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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
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Sharing Love

14 March, 2017

When the first poem contains lines such as

Poems free imagination
an inclination to see
within and without
the play of life.

You know you’re in for a thoroughly good read!

I was really struck by the tenderness with which the poems in this collection were written. Reading it, I felt relaxed and soothed; pretty amazing for me at the end of a hectic week!
If you are looking for mindful poetry, this is the collection to read. I love the sense of humour running through some of the poetry as well as the seriousness of thought in others. The ebb and flow of verse is as natural as a flowing stream.
The main theme of the collection is “interconnectedness”. “out there among the stars/our interconnectedness unfolds”. It runs throughout each section, sometimes referred to directly, at other times it is hinted at, allowing the reader to make their own connections.
Other themes that wind their way through this journey of verse are mindfulness, love, passion and heartbreak. The theme of care is prevalent also; not just for each other, but for the planet as a whole.

Another thing that struck me whilst reading this collection, was the gracefulness and unconditional love the writer has for the people in his poems. The whole idea of loving someone so much, that you would let them go, if they wanted to leave, came across incredibly strongly in several verses.
Favourites? Well, it depends on how I’m feeling when I re-read them! But ones that have remained favourite on several re-reads, include Ripples with its awesome line “silence between words”. Be With Me encapsulates the feeling of the collection, particularly the third stanza, “a kaleidoscope of pattern/rhythm and enlightenment”. And Spellbinder, of course! Why? It’s about one of my favourite characters of legend, Merlin, “invoking the universes unfathomable mystery”…
Take time out of your busy schedule and read this book. You will not be disappointed.
Sharing Love. is available to buy now and you can read Sam’s EPod Interview at 20170306.
© Freya Pickard 2017

Escape Pod Emulation for Sam Eastwood

13 March, 2017

Today I’m extending a warm welcome to poet Sam Eastwood. He’s here as part of my Escape Pod Emulation series!
What I love doing about these interviews with a difference, is reading about the 5 items each person would take with them. Each interviewee so far has taken items so personal to them that no one else has duplicated anything – yet! I’m handing over to Sam now, so he can tell you what he would take.
My writing pad, with which I can continue my poems and stories.
A framed picture of the woman I love.
A picture of my Siamese chocolate point, who is waiting for me on my return.
The small statue of Buddha, which has a chime to remind me to be ‘present’.
And the old worn copy of ‘The heart of the Buddha’s teaching’ by Thich Nhat Hanh.

Sam Eastwood has recently had a poetry collection published and has several other projects nearing fruition.
Come back tomorrow to read my review of Sharing Love.
How did Sam start writing poetry? It all began when he started writing a SciFi book “The Paradox of the White Tiger” which included love poems. These poems soon overtook the writing of the book when he fell in love with himself, and became his own muse! “The Paradox of the White Tiger” is currently being edited and will hopefully be published this year. Sam also has a short story “The Tide” which he plans to release very shortly.
You can connect to Sam at: –
LinkedIn
Facebook
And if you’re wondering what on earth an Escape Pod Interview is all about, please read Escape Pod Emulation.
© Freya Pickard 2017

Escape Pods & Aliens

27 February, 2017

Last Autumn I launched my Escape Pod Emulation series. So far, I’ve had 5 guests, with 2 more booked for March & April.
It has been a wonderful ride! Each of my guests has taken with them completely different items and I love the personal stories behind the items!
Wondering what I’m talking about?
The quick answer can be found at YouTube.
The slightly longer answer can be found at EPod Interviews. Scroll down to click on the links to the interviews that have taken place so far!
Who will I choose next? I’d love to meet a real out of space alien, wouldn’t you?!
© Freya Pickard 2017

Interviewed by Sporkette!

17 February, 2017

A huge thank you to Sporkette for inviting me to her blog and interviewing me there!
Please check it out at Patricia Spork.
You can leave any comments on this post if you like it!
PS Dragonscale Leggings has a new price of just $3.00!
© Freya Pickard 2017
Have you seen the videos I’ve made about my writing! Check them out at YouTube

Understanding: poems with explanations

7 February, 2017

When M. Sakran told me about his collection of poetry and asked me to write an introduction, I was intrigued!
The title in itself, tells you a lot about the collection – Understanding: poems with explanations. Why explanations? So, I read on. I’m not going to repeat my introduction here – you can read that in his book! Instead I’m going to tell you a little about my reactions to his poetry.
Understanding struck a chord with me because a lot of the poems explore death, cancer and suicide, as well as other situations that most people might not feel comfortable with. This is not to say that the collection is depressing. It is a very clever collection that makes you think and opens your eyes to other possibilities in interpretation. I loved how although I liked my interpretation of his words, sometimes, M. Sakran had half a dozen different thoughts going through his head while he wrote the poem. In a way, Understanding is a study of the creative process as well presenting some intriguing and thought-provoking poetry.
He uses both blank and rhythmical verse, sometimes with rhyme that does not detract from the meaning of the poem whatsoever. His poems are generally short and have a powerful impact with their words. His imagery is intriguing and his use of prose poetry in Distortion and Waiting are particularly effective.
Here and On The Floor were the 2 poems I identified most with having been through cancer myself. But Finality and Ridden also touched me, having seen an elderly relative die last year. And in Darkness & Dawn, the reader has nothing but sympathy for the suicide victim.
M. Sakran is an empathetic poet whose creative process is as fascinating as the poems he produces.
His books can be purchased at
First Try
Understanding
You can read M. Sakran’s EPod Interview at 20170206
You can follow M. Sakran at
MSakran.com
M. Sakran’s Blog
© Freya Pickard 2017

Epod Emulation for Elisa Choi Ang

16 January, 2017

Here is another Escape Pod Emulation! A warm welcome to artist, Elisa Choi Ang!
The first of my items to take with me in the escape pod would be my Bible, as to me, it is the only book that matters.
Second would be my laptop as it is where I produce and store most of my work – that is also very important to me.
The third item would be my Art Tool Box as that is where I keep all the art materials I use that I need to make my art.
Fourth would be my wallet containing money that I may need to purchase things with once I reach civilisation again.
And my fifth item would, of course, be my mobile phone, not to call people with, but so that I can take photos!
Elisa Choi Ang is an artist who loves to empower people to make art inspired by their stories. She encourages others to sketch their lives in pen and paint in watercolor.
Elisa now has 2 classes available to participate in at her Online Class (see above link!). Now available is Sketch Your Life 2: Infuse Your Art with Creativity and Imagination This class inspires you to make your artwork engaging and personal to who you are as an artist, by exploring the techniques using one’s creativity, imagination and artistic style..
Come back next week to see the paintings Elisa has produced for me!.
And if you’re wondering what on earth an Escape Pod Interview is all about, please read Escape Pod Emulation.
© Freya Pickard 2017

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