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Clippings – Spring 2022

20 March, 2022

Mega thanks to Gwen Plano for publishing such a beautiful review of my poetry collection, Insides. Check it out HERE! If you haven’t got a Bookbub account, you can read the review below…

Thank you to Spillwords for publishing my poem, I, Vampire back in December 2021!

Thank you to Tigershark for publishing two of my poems in #30 in December last year as well! (It’s a FREE download!)

Thank you also to Luna for publishing my two of my poems so far this year! Check out Spite and Permission!

And thank you too to David ben Alexander at The Skeptic’s Kaddish for his wonderful collaborative poetry using words from my poem, Black Dust…

And a huge thank you to everyone who bought my latest book, Fair Wind, when it was launched in January. If you haven’t yet got your copy, it’s available on Kindle, Apple, Nook, Kobo and other online sites. Find out all about it HERE and watch the book trailer on YouTube. (If you like the book trailer, please share!) And, I’d love to know what you guys think of my latest volume in The Kaerling series…

Just reminder that I’m taking part in a Fantasy E-Book Giveaway at World of Fantasy. My book, Olin Heon, is one of the 37 books you can download for FREE up until 31st March – don’t delay, grab it (and other novels) today! Follow @BookCaveDirect for more free deals on Twitter!

Over at Pure Haiku my guests and I have been exploring the theme of Ghostlight, inspired by the amazing fractal by Troi David Loy. You can read all the haiku for this theme starting HERE.

And over on Patreon, my supporters have been treated to three new stories about Dracomagan of Dragonscale Leggings. They’ve also received 3 unique postcards painted and designed by me with my very own Iendu Kimol verses on them! And they’ve been able to listen to the music for my playlist for volume 9 of The Kaerling as well as understanding WHY I chose the music for it. And, today, they have received a character study on Lored, the Taku-kevir who plays such a central role in The Kaerling series… Sign up today to get goodies like these and more!

Don’t forget that my poetry collection, Insides, is still just 99c until 31st March! Watch the book trailer HERE and download your copy at Kindle and other online stores! “I’ve always liked Freya’s poetry, but due to the subject content, this work really resonated with me because my wife was diagnosed with cancer around about the same time. It was a different form of cancer, however, the emotional distress is the same. It was a really tough year for us both, and this work brings to life the thoughts, the emotions, and the reality that such a traumatic experience can have in one’s life.” Kevin Cooper

I’m taking a few weeks break from blogging, but will be back online in early May! Thank you for reading my posts and I look forward to catching up with you all again soon!

November Catch Up

18 November, 2021

A mega thank you to Editor Susi Bocks for nominating my poem, Sailing, for The Pushcart Prize! Wow! I am overwhelmed! You can read my poem and find out about Pushcart by clicking on the links.

A huge thank you to Swords & Sorcery Magazine for publishing my short story, Bladesong. If you’re into The Kaerling series, this tale will give you an insight into the dark world of the First Age of Nirunen and of the horrors the ancient heroes had to face.

And a big thank you to Cold Moon Journal for publishing my haiku about the ocean recently!

Thank you also to Spillwords for publishing my poem, Bite Me, recently. This is a vampire poem with a difference; can you tell which one is the victim and which is the predator?

And thank you too to Luna for publishing my poem, Mist, back in September. This poem portrays a scene from my latest book, Uneasy Allies.

Have you bought your copy of Uneasy Allies yet? It’s the latest volume in The Kaerling series. If you have already read it and enjoyed it, I would love it if you could leave a one line comment about why you liked it at the store you purchased it from!

Pure Haiku closed to submissions on 31st October on the theme of Ghostlight. I’m in the process of selecting the haiku to be published at Pure Haiku between 1st January and 31st March 2022.

My Patreon supporters have been reading my tales about Kirri and Ebkah, two heroes from the First Age of Nirunen, and they’ve also been receiving my unique poetry postcards every month, painted and written by me! If you’d like to get more of a glimpse into the mysterious world of Nirunen as well as helping me promote my books, please consider donating on my Patreon profile!

My Newsletter readers have received three character studies this year as well as poetry and a story. The third and final part of my serialised story, Resurrection, will be available in December.

I’ll be making some changes to my Newsletter and this blog in 2022 so watch this space and I’ll explain more in January next year!

That’s all for now, as I’ve been busy writing volumes 10 – 12 of The Kaerling recently – 89,000 words in October. Who needs Nanowrimo?!!!

I’ll be back next week with my final post of the year and a new book cover reveal. See you then!

The Attar of Chervil: Episode One

19 March, 2018

Dracomagan was nowhere to be seen. Parsley and Sorrel waited for her, whilst Sir Peagreen stood guard. Eyes glowed in the dark greenness and a chill wind rattled dead leaves.
“I think it’s werewolves and vampires…” Parsley moaned.
“… and horrible beasties!” Dracomagan appeared in the gloom, leggings gleaming. She grinned.
“Can’t see there’s anything to smile about,” grumbled Parsley. “Is there another way round?”
“No. One path leads to a blind canyon with no way over it and the other way just dumps you in that raging river we crossed yesterday. So, the quickest way to Nimue, is through that.”
Dracomagan pointed at the green gloaming and led the way forwards …

This is the beginning of my FREE short story, The Attar of Chervil. The tale began in The Essence of Thyme and continued in The Oil of Sage but each story stands alone. If you’d like to read a FREE short story every year and sample some of my FREE short form poetry as well as getting a glimpse into my real life, simply sign up for my Newsletter at dragonscaleclippings@gmail.com and put “Request Clippings” in the subject line! (Your email will not be sold or passed onto anyone else and I will only ever use it to send you the link to my Newsletter).
A huge thank you to one of my collaborative partners, Elisa Choi, for her beautiful front cover for this issue of my Newsletter. For more of Elisa’s work, please visit her website at Harmony Thoughts
To navigate around this blog, simply click on the dragonscales at the top of the page and scroll down to see the options on the right handside.
© Freya Pickard 2018
I’ve started making some videos about my writing! Please check them out at YouTube.

Freya’s Newsletter

20 March, 2017

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.

The Oil of Sage: Episode 4

12 December, 2016

Stiffly, he rose to his feet and straightened his back. Hobbling to the door he bolted it fast and then turned and extinguished all but one of the candles. He lifted a smooth, unadorned silver bowl from a shelf and set it on a low table near the embers of the fire. Beside the door stood a silver jug with water that his servant had collected last full moon from the hill streams nearby.
Carefully, the old man poured the water into the bowl, not spilling a drop. Setting the jug on the floor he waited for the water in the bowl to become still, feeling the ache in legs and back. He waited, feeling the minutes pass towards midnight. Eventually he stooped and breathed once on the water’s surface.
Mist swirled in the clear depths, parting to reveal rocky crags and moss-covered trees. Merlin stared silently, watching the visions as they unfolded to reveal a twisted, grey peak of stone. He shivered as he waved a hand over the bowl and the pictures vanished…
What has Merlin seen in the scrying bowl? What will Dracomagan and her friends do next in order to rescue Parsley’s lover?
The final episode of The Oil of Sage is now available to read – for FREE! Find out how to get your free copy of it (and the previous episodes) at Current Story.
Current subscribers to Freya’s Newsletter have already been sent the link to the newest episode. If you have not yet received it, please contact Freya on the email address mentioned on the Current Story Page, requesting it.
© Freya Pickard 2016
I’ve started making some videos about my writing! Please check them out at YouTube.