Transformed ends…

Posted 28 January, 2016 by dragonscaleclippings
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Thank you for travelling with me as I introduced my new form poetry, freyan verse, to the world.
I hope you have enjoyed reading my poems Transformed and Fishers. If you would like to have a go at writing your own freyan verse, I would love to see them.
For now, though, I will be taking a break from Dragonscale Clippings until the end of March. Tomorrow I start blogging again over at Pure Haiku where my guests and I will be writing on the theme of Spheres… I hope you can join us there.
© Freya Pickard 2016

Emerging to Elementary Haiku

Posted 27 January, 2016 by dragonscaleclippings
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Since December last year I’ve had 7 poems published!
December 2015
Hedgerow (a lovely artistic and poetical blog) published my poem emerging in #59 of the ezine. It’s a poem in blank verse about the process of writing a novel.
I am really honoured to have had one of my haiku accepted for publication in the November magazine edition of Scifaikuest.
Dial 174 published 4 poems in #104; two blank verse poems Purple Textures (about lavender) and Birch Branches and Bracken (about a walk in English summertime woods) and two rhythmical (but not really rhyming) poems Gardens (based on gardens in the bible) and Finale (an amalgamation of biblical stories and Fay Sampson tales).
My haiku sequence Elemental Haiku appears in Kind of a Hurricane’s latest Anthology entitled Elementary My Dear.
What a great way to start the year!
© Freya Pickard 2016


Posted 26 January, 2016 by dragonscaleclippings
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Transformed – verse 5

Posted 21 January, 2016 by dragonscaleclippings
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with moonlight,
fluctuating phases
I leap and run,
four feet flying and I
© Freya Pickard 2016

The Kaerling Book One

Posted 20 January, 2016 by dragonscaleclippings
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The first thing Otta could remember seeing was firelight. At the time she was too young to know it was fire. All she understood was that heat danced between darkness and scarlet. Later, when she was a little older and could walk outside, she discovered a golden source of heat high in the blue sky above her head. Her mother, Luella, called it the sun. In the kitchen she would watch her mother create a spark from two stones to light the hearth fire that cooked their food. And when Otta was about five years old she discovered how to make fire herself.
Her mother was heavily pregnant and very ill. One morning Luella was so unwell she could not descend the wooden stairs that connected the sleeping lofts to the large, flagstone kitchen. Alvar had shouted at Otta to keep her twin brother Erl out of the way and the two children sat in the cold, dark room. When Erl was shivering, Otta peered at the ash-filled hearth remembering how her mother kindled red fire every morning without fail. Otta raked out the white ash, concentrating on the task, blocking out the dreadful cries above. Erl fetched kindling for her and Otta carefully built a small wigwam of sticks. With Erl’s help she found the firestones on the shelf beside the hearth and struck them together. A small, pale flame blossomed and she held it to the thin sticks of wood. The flame sinuously twisted around the dry kindling, emitting a crackling sound. The stick erupted into flame, generating fierce heat.
I’m looking for feedback on these opening paragraphs… Do you want to read more? If you were to buy the book, what format would you purchase? What do you think happens in the story?
© Freya Pickard 2016

Transformed – verse 4

Posted 19 January, 2016 by dragonscaleclippings
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furred and bestial,
shadow stalking,
creeping the fringes
of fear and dread,
screaming visage;
© Freya Pickard 2016

Fragrant herbs linger long…

Posted 18 January, 2016 by dragonscaleclippings
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The front cover looks like metal in liquid form, like copper. I appreciate it is blue but the shape looks similar! S Michel
I have just finished reading The Essence of Thyme to the end, what a wonderful tale! C Messelodi
Thanks for sending me through The Essence of Thyme. I always enjoy reading about Dracogmagan. That girl has attitude! E Baxter
Thank you for sending me Clippings, I always read it eagerly. I probably expected The Essence of Thyme to end more traditionally as a fairy tale, but I don’t think we have seen the last of Parsley and the green globe. It’s good fun to read and I love the language. J Hunter
Essence of time reads beautifully, wasn’t the ending expected.  Look forward to reading more of your work. N Roper
I’ve been reading all your letters and emails and The Essence of Thyme which was wonderful, thank you. W Thomas
Want to find out more about “The Essence of Thyme”? Here is the link to the first episode that was published in December 2013. The Essence of Thyme #1 To read the rest of the story, simply email me at dragonscaleclippings (at) gmail (dot) com with “Clippings Request” in the subject line. This story will be available to view until 29th February 2016.

© Freya Pickard 2016


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