Hey!!I'm Ashley,I saw the forum on a google ad and I though I give it a shot so I can improve on my writing.I started to get serious about writing during my junior year of high school,I'm hoping that I can finish my first novel. Novels that inspire me are 1984,Animal Farm, Brave New World, Fahrenheit 451, Catcher in the Rye, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil,Atlas Shrugged,The Great Gatsby Anthem and War and Peace. Some of my favorite authors are George Orwell, Ray Bradbury, J.D. Salinger, F.Scott Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Leo Tolstoy, Aynd Rand and Aldous Huxley. Favorite Bands - I think music right now is sort of crappy which exception of few artists. I love 1970s punk - Iggy Pop, The Ramones, The Clash, The Sex Pistols. Also 1980s Heavy Metal - Metallica, Judas Priest, Anthrax, Slayer, Pantera, Van Halen with David not Sammy, Guns N'Roses.I love late 1980s Gangster Rap - N.W.A, Public Enemy and early 1990s and late 1990s rap - Jay-Z, Notorious B.I.G., 2Pac, DMX, Dr.Dre, Snoop Dogg, Master P, Bone Thugs N Harmony, Eazy E and Ice Cube. Also I should say that I love Blink-182 and The Dead Kennedys. I have too many songs that I really like to just pick one that I love. But I can name few that are always in my playlist. Some of those songs are Juicy, Hypnotize, Big Poppa, Ruff Ryders Anthem, Brenda's got Baby, Dear Momma, Me against the World, Master of Pupper, One, Fight Fire with Fire and Bring Noise. Also other songs that grace my playlist are Nuthing But G Thang, Lust for Life, Wild Child, China, MTV Get Off the Air, School is out for the Summer, All the Small Things, What's my Age Again, Josie,Dammit and Blitzkrieg Bop. Art - Too many pieces again to name. But I love the works of Picasso, Velazquez, Peter Paul Ruben, Rembrandt, Raphael, Dali, Monet. TV Shows - I don't have much time for TV. But I love anything on the History Channel, Showtime, HBO and the Travel Channel. My favorite shows are Pillars of the Earth, Spartacus and the Tudors. Film - Too many films to name. But some of my favorites are Good Morning Vietnam!, Apocalype Now, The GodFather, Donnie Brasco, Full Metal Jacket, Platoon, V for Vendetta, The Matrix. My interests besides writing are playing lacrosse and just hanging out at the beach, I'm a total beach bum. I don't have many contemporary authors that I truly enjoy besides Tom Clancy, j.K. Rowling and this is non-fiction but I love Jared Diamond - Germs, Guns and Steel. I forgot to mention three of my favorite authors are Dante, Sun Tzu and Machiavelli Sports - Lacrosse and Beach Volleyball Favorite Color - Pink and Baby Blue That is me!!I hope to learn a lot from y'all and improve my writing.