Personal List of Inspirational People

Famous/notable/fictional figures, not figures in my personal life b/c privacy
  1. Toni Morrison
    No explanation necessary
  2. Steve Martin
    Probably my all-time favorite comedian, but he's also a talented writer and artist who seems like a genuinely nice man
  3. Oprah
    Again, no explanation
  4. Celie (The Color Purple)
    She reminds me how to love myself when I forget
  5. Johnny "Rooster" Byron (Jerusalem)
    So Badass and heroic
  6. Norma Desmond (Sunset Boulevard)
    The woman went batshit for the love of her craft. RESPECT.
  7. Sir Thomas More
    Die for what you believe in
  8. Natalie Maines and the Dixie Chicks
    Because FUTK
  9. Stephen Graham Jones
    Changed my life
  10. Huckleberry Finn
    The ultimate American hero
  11. Ma Joad (The Grape of Wrath)
    Before there was Tom, there was Ma. And she's the real queen.
  12. Will Kane
    The man who originated the mic drop (except with a sherif badge)
  13. Audra McDonald
    The woman tap danced on stage in her late 40s while 4 months pregnant. That and she's my life.
  14. William Shakespeare
    Poets are heroes
  15. Mary Shelley
    She's a super freak in the dopest way
  16. Edna Pontellier (The Awakening)
    Fuck everyone else in AP lit, she was a hero to die rather than live a caged life
  17. Gil Carter (The Ox-Bow Incident)
    The best of that damned bunch
  18. Katie Nolan (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn)
    Made of steel
  19. N. Scott Momaday
    Just an amazingly beautiful writer
  20. Mariane Pearl
    A Mighty Heart was a brave story to tell if there ever was one
  21. David Sedaris
    Because great writers don't have to be constantly shrouded in seriousness
  22. Jane Eyre
    QUEEN
  23. Ernest Hemingway
    A genius and not a misogynist in my opinion
  24. Tilda Swindon
    The woman is a chameleon
  25. Ambrose Bierce
    In case you're wondering who the Dos Equis guy is