Archive for August 2013

Heart’s Rest   Leave a comment













Hearts Rest - Image Poem - IMGP8235 - v2 - 700 px

Sometimes it seems like being in a city, or even near one, fills my spirit with the dull gray of smog.  At times like that, I find a green place, such as the one in this picture, and go there.  Generally, even a short visit is enough to restore me.


I am a writer of fantasy, science fiction, and poetry. If you are interested in learning more about me or my work, check out my website at


Posted August 25, 2013 by Leoma Retan in Poetry

Tagged with , , ,

Who Do I Write My Stories For?   Leave a comment

Lately I have been thinking a lot about the question: “Who do I write for?”  The easy answer is to say I write for myself, but that would not be accurate.  I do write because I enjoy doing it but that has little to do with deciding what stories to write.

Most of my stories,  I write for anyone who has ever felt torn between two worlds – the one that society and their families expect them to be part of and the one they feel they are part of – but especially for girls who feel that way.  I remember that feeling vividly.

I was always a tomboy, preferring the company of my horses to that of most of my fellow students, as well as being a bit of a geek. At one time I did try to “fit in”, to be the person I was expected to be, but I couldn’t sustain the fiction. The end result was that I did some things that are expected of young girls – I was in choir and German club – but more that were not expected.  Apart from my horses, I was part of a search and rescue team and I studied math, science, and engineering.  I learned to live with not being remotely popular.  I was luckier than many others in that my parents supported my choices.  A great many children and teens don’t even have that much help.

So I write for all the people that feel or have felt like me – not quite fitting in anywhere despite wishing they could do so. As a result, I tend to write characters, both male and female, that have the same sort of struggle between being one thing and another either because of who they are or because of things that happened to them.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said: “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

I’d like to take that dream further.  I dream of a world where each person is judged entirely by his or her own character and talents –  not by race, not by gender, and not by physical attributes or abilities.  That world doesn’t exist even in my stories.  I let my characters be my voice on the subject.


I am a writer of fantasy, science fiction, and poetry.  If you are interested in learning more about me or my work, check out my website at

Posted August 20, 2013 by Leoma Retan in Writing

Tagged with , ,

Gwawdodyn: Birth of Fyrnlosing   Leave a comment

Lighthouse and Harbor - 5Aug13-croppedLaboratory - 5Aug13-cropped

Last week Robert Brewer described a Welsh poetic form called a Gwawdodyn in his blog on Writer’s Digest (Gwawdodyn article).  I found the form interesting and decided to use it to write a poem about the creation of a land called Fyrnlosing, in which I set the novel I am currently writing, out of the near-destruction of of the world.

In this world, before the destruction and subsequent creation of Fyrnlosing technology and magic co-existed in nearly equal proportion.  After the destruction the magic still exists and there are surviving bits and pieces of technology but the infrastructure that linked them is completely gone.

I hope you enjoy it.

The Birth of Fyrnlosing – by Leoma Retan
Lights burning, platforms floating in air,
Magic waiting, sourced in land so fair,
Power calls power, high in the tower,
Greatness desiring, they should beware.

Science and magic, they would combine,
Sorcerers, Engineers, now define,
Hybrid tech machines, filling all their dreams,
Hidden in labs, their plans now refine.

Read the rest of the poem

I am a writer of fantasy, science fiction, and poetry. If you are interested in learning more about me or my work, check out my website at

Posted August 13, 2013 by Leoma Retan in Uncategorized

Tagged with , , , , ,

Poetry to resolve conflict?   Leave a comment

I’m not the easiest person to be close to.  I tend to be passionate about the things I believe and have high expectations for those close to me, though never higher than I expect from myself.  In the past, this led to some very loud and unpleasant arguments with my husband.  Recently, I found a new, far more pleasant way to defuse the situation – poetry.

About a week ago, he did something that upset me.  What it is doesn’t matter.  It started out the usual way – I yelled and cried, he went off in a huff.  If things had proceeded as they normally do, he would have come back later and I would have continued the argument.  I would have yelled, he would have become defensive, eventually we would have made up but nothing would have been resolved.

That day, I was sitting with my computer in my lap, still upset, when the idea came to me.  What if I tried to capture my hurt in a poem?  I opened my editor and started writing.  As I wrote, working to choose the words that would both keep the proper meter and capture the essence of my emotions, I grew more calm.  When I was finished, I e-mailed the poem to him.

A little while later, he came in.  I was still upset, though less so than in the beginning.  I told him to read his e-mail.  For some reason there was a delay in its arrival to his inbox but he finally saw my poem.  I don’t know how long it was before he came to talk to me.  When he did, he just said, “That was hard to read.”  I understood.

We talked a little about why I reacted the way I did, which had far less to do with the actual situation that it did with old hurts that were never resolved.  Instead of yelling, I could talk calmly.  Instead of being defensive, he was able to respond from a place of reason and love, after having time to think about my words.  For once, the hurt seemed resolved at the end.

A few days ago, I was feeling happy with him and wrote another poem.  I sent him that poem as well.  He said it made him far happier than the first.

Both poems are on my website – his choice.  The best part is that I have a new and better way to cope with conflicts with him.   I intend to keep using it.

How do you deal with personal conflicts?

If you are interested in learning more about me or my work, or in seeing these poems, check out my website at

Posted August 9, 2013 by Leoma Retan in Uncategorized

Tagged with , , , , ,

Who is Leoma Retan?   Leave a comment

For many years I have described myself as half mystic and half technofreak, which is no more nor less than the truth.

I have a background in science and engineering but, for very personal reasons, I believe in the reality of things we can not measure or completely explain – the things some call the mystic.

In addition to this one, which I will generally use to talk about specific writing projects, I have created two blogs.

In my Heroes & Friends blog (, I will write about heroes and friendship – what makes a hero and what is a real friend.  That blog exists because I think the modern world needs heroes now more than ever.  I believe that most people can be heroes given the right circumstances and that anyone can be a friend.

In my Mystic vs. Technology blog (, I will write about mystical and technological subjects and the often fuzzy line between them.  I pose the following question: Are the things we call mystical just science we don’t understand or is there something more, something that will forever be beyond us?

If you are interested in learning more about me or my work, check out my website at

Posted August 4, 2013 by Leoma Retan in Uncategorized

Tagged with , , , ,

%d bloggers like this: