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Escape Pod – D Avery

9 April, 2018

Welcome once more to my Escape Pod Interview series. If you’re not familiar with this kind of post, please read the back story at Escape Pod Emulation!
I’m just opening the door to the Escape Pod to find … Well, I never! It’s D Avery! What do you mean, you don’t want to be rescued?!
As I hurry to the escape pod, the first thing that I grab is my MacBook, because that’s how I like to write and now I will have uninterrupted time to play with words and work on story ideas. Even with being unable, for security purposes, to go on the internet, I will likely get distracted but maybe will finally figure out how to organize and edit photos. I’ll have time, and, fortunately in this futuristic setting I do not have to worry about the battery running down.
I still have my teddy bear from childhood and while he now only gets picked up for vacuuming purposes, i.e., rarely, he will be coming along for all the reasons he used to get brought places decades ago. His wise presence and listening skills will be a comfort in the far reaches of both outer and inner space.
I will want some simple toy to play with. Pipe cleaners will do the job as I will be able to create many things and can indulge any artistic bent with them, though I’ll probably just put eyeglasses and a Fu Manchu mustache on Teddy.

I should also like to bring a jar of something fragrant, maybe spring soil, or sweet pepperbush flowers, or freshly mown hay. But maybe smell-a-vision will have been perfected and I’ll have some favorite scents stored in my computer, making the jar unnecessary. Which means now I can bring two books.
And no, I still don’t have books to read in the computer, I will be bringing two real ones. The problem is which books? This dilemma could cause a delay with the evacuation, endangering myself and the rest of the crew. So, I’ll just grab whatever is near to hand, which at present is The Gift, Poems by Hafiz, translated by Daniel Ladinsky, and The Congress of Rough Writers Flash Fiction Anthology 1, edited by Charli Mills and Sarah Brentyn. These will both be able to be read again and again and be new each time, so, while selections of convenience and desperation, I will realize, as so often happens, that I have the right books at the right time.
In fact I will find myself so well stocked, so content cloistered in my e-pod, I’ll be reluctant to open the door when the Interplanetary Space Guild finally comes to my rescue. I’ll do so only to escape the sci-fi setting and to share the reading and writing and pipe cleaner sculptures from my time in the pod.

D Avery tells me: “I live on an island off the coast of Massachusetts with a husband and a cat. A teacher of middle school mathematics, I also enjoy kayaking, yard-saleing and reading. Sometimes I write and sometimes people read what I’ve written.” “Chicken Shift” is session poetry, philosophy-lite that will quench your curiosity concerning chickens that cross roads. Check out ALL of D Avery’s books, including Chicken Shift at “Lulu” and “Amazon”.

Please follow D Avery at: –
Shiftnshake
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© Freya Pickard 2018
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EPod Interview with Richard Ankers

12 February, 2018

Welcome back to my Escape Pod Interview series. If you’re not familiar with this kind of post, please read the back story at Escape Pod Emulation!
So, let’s open the Escape Pod door and find who’s managed to escape today… Hello there! It’s Richard Ankers! What 5 items have you brought with you?
The first and only thing I would need would be a tennis ball. I could quite happily sit and bounce it off the Escape Pod’s frame for hundreds of hours. My next four items are therefore luxuries.
A copy of The Dancers at the End of Time by Michael Moorcock.

A copy of A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams.
A pen.
A notebook.

Richard Ankers says of himself, “When I realised I could no longer be happy unless writing, I resigned from my job to do so. I gave up all that I was to become everything that I could be. Regardless of success, I will never have made a better decision in my life. I’d rather be a happy pauper than a wealthy zombie.”

Richard is the author of The Eternals series which can be found at
“The Eternals”
“Hunter Hunted”
“Into Eternity”
What is this series about? “For Jean, eternity should’ve meant forever.”
© 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.

What I’m publishing next …

30 October, 2017

I joined Patreon initially to get my novels about Isu Magan published. I released Vintrig’s Kingdom in November 2017 and Vintrig’s Throne is due for release shortly!
Although I did a lot of the work myself and managed to call in favours regarding the formatting, pagination and artwork, I needed a source of income to pay for promotion. I wasn’t expecting a massive amount, just enough to enable me to pay for the first book to be promoted in order to increase sales.
Now that Vintrig’s Throne is due to be published very soon (!) I need more money to promote it in a variety of ways. As I am currently self-employed in my new business, it’s more important to me than ever to be able to continue to promote my books.
I have so many more books to share with the world; my fantasy series “The Kaerling”, my poetry cycle, “Arturina”, as well as many short story and poetry collections. If you would like to help me achieve my aim in publishing my art, please consider supporting me via Patreon.
For just $1 a month you’ll receive an unpublished poem but for $5 a month you’ll also receive an unpublished story of at least 2000 words!
Even if you can’t support me at the moment, please consider buying one of my books and sharing this post! Your help is much appreciated!
© Freya Pickard 2017
Have you seen the videos I’ve made about my writing! Check them out at YouTube

Sharing Love

14 March, 2017

When the first poem contains lines such as

Poems free imagination
an inclination to see
within and without
the play of life.

You know you’re in for a thoroughly good read!

I was really struck by the tenderness with which the poems in this collection were written. Reading it, I felt relaxed and soothed; pretty amazing for me at the end of a hectic week!
If you are looking for mindful poetry, this is the collection to read. I love the sense of humour running through some of the poetry as well as the seriousness of thought in others. The ebb and flow of verse is as natural as a flowing stream.
The main theme of the collection is “interconnectedness”. “out there among the stars/our interconnectedness unfolds”. It runs throughout each section, sometimes referred to directly, at other times it is hinted at, allowing the reader to make their own connections.
Other themes that wind their way through this journey of verse are mindfulness, love, passion and heartbreak. The theme of care is prevalent also; not just for each other, but for the planet as a whole.

Another thing that struck me whilst reading this collection, was the gracefulness and unconditional love the writer has for the people in his poems. The whole idea of loving someone so much, that you would let them go, if they wanted to leave, came across incredibly strongly in several verses.
Favourites? Well, it depends on how I’m feeling when I re-read them! But ones that have remained favourite on several re-reads, include Ripples with its awesome line “silence between words”. Be With Me encapsulates the feeling of the collection, particularly the third stanza, “a kaleidoscope of pattern/rhythm and enlightenment”. And Spellbinder, of course! Why? It’s about one of my favourite characters of legend, Merlin, “invoking the universes unfathomable mystery”…
Take time out of your busy schedule and read this book. You will not be disappointed.
Sharing Love. is available to buy now and you can read Sam’s EPod Interview at 20170306.
© Freya Pickard 2017

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

Understanding: poems with explanations

7 February, 2017

When M. Sakran told me about his collection of poetry and asked me to write an introduction, I was intrigued!
The title in itself, tells you a lot about the collection – Understanding: poems with explanations. Why explanations? So, I read on. I’m not going to repeat my introduction here – you can read that in his book! Instead I’m going to tell you a little about my reactions to his poetry.
Understanding struck a chord with me because a lot of the poems explore death, cancer and suicide, as well as other situations that most people might not feel comfortable with. This is not to say that the collection is depressing. It is a very clever collection that makes you think and opens your eyes to other possibilities in interpretation. I loved how although I liked my interpretation of his words, sometimes, M. Sakran had half a dozen different thoughts going through his head while he wrote the poem. In a way, Understanding is a study of the creative process as well presenting some intriguing and thought-provoking poetry.
He uses both blank and rhythmical verse, sometimes with rhyme that does not detract from the meaning of the poem whatsoever. His poems are generally short and have a powerful impact with their words. His imagery is intriguing and his use of prose poetry in Distortion and Waiting are particularly effective.
Here and On The Floor were the 2 poems I identified most with having been through cancer myself. But Finality and Ridden also touched me, having seen an elderly relative die last year. And in Darkness & Dawn, the reader has nothing but sympathy for the suicide victim.
M. Sakran is an empathetic poet whose creative process is as fascinating as the poems he produces.
His books can be purchased at
First Try
Understanding
You can read M. Sakran’s EPod Interview at 20170206
You can follow M. Sakran at
MSakran.com
M. Sakran’s Blog
© Freya Pickard 2017

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