Remember that podcast I mentioned a post ago?
Here’s the verdict…yes, there’s quite a few stumbling phrases and um’s and uh’s (32 in all if S. Winchester is to be believed…) but I didn’t do as terribly as I feared. I’m still kicking myself about a particular topic. I was asked a very good question: how my country influences my writing.
I botched it. It was an opportunity to say something really important and I botched it. Literally, I spewed a bunch of words together that was supposed to be this: Being from a country in which I am white and yet a minority is humbling and I’m thankful because it has given me a multicultural mindset. I am far more open than most writers to think consciously about this when it comes to character and world building. I think it’s a shame that POC (People Of Color) are not represented more in fiction and I make every attempt to include different cultures and ethnicities in my stories. Our culture caters to this ideal. People come from all over the world to vacation here and so we get a lot of opportunity to interact with all sorts of people with different viewpoints.
But alas…”I’m a writer, not a speaker!” 😛
I also have to say…despite not many considering themselves “readers”, Bahamians are some of the most creative people in the world. For instance, an old schoolmate of mine is making huge strives in visual entertainment through a group called Collage Entertainment. (They have a facebook page too) They’re making a movie called Get Charlie. A Bahamian movie! Using Bahamian culture!
You don’t understand, this is…a huge deal. I was lucky enough to have seen a small portion of the script because I happened to be in the right place at the right time. I loved what I saw. These guys, these guys are so funny and talented and I have every confidence they’re going to make a great movie. During the elections, they did a spoof of what Bahamian Campaigning is like. I don’t remember laughing that hard in a long time.
I think even more than visual entertainment, there are few countries in the world that can rival our passion for music. From Papa Smurf +Who Dat, to Willis and the Illest, to TaDa, to Avante Garden. I never thought the day would come when we’d have a Bahamian Rock Band, but my countrymen are full of surprises.
But more on that later. How does your culture influence your writing, if at all?