Inspirations

This is a list of people and works that have inspired what I do and how I write. This could mean individual works or authors, but they’ve all impacted me in real life and my writing as a whole.

Entertainment that I take inspiration from

Pokémon

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Pokémon has always played such an important role in my life. From the creatures to the cast of characters with so many different personalities and looks, I fell in love with this series all my life. The world has played such a huge part in my life that I might be a different person if I didn’t enjoy it. I love this series to death and I always will.

Nintendo

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Nintendo, in general, has been a huge influence in my life. The big franchises, like Mario and Zelda, I love and will always love, but others like Fire Emblem, Animal Crossing, Kirby and so many others have impacted me so much. I continue to support them to this day and I enjoy what they have to offer.

Blizzard Entertainment

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One of my favorite PC-focused companies, I have been a big fan of this company since the StarCraft days. They could be my all time favorite gaming company aside from Nintendo, and every game they made, I’ve had a fondness for. Their worlds and storytelling have played a huge part in my own childhood and most of my life.

Books that inspired me to write

In The Land of The Lawn Weenies by David Lubar

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This is somewhat random of a choice for inspiration. They’re an anthology of short stores by David Lubar that really go beyond what is possible in a make-believe setting. A game that freezes people if they lose, a classroom full of monsters and a kid waking up as a giant lizard monster. They’re such a huge inspiration for me. They’re the kind of stories I wanted to write and it was what made me want to be a writer. I owe a lot to this series.

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

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This series has always been a favorite of mine. I wasn’t into it at first, but I tried the first book out and I thought it was cool. Then the movies came out and I fell in love with this series. Some might think they’re overrated and too popular to enjoy, but there’s something about this series that sets it apart from everything else. It’s a gold standard of fantasy storytelling to me.