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Amber Bird is...A writer, a rockstar, and a sci-fi simulacrum...The author of the Peaceforger books (heady dystopian/cyberpunk sci-fi), a published poet, the front of post-punk/post-glam band Varnish, half of transatlantic Autistic musical duo The Companions, and an unabashed geek...An Autistic introvert who was saved in many ways over the years by music, books, and gaming...An idealist and dreamer who now writes (books, poems, lyrics, blogs) and makes music in hopes of adding to someone else's escape or rescue...And, yes, the model for that Magic card. ...more

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Amber Bird I think you'll find this answer unsatisfactory. Apologies for that!

For me, inspiration either means "motivates me to do" or "causes ideas to ignite in…more
I think you'll find this answer unsatisfactory. Apologies for that!

For me, inspiration either means "motivates me to do" or "causes ideas to ignite in my brain."

Other writers have moved me, have entertained me, have given me places to hide. Have created worlds that, in my imagination, I have spent so many hours inhabiting.

Other writers have blown my mind. Have caused me to think that I should just give up writing because they are so amazing that I could never get near them.

But I lean heavily towards fiction, so there are no autobiographies to inspire me. And I don't usually know more than the occasional Twitter bio about a writer, so, again, no inspiration there. I'm sure there are authors overcoming challenges and keeping working in the face of failures...I just don't know about it because that's not science-fiction. Heh.

And any ideas I have for my writing aren't generally clearly traced back to any other writer's work. (Even the image I mentioned in another answer, the picture of Katja's flat that I got in my head after reading Fool's Run...Like I said in that one, I re-read the book recently and have no idea how the book led to the image.) So, the most I can say here is that a lifetime of reading science-fiction and fantasy has surely shaped my mind and handed me the raw materials and the perspective, but I couldn't pin this on specific writers. I used to read 3-7 books per week, so there are too many possible contributors.

So, the writers that inspire me? There aren't any.

But everything else they have done for me is incredible enough that I would only see inspiration as frosting on already very tasty cakes ;)(less)
Amber Bird I've been lucky enough not to have any serious writer's block, nothing more than brief moments. So, I squint at my screen a while, and then give up, h…moreI've been lucky enough not to have any serious writer's block, nothing more than brief moments. So, I squint at my screen a while, and then give up, have food, do something other than write. Preferably, I do something that doesn't involve my brain, so that said brain is free to just chew on things a bit. Something where there's no media (e.g. TV, films) to occupy my brain...though music can be handy if it's music that could soundtrack the thing I'm writing. Worst case scenario, my brain is going to give me answers as I try to fall asleep or as I shower. So far, at least, that's how it's been. Fingers crossed it's always this way!(less)
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Just poking my head out of my little bunker of work and of fighting despair to think out loud a little. Specifically, I’ve been thinking about how events since about late 2016 have impacted what I create and what I consume for pleasure. And I’ve been alive and watching the world and dealing with depression long enough to know that this isn’t normal for me. I’m not going to list the events that are

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“Make art, not excuses.”
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“There is nothing that can replace the absence of someone dear to us, and one should not even attempt to do so. One must simply hold out and endure it. At first that sounds very hard, but at the same time it is also a great comfort. For to the extent the emptiness truly remains unfilled one remains connected to the other person through it. It is wrong to say that God fills the emptiness. God in no way fills it but much more leaves it precisely unfilled and thus helps us preserve -- even in pain -- the authentic relationship. Further more, the more beautiful and full the remembrances, the more difficult the separation. But gratitude transforms the torment of memory into silent joy. One bears what was lovely in the past not as a thorn but as a precious gift deep within, a hidden treasure of which one can always be certain.”
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“We are not to simply bandage the wounds of victims beneath the wheels of injustice, we are to drive a spoke into the wheel itself.”
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“If you board the wrong train, it is no use running along the corridor in the other direction.”
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