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Green Darkness

9 January, 2018
I stand at the border of the forest, amidst grasping root and snaking vine. And I listen. I can hear you snuffling in the green darkness. Your breath sucks in and blows out. In my mind’s eye I can see the moist cavity of your lungs ballooning and deflating. A breeze scratches among the leaves and I freeze. Your snorting ceases. The deep shadows become still. A scrabble of earth, the ripping of vines and you, the Animal, are gone.

I wait until daylight when sunlight dapples the forest floor. I hear you roar, greeting the new day and I search for you. Following your razor-like tracks in the leaf mould, I walk beneath tall trees and beside rushing rivers. Would your sharp claws embrace me if I met you?
Your heavy stench drifts upon the close air. My nostrils flare in revulsion even as I strain eagerly forwards to catch a glimpse of you. But the forest glade is empty. I stand at the edge. Your scent pulses around me. I know you are there. My eyes examine every plant, every pattern of light and shade. You are too well concealed. The pattern of your fur blends with the dappled shadows …
This is a short extract from my most recent publication; Xmas @ Camelot II, available at Amazon UK, Amazon US, Kobo, Barnes&Noble and iTunes. It’s a collection of 10 short stories about Choices, Transitions, Shape-Shifting and Virtual Reality! Check out my video at YouTube.
Currently available as an e-book, I will release a paperback version once I’ve published a few more volumes of Dragonscale Diffusions!
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© Freya Pickard 2018
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Xmas @ Camelot II

8 January, 2018

If you thought Christmas was over, think again! Here are 10 weird and wonderful tales from my fertile imagination!
This is the first collection in my Dragonscale Diffusions series. These are stories which may involve Dracomagan, or, they may not be about her at all! The tales in Xmas @ Camelot II vary in length from 50 words to 2,660! So you can dip in and out of them whenever you have time. And don’t worry, these stories take you through the seasons, they’re not all about Christmas!
If you’ve enjoyed my novels Vintrig’s Kingdom and Vintrig’s Throne, you’ll love to discover the prose tales of The Slaying of Jormungund and the full length version of the Snow Bear. If you like Dragonscale Leggings, you can indulge your love of Dracomagan in both Trapped and Xmas @ Camelot II.
The themes within these tales centre around Transitions, Shape Shifters, Choices and Virtual Reality. Turning Point is a short Freudian study of light and dark and Lie In is my take on a popular fairy tale. Ariel is my interpretation of Shakespeare’s play, The Tempest, whilst Animal explores the complicated world of shape-shifting. And, Taking Root, is another interpretation of an old, old manuscript and Norsemare is a wry glance at the world of gaming …
Dare to walk the paths of darkness and light, explore your reactions to the choices my characters make!
It is available NOW at Amazon UK, Amazon US, Kobo, Barnes&Noble and iTunes.
As always, there’s a VERY short video about this collection at YouTube
Currently only available as an e-book, the paperback will be released in the future once I’ve published several more Dragonscale Diffusions!
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© Freya Pickard 2018

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

wordless song brings truth

17 July, 2017

The life of a leaf and a fairy tale gone wrong … These were the themes of the poem and short story that were given as my July 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 August, you will be able to access the August Rewards.
Once published, my books need to be promoted. This can only be done effectively if I pay established companies to promote my novels etc. Therefore, I am seeking to promote my books on a weekly basis and to do that properly, I need at least $30 per month. Without promotion I cannot sell my work. If I can sell a certain amount of books per month, I can then fulfil my dream of being a full time writer!
In August, my supporters will receive a previously unpublished lantune/haiku sequence about the songs of deep space and/or a previously unpublished story about a man who crosses the border into fairy land and starts to notice the world around him …
See you at Patreon soon!
© Freya Pickard 2017
Have you seen the videos I’ve made about my writing! Check them out at YouTube

leaflife & oberon …

19 June, 2017

Telepathic communication and strange new worlds … These were the themes of the poem and short story that were given as my June 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 July, you will be able to access the July Rewards.
Once published, my books need to be promoted. This can only be done effectively if I pay established companies to promote my novels etc. Therefore, I am seeking to promote my books on a weekly basis and to do that properly, I need at least $30 per month. Without promotion I cannot sell my work. If I can sell a certain amount of books per month, I can then fulfil my dream of being a full time writer!
In July, my supporters will receive a previously unpublished elfje sequence about the brief life of leaves and/or a previously unpublished story about a diminutive character who finds himself lost in a fairy tale …
See you at Patreon soon!
© Freya Pickard 2017
Have you seen the videos I’ve made about my writing! 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

How I choose covers for short stories …

27 March, 2017

A few weeks ago I posted about how I choose covers for my novels. Today I want to talk about choosing covers for short stories.
Stories are different from Novels in their length, structure and aim. With a short story, you have to be in the storytelling world immediately. The action has to happen quickly and there needs to be a good resolution before the end of the tale. So far, I’ve published a single short story plus one short story collection.
I had very clear ideas on what I wanted for The Essence of Thyme. As the first in a series (originally published as a free read in my Newsletter) I wanted the covers of the following books to link back to this one.
I knew from the start that I wanted a vast green globe on the front to portray the green globe mentioned towards the end of the story. (It is key to the following two stories as well). JBH suggested the shadowed lattice work giving the cover a slightly darker, more haunted feel. This, I felt, went suitably with the silent castle and slightly puzzling enchantment of Lord Thyme’s son.
I knew I didn’t want a fairy tale picture because although this story is a re-telling of Sleeping Beauty, it is most definitely NOT a sugar sweet, happy ending …

I came across the picture I used for The Rusalka Ritual & Other Stories when I was going through Kombmaker’s portfolio. As soon as I saw it, I recognised it as being the woodland that the companions travel through in The Rusalka Ritual.
When JBH came to manipulate the painting, I advised him on the part of it that had to appear on the front cover, namely the waterfall with the golden light above it. Surprisingly, JBH stretched the painting digitally, cutting off the trees to either side. But boy, did it work! I was so pleased with it. At JBH’s suggestion, we used that particular font with red ink, to make it look as though the words were written in blood …
This collection is a series of fairy tales, but there aren’t necessarily any fairy tale endings, which I why I think the cover works; it makes me think of Grimm’s fairy stories. My tales will make you laugh, but there’s always something slightly sinister about Dracomagan’s Otherworld.
As always, I’m trying to be different! Do you think I’ve succeeded? Which of these books would you buy?
© Freya Pickard 2017

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