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Freefall – verses 1 – 3

15 March, 2017

Here are the first three verses of my Freyan Verse, Freefall. I’ve put the colours in so you can see where each stanza ends and begins. How would you finish this verse?
For a full explanation about this poetical form that I have invented, please visit Freyan Verse.
I’ve started making some videos about my writing! Please check them out at YouTube

aluminium to this is writing

6 March, 2017
No books published yet, this year! Hopefully more will be released in months to come …
But since November last year, I have had a few poems and articles published.

My poems Fading and Stone Ventricles were published in Agnishatdal Ezine in November and January respectively. Contact the editor if you would like to receive a copy of this magazine!
Spillwords published five of my short form poems in November and December 2016. Check them out at
Ninth Wave
In January I had a guest blog at Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo as well as a Shadorma appearing at The Drabble. One of my haiku was published in the first issue of Stardust Haiku and I also featured in an author interview over at Pretty Hot.
An article I wrote about my experiences of cancer appeared in February at BurstOut Magazine. I was interviewed by Sporkette over at Patricia Spork’s Blog and I was also featured at Awesome Gang and This Is Writing. (Please note that this last interview was published while The Rusalka Ritual was reduced in price!)
If you love FREEREADS, I keep a list of all the stories and poetry you can read for free at FREE STUFF!
© Freya Pickard 2017
I’ve started making some videos about my writing! Take a quick look at YouTube


13 February, 2017

The first Freyan Verse for 2017 is written by my friend, Jenny Poulter. What do you think? I love it!
For a full explanation about this poetical form that I have invented, please visit Freyan Verse. Feel free to write your own!
I’ve started making some videos about my writing! Please check them out at YouTube

Escape Pod Emulation for M. Sakran

6 February, 2017

Today I’m extending a warm welcome to the poet M. Sakran. He’s here as part of my Escape Pod Emulation series!
M. Sakran tells me he spent a lot of time wondering which five items he would take with him in the Escape Pod and also wondering whether he should take real items or imaginary ones. In the end, he decided upon these…
A box containing religious items, which, as a self-contained item, could be considered one thing, and is something I would definitely need for any long journey.
A zero gravity complete toilet kit, since, in an engineering oversight, the escape pod does not seem to come with such facilities.
A very high tech rechargeable robotic dog (either rechargeable by direct connection to the pod or via a built in solar panel), which would provide a source of interaction, responsibility, variability, and entertainment.
A large bag of hand selected multi-flavored jelly beans, which would provide a daily treat to be looked forward to, a break in the monotony of the energy bars, and would be practical as well as fun in zero gravity.
A bag of small magnets, with covered adhesive on one side, which would provide a way to connect the other items to the walls, would increase the usability of the robotic dog, and would provide something which could be used as a toy, as well as in other ways, in a zero gravity metal sphere.

M. Sakran is a poet who has previously appeared at my other blog Pure Haiku. He has two poetry collections under his belt and has recently finished a humorous creative nonfiction book about colon cancer, that will hopefully, be published someday. He is also currently posting chapters from his science fiction novel The Finch which is about two friends, their flying ship, and the adventure they have.
Come back tomorrow to read my review of his collection Understanding: poems with explanations by M. Sakran. This a self-published collection of twenty original poems, with explanations of each of them. The main purpose of this book is to help readers expand their understanding of poetry through the explanations..
You can follow M. Sakran at
M. Sakran’s Blog
His books can be purchased at
First Try
And if you’re wondering what on earth an Escape Pod Interview is all about, please read Escape Pod Emulation.
© Freya Pickard 2017

Insides – still only 99 cents!

14 December, 2016

Hurry! Hurry! The reduced price of my poetry collection, Insides, will revert to the full price at midday on Thursday, 15th December 2016… If you purchase books from Amazon US, you’ve only got a few hours left to get hold of a copy of Insides for just 99 cents!

Learn how I accepted cancer, embraced it and determined to be rid of it, whatever the cost.

Discover how frail I felt after surgery, how long it took me to come to terms with losing my womb.

Become aware of the mental anguish of those who have had cancer and chemotherapy; how alien they feel, how disjointed and out of synch they find themselves when “it is all over”. For it is never “all over”, as I discover and start to learn to live with the aftermath of deathly trauma.

Check out this moving video at YouTube.

Be inspired by this true life story …

Insides – still only 99 cents!

13 December, 2016

My first poetry collection, Insides, is still available to buy at a reduced price at Amazon US. It’s still only 99 cents until midday, Thursday, 15th December 2016…

Insides is a mixture of short form poetry blended with my “clippings”. To tell the tale of my darkest nightmare, I use blank verse, haiku, tanka, cinquain, elfje, lantune and my very own freyan verse.

The poetry ebbs and flows from despair and fear to determination and sheer grit to get me through to a stage of recovery. But, as I find and express through my journal notes which find their way into short form poems, recovery happens in many stages and isn’t as immediate as I hoped or wished.

This collection will bring comfort and renewed determination to anyone dealing with a life-threatening illness. And, it is hoped, that those on the edges, watching from afar, will be enabled to identify more with the sufferers of cancer.

Check out this moving video at YouTube.

Get a glimpse into the amazing world of a cancer survivor…

Insides – just 99 cents!

12 December, 2016

For a VERY short time, my first poetry collection, Insides, is available to buy at Amazon US, for just 99 cents until midday, Thursday, 15th December 2016…

In 2014 I was diagnosed with bowel cancer.

Insides is the inner journey, charting my progress through colostomy, removal of the tumour and chemotherapy.

Dealing with the dark matter of cancer and facing death three times in six months, this collection is a positive affirmation of hope and life.

Check out this moving video at YouTube.

Get a glimpse into the amazing world of a cancer sufferer…

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