Favourite Visual Artist
Vincent Van Gogh
Phantom of the Opera; anything Hayao Miyazaki, though most any anime is cool enough; most classic Disney; Lord of the Rings; pretty much anything with Alan Rickman, Kevin Costner, Andrew-Lee Potts, John Cusack... yeah, loads
Favourite TV Shows
CSI: Miami; Doctor Who; Bones; Mentalist; North & South, BBC; Alice, SyFy; Primeval; X-Files; Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman; Walker: Texas Ranger; again with the anime; Sherlock, Benedict Cumberbatch; Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Jeremy Brett... etc, etc
Favourite Bands / Musical Artists
Michael Jackson; Within Temptation; Linkin Park; Bon Jovi; Phil Collins; most anything 80s rock ballad; Josh Groban; Celine Dion; Nightwish;
"Phantom"; the Dark-Hunter series, especially "Acheron"; the Dresden Files series; the Dark/Carpathian series; Where the Heart is; the Harry Potter series; various manga/graphic novels and comics; Lord of the Rings... again, etc and all that
Susan Kay, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Jim Butcher, Christine Feehan, Alexandre Dumas, Charles Dickens, Stephen King, John Grisham, J.K. Rowling, and on and on... I've been a mad book fiend from very early childhood, to be honest.
Fable, Magic: the Gathering, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Monopoly, Chess, Poker, Kingdom Hearts.... strategy and role-playing games, that sort of thing.
Favourite Gaming Platform
X-Box and Playstation in their various incarnations. Played PSP once, which was interesting...
Tools of the Trade
My brain, primarily, with the occasional help of paper and pen... and now my new laptop! YAY!
Volunteering, swimming, biking, music videos, writing both original work and fanfiction, psychology, foreign languages, ancient myths and cultures, all forms of science, halfway intelligent debates rather than flame-wars, getting snarky with trolls... etc