So, here's something I bat around with people every now and then...and I know several people on here have discussed this in other venues. Why not bring the conversation here and see if we can expand things a bit?
Where do you find inspiration and what non-audio activities/interests affect your work?
To get things rolling, one common thing that a lot of us mention are things that are visually oriented...probably because many Gestalt principles of visual perception apply equally well to auditory perception. I also like to think that all the kung-fu and tai chi I've studied in the past affects my sense of timing, pace and overall flow.
What about you?