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Breathe

6 November, 2017

Breathe

If you are one of my supporters at Patreon, you will have been treated to some poetry from my unpublished poetry & prose collection about Arturina. This is the first Freyan Verse that I’ve written about her – what do you think? I am still working on this collection; I know the story now, it’s just putting together all the poetry and prose fragments so that they make sense to the reader! Have a go at your own Freyan Verse if you like!
I’ve started making some videos about my writing! Please check them out at YouTube
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What I’m publishing next …

30 October, 2017

I joined Patreon initially to get my novels about Isu Magan published. I released Vintrig’s Kingdom in November 2017 and Vintrig’s Throne is due for release shortly!
Although I did a lot of the work myself and managed to call in favours regarding the formatting, pagination and artwork, I needed a source of income to pay for promotion. I wasn’t expecting a massive amount, just enough to enable me to pay for the first book to be promoted in order to increase sales.
Now that Vintrig’s Throne is due to be published very soon (!) I need more money to promote it in a variety of ways. As I am currently self-employed in my new business, it’s more important to me than ever to be able to continue to promote my books.
I have so many more books to share with the world; my fantasy series “The Kaerling”, my poetry cycle, “Arturina”, as well as many short story and poetry collections. If you would like to help me achieve my aim in publishing my art, please consider supporting me via Patreon.
For just $1 a month you’ll receive an unpublished poem but for $5 a month you’ll also receive an unpublished story of at least 2000 words!
Even if you can’t support me at the moment, please consider buying one of my books and sharing this post! Your help is much appreciated!
© Freya Pickard 2017
Have you seen the videos I’ve made about my writing! Check them out at YouTube

Freya Returns with Reduced Insides!

2 October, 2017

Hello! It’s me! I’m back! Did you miss me?
I certainly missed all of you! Life has been unbelievably busy and my new business has taken over my life. I am hoping that we’ve made enough money so I can relax a little over the winter months before the mad rush starts again next year!
I’ve got some plans for this autumn that I’m hoping to implement in-between the daily, demanding tasks that now run my life. I’m bringing back my EPod Interviews in October and December. And I can’t promise anything, but, if both time and money permit, I am planning on releasing “Vintrig’s Throne”, (the sequel to Vintrig’s Kingdom).

Right now, my first poetry collection, Insides, is on special offer! It’s just 99p online this month – if you’ve not read it yet, buy it now before the price goes back up to £1.60. And, if you have already read it, please, please, please could you possibly leave a review on Amazon (or wherever you purchased it) about it? Thank you so much!
I am hoping to start catching up with blogs, emails, social media stuff. But please bear with me as it may take a while. I don’t really have any free time at the mo! It’s lovely to be back online once more though and I can’t wait to “see” you all again. Much love Freya xxx
© Freya Pickard 2017
Have you seen the videos I’ve made about my writing! Check them out at YouTube

Haunting

10 July, 2017

Haunting

This Freyan Verse was inspired by the deaths of 3 close writing friends between January 2014 and June 2015. It also reflects on my own brushes with death between July 2014 and January 2015. Click on the link to find out how to read this poem both vertically and horizontally. You can write your own, if you wish!
I’ve started making some videos about my writing! Please check them out at YouTube

Something Positive

2 May, 2017

If you’ve been following my blog for the last few years, you’ll know that in 2014 I was diagnosed with bowel cancer and spent 11 months off work, enduring surgery, including a colostomy and a hysterectomy, as well as chemotherapy before I was able to start the road to recovery.

One of the many things that kept me going during this time, was writing. Not that I could write much immediately after surgery or whilst going through chemo. But writing something about my pain or situation every day, enabled me to embrace the darkest time of my life. These writings developed into my first poetry collection.

Insides takes you not only inside my mind as I come to terms with everything that is happening to me, but it also takes you inside my body as parts are removed and then invaded by the synthetic poisons of chemotherapy.

This is not a dirge. This is a triumphant song to overcoming the darkest fear in the world. If you are currently going through the procedure of cancer; surgery/chemo/check-ups/recovery, you may find this collection inspiring. If you have no experience of cancer at all, this collection may enable you to understand the suffering of others.

This collection has now been reduced to just £1.60 / $2.00 at most online stores. The video about Insides can be found at YouTube.

© Freya Pickard 2017

Parchment Poll May 2017

1 May, 2017

It’s been rather a long time since I published a Parchment Poll! So, here we are with the first one for 2017!
STAR READ
I first read The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in my early teens, when I borrowed this very large volume from the library. Now, thirty years later I have my own hard back copy and it has been a delight to re-read! As a teenager, I don’t think I really appreciated Holmes’ sarcasm and wit. Conan Doyle’s writing is incredible. I remembered a lot of the tales, others I couldn’t recall at all. My favourites are still The Hound of the Baskervilles and The Valley of Fear. If you’ve only seen the films or series about Sherlock Holmes, you should read this – it is far better than any of the visual productions! Though, I have to say that Jeremy Brett was nearly 100% Holmes and the modern Sherlock series is an excellent modern take on these tales.
I’m afraid I had to give up reading The Golden Bough by Sir James George Frazer. I got about three quarters of the way through it and just stopped reading. It is very interesting but extremely repetitive. In the end, I wasn’t reading anything at all, feeling I had to finish the book. But then, my friend Libby also admitted she’d once started it and never finished it either – I think her comment was “life is too short to read books I’ve lost interest in”. So, I gave up! And started reading some other books instead …
Magic meets a forgotten technology in Fire & Ice by Patty Jansen. Jansen writes in a high fantasy style with plenty of intrigue and sexual tensions to keep the reader fascinated until the end.
Having been told in the past that Ian Fleming’s books were badly written, I picked up Diamonds Are Forever and was hooked by the opening paragraphs. I’m wondering now if the person who put me off the books just didn’t like that particular genre? I actually preferred the book to the film. (The film bears no resemblance to the book whatsoever). It’s gritty, fast-paced and Bond comes across as a real person. I’ll definitely read more!
Cloud Nine And Other Poems by Elaine Patricia Morris is a treasure box of being and observing with a good helping of humour. Morris fluctuates between blank verse and traditional poetry with ease and the images she conveys are beautiful, often rural, but never sentimental. The collection is available direct from the author.
A friend gave me Honour by Elif Shafik. This is not the kind of thing I usually read but the way the book is written held me enthralled. The author shows the double-standards in how men and women are treated in some Islamic societies. She doesn’t provide any remedies, but enables her characters to find some peace within themselves at the end. I did guess the outcome, I have to admit! But it didn’t spoil the story!
Books that left no impression on me …
Midnight in St Petersburg by Vanora Bennett Nothing much really happened even though it was one of the most dramatic times in Russian history!
Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them?
A word of warning – this could be my only Parchment Poll in 2017! I have moved house and am starting up a new enterprise and haven’t got much time to read at all at the moment!
© Freya Pickard 2017
I’ve started making some videos about my writing! Please check them out at YouTube

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

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