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Be part of my creative process

19 April, 2019

Did you know that you can be part of my creative process?

 

Poetry Postcard by Freya Pickard

Poetry Postcard by Freya Pickard

I’m not kidding!

All my patreon supporters receive special, exclusive gifts in return for a regular, monthly donation.

Those who donate $1 receive a unique poetry postcard, which is only available to them! I paint, sketch and draw real and abstract images and then work a poem into the picture. I don’t sell or promote these poetry postcards anywhere else, except on Patreon.

Those who donate $5 receive not only a poetry postcard every month, but also a complete, unpublished short story of at least 2000 words (sometimes the stories are a lot longer!) Very often I get glimpses of characters or ideas and write a short story before I develop the character and plot into a novel. So, in reading these unpublished short stories, you’re actually getting a sneak preview of something that may well become a fully-fledged novel someday!

$5 donations also get to see book covers and launch videos before anyone else does!

And, if you donate $10 a month, you get all of the above as well as one novel dedicated to you after 6 months, a free paperback every year (when available) and you get to read sample chapters of forthcoming books before they are launched!

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And what do I use the money for? Marketing! I am self-employed and literally just make ends meet. I have no disposable income at all. So I am reliant on my Patreon supporters to help me pay for the marketing of my books so they reach a wider audience.

Join me now on Patreon!

Check out my new Patreon video (contains footage of me reading excerpts from some of my books!) at YouTube!

Even if you are unable (or don’t want to) support me via Patreon, please consider sharing this post and video!

© Freya Pickard 2019

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An Ancient Song

3 April, 2019

An Ancient Song explores the dark recesses of Otta’s soul and gives Erl a new meaning to his life.

An Ancient Song continues the twins’ quest for the “Unicorn’s Trail” with a shocking revelation at the end.

An Ancient Song takes the reader into a different world where the races are divided and immigrants seek to find their way in a strange and hostile land.

This is Volume Three of The Kaerling. It was a difficult book to write as I explored Otta’s inexplicable dislike of the despised Suryan. Like Nagaru, I wanted her to admit she had killed a man and to overcome her irrational prejudice towards the travellers who protect her.

Not everything is resolved in this volume, but, as Nagaru tells her towards the end, it’s a beginning!

Want to find out exactly how Otta and Erl escape from Aura Vere? Want to know how they discover the truth about the “Unicorn’s Trail”? Want to meet more of the Kaerlings who are both attractive and repelling at the same time?

If the answer is yes to one or more of the above questions, you need to buy An Ancient Song, now! Available at Amazon UK, Amazon US, iBooks, Nook, Kobo and many other online stores.

Not convinced yet? Check out my video about Volume Three of The Kaerling at YouTube! Alternatively, take a peek at Elizabeth Leaper’s amazing reviews of the first two books in the series at The Wobbly Dum Dum Tree!

© Freya Pickard 2019

 

Cover Reveal – An Ancient Song

18 March, 2019
An Ancient Song Volume Three of The Kaerling Series

An Ancient Song Volume Three of The Kaerling Series

Here it is! This is the e-book cover for Volume Three in The Kaerling series. What do you think?

I’ll be launching An Ancient Song in a couple of weeks’ time along with a video about it. In this volume, I’ll be revealing the truth about the mysterious “Unicorn’s Trail” and what  it really means for Otta and Erl!

If you’ve not yet come across my series, The Kaerling, Volume One, Silver Fire, is still available as a FREE Download and Volume Two, Ambassador, is available for just $1 at a variety of online stores.

Elizabeth Leaper has written an excellent review about the first two books at The Wobbly Dum Dum Tree!

If you love fantasy and enjoy reading about people who are flawed yet heroic, you’ll love this series!

© Freya Pickard 2019

Emergence …

13 January, 2019

Pure Haiku is currently OPEN to Submissions.

The THEME is EMERGENCE.

This time, you are not allowed to use the word Emergence in your haiku/senyru (and you cannot use this word in the title, if you choose to provide titles for your submissions). I want to receive haiku/senyru that are implicit in their mentions of EMERGENCE.

The OED defines the word EMERGENCE as “The process of becoming visible after being concealed.” Further definitions can be found at Oxford Dictionaries.

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Delight me and surprise me with your haiku that paint vivid pictures of EMERGENCE. Don’t be confined to the obvious, be subtle, be clever, be imaginative! As always I’m looking for excellent use of language and words that conjure up clear, vivid pictures; show, don’t tell.

There will be 28 slots for individual haiku plus space for up to 5 days for a single featured haiku writer.

The DEADLINE for submissions is 25th January 2019 at midnight.

EMERGENCE themed haiku written in the traditional/classical form (5-7-5 syllables) will be posted on this site between March & April 2019.

How to submit to Pure Haiku

If you would like to submit your haiku for publication on this site, please send a maximum of 5 haiku written in the classical form on the current theme to: –

purehaiku (at) gmail (dot) com

with SUBMISSIONS, the current THEME and your NAME in the subject line.

Please include the following in the body of the email: –

Your first name
Your last name
Your email address
Your haiku (all 5 in one email please) (they do not have to be titled)
The full address of your blog or website if you have one (only one site per submission please)
The name you want to appear on the copyright
One sentence introducing yourself. Be quirky and interesting – you want people to visit your blog, don’t you?!

(Even if you have had haiku published on this site before, please still include all this information as I do not keep any details of previous submissions. By including all the required details it makes my life easier when scheduling haiku. Thank you.)

© Freya Pickard 2019

Happy New Year!

5 January, 2019

Happy New Year to you all!

I hope you had an enjoyable, restful and peaceful Christmas!

Just wanted to drop you all a line to let you know what I’m up to. I am planning on releasing two books in the first few months of this year!

My Mythology is a book of poetry, which can be found in my paperback, This Is Me. Next month I hope to release My Mythology as an e-book. In it I explore all my sources of inspiration…

I’m also hoping to release An Ancient Song. This is the third volume in The Kaerling series. If you’ve not yet read Silver Fire – it’s a free download! The second volume, Ambassador is available to purchase online in various stores. An Ancient Song tells of Otta’s continuing search for the unicorn and has a surprising twist at the end!

Over the winter I’ve been busy replenishing my creativity and have been painting once more! Here is of my creations that I wanted to share with you today along with a verse from a poem in My Mythology …

empty like

his hollow heart, the

blank mirror

gives nothing

back; taking only, never

satisfied

© Freya Pickard 2019

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Equinox

20 December, 2018
chameleon’s glare; full moons rising
near moon – regular rhythmical
far moon at perigee looms
the sea-tides are surging
rivers are flooding
gales howling
Equinox
storming
hide!
Nonet © Freya Pickard 2018
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Mysterious Moonlight by JBH

Have a peaceful and restful Christmas! I will be back in the New Year with another new book …!
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Nebulae

12 December, 2018

Painting with poster paints or water colours is still very theraputic for me.
I started drawing and painting again whilst undergoing cancer and chemo treatment in 2014/15. Nowadays I paint or draw once a week (except in the summer months when I am too busy!) and this helps me to ground myself and focus my mind on something creative.
I call this painting Nebulae because I was writing poetry for my Arturina cycle (as yet unpublished) when I created this picture. What do you think it looks like?
Elisa Choi Ang’s workshops at SkillShare are incredibly inspiring and helpful. Sign up and try them out for yourself!
© Freya Pickard 2018
Have you seen the videos I’ve made about my writing! Check them out at YouTube
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