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Going Indie

Posted by Derek Chamberlain on Tuesday, August 12, 2014, In : Publishing 

There's a perceived stigma associated with indie publishing amongst those not actively involved in it, a conception that it isn't 'real' publishing. This conception extends to ebooks too; if your book isn't in the corner store, it's not really a book, it's just a file on the computer and we all know they aren't 'real', after all, who of us hasn't lost a file to a computer crash? If self-publishing isn't 'real' publishing, and ebooks aren't 'real' books, then a person who self-publishes an ebo...


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200 Days

Posted by Derek Chamberlain on Sunday, August 11, 2013, In : Update 

I’ve mentioned the Magic Spreadsheet several times over the course of the last several months. If you want to know what I’m talking about, go and check out Homecoming, the first post where I explain it.


I’ve passed several milestones in my writing recently. This week I got my (metaphorical) coin for 200th consecutive day of writing more than 250 words a day. (My average is actually in the neighbourhood of 1800 words a day.) This week I also passed the 375,000 word mark which means that...


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Camp NaNoWriMo

Posted by Derek Chamberlain on Saturday, July 20, 2013, In : Update 

Just to warn everyone, the first part of this rather long post is where I talk about the emotional roller coaster of the last couple of months and has very little to do with actual writing and a lot more to do with how life intrudes on the writer. The discussion about writing starts after the pretty red asterisks.


I’ve been silent for the last month or so, but I’ve a good excuse. I’ve actually written a couple of posts, I just haven’t gotten around to putting them up because I’ve b...


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Magic Spreadsheet

Posted by Derek Chamberlain on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, In : Productivity Pro 

Ok, so it’s been a while, too long really, and, as always, I have some good excuses that I’m not going to share because, as my old man always said, ‘Excuses just aren’t good enough.’ I’d call them reasons, but, really, reasons are the same as excuses when you’re apologising.

What I’d like to talk about today is the Magic Spreadsheet!

This is a Google-doc created by Tony Pisculli (Travis Gramkowski Senzaki added the live leader board). It’s NOT a Wiki. It is, however, m...


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Plotting and Outlining

Posted by Derek Chamberlain on Monday, March 4, 2013, In : Writing 

I had planned to write a post about plotting about a month ago and just talk about the different methods I’ve seen discussed and where you can find more information on them. I went through this thing last year where I was really into outlining and trying to learn as much as possible about it. I’d been trying to deal with the Wayfarer edits and was hopelessly stuck and hoped that by learning more about outlining I might be able to make one for Wayfarer that would show me the way forward. I...


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Homecoming

Posted by Derek Chamberlain on Thursday, February 7, 2013, In : Update 

It has been a little over six months since my last post and this is just a quick update on what’s been happening with my writing.


In July I wrote over 60,000 words, almost double my largest count from earlier in the year. Then in August I wrote almost 104,000 words but almost two-thirds of that was research with only 39,000 being new story-text. In September my research total dropped to just over 3,000, from 63,000, but my new story-text total remained fairly steady at 35,000 words. I also...


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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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