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EPod Interview – Corin Reyburn

17 October, 2018

Welcome once more to my EPod Interview series! New to my blog and haven’t come across one yet? Check out the back story at Escape Pod Emulations.

Who is inside the lastest escape pod to arrive? If we just open the door – sorry, it’s a bit dented… And the oxygen levels are showing as severely depleted… Out fall two cats and – who’s this? Welcome back to civilisation, Corin Reyburn! What did you take with you?

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Though it’s a bit cramped in the EPod, I would find a way to fit my guitar in there with me. Drifting through space is a great time to catch up on missed opportunities to practice, write new songs, and keep myself company through music.
My pod wouldn’t be complete without tea. As I’m a big teahead, I’d want to bring a selection of teas–mostly oolong, green tea, and herbal–and an electric kettle, which could integrate wirelessly and seamlessly into the EPod’s interface. After a brief time, the on-board comm panel would learn to make the tea for me.
A bottle of Sriracha hot sauce is of course necessary. Who knows, over time I might actually grow to enjoy the strange taste of Sriracha-laced energy bars.
Though they are not items, I have to cheat a bit and say that numbers four and five on my list would be my two cats, Isis and Cleo. They are old pros at navigating through deep space, so their presence here is paramount. Depending on how long we’re adrift, I’m sure they’ll master the electric guitar, the art of making tea, and develop a taste for Sriracha flavored energy bars.
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Corin Reyburn enjoys transmuting cosmic energy and the use of unconventional instruments in rock n’ roll music. Reyburn has a degree in Creative Writing and Critique from Oregon State University, and has work featured in places such as M-BRANE SF, Subtopian Magazine, The Molotov Cocktail, Jersey Devil Press, The Gateway Review, and Quantum Muse. Reyburn is currently at work on the sequel to The Rise of Saint Fox and The Independence, which is set in a high-tech agricultural society in a galaxy far far away.

Corin’s latest book is called The Rise of Saint Fox and The Independence. This novel is about an underground cryptocurrency movement fronted by a London rock band that gains enough followers to spark a revolution.

You can purchase your own copy of Corin’s novel at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, AbeBooks & IndieBound.

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© Freya Pickard 2018
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EPod for Shehanne Moore

22 January, 2018

Welcome to the first Escape Pod Interview in 2018. If you’re not familiar with this kind of post, please read the back story at Escape Pod Emulation! So, let’s open the Escape Pod door and find who’s managed to escape this time… Hello, it’s Shehanne Moore! What 5 items have you taken to the Escape Pod?
1 My photograph album so I can look at everyone in my family, especially past and present till I can be with them again.
2 Pen and paper. I’d lose my sanity otherwise. Of course it has to be an everlasting supply. I could be here long enough.
3 A crate of very nice wine. Oh, please don’t tell me I am only allowed a bottle? In that ‘case’ I will have to have a wine making kit and an another everlasting supply.
4 A lovely old gramophone so I can listen to some lovely old records.
5 And what about a claw footed bath? One needs somewhere to drink ones wine and listen to their old records!


Shehanne Moore is a Scottish born author who writes gritty, witty, more risky than risqué, historical romance, set wherever takes her fancy—stories that detail the best and worst of human behaviour, as opposed to pouts and flounces.

Don’t forget to check out Shehanne’s novel, “The Writer and the Rake—Time Mutants”. In 1765 he’d sooner be poor than be by her side. In 2017 she’d sooner be rich!

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© Freya Pickard 2017

Escape Pod Emulation for Sharmishtha Basu

5 December, 2016

Here is another Escape Pod Emulation! A warm welcome to writer and editor, Sharmishtha Basu!
I tap the code into the keypad to access my escape pod with a beating heart. I can hear the soft voice of AI Oceana on every speaker, urging us to hurry to pack our five indispensable items and enter our epods immediately. The attack has not came out of the blue; we have been evading it for some time. The intensity was a surprise though! We never thought we would have to desert the mother ship. I glance at the five things in my hands and then allow the rays to scan my retina.
The most important item I carry is my personal computer containing every little piece of my life that has meant something to me, from earth and thereafter. I cannot imagine my life without it.
Then there’s the charger and the small speaker attached to it. I was never a big fan of headphones. I have always preferred speakers. And of course, the large photo from my altar; that is as important as life to me, I can’t spend a night without it, forget about being lost in space!
My last item is my personal book-reader, containing hundreds of books…
The door opens soundlessly and I enter my personal pod. As I settle on the chair the security belt gently embraces me, like a hug of a dear friend. I close my eyes and pray my friends and colleagues have made it to their epods safely…

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Sharmishtha Basu is a self-published author, bookworm and blogaholic, enjoying a blissful life and trying to share her experience through her books and blogs. She is the proud creator of two Ezines Agnishatdal (The lotus of fire), which you are welcome to join and Agnijaat (Fire born), which you are most welcome to read.
Come back tomorrow for my review of her poetry collection, When The Clouds Dance….
And if you’re wondering what on earth an Escape Pod Interview is all about, please read Escape Pod Emulation.
© Freya Pickard 2016

Review: Versions of The Self

8 November, 2016

I bought this collection because I’ve been following Christy’s blogs for a while and I enjoy her writing. I chose Versions of the Self because it is her most recent publication and I loved the splashes of colour on the front cover!
What struck me about these poems was the personal nature and themes they explore. This is a poet being honest and unpretentious. The poems are collected into themes which explore the different aspects of Christy. This is not a collection to breeze through. This collection is one to re-read again and again. On each re-read I am finding new things, discovering different viewpoints.
My three favourite poems are:
Never Now: A positive look back at a failure in life; You are caged into / A piece of the last chapter / And my words fill / The present page.
See My Sense of Self: An intriguing exploration of how the poet sees herself versus the person who thinks they know her: You see it is a version of me, virtual / That you have come to know… / I am more than a / smiling photo.
The Scampering Poem: A light-hearted yet serious viewpoint on how we let life run away with us, how we’re maybe even too busy to finish reading the poem! I know exactly what the poet means by; Life is humming away in your mind, with thoughts of / What to make for dinner…
Challenging but not disturbing. Inspiring, even in the sorrowful verses. Christy Birmingham is a writer to follow!
Click here to buy your copy of Versions of the Self
Follow Christy Birmingham at Poetic Parfait and When Women Inspire.
© Freya Pickard 2016

Escape Pod Emulation for Christy Birmingham

7 November, 2016

Here is another Escape Pod Emulation! A warm welcome to author, Christy Birmingham!
So here I am, in this e-pod, and I’m feeling a bit claustrophobic. I better slow down my breathing to conserve the oxygen. Luckily, if I feel lightheaded, it won’t really matter too much as I’m not steering this contraption.
I settle into the console chair, knowing I’ll be here a while, and open up the cloth bag that rests on my lap. Inside, I find my five things here. Only five. It was quite the ordeal to decide what to take with me. I take out each item, one by one.
1. A Book. I find security in the familiarity of the book Surfacing by Margaret Atwood, which I have read several times and contains a handwritten note from my mom on the first page.
2. A Pillow. If I’m going to get some decent sleep, then I definitely want to bring my pillow with me; it will provide some comfort in this strange environment.
3. A Stuffed Dog. My friend bought the stuffie for me at the hospital gift shop when I was there recovering, in the midst of a tough time; stroking his ears still helps me to relax, just like it did back then. It was following my release from the hospital that I began to write Pathways to Illumination, which chronicles a woman’s struggles with depression and anxiety after an abusive relationship ends.

4. A Stationary Set (Includes Pen and Paper). Ok, I cheated a little bit here as I didn’t include the sheets and pen as separate items but, well, I was creative, so bonus points for that, right? I would take notes on what I see and think about during this once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
5. A Photograph. This photo is of my parents and I on the patio of a restaurant, smiling as we enjoyed a nice meal together; the photo would help keep my spirit strong, and I would not feel quite so isolated either.
Oh and if you are wondering why I wouldn’t pack my beautiful dancing shoes that I wear for salsa classes, it’s because there is not enough room for this type of dance in the pod and I would not have a partner. But I could still chair dance, right? I do car dancing all the time, so it’s not that much of a stretch.
Christy Birmingham is an avid freelance writer and blogger who lives in British Columbia, Canada. She is the proud owner of the blogs Poetic Parfait and When Women Inspire. She has written two poetry books and plans to release her first book of fiction next year.
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Come back tomorrow for my review of her poetry collection, Versions of the Self….
And if you’re wondering what on earth an Escape Pod Interview is all about, please read Escape Pod Emulation.
© Freya Pickard 2016

About Dragonscale Clippings

30 March, 2016

Welcome to my blog, Dragonscale Clippings. I had intended to post some more Freyan Verse here on a Wednesday, but unfortunately my immediate family situation is extremely fraught, and time really is an issue. So, instead, as I’ve been getting some new followers recently, I thought I would introduce myself as my pages have recently been updated.

I am Freya Pickard, the author of Dragonscale Leggings. I blog three times a week, posting "clippings" (small observations, also known as fragments or small stones), and on a Wednesday I tend to present a pile of clippings in Wednesday Words. When I’m not blogging here, I’m over at PureHaiku. Although I appreciate that many blogs use pictures and words together, I am a wordsmith and believe my words should stand by themselves to create vivid pictures in my readers’ minds.

I love feedback, so if you have time to Like or Comment, I will return the compliment. I produce a Newsletter four times a year. A new short story, The Oil of Sage, starts this month…

You can follow me at Facebook and Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn.

Please note that I am a writer first and a blogger second. I moderate all comments and sometimes they can take a week or so to appear. Due to time constraints, I am no longer able to accept blog awards. Thank you for taking the time to read my work.

Inspiration – Thomas Ullman

29 October, 2014
Insomnia
My body has a nasty habit of waking me at ungodly hours. Usually between four and five in the morning I jolt awake and make a futile attempt to get back to sleep. Then thoughts whirl around my fertile brain and I’ll scribble a note on my hand.
After an hour I’ll rise, shower and log on. After the usual web distractions, words appear. Words inspired by insomnia and a fevered mind. Could be musing about football or my next bestseller!
So it’s insomnia that inspires me. I will be a genius when I have something to worry about!
Thomas Ullman is an English teacher living in Sweden. He writes about the Goddess Freya and her adventures despite not really liking fantasy. He has a rather saucy blog at Freya Being Freya
© Thomas Ullman 2014

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