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Digital Detox…

30 June, 2016
Just a quick note to let you all know that I’m going to have a digital detox for a couple of weeks…
It won’t be a 100% detox as I will be posting rewards at Patreon and closing Pure Haiku to submissions. But I won’t be around to respond to Likes, Comments & Follows.
I have scheduled some posts to appear as usual and will start responding to emails etc on or after 18th July 2016. See you all again then!
One of my Freyan Verses, Turbulence, appears in the current issue of Gold Dust! It’s on page 47 and it’s the first time an editor has been adventurous enough to accept and print a Freyan Verse! Another poem, Yellow Dust, appears on page 37. Take a look for free at Issue 29
Spillwords have also recently published two of my haiku at Hollowed Landscape and This Long Killer Jaw. Three more are due to appear in July…
© Freya Pickard 2016
I’ve started making some videos about my writing! Please check them out at The Essence of Thyme and Patreon

Thank you to all my readers…

24 December, 2011

Thank you for reading Dragonscale Clippings. I have enjoyed your feedback and encouragement this year. 

If you have recently contacted me, please don’t be offended if I don’t respond until the new year. I am slowly winding down for Christmas. I plan to take a complete break from all things technological in order to detoxify my brain!

Clippings will be back in the New Year so if you would like immediate updates whenever I post, (maximum 3 times a week) please follow me and enter your email address in the box on the right.

Before I disappear into hibernation mode to watch The Lord of the Rings, I would like to point you in the direction of Fiona Robyn’s new novel. You can find Woodsmoke Press here and read all about her book The Most Beautiful Thing

Wishing you all a very happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year. 


Moment – 14

16 December, 2011

Waking up in the gloaming and realising we’re on holiday for ten days. No work, no writing, no regular routine. Thrill of excitement, drifting back to sleep, feeling relaxed…

Virtual Fruit Cake

28 September, 2011

That’s not implying I am one…

I’d like to share some virtual fruit cake with you. I made a large fruit cake for the week my partner and I took off recently. We didn’t go away. We made furniture for the office, bought things we needed and I also did a lot of gardening. 

We were both tired. We needed to do something crative which tied in with practical things that needed to be done around the house. We ate small slices of my fruit cake for tea in the afternoons, drinking herbal tea with it; chamomile, blackcurrant or fennel. We listened to more music. We hardly watched any TV. Instead we re-watched the original Star Wars films in the evenings. 

The fruit cake was succulent and firm but it wasn’t heavy at all. There were great chunks of dried fruit in it; fig, date, apricot, pear, apple. The texture was firm yet yielding. The taste was fruity-sweet, not too sweet. It was a treat. It gave us energy when we’d been working hard  physically all day. 

During the week I didn’t write any haiku and only a few stones. I stopped thinking about trying to make money out of my writing. I stopped trying to decide what to write next; should I re-write my romace, should I write my planned novel about depression, should I work on my fantasy series or write the final futuristic tale, or should I write more poems and short stories to sell to magazines? 

I rested my mind. I enjoyed gardening. I made tomato soup from my homegrown tomatoes. I read three books; “Pay Attention – A River of Stones”, ” A Year of Questions” by Fiona Robyn and “Soulforge” by Margaret Weis. I stopped feeling tired. I stopped worrying. I enjoyed being.

Now I’m back in routine and I know where I’m going. I’m working on short stories because they’re alive to me at the moment. And in November I’m going to participate in Nanowrimo for the first time ever in order to start my novel about living with depression. 

I love being focused!

Out of Touch

22 June, 2011
I’m exhausted! Recently life has been too busy, too stressful and just too much. So I’m taking a few weeks break from everything. I won’t be around on the internet much until mid-late July as I really need a break from my pc screen and have some serious reading to catch up on. (Too much work and not enough rest….) The only internet contact I will be having is on my blog on a daily basis as I’m participating in A River of Stones project in July. So if you need to contact me urgently, leave a comment on my most recent posting, and, time and place permitting I’ll be in touch.
Despite life being manic and crazy, I have at last managed to launch my very own newsletter – let me know if you’d like to receive further issues.  Any comments are more than welcome.
I had a short story published recently too – you can read it  here – scroll down to page 3 but feel free to look at the rest of the stuff there!
And, finally, if you feel in need of some light holiday reading, why not try this book ?
Take care and have a lovely Summer – let’s hope the sun shines soon!
Keep being creative!


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