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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.
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How I choose covers for my magazine …

29 January, 2018

Choosing the front cover for my quarterly Newsletter, I believe, is as important as choosing the right cover for one of my books. So, how do I do it?
With four covers to commission a year, I have to be very organised about it. Usually, I will plan the four episodes of the short story I’m writing, and know roughly what will appear in each issue. Then, I work out how to make an intriguing cover that reflects the content.
I commission paintings from Elisa Choi Ang and photographs from Jonathon B. Hoyt. I have worked with both of them for several years now and feel they both understand the way my creativity works. What I love about working with two different artists in two different formats, is that something that may not work in photography, works in painting and vice versa.

I generally offer two pictures to Elisa and two to JBH each year and try and ask them 2-3 months in advance of when I need the image. They both often have lots of questions which helps me clarify what I really want on the front page.
In 2014 & 2015 I asked both artists to incorporate elfje into their pictures written either by myself or my friends. In 2016 I gave both artists short extracts from the text that would be appearing in the issue they were working on and asked them to incorporate the words they felt inspired by into the finished product.
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© Freya Pickard 2018

My Newsletter !

27 November, 2017

This year I have been unable to send out my usual quarterly Newsletter due to moving house and setting up a new business!
But I am now preparing my Newsletter for March 2018! The story that began in The Essence of Thyme and continued in The Oil of Sage, will conclude in The Attar of Chervil! I also share with my readers new poems as well as telling them something about my real life in a short editorial.
If you are already a subscriber to my Newsletter you should have received an email from me a couple of weeks ago, asking if you still wanted to receive it. If you’ve not seen the email yet, please check your Junk and Spam folders. If you do wish to continue to receive my creativity 4 times a year, please make sure you get back to me BEFORE 31st January 2018 to stay on my mailing list!

If you aren’t yet a subscriber and would like to give my Newsletter a try, please send me an email at dragonscaleclippings@gmail.com with “Request Clippings” in the subject line! Your email will never be sold or passed on to anyone else.
© Freya Pickard 2017
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.

Domestic Observations …

25 October, 2016

Lantune 3 – that struck me deeply and I found it most haunting. As for Merlin becoming intrigued – he’s not the only one! It is now a case of watch this space! S Evans
Congratulations on publication of your short story e-book “Rusalka Ritual.” Fine job with video. I had no problem with hearing it, just had to turn up the speakers a little. Loved the newsletter. Nice break for me to read it. Enjoyed all content. Great idea to shift focus on your blog. Exciting about upcoming interviews. You’re inspiring. Keep up your energetic writing and publishing. Wishing you the best always. P Spork
Your domestic observations are absolutely lovely! They are alive and tangible and audible and visual and aural. Just what poetry should be. As for Dracomagan – it goes without saying that I love her and everything she does. L Turner

These are recent comments made by readers of my newsletter which contains the serialisation of my short story The Oil of Sage. To find out more about this #freeread that is available to everyone, please visit Current Story. I look forward to hearing from you!
I’ve started making some videos about my writing! Please check them out at YouTube

Sensory Environment

4 April, 2016
Thanks so much for sending your newsletter. Nice design filled with short poems. Love it! I see the “hound” is keeping you inspired. In “The Oil of Sage,” I was brought into the sensory environment of the setting right off with the first line. Ummm, apple wood scents. Calming, indeed, with the sage oil fragrance. I relaxed with Merlin in his fragrant abode, only to have that “wild-haired” woman intrude and break serenity. She fouled my tranquility. That ‘ol biddy. LOL! I stated “‘ol biddy”, since not knowing anything about all characters at the start of the read. Fantastic writing, and enjoyable read. :0) You are a talented writer and I thank you for sharing your talent with me. Greatly appreciated! P Spork
The only word I have, Freya, rings of cliche, but as one of my characters says: Cliches are cliches because they’re true. The story’s enchanting, truly. The sensory details are effective but work subliminally until a second reading. Further, I admire the newsletter. If I ever get anyone who’s not a ghost crawler to sign up on my site, I plan something similar. It’s effective and reaches people who want to read what you write. I liked the poetry on the side, too. Big up K Maher
The first episode of The Oil of Sage is available now to read online! The story is a free read for my followers who subscribe to my quarterly Newsletter.
If you would like to read the first episode (episodes 2-4 will follow throughout 2016), just send me an email at dragonscaleclippings (at) gmail (dot) com with “Clippings Request” in the subject line.
To find out more please visit FREE STUFF!. I look forward to hearing from you!
© Freya Pickard 2016