Got hooked on world building in the early 70s after reading LotR&H in a single sitting age 11. Well, ConLanging first. WB shortly thereafter. The fire got stoked playing D&D mid to late 70s. I am a *voracious* reader. One of the joys of being an old fart is that I've had literal decades to read ALL the classics, all the scifi/fantasy classics...one of the downsides of living now in an era of indie writers is that I can't keep up with all the great "new" material--but I also don't have to keep up with the insane amount of...how to be kind...half-formed monstrosities with crap grammar and no spell check. /vent Happy to find World Anvil as a centralized place to finally put ALL the notes. From Evernote (1694 source notes/ids there), Pinterest (1885 idea pins), nearly 40 years of paper and digital notes, maps, etc to dump and eventually organize, link, and cull. I appreciate your patience with the mess. I appreciate your input even more, should you be so inclined. My sigil/avatar is the old weather notation for thunderstorm, which "coincidentally" happens to be a rebus of my last name and pictorial representation of my user name.
Fountain pens, wax stamps, calligraphy. Mentoring--paying forward a snippet of what I received from men older and wiser than I over the years. Bacon. Definitely bacon. Health & nutrition (forced by medical challenges), Cooking, when not totally discouraged by the aforementioned dietary and medical challenges. Heraldry and genealogy. Did I mention bacon? ;)
LotR, Foundation, Dune, Ringworld, Sword of Truth, Oz, Hitchhicker, Horseclans, Barsoom, Tarzan, Deryni, PERN, EarthSea, Amber, Dresden Files, Riftwar, Belgariad/Malleorean, Wheel of Time, Redwall, Thomas Covenant, Shanarra, Divine Comedy, Ender, Humanx,
Princess Bride, Illiad/Odessey, Islandia, Svaha, Epic of Gilgamesh, Cantar el Mio Sid, Beowulf,
JRR Tollkein, CS Lewis, Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, Hickman & Weis, Herbert, Robert Adams, Douglas Adams, ER Boroughs, Robert Howard, Mark Twain, Jules Verne, Mercedes Lackey, Holly Lisle, Melanie Rawn, Eddings, Lev Grossman, Brandon Sanderson, Mary Shelley, Patrick Rothfuss, David Gemmell, David Gerrold, Robin Hobb, George RR Martin, TH White, Anne MacCaffrey, William Goldman, M L'Engle, Robert Jordan, Terry Pratchett, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Brent Weeks, Raymond Feist, Stephen Donaldson, Terry Brooks, Lloyd Alexander, Brian Cook, Robin McKinley, Mary Stewart, Mary Renault, Michael Moorcock, Bram Stoker, Fritz Leiber, Poul Anderson, robert Asprin, Jack Vance, Lovecraft, Andre Norton, L Sprague de Camp, Charles de Lint, Ray Bradbury, Michael Crichton, Stephen King, Philip K Dick, Larry Niven, Greg Bear, Joe Haldeman, Vernor Vinge, Frederik Pohl, Dan Simmons, Arthur C Clarke, Alfred Bester, Dima Zales, Gene Wolfe, Orson Scott Card, William Gibson, Philip Wylie, HG Wells, Walter J Miller, Clifford Simak, Pat Frank, Theodore Sturgeon, Harry Harrison, Stanislaw Lem, Alan Dean Foster, Lois McMaster Bujold, Kim Stanley Robinson, Cory Doctorow, EE "Doc" Smith, Keith Laurmer, James Blish, CJ Cherryh, Anne Rice, Raymond Feist, Piers Anthony, RA Salvatore, Elizabeth Moon, Barbara Hambly, Nathan Long, Christopher Stasheff, Harry Turtledove, Lyndon Hardy, Dave Duncan, Joel Rosenberg, Patricia C Wrede, Ursula K LeGuin, Octavia Bulter, Timothy Zahn, LE Modesitt, Steven Brust,