Taking a break …

Posted 18 April, 2017 by dragonscaleclippings
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Just a quick post to let you all know that I’m taking a break from blogging for a couple of weeks.
As most of you will know, I am moving house and starting up a new enterprise. This, along with all the other posts in April, is a scheduled post because I don’t know how soon I will have access to the internet.
I apologise in advance for my lack of response to likes, follows and comments! I will catch up with them all as soon as I am able. But I think it may be weeks, or even months, before I can start blogging as I normally do.
When my posts resume in May, please be aware that these will also be scheduled posts as I cannot predict how much time I will have for blogging, or even writing for the next few months. So if you leave a comment and it doesn’t appear, don’t panic, it just means I’ve not been able to access the internet or I am overwhelmed still with the amount of things I need to do for my new enterprise.
See you when I see you! Much love Freya xxx
© Freya Pickard 2017
Have you seen the videos I’ve made about my writing! Check them out at YouTube

eyes in space spy a strange world …

Posted 17 April, 2017 by dragonscaleclippings
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A tale of loss and journeys in Space … These were the themes of the poem and short story that were given as my April 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 May, you will be able to access the May Rewards.
In May, my supporters will receive a previously unpublished cinquain/haiku sequence about being watched from Space and/or a previously unpublished story about a dragon slayer who stumbles across a very peculiar world …
I am using my short stories and poems as rewards because I want people who support me to get a glimpse into the worlds I have created. For just $1 or more month, you will be able to read an unpublished poem. For just $5 or more a month, you will be able to read an unpublished short story of at least 2,000 words. Other rewards include sneak previews of book covers and launch videos as well free sample chapters of forthcoming books.
See you at Patreon soon!
© Freya Pickard 2017
Have you seen the videos I’ve made about my writing! Check them out at YouTube

It’s Here!

Posted 14 April, 2017 by dragonscaleclippings
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This is my friend Libby’s latest book of poetry! It’s an elfje collection! And she also includes some of her guests’ elfje also – including several of mine!

Simply Elfje

Final cover version ‘Simply Elfje’ final cover.

Good News! My ‘Simply Elfje’ book of the blog is now available to purchase from Amazon. I have tweaked the colour of the cover a little and here is the revised version.

To buy a copy from Amazon UK please click here. It is also available from Amazon.com and in Europe.

There will eventually be an e-book version for Kindle, however I will be away now for a couple of weeks and have run out of time to do the conversion. I will do it on my return and hopefully it will be available in early May – watch this space.

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Escape Pod Emulation for Claudia McGill

Posted 10 April, 2017 by dragonscaleclippings
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Today I’m extending a warm welcome to artist Claudia McGill. Claudia is the second artist I’ve interviewed as part of my Escape Pod Emulation series!
What would YOU take with you in an Escape Pod? Here are Claudia’s five items …
The card game Izzi. Endless variations, challenging, and yet very calming to play.
My pens and sketchbooks, which I keep in one small bag, ready to grab up at any time.
My favorite house plan book, Authentic Small Houses of the Twenties: Illustrations and Floor Plans of 254 Characteristic Homes (edited by Robert Jones), which is a reproduction of a catalog containing plans for small houses for people on a budget. Floor plans are like candy to me and I never get tired of looking at this book.
A copy of either The Terrorists or The Laughing Policeman, by Maj Sjowall/Per Wahloo, whichever comes to hand first. I love this whole series; the characters are old friends to me.
A pair of scissors. I can cut out things I draw and turn them into collages, or, I can cut up words and phrases from the Sjowall/Wahloo book (after I read it) and do collage poetry. Lacking glue, nothing will be permanent, so I can recycle my components. If I do something I like, well, I’ll make a note of it in my sketchbook.

Arrived In Style © 2016 Claudia McGill
Claudia is an artist, poet and blogger. She runs 4 blogs (4?!!!!) which are listed below. I hope the above answers to my question to her “Which 5 items would you take in an Escape Pod” have intrigued you enough so that you want to find out more about her!.
And if you’re wondering what on earth an Escape Pod Interview is all about, please read Escape Pod Emulation.
© Freya Pickard 2017

Freya’s Paperbacks

Posted 3 April, 2017 by dragonscaleclippings
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If you are a regular reader of this blog, you will know that last year I published 5 books!

All of them are available as e-books but two of them are also available as paperbacks!

I much prefer a paperback to an e-book. I do a lot of my proof reading of my own manuscripts on my Kindle, so reading an e-book for me is like working. Reading a paperback is a luxury!

Vintrig’s Kingdom is the first in my Isu Magan series. When Isu Magan, heir to Vintrig’s Throne, finds the journal of a vanished Scriber, her perceptions of history and the truth are challenged. A growing distrust of her loyal and powerful Counsellor, initiates rebellious and frightening thoughts within her heart. Adding to this disruption of her ordered life, Isu finds herself attracted to the itinerant musician, Sama Conn.

The Rusalka Ritual is a collection of short stories all of which have Dracomagan (from Dragonscale Leggings) in them at some point. Five tales set in fantastic locations; an arid canyon, a smoke-wreathed ale house, a moonlit sea, a haunted inn and a golf course. Five tales encompassing human emotion; expectations disappointed, self-sacrificing love for the unlovable, will power that overcomes dark enchantment, bravery in the face of evil and fear of the unknown in hum-drum life. Five narrative voices ranging from a young child, a redeemed murderer, a strong-willed young woman, damsels awaiting rescue and a retired banker haunted by death …

More about information as well as links to the promotion videos, can be found at My Books.

Voting Update

Posted 31 March, 2017 by dragonscaleclippings
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A HUGE thank you to everyone who voted for my book cover, The Rusalka Ritual, in The Ultimate Fantasy Book Cover Competition!
I’ve never done this kind of thing before, so I am really encouraged that readers of this blog have been voting for me!
Stage Two of the contest will take place between 31st March and 7th April. This is where the top ten book covers go for a 2nd round of voting at UFB.
I’m in the process of moving house today, so I have no idea if I have made the top ten or not! If I have, thank you once again for voting for me.
And if it hasn’t made the top ten, I still want to thank you all for voting for me! At least I had a positive experience in the first round!
Find out more about my book at The Rusalka Ritual & Other Stories.
Much love Freya xxx
© Freya Pickard 2017
Have you seen the videos I’ve made about my writing! Check them out at YouTube

How I choose covers for short stories …

Posted 27 March, 2017 by dragonscaleclippings
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A few weeks ago I posted about how I choose covers for my novels. Today I want to talk about choosing covers for short stories.
Stories are different from Novels in their length, structure and aim. With a short story, you have to be in the storytelling world immediately. The action has to happen quickly and there needs to be a good resolution before the end of the tale. So far, I’ve published a single short story plus one short story collection.
I had very clear ideas on what I wanted for The Essence of Thyme. As the first in a series (originally published as a free read in my Newsletter) I wanted the covers of the following books to link back to this one.
I knew from the start that I wanted a vast green globe on the front to portray the green globe mentioned towards the end of the story. (It is key to the following two stories as well). JBH suggested the shadowed lattice work giving the cover a slightly darker, more haunted feel. This, I felt, went suitably with the silent castle and slightly puzzling enchantment of Lord Thyme’s son.
I knew I didn’t want a fairy tale picture because although this story is a re-telling of Sleeping Beauty, it is most definitely NOT a sugar sweet, happy ending …

I came across the picture I used for The Rusalka Ritual & Other Stories when I was going through Kombmaker’s portfolio. As soon as I saw it, I recognised it as being the woodland that the companions travel through in The Rusalka Ritual.
When JBH came to manipulate the painting, I advised him on the part of it that had to appear on the front cover, namely the waterfall with the golden light above it. Surprisingly, JBH stretched the painting digitally, cutting off the trees to either side. But boy, did it work! I was so pleased with it. At JBH’s suggestion, we used that particular font with red ink, to make it look as though the words were written in blood …
This collection is a series of fairy tales, but there aren’t necessarily any fairy tale endings, which I why I think the cover works; it makes me think of Grimm’s fairy stories. My tales will make you laugh, but there’s always something slightly sinister about Dracomagan’s Otherworld.
As always, I’m trying to be different! Do you think I’ve succeeded? Which of these books would you buy?
© Freya Pickard 2017

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