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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

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
Darkness
Aluminium
Ninth Wave
Shield
Aluminium
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

Orion

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
MSakran.com
M. Sakran’s Blog
His books can be purchased at
First Try
Understanding
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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