I'm quite intellectual, but not, I think, in the snooty manner of intelligentsia; it's just that I get equally excited about classic Latin literature and zombie movies. Oh my god those need to be combined somehow. Point is, my interests are fairly far-flung, though I do tend to gravitate to the weird and fantastic and scientific. I don't get to study science much anymore at my liberal artsy school, but I miss it.
Since I was very young, I've wanted to be a novelist. I believe my love for fiction is directly tied to my love of learning: for a person cannot, I think, be a successful writer if he or she is not boundlessly curious and endlessly in awe of his/her surroundings, always looking for new ideas and squirreling away new bits of knowledge for later use and dissecting every thought, feeling, and experience in an attempt to understand and communicate it. This applies to all areas of art, I think. I live a lot of my life in my head, but I forever want to see and do new things in the real world, the better to make my head a more interesting place.
When not doing schoolwork, I like to read, write, paint, and slay dragons.
Oh, and also Minesweeper. It's a gift.
Books: ASoIaF, The Name of the Wind, anything Lovecraft, anything Gaiman, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, many things Robin Hobb. Angela Carter's fairy tales. Autobiography of Red. The Aeneid. And Harry Potter, obviously, because I am a child of my generation.
Movies: As a 7-year-old I wanted desperately to be Indiana Jones. Scratch that, I still want to be Indiana Jones, with a side of James Bond. Favorite directors include Tarantino, Nolan, and Whedon. Love all of the recent Marvel films. Also Silence of the Lambs, Jurassic Park, Pride & Prejudice, Warm Bodies, Pan's Labyrinth, Santa Sangre, sooooo many more...
Shows: Battlestar Galactica, Game of Thrones, Sherlock, Hannibal, Grimm, Twin Peaks, Lost, Scrubs, Archer, Once Upon a Time, Dexter...
Video games: Zelda forever. Also Skyrim, Red Dead Redemption, Pikmin, Kingdom Hearts, Fable, Portal... Overall, I like sandboxes best.
Music: Generally speaking, stuff that's folk-ish, rock-ish, or alternative. Mumford, Laura Marling, the Beatles, the Black Keys, Florence + the Machine, Beirut, the Decemberists, Flogging Molly, the Hush Sound... but the musical preferences of other people aren't really something that matters to me.
Ice cream. Because let's be serious.
Books. In the capacities both of the existence of literature and of physical, made-of-paper books.
Trees. The smell of them after rain. The color. The sound.
My mind. Literally and figuratively, I suppose. Intelligence and imagination are extremely important to me.
And my glasses! I can't see without my glasses!
Colors. Neurons. Plots. Characters. What I should say. What I shouldn't say. What I should do. What I should eat. What it would be like to live in a different time or place or in a different body; how different people experience the same events.
There are so many more things I want to know than I will ever be able to know; sometimes the thought of how complex existence is just overwhelms me.