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Myth & Legend

2 March, 2019

Future Wars – Part Three

solitary eye

untangles myth and legend

thought and memory

© Freya Pickard 2019

Want to find out what’s happened in parts one and two of Future Wars? Find out in My Mythology and This is Me! Watch the video about My Mythology at YouTube!

Available at Amazon US, Amazon UK, Apple, Nook, Kobo and other online stores.

War Colours painting by Freya Pickard

War Colours painting by Freya Pickard



Rumour …

6 February, 2019

Last year, The Attar of Chervil concluded the tale that began in The Essence of Thyme. Despite the darkness of the story, it more or less ended happily ever after.


Now, a new story begins. This one is set sometime after The Attar of Chervil when Lady Parsley has fallen out of love with Tym and fallen in love with Sir Larfalot.

But my Newsletter doesn’t just contain an episode of a free short story. It also showcases some of my unpublished poetry. This year I’m exploring the terrain of Dartmoor; wild, dangerous yet incredibly beautiful.

And, for those of my readers who enjoy a glimpse into an author’s real life, I’m talking about what life is really like for people who run a small B&B …

Up at 0530 to eat our own breakfast and prepare cooked breakfasts for up to 15 people. Serve breakfast from 0830. Start clearing the Dining Room at 0930 whilst giving guests advice on places to visit that day…


I also feature the artwork of Elisa Ang Choi and Jonathon B. Hoyt on the front covers of the zine.

“I’ve just finished reading the latest issue of Clippings, I enjoyed the last episode of the story so much and in particular the elfje poems which really spoke to me in terms of imagery and colour!” Claudia M

Want to read more? Simply email me at with “Request Clippings” in the subject line and I’ll send you my Newsletter every quarter.

© Freya Pickard 2019

EPod Interview – Bill Engleson

21 January, 2019

Here is the first in my EPod Interview series for 2019! New to my blog and haven’t come across one yet? Check out the back story at Escape Pod Emulations.

OK, who do we have inside this particular meteorite-pocked capsule? The paint’s all chipped and worn away – the person inside must have been in the escape pod for a long while … Ah! Here we go – the door’s open. Hmm, interesting smell – oysters and anchovies? Hello! Who’s this? Welcome back to civilisation, Bill! What items did you take with you?

Cover of LACTH3

  1. Out of the millions of books I might take, my choice would be George Orwell’s first book, Down and Out in Paris and London. In another time, I would have been a wanderer …
  2. A can of anchovies… just in case an anchovie-less pizza floats by.
  3. A case of red wine, any kind, or, if that doesn’t quite fit the formula, at least one bottle.
  4. A cane. I am probably going to need it at some point.
  5. A container of fresh oysters… always loved oysters, raw or cooked.

Bill Engleson is the author of 2 books, one of which, Like a Child to Home, is about Social Work. Bill has a beautifully presented website at and if you want to “meet” the author himself, check out this short video at YouTube.

Bill is a retired social worker living the country life and waiting for the expected power failure that always comes.

Bill Engleson Author Picture

If you’re on Twitter, Bill can be followed at @billmelaterplea and you can discover more about his other book at Silver Bow Publishing!

Want to get some exposure for your book or artwork? Visit Escape Pod Emulations and contact me with the requested information!

© Freya Pickard 2019

Dragonscale Leggings – paperback!

18 November, 2018

Dragonscale Leggings is a dangerous book to read.

Why? Because if you don’t have a sense of humour, hate strong female leads and don’t like fantasy worlds, you’ll be wasting your time reading it.


But, if you love all of the above, you may well find this novel a very enjoyable read! I don’t like writing about stereotypes and in this book I write about “characters that are of the classic fantasy-typical stereotype, (that) are never stereotypical” (E Leaper). I also write a “parody of the fantasy genre … lampooning its conventions and tropes” (Troy).

This is chick-lit in a fantasy world. Think Alice in Wonderland meets Bridget Jones’ Diary. Come and adventure with Dracomagan and her trusty stallion, Tygar, as they travel through the Otherworld, trying to find her memory, evade Merlin and keep on the right side of the law.

This novel is now available once more as a paperback! This is the second edition in paperback and has been tweaked and improved. And of course it now has the updated cover to match the e-book version!

It’s available at Amazon UK & Amazon US and the video about my quirky heroine can be found at YouTube!

© Freya Pickard 2018


1 October, 2018

At last, it’s here!



Ambassador is the second volume in The Kaerling series.

Otta and Erl have had to take refuge with Derri in the city of Aura Vere while winter storms ravage the land. Due to a misunderstanding at the gates, Otta is forced to act as a Kaerling in order to get free board and lodging.

Evading Nagaru’s wish to talk about the Chandar she inadvertently killed, Otta spends her time looking for clues about the Unicorn’s Trail and trying to find out about Derri’s parentage. Erl, meanwhile, finds work with the despised Suryan and regains a measure of confidence, even though his memory is still blank.

pat_unicorn_17But the Kaerlings are aware of Otta’s presence. How long can she remain hidden from them? Why do they think she is deflecting? And why does she resemble the female ambassador so much? Will the twins be able to evade the Kaerlings before it is too late …

Find out in Ambassador, available now at Amazon UK, Amazon US, iBooks, Kobo & Nook.

Not convinced yet? Check out the video about Ambassador at YouTube.

Don’t forget that the first book in The Kaerling series, Silver Fire, is a FREE download …

© Freya Pickard 2018




Giving something back … Pure Haiku

7 September, 2018

Hello once again! How are you all?

 I’m kind of back online, though please bear with me as I start to catch up on everything!


Here is another way that I am giving something back to the writing community.

I originally set up a blog at Pure Haiku so I had somewhere to publish my traditional haiku. In 2010 I was having my haiku rejected from so many places simply because they were traditional and apparently too difficult to write. Really? Well, with just under 6000 followers, I think I’ve made my point!

This blog is now a way of sharing my own and other peoples’ traditional haiku. This is me giving something back to the writing community. I know how difficult it is when you start to write. So I have made Pure Haiku a haven for those who enjoy writing and reading traditional haiku in the English language.

All the haiku published on this site are structured classically with 5-7-5 syllables per line. Please take this into account if you wish to Submit your own haiku and feature as a guest writer. I am aware that my haiku cannot be truly classical because I do not write in the old style of Japanese. Yet, this is how I was taught to write them many years ago and I find haiku such as these very pleasing to read.

Three times a year I feature haiku by one guest writer. This is by invitation only. The best way to receive an invitation is to submit 4-5 haiku on the current theme whenever Pure Haiku is OPEN to submissions.

Pure Haiku is OPEN right now to submissions!

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

Open to Submissions !

9 October, 2017

If you enjoy writing haiku, why not submit your Monster themed haiku to my other blog?!


Pure Haiku is currently OPEN to Submissions.


But this time, you are not allowed to use the words Monster or Monstrous in your haiku/senyru (and you cannot use these words in the title, if you choose to provide titles for your submissions). I want to receive haiku/senyru that are implicit in their mentions of Monster.

There so many different slants on this theme. Please explore them all and surprise me!

The DEADLINE for submissions is 20th October 2017 at midnight.

MONSTER themed haiku written in the traditional/classical form (5-7-5 syllables) will be posted on this site in November & December 2017.

Please explore any meaning of MONSTER – I will accept both haiku and senyru.

How to submit to Purehaiku

If you would like to submit your haiku for publication on this site, please send a maximum of 5 haiku written in the classical…

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