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Digital Detox…

30 June, 2016
Just a quick note to let you all know that I’m going to have a digital detox for a couple of weeks…
It won’t be a 100% detox as I will be posting rewards at Patreon and closing Pure Haiku to submissions. But I won’t be around to respond to Likes, Comments & Follows.
I have scheduled some posts to appear as usual and will start responding to emails etc on or after 18th July 2016. See you all again then!
NEWSFLASH!
One of my Freyan Verses, Turbulence, appears in the current issue of Gold Dust! It’s on page 47 and it’s the first time an editor has been adventurous enough to accept and print a Freyan Verse! Another poem, Yellow Dust, appears on page 37. Take a look for free at Issue 29
Spillwords have also recently published two of my haiku at Hollowed Landscape and This Long Killer Jaw. Three more are due to appear in July…
© Freya Pickard 2016
I’ve started making some videos about my writing! Please check them out at The Essence of Thyme and Patreon

Without Words – for a short while

27 June, 2014
As from today I will be Without Words and Offline until Monday, 14th July 2014.
It is time for me to rest and relax, to escape from words, both written and read.
This time I have not scheduled any posts to appear on either of my blogs while I am away. I feel it is necessary to take a complete break from the internet.
You can find out what I discovered when I went Without Words last year for 5 weeks at Why, How and What
I look forward to catching up with you all again on my return in mid-July.
Stay creative. Learn to take a break when you need to you. See you again soon. Much love. Freya
© Freya Pickard 2014

Wednesday Words – Fruit Cake

13 February, 2013
I originally posted this blog at WOWH
I’d like to share some virtual fruit cake with you. I made a large fruit cake for the week my partner and I took off recently. We didn’t go away. We made furniture for the office, bought things we needed and I also did a lot of gardening.
We were both tired. We needed to do something creative which tied in with practical things that needed to be done around the house. We ate small slices of my fruit cake for tea in the afternoons, drinking herbal tea with it; chamomile, blackcurrant or fennel. We listened to more music. We hardly watched any TV. Instead we re-watched the original Star Wars films in the evenings.
The fruit cake was succulent and firm but it wasn’t heavy at all. There were great chunks of dried fruit in it; fig, date, apricot, pear, apple. The texture was firm yet yielding. The taste was fruity-sweet, not too sweet. It was a treat. It gave us energy when we’d been working hard physically all day.
During the week I didn’t write any haiku and only a few stones. I stopped thinking about trying to make money out of my writing. I stopped trying to decide what to write next; should I re-write my romace, should I write my planned novel about depression, should I work on my fantasy series or write the final futuristic tale, or should I write more poems and short stories to sell to magazines?
I rested my mind. I enjoyed gardening. I made tomato soup from my homegrown tomatoes. I read three books; “Pay Attention – A River of Stones”, “A Year of Questions” by Fiona Robyn and “Soulforge” by Margaret Weis. I stopped feeling tired. I stopped worrying. I enjoyed being.
Now I’m back in routine and I know where I’m going. I’m working on short stories because they’re alive to me at the moment. And in November I’m going to participate in Nanowrimo for the first time ever in order to start my novel about living with depression.
The Nanowrimo experience was interesting but not one that I would want to repeat! I still need to work on the draft of the novel I wrote during that month…
© Freya Pickard 2013

still learning to use wordpress …

25 June, 2012

Thank you so much to everyone who has been leaving comments for me! I have just returned from holiday and discovered that most of the comments left for this blogsite had gone into spam. Honestly! So I’ve just rescued the genuine looking ones. (Those organisations who left marketing messages have been “deleted permanently”). Please only leave genuine comments if you would like me to visit your site in return.

I will return visits to all your lovely looking blogsites as soon as I can but please bear with me while I catch up with literally hundreds of emails… And thank you once again for visiting!

Freya Pickard

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