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Bloggers PhotoWell, my name is Leighann (pronounced: Lay-ann) and I was born in a town named Paisley in Scotland.  As a child I was always writing stories, most of which were dominated by grammar mistakes - I was never good at it until I taught myself; my English teacher wasn't very encouraging.  I mostly wrote poetry but I do also write novels; fantasy mostly but I have written one drama, not my forte, actually.  During my high school career I was well known for my writing of poetry and I was published twice during; first at age 15 and then at age 17 (my mother was very proud, actually the talent comes from her, she, too, is a published poet).  However, I have been published in a range of anthologies since then.  Some of the poetry I have posted on here is from my teenage years but most are new.  I am hoping to self publish my first anthology titled:  Eternal Light, very soon regardless of how short I hope everyone who buys it will find at least one poem that they find captivating.

I am a person with a strange combination of hobbies; I love sports such as rugby, swimming, and another two which I actually do: Archery and Taekwondo, I have done those sports since I was 19.  I adore reading but I do tend to stick with what I like:  mythology, geological textbooks, Biology, Ecology, art, particularly Chinese and Japanese, fantasy stories, anthologies that I am also published in, and books on what I believe in - Paganism, which is firmly based on nature, which I believe should be more cherished than it is at present.  I also seem to collect cookery books almost subconsciously because I have quite a few, most are vegetarian and baking, but due to having "dedicated carnivores" in my family I have a few that have recipes on everything; I've been a vegetarian for 9 years (2002).  I am also in to Art which I managed to get an Advanced Higher in before I left school so I still draw whenever I have time.  People ask me why I never went to Art school but my answer always was is that geology was my future career; I didn't want to turn a hobbie into work.

I am working on a novel titled (at the moment):  Lazuel:  Dark Beginnings, based on a non-stereotypical vampire named Lazuel - it does not follow the traditional vampire supersitions.  It is a fantasy/horror and I hope during the summer to be able to advance on 4 chapters; I have only written a prologue and 3 chapters.  It will not be suitable for young readers due to the gore and descriptive images.  Hopefully, it will be successful.

I have a poetry group on facebook: Poetry Corner, the image is a scroll.  Everyone is more than welcome to join if they wish.

Scientific Poetry

Blog Posted:1/10/2012 2:26:00 AM
I have been offered a chance at another publication from a rather unexpected source - my Ecology lecturer from university.  However, the poetry that is being considered has to be based on any sciences that I have studied.  Thus I have used Latin in my titles, however, I have translated the titles also, however, there is no scientific terminology used in the poetry and the poetry itself is in English, only the subject is scientific, and here on P.S. I am finding that these scientific poems are rarely being viewed.  This is giving me pause on my decision of creating a manual copy of the poetry to send to the publishers.  Are the Latin titles off-putting?  If so, what are your suggestions.

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  1. Date: 1/18/2012 4:39:00 PM
    Leighann, write for you and don't worry about the reader. Your poetry will speak for itself. You are obviously very talented.

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  1. Date: 1/10/2012 6:10:00 PM
    I had 4 years of Latin in high school and our Churches in Italy are all in Latin for services .. subtitles may be the way to go Leighann ..

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  1. Date: 1/10/2012 4:18:00 PM
    Hi Leighann, I am the minority here. As a science-driven person and an old Latin student, I personally enjoy seeing the left and right sides of the brain creating a masterful scientific poem. Like the gals below mentioned, your audience is the key. Poetry soup is probably not the best venue for this type of work, but I know there has to be a strong audience somewhere. perhaps ask one of your professors at school or contact another author that supports this said publication. I think mixing Latin with poetry is a grand idea. I woud also be interested in reading any poetry you've written about your martial arts love! GWendolen

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  1. Date: 1/10/2012 2:07:00 PM
    Leighann, I think what Iolanda told you is good advice. also, always consider the source. Rhyming poets prefer to read rhymes. Free verse poets typically prefer other free verse to read. some, like me, enjoy both , but the topic has to be of a certain type (romantic or dramatic, etc) I have no interest in sciences and so such a poem along with latin would not be something I'd read. I would love to see a poem about YOU and your experiences. I will take a quick look and see if you have such a poem. LUv, andrea

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  1. Date: 1/10/2012 7:29:00 AM
    Hi I have had a look through some of your work and , (this is my opinion only), I am not a fan of free verse and I have said this before, but I think you are correctin the fact that Latin titles can be a bit off putting. Free verse to me is the telling of a story that could be an essay and I know I will tread on lots of toes, some works I have read are stunnig in their beauty and imagintion but to me they are not poetry I would rather read it in a story. You have lots to say but mainly free verse so to me I would look at them after I have run out of others to look at. Please do not take this to mean I don;t like your work,it is just not my first choice to read. I am no judge of what is accepeted I can only judge on whatI like.

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  1. Date: 1/10/2012 3:57:00 AM
    It depends whom you write for, who are your prospective readers. Everyday folk might not understand the Latin terminology. For some of us it is easy to comprehend "Memento Mori" or "Carpe Diem" but many people don't understand and don't care for Latin... My suggestion is to make your poetry accesible to the average people they can get it and value it.

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My Past Blog Posts

Scientific Poetry
Date Posted: 1/10/2012 2:26:00 AM
New Contest
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Contest: Afflictions
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New Contest!!!
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Reveal Stories of Your University Years!!!
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Poetry Mysteries
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Date Posted: 6/24/2011 1:11:00 PM
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Contest Update!!!
Date Posted: 6/5/2011 4:18:00 PM
Contest Update!
Date Posted: 5/30/2011 4:01:00 AM
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Writer's Block
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Magic Words Contest
Date Posted: 5/27/2011 12:57:00 PM
Winners of Free for All
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New Contest
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Help me, need your opinions
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Bad Teaching
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Precious Sight
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My Poems

Date PostedPoem TitleFormCategories
5/6/2014UnspokenFree verseimagination,inspirational
5/5/2013Tales of a FairyFree versefairy,fantasy,
5/5/2013AlcoholismFree verseaddiction,anger,grief,pai
5/3/2013WorldsFree verselife,social,society,visio
10/7/2012A Fear Caressed SoulFree versefear,imagination,heart,ni
4/17/2012The Black RoseFree verseimagination,nature,rose,r
4/16/2012A Season UnwelcomeFree versenature,seasons,summer,aut
4/9/2012Stolen LifeFree verselife,loss,life,life,
2/23/2012Blood ShadowFree versefantasy,fear,life,life,
2/21/2012Night DemonsFree versefantasy,life,nature,life,
2/21/2012My AngelFree verselove,heart,heart,lonely,m
2/2/2012Broken SmileFree verselost love,smile,
1/9/2012Broken HeartFree verselife,lost love,sad,heart,
1/9/2012Donum Terrae - Earth's Precious GiftFree versehistory,life,nature,life,
12/10/2011The UndeadFree versefantasy,fear,
12/9/2011ReflectionsFree verseimagination,life,mystery,
12/6/2011Seriem - SuccessionFree versenature,science,earth,time
12/3/2011Tales of a MirrorFree verseimagination,life,time,
12/2/2011Nemora Sacra - Sacred ForestsFree versenature,science,life,beaut
12/2/2011Igneus Orbem - World of FireFree versenature,science,world,fire
12/1/2011Vis Gelu - The Power of IceFree versenature,science,snow,power
11/26/2011Burnt Beyond RecognitionFree verselife,people,sympathy,life
11/26/2011The Magic of ChristmasFree versechildhood,family,life,
11/25/2011Midnight WandersFree versefantasy,imagination,life,
11/20/2011Internal FireDodoitsulife,mirror,

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