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Friday, March 2, 2012


Welcome sweeties, to another FFAF (free for all Friday). Today, I thought I'd list some favourites of mine within the music, art, and literary industries. I don't know what you're into but music, art, and literature are a huge part of my life. 

My father is an avid reader and when I was growing up he constantly shoved books in my face spouting. "You can never read enough." Naturally, I started to read at a very young age. And because my father pushed me to read anything and everything, I could never really pick between genres, but developed a love for all books. So my taste in genres varies as well as authors. 

Here are some authors I like, to name just a few:
J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Brandon Mull, Oliver Bowden, Agatha Christie, Minette Walters, David Eddings, Terry Brooks, R.D. Wingfield, Stephen King, Robin Cook, Joseph Wambaugh, Morgan Llywelyn, Brian Ruckley, Brian Jacques, Kazuma Kodaka, James Herriot, H.E. Bates, Janet Evanovich, Youka Nitta, Charles Dickens, Bram Stoker, Norma Lorre Goodrich, Hans Holzer, Barbara Smith, L.M. Montgomery, Ellis Peters and so on. Anyway, you understand what I'm saying. These authors are just off the top of my head, and I enjoyed each of their books for different reasons.
When it comes to music my love runs just as deep and my taste is just as varied. I took twelve years of piano within ten, completing my Royal Conservatory of Music practical and theory exams. I learnt classical but enjoy all kinds of music. I taught myself guitar, took ukulele in school along with the drums, and a little recorder. Music is my single greatest inspiration when I write. And hardly a day passes when I don't crank up the tunes.

Movie Soundtracks: Sherlock Holmes (Hans Zimmerman), Thor, Lord of The Rings, Rob Roy, Tron, Shrek, A Night At The Roxbury, Constantine, Hellboy (Danny Elfman) etc. Bands and singers: The Beatles, Michael Buble, Katie Perry, Pink Floyd, The Carpenters, Cher, Two Steps From Hell, ABBA, PCD, ELO, Anne Murray, Nickelback, BSB, Barbara Streisand, The Beach Boys, Bee Gees, River Dance, Black Eyed Peas, Boney M, Bryan Adams, Chilliwack, Coolio, Hall & Oates, Deep Purple, Def Leppard, E.S. Posthumus, Elton John, Beethoven, Classical Gas, Chopin and so on.

'Elric' by Brom
Art is just as important to me. I've been drawing since childhood. My passion is fantasy creatures, namely dragons, people, and old buildings, especially gothic architecture. When I chose an artist it can be for any number of reasons, either their subject matter, the colours used, or medium. I love everything from digital media to traditional oil paintings. 

Here are some favourite artists: Brom, Frank Frazetta, Anne Stokes, Luis Royo, Carl Brender, Yoshitaka Amano, John Howe, Kazuma Kodaka, Edmund Blair Leighton, Robert Bateman, Nijuuni, Kerem Beyit, Leonid Afremov , Brilcrist etc.

Tomorrow Nephylim will be here to start the line-up for an awesome month ahead. Have a great weekend, sweeties! And thanks for stopping by.
Happy Yaoi Hunting
Blak Rayne

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