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The Attar of Chervil: Episode One

19 March, 2018

Dracomagan was nowhere to be seen. Parsley and Sorrel waited for her, whilst Sir Peagreen stood guard. Eyes glowed in the dark greenness and a chill wind rattled dead leaves.
“I think it’s werewolves and vampires…” Parsley moaned.
“… and horrible beasties!” Dracomagan appeared in the gloom, leggings gleaming. She grinned.
“Can’t see there’s anything to smile about,” grumbled Parsley. “Is there another way round?”
“No. One path leads to a blind canyon with no way over it and the other way just dumps you in that raging river we crossed yesterday. So, the quickest way to Nimue, is through that.”
Dracomagan pointed at the green gloaming and led the way forwards …

This is the beginning of my FREE short story, The Attar of Chervil. The tale began in The Essence of Thyme and continued in The Oil of Sage but each story stands alone. If you’d like to read a FREE short story every year and sample some of my FREE short form poetry as well as getting a glimpse into my real life, simply sign up for my Newsletter at and put “Request Clippings” in the subject line! (Your email will not be sold or passed onto anyone else and I will only ever use it to send you the link to my Newsletter).
A huge thank you to one of my collaborative partners, Elisa Choi, for her beautiful front cover for this issue of my Newsletter. For more of Elisa’s work, please visit her website at Harmony Thoughts
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© Freya Pickard 2018
I’ve started making some videos about my writing! Please check them out at YouTube.

Vintrig’s Kingdom – paperback!

9 January, 2017

VINTRIG’S KINGDOM is now available in PAPERBACK at Amazon US and Amazon UK

Personally I think the cover works better for the paperback than for the e-book. It’s the same picture (obviously) but there’s something about the pristine front cover and the blood red spine that is very mysterious …

When Isu Magan, heir to Vintrig’s Throne, finds the journal of a vanished Scriber, her perceptions of history and the truth are challenged. A growing distrust of her loyal and powerful Counsellor, initiates rebellious and frightening thoughts within her heart. Adding to this disruption of her ordered life, Isu finds herself attracted to the itinerant musician, Sama Conn.

As the endless winter thaws, and a brief summer returns to the Castle, Isu longs to learn to dance, but fears her feelings towards Sama. Knowing she cannot love a mortal, the princess flounders in an increasing infatuation that could lose her the throne, and possibly her life.

There are 2 videos to watch this time! There’s a short black and white film of me talking about the novel and why I wrote it at About Vintrig’s Kingdom and there’s also a technicolor film of me reading an extract from the book at Vintrig’s Kingdom Extract.

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24 November, 2016
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When the snow falls, images beyond your window become indistinct. Out of Whiteness
When you’ve been brought up believing a lie, how can you recognise truth? A Winter Bound Kingdom
Bound to taboos and tradition, a virgin princess must make a choice … Spellbound
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23 November, 2016

There are a number of stories about Dracomagan that have been published now, so, if you’d like to read them in order, here’s the chronological list (oldest first).
Dragonscale Leggings Dracomagan’s Diary currently e-book only

Echo Peak Part of The Rusalka Ritual Collection available in both e-book and paperback

The Truthseeker’s Tale – Patreon October 2016

A Mercenary’s Tale Part of The Rusalka Ritual Collection

The Rusalka Ritual Part of The Rusalka Ritual Collection

Once Upon A Darker, More Enchanted Time Part of The Rusalka Ritual Collection

The Essence of Thyme Available as an e-book

The Oil of Sage Currently only available to those who receive my free newsletter!

Dining At Sparkles – Patreon June 2016

A Picnic At Knole Part of The Rusalka Ritual Collection

Keep up to date with new additions to this list at Chronology

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