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Progress

Posted by Derek Chamberlain on Friday, November 25, 2011, In : Novel 
As I've been working on Wayfarer recently, I've noticed that I'm actually progressing backwards, both through the linear time of the novel itself, and through my own personal time. I have been editing and rewriting drafts of progressively earlier stories because they now, in the redefined context of my characters' lives, seem to be the missing puzzle-pieces. It is possible that much of the work I am doing now will never make it into the finished book, but by filling in all these blanks I am g...
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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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Update

Posted by Derek Chamberlain on Sunday, September 18, 2011, In : Novel 
It's a new week, so I've decided to put into effect my New Week Resolutions. [smile] Expect new blog posts every Monday from now on.

Wayfarer is progressing pretty well. I'm working on a new chapter/section that takes Jack (my main character), Liira, and Bryant on a planet-hopping quest for a source of knowledge that will help them to defeat the Tyrant. On this quest they stumble upon the lost descendants of a group of Pesinoeans (children of the Ancients), of whom Jack is also a descendant. T...
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Update

Posted by Derek Chamberlain on Wednesday, August 31, 2011, In : Novel 
Just a quick progress update. I haven't had time the last month to do much of anything on my novel except note down a few ideas and start a new chapter. I've been swamped with work and with essays and exams for uni, and, overwhelmingly, and frustratingly, with getting my sites back up and sorted. Now that is done (fingers crossed), I'm hoping to be able to settle down to some serious writing, or rather, some seriously fun writing—I get enough of the other sort at uni.
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Research

Posted by Derek Chamberlain on Monday, August 29, 2011, In : Novel 

[This is a re-post from my last Blog.]

I spent most of Saturday organising the research I’ve managed to get typed up. There is way too much of it, of course, and not enough. [grin] So I’ve managed to sort it out into some general categories, and split up the notes I wrote about different topics from the stuff I got from other sources. 

Talk about time consuming. Admittedly, it was almost fifteen years worth of research and notes, or, rather, research and notes that had survived several com...


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Background

Posted by Derek Chamberlain on Monday, August 29, 2011, In : Novel 

I’ve been submerging myself into Wayfarer, which should be a good thing, and following some of Orson Scott Card’s advice on writing fantasy [from his book, 'How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy', from Writer's Digest Books]. I’ve been going back over the system of occult science I developed for my milieu, collating the various notes to make one comprehensive document; an “Introduction to the Occult Sciences”, written as by an historical figure from my milieu. That has been provi...


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Juiced

Posted by Derek Chamberlain on Monday, August 29, 2011, In : Novel 

I spent most of the last several days putting my notes in order. It took that long because there were ten-year's worth of them—amounting to a little over a million words. Not surprisingly, sorting them has helped me to sort myself. This last week has seen the resumption of the flow of creative juices. Not all of them directed, thank god, at Wayfarer (my novel). That had been one of the problems I was facing before, that every idea I came up with tended to get sucked into the Wayfarer cosmos...


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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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