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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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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 (http://www.yarddogpress.com/Checking%20On%20Culture.htm) 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 Amazon.com 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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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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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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