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Unravel Tangle

4 July, 2016

Unravel Tangle

Here, at last, is another Freyan Verse. Click on the link to find out how to read this poem both vertically and horizontally. You can write your own, if you wish! This Freyan Verse hints at my short story, The Oil of Sage, which I’m publishing in 4 episodes as a free read in my Newsletter.
I’ve started making some videos about my writing! Please check them out at The Essence of Thyme and Patreon

Wednesday Words – Parchment Poll April 2016

20 April, 2016
Here I am again with the first Parchment Poll of 2016…
Scifaikuest November 2015 Exciting, chilling and entertaining. If you don’t yet subscribe to it, try it! (And one of my haiku appears on page 7…!)
Brilliant books – will re-read
The Little Book of Yorkshire Customs & Folklore A funny little book of quaint tales and lore. It will be useful for basing stories/poems on when I have no inspiration myself…
Wordplay by Gyles Brandreth Brilliantly written. Fascinating discussions. I learnt so much about my mother tongue. This is going on the shelf beside the dictionary and thesaurus.
Dial 174 #105 A beautiful spring and Easter read. A plethora of poetry and some interesting stories and anecdotes. The 2 poems that really spoke to me were Easter Sunday by L Grinter and Words by A Coleman for their use of language, rhythm and flow. Oh, and 2 of my poems, The King Must Die and Nymph Song appear in it!
The Servant Queen by M Green & C Butcher I was really fortunate to be given this booklet as a present. It is heart-warming and inspiring insight into our monarch. She truly is a servant to our nation.
The Thirteen Gun Salute by P O’Brian Another swash-buckling tale of Aubery & Maturin. I love the way the author tells his tale – he breaks all the creative writing rules! But he leaves the reader on such a cliff-hanger…
Interesting but probably won’t re-read
Dragonrider by Cornelia Funke Good pace to this story but I found the characters a little flat. Odd blend of folklore too that for me, didn’t quite gel.
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke Very difficult to get into. I liked the ideas but it was hard-going…Inkspell by Cornelia Funke Maybe slightly easier to read – perhaps I am getting used to her style. It’s not easy though. The ideas are brilliant but the language is clumsy. Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke Again it was a struggle to read this book. The author’s ideas are really brilliant but the story is such a slog to get through…
Mslexia 69 I like the new style and layout. The articles are worth reading. But oh dear! The stories and poems are just awful…
Current Read
The Nutmeg of Consolation by Patrick O’Brian
Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them?
© Freya Pickard 2016

The Kaerling Book One

20 January, 2016
The first thing Otta could remember seeing was firelight. At the time she was too young to know it was fire. All she understood was that heat danced between darkness and scarlet. Later, when she was a little older and could walk outside, she discovered a golden source of heat high in the blue sky above her head. Her mother, Luella, called it the sun. In the kitchen she would watch her mother create a spark from two stones to light the hearth fire that cooked their food. And when Otta was about five years old she discovered how to make fire herself.
Her mother was heavily pregnant and very ill. One morning Luella was so unwell she could not descend the wooden stairs that connected the sleeping lofts to the large, flagstone kitchen. Alvar had shouted at Otta to keep her twin brother Erl out of the way and the two children sat in the cold, dark room. When Erl was shivering, Otta peered at the ash-filled hearth remembering how her mother kindled red fire every morning without fail. Otta raked out the white ash, concentrating on the task, blocking out the dreadful cries above. Erl fetched kindling for her and Otta carefully built a small wigwam of sticks. With Erl’s help she found the firestones on the shelf beside the hearth and struck them together. A small, pale flame blossomed and she held it to the thin sticks of wood. The flame sinuously twisted around the dry kindling, emitting a crackling sound. The stick erupted into flame, generating fierce heat.
I’m looking for feedback on these opening paragraphs… Do you want to read more? If you were to buy the book, what format would you purchase? What do you think happens in the story?
© Freya Pickard 2016

Isu Magan Book One

13 January, 2016
We have been brought up on myths and legends. But, what is myth? What is legend? The wars and loves of the gods were fed to us with our mother’s milk. Everything around us could be explained by the acts of the gods and the whims of goddesses. But how do legends start? How does a myth begin?
Our traditional narratives tell how the world began, though we are but relative newcomers in this land. Our legends are remarkable and the feats in them impossible for the lesser men of our day. But now our myths have been explained away and our legends have lost their enchantment. The Counsellor has decreed that all “stories” are to be set aside and only remembered on our Feast Days as a special entertainment.
No more must we think of Sonen’s blessing, unless it be on Thaw Day. No more must we remember Deyja’s curse turning peaceful death into a dark nightmare. We must think of our old tales as imaginary, explaining natural and social phenomena. The Counsellor mocks our fictitious songs, calling them “widely held but false notions”.
Why do we hear no outcry? Because the gods have forsaken us. We cannot trust them any more, not after what they have done…
I’m looking for feedback on these opening paragraphs… Do you want to read more? If you were to buy the book, what format would you purchase? What do you think happens in the story?
© Freya Pickard 2016

Wednesday Words – The Essence of Thyme…

6 January, 2016
Do you subscribe to my Newsletter? It’s free! In each quarterly installment you can read an episode of a short story, dip in to some clippings from this blog as well as reading some unpublished poetry. And at the end, I ponder something deep and meaningful… It’s only 6 pages and doesn’t take long to read. What are you waiting for?
In last month’s issue you will be able to read episode 5 of my short story, “The Essence of Thyme”. So far, Dracomagan and her friend Parsley have managed to enter an enchanted forest, discovered a castle full of people frozen like statues, experienced a strange green mist that makes Parsley think of dreamy summertimes and discovered an enchanted prince without many clothes on… How will it all end?
To you give a taster if you haven’t read the previous episodes, of “The Essence of Thyme”, here is the link to the first episode that was published in December 2013. The Essence of Thyme #1 Be warned, though! The Essence of Thyme episodes will only be available to read and download until 28th February 2016.
If you already subscribe, I look forward to your feedback. If you’ve not yet joined me, why not email me now at dragonscaleclippings (at) gmail (dot) com with “Clippings Request” in the subject line.
More information about recent issues can be found at Newsletter. There you can read comments from my readers on previous episodes and issues.
© Freya Pickard 2016

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