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Escape Pod Emulation for Sam Eastwood

13 March, 2017

Today I’m extending a warm welcome to poet Sam Eastwood. He’s here as part of my Escape Pod Emulation series!
What I love doing about these interviews with a difference, is reading about the 5 items each person would take with them. Each interviewee so far has taken items so personal to them that no one else has duplicated anything – yet! I’m handing over to Sam now, so he can tell you what he would take.
My writing pad, with which I can continue my poems and stories.
A framed picture of the woman I love.
A picture of my Siamese chocolate point, who is waiting for me on my return.
The small statue of Buddha, which has a chime to remind me to be ‘present’.
And the old worn copy of ‘The heart of the Buddha’s teaching’ by Thich Nhat Hanh.

Sam Eastwood has recently had a poetry collection published and has several other projects nearing fruition.
Come back tomorrow to read my review of Sharing Love.
How did Sam start writing poetry? It all began when he started writing a SciFi book “The Paradox of the White Tiger” which included love poems. These poems soon overtook the writing of the book when he fell in love with himself, and became his own muse! “The Paradox of the White Tiger” is currently being edited and will hopefully be published this year. Sam also has a short story “The Tide” which he plans to release very shortly.
You can connect to Sam at: –
LinkedIn
Facebook
And if you’re wondering what on earth an Escape Pod Interview is all about, please read Escape Pod Emulation.
© Freya Pickard 2017

How I choose covers for my Novels …

20 February, 2017

Have you ever wondered how indie and self-published authors go about choosing a cover design for their book?
Well, until I started publishing myself, I didn’t really give it much of a thought! I looked at the current designs in my genre – fantasy – and decided to do something different. The main reason was because I wanted to be known as a Speculative Fiction Author, rather than either a Fantasy or Science Fiction Writer. The term Speculative, encompasses both …
I think the most difficult cover to design was Dragonscale Leggings. The first version of the paperback had a pale blue background with a picture of an upside down potato peeler on it. It was VERY pertinent to the storyline but not very sellable. At the time (2008) I had no idea that you used pastels for romance novels. And Dragonscale Leggings is definitely NOT a romance!
So, coming up with a new, relevant idea was difficult. Whilst watching Glastonbury 2016 and seeing Muse perform, I was inspired by their brightly lit backgrounds making the band members into silhouettes. That’s what I want for my cover, I told Jonathon B. Hoyt. JBH, however, had some additional ideas, which I hadn’t thought of. I didn’t trust anyone else to get Dracomagan’s strong pose right, so JBH photographed me in various poses until we came up with the one that graces the existing front cover. JBH then worked his technological magic, incorporated his ideas, and wow! That looked different from anything else I’d seen!
I now feel that Dragonscale Leggings is more precisely placed in the YA / Fantasy market. What do you think? (And yes, a new paperback version is due for release sometime this year …)

Inspiration for Vintrig’s Kingdom came from Kombmaker’s portfolio. As soon as I saw the sketch, I thought of Vintrig’s Kingdom; the pale landscape, the high castle, the bleakness in the very air …
But, as I discovered, when I produced my impromptu Poster for the run up to the launch, the sketch was VERY light. I managed to “sharpen” it in Pixelmator, but, alas, have no idea how I did it, and have not been able to replicate it since!
JBH once more saved the day however. I was very clear on how I wanted the cover to look. It had to be pristine white to reflect both the eternal snow as well as Isu Magan’s virginity. The words were to be in jet black to reflect the monotone scene Isu saw every day. But I also wanted a thread of red entering the cover, to give a hint of the colour that Sama Conn brings to the Castle, as well as predicting the dire events of Book Two (yet to be published).
With all my covers, I like to produce something different. I don’t want them to look the same as all the other books, even within the genre. I remember as a teenager going for the books that looked different from the others; and that’s what I’ve been trying to achieve.
Do you think I’ve succeeded? Which of these books would you buy?
© Freya Pickard 2017

Escape Pod Emulation for M. Sakran

6 February, 2017

Today I’m extending a warm welcome to the poet M. Sakran. He’s here as part of my Escape Pod Emulation series!
M. Sakran tells me he spent a lot of time wondering which five items he would take with him in the Escape Pod and also wondering whether he should take real items or imaginary ones. In the end, he decided upon these…
A box containing religious items, which, as a self-contained item, could be considered one thing, and is something I would definitely need for any long journey.
A zero gravity complete toilet kit, since, in an engineering oversight, the escape pod does not seem to come with such facilities.
A very high tech rechargeable robotic dog (either rechargeable by direct connection to the pod or via a built in solar panel), which would provide a source of interaction, responsibility, variability, and entertainment.
A large bag of hand selected multi-flavored jelly beans, which would provide a daily treat to be looked forward to, a break in the monotony of the energy bars, and would be practical as well as fun in zero gravity.
A bag of small magnets, with covered adhesive on one side, which would provide a way to connect the other items to the walls, would increase the usability of the robotic dog, and would provide something which could be used as a toy, as well as in other ways, in a zero gravity metal sphere.

M. Sakran is a poet who has previously appeared at my other blog Pure Haiku. He has two poetry collections under his belt and has recently finished a humorous creative nonfiction book about colon cancer, that will hopefully, be published someday. He is also currently posting chapters from his science fiction novel The Finch which is about two friends, their flying ship, and the adventure they have.
Come back tomorrow to read my review of his collection Understanding: poems with explanations by M. Sakran. This a self-published collection of twenty original poems, with explanations of each of them. The main purpose of this book is to help readers expand their understanding of poetry through the explanations..
You can follow M. Sakran at
MSakran.com
M. Sakran’s Blog
His books can be purchased at
First Try
Understanding
And if you’re wondering what on earth an Escape Pod Interview is all about, please read Escape Pod Emulation.
© Freya Pickard 2017

Elisa’s Gallery

23 January, 2017
the most recent picture Elisa and I collaborated on is this – I asked for a crisp, cold, frosty, moonlit scene for the last episode of The Oil of Sage …

I wanted a warm, relaxing feel to the first episode of The Oil of Sage and Elisa came up with the goods!

this is the first picture Elisa and I collaborated on – I asked her to produce something that blended summer and winter …

why not commission Elisa to design pictures for your next project? contact her at Harmony Thoughts
alternatively, take part in one of her Online Classes!
© Elisa Choi Ang 2017

The Rusalka Ritual …

15 December, 2016

Five tales set in fantastic locations; an arid canyon, a smoke-wreathed ale house, a moonlit sea, a haunted inn and a golf course …

Five tales encompassing human emotion; expectations disappointed, self-sacrificing love for the unlovable, will power that overcomes dark enchantment, bravery in the face of evil and fear of the unknown in hum-drum life …

Five narrative voices ranging from a young child, a redeemed murderer, a strong-willed young woman, damsels awaiting rescue and a retired banker haunted by death …

Available at Amazon UK, Amazon US, iTunes, Nook, Kobo, Page Foundry and Scribd

Find out more in Freya’s short video about The Rusalka Ritual and Other Stories

This collection is available as both a paperback and an e-book

These tales are very unusual and unpredictable; fantastic and full of optimism. A Winter

These are suspenseful stories. I want to read more. U Gohla

Such intriguing tales… Where can I buy more? J Poulter

Escape Pod Emulation for Christy Birmingham

7 November, 2016

Here is another Escape Pod Emulation! A warm welcome to author, Christy Birmingham!
So here I am, in this e-pod, and I’m feeling a bit claustrophobic. I better slow down my breathing to conserve the oxygen. Luckily, if I feel lightheaded, it won’t really matter too much as I’m not steering this contraption.
I settle into the console chair, knowing I’ll be here a while, and open up the cloth bag that rests on my lap. Inside, I find my five things here. Only five. It was quite the ordeal to decide what to take with me. I take out each item, one by one.
1. A Book. I find security in the familiarity of the book Surfacing by Margaret Atwood, which I have read several times and contains a handwritten note from my mom on the first page.
2. A Pillow. If I’m going to get some decent sleep, then I definitely want to bring my pillow with me; it will provide some comfort in this strange environment.
3. A Stuffed Dog. My friend bought the stuffie for me at the hospital gift shop when I was there recovering, in the midst of a tough time; stroking his ears still helps me to relax, just like it did back then. It was following my release from the hospital that I began to write Pathways to Illumination, which chronicles a woman’s struggles with depression and anxiety after an abusive relationship ends.

4. A Stationary Set (Includes Pen and Paper). Ok, I cheated a little bit here as I didn’t include the sheets and pen as separate items but, well, I was creative, so bonus points for that, right? I would take notes on what I see and think about during this once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
5. A Photograph. This photo is of my parents and I on the patio of a restaurant, smiling as we enjoyed a nice meal together; the photo would help keep my spirit strong, and I would not feel quite so isolated either.
Oh and if you are wondering why I wouldn’t pack my beautiful dancing shoes that I wear for salsa classes, it’s because there is not enough room for this type of dance in the pod and I would not have a partner. But I could still chair dance, right? I do car dancing all the time, so it’s not that much of a stretch.
Christy Birmingham is an avid freelance writer and blogger who lives in British Columbia, Canada. She is the proud owner of the blogs Poetic Parfait and When Women Inspire. She has written two poetry books and plans to release her first book of fiction next year.
You can connect with Christy at
Twitter
Facebook
Pinterest
Come back tomorrow for my review of her poetry collection, Versions of the Self….
And if you’re wondering what on earth an Escape Pod Interview is all about, please read Escape Pod Emulation.
© Freya Pickard 2016

About Freya Pickard

6 April, 2016

Freya doesn’t write about imaginary worlds; she writes about imaginative ones. These are worlds that could be real in a parallel universe or another time dimension. She does not promote escapism; instead she takes her readers into a refreshing place so that they return to their normal lives feeling strengthened and renewed.

A cancer survivor, Freya is inspired by her garden, a variety of music and beautifully written books. Her first novel is Dragonscale Leggings and her quarterly newsletter features serialised short stories about her heroine, Dracomagan.

Freya likes to hear from people who have bought her book and want to buy her forthcoming novels and collections. She likes to hear that people have enjoyed her work so much that they’ve bought her books for all their family members and friends. She also loves to hear from people who sign up to her newsletter to get a sneak preview of as yet unpublished stories.

Freya dislikes people who constantly ask her when her next book will appear or want to know what she’s working on right now. She finds that kills her creativity dead. Freya loathes people who offer her an “honest review” in exchange for a free copy of one of her books. Freya hates agents, editors and publishers who don’t even bother acknowledging they’ve received her work, let alone actually get back to her with a result. All the aforementioned people are blacklisted…

To read more of Freya’s work please visit FREE STUFF!


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