ritual to fading …

Since my last “where I’ve been published” post in August, life has changed irrevocably.
Instead of spending my time sending poetry and short stories out to editors who might like to read them and accept them for their magazines and only occasionally pay me for them, I’ve been concentrating on publishing my own work. With one notable exception…

When I discovered I had cancer in 2014, I vowed that if I survived, I would stop wasting time asking other people to publish my work, and get on with it myself! So, here are my published works since August…
The Rusalka Ritual & Other Stories consists of five tales that in some way connect with Dracomagan. The female warrior does not tell any of these tales, instead, the reader can view Dracomagan through different sets of eyes and discover surprising aspects of my heroine’s character.
From a child to a murderer, the narrative voices are varied. Water faeries, Slow Death, male magic and is that Old One Eye lurking in the shadows on the golf course? These tales are quirky, deep and imaginative.

Dragonscale Leggings was released as an e-book in September. Up until that point, readers could only buy the paperback version. The original paperback (blue cover with a potato peeler on it) has now been withdrawn from publication. I am working on releasing a second edition in paperback in 2017, with the brand new cover, of course!
If you like strong, female characters, you will enjoy Dragonscale Leggings. Written in the form of a diary, the narrator, Dracomagan, takes the reader on a ride through a lush and dreamlike Otherworld. Having lost her memories, she has no idea who she is. Discovering her supposed trade (dragon slaying) is illegal for a woman to carry out, she sets out to explore this strange new world and discover who she really is. None of the characters conform to type but if you don’t have a sense of humour, this probably isn’t the book for you!
Although targeted at the “YA Fantasy” market, I have discovered that a range of ages and backgrounds enjoy this novel about Dracomagan. It is definitely an antidote to long series where the last books contain characters who weren’t even born in the first book… Although I have nothing against vampires and werewolves, this tale isn’t about them. It’s about good dragons who refuse to fight, bad dragons who are too lazy to fight and a female dragon slayer who is desperate to prove she is a dragon slayer!

Insides is my first ever poetry collection with a forward by Italian poet, Claudia Messelodi.
Released in mid-October, this collection traces my journey through cancer; from colostomy to open surgery, through chemotherapy and the long, slow road to recovery. Join me in this celebration of life and death.
I use a variety of poetic styles to express my thoughts and feelings as I go through the traumas of 2014 & 2015. Blank verse and Freyan verse alternate with short forms such as haiku, elfje, tanka, lantune and many more. If you’re a cancer sufferer I hope you will find comfort. If you have no experience of cancer, get a glimpse into our world…
And the one exception? My poem, Fading, was published in October in Agnishatdal Kartik. If you like Bengali history, culture and stories, you will enjoy this delightful, unusual magazine which is available at Agnishatdal Ezine
If you love FREEREADS, I now keep a list of all the stories and poetry you can read for free at FREE STUFF!
© Freya Pickard 2016
I’ve started making some videos about my writing! Please check them out at YouTube
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  1. Good for you, my dear! I know what a big decision it is to make when we go indie. So much to consider. Wishing you lots of luck!!


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