Mis Verses 1 – 3

Posted 15 May, 2017 by dragonscaleclippings
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Here are the first three verses of my Freyan Verse, Mis. How would you go about finishing constructing this form? It was one of the earliest Freyan Verse I wrote, while my soulmate was having a nervous breakdown.
For a full explanation about this poetical form that I have invented, please visit Freyan Verse.
I’ve started making some videos about my writing! Please check them out at YouTube

Mis Verse 1

Posted 8 May, 2017 by dragonscaleclippings
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Here is the first verse of my Freyan Verse, Mis. It’s about the misconnections in a person’s brain when they’re depressed or having a nervous breakdown. How would you build on this first verse to create your own? I will post verses 1 -3 next week to show you how I built this particular poem.
For a full explanation about this poetical form that I have invented, please visit Freyan Verse.
I’ve started making some videos about my writing! Please check them out at YouTube

Something Positive

Posted 2 May, 2017 by dragonscaleclippings
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If you’ve been following my blog for the last few years, you’ll know that in 2014 I was diagnosed with bowel cancer and spent 11 months off work, enduring surgery, including a colostomy and a hysterectomy, as well as chemotherapy before I was able to start the road to recovery.

One of the many things that kept me going during this time, was writing. Not that I could write much immediately after surgery or whilst going through chemo. But writing something about my pain or situation every day, enabled me to embrace the darkest time of my life. These writings developed into my first poetry collection.

Insides takes you not only inside my mind as I come to terms with everything that is happening to me, but it also takes you inside my body as parts are removed and then invaded by the synthetic poisons of chemotherapy.

This is not a dirge. This is a triumphant song to overcoming the darkest fear in the world. If you are currently going through the procedure of cancer; surgery/chemo/check-ups/recovery, you may find this collection inspiring. If you have no experience of cancer at all, this collection may enable you to understand the suffering of others.

This collection has now been reduced to just £1.60 / $2.00 at most online stores. The video about Insides can be found at YouTube.

© Freya Pickard 2017

Parchment Poll May 2017

Posted 1 May, 2017 by dragonscaleclippings
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It’s been rather a long time since I published a Parchment Poll! So, here we are with the first one for 2017!
STAR READ
I first read The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in my early teens, when I borrowed this very large volume from the library. Now, thirty years later I have my own hard back copy and it has been a delight to re-read! As a teenager, I don’t think I really appreciated Holmes’ sarcasm and wit. Conan Doyle’s writing is incredible. I remembered a lot of the tales, others I couldn’t recall at all. My favourites are still The Hound of the Baskervilles and The Valley of Fear. If you’ve only seen the films or series about Sherlock Holmes, you should read this – it is far better than any of the visual productions! Though, I have to say that Jeremy Brett was nearly 100% Holmes and the modern Sherlock series is an excellent modern take on these tales.
I’m afraid I had to give up reading The Golden Bough by Sir James George Frazer. I got about three quarters of the way through it and just stopped reading. It is very interesting but extremely repetitive. In the end, I wasn’t reading anything at all, feeling I had to finish the book. But then, my friend Libby also admitted she’d once started it and never finished it either – I think her comment was “life is too short to read books I’ve lost interest in”. So, I gave up! And started reading some other books instead …
Magic meets a forgotten technology in Fire & Ice by Patty Jansen. Jansen writes in a high fantasy style with plenty of intrigue and sexual tensions to keep the reader fascinated until the end.
Having been told in the past that Ian Fleming’s books were badly written, I picked up Diamonds Are Forever and was hooked by the opening paragraphs. I’m wondering now if the person who put me off the books just didn’t like that particular genre? I actually preferred the book to the film. (The film bears no resemblance to the book whatsoever). It’s gritty, fast-paced and Bond comes across as a real person. I’ll definitely read more!
Cloud Nine And Other Poems by Elaine Patricia Morris is a treasure box of being and observing with a good helping of humour. Morris fluctuates between blank verse and traditional poetry with ease and the images she conveys are beautiful, often rural, but never sentimental. The collection is available direct from the author.
A friend gave me Honour by Elif Shafik. This is not the kind of thing I usually read but the way the book is written held me enthralled. The author shows the double-standards in how men and women are treated in some Islamic societies. She doesn’t provide any remedies, but enables her characters to find some peace within themselves at the end. I did guess the outcome, I have to admit! But it didn’t spoil the story!
Books that left no impression on me …
Midnight in St Petersburg by Vanora Bennett Nothing much really happened even though it was one of the most dramatic times in Russian history!
Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them?
A word of warning – this could be my only Parchment Poll in 2017! I have moved house and am starting up a new enterprise and haven’t got much time to read at all at the moment!
© Freya Pickard 2017
I’ve started making some videos about my writing! Please check them out at YouTube

Taking a break …

Posted 18 April, 2017 by dragonscaleclippings
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Just a quick post to let you all know that I’m taking a break from blogging for a couple of weeks.
As most of you will know, I am moving house and starting up a new enterprise. This, along with all the other posts in April, is a scheduled post because I don’t know how soon I will have access to the internet.
I apologise in advance for my lack of response to likes, follows and comments! I will catch up with them all as soon as I am able. But I think it may be weeks, or even months, before I can start blogging as I normally do.
When my posts resume in May, please be aware that these will also be scheduled posts as I cannot predict how much time I will have for blogging, or even writing for the next few months. So if you leave a comment and it doesn’t appear, don’t panic, it just means I’ve not been able to access the internet or I am overwhelmed still with the amount of things I need to do for my new enterprise.
See you when I see you! Much love Freya xxx
© Freya Pickard 2017
Have you seen the videos I’ve made about my writing! Check them out at YouTube

eyes in space spy a strange world …

Posted 17 April, 2017 by dragonscaleclippings
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A tale of loss and journeys in Space … These were the themes of the poem and short story that were given as my April Rewards for my Patreon supporters.
If you missed out on these rewards, don’t worry! If you pledge your support for me at Patreon before 1st May, you will be able to access the May Rewards.
In May, my supporters will receive a previously unpublished cinquain/haiku sequence about being watched from Space and/or a previously unpublished story about a dragon slayer who stumbles across a very peculiar world …
I am using my short stories and poems as rewards because I want people who support me to get a glimpse into the worlds I have created. For just $1 or more month, you will be able to read an unpublished poem. For just $5 or more a month, you will be able to read an unpublished short story of at least 2,000 words. Other rewards include sneak previews of book covers and launch videos as well free sample chapters of forthcoming books.
See you at Patreon soon!
© Freya Pickard 2017
Have you seen the videos I’ve made about my writing! Check them out at YouTube

It’s Here!

Posted 14 April, 2017 by dragonscaleclippings
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This is my friend Libby’s latest book of poetry! It’s an elfje collection! And she also includes some of her guests’ elfje also – including several of mine!

Simply Elfje

Final cover version ‘Simply Elfje’ final cover.

Good News! My ‘Simply Elfje’ book of the blog is now available to purchase from Amazon. I have tweaked the colour of the cover a little and here is the revised version.

To buy a copy from Amazon UK please click here. It is also available from Amazon.com and in Europe.

There will eventually be an e-book version for Kindle, however I will be away now for a couple of weeks and have run out of time to do the conversion. I will do it on my return and hopefully it will be available in early May – watch this space.

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