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Escape Pod Emulation: Frank Makes An Escape!

23 October, 2017

Here, at last, is another Escape Pod Interview for you all to sample! Please join me in welcoming Francis Franklin to his very own EPod… What will he choose to take with him in this adventure? Find out more about the back story at Escape Pod Emulation!
My head ringing from the reverberations of the hull and the screaming of sirens, the hideous noises of a battle I know nothing about and that seems to be over before it even began, I barely squeeze myself into my uniform when the order is given to abandon ship. I have only a few seconds to spare.
I have of late taken an interest in archery, and the escape pod will be just big enough to stand and draw, so I take my bow and arrows… though I suppose the target will have to be impossibly close and the recoil will send me spinning in my weightless confinement.
Because misery loves company, I take my model of my favourite superhero, and will let her fly about the pod while I cackle evilly, “At last I have you at a disadvantage, Supergirl, you are too far from Earth’s yellow sun!”

My bookshelves being full of unfinished books, and this being the perfect opportunity to finally finish one, I snatch up Ken Dowden’s Death and the Maiden.
For companionship, I take my personal sexbot – but, given the lack of space (oh, how ironic!), just her personality: I’ll need someone to laugh at my jokes and let me win at chess.
Finally… my nice, warm, fluffy blanket, because it’s cold out there in space.
You can follow Frank at
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You can buy his novel, Kings of Infinite Space, or: The Quest for Alina Meridon at Amazon …
When the Empire invades over the Mountains of the East, Artemisia and its allies gather their armies to take a stand. In the midst of this, the young outcast Witternig sets out for his homeland, his friend Meliyne sets out to stop him, and the vampire warrior Hrana hunts for enemy blood. The conflict – millennia in the making – brings together gods, wizards, slaves, priests, warriors and more. Purchase this novel from Amazon – simply click on the above link!
Francis Franklin lives in Newcastle upon Tyne with his beautiful wife and daughter. By day he is a university lecturer, but in between work and family he finds time to read, write and blog. He is interested in unusual human nature, such as non-binary gender and sexuality, or the interplay of dark and light in the transformation of human to vampire.
© Freya Pickard 2017
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Escape Pod Emulation for Claudia McGill

10 April, 2017

Today I’m extending a warm welcome to artist Claudia McGill. Claudia is the second artist I’ve interviewed as part of my Escape Pod Emulation series!
What would YOU take with you in an Escape Pod? Here are Claudia’s five items …
The card game Izzi. Endless variations, challenging, and yet very calming to play.
My pens and sketchbooks, which I keep in one small bag, ready to grab up at any time.
My favorite house plan book, Authentic Small Houses of the Twenties: Illustrations and Floor Plans of 254 Characteristic Homes (edited by Robert Jones), which is a reproduction of a catalog containing plans for small houses for people on a budget. Floor plans are like candy to me and I never get tired of looking at this book.
A copy of either The Terrorists or The Laughing Policeman, by Maj Sjowall/Per Wahloo, whichever comes to hand first. I love this whole series; the characters are old friends to me.
A pair of scissors. I can cut out things I draw and turn them into collages, or, I can cut up words and phrases from the Sjowall/Wahloo book (after I read it) and do collage poetry. Lacking glue, nothing will be permanent, so I can recycle my components. If I do something I like, well, I’ll make a note of it in my sketchbook.

Arrived In Style © 2016 Claudia McGill
Claudia is an artist, poet and blogger. She runs 4 blogs (4?!!!!) which are listed below. I hope the above answers to my question to her “Which 5 items would you take in an Escape Pod” have intrigued you enough so that you want to find out more about her!.
And if you’re wondering what on earth an Escape Pod Interview is all about, please read Escape Pod Emulation.
© Freya Pickard 2017

Escape Pod Emulation for Sharmishtha Basu

5 December, 2016

Here is another Escape Pod Emulation! A warm welcome to writer and editor, Sharmishtha Basu!
I tap the code into the keypad to access my escape pod with a beating heart. I can hear the soft voice of AI Oceana on every speaker, urging us to hurry to pack our five indispensable items and enter our epods immediately. The attack has not came out of the blue; we have been evading it for some time. The intensity was a surprise though! We never thought we would have to desert the mother ship. I glance at the five things in my hands and then allow the rays to scan my retina.
The most important item I carry is my personal computer containing every little piece of my life that has meant something to me, from earth and thereafter. I cannot imagine my life without it.
Then there’s the charger and the small speaker attached to it. I was never a big fan of headphones. I have always preferred speakers. And of course, the large photo from my altar; that is as important as life to me, I can’t spend a night without it, forget about being lost in space!
My last item is my personal book-reader, containing hundreds of books…
The door opens soundlessly and I enter my personal pod. As I settle on the chair the security belt gently embraces me, like a hug of a dear friend. I close my eyes and pray my friends and colleagues have made it to their epods safely…

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Sharmishtha Basu is a self-published author, bookworm and blogaholic, enjoying a blissful life and trying to share her experience through her books and blogs. She is the proud creator of two Ezines Agnishatdal (The lotus of fire), which you are welcome to join and Agnijaat (Fire born), which you are most welcome to read.
Come back tomorrow for my review of her poetry collection, When The Clouds Dance….
And if you’re wondering what on earth an Escape Pod Interview is all about, please read Escape Pod Emulation.
© Freya Pickard 2016

Escape Pod Emulation for Christy Birmingham

7 November, 2016

Here is another Escape Pod Emulation! A warm welcome to author, Christy Birmingham!
So here I am, in this e-pod, and I’m feeling a bit claustrophobic. I better slow down my breathing to conserve the oxygen. Luckily, if I feel lightheaded, it won’t really matter too much as I’m not steering this contraption.
I settle into the console chair, knowing I’ll be here a while, and open up the cloth bag that rests on my lap. Inside, I find my five things here. Only five. It was quite the ordeal to decide what to take with me. I take out each item, one by one.
1. A Book. I find security in the familiarity of the book Surfacing by Margaret Atwood, which I have read several times and contains a handwritten note from my mom on the first page.
2. A Pillow. If I’m going to get some decent sleep, then I definitely want to bring my pillow with me; it will provide some comfort in this strange environment.
3. A Stuffed Dog. My friend bought the stuffie for me at the hospital gift shop when I was there recovering, in the midst of a tough time; stroking his ears still helps me to relax, just like it did back then. It was following my release from the hospital that I began to write Pathways to Illumination, which chronicles a woman’s struggles with depression and anxiety after an abusive relationship ends.

4. A Stationary Set (Includes Pen and Paper). Ok, I cheated a little bit here as I didn’t include the sheets and pen as separate items but, well, I was creative, so bonus points for that, right? I would take notes on what I see and think about during this once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
5. A Photograph. This photo is of my parents and I on the patio of a restaurant, smiling as we enjoyed a nice meal together; the photo would help keep my spirit strong, and I would not feel quite so isolated either.
Oh and if you are wondering why I wouldn’t pack my beautiful dancing shoes that I wear for salsa classes, it’s because there is not enough room for this type of dance in the pod and I would not have a partner. But I could still chair dance, right? I do car dancing all the time, so it’s not that much of a stretch.
Christy Birmingham is an avid freelance writer and blogger who lives in British Columbia, Canada. She is the proud owner of the blogs Poetic Parfait and When Women Inspire. She has written two poetry books and plans to release her first book of fiction next year.
You can connect with Christy at
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Come back tomorrow for my review of her poetry collection, Versions of the Self….
And if you’re wondering what on earth an Escape Pod Interview is all about, please read Escape Pod Emulation.
© Freya Pickard 2016

Escape Pod Emulations

7 October, 2016

The mothership is under attack and your section of the craft has been ordered to evacuate. You rush to the nearest e-pod bay, tap in your personal code and allow the invisible beams to read your eye data. The round door slides open and you leap inside, hearing the whoosh of the door sealing itself behind you.

You are in a small, spherical chamber. When you reach your arms above your head, you can just touch the ceiling. When you stretch your arms out to the sides you can touch the blank panels.

Already the engines are humming and the computer provides you with information on the screen before the single chair. You sit down and the safety belts snuggle around you like comforting arms. The curved walls vibrate as the mothership jettisons the e-pods from your section.

You are alone. The computer will provide you with recycled oxygen and water and your daily nutrient needs will be catered for in the form of energy bars. You can tap into any film, documentary or newscast that the computer has in its memory banks. You cannot communicate with the other escapees for fear that the enemy attacking the mothership will track you. You can watch your course as you spiral away into the dark, glowing vastness of space.

The Interplanetary Space Guild will of course rescue you, eventually. Meanwhile, you have a lot of time on your hands and you can’t spend it all sleeping. (The console chair moves back to become your bed and above your head is a portable gym that the computer will ensure you use daily).

Before you left your quarters to reach the e-pod, you were allowed to choose 5 items to take with you…

What 5 items would you choose?

Find out which 5 items my guests took with them in forthcoming Escape Pod Emulation posts!

The first interview will appear on Monday, 10th October and I hope to make this a monthly feature!

Want to be considered for an interview in 2017? The best way to attract my attention is to buy my books, post some lovely reviews about them on Amazon and or on your blog, re-blog and share my posts and follow me on social media!

© Freya Pickard 2016


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