December 2009

Notebooks: The Blue Light Project - JermIX

JermIX is one of the artists that inspired me during the writing of my new novel, The Blue Light Project. It's possible to know about JermIX (aka Jerm, aka Jerm9ine) and not even realize you know about him. That's because he is one of the most prolific and dedicated street artists I've encountered. I'll be posting lots more about him and other street artists over the next months, but for now, just check out this image.

Posted: Monday, Dec. 21, 2009 11:26am

The Wilde Room: Chapter 1

The Wilde Room 
When the Professor died, it was Dante who called. Jeremy picked up, standing in the alcove next to the reservation desk at The Wilde Room. And there he heard the voice of his long-ago mentor, tormentor, once-friend. He stood, watching his house manager Martine through the front window of the restaurant. Beautiful Martine, clipping the fresh sheet into the menu display on the black railing on the street, the green wall of St. Stephens Green rising opposite. High and scattered cloud. A nice April day in Dublin and booked to the rafters. And here came the long ago. The dreaded. The not-quite put behind.
Dante said: “You remember this voice?”
Posted: Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009 12:49pm

Street art by Byron Cameraman and Rich S


 The streets and walls of Vancouver's downtown eastside have effectively been my notebooks during the writing of The Blue Light Project, my new novel coming out next year with Knopf Canada and Soft Skull in the US. I'll post pictures of various artists here. But if there were a single image that started the book going, it was this one. I watched Byron Cameraman and Rich S put up this poster in January of last year.

Posted: Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009 1:04pm

Soft Skull signs The Blue Light Project

The Blue Light Project will be published simultaneously in Canada and the US by Knopf Canada and the brilliant, edgy American independent Soft Skull.

Trade announcement:

Timothy Taylor’s Blue Light Project, a literary thriller that uses a
four-day hostage siege in the not-too-distant future, during which a
city unravels and three disparate lives intersect, to explore if art
still has the power to transcend, even in the face of our
interconnected world, to Denise Oswald at Soft Skull, by Gillian
MacKenzie of the Gillian MacKenzie Agency  (US).



Posted: Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009 1:28pm

Rejection Slips

I'm not bitter. It was in fact a great day when I got these. Hand written notes from real live editors. I felt validated as a writer to have my rejection acknowledged in ink. Make no mistake, there was a time, a long time as I recall, when this kind of thing was what passed for feedback in my literary life. 

Posted: Friday, Dec. 18, 2009 12:18pm

Gerriamos: the original Chef Barb Alexander design

One day, when I was about mid-way through writing Stanley Park, I took Chef Barb Alexander out for drinks at Il Capo to discuss restaurant design. I wanted her to explain to me what the inside of a place like the Monkey's Paw might look like. I also wanted to know what a money-no-object restaurant kitchen might look like if she were in charge of building it. I based the restaurant Gerriamos from the book on THIS diagram.

Posted: Friday, Dec. 18, 2009 12:36pm