Things, articles, pages that have inspired my writing. Over 2010, this section will also include short pieces and pictures about artists that inspired my new novel The Blue Light Project.

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

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

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

Story House - the story molecule

From several years back.

The image attached was my original conception of the novel Story House, including characters whose names later changed e.g. Freddy = Elliot. Rebecca became Esther.

Various critics observed that the book was architectural. It was a built thing. Yes, indeed it was. Here is the wacky blueprint. I largely ignored it while writing, and various aspects dropped away. But it's the only writing project I can think of that I've approached this way. Ideas, drawings, execution.

Posted: Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2007 9:00pm
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