I have a lot of classic literature in my collection. Edgar Allan Poe, Shakespeare, Homer, Bram Stoker, Arthur Conan Doyle, Jules Verne, H. P. Lovecraft. And others i'm too lazy to name...also have a few books on mythology from different cultures, paranormal stuff, etc. And I read when i'm in the mood to, but I go through long periods where I don't pick up a book. I write poetry, but again I do so sparingly. I don't write nearly as much as I used to, now it's pretty much only when I have a concept stuck in my head that I can't let go of or just have to "talk" about something that's frustrating me. Actually wrote a new poem tonight for that latter reason. Sometimes i'll write beginnings of stories, but I never really finish them. I just kinda go on a binge, stop where ever I happen to lose my momentum, and never come back to it.
I'm the same with writing. Binge then quit. Poe is a great classic! H.P. Lovecraft is sorta in the same boat.
I think Poe and Lovecraft influenced a lot of the ideas I have in terms of story concepts. I actually have an entire broken world in my head, just don't have the ambition to put it on paper. I kick myself for that every now and then, but I can't be arsed to change it. Hopefully I will one day, though.
Sometimes actually writing it down is a huge disappointment. Writing isn't the fairytale I wish it could be. It is a ton of work, editing, and chopping up of concepts. I used to write a lot, but nothing nauseates me more than penning something sub-par. It's like seeing a reflection of your soul and seeing that, instead of glitter, it's snot. :P
That is very true, and partially why I have a distaste for my early work. Great concepts, terrible execution. I've contemplated going back and revising them now that I have more..."experience", I suppose would be the word, but I can't tolerate them long enough for that. I've always been told that my pieces were decent, or actually good, but I tend to be extremely critical about my own work. That, and sometimes I honestly just can't process or understand how to describe some of the visions in my mind.