Influence and Inspiration

I’ve been filling my office space with things. Things that are cool. Things that I like. Things that I’ve bought. And things that I’ve made. I’ve made some furniture to put these things on and I’ve made some inspirational stuff to get me writing. This latest thing is one of the later. I gathered some pictures of authors that have been particularly influential on me and on my writing. I scoured the internet looking for images. Once I found the ones I liked, I sent them to my local pharmacy to be turned into 4×6 photographs. It was easy and cheap. I picked up a frame on amazon which was easy, but not quite as cheap. Then I framed those influences and hung them above the closet door in my office as a reminder to myself that this can be done and why I think I want to do this whole writing thing.
I started with a pretty long list of authors, but pretty quickly decided to narrow it down to the dead ones. Being dead gives a writer more ‘gravitas’ and it made the list a lot shorter. So who made it up on my wall of fame? From left to right.

  • Alexandre Dumas – The Count of Monte Cristo, The d’Artagnan Romances
  • Bram Stoker – Dracula
  • John Ronald Reuel Tolkien – The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings trilogy
  • Kenneth Bulmer – The Dray Prescott series
  • Gary Gygax – Advanced Dungeons and Dragons
  • David Gemmell – Legend, Morningstar, The Jerusalem Man
  • Douglas Adams – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • Elmore Leonard – Get Shorty, Tishomingo Blues, Pagan Babies

There are a few others that I think belong up there. Howard Pyle, comes immediately to mind. And there is my affinity for the number twelve pushing me to expand, but those are the eight that I feel most influenced my tastes and style. They are my inspiration.
Now, I’ve got to get back to Starship Adventure and my 365k/365d challenge. Later.