When I was interviewing for my college's Honor's Program, I was asked a simple question: "What inspires you?"

At the time, my answer was a jumble of tiredly repeated textbook answers that had never failed me before when I wanted to impress adults. I'm sure each of you have your own that you trot about when the situation arises.

One of mine is "I was raised by the idea that 'Pain is just a weakness leaving the body' and even though I've suffered and been given enough reasons to stay in the shadows where the world can't get to me, I keep going because I believe that whatever doesn't kill me, makes me stronger."

I truly believe that. I've had my share of dark times, and I won't depress everyone out there who might read this by disclosing them in their entirety, but despite those moments, I've kept going.

To make a long story shorter, my inspirations are as follows:
My parents.
My grandparents.
My siblings.
My friends.
My writer buddies (you know who you are. Tiger. Kills. RH. Hex. MMM.)
And God.

But most importantly, (not to say that God isn't important, but I think He understands what I mean) the people who read what I've written.

What do I mean?

I want to leave a lasting impression. I don't want to write something that will simply fill a gap, or inform, or tide them over to the next important thing.

I want to leave people with the notion that they aren't alone out there. That there is at least one other person who understands, and who is writing about the issues in a way that is understood. And is grammatically correct. Can't forget that.