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Let's #Kickstart THE LEIGHTON EXPLOSION book and live performances in five or more east coast cities in 2014!!

Bronx, NY Poetry
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THE LEIGHTON EXPLOSION is a poetry/prose/poetry book I've written through my entire teenage and adult life.  The book will also include a collection of foreword by Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull fame.

This Kickstarter campaign runs through March 27, which is my father's birthday.  I'm doing the Kickstarter campaign to publish THE LEIGHTON EXPLOSION with a Canadian company who promises to get it into the schools.  I'll be performing my poems in five markets in addition to the Bronx and Manhattan:  Buffalo, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and possibly Canada, so I'll be hooking up with a Bronx area musician.

I'm updating my blog at http://workinggalrockandroll.blogspot.com/ with poetry, and writing up real simple videos where you get to see the glam and glitter of my home-- where I write most of my poems, and you'll also get to meet my cats. 

This campaign is a lot of fun for me.  One of the cool rewards is we get to talk on the phone or on SKYPE and then I'll write a poem for you, and perform it on an MP3 and CD, and mail it to you.  Another reward is where you would get a new copy of my upcoming indie book release: GET THE GIGS (COMMON SENSE CAREER CREATING).  It shows how you can create opportunities for yourself, and will be available as a PDF file or in a looseleaf binder.  And I can do a consultancy with you on something in your career that's related to your goals as an independent artist, musician, business person!

I also have a reward to give you PDF files of my favorite plays and screenplays that I wrote for $10.  

I got my artists involved with this, and have autographed CDs or DVDs and photos from Jethro Tull, Grand Funk Railroad, the Strawbs, Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius, Jann Klose, and former clients, as well!  That package also includes a chat and a personalized poem, and other goodies for $750. now, because that's about all the campaign needs to make it now.

My favorite reward is a poetry workshop and reading with you and your students for the full goal of the campaign-- $1000., plus transportation and lodging. 

Go through the different rewards, pick whatever you'd like.  Also if you see something that a friend would like, such as me writing a poem for them, please encourage them to join my campaign.

Hopefully we'll all give each other some inspiration with this project!

Risks and challenges

As I think about my challenges in completing this project, I know I can't predict what the future will bring.

It's possible I won't go with my Canadian publisher and could publish THE LEIGHTON EXPLOSION on my own. It's possible I might die when I least expect it, which would suck. If so, I shall give to my brother Tim my vital statistics. He's got great ethics. He's a small town attorney who helps folks set up their businesses. http://www.lawbloomington.com/ Or hopefully my friends will put out the book, and help finish the prize rewards 'cause they understand I'm dedicated to my legacy! I'm always writing or spreading the word about my artists' music, the need for peace on earth, loving our neighbor, and spaying our dogs and cats! Long may I Rock!!!!

Everyone knows I love getting up in front of people to perform and that I can talk with anybody--I'm a publicist, I like people.

Some of my friends know that I'm recovering from Agoraphobia, and are wondering how I will be able to go to different parts of the Northeast in support of THE LEIGHTON EXPLOSION. Now--early 2013, I am at a very simple stage where I've been sometimes only moderately confused (and nothing more) on train platforms and in crossing streets (especially around two-way, three-way, and four-or-more-way) by myself. So I just breathe and think, and take my time crossing or wait till someone walks by, and I ask them for help. And then they tell me about someone they know who has anxiety, and I thank them.

Last year I was sobbing and having panic attacks on the streets AND in wide open spaces including sidewalks, even when other people were helping me--I've come a long way. I'm touring in this project, and I'll do it as I will have a fellow performer (a musician) with me. We'll watch each other's back.

You ask, "What if I don't find the musician right for my poetry?"

Well... read my poetry, watch my video, check out this site, and you'll understand my optimism, ambition, and the rest of me!

I'll find the musician, I know I can. :)

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    THE ANNE LEIGHTON EXPLOSION STARTER KIT.
    Poetry can be very understandable, and so can I.

    There's a 15 page book I will write just for you, my $5. pledger, and have it on a PDF format for you to read on your computer... or you can print it out and draw a picture to go with a poem.

    Better yet, you tell me what you do with the book. I love exchange of ideas. Post about it in my updates--it'd be something to turn my Kickstarter campaign into a social network long after the fundraising is done.

    This reward--quickly becoming a centerpiece--for THE LEIGHTON EXPLOSION will be available in July, 2013.

    It will also have a link where you can pre-order THE LEIGHTON EXPLOSION.

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    Two PDF files: your choice of one of my plays AND one of my screenplays.
    PLAYS: LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD or
    THE RENAISSANCE OF ANNA NICOLE or
    THE PASSION OF MARY or
    DUET OF DEBT or ONE WAY TO HEAVEN.

    SCREENPLAYS:
    CHAMPION OF THE WORLD or
    TRUTH, JUSTICE AND THE AMERICAN WAY or
    BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, TEDDY AND THE MADAM. Available June 2013.

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    THE LEIGHTON EXPLOSION T-Shirt!
    I'm working on finding a friend--ideally associated with a crowd-funding campaign I donated to in the past--to design my T-shirt.

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    Autographed copy of THE LEIGHTON EXPLOSION, plus eBook edition, due Spring 2014.

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    PDF file of Anne's play LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD, another version was staged at Mamaroneck High School. available June 2013. Autographed copy of THE LEIGHTON EXPLOSION plus eBook edition available Spring 2014.

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    PDF file of Anne's play, THE RENAISSANCE OF ANNA NICOLE, available June 2013. Autographed copy of THE LEIGHTON EXPLOSION plus eBook edition available Spring 2014.

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    PDF file of Anne's current draft of THE PASSION OF MARY. A previous version was read at the Kingsbridge Library Center. Available June 2013. Autographed copy of THE LEIGHTON EXPLOSION plus eBook edition available Spring 2014.

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    PDF file of screenplay, CHAMPION OF THE WORLD $25. Available June 2013. Autographed copy of THE LEIGHTON EXPLOSION plus eBook edition available Spring 2014.

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    PDF file of Anne's screenplay, TRUTH JUSTICE AND THE AMERICAN WAY. Available June 2013 and autographed copy of THE LEIGHTON EXPLOSION plus eBook edition available Spring 2014.

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    PDF file of Anne's play, DUET OF DEBT. Available June 2013 and autographed copy of THE LEIGHTON EXPLOSION plus eBook edition available Spring 2014.

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    PDF file of Anne's screenplay, BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, TEDDY AND THE MADAM. Available June 2013. Autographed copy of THE LEIGHTON EXPLOSION plus eBook edition available Spring 2014.

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    PDF file of Anne's play, ONE WAY TO HEAVEN. Available June 2013. Autographed copy of THE LEIGHTON EXPLOSION plus eBook edition available Spring 2014.

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    PDF file of Anne's play, RUN AND FIND THE ONE WHO LOVES ME. Available June 2013. Autographed copy of THE LEIGHTON EXPLOSION available plus eBook edition Spring 2014.

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    PDF copy of Anne's manual, GET THE GIGS (COMMON SENSE CAREER CREATING). Available October 2013. Autographed copy of THE LEIGHTON EXPLOSION plus eBook edition available Spring 2014.

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    6 backers

    Special Two For Less Than Two: THE LEIGHTON EXPLOSION BOOK (Available April 2014) and THE LEIGHTON EXPLOSION T-Shirt (Available Dec. 2013)

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    Anne performing your favorite poem (any poem) on MP3 and CD. Available July 2013. Autographed copy of THE LEIGHTON EXPLOSION plus eBook edition available Spring 2014.

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    5 backers Limited (5 left of 10)

    Autographed Copy of PAWS FOR THOUGHT: HOW TO UNDERSTAND WHAT YOUR CAT IS THINKING (available June 2013). Autographed copy of THE LEIGHTON EXPLOSION plus eBook edition (Available 2014 Spring).

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    Autographed and printed copy of Anne's manual, GET THE GIGS (COMMON SENSE CAREER CREATING) in a looseleaf binder. Available October 2013. Also autographed copy of THE LEIGHTON EXPLOSION plus eBook edition available Spring 2014.

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    Talk on the phone or on SKYPE and Anne will create a picture with one of her poems for you on 8 X 11 card stock suitable for framing (August 2013). Autographed copy of THE LEIGHTON EXPLOSION plus eBook edition (Available Spring 2014).

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    Autographed copy of Anne's first book, USING YOUR ART & THE MEDIA TO COMFORT PEOPLE. Available June 2013. Poetry book, THE LEIGHTON EXPLOSION available plus eBook edition Spring 2014.

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    CD in jewelcase w/ personalized magic marker or pen & ink drawing for cover of Anne reading poetry and prose from THE LEIGHTON EXPLOSION and autographed copy of THE LEIGHTON EXPLOSION plus eBook edition available Spring 2014.

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    PDF file of Anne's manual, GET THE GIGS (COMMON SENSE CAREER CREATING), plus a 60-90 minute phone consult on a related topic. $135. Book available October 2013. Consult in November or December--will talk with initially by August. Autographed copy of THE LEIGHTON EXPLOSION plus eBook edition available Spring 2014.

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    Anne talks with you on phone or SKYPE and writes a personalized poem for you, and performs it on an MP3 and CD. Available August 2013. Autographed copy of THE LEIGHTON EXPLOSION plus eBook edition available Spring 2014.

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    Autographed and printed copy of Anne's manual, GET THE GIGS (COMMON SENSE CAREER CREATING) in a looseleaf binder, plus a 60-90 minute phone or SKYPE consult on a related topic. Book available October 2013. Consult in November or December--will talk with initially by August. Autographed copy of book, THE LEIGHTON EXPLOSION plus eBook edition available Spring 2014.

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    Building Your Career on phone or SKYPE consultation, with follow up. Copy of GET THE GIGS (COMMON SENSE CAREER CREATING) manuscript in looseleaf binder. Book available October 2013. Consult in November or December--will talk with initially by August. THE LEIGHTON EXPLOSION T-Shirt Available Dec. 2013. Autographed copy of THE LEIGHTON EXPLOSION plus eBook edition available Spring 2014.

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    Gift Package: I'll give you credit in the book for your donation in this Kickstarter campaign. a phone or SKYPE chat, 1 THE LEIGHTON EXPLOSION T-Shirts, and a personalized poem, recording of the poems in THE LEIGHTON EXPLOSION, Autographed photos and albums of artists from Anne's roster, including:
    *Tower of Power's 40th Anniversary DVD/CD,
    *Cevin Soling's The War on Kids DVD,
    *Grand Funk Railroad's autographed photo of Don, Mel, Max, Bruce, Tim,
    *Holly Van Voast (the Topless Paparazzo) autograph on a pack of Hostess Sno-Balls,
    *Strawbs,
    *Jethro Tull,
    *Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius,
    *Jann Klose!
    (Available June 2013).
    A looseleaf binder copy of Anne's GET THE GIGS (COMMON SENSE CAREER CREATING)
    (Available November 2013).
    A Phone or SKYPE chat with Anne.
    (Available June 2013).
    10 autographed copies of THE LEIGHTON EXPLOSION plus eBook edition available Spring 2014.

    And we ship it all for free, no matter where in the world you may be! :)

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    I'll give you credit in the book for your donation in this Kickstarter campaign. Poetry and creativity workshop and reading with you and your students, plus 5 autographed copies of THE LEIGHTON EXPLOSION book and 10 THE LEIGHTON EXPLOSION T-Shirts. Anne is not available while Ian Anderson or Jethro Tull are on the road in North America or one month previous to tour. Please check tourdates at http://www.jethrotull.com to estimate avails.
    Transportation and lodging extra. Workshop includes advance phone or SKYPE chats with workshop leader.

    This reward is only available in the United States.

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