LJ Interests meme results
- barbara hambly:
Hambly is one of the best writers I know of, consistently combining fantastic prose, compelling settings, and sympathetic characters. Her work influences my writing and world-building more than any other writer - although a lot of it is at levels where it's hard to see.
- cities as creatures:
The notion of the city as organism, with its own internal systems, ecological footprint, life-cycle, and so on, is one that fascinates me. I've seen it dealt with in fiction and metaphor, and I think there's a fair argument to be made for considering it thus scientifically.
Dragons are the iconic creature of fantasy, as far as I'm concerned. I tend to think them as massive, majestic and aloof, for the most part, and one of the few things I really dislike about D&D is the way in which they're just another monster.
I did some geology in college, and have been very keen on it since. Not only does it allow understanding and thinking on a very long timescale, but it indulges my collecting and hoarding instincts as well.
I live here - how could I not be interested? Ireland has come from being a second world nation when I was born to being definitely first world; except that that first world nature is only a few inches deep. Dublin in particular is becoming as cosmopolitan a city as any in the world, and in a better, friendlier way.
- luis royo:
Luis Royo is probably the artist whose works I spend the most time looking at, along with Tony DiTerlizzi. The attention to detail is the thing that appeals most, at first, and his subject matter; beautiful people, archaic and futuristic weapons, monsters, and ruins, all appeal as well. There are very few of his images I don't like.
The orrery represents a more generic interest in old mechanical devices, from astrolabes to clocks. There's a beauty to early mechanics - and even into early electronics - with wood and brass fittings, decorative touches, and craftsmanship, that's absent from the modern forms. The fact that orreries tend to be huge, and do astronomical stuff is no harm.
Well, duh. Take away my reading, and I'd be left very confused. I don't think this requires much explanation.
Spices - and herbs - make cooking from a prosaic thing into an art form, and one that I'm not bad at. A few carefully selected spices can transform a dish.
Weather might be more of an obsession than an interest, really. I grew up in a place where you can see weather approaching for ten miles or more, and the art of predicting what was going to come over the flanks of Mount Leinster next was one I got good at at an early age. I associate weather with magic, too, not least because it's the form of magic I'm best at - and do try to use least, because it's a very wide effect.
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