I often have difficulty talking to other people so I write to put my thoughts and emotions into a concrete form where I can examine them. I go through periods when I don't write at all but I always have a pen and paper nearby just in case.
I love words. Love reading them, hearing them, writing them. Now if only I could love saying them. I guess that will come. Major influences? Well, my latest personal savior is Soren Kierkegaard. Some past ones are Hope Sandoval, Walt Whitman, Stephen Hawking, Leonard Cohen, Martin Heidegger, Richard Feynman, Tennyson, Plato, Carie Novitzke, Margo Timmins, Karin Berquist, and of course J.R. "Bob" Dobbs