote my books on a weekly basis and to do that properly, I need at least $30 per month. Without promotion I cannot sell my work and, as I am currently unemployed, I have no means of funding myself. If I can sell a certain amount of books per month, I can then fulfil my dream of being a full time writer!
In April, my supporters will receive a previously unpublished cinquain/haiku/lantune sequence about journeying through Space and/or a previously unpublished story about a man who no longer has a place to call home …
See you at Patreon soon!
© Freya Pickard 2017
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Freya’s Newsletter

Posted 20 March, 2017 by dragonscaleclippings
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By now I would have normally emailed the link to the current newsletter to all my subscribers. If you’re wondering why it hasn’t appeared, that’s because I’m having to put my newsletter on hold this year.
The main reason for this is that I am moving house and starting a new enterprise. I didn’t get a chance to get the first episode of the new story out this month due to all the things I’ve had to organise for the move etc. I’m really sorry about this!
My plan is to just rest from the newsletter this year and then commence serialising The Attar of Chervil in 2018. I hope all of you who subscribe are OK with the wait! House moving and setting up new enterprises are time consuming jobs!
An update will be posted at Current Story when I am ready to continue with the newsletter once more. Much love. Freya xxx
© Freya Pickard 2017
I’ve started making some videos about my writing! Please check them out at YouTube.

Freefall – verses 1 – 3

Posted 15 March, 2017 by dragonscaleclippings
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Here are the first three verses of my Freyan Verse, Freefall. I’ve put the colours in so you can see where each stanza ends and begins. How would you finish this verse?
For a full explanation about this poetical form that I have invented, please visit Freyan Verse.
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Sharing Love

Posted 14 March, 2017 by dragonscaleclippings
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When the first poem contains lines such as

Poems free imagination
an inclination to see
within and without
the play of life.

You know you’re in for a thoroughly good read!

I was really struck by the tenderness with which the poems in this collection were written. Reading it, I felt relaxed and soothed; pretty amazing for me at the end of a hectic week!
If you are looking for mindful poetry, this is the collection to read. I love the sense of humour running through some of the poetry as well as the seriousness of thought in others. The ebb and flow of verse is as natural as a flowing stream.
The main theme of the collection is “interconnectedness”. “out there among the stars/our interconnectedness unfolds”. It runs throughout each section, sometimes referred to directly, at other times it is hinted at, allowing the reader to make their own connections.
Other themes that wind their way through this journey of verse are mindfulness, love, passion and heartbreak. The theme of care is prevalent also; not just for each other, but for the planet as a whole.

Another thing that struck me whilst reading this collection, was the gracefulness and unconditional love the writer has for the people in his poems. The whole idea of loving someone so much, that you would let them go, if they wanted to leave, came across incredibly strongly in several verses.
Favourites? Well, it depends on how I’m feeling when I re-read them! But ones that have remained favourite on several re-reads, include Ripples with its awesome line “silence between words”. Be With Me encapsulates the feeling of the collection, particularly the third stanza, “a kaleidoscope of pattern/rhythm and enlightenment”. And Spellbinder, of course! Why? It’s about one of my favourite characters of legend, Merlin, “invoking the universes unfathomable mystery”…
Take time out of your busy schedule and read this book. You will not be disappointed.
Sharing Love. is available to buy now and you can read Sam’s EPod Interview at 20170306.
© Freya Pickard 2017

Escape Pod Emulation for Sam Eastwood

Posted 13 March, 2017 by dragonscaleclippings
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Today I’m extending a warm welcome to poet Sam Eastwood. He’s here as part of my Escape Pod Emulation series!
What I love doing about these interviews with a difference, is reading about the 5 items each person would take with them. Each interviewee so far has taken items so personal to them that no one else has duplicated anything – yet! I’m handing over to Sam now, so he can tell you what he would take.
My writing pad, with which I can continue my poems and stories.
A framed picture of the woman I love.
A picture of my Siamese chocolate point, who is waiting for me on my return.
The small statue of Buddha, which has a chime to remind me to be ‘present’.
And the old worn copy of ‘The heart of the Buddha’s teaching’ by Thich Nhat Hanh.

Sam Eastwood has recently had a poetry collection published and has several other projects nearing fruition.
Come back tomorrow to read my review of Sharing Love.
How did Sam start writing poetry? It all began when he started writing a SciFi book “The Paradox of the White Tiger” which included love poems. These poems soon overtook the writing of the book when he fell in love with himself, and became his own muse! “The Paradox of the White Tiger” is currently being edited and will hopefully be published this year. Sam also has a short story “The Tide” which he plans to release very shortly.
You can connect to Sam at: –
LinkedIn
Facebook
And if you’re wondering what on earth an Escape Pod Interview is all about, please read Escape Pod Emulation.
© Freya Pickard 2017

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