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About Dragonscale Clippings

30 March, 2016

Welcome to my blog, Dragonscale Clippings. I had intended to post some more Freyan Verse here on a Wednesday, but unfortunately my immediate family situation is extremely fraught, and time really is an issue. So, instead, as I’ve been getting some new followers recently, I thought I would introduce myself as my pages have recently been updated.

I am Freya Pickard, the author of Dragonscale Leggings. I blog three times a week, posting "clippings" (small observations, also known as fragments or small stones), and on a Wednesday I tend to present a pile of clippings in Wednesday Words. When I’m not blogging here, I’m over at PureHaiku. Although I appreciate that many blogs use pictures and words together, I am a wordsmith and believe my words should stand by themselves to create vivid pictures in my readers’ minds.

I love feedback, so if you have time to Like or Comment, I will return the compliment. I produce a Newsletter four times a year. A new short story, The Oil of Sage, starts this month…

You can follow me at Facebook and Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn.

Please note that I am a writer first and a blogger second. I moderate all comments and sometimes they can take a week or so to appear. Due to time constraints, I am no longer able to accept blog awards. Thank you for taking the time to read my work.


18 March, 2016
sage clears his head
her return depresses him
intrigued by her story, he listens
caught in the web
he picks out enchantment
divines the green globe mystery
cherita © Freya Pickard 2016
What’s this about? Find out on Wednesday, 23rd March 2016…


17 March, 2016
eyes of
merlin see
between the spells;
elfje © Freya Pickard 2016
What’s this about? Find out on Wednesday, 23rd March 2016…


15 March, 2016
green globe remains a
mystery; discover more
in The Oil of Sage
haiku © Freya Pickard 2016
What’s this about? Find out on Wednesday, 23rd March 2016…

Comments on The Essence of Thyme (episodes 4 & 5)

11 January, 2016
Good to read about Dracomagan again. You haven’t lost your sense of humour or your writing skill. Your imagination is as keen as ever too. I love the names. Your haiku are cleverly composed and thought-provoking. Haiku number 6 could be regarded as a metaphorical reference to being saved from your cancer, with Tygar being your own strength and will to survive. L Turner
Freya, I’m glad I read this twice. I love it, times two and am eager for more. Your “voice” (or words) are always beautiful. But here the scene feels immediate and real. Even in brief exchanges among the characters show fully developed beings with meaningful traits, roles, and tendencies. Their interaction is amusing, natural, and shows shared understanding and affection, referring either to an established relationship or one that has scarcely begun yet feels inevitable. Your story offers an intriguing and unique combination of the familiar and the strange. K Maher
I really enjoyed The Essence of Thyme, the reversed Sleeping Beauty thing worked really well. I also love Dracomagan’s “otherworldliness”. I’d have like to know a bit more about how the castle came to be enchanted – or will that be revealed in the next story? I really liked the idea of the forest really being an over-grown thyme patch. It wasn’t until the end that I realised that was why the “trees” looked so odd, which I love, because I enjoy the resolution of it. “The Oil of Sage” is a great title for the next story. Perhaps that is what is contained in the “green orb” that Parsley was so drawn to in Tym’s chambers? Is Tyme under the control of the witch Nimue? Does the oil of sage keep him under her power? Or by “oil of sage” do we really mean Sage in the context of “wise man”? Perhaps Dracomagan and Parsley need to find the Sage in order to set Tym free? Anyway, just some ideas, perhaps you already know what you want to write! J Poulter
Want to find out more about “The Essence of Thyme”? Here is the link to the first episode that was published in December 2013. The Essence of Thyme #1 To read the rest of the story, simply email me at dragonscaleclippings (at) gmail (dot) com with “Clippings Request” in the subject line. This story will be available to view until 29th February 2016.

© Freya Pickard 2016

taking a break…

13 March, 2015
Thank you for reading my clippings about “Being”. The chemo tiredness is cumulative so I will be taking a break from Clippings for a few weeks. I will be back on 20th March blogging at Pure Haiku where I and my guest haiku writers will be exploring the theme of Music…
© Freya Pickard 2015

An Explanation

6 January, 2015
Due to my chemotherapy treatment I have very limited access to the internet. I am getting to read and publish comments and answer a few emails only a couple of times a month. As I have two blogs, I am, for the time being, going to alternate between Pure Haiku and Dragonscale Clippings.
I am currently posting some rather windy haiku at Pure Haiku! (See the link to the right of this page – if the links are not showing, click on the dragonscales at the top of the page). I will return here to Dragonscale Clippings at the beginning of February.
Thank you for reading! And thank you all for your encouraging, inspiring comments – they are all treasured and read with much pleasure. Much love Freya xxx
© Freya Pickard 2014

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