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.

Madeline L’Engle
Ursula K. LeGuin
Gary Paulsen
Margaret Weis
Tracey Hickman
Mark Rein*Hagen
Phil Bruccato
George R. R. Martin
Joseph Campbell
Chuang Tzu (probably not a real person)
Octavia Butler
China Mieville
Warren Ellis
Judith Butler
Scott Lynch

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