Posted tagged ‘real life’

The Attar of Chervil: Episode One

19 March, 2018

Dracomagan was nowhere to be seen. Parsley and Sorrel waited for her, whilst Sir Peagreen stood guard. Eyes glowed in the dark greenness and a chill wind rattled dead leaves.
“I think it’s werewolves and vampires…” Parsley moaned.
“… and horrible beasties!” Dracomagan appeared in the gloom, leggings gleaming. She grinned.
“Can’t see there’s anything to smile about,” grumbled Parsley. “Is there another way round?”
“No. One path leads to a blind canyon with no way over it and the other way just dumps you in that raging river we crossed yesterday. So, the quickest way to Nimue, is through that.”
Dracomagan pointed at the green gloaming and led the way forwards …

This is the beginning of my FREE short story, The Attar of Chervil. The tale began in The Essence of Thyme and continued in The Oil of Sage but each story stands alone. If you’d like to read a FREE short story every year and sample some of my FREE short form poetry as well as getting a glimpse into my real life, simply sign up for my Newsletter at and put “Request Clippings” in the subject line! (Your email will not be sold or passed onto anyone else and I will only ever use it to send you the link to my Newsletter).
A huge thank you to one of my collaborative partners, Elisa Choi, for her beautiful front cover for this issue of my Newsletter. For more of Elisa’s work, please visit her website at Harmony Thoughts
To navigate around this blog, simply click on the dragonscales at the top of the page and scroll down to see the options on the right handside.
© Freya Pickard 2018
I’ve started making some videos about my writing! Please check them out at YouTube.

My Newsletter !

27 November, 2017

This year I have been unable to send out my usual quarterly Newsletter due to moving house and setting up a new business!
But I am now preparing my Newsletter for March 2018! The story that began in The Essence of Thyme and continued in The Oil of Sage, will conclude in The Attar of Chervil! I also share with my readers new poems as well as telling them something about my real life in a short editorial.
If you are already a subscriber to my Newsletter you should have received an email from me a couple of weeks ago, asking if you still wanted to receive it. If you’ve not seen the email yet, please check your Junk and Spam folders. If you do wish to continue to receive my creativity 4 times a year, please make sure you get back to me BEFORE 31st January 2018 to stay on my mailing list!

If you aren’t yet a subscriber and would like to give my Newsletter a try, please send me an email at with “Request Clippings” in the subject line! Your email will never be sold or passed on to anyone else.
© Freya Pickard 2017
I’ve started making some videos about my writing! Please check them out at YouTube.

Silent Speech of Metallic Ocean

29 May, 2017

Dreaming and parallel universes … These were the themes of the poem and short story that were given as my May Rewards for my Patreon supporters.
If you missed out on these rewards, don’t worry! If you pledge your support for me at Patreon before 1st June, you will be able to access the June Rewards.
In June, my supporters will receive a previously unpublished tanka/lantune sequence about constellations and new worlds and/or a previously unpublished story about twins who are in danger of their lives and have to communicate telepathically in order to survive …
I am using my short stories and poems as rewards because I want people who support me to get a glimpse into the worlds I have created. For just $1 or more month, you will be able to read an unpublished poem. For just $5 or more a month, you will be able to read an unpublished short story of at least 2,000 words. Other rewards include sneak previews of book covers and launch videos as well free sample chapters of forthcoming books.
See you at Patreon soon!
© Freya Pickard 2017
Have you seen the videos I’ve made about my writing! Check them out at YouTube

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…

ritual to fading …

14 November, 2016
Since my last “where I’ve been published” post in August, life has changed irrevocably.
Instead of spending my time sending poetry and short stories out to editors who might like to read them and accept them for their magazines and only occasionally pay me for them, I’ve been concentrating on publishing my own work. With one notable exception…

When I discovered I had cancer in 2014, I vowed that if I survived, I would stop wasting time asking other people to publish my work, and get on with it myself! So, here are my published works since August…
The Rusalka Ritual & Other Stories consists of five tales that in some way connect with Dracomagan. The female warrior does not tell any of these tales, instead, the reader can view Dracomagan through different sets of eyes and discover surprising aspects of my heroine’s character.
From a child to a murderer, the narrative voices are varied. Water faeries, Slow Death, male magic and is that Old One Eye lurking in the shadows on the golf course? These tales are quirky, deep and imaginative.

Dragonscale Leggings was released as an e-book in September. Up until that point, readers could only buy the paperback version. The original paperback (blue cover with a potato peeler on it) has now been withdrawn from publication. I am working on releasing a second edition in paperback in 2017, with the brand new cover, of course!
If you like strong, female characters, you will enjoy Dragonscale Leggings. Written in the form of a diary, the narrator, Dracomagan, takes the reader on a ride through a lush and dreamlike Otherworld. Having lost her memories, she has no idea who she is. Discovering her supposed trade (dragon slaying) is illegal for a woman to carry out, she sets out to explore this strange new world and discover who she really is. None of the characters conform to type but if you don’t have a sense of humour, this probably isn’t the book for you!
Although targeted at the “YA Fantasy” market, I have discovered that a range of ages and backgrounds enjoy this novel about Dracomagan. It is definitely an antidote to long series where the last books contain characters who weren’t even born in the first book… Although I have nothing against vampires and werewolves, this tale isn’t about them. It’s about good dragons who refuse to fight, bad dragons who are too lazy to fight and a female dragon slayer who is desperate to prove she is a dragon slayer!

Insides is my first ever poetry collection with a forward by Italian poet, Claudia Messelodi.
Released in mid-October, this collection traces my journey through cancer; from colostomy to open surgery, through chemotherapy and the long, slow road to recovery. Join me in this celebration of life and death.
I use a variety of poetic styles to express my thoughts and feelings as I go through the traumas of 2014 & 2015. Blank verse and Freyan verse alternate with short forms such as haiku, elfje, tanka, lantune and many more. If you’re a cancer sufferer I hope you will find comfort. If you have no experience of cancer, get a glimpse into our world…
And the one exception? My poem, Fading, was published in October in Agnishatdal Kartik. If you like Bengali history, culture and stories, you will enjoy this delightful, unusual magazine which is available at Agnishatdal Ezine
If you love FREEREADS, I now keep a list of all the stories and poetry you can read for free at FREE STUFF!
© Freya Pickard 2016
I’ve started making some videos about my writing! Please check them out at YouTube