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Escape Pods & Aliens

27 February, 2017

Last Autumn I launched my Escape Pod Emulation series. So far, I’ve had 5 guests, with 2 more booked for March & April.
It has been a wonderful ride! Each of my guests has taken with them completely different items and I love the personal stories behind the items!
Wondering what I’m talking about?
The quick answer can be found at YouTube.
The slightly longer answer can be found at EPod Interviews. Scroll down to click on the links to the interviews that have taken place so far!
Who will I choose next? I’d love to meet a real out of space alien, wouldn’t you?!
© Freya Pickard 2017

Wednesday Words – Parchment Poll April 2016

20 April, 2016
Here I am again with the first Parchment Poll of 2016…
STAR READ
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

Wednesday Words – Parchment Poll November 2015

25 November, 2015
Here I am again with a new Parchment Poll…
STAR READ
Sword of Destiny by Sue Vincent A beautiful, gentle, magical read. I absolutely loved the way the author portrays Merlin!
Brilliant books – will re-read
The Letter of Marque by Patrick O’Brian Swash-buckling action and a lovely, romantic ending for Maturin. Daphne’s Diary #6 2015 Full of colours and ideas – just reading this gets my creative juices going again… Mslexia # 67 Thoroughly enjoyed the articles and interviews; always inspiring and encouraging. Just didn’t “get” the winning poems though… Boxen by C S Lewis Think Shakespeare meets Beatrix Potter. Hilarious spelling but amazing usage of English for a school age boy… A Game of Thrones by George R R Martin Took a while to get into it and then discovered my favourite character died! Definitely will read more, as am now intrigued by the Daenerys storyline! Daphne’s Diary #7 2015 Colourful, autumnal and highly inspirational! Achieving Abundant Energy by Cathy Robinson Needs to be re-read; there’s so much information in it!
Interesting but probably won’t re-read
The Coral Island by R M Ballantyne Enjoyable read but a bit preachy in places. Interzone #260 3/5 of the stories were worth reading this time… but none of the reviews made me want to watch/read the films/books… Inkheart by Cornelia Funke Very difficult to get into. I liked the ideas but it was hard-going…
Re-reads
Daphne by Justine Picardie This is such a good book to re-read and lose oneself in a land of make-believe and reality… Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier This book still holds my attention, creeps me out and shivers my spine – and it’s 25 years since I first read it! … Clearing Away The Rubbish by Adrian Plass Hilarious and poignant by turns, this is a challenging and encouraging read. Dune by Frank Herbert Possibly the best sic-fi novel ever written (in my opinion!) and I never tire of re-reading it.
Currently reading: –
Inkspell by Cornelia Funke
Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them?
© Freya Pickard 2015

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