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Joined 02-28-08, id: 601419, Profile Updated: 10-11-10
Author has written 25 stories for General, Politics, Love, Historical, Humor, School, Life, Supernatural, Humor, and Nature.

Age: 19

Gender: Female

Sexual Orientation: Heterosexual

Location: The U.S. -- near Canada.

About Me: I have always loved talking. That naturally led to reading (i.e. listening to other, more interesting people talk). And that lead to writing. I have been an involved reader since I was introduced to the amazing imagination of Brian Jacques and his Redwall series. I have been an avid and thoroughly delighted reader since my entrance into the wonderful worlds of Tortall through Tamora Pierce (who is one of my writing heroes) and Hogwarts through JKR. I love fantasy especially.

I'm a rather slow writer - in that I have a hard time finishing stories - so if I post anything, it'll be a miracle.

I love music (I play violin, piano, and sing), so that will probably show up in any stories I post.

I'm a bit - more than a bit - of a perfectionist, and thus quite the English freak. Punctuation, spelling, grammar . . . all are deeply important to me. So I apologize in advance for any detailed criticism on how exactly one should punctuate dialogue or something similar.

Influences: My favorite authors run a gamut so wide that it would be impossible to list them all. So, the short version of the Truly Luminary, in no particular order: Brian Jacques, Tamora Pierce, JKR, Eoin Colfer, Neil Gaiman, Rick Riordan, Paula Volsky, Robin McKinley, Megan Whalen Turner, Jacqueline Carey, Alison Croggon, Herbie Brennan, Sherwood Smith, Hilari Bell, Laurel K. Hamilton, J.R.R. Tolkien, Tanith Lee, and Jonathan Stroud. If I think of the others (and there are others), I'll add them. Oh, wait. SHAKESPEARE!!

As far as music goes, I love everything from classical to musicals (especially musicals. They're my favorite) to rock to metal to some country, some pop . . . anything decent, really.

Movies and T.V. - I love romance, so that's always good. Old-fashioned knight in shining armor stuff. And I also love good humor. But I'll watch anything so long as the writing and acting is good.

Ideology: Romantic idealist. Optimist. I like happy endings a LOT. But at the same time, I try to be realistic. I'm a policy debater, so I care about what's feasible in the world as we know it.


Also, in advance, thank you for reading any scribblings I manage to post!


A Note on My Stories: The things I actually do post will most likely be things I've done for school (i.e. the only stories I've actually had to finish). Thus, they may be a bit shorter than I'd like them to be. If anyone has suggestions on how to expand them, that would be most useful and welcome.

In fact, any reviews (yes, even flames) will be welcomed with open arms and (hopefully) an open mind.


If you're interested in reading some of my other work, I also have an account at fanfiction.net. It only has one story right now, but there should be more soon.

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Bonded by aneman333 reviews
At age sixteen a princess discovers that she is to be 'bonded' to a vampire she only knows through myth and legend as the Dragon. But when he is dragged into a war with his sire, she has to save him and his people. But does she want to? Announcement Ch.24
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: M - English - Romance/Supernatural - Chapters: 24 - Words: 223,698 - Reviews: 418 - Favs: 484 - Follows: 126 - Updated: 7/31/2008 - Published: 4/6/2007 - Complete
The Scepter of Light by Jennifer Leigh reviews
The Emperor lies on his deathbed, leaving his Empire in peril of being overrun by demons. Can the world find salvation in the form of a surly half demon and a former slave girl?
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: M - English - Fantasy/Romance - Chapters: 2 - Words: 11,476 - Reviews: 135 - Favs: 225 - Follows: 15 - Updated: 2/5/2008 - Published: 8/5/2007 - Complete
Woven Fate by Jennifer Leigh reviews
Kali is half Human and half Leithel,born of a father whose race is only whispered about in legends.When she is forced from the only home she has ever known,she discovers the true nature of her powers: to either save the world or destroy it.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: M - English - Fantasy/Romance - Chapters: 2 - Words: 9,099 - Reviews: 47 - Favs: 56 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 11/27/2007 - Published: 8/5/2007 - Complete
My Entity by Jennifer Leigh reviews
My name is Ashley Burcham, and I am a typical sixteen-year-old girl. At least I was. Before the entity invaded my brain.
Fiction: Young Adult - Rated: T - English - Humor/Romance - Chapters: 2 - Words: 620 - Reviews: 141 - Favs: 124 - Follows: 13 - Updated: 11/4/2007 - Published: 8/4/2007 - Complete
Between Light and Shadows by Jennifer Leigh reviews
An epic tale about an abused little girl who takes fate into her own hands. Follows each stage of her life, including the friends she meets, the love she finds, and the sorrows she endures. A companion to The Scepter of Light.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: M - English - Fantasy/Romance - Chapters: 2 - Words: 1,381 - Reviews: 97 - Favs: 84 - Follows: 2 - Published: 8/5/2007 - Complete
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Unlucky
The very short story of a girl who just cannot seem to catch a break. K for depressing themes. Please R&R!
Fiction: General - Rated: K+ - English - Family/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 508 - Published: 12/11/2009 - Complete
Past Tense
A girl devastated by her sister's death addresses the body. Quite short. T for some dark themes. Please R&R!
Fiction: General - Rated: T - English - Family/Tragedy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 429 - Published: 12/11/2009 - Complete
The Art of Banter
A portrait of a crotchety old writer and the college student chosen to help him edit. Very short. T for some language. Please R&R!
Fiction: General - Rated: T - English - Humor/Tragedy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 911 - Published: 12/11/2009
Imagination
A very short story I wrote for a contest. It's about two children and the nature of play in a world of pre-made toys. Please R&R!
Fiction: General - Rated: K - English - Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 505 - Published: 12/11/2009 - Complete
Snowfall
A glorious winter day that needs no further explanation. Please R&R!
Poetry: Nature - Rated: K - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 131 - Published: 12/11/2009 - Complete
Ghosts
An exploration of doubt and worry in the wake of a break-up, and how it affects interaction. Imagination run wild in the worst way. Please R&R!
Poetry: Love - Rated: K - English - Romance/Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 305 - Published: 12/11/2009 - Complete
Someone
A day in the life of a farm girl, but also a musing on the nature of poetry. Please R&R!
Poetry: Life - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 281 - Published: 12/11/2009 - Complete
Bouquet
The arc of a relationship told through the scents of some of my favorite flowers. Please R&R!
Poetry: Love - Rated: K+ - English - Romance/Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 229 - Published: 12/11/2009 - Complete
Picking Cherries
A narrative of a day spent harvesting fruit, written to experiment with metaphor and sensual imagery. T for sexual references. Please R&R!
Poetry: Life - Rated: T - English - Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 185 - Published: 12/11/2009 - Complete
Letter To The Editor: On Labels
A short humorous piece on the labels thrown around during election season, and how helpful they can be in pigeonholing unknown politicians. Please R&R!
Fiction: Humor - Rated: K+ - English - Humor/Parody - Chapters: 1 - Words: 856 - Published: 6/21/2009 - Complete
The Last Sunset reviews
This is a friend's story from 6th grade, & it is SO INCREDIBLY AWFUL that it deserves a larger audience to appreciate its hilarity. Watch for an obsession with numbers & the verb slash, as well as dual deaths & complete cliches. Everything left as it was.
Fiction: Humor - Rated: K+ - English - Humor/Adventure - Chapters: 2 - Words: 1,325 - Reviews: 11 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 1 - Published: 9/26/2008
Ballad of a Pirate Lass reviews
It's a really bad title, I know, but trust me, the poem's better. A ballad-style rhyming poem about the life of a girl turned pirate and her heart of stone. The consequences of frigidity.
Poetry: Love - Rated: K+ - English - Romance/Tragedy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 660 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 1 - Published: 7/28/2008
Abandoned Schoolhouse reviews
A short rhyming poem I wrote to experiment with personification. It explores the thoughts and attitudes of a school that has been left to gather dust.
Poetry: School - Rated: K - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 167 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 2 - Published: 7/28/2008 - Complete
Immersion reviews
A short story I wrote to explore the line between fantasy and reality. Is the girl in the story crazy, or is she telling the truth? And if she believes it, does it even matter? A bit philosophical. Please R&R.
Fiction: Supernatural - Rated: T - English - Suspense - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,461 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 3 - Published: 5/26/2008 - Complete
String Theory reviews
This started as me listing the coolest words I could think of, and evolved into a philosophy on the nature of life. Don't ask me how. Anyway, interesting, if you like thinking a lot about the things you read. Please R&R-tell me your ideas about its point!
Poetry: Life - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 255 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 1 - Published: 5/26/2008 - Complete
A Dead Method's Response
The sequel to my poem "Problem." This answers the question probably no one was asking: "What does the discarded method think about this whole situation?" Please R&R.
Poetry: School - Rated: K - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 109 - Published: 5/25/2008 - Complete
Problem reviews
I wrote this in frustration over a badly worded math test question. Thoroughly dorky, but kind of fun. Please R&R.
Poetry: School - Rated: K - English - Angst/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 335 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 1 - Published: 5/25/2008 - Complete
The Life You Save
This is kind of my end of the year "English is getting to me" poem. It's a compilation of the titles of short stories and a few novels my class read over the year. Sort of geeky, but enjoyable if you like that sort of thing. Please R&R.
Poetry: School - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 219 - Published: 5/25/2008 - Complete
Apprehension
A poem about one of those short, beautiful moments when everything could change, if only someone would take the initiative.
Poetry: Love - Rated: K - English - Romance/Suspense - Chapters: 1 - Words: 192 - Published: 5/25/2008 - Complete
A Closet Monster's Woes reviews
Wouldn't it be tough to be a modern-day closet monster? I'm sure they have all sorts of work problems we've never contemplated. Here's a short musing on a few of them. Please R&R.
Poetry: Humor - Rated: K+ - English - Humor/Horror - Chapters: 1 - Words: 312 - Reviews: 4 - Published: 5/25/2008 - Complete
Paranoia reviews
A short rhyming poem about one overly suspicious person and an unfortunate pause in a phone conversation . . . Please R&R!
Poetry: Humor - Rated: K+ - English - Humor/Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 105 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 1 - Published: 5/25/2008 - Complete
The Threads of Revolution
An exploration of how circumstance colors our perception of events. A chronicle of the years leading up to the American Revolutionary War, told through 4 people of different backgrounds. Is there a right side? And if so, what? More inside. Mild language.
Fiction: Historical - Rated: K+ - English - Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,596 - Published: 3/25/2008 - Complete
I Ran reviews
A dark, somewhat emo poem about love gone wrong. T for violent imagery and depressing themes. It's short, so it won't waste your time. Please R&R. Thanks!
Poetry: Love - Rated: T - English - Angst/Tragedy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 218 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 3/1/2008 - Complete
Hysterical Radical
Short one-shot about a random rabble-rouser in some past time. As it is the first poetry I've published, please R&R. The poem is better than the summary, I promise. How do you summarize poetry anyway?
Poetry: Politics - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 147 - Published: 3/1/2008 - Complete
Children's Crusade reviews
It's a familiar story...two families separated by years of hatred, two boundary-crossing youngsters. But these children are nine, just discovering shades of grey. Is it tragic? Inconsequential? And when it's all over, will they even remember?
Fiction: General - Rated: K+ - English - Friendship/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,139 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 3/1/2008 - Complete