Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada 1960. Moved to London, Ontario, Canada in 1967. Started playing hockey and piano. Went to Sir Wilfred Laurier High School and played the trumpet.
Studied Architectural Technology at Fanshawe College of Applied Arts and Sciences. Started playing guitar and writing a little. On a trip to the mountains in 1982 with a friend I decided, or was awakened to the knowledge that I was going to pursue writing. Graduated 1984 and moved to Toronto.
Moved to Saarbrücken, Germany in 1993.
Have traveled many places in North, Middle and South America and Europe.
Besides reading and writing also work on photography and music.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I started my growing up in Halifax, Nova Scotia. My parents were Baptist and church was a big part of life. Out doors was a bigger part. We lived in many different places around Halifax and there were usually woods and fields to play in and adventures to have. I loved visiting my grandfather in the house he built across from the pond and Uncle Victor and Aunt Marion down at Haring Cove. There was a wooden dock out on the water and what I really loved was the feel of the house. It was a little like going to heaven where everyone was nice to me. And the wooden floors were so off kilter that I could roll things down the floor.
We moved to London when I was almost 7. Dad rented a house among the Italians and my sister and I went to another new school. I changed from being a fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs to the Boston Bruins. It was the perfect team for kids. And we played road hockey most every day and I started playing ice hockey and my dad bought me a bicycle. I started piano lessons and was quick to learn.
When I was 11, my dad bought my mom, and us too, a house that was to be ours. It was out in that strange land called Suburbia. A fish and games resort was almost beside us with woods all around for miles and miles so dad got a canoe and we chopped dead trees down in the winter for our wood stove.
I was also a member of a boys group at the church. Though I was already not convinced about God and the wild stories in his book, I really enjoyed the camping trips and canoe trips. They really did have an influence on me.
In fact, it was the outdoors that made it clear that I would write. I was in college studying Architecture after deciding not to further my music studies, and a friend and I were taking time out to hike some Rocky Mountains. At the top of one of these mountains I stood and looked over the great expanse and realized. Clear as the day was.
I went back to where I found my friend exploring the surroundings and said to him: "I'm going to be a writer."
He said, "It will take you 20 years."
When did you first start writing?
In school I wrote a few things. Projects. My first attempt at a story was in grade nine in high school. My teacher was so dumb he didn't understand why the plane had suddenly landed where it did after the strange things that happened. And I wasn't going to explain it to him. It was a good lesson, however, for eventually I learned that readers don't know what is happening in your head if it is not written for them to read it. They aren't going to guess things unless they are pointed in the right direction.
But really writing because I had an idea started when I was 19. I wrote little poems. Sometime just some thoughts. And I finally started to read. I was years behind in English up to the end of high school. My Canadian English teacher, after grading me with a 39%, only because she was very impressed with my final presentation, told me I would do well, she thought I was clever and talented. But whatever you do, she really did say this, don't do anything with writing.
Now I did not start writing to spite her. I liked her. She was very cool. I started with my first story quite by accident one night about a year later while practicing my printing at home. That was back before computers so an Architectural student had to practice and make very clear, his printing of letters. With a pencil. Our hockey coach was our teacher. And he said, he used a typical Italian name, the Italians built North America in case anyone wonders, and was it racist, no, Italian is not a race, but we stray far too wide. The point is, make your instructions and lettering clear because someone has to build the thing you draw and write. Do not let them guess.
So after doing A B C D ... X Y Z about 6 times, I got very board. And without deliberation I wrote a sentence. That sentence was then followed with a somewhat more hurried printing. About a third of a page down, a couple friends were let in by my dad, they came down into the basement, that's where I usually was because my room was there, and interrupted me and I never wrote again.
At least not till later that night when I got home and wrote a story that I would use for my Science Fiction course that I took the second year and literally blow my teacher away. He couldn't believe a student of Architecture had a mind of his own. He gave me an A++ on the year. When the grades where hung out afterward people were saying, wow, Steve, no one ever gets A++.
I couldn't top it, obviously, but instead of not being able to read or write all the way to the end of high school, I was the top in English from then on. I made all my English teachers thereafter remember me. And some will still remember me. And best of all, love me.
And to top off this self patting on back answer to question 2, I moved to Toronto after college so didn't make it back to the 5 year reunion. But my sister, who had been in the Canadian English course with me, did. She did study French and English, eventually becoming a professor or something. She met this said teacher, who does have a name, Mrs. Ferguson, and Mrs. Ferguson asked her in the course of their conversation: and what is Steve doing.
The never ended story of Barbaralba and King Namor. The end days of Castle City. The beginning of the end of war. Second Genesis is a prophetic telling of our story in the not so far away future that mirrors our recent past for like we often do, we forget to learn from history.
Lunanity Love Life Cult. Love Letter for Luna. The objective with the use of improvising 36 books was to find the second half of Second Genesis. That is the story with Barbaralba and Namor meeting at the end of Castle City and the beginning of a new world. And we wanted to have some fun writing with a pen. 1.3 million words later we have it, Second Genesis in the raw version. And the surprise of a few stories and a Love Life Cult.
There are many short stories and poems. We have the main book and then we have a detective story that runs from day 163 till the last book. There is some serious looks into the New Testament and the Torah in a couple books. There is a fun historic look at Esau in a entertaining story. Other than that, we stick to Love Life Cult.
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A wild adventure for Sally and Billy. Not much sex but a bit of violence. That's why we have to call it adult content. Just so you know. If you have children there are parts you will want to read to them. The first part is free so just try it.
The years of peace. Knowledge and understanding coupled with science and technology makes for a plus sum gain world. And that can lead to other worlds where the luxury of life can be celebrated with love and passion. When the solar system is under control of the new gods, then it might be time for some to venture to the next star system. And once again: let there be life.
With but a few mishaps and a little fighting, Eden is moving toward peace and freedom. The space age of responsible guardianship has slowly won over reckless abandon. Some time for education building and travel. Learning the world that was theirs.
This takes us through the war years with dominance. Gadavida becomes an alliance. There is little resistance in Havatara. Sun Temple is blasted and work starts on upgrading the city. From dark ages to modern world technology. That is ongoing. The big battle is at the Seat of God north of Lacuna. When the soldiers agree to leave the city. The fight is over. Barbaralba Town becomes part of Lacuna.
There it is, the last book in the story. Second Genesis gets its proper last 18 chapters. That was the main goal. We had a few other story lines that brought us joy and understanding. We told the muse of this love letter we love her. We being our characters. We all have many we can draw from after billions of years of life. And we know, without any doubt, for we have slaughter that sorry critter
Entertaining and inspirational astronomic philosophy. We are mostly watching Esau of the Wild and his becoming the Lord of the land. Through love and cheeses. Hannah Hamlet continues to grow and offspring continue to be born. Anna Lucia and Charlotte get to have some serious fun times. And we learn through gentle prodding with rants and stories that we need not hold to convictions to buy our way
It is becoming obvious that we have been reading a holy book by now. If you have. Most will fear it. For we love to fear that what we don’t know. And rightly so. It can kill us or change our minds. In this case, we need to change our minds or we will kill ourselves. It is time to take on our mission and carry our crosses and cut our loses. And all the other hyperbole that makes it clear.
Some major events. Luna Sophia is walking by the end of the book. And Esau and Anna Lucia are finished their job in India. Dawn has the first child in the Clan of Esau of the Wild. She is called Hannah and she will soon have siblings now that they are in their new home and making excellent cheese and friends. Of course, some more fantastic, futuristic philosophy with a hint of scientific
It would be interesting to collect various bits to make small books that had continuity. The last 20 or so pages of each book for philosophical inspiration. Wonderful brilliance. To counter some of the dark bits, like the villains being tracked down by Esau and Anna Lucia. We are proceeding gently in Second Genesis. However, Esau from long ago and Luna the most beautiful.
We continue with our novel and our bonus story and as it sometimes happens, a new story is suddenly there like mushrooms busting out of the damp earth. It is the story of the famously ignored in The Torah Esau. Brother of Jacob. The most famous Israel. We even have a country named after Esau’s brother. And now we have the telling of the other brother.
We have progressed some. A few problems solved. Some philosophical and existential questions have been resolved. And that is the main point, knowing that it is up to us to do what must be done. No waiting for salvation. We are the salvation that has started to happen. Rise up from the swamp of lethargy and take on the caring for our biosphere. And sex. Some characters are having some. And some are
Yes, a few more love proclamations with a few random rants and raves. Esau and Anna Lucia are off to chase down a killer and thief. Jack is focused on Shelly more than any other whores. Barbaralba and Namor ride bikes over the metal islands up to Gadavida for a visit before continuing east. And we do a bit of poking around in philosophy and astrophysics. And most important is our part in it
A few love proclamations in this book to keep with the love letter theme. And some comments on body parts after witnessing a pleasantly shocking display. However, we mostly deal with philosophy, some random nonsense and the usual mix of science and technology. We had a couple murders just for fun. That’s normal in New York. Normal does not mean good. War is normal. Not as much as it used to be.
The pace remains accelerated. In our Eden story we are getting close to serious space age and living mostly in Bridgetown. Sports and music. There is some talk of what we call the real world. That can be argued when we have some time. After we get medical updates. Lilly has taken Esau on a little sex holiday to celebrate bringing George back. Him and her money.
Another fun run through a few story lines. Almost got to see a rocket test flight. We have at least got to the start of the space age. And some Eden ice hockey. The bounty hunters have finished their first big mission. Big payoff. Some love declaration and more science of the biological, physical and astrophysical kind. Might be a little rant on belief. A little blasphemy.
If the reader is of a relaxed, take is as it is given, made, nature, there are places where one can laugh. There are places where one must ponder to comprehend, and the narrator hopes the reader doth invest the effort to think some other thoughts. The main, the underlying thesis is instinct. What is it to us. How can we use it to our full advantage. Yes, it means cutting out some of the shit storm
This is the last of no space age and ice hockey on Eden. There is some crazy talk about the girl who is the inspiration for the narrator. As is usual, we plow through philosophic insights and physics. Sex for entertainment. Just a little. Warm up to it for the final sex festivities to make everyone forget what they might have wondered about. For no one wants to change the way they look at it.
We make some progress in our two story lines but harp on about the present and silly love proclamations that are fantastical unless we can fast forward medicine technology. And it is happening. And so is the virus in October 15th of 2022. But everything is still open and we have big shows at the studio this weekend. Best get tickets online for Motorjesus and Not Available. Goddess bless us.
A pleasant roller coaster ride through emotional highs and lows. Some elation, some minor blows. Free flowing prose and a peppering of poetic wit and barrels and buckets of philosophical wisdom that goes beyond the common paradigm of the present. Yes, the new world is opening up at our command. So do take part and mold what you can of the future. For it looks likely that we will all be in it.
The frantic has mostly subsided. Your humble narrator saw the object of his muse a couple times and oh how he does pine. However, we do focus on being unfocused and push and pull at some astrophysical conundrums and philosophical pleasures. And Barbaralba has a fight and we hear about a basketball game. So we are back into life on, or around the home island. There were other things.
After we deal with the last of The Torah and a few somewhat off the wall speculations and mild incantations, Little Bunny pokes his head into our story, the ship and crew make port in the next city and we, the royal we, take to planting both feet on the ground for the duration. This does not mean an end to madness for it is the nature of the fairytale love letter.
This is the crazy book. Don’t start with it. A panic from start to finish. A venture into the beyond and a look into a bit of eternal. What is God and what can we do with it. The beast and the eternal. How come we have fingers and brains. That is obvious once you understand how stars and other great astronomical bodies function. And for the folk that like astrology. It is not mentioned for it ...
Mostly we explain the meaning of the Torah, the books of Moses, as some call it. Not Genesis for he is yet to be born. And he is not in our story till the next book. We are on Abraham up to Esau and Jacob. Does the story matter. Only to half the population of the planet at the time of now. What was not so long ago. At least until the future. Yes. This book is educational and not standard belief,
We get on a few exciting tracks and embrace one of everyone’s favourite books. Yes. The Bible. The one with Jesus in it. We also look at a bit of other books and some random rants. We have neglected both novels. Anna Lucia and Esau are in South America not too far from their target and our boat crew is doing a bit of looking around on a new continent. Yes. This book is mostly philosophy or some...
None of the main stories, and I believe we only have the two going here. The third is much later, after the revelation that if one is watching for details, one will see some kind of focus and direction emerging in what at first glance may seem like mad rambling. However, the stories are tied together and meaning is being painted onto the grand expanding canvas of life. It is us.
There is a tendency to a direction that leads to a focus and our crew finally get on the ship to see what might be on the other side of the planet. Because of much random speculation and declarations, we have little information about Esau and Anna Lucia’s bounty expedition. We do meet Poopeenah. We make a few cosmic discoveries that open a few more doors that we hope could lead ...
If you were assigned this book for an essay or thesis topic, you pissed someone off. As they say. It takes a few tangents and struggles over a few barriers. It does make a few discoveries. And it opens up the gate to let us through to the road to enlightenment. Just kidding. That needs a few more months of pushing and racing through the abyss.
Our Second Genesis crew is on the main island, mostly in Salt Lake 36 preparing for a long trip and taking time for sports. They are also establishing how to work with peace time and the reintroduction of technology. Meanwhile, back on Earth, Anna Lucia and Esau are crossing the Mediterranean with Mr. and Mrs. Reaper. Chasing a thief. And Jack and a big team has tracked down a murderer.
We continue at a slightly reduced rate on our Lilly and Esau, Anna Lucia, Tim and several other characters story so we can be indecisive and have some open ranting and philosophic and astrophysics and maybe we mention adoration but not so much. It is not a normal love letter. We do not live in normal times. Life on a planet for 3.5 billion years is far from normal.
We are caught up in Lilly’s story. She visits her Grandmother. Detective Jill tracks her down and has some time to talk about things and enjoy a day in the mountains. Jack flies out to find his partner. That’s Jill. And He, our man, or Detective Jim. He can’t decide if he will fulfill his well paid contract or not. He takes some time to enjoy his stay in beautiful Wyoming. Has some boots made.
As is the trend, some fun and philosophy mixed into madness and mental manipulation. And though a few details are off at the start of the story and we can’t change them because it is the rule for this love letter, we have the solid start of a story that if we did not already have the novel to edit down to, we would likely take the story of Lilly and make it a smashing novel.
There was less attention to our story and more focus on random ranting. This can be fun frolicking through the fauna and flora or it can dabble in philosophic fuckery. We are hampered just a little by the darkening of the season and the bleakness of life with no reason. But alas, we need not give in or up when all sucks. It is up to us to make the history of the present for future generations.
The trip was interrupted to start Camp Namor. Three Rivers also needed and wanted help in a living update. Clean water and electricity will change your life. Most of us are used to those luxuries. Camp Namor had not been in the plan. Not even for your humble narrator. They ran into serious resistance that led to the Battle at Camp Namor. There is also a surprise story. It got locked in,
We stick to the story line in book 07. We have a pleasant trip and family reunion and new love. Back at Barbaralba City and Lacuna much is happening with city improvement. And football has taken over as top sport. The Lacuna Team is good. Official regulations fighting in the new small amphitheater in Barbaralba Town. The library is active. People come to learn about sports.
We stick mostly to the novel, Second Genesis. It is the last major war. They travel a long road to lay a most brutal attack on the Seat of God. But most of the common soldiers have survived with few dead. They are sent, taken, back down the road to Lacuna. We will get there in book 07. The pace is quick and not always clear. We will fix that in the novel. We are inspired here by the goddess,
Some bitching and raving to find some momentum in the swinging of the pen. And there was good progress on what will be the last major war in the next book. We have prepared for it and built the start of a new city and started our first project in Lacuna. The castle is being turned into a public library. No books yet but Lexus and Sallandrah are busy at it back on the island.
There is a hint at story telling in book 4. We finally get to the city on the east of Barbancor. In the novel and soon in the letter, we call it Lacuna. It has been attacked in the harbour mostly. And Barbaralba’s army, or navy, has landed to take possession of the peninsula. Most of the book is with random improvising around topics that might relate to the tedium of daily life in the year of the
To keep to the theme of speculative not knowing, avoiding conclusions and unsure where to get an in for the novel that is our secret goal, we have some philosophy or something like it. Not many want to take time out for philosophy and physical insights. Do you mean metaphysical. No such thing. Ask a physicist. And you will learn to see that physics is so crazy there ...
Your humble narrator continues to avoid the novel. That is not a surprise. It is the style of a letter. Do not force the story. Let it ease its way in. There are other issues to deal with. Philosophy and recording of history. In the near future all of our 3rd millennium actions will seem significant. 3rd after the last start of counting. For we have been humans 200,000 years or more.
Much random introduction with much unknown. It is how we approach love letters. We, that’s the royal we, do finally get Namor and Barbaralba back to Anamata. Much has changed and it will continue to do so. There is not any real point yet. However. You do get a feel for the style of the writer. Your humble narrator. It is good to get to know him before the storm comes. I wanted to say shit storm
Lunanity Love Life Cult. Love Letter for Luna. The objective with the use of improvising 36 books was to find the second half of Second Genesis. That is the story with Barbaralba and Namor meeting at the end of Castle City and the beginning of a new world. And we wanted to have some fun writing with a pen. 1.3 million words later we have it, Second Genesis in the raw version...
Castle City builds their first ships for war. Schooners that are the fastest vessels on the planet. We know now that we are on a different planet. This information was lost. So King Namor and Barbaralba have some crazy stories to tell when they are stranded in Havatara. But not before Barbaralba takes on the art of sport fighting. Partly to afford travel. Mostly because she loves it.
After the brutal end of the last book, this third book starts with the first visit to a new land. Small island. A land with people living in a different era. They are pretty happy to see a king from Castle City. The stories tell of such a thing being possible but it was so long ago and the bridge had been taken down and Castle City was off limits for the rest of the world.
Second Genesis Book 2 is still in and around Castle City Island. Barbaralba attempts to free her mother and ends up in a Castle City game. Games in Castle City are only for Draves and most die in the games. We are still mostly in Roman Empire times. With a bit of a twist when King Namor finds the lost library. The books are a big surprise. Especially Fish Patents.
Second Genesis starts at the end of an era likened unto the Roman empire. Castle City was built on a mountain and towers into the sky with all its glory and decadence. There are many kings and queens oblivious to the outside world but for one reluctant king. King Namor. He is in search of a lost library. Barbaralba is at the same time ready to wage war against Castle City.
Steve's Stories and Poems First Edition. These Stories are taken from the manifest: Ali Sam Erapa. Most of the stories come from the main character of the adventure madness. Sally takes on writing little stories to explore her mind and discover shit she wanted uncovered so she could deal with it. She has a little help from a couple friends. Artemis and Zara.
This is the last bit. A big bit because many things have to be sorted. A few pleasant surprises. And for some reason a couple characters actually have sex. Not my favourite thing in a book but I don't tell my characters what to do. They do it and I report it. Did I mention that before. That this is loosely based on a real story. Anyhow. The end leaves us open to the idea that there will be more.
Things are focusing now. We know who is who and what is what. Randy is getting it together. The big surprise is the Tree People. Sally is getting her head together and is gonna be a team leader. Billy is making things happen.
In part four we get to know Artemis and her small circle of friends. She is much like her name suggests. She and Karla meet up with Zara and Suzanna and have some adventures together. Zara tries to control her violent tendencies to no avail. You can get a feel for what's going on at bunniestop.net. We are recording the beta version.
The 3rd part of 6 parts of Ali Sam - Erapa. Sally and Billy start their would tour. Sally writes Thywill Bedon's story. It is placative but fun. And if anyone wonders. Yes, eventually the whole thing will be in one book. But for now we need to get reading. The Open Source Movie Challenge is the first major event at Bunnie Stop Production and that is at bunniestop.net. We need help.
Ali Sam - Erapa - part 2/6 Open Source Movie Challenge. We are making a movie. Beta version is to read Ali Sam - Erapa and put our first video book version of the movie on Bunnie Stop Production. Bunnie Stop Production is hosting Open Source Movie Challenge. You can post where you please and link in the comment of our first series. We are at youtube.