For non-SW fandoms, see the post in response to Nyota's Heart somewhere before this. Yes, I have quite a few. Aside from the beach in Mexico (where I think half the Southwestern USA goes on vacation ), my favorite place that I've actually traveled far to visit was Inverness (Scotland, UK) this year. It's probably colder than snot in the winter, but in early September the temperature was perfect and I could feel what was probably a sea breeze (there is some part of the Atlantic nearby.) There's kind of a foresty terrain in the surrounding area (pine trees, lots of ferns and berry bushes of some sort -- maybe blackberry), and this neat river running through the middle of town that has paths you can walk. The paths even go onto some little islands in the river. The buildings (at least towards the area where we stayed) are very old and give the city a neat feel -- neither totally ancient nor modern, but a blending of both. Nearly everyone else posting fanfiction feels the same way, at least a bit. Most of the authors (fan or otherwise) that you admire worry about the quality of their writing. When controlled and channeled, this is probably a good anxiety and means that you care about your projects. It's just really hard to learn balance with it (yes, we're going to the Jedi place, sorry.) And I wish I had better advice on that, because it's something I struggle with constantly. There are a few people with great stores of natural confidence. Try to be happy for them and not throw pies in their general direction. In school, either history (because the past has always interested me) or art (because we were often left to choose our own projects) was my favorite. But in college, I went into a psychology major. This was the BA, not the BS which is a different and more science-oriented thing. It's not related to my current job much at all, except that they were looking for employees with a 4-year degree in something, anything, more or less. Since my job is odd and probably identifiable, I won't say what it is. But it's nothing to do with psychology, which you typically have to go for a Master's and/or PhD to do much -- this is for everyone's protection since it's worrying enough that psychologists call what they do "practice"; trust me, nobody wants a BA-only recent graduate working on their brains. Salamandastron, or something else with the badgers. I really liked the badgers. It's a little hard to distinguish between the books anymore since they did repeat the formula sometimes (it was a fun formula, though.) Outcast of Redwall bothered me because it seemed like Jacques was going to go somewhere more complex with the carnivores and then kind of swerved away from it. Not totally, but it still felt like a let-down. I'm fond of foxes and ferrets, so the always-evil of the Vermin was disappointing. Music has a large role in producing plot bunnies, and I like to try to work out what songs are somewhere in the "soundtrack" for a story. It's fun when other writers note the songs that inspired them; ThreadSketch's soundtrack listings for her current fic are a nifty extra. I like a lot of the epic/trailer music genre for Star Wars inspiration -- Audiomachine, Thomas Bergersen, and Mark Petrie do some wonderful instrumental music. Sometimes there is a song with such good lyrics that I think about doing a song-fic (or at least something with a quote from the song at the beginning/end; does that count as song-fic?) While actually writing, lyrics distract me so much that I really can't listen to songs that have them. Anything very fast-paced also makes my attention wander, so if there's any background music at all it usually has to be something slow and quiet. Nature sounds (ocean waves, rain, etc.) are sometimes easier for me to work to than music. Hmm, hard to say. If the Jedi count as a culture (and it seems like they should, at least in the prequel era), then I'd choose them; I love seeing the traditions fleshed out in profic or fanfic. For cultures that seem interesting and which I would like to see explored more, the Mon Calamari. There are so many inconsistencies in their history thanks to the changes in canon, but it would be fascinating to learn more about how they came to create their starships and take on a central role in the Alliance.