The Rules: list 15 writers/poets who’ve influenced you and will always stick with you. Don’t overthink. List the 15 influences in 15 minutes.
I’m going to skip authors who I met and befriended before knowing their work for this one (namely Marie Brennan, Darja Malcolm-Clarke, Alyc Helms, etc.)
These are roughly in chronological order of my encountering the author’s work.
Ursula K. LeGuin
George R. R. Martin
Chuang Tzu (probably not a real person)