James Cameron and WAC

That’s the link to my Ted video.

Seeing how James Cameron’s interests in Scifi, exploration, and nature influenced his film-making career emphasized for me how life impacts writing. I know it sounds lame. Everyone knows (or at least everyone here, I assume) are aware of this. I suppose this video reminded me of that fact.

Cameron tells of how his experiences on filming expeditions influenced how he approached filming.  Ignoring the connection of Scifi fandom, I tried to connect his experience with my life and WAC. Here’s what I came up with.

My interests influence what I write about, what’s going on in my life impacts on my motivation to write, and the people in my life encourage me to write. What I like naturally lead me to topics to write about. This video is a great example. Not only do i love Scifi, but I love movies. What’s going on in my life reflects in my quality of writing. For instance, right now, I’d much rather do something else because I’ve been staring at this computer screen for a good long while. That’s why my writing may seem impatient and hard to follow. As for the people, well, my parents aren’t around, but I know they want me to do my best, so I’m making the effort for them because they would have encouraged me to.


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  1. Sci fi and writing–so WAC. I write about science fiction a lot in odd ways when I write–it’s like a thread that keeps weaving through my life. I can’t wait to watch this video. I’d never seen it before. Thanks!

  2. You know how a lot of what we’re doing lately is with open-resource and copyright infringement? And the copyleft movement seems to argue that we constantly are building on what came before and attempting to make it something original and new?

    “Avatar” makes me think of that. Don’t get me wrong, I love the movie, but when I saw it, I told a lot of people the movie played out like “Dances and Wolves” and “Fern Gully” mated. And recently a friend posted this: http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/18BejT/forum.yesbutnobutyes.com/assets_c/2010/01/avatar_cam-10649.html

    It’s hard not to laugh.

  3. Great! you are taking what you have learned and you are applying it and “remixing” it with other things.

  4. I like what you said about what is going on in your life impacting your writing. It made me think about how I really enjoy reading historical information regarding what was going on in an author’s life at the time that they were writing a well-known work. It makes the work all the more interesting. It is also fascinating to learn about what was going on where the author lived in general at the time of his/her writing. I am reading a great book entitled “1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare”. It takes the four plays that were written during that year and relates them to what was happening in and around London. It is quite interesting to see how the political climate is shaped into his plays. It makes reading the plays all the more interesting.

    • Oh, yes! I know exactly what you mean! I love reading the history behind a particular author! It’s so cool to see the era in a book and be able to pick out the issues on the day as you read the story.

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