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Rumour ends …

7 December, 2019

Did you get the September issue of my Newsletter?

Clippings September 2019

Clippings September 2019

This month sees the conclusion of my short story Rumour as well as the last few haiku and elfje about my explorations of Dartmoor.

still air with sharp touch

decorates flaxen grasses

tracery of ice

© Freya Pickard 2019

I love the amazing image Jonathon B. Hoyt produced for the front cover using one of my photographs! What do you think it depicts?

Clippings December 2019

Clippings December 2019

In this month’s issue I also attempt to describe how I fit in some writing during the months when our B&B is closed.

If I am in the middle of a sentence when the phone rings, I have to save the document and leave it there. I have to switch from creative mode to business mode and sometimes I lose the thread and never get the words back again for that particular moment …

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Whenever you describe a scene, I don’t need pictures; the images are so clear in my mind. From ‘a chill wind rattled the dead leaves’ and ‘only the wind moaned,’ right through the end, you have such a unique, expressive and eloquent usage of words. S Evans

Escape Pod Emulation – Claudia Messelodi

13 November, 2017

I am pleased to welcome Claudia Messelodi, a poet from Italy to her EPod this month! What does a poet take with her when the Mothership is under attack? Find out more about the back story at Escape Pod Emulation! Now I’m handing over to Claudia to let her tell you what she would take with her …
If I was in a spaceship that came under attack, I would take to my escape pod the following items: –
A pocket notebook and a pencil that I would use to jot down thoughts, insights, emotions as well as experiences I would surely have in space.
A book of poetry and a historical novel that would certainly bear me good company, in order to nourish my mind and soul, to get new and endless sources of inspiration, to keep my imagination alive, to live parallel stories and explore different dimensions.

The woollen pullover my mother handknitted for me when I was still a teenager, which would provide the necessary warmth and make me feel cuddled and less lonely.
The silver necklace with the names of my children on it, which I was gifted with on Mother’s Day. It would make me feel near them despite being so far away; moreover it would give me hope to see them soon and make me stronger and more confident whenever I might feel somewhat melancholic.
A clip on book reading light as an emergency tool in case a blackout occurs at night while I am getting so hooked by the book I am curling up with that I feel I definitely cannot give it up.
Read more of Claudia’s work at her delightful blog A Stream of Small Stones
You can also follow her on Facebook and Google+.
You can buy Claudia’s poetry collections by emailing her at claudia.messelodi@gmail.com.
Claudia Messelodi has written six poetry collections so far. Blue Moon is the one she is most fond of. It was released in 2016 and contains both free verse poems and short form poetry such as haiku, tanka and elfje. Blue Moon is a poetic palette fraught with chromatic atmospheres and imagery conveyed through fluid and harmonious words. An enchanting blanket of inks.
© Freya Pickard 2017

dracomagan returns!

24 August, 2016
purple
grey leggings –
the dragon slayer,
bearing sword and peeler,
returns
elfje © Freya Pickard 2016
This elfje describes the heroine of my first short story collection The Rusalka Ritual and Other Stories. Please share and re-blog this post!

I’ve started making some videos about my writing! Please check them out at The Rusalka Ritual, The Essence of Thyme and Patreon

butterfly cinquains…

28 July, 2016
Thank you for exploring the short form of Elfje with me over the last few weeks. Hope you enjoyed the form as much as I did!
As I mentioned in June, I’m staying on this blog for a while…
Over the next few weeks I will posting some Butterfly Cinquains. This form was particularly useful to me in 2015 when I was recovering from surgery and chemotherapy. The form enabled my mind to focus for short periods of time and allowed me to connect with the world around me and to finally access my imagination once more.
A Butterfly Cinquain is composed of nine lines. The first line has 2 syllables, the second line has 4 syllables, the third line has 6 syllables, the fourth line has 8 syllables, the fifth line has 2 syllables, the sixth line has 8 syllables, the seventh line has 6 syllables, the eighth line has 4 syllables and the ninth line has 2 syllables. When centred, this creates the shape of a butterfly with its wings open.
The fact that my first Butterfly Cinquain was written about a butterfly, was purely coincidental! I hope you enjoy this form and will be inspired to try it out yourself.
© Freya Pickard 2016
I’ve started making some videos about my writing! Please check them out at The Essence of Thyme and Patreon

Elfje 12

27 July, 2016
rust
creeps into
veins and leaf
slowing sap, turning colours
autumnal
elfje © Freya Pickard 2016

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