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On The Web

Posted by Derek Chamberlain on Sunday, February 26, 2012, In : On The Web 

For today’s ‘On The Web’ I’m bringing you three new sites.
An online speculative-fiction magazine that is well-worth reading, and perhaps even submitting to.
Libby Cuskelly, the author of this blog, is an anthropologist and a fantasy author. She has a very interesting post on world-building from an anthropological standpoint, the first in a series of ten that I am looking forward to reading.

This is...

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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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SpecFic Writer's Research Library

Posted by Derek Chamberlain on Sunday, November 13, 2011, In : Books 
A (relatively) short list of books that provide information about magic, weapons, culture, and clothing, amongst other things, along with a couple that provide hints of how best to weave all of this together to craft a 'realistic' fictional milieu. 

Alberto Manguel & Gianni Guadalupi, The Dictionary of Imaginary Places, Harcourt Brace, 2000
— a traveller's guide to the imaginary places on Earth, taken from the literature of the world. A great book to inspire the imagination.

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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 ( 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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2012 Writer's Market

Posted by Derek Chamberlain on Friday, September 2, 2011, In : Books 
My 2012 Writer's Market Deluxe Edition turned up in the post today. It is, yet again, a massive brick of a book. On first glance through, I see several interesting articles and probably about 700 pages worth of markets. On first browse I also see that the vast majority of those markets are North American. That's only to be expected, I suppose, from an American publisher, but you'd think they'd put something on the cover to indicate that, a tag saying 'North American Edition' would be good. Th...
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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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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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