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Escape Pod Emulation for Isabel Caves

4 June, 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!
Whose in the Escape Pod today? Well, hello there! It’s Isabel Caves!
I’m going to be the one to save my people – my 5 items will allow me to uncover the weaknesses of the strange beings who have attacked us, and devise a plan to restore peace and justice.
My Complete Guide to Alien Species – I’m going to spend every second of my escape researching the strange beings who have attacked us. They must have a weakness. I bet I’ll find it in here.
My ice cloud gun – in case any of them snuck on board. They can toggle between solid, liquid and gaseous phases. In their gaseous form they can spread thin enough to be invisible. A cloud of ice should knock them back down to a more visible state.

An electronic journal – I’ll put all my research notes in here. If anything happens to me someone else can pick up where I left off.
A charger – to make sure the journal doesn’t run out of power.
And a stress ball – because boy, am I going to need it.

Isabel Caves loves fantasy and all things magic, as well as ghost stories and sci fi. She publishes literary pieces too and her mind is always cooking up new stories …

Discover Isabel’s book, Strange Beings, at: –
Smashwords
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It’s a permafree ebook containing 23 flash fiction tales of mages, witches, demons, faeries, ghosts, and those beings for which we have no name …

You can follow Isabel at: –
Isabel Caves
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© Freya Pickard 2018

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 dragonscaleclippings@gmail.com 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.

How I choose covers for my magazine …

29 January, 2018

Choosing the front cover for my quarterly Newsletter, I believe, is as important as choosing the right cover for one of my books. So, how do I do it?
With four covers to commission a year, I have to be very organised about it. Usually, I will plan the four episodes of the short story I’m writing, and know roughly what will appear in each issue. Then, I work out how to make an intriguing cover that reflects the content.
I commission paintings from Elisa Choi Ang and photographs from Jonathon B. Hoyt. I have worked with both of them for several years now and feel they both understand the way my creativity works. What I love about working with two different artists in two different formats, is that something that may not work in photography, works in painting and vice versa.

I generally offer two pictures to Elisa and two to JBH each year and try and ask them 2-3 months in advance of when I need the image. They both often have lots of questions which helps me clarify what I really want on the front page.
In 2014 & 2015 I asked both artists to incorporate elfje into their pictures written either by myself or my friends. In 2016 I gave both artists short extracts from the text that would be appearing in the issue they were working on and asked them to incorporate the words they felt inspired by into the finished product.
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© Freya Pickard 2018

Freya Returns with Reduced Insides!

2 October, 2017

Hello! It’s me! I’m back! Did you miss me?
I certainly missed all of you! Life has been unbelievably busy and my new business has taken over my life. I am hoping that we’ve made enough money so I can relax a little over the winter months before the mad rush starts again next year!
I’ve got some plans for this autumn that I’m hoping to implement in-between the daily, demanding tasks that now run my life. I’m bringing back my EPod Interviews in October and December. And I can’t promise anything, but, if both time and money permit, I am planning on releasing “Vintrig’s Throne”, (the sequel to Vintrig’s Kingdom).

Right now, my first poetry collection, Insides, is on special offer! It’s just 99p online this month – if you’ve not read it yet, buy it now before the price goes back up to £1.60. And, if you have already read it, please, please, please could you possibly leave a review on Amazon (or wherever you purchased it) about it? Thank you so much!
I am hoping to start catching up with blogs, emails, social media stuff. But please bear with me as it may take a while. I don’t really have any free time at the mo! It’s lovely to be back online once more though and I can’t wait to “see” you all again. Much love Freya xxx
© Freya Pickard 2017
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Freya’s Newsletter

20 March, 2017

By now I would have normally emailed the link to the current newsletter to all my subscribers. If you’re wondering why it hasn’t appeared, that’s because I’m having to put my newsletter on hold this year.
The main reason for this is that I am moving house and starting a new enterprise. I didn’t get a chance to get the first episode of the new story out this month due to all the things I’ve had to organise for the move etc. I’m really sorry about this!
My plan is to just rest from the newsletter this year and then commence serialising The Attar of Chervil in 2018. I hope all of you who subscribe are OK with the wait! House moving and setting up new enterprises are time consuming jobs!
An update will be posted at Current Story when I am ready to continue with the newsletter once more. Much love. Freya xxx
© Freya Pickard 2017
I’ve started making some videos about my writing! Please check them out at YouTube.

lilac moonlight …

17 November, 2016

I enjoyed reading the third episode of The Oil of Sage. And I also loved Shadorma 6, it really appealed to me… E Stoker
Elfje 12 is so creative! I like how you compared the colors of autumn to that of rust which made it visually rich. Oil of Sage continues to excite me and it made me wonder if the crystal ball is the key to overcoming Nimue…can’t wait for the next episode! E Choi
Your pyramid poem was spot on. I have often thought of myself as a writer without words just lately. But sometimes there really are no words to describe the things that happen around us and to us. I do like the theme you have going in the small poems included in the zine. The theme of the planets is very atmospheric. I think number 6 is my favourite; Lilac moonlight that pierces the soul is a wonderful poetic suggestion. And thank you again for Dracomagan. Lovely writing and humour. And the analogy of “…pink as a summer rose…” to describe blushing is just gorgeous. Linda Turner
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I’ve started making some videos about my writing! Please check them out at YouTube