I also enjoy writing short stories, although I don't do it often.
Outside of the sci-fi literary ghetto I enjoy, I also like David Foster Wallace, Mark Twain, and Haruki Murakami
Movies - The Manchurian Candidate (old one), The Usual Suspects, Cinema Paradiso
Shows - Firefly (pretty much anything by Joss Whedon, actually), Home Movies, That Mitchell & Webb Look
Music - The Mountain Goats, Barenaked Ladies, The Decemberists
Food - I'm always a fan of a good stew, or just beans and rice.
5. A nice walk
6. Coconut radio - that's just good sense
Whenever I hear songs, I try to think of other songs with the same chord progressions that would blend well, like for an a cappella music group.