influences


Random quote of the day:

“Although we human beings have our own personal life, we are yet in large measure the representatives, the victims and promoters of a collective spirit whose years are counted in centuries. We can well think all our lives long that we are following our own noses, and may never discover that we are, for the most part, supernumeraries on the stage of the world theater. There are factors which, although we do not know them, nevertheless influence our lives, and more so if they are unconscious.”

—Carl Jung, Memories, Dreams, Reflections, tr. Richard and Clara Winston

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Random quote of the day:

“We change through life, but we cannot deny our sources.”

—Twyla Tharp, The Creative Habit

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Random quote of the day:

 

“I do not think one can assess a writer’s motives without knowing something of his early development. His subject matter will be determined by the age he lives in…but before he ever begins to write he will have acquired an emotional attitude from which he will never completely escape. It is his job, no doubt, to discipline his temperament and avoid getting stuck at some immature stage, in some perverse mood; but if he escapes from his early influences altogether, he will have killed his impulse to write.”

—George Orwell, “Why I Write”

 

 


Disclaimer:  The views expressed in this random quote of the day do not necessarily reflect the views of the poster, her immediate family, Siegfried and Roy, Leonard Maltin, or the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. They do, however, sometimes reflect the views of the Cottingley Fairies.

The Rules: Don’t take too long to think about it. Fifteen authors (poets included) who’ve influenced you and that will always stick with you. List the first fifteen you can recall in no more than fifteen minutes. Tag at least fifteen friends, including me, because I’m interested in seeing what authors my friends choose.

(Please, do this if you like..)

These are the first fifteen off the top of my head.  I’m sure I’ve left someone(s) vital out.  Some of these are “for better or worse” (I won’t say which ones); others I no longer read all that much, but they definitely influenced who I am as a writer.  They stay with me forever in that way, even if I don’t read them anymore.

  1. Rosemary Sutcliff
  2. Carlos Casteneda
  3. Mary Stewart
  4. Charlaine Harris
  5. W. B. Yeats
  6. Carl Sandburg
  7. Kage Baker
  8. Andre Norton
  9. Anne Rice
  10. Peter Beagle
  11. Karl Shapiro
  12. Edna O’Brien
  13. Charles de Lint
  14. Billy Collins
  15. John Fowles