My Mythology

Posted 14 February, 2019 by dragonscaleclippings
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My Mythology is now available to buy online!

If you prefer a paperback, you can find this volume as part of my paperback collection, This Is Me.

I’m releasing an e-version of My Mythology today because I know that a lot of people prefer e-books to paperbacks. I like both!


In volume two of Dragonscale Delvings, I deal with both serious and humorous matters. Death makes its way into my poems, understandably. But my flippant sense of humour is never far away – take Elf-conscious and Zombie Mushrooms, for instance.

I enjoy writing both short forms and epic poetry and you can find both kinds in this volume. Get a glimpse into my world of Nirunen, discover its historical characters that provide the background to my fantasy series, The Kaerling.

Some people think that poetry is just for poetic people. I don’t agree. Poetry is for everyone, whether or not you write it. My poetry is accessible, you don’t need a degree in English to read my work.

Take a look at the video about this volume at YouTube!

If you like video-poetry, check out Alien Watching and Compost Ghoul – both of which appear in this book!

And when you’ve had a chance to read My Mythology, I would love to know what you think about it!

Available at Amazon US, Amazon UK, Apple, Nook, Kobo and other online stores.

© Freya Pickard 2019


Rumour …

Posted 6 February, 2019 by dragonscaleclippings
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Last year, The Attar of Chervil concluded the tale that began in The Essence of Thyme. Despite the darkness of the story, it more or less ended happily ever after.


Now, a new story begins. This one is set sometime after The Attar of Chervil when Lady Parsley has fallen out of love with Tym and fallen in love with Sir Larfalot.

But my Newsletter doesn’t just contain an episode of a free short story. It also showcases some of my unpublished poetry. This year I’m exploring the terrain of Dartmoor; wild, dangerous yet incredibly beautiful.

And, for those of my readers who enjoy a glimpse into an author’s real life, I’m talking about what life is really like for people who run a small B&B …

Up at 0530 to eat our own breakfast and prepare cooked breakfasts for up to 15 people. Serve breakfast from 0830. Start clearing the Dining Room at 0930 whilst giving guests advice on places to visit that day…


I also feature the artwork of Elisa Ang Choi and Jonathon B. Hoyt on the front covers of the zine.

“I’ve just finished reading the latest issue of Clippings, I enjoyed the last episode of the story so much and in particular the elfje poems which really spoke to me in terms of imagery and colour!” Claudia M

Want to read more? Simply email me at with “Request Clippings” in the subject line and I’ll send you my Newsletter every quarter.

© Freya Pickard 2019

My Mythology – cover reveal

Posted 29 January, 2019 by dragonscaleclippings
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If you’ve already bought the paperback entitled “This Is Me”, you’ll have seen this cover on the back of that volume.

This is Volume Two of Dragonscale Delvings. The first volume Insides, is available both as an e-book and as part of my paperback poetry found in This Is Me.

My Mythology is the middle volume of the paperback and is my way of acknowledging all the sources of inspiration I have found in my life so far.

It’s due out on 14th February 2019. So if you love my writing and/or love me, please purchase a copy!

© Freya Pickard 2019

EPod Interview – Bill Engleson

Posted 21 January, 2019 by dragonscaleclippings
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Here is the first in my EPod Interview series for 2019! New to my blog and haven’t come across one yet? Check out the back story at Escape Pod Emulations.

OK, who do we have inside this particular meteorite-pocked capsule? The paint’s all chipped and worn away – the person inside must have been in the escape pod for a long while … Ah! Here we go – the door’s open. Hmm, interesting smell – oysters and anchovies? Hello! Who’s this? Welcome back to civilisation, Bill! What items did you take with you?

Cover of LACTH3

  1. Out of the millions of books I might take, my choice would be George Orwell’s first book, Down and Out in Paris and London. In another time, I would have been a wanderer …
  2. A can of anchovies… just in case an anchovie-less pizza floats by.
  3. A case of red wine, any kind, or, if that doesn’t quite fit the formula, at least one bottle.
  4. A cane. I am probably going to need it at some point.
  5. A container of fresh oysters… always loved oysters, raw or cooked.

Bill Engleson is the author of 2 books, one of which, Like a Child to Home, is about Social Work. Bill has a beautifully presented website at and if you want to “meet” the author himself, check out this short video at YouTube.

Bill is a retired social worker living the country life and waiting for the expected power failure that always comes.

Bill Engleson Author Picture

If you’re on Twitter, Bill can be followed at @billmelaterplea and you can discover more about his other book at Silver Bow Publishing!

Want to get some exposure for your book or artwork? Visit Escape Pod Emulations and contact me with the requested information!

© Freya Pickard 2019

Emergence …

Posted 13 January, 2019 by dragonscaleclippings
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Pure Haiku is currently OPEN to Submissions.


This time, you are not allowed to use the word Emergence in your haiku/senyru (and you cannot use this word 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 EMERGENCE.

The OED defines the word EMERGENCE as “The process of becoming visible after being concealed.” Further definitions can be found at Oxford Dictionaries.


Delight me and surprise me with your haiku that paint vivid pictures of EMERGENCE. Don’t be confined to the obvious, be subtle, be clever, be imaginative! As always I’m looking for excellent use of language and words that conjure up clear, vivid pictures; show, don’t tell.

There will be 28 slots for individual haiku plus space for up to 5 days for a single featured haiku writer.

The DEADLINE for submissions is 25th January 2019 at midnight.

EMERGENCE themed haiku written in the traditional/classical form (5-7-5 syllables) will be posted on this site between March & April 2019.

How to submit to Pure Haiku

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 (only one site per submission please)
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?!

(Even if you have had haiku published on this site before, please still include all this information as I do not keep any details of previous submissions. By including all the required details it makes my life easier when scheduling haiku. Thank you.)

© Freya Pickard 2019

Happy New Year!

Posted 5 January, 2019 by dragonscaleclippings
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Happy New Year to you all!

I hope you had an enjoyable, restful and peaceful Christmas!

Just wanted to drop you all a line to let you know what I’m up to. I am planning on releasing two books in the first few months of this year!

My Mythology is a book of poetry, which can be found in my paperback, This Is Me. Next month I hope to release My Mythology as an e-book. In it I explore all my sources of inspiration…

I’m also hoping to release An Ancient Song. This is the third volume in The Kaerling series. If you’ve not yet read Silver Fire – it’s a free download! The second volume, Ambassador is available to purchase online in various stores. An Ancient Song tells of Otta’s continuing search for the unicorn and has a surprising twist at the end!

Over the winter I’ve been busy replenishing my creativity and have been painting once more! Here is of my creations that I wanted to share with you today along with a verse from a poem in My Mythology …

empty like

his hollow heart, the

blank mirror

gives nothing

back; taking only, never


© Freya Pickard 2019



Posted 20 December, 2018 by dragonscaleclippings
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chameleon’s glare; full moons rising
near moon – regular rhythmical
far moon at perigee looms
the sea-tides are surging
rivers are flooding
gales howling
Nonet © Freya Pickard 2018

Mysterious Moonlight by JBH

Have a peaceful and restful Christmas! I will be back in the New Year with another new book …!
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