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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.

Help me, need your opinions


Blog Posted:5/13/2011 7:14:00 PM
Hi everyone, I require your help; I need your opinions on what poems I should include, (even if you have read any of my work or not), in my first ever poetry anthology thus titled (at the moment):  Eternal Light.  You can be critical about them if you wish because I want to produce a book that will appeal to a wide range of people.  

This anthology will only be 32 pages due to the company I will be using to self publish it.  It shall include a front cover designed by myself (done art all the way to the highest level available in school), an Author's page, a dedication then the poetry.  I hope I produce a successful first published work, which will, with a lot of luck, help place me on the path of getting a better publisher such as Bloomsberry and make my family proud.

I thank you for any advice or, indeed, critism you may give.
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  1. Date: 5/14/2011 1:19:00 PM
    One of the benefits of self publishing is being able to design your own cover. My first suggestion would be to have someone else (or several people) proofread the poems. We often don't notice our own mistakes. Add some mix of poetry forms and include both serious and humorous poetry to get a broader appeal. A variety of subjects may help as well. I know of a publisher that would not charge to publish your work, although they will do little to promote it. They will sell copies to you and you can sell them to others. Let me know if you're interested. This publisher also does NOT proofread or edit your work. If you just want to get your work in print, this is an option. Send me a Soup mail if you want more details. Wishing you success in your new poetry collection. You chose a great title! Best wishes, Carolyn

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  1. Date: 5/13/2011 11:17:00 PM
    i need this to remind me to finish my materials, leigh.. i signed a contract with a publishing company that wanted my book done, and it;s been 1 1/2 years! dear me.. i am including only contemporary pieces with an addendum for short forms as the last chapter.. that way, my book will have a solid theme... hope this helps anmd good luck! :) huggs!

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  1. Date: 5/13/2011 11:06:00 PM
    Leighann, my suggestion is that you choose the poems that get the best response from the readers here. I have been able to see very easily from interaction with poets here, which they seem to prefer of mine. I will read a few more of your poems whenever I am not busy. Unfortunately, many of us here are always rushing just to do what we come here to do. I have already read a few of your poems too and I can revisit those and tell you what I think. Do as Linda said, however, and choose a variety that will appeal to all types of readers. LUv, Andrea

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  1. Date: 5/13/2011 8:24:00 PM
    Leighann I did much the same thing when my first book swas published.. choosing poems to include is a difficult task.. they should be of different varieties to attract attention of many readers.. would be glad to read your poetry and give u an opinion at a later date.. your publisher shoudl be able to guide u on these choices luv.. good luck on your first publication..

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1/9/2012 Broken Heart Free verselife,lost love,sad,heart,
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12/10/2011 The Undead Free versefantasy,fear,
12/9/2011 Reflections Free verseimagination,life,mystery,
12/6/2011 Seriem - Succession Free versenature,science,earth,time
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12/2/2011 Igneus Orbem - World of Fire Free versenature,science,world,fire
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11/26/2011 Burnt Beyond Recognition Free verselife,people,sympathy,life
11/26/2011 The Magic of Christmas Free versechildhood,family,life,
11/25/2011 Midnight Wanders Free versefantasy,imagination,life,
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10/29/2011 Our Eternal Mother Free verselife,mother,nature,day,ma
10/8/2011 Speculum Naturae Matris - Mother Nature's Mirror Free verselife,nature,science,mothe
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6/29/2011 Starlight Dodoitsuimagination,nature,spacel
6/24/2011 Utopia Free verseinspirational,life,nature
6/9/2011 Aids Free versedeath,health,sad
6/9/2011 Chocolate Dodoitsufood,happiness
6/8/2011 Poverty Free verselife,people,sociallife,
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2/8/2011 Flowing Waters I do not know?romanceheart,heart,
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