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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
Twitter
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© Freya Pickard 2018
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Breathe

6 November, 2017

Breathe

If you are one of my supporters at Patreon, you will have been treated to some poetry from my unpublished poetry & prose collection about Arturina. This is the first Freyan Verse that I’ve written about her – what do you think? I am still working on this collection; I know the story now, it’s just putting together all the poetry and prose fragments so that they make sense to the reader! Have a go at your own Freyan Verse if you like!
I’ve started making some videos about my writing! Please check them out at YouTube

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

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

Review: When The Clouds Dance

6 December, 2016

Proverbial without being preachy, this collection is easy to read and is one that you can dip in and out of. I found the poems refreshing and inspiring.
The poetry style is simple without being simplistic. Each poem evokes a reaction in the reader. The overall feel of the collection is positive and up-lifting.
The poet explores many themes and the one that interested me in particular was her definition of God which fluctuated between a male and female deity. Some poems almost read as proverbs, but not ones handed down through culture or belief. Instead, these proverbial conclusions seemed to me to come from the poet’s experience in life.
A book of delights to be returned to again and again.
Click here to buy your copy of When The Clouds Dance
Discover more about Sharmishtha Basu and all her creative productions at Sharmishtha Basu
© Freya Pickard 2016

The Rusalka Ritual & Other Stories – just $1.99!

9 November, 2016

For those of my readers who buy through Amazon US, my short story collection, The Rusalka Ritual & Other Stories, is still reduced in price, but is now $1.99 until midday on 11th November 2016.

Five tales from my fertile imagination to delight and intrigue you; a western setting, a tragic story, a twisted faerie tale, a sword and sorcery romp and a warning about checking your car brakes … The Rusalka Ritual & Other Stories.

Five narrative voices ranging from a young child, a redeemed murderer, a strong-willed young woman, damsels awaiting rescue and a bold female warrior and a retired banker haunted by death … Check out the video at YouTube.

Hurry and buy it now, before it returns to its full price of $2.99!

The Rusalka Ritual – only 99 cents !

5 November, 2016

For those of my readers who buy through Amazon US I am offering my short story collection, The Rusalka Ritual & Other Stories, for just 99 cents for a very limited time.

Five tales from my fertile imagination to delight and intrigue you; a western setting, a tragic story, a twisted faerie tale, a sword and sorcery romp and a warning about checking your car brakes … The Rusalka Ritual & Other Stories.

Five narrative voices ranging from a young child, a redeemed murderer, a strong-willed young woman, damsels awaiting rescue and a bold female warrior and a retired banker haunted by death … Check out the video at YouTube.

Hurry and buy it now, before the price rises on Tuesday to $1.99.

Please note, this is a scheduled post. I am currently offline, due back on Monday, 7th November.


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