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Escape Pod Emulation for Isabel Caves

4 June, 2018

Welcome once more to my Escape Pod Interview series. If you’re not familiar with this kind of post, please read the back story at Escape Pod Emulation!
Whose in the Escape Pod today? Well, hello there! It’s Isabel Caves!
I’m going to be the one to save my people – my 5 items will allow me to uncover the weaknesses of the strange beings who have attacked us, and devise a plan to restore peace and justice.
My Complete Guide to Alien Species – I’m going to spend every second of my escape researching the strange beings who have attacked us. They must have a weakness. I bet I’ll find it in here.
My ice cloud gun – in case any of them snuck on board. They can toggle between solid, liquid and gaseous phases. In their gaseous form they can spread thin enough to be invisible. A cloud of ice should knock them back down to a more visible state.

An electronic journal – I’ll put all my research notes in here. If anything happens to me someone else can pick up where I left off.
A charger – to make sure the journal doesn’t run out of power.
And a stress ball – because boy, am I going to need it.

Isabel Caves loves fantasy and all things magic, as well as ghost stories and sci fi. She publishes literary pieces too and her mind is always cooking up new stories …

Discover Isabel’s book, Strange Beings, at: –
Smashwords
Barnes & Noble
Kobo
It’s a permafree ebook containing 23 flash fiction tales of mages, witches, demons, faeries, ghosts, and those beings for which we have no name …

You can follow Isabel at: –
Isabel Caves
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© Freya Pickard 2018
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Escape Pod Emulation – Kae Cheatham

3 May, 2018
Welcome to my Escape Pod Interview series. If you’re not familiar with this kind of post, please read the back story at Escape Pod Emulation!

So, let’s open the Escape Pod door and find who’s managed to escape today… Why, hello there! It’s Kae Cheatham! Could you turn the music down please, I can’t hear what you’re saying … What 5 items did you take with you?
Attack! Evacuation! I’m limited on what I can take. It’s easy! First, I would grab the large photo cube of my children—reviewing their progression from tiny tots to happily married adults always makes me smile.

I would take my personal computer that has not only text programs, but software for several art programs and the files of my finished products—written, photographic and digital design; I couldn’t leave those behind.
The little stuffed lion would have to come along so I could stroke its plush back and ruffle its fuzzy mane for stress relief.
The e-pod computer provides news, films, and documentary archives…BUT NO MUSIC; I must have music—from string ensembles to bluegrass, to Latin jazz…I must have music; so I’d definitely take my private, portable music collection.
Nutrition bars sound just awful, but I’d take a container with my salsas and many hot sauces; I can tolerate any food with those condiments. Let’s go!

Kae Cheatham is an Author, Speaker, Photographer and Book Doctor!

Kae is the author of a number of books including “Daughter of The Stone”. It’s a different world in foreign space, and Dwinn Somuron is determined to escape her feudal, chauvinistic society and prove that her family legend about “the stone” is true …

Please follow Kae at: –
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Fine Art America
© Freya Pickard 2018

Giving something back … EPods!

17 April, 2018
This is one of the ways I am giving something back to the writing community. Once a month between October and June, I am posting an EPod Interview for a writer or artist or musician.

Up until February 2018 the EPods were by invitation only. Now, however, I am opening the doors to any writers and artists who would like to be considered for an Interview.
If you would like me to consider you for an EPod Interview, please send an email to freya.pickard@gmail.com with EPod Request in the subject line. In the body of the email please list the following: –
First Name
Surname
Email Address
Website or Blog Address
Purchase link to your book / artwork
One sentence telling me why you would make an interesting interviewee!
I am happy to host a wide range of genres, I am, however, unlikely to host books/artwork that are classed as horror, violent, religious or extremist in any way.
For more information please visit Escape Pod Emulations
And here’s a brief film about the background to my idea at YouTube
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© Freya Pickard 2018

Escape Pod – D Avery

9 April, 2018

Welcome once more to my Escape Pod Interview series. If you’re not familiar with this kind of post, please read the back story at Escape Pod Emulation!
I’m just opening the door to the Escape Pod to find … Well, I never! It’s D Avery! What do you mean, you don’t want to be rescued?!
As I hurry to the escape pod, the first thing that I grab is my MacBook, because that’s how I like to write and now I will have uninterrupted time to play with words and work on story ideas. Even with being unable, for security purposes, to go on the internet, I will likely get distracted but maybe will finally figure out how to organize and edit photos. I’ll have time, and, fortunately in this futuristic setting I do not have to worry about the battery running down.
I still have my teddy bear from childhood and while he now only gets picked up for vacuuming purposes, i.e., rarely, he will be coming along for all the reasons he used to get brought places decades ago. His wise presence and listening skills will be a comfort in the far reaches of both outer and inner space.
I will want some simple toy to play with. Pipe cleaners will do the job as I will be able to create many things and can indulge any artistic bent with them, though I’ll probably just put eyeglasses and a Fu Manchu mustache on Teddy.

I should also like to bring a jar of something fragrant, maybe spring soil, or sweet pepperbush flowers, or freshly mown hay. But maybe smell-a-vision will have been perfected and I’ll have some favorite scents stored in my computer, making the jar unnecessary. Which means now I can bring two books.
And no, I still don’t have books to read in the computer, I will be bringing two real ones. The problem is which books? This dilemma could cause a delay with the evacuation, endangering myself and the rest of the crew. So, I’ll just grab whatever is near to hand, which at present is The Gift, Poems by Hafiz, translated by Daniel Ladinsky, and The Congress of Rough Writers Flash Fiction Anthology 1, edited by Charli Mills and Sarah Brentyn. These will both be able to be read again and again and be new each time, so, while selections of convenience and desperation, I will realize, as so often happens, that I have the right books at the right time.
In fact I will find myself so well stocked, so content cloistered in my e-pod, I’ll be reluctant to open the door when the Interplanetary Space Guild finally comes to my rescue. I’ll do so only to escape the sci-fi setting and to share the reading and writing and pipe cleaner sculptures from my time in the pod.

D Avery tells me: “I live on an island off the coast of Massachusetts with a husband and a cat. A teacher of middle school mathematics, I also enjoy kayaking, yard-saleing and reading. Sometimes I write and sometimes people read what I’ve written.” “Chicken Shift” is session poetry, philosophy-lite that will quench your curiosity concerning chickens that cross roads. Check out ALL of D Avery’s books, including Chicken Shift at “Lulu” and “Amazon”.

Please follow D Avery at: –
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© Freya Pickard 2018

EPod Interview with Richard Ankers

12 February, 2018

Welcome back to my Escape Pod Interview series. If you’re not familiar with this kind of post, please read the back story at Escape Pod Emulation!
So, let’s open the Escape Pod door and find who’s managed to escape today… Hello there! It’s Richard Ankers! What 5 items have you brought with you?
The first and only thing I would need would be a tennis ball. I could quite happily sit and bounce it off the Escape Pod’s frame for hundreds of hours. My next four items are therefore luxuries.
A copy of The Dancers at the End of Time by Michael Moorcock.

A copy of A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams.
A pen.
A notebook.

Richard Ankers says of himself, “When I realised I could no longer be happy unless writing, I resigned from my job to do so. I gave up all that I was to become everything that I could be. Regardless of success, I will never have made a better decision in my life. I’d rather be a happy pauper than a wealthy zombie.”

Richard is the author of The Eternals series which can be found at
“The Eternals”
“Hunter Hunted”
“Into Eternity”
What is this series about? “For Jean, eternity should’ve meant forever.”
© Freya Pickard 2018

Escape Pod Emulation – Julie Palmer

11 December, 2017

Here is the final Escape Pod Interview for 2017! Find out more about the back story at Escape Pod Emulation! This month I’m welcoming Julie Palmer into her very own EPod! Read on to find out what Julie would take with her …
The first item I would take with me would be my Bible so that I could connect with others through Christ.
I would also take a Paper journal with me, to hold my thoughts together.
My Paintbox – a must! So many endless possibilities with watercolour!
Definitely a Cushion, for a hug!
And my last item would be a Mirror, so I could talk to myself for company!

Julie Palmer produces and performs in Prayerscapes, which is a musical landscape of scripture, poetry and song set within stunning orchestration. Listen to refresh your soul, to bind old wounds, and to connect with the eternal!
Find out more about Julie’s artistic and music skills in the latest Prayerscapes album, Dwell
And don’t forget to check out my review of Dwell!
© Freya Pickard 2017

Escape Pod Emulation – Claudia Messelodi

13 November, 2017

I am pleased to welcome Claudia Messelodi, a poet from Italy to her EPod this month! What does a poet take with her when the Mothership is under attack? Find out more about the back story at Escape Pod Emulation! Now I’m handing over to Claudia to let her tell you what she would take with her …
If I was in a spaceship that came under attack, I would take to my escape pod the following items: –
A pocket notebook and a pencil that I would use to jot down thoughts, insights, emotions as well as experiences I would surely have in space.
A book of poetry and a historical novel that would certainly bear me good company, in order to nourish my mind and soul, to get new and endless sources of inspiration, to keep my imagination alive, to live parallel stories and explore different dimensions.

The woollen pullover my mother handknitted for me when I was still a teenager, which would provide the necessary warmth and make me feel cuddled and less lonely.
The silver necklace with the names of my children on it, which I was gifted with on Mother’s Day. It would make me feel near them despite being so far away; moreover it would give me hope to see them soon and make me stronger and more confident whenever I might feel somewhat melancholic.
A clip on book reading light as an emergency tool in case a blackout occurs at night while I am getting so hooked by the book I am curling up with that I feel I definitely cannot give it up.
Read more of Claudia’s work at her delightful blog A Stream of Small Stones
You can also follow her on Facebook and Google+.
You can buy Claudia’s poetry collections by emailing her at claudia.messelodi@gmail.com.
Claudia Messelodi has written six poetry collections so far. Blue Moon is the one she is most fond of. It was released in 2016 and contains both free verse poems and short form poetry such as haiku, tanka and elfje. Blue Moon is a poetic palette fraught with chromatic atmospheres and imagery conveyed through fluid and harmonious words. An enchanting blanket of inks.
© Freya Pickard 2017

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