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What are your creative influences? / What do you do when you're not making things?
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Books & Authors: I tend to like adventure stories across all genres; here's a shortish list --
• Tamora Pierce - I've really loved everything set in Tortall,
• Lynn Flewelling,
• Lois McMaster Bujold,
• Orson Scott Card - particularly Ender's Game, Ender's Shadow & Enchantment,
• Diane Duane - The Wizardry Series,
• Philip Pullman - His Dark Materials Trilogy,
• Enid Blighton - The Adventure Series (Kiki books!),
• Walter Farley - The Black Stallion series,
• Richard Adams - Watership Down,
• Garth Nix - The Abhorsen Trilogy,
• Megan Whalen Turner - The Queen's Thief Series,

Illustrated Stories
• Jan Brett - Particularly The Wild Christmas Reindeer

Comics & Manga
• Hale - Rapunzel's Revenge, Calamity Jack
• Kaoru Mori - Gorgeous works including Emma and Bride's Story
• Hayao Miyazaki - Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
• Ursula Vernon - Digger; Serialized online as well
• CLAMP - Card Captor Sakura, Magic Knights Rayearth in particular
• Svetlana Chmakova - Dramacon,
• Also: Sorcerers & Secretaries, Dilbert, Foxtrot, Farside, Fruits Basket, Genju No Seiza, W Juliet, Hana-Kimi, Solanin, Until Death Do Us Part, Y: The Last Man, Flight Comics

Animated Films: Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli films, Finding Nemo, Lilo & Stitch, The Road to El Dorado, How to Train Your Dragon, Wreck-It Ralph

Animated Series: Avatar The Last Airbender & Legend of Korra, Reboot,

Anime: Fruits Basket, Card Captor Sakura, Excel Saga, FullMetal Alchemist, RahXephon, PlanetES, Digimon, Escaflowne, Princess Tutu, Ouran High Host Club, Mushishi

Computer Games: Morrowind, Baldur's Gate (Go for the eyes Boo! Go for the eyes!), Exile 3: Ruined World

PS2 Games: Okami, FFXII, Prince of Persia: Sands of Time, Ico, Shadow of the Colossus, We <3 Katamari Damacy

TV Series: The Pretender, Due South, Early Edition, Dead Like Me, Firefly, So You Think You Can Dance, Castle, Big Bang Theory

Movies: Ever After, A Knight's Tale, Love Actually, Gunless

Music: Barenaked Ladies, Frou Frou/Imogen Heap, Mumford & Sons, Florence & the Machine, Jann Arden, Great Big Sea, I'll listen to all sorts of things depending on my mood

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