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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.

Writer's Block

Blog Posted:5/28/2011 5:01:00 PM
Some people say the term "writer's block" does not exist due to the amount of inane rumours about it.  I have always been a writer since I was 13 years old, I always hiding in my precious hide-out in the Gleniffer Braes (a Braes is a Scottish word for a forest or national park), it had a waterfall, trees as high as houses, flowers of many colours, and precious stones could be found in the waterfall's rock pool; I found my first sample of pyrite there commonly know as "fool's gold" due to its golden colour.  I had made myself a little archway into a den where I had made water-proof by using old water-proof jackets I had grown out of, they were always green,. even at age 13 I knew that green would camoflage my den.  I had kept a small camp bed in there where I could get away from the trouble of bullies and family trouble.  Whilst I was in there I wrote countless poems and stories which seemed good at the time but when I grew up they eemed to be badly written.  The forest that surrounded me gave me numerous ideas, all fantasy based on fairies, dragons, magic etc, if I had the time I would rewrite my first novel, "The Leprechaun Crystal" and dispite the title it had nothing to do with a leprechaun but about what the crystal could do. 

When I was 14 I wrote my first drama, "Rekindled", but it took me 7 years to complete because drama is not my forte but I still managed it.  However, after a few months of completing it I could not write a single thing not even a short poem.  My mind was completely blank as a sheet of paper; my bin suffered greatly due to this because it was always overflowing with crumbled up sheets of paper.  After 3 months of trying I gave up but I suffered afterwards - insomia, I had it for nearly a year.  My family never knew because I went to bed at my usual time and got up at my usual time.  It was only when I slept for over 5 days did my mother find out.  All the doctor put it down to was writer's block, it had induced stress and utlmately insomia.  My brain was producing hormones that kept me awake due to stress.  So writer's block was real in my case and believe me it can more than a period of blankness.  I only started writing again in 2004 which shocked a lot of my friends who all knew that I wrote.  My art also suffered, I couldn't even draw anything even if I copied it from a book.  Writer's block, in my opinion, is choas within the mind and it actually made me ill.
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  1. Date: 5/29/2011 5:02:00 PM
    I never worry about chaos in my mind, I lost it years ago. There are periods where I just don't feel like writing. Sometimes I'll write two in one day, then not write for weeks. Your writer's history is impressive. Vince

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  1. Date: 5/29/2011 11:28:00 AM
    wow, I don't think I had it that bad as you did, Leaighann-- that must be really something but I am glad that you were able to get out of it-- Me I think I had a bout of it-- but it was more like I forgot to include writing in my life? Then it was sort of rekindled... very interesting blog, thanks for sharing this with us :)

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  1. Date: 5/29/2011 12:46:00 AM
    I force myself to write. that is why I like the challenges. Sometimes a contest just does nothing for me and I cannot even force myself to write about it. So for me, that is writer's block, but I dont' take it seriously. For everything I am unable to write about, another topic pops up for which I CAN write. that is strange how you let the stress in you from writers' block cause you such undue stress, Leighann. Suffering for your art. Wow! an interesting blog, my friend. Now get to sleep.hahaha. (look at me, it's almost 2 a.m. and I do not even have insomnia. heehee) LUv, Andrea

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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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