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A drop of blood …

25 October, 2018

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Parsley stood before the throne, staring down at her beloved and the green globe and realised she had no idea what to do.

Behind her, she could hear steel on stone. Parsley glanced over her shoulder to see the statues hurl themselves at Dracomagan and Peagreen. Nimue’s golden head turned from the fighting and the green eyes widened as she saw where Parsley was standing.

Sorrel unsheathed her sword. “Get on with it!” She ordered and stepped towards the sorceress.

Then Parsley remembered. A drop of blood had opened the way in the enchanted forest. Another drop of blood had woken Tym from his enchanted sleep …

“Thank you very much for your latest newsletter. What a work you do, it is amazing. It gives me inspiration and imagination for everyday life. Thank you.” U Gohla

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The September issue of my Newsletter is available now! And in a few weeks time, the December issue will be sent out to everyone who subscribes.

Want to know how the story ends?

When you subscribe to my Newsletter you get a free story every year in four enchanting episodes. You also get to read some of my poetry which has not yet been published. And, you also get a glimpse into my real life …

How do you get to read my Newsletter?

Simply send an email to dragonscaleclippings@gmail.com with “Request Clippings” in the subject line. Your email will never be passed on or sold to anyone else and I will only ever use it to send you my quarterly Newsletter. Find out more at Freya’s Newsletter.

© Freya Pickard 2018

Parchment Poll October 2016

24 October, 2016

Here is my last Parchment Poll for 2016…
The Golden Bough by Sir James George Frazer
This is hard going but fascinating! (Yes, I’m still reading it!) I’m learning the differences between sympathetic and homeopathic magic and how they’ve influenced modern day superstitions. I think this is a “must read” for any fantasy / speculative writer because it shows you the variety and similarities of many magical practices. The reason I’ve struggled to read it is that it is definitely “research” rather than a story. My concentration is low still, but if there is a good plot and fascinating characters, I read the book very quickly!
I needed a break from such intense research and decided to read Catweazle by Richard Carpenter (a children’s book based on the TV series that my soulmate grew up with). It’s really funny! But, ironically, it’s all about sympathetic magic – lots of things I’d been reading about in TGB, are in Catweazle! It made me laugh!
I’ve also read Patchwork An Anthology of Poetry from The Christie Autumn 1994. Unfortunately it’s no longer available in print. A friend gave me a copy as it is written by and about people who have experienced cancer. I found this slim volume very encouraging and uplifting, even though many of the poems talk about death or the person’s imminent demise. The one that really struck a chord was Tamar Hodes’ “For My Father-in-Law” which was so positive, amidst the sorrow.
I read Selected Cautionary Verses by Hilaire Belloc in about 30 minutes, whilst waiting in the doctor’s surgery for a blood test. I have to say it was an hilarious read – had to stop myself laughing out loud because English people don’t do that in public places in front of strangers! These verses are timeless, cruel sometimes, but excellent entertainment.
Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them?
© Freya Pickard 2016
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Fragrant herbs linger long…

18 January, 2016
The front cover looks like metal in liquid form, like copper. I appreciate it is blue but the shape looks similar! S Michel
I have just finished reading The Essence of Thyme to the end, what a wonderful tale! C Messelodi
Thanks for sending me through The Essence of Thyme. I always enjoy reading about Dracogmagan. That girl has attitude! E Baxter
Thank you for sending me Clippings, I always read it eagerly. I probably expected The Essence of Thyme to end more traditionally as a fairy tale, but I don’t think we have seen the last of Parsley and the green globe. It’s good fun to read and I love the language. J Hunter
Essence of time reads beautifully, wasn’t the ending expected.  Look forward to reading more of your work. N Roper
I’ve been reading all your letters and emails and The Essence of Thyme which was wonderful, thank you. W Thomas
Want to find out more about “The Essence of Thyme”? Here is the link to the first episode that was published in December 2013. The Essence of Thyme #1 To read the rest of the story, simply email me at dragonscaleclippings (at) gmail (dot) com with “Clippings Request” in the subject line. This story will be available to view until 29th February 2016.

© Freya Pickard 2016

Wednesday Words – Parchment Poll November 2015

25 November, 2015
Here I am again with a new Parchment Poll…
STAR READ
Sword of Destiny by Sue Vincent A beautiful, gentle, magical read. I absolutely loved the way the author portrays Merlin!
Brilliant books – will re-read
The Letter of Marque by Patrick O’Brian Swash-buckling action and a lovely, romantic ending for Maturin. Daphne’s Diary #6 2015 Full of colours and ideas – just reading this gets my creative juices going again… Mslexia # 67 Thoroughly enjoyed the articles and interviews; always inspiring and encouraging. Just didn’t “get” the winning poems though… Boxen by C S Lewis Think Shakespeare meets Beatrix Potter. Hilarious spelling but amazing usage of English for a school age boy… A Game of Thrones by George R R Martin Took a while to get into it and then discovered my favourite character died! Definitely will read more, as am now intrigued by the Daenerys storyline! Daphne’s Diary #7 2015 Colourful, autumnal and highly inspirational! Achieving Abundant Energy by Cathy Robinson Needs to be re-read; there’s so much information in it!
Interesting but probably won’t re-read
The Coral Island by R M Ballantyne Enjoyable read but a bit preachy in places. Interzone #260 3/5 of the stories were worth reading this time… but none of the reviews made me want to watch/read the films/books… Inkheart by Cornelia Funke Very difficult to get into. I liked the ideas but it was hard-going…
Re-reads
Daphne by Justine Picardie This is such a good book to re-read and lose oneself in a land of make-believe and reality… Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier This book still holds my attention, creeps me out and shivers my spine – and it’s 25 years since I first read it! … Clearing Away The Rubbish by Adrian Plass Hilarious and poignant by turns, this is a challenging and encouraging read. Dune by Frank Herbert Possibly the best sic-fi novel ever written (in my opinion!) and I never tire of re-reading it.
Currently reading: –
Inkspell by Cornelia Funke
Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them?
© Freya Pickard 2015

Wednesday Words – Dragonscale Leggings

18 November, 2015
My novel, Dragonscale Leggings, is a parody of the genre I love best; fantasy. In it, I gently poke fun at the Arthurian legends, the common concepts of dragon slayers and dragons and how they should (or shouldn’t) behave.
What would you do if you woke up in a place you did not recognise, with no memory of who you are? Would you fall asleep again and hope to remember when you woke up next? Would you hide yourself away, giving into self-pity? Or would you walk out and explore this strange new world, hoping to recover your memory on the way?
Join the narrator of Dragonscale Leggings as she sets out to discover where she is, why she is there and how or if she can return home. Accompanied by Tygar, a white stallion who appoints himself her guardian and armed with a giant potato peeler, Dracomagan travels through a lush and dreamlike Otherworld.
Who will help her find her true identity? Will it be Sama, the gorgeous harpist who gives her a name? Will it be aggravating Agravaine, a knight who prefers fashion to fighting? Can Gatus, the goat herder help her? Or will the mysterious retired Pirate King show her the path to her real memories?
I don’t write about imaginary worlds; I write about imaginative ones. These are worlds that could be real in a parallel universe or another time dimension. I don’t promote escapism; instead I take my readers into a refreshing place so that they return to their normal lives feeling strengthened and renewed.
Visit My Books to watch the video and find out more about this novel!.
© Freya Pickard 2015

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