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The Ride

Posted by Derek Chamberlain on Monday, July 14, 2014, In : Update 

This is a bit of an update. I haven’t been posting a lot recently because I’ve been working my butt off getting words down. I’ve been putting in eighteen hour days for pretty much the last two months. Not all of that was writing, of course, I still have my day jobs, but every minute I wasn’t at those, my butt was in my chair and my fingers were dancing on the keyboard, or drumming beside it. [Grin] 

As long-time followers will know, I’ve been a part of the Magic Spreadsheet for abou...


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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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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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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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Productivity Pro Update

Posted by Derek Chamberlain on Sunday, March 4, 2012, In : Productivity Pro 

As followers of this blog will be aware, three weeks ago I declared my intent to become more productive. In order to do that I was going to follow the recommendations given by Sage Cohen in her article, ‘10 Ways To Be A Productivity Pro.’

Over the last three weeks I have been reading and re-reading her article and working on putting some of her recommendations into effect. Over that time I have discovered two things: First, Sage’s advice works; and second, concentrating exclusively on p...


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First efforts on the Productivity Path

Posted by Derek Chamberlain on Friday, February 17, 2012, In : Productivity Pro 
I took Sage's advice to heart and began with Strategy 2: Live, Breathe, and Write Your Platform. 

First I had to define my platform. Not easy. I'm a writer, like a million other people out there. Eventually I narrowed it down a bit and the newly revamped website is the result. It only took me two days to redesign it all. And all the time I was doing that, and the reading I did today on how to blog effectively and how to market one's work and what are the 70 cardinal sins of writing; I was thin...

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Baby Steps

Posted by Derek Chamberlain on Thursday, February 16, 2012, In : Productivity Pro 

The old saying, Today is the first day of the rest of your life, seems to have some added resonance for me today. Today is, despite the 25 years that have gone before, the first day of my writing life. At least, that's what I'm hoping.

 

I have been a writer for a long time. I've even been paid for my writing. I've got a complete draft of a novel that I am in the process (a rather long drawn out process) of editing and rewriting. But despite all that, and despite the uncomfortable feeling I g...


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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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