Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Influences and Hugs.

I'm buried in projects so I decided now is a good time for a "getting to know you" bit.

We all have influences that have shaped our lives and styles of our work. Our influences had influences of their own. I wish I could hug those people that have enriched my life and in their own ways shaped the person that I am today. So here's the top 11 famous people living and dead that I want to hug. :)

1.) Stephen King – Author extraordinaire

2.) Dave Mustaine -Megadeth

3.) Virginia Henley- Historian and Author extraordinaire

4.) Anne Rice- Author extraordinaire

5.) Tori Amos – Vocalist and musician

6.) Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails)

7.) Alice Walker- Author extraordinaire

8.) Eloisa James- Scholar and Author extraordinaire

9.) Judith McNaught - Author extraordinaire

10.)  Tim Burton- Film maker who spoke directly to my state of mind

11.) Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman- Authors extraordinaire


1.) Jesus- dude, it’s Jesus what more can I say?

2.) Leonardo Da Vinci- Dude did everything but tap dancing.

3.) Ronnie James Dio- (Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio, Heaven and Hell) One of the founding fathers of heavy metal, his career spanned across 6 decades. That's longer than Elvis, people. :)

4.) Benjamin Franklin- Founding father of my country and zen master of common sense.

5.) Mary Wollstonecraft- Raging feminist of the eighteenth century and Mary Shelley's mom!

6.) David Wayne- Lead singer of Metal Church with a voice that gave me happy goosebumps. 

7.) David Eddings- Author of some of the best fantasy novels out there

8.) Queen Elizabeth I- One of the most successful monarchs of all time

9.) Edgar Allen Poe- The Raven, Masque of the Red Death, Alone. Need I say more. 

10.) John Keats- Everyone should read Ode to a Nightingale!

11.) Beethoven- He was the heavy metal of his day. 

How about you? Who would you hug if you had a chance?


  1. Ahaha Beethoven was the heavy metal of his day. I LOVE IT :D

  2. YAY! Weird Al rocks. "Like a surgeon....cuttin' for the very first time!"

  3. This is a seriously awesome list. I mean Rice and King? Wollstonecraft and Poe? Yes, yes yes! I think on the dead side I'd throw in Mark Twain. Nothing better than a cynic who can impart folksy wisdom.

  4. OMG, I totally forgot about Twain! I would hug him in a heartbeat!

  5. I have to say that I love Sting. His music is very poetic and it tells a story. He's not afraid to do different styles of music either. I supposed as a writer that should be true of me too. I should be poetic with my writing, even in a novel, and I shouldn't be afraid to delve into different genres sometimes (the latter is hard because I see the extraordinary in the ordinary).

  6. By the way--Hello fellow crusader!

  7. Hello! Nice to meetcha and I love your comparison with a musician and a writer.