Browsing Archive: October, 2011

Lee Killough's 'Checking on Culture'

Posted by Derek Chamberlain on Monday, October 31, 2011, In : Book Review 
Lee Killough has published a great book called Checking on Culture: A Checklist for Culture Building. The second edition, available from Yarddogpress ( is titled, Checking on Culture: An Aid to Building Story Backgrounds. It is priced at $6.00 + Shipping. You will have to buy it from the publishers as lists it as being out of print. It is a bargain at twice the price.

This review is based on the first edition published by AG Pr...
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Latest update

Posted by Derek Chamberlain on Sunday, October 23, 2011, In : Novel 
First, an apology. Having asked for comments on my previous post, I was surprised to find that the current version of this blog software does not support them. I apologise to all of you who tried to comment and couldn't, and thank all of you who emailed me your comments.

Things have been progressing slowly but steadily over the last week. The new outline and notes that link the disparate sections of Wayfarer have been, if not totally completed, at least progressed to the point where I'm now ba...
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Book Element

Posted by Derek Chamberlain on Sunday, October 16, 2011, In : Novel 
Due to an accident that resulted in me getting stitches in my hand, I wasn't able to do as much writing this last week as I normal do. I did, however, manage to continue my work on my outline and notes linking the new section to the main part of the novel (completely ass-backwards to do it after you've written the section, I know). Part of the result of that was this 'Oracle' which, though incomplete, does cover several of the salient sections, including the latest one. I'd really appreciate ...
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Posted by Derek Chamberlain on Sunday, October 9, 2011, In : Book Review 
The Writer's Digest Character Naming Sourcebook by Sherrilyn Kenyon, 2nd Edition, Writer's Digest Books, 2005

This book is, basically, just a series of lists of names. Kenyon has broken the lists down into national groupings, and within the national groupings into surnames, female names, and male names. Each name is matched by a short definition.

There is also a list of the Top Ten U.S. Names By Year for the years 1880-2003. She does not include top-ten lists for the other countries.

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Doubts and Progress

Posted by Derek Chamberlain on Sunday, October 2, 2011, In : Writing 
I hit a wall early last week. I sat down at my computer to start work on Wayfarer and couldn't remember why I was bothering. I wasn't sure where I was going with it, or why I was where I was, or what the point of it all was. 

At least some of that was due to external factors, but another part was the fact that I had never sat down and worked out an outline of the new section, nor really thought about where it fitted within the larger context of the novel. I'd had an idea that seemed perfect fo...
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I'm a writer, editor, indie publisher, and dedicated Magic Spreadsheet user. Originally from Adelaide, Australia, I've been living in Japan since 1995. I've had a life-long interest in writing and in speculative fiction. My first book was published in mid-2014.
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