Thursday, May 5, 2011

Divergent

The cover is finished! The cover is finished! Are you ready to see it? Are you??

Well, unfortunately I don’t ACTUALLY have it, but I’ve been assured that it’s finished and that it’s brilliant, and that I’ll be able to show you all tomorrow.

Ahem.

The cynical among you may begin to suspect that all of this is the result of bad planning and borderline incompetence on my part, as I had promised to reveal the cover oh, maybe two weeks ago.

However- the nice and the kind and the generous among you might recognise this as a cunning way of drawing out the mystery and building the excitement, and regard all these delays and missed deadlines purely as brilliant marketing on my part.

It is, of course, entirely up to you to decide which of these kinds of people you are- cynical and suspicious (boo!) or nice and lovely and so very pretty (yay!).

So, while we wait for the cover to be revealed tomorrow, I now have a Blog post to fill, and I want to mention a book I’m reading which I think is brilliant. It’s called Divergent, and it’s by Veronica Roth, a new American writer. I’ve read the first hundred pages here- http://browseinside.harperteen.com/index.aspx?isbn13=9780062024022 - and I absolutely love it so far. It’s set in a Dystopian future- because those are ALWAYS the best kind- where the population splits itself into Factions according to their personality traits. People are always telling me I must read The Hunger Games- and I will, I swear I will- but Divergent grabbed me from the first paragraph, and now I’m pretty much helpless.

Aside from the great idea at its centre, this book is REALLY well written. I make no apologies for the fact that I’m a snob when it comes to the quality of writing- no matter how wonderful the premise, I simply can’t read it if the words don’t flow like they should or the characters aren’t genuine. I reckon I’ve improved as a writer since the first Skulduggery, and the later books are much better written than the first one (even if the first one remains my absolute favourite), but Miss Roth seems to have bypassed that awkward debut-writer stage completely. If she’s this good now, how good is she going to be in five books’ time? Scary good, is the answer.

If you’re looking for something new to read, click the link above and try it out. 

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Skulgirl13 A.K.A Deryn Mellifluous said...

FIOR AMERICA

Skulgirl13 A.K.A Deryn Mellifluous said...

HUZZAH!!!

Lizzy the lovely un-dead vampire writer said...

Huzzah! *wonders why she is huzzah-ing*

Thalia said...

LIZZY!

*tackles her in a hug*

Hi!

Lizzy the lovely un-dead vampire writer said...

Hey Thalia! *glomps*

Thalia said...

My friend Mir sent me a picture of Netherlands today...he has Fletcher hair...

Skulgirl13 A.K.A Deryn Mellifluous said...

OLO Lizzy!

Lizzy the lovely un-dead vampire writer said...

Squeeee~! i want to see! can you post pics?

Lizzy the lovely un-dead vampire writer said...

olo Skulgirl!

Thalia said...

Sure!

Kallista Pendragon- The Beautiful Goddess Queen said...

I just finished a pic of the Lion King....well, sorta. Th eLion looks cross between a beaver and I don't know what else! LOL

Thalia said...

http://yourealllatefortea.blogspot.com/2011/05/hetalia-netherlands.html

^^

Skulgirl13 A.K.A Deryn Mellifluous said...

YOUR LATE FOR TEA!!! LOL March Hare :3

Thalia said...

Yes! I absolutely LOVE Alice in Wonderland!

Skulgirl13 A.K.A Deryn Mellifluous said...

OMG!!! THANK YOU!!! have you seen the one with Johnny Depp??? That is my absolute most FAVORITE movie besides Harry Potter :D I know a LOT about it :)

Skulgirl13 A.K.A Deryn Mellifluous said...

*points to picture of hat as her comments thingamabob*

Skyril said...

LOL!
Oh, Master Derek, I'm, of course, as you put it, "nice and lovely and so very pretty (yay!)."
:P
~grins~

Wow! Awesome! Thanks for the link! I'll definitely be checking that out soon!

Lizzy the lovely un-dead vampire writer said...

Squeeeeeee~! *turns into a fangirl tornado and whirls around* watch this video! its so cute!! X3

Thalia said...

Yeah, I saw that one! And Harry Potter is awesome too! I bought the original Alice in Wonderland book, and it was amazing.

Lizzy the lovely un-dead vampire writer said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7iZEoJi1U-s&feature=related

Tori said...

hey you guys

Thalia said...

Hi Skyril!

Going to check out the link now, Lizzy.

Skulgirl13 A.K.A Deryn Mellifluous said...

brb!

Thalia said...

Hi Tori!

Skyril said...

Skulgirl!!
Lizzy!!
Thalia!!
Kallista!!
~jumps out of the shadows and glomps them all~

HellOooooo! :]

Skyril said...

And hullo, to you, Tori! :]

Lizzy the lovely un-dead vampire writer said...

Hey Skyril! *glomps* Hey Tori!

Tori said...

i get the feeling that i'm being severely glomped right now :P

Skyril said...

How's everyone? :3

Thalia said...

OMG Lizzy! That video was so cute! (I think I fixed my post with Netherlands...)

Thalia said...

I'm good Skyril. You?

Lizzy the lovely un-dead vampire writer said...

Squeeee~! i know~! *happily flys around in a pocky powered fangirl tornado*

Skyril said...

I'm alright! :]

Skyril said...

Pockys! I love pockys! Can I have a pocky?

Lizzy the lovely un-dead vampire writer said...

Yay pocky! *throws pocky at Skyril* that Netherlands pic looks bloody awesome!

Skyril said...

Pocky!!!
~noms~

Everisse Eterna said...

Hey Skyril! I'm writing a sequel to my crackfic, featuring...

Villains!

Jack, Sanguine, Emo-Dusk, Thrasher and Scapegrace.

Read when I post it, okay?

Lizzy the lovely un-dead vampire writer said...

Hey Everisse! *throws pocky at her*

Tori said...

POCKY!!!!!!
i love pocky and i love Yan Yan

Thalia said...

*steals some of Lizzy's pocky*

*gives some to Poland's incredibly creepy pony*

I think it does too, Lizzy ^^ But, uh...Mir didn't draw it. She just sent it to me.

Everisse Eterna said...

And Lizzy!

Ooh, I love strawberry Pocky.

Kallista Pendragon- The Beautiful Goddess Queen said...

http://lionesscharm.blogspot.com/2011/05/kallista-and-lion-king.html

Skyril said...

Um ok!
:]

Thalia said...

Hi Ev!

*hugs*

Everisse Eterna said...

And Tori and Thalia!

Lizzy the lovely un-dead vampire writer said...

oi, do you want to see a REALLY creepy pic of poland's pony? its a tad bit dead ^^;

Everisse Eterna said...

And Kallista!

My God, where are all you people comin from?

Thalia said...

....Uhh...dead, creepy picture of Poland's pony...I say....YES!

Thalia said...

Ev, we are coming from Mars.

Tori said...

ok?

Lizzy the lovely un-dead vampire writer said...

Enjoy~

http://fc04.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2011/121/3/6/blame_it_on_the_zywiec_by_namioki-d3fd5bp.jpg

Skyril said...

I want to see it!!!
I'm weird like that..., but I think you already knew that :]

Skyril said...

~jaw drops~
Wow that is inSANEly creepy!!!!

Lizzy the lovely un-dead vampire writer said...

ain't it?

Skyril said...

Hey, I'll brb, guys.

Tori said...

oh nice
i love creepy pictures like that

Lizzy the lovely un-dead vampire writer said...

ok Skyril

Now i must find a totally awesome pic of Poland to make up for the creepy-ness!

Thalia said...

*looks at the picture*

Uhh....

*barricades her door*

Ok. Now I shall sleep at ease tonight ^^

Everisse Eterna said...

-dances macarena-

Okay, I have to do my homework!
So not awesomesauce.

See you guys later!

-dances away and falls off blog-

Thalia said...

Bye Ev!

Lizzy the lovely un-dead vampire writer said...

Yay! Poland and Liet fluffy-ness <3

http://turvy-topsy.deviantart.com/favourites/42868668#/d362q4f

Lizzy the lovely un-dead vampire writer said...

byeeeeee Ev! see you later!

Thalia said...

Aww!!! So cute!

Thalia said...

Lizzy! Do you have a dA account?

Lizzy the lovely un-dead vampire writer said...

yup :)

http://turvy-topsy.deviantart.com/

Lizzy the lovely un-dead vampire writer said...

moar fluff <3 i love this one so much!

http://turvy-topsy.deviantart.com/favourites/42868668?offset=24#/d27vggr

Thalia said...

Sweet! Here's mine!

http://maddyliz.deviantart.com/

Lizzy the lovely un-dead vampire writer said...

cool! i'll watch you right away!

Thalia said...

I'll watch yours.

Lizzy the lovely un-dead vampire writer said...

Yay! thanks ^^

Skyril said...

I'm back! :]

Tori said...

hey i don't want to be left out
here's mine
http://kisasohmat13mh.deviantart.com/

Thalia said...

Ok Tori. Going there now.

Tori said...

awesome

Lizzy the lovely un-dead vampire writer said...

I watched you!

Thalia said...

I watched your account Tori.

Tori said...

YES :D

Lizzy the lovely un-dead vampire writer said...

brb, i want to get some lemon ice ^^

Tori said...

and i watched both of you :D

Lizzy the lovely un-dead vampire writer said...

*wanders back in* yay! thanks Tori!

Everisse Eterna said...

My crackfic is finished. And posted. Please read and review! Gotta go!

Skyril said...

Do you know what? Lizzy either hasn't read that short story thingie-ma-bob or has but hasn't commented on it.... And I want to know her opinion... I think I'll post this link see if some comment from her magically appears :P

http://loonyskyril.blogspot.com/2011/04/short-story.html

Thalia said...

Thanks Tori!

*sigh*

Well, this has been awesome, but I have to go to bed now. Night all!

*hugs everyone*

*dashes off*

Everisse Eterna said...

Skyril! My crackfic! It's up!

Skyril said...

Aw farewell, Thalia! and good-night!

Skyril said...

I'm still smiling from it, Everisse!
Fantastic! :3

Everisse Eterna said...

Yay! You guys are so sweet, I suddenly feel my teeth spontaneously rotting.

And now, I take my leave!

*dramatic exit of some sort*
-crashes into something-

Ow...

Tori said...

everyone is leaving :'(

Skyril said...

LOL
Sorry about your rotting teeth! :P
Well farewell, Ev! Hope to see you soon! :]

Everisse Eterna said...

Oh.. Well this is moderately awkward.

My mom's asleep, so
I don't have to go!

Btw, I wrote a song!!!
Well, I'm working on it, anyway.

Tori said...

woohoo a song!!

Lizzy the lovely un-dead vampire writer said...

*waltzes back in*

Skyril said...

Yay! Welcome back! :]


Epica! I want to read it!!

Everisse Eterna said...

And darn, I'm being lazy.

I haven't even started the fourth chapter of my fanfic.
But I update more than Derek, so there.

Skyril said...

Woo-hooo! That comment I was hoping would magically appear, did so appear! :]
~glomps Lizzy~
Yay! I'm glad you liked it!

Tori said...

i update every few days.....i keep feeling like adding something to my post as soon as its up and then i have to make myself wait a few days before i can update again :P

Lizzy the lovely un-dead vampire writer said...

*glomps Skyril* i loved it! its an awesome fic!

Skyril said...

~grins~
Good! But I'm sorta working on my regular fan-fic write now... the next two parts, actually 'cause I was thinking about this one part that I've thinking about writing and couldn't help but start writing that out in the car while we were driving, even though I always just write when I'm online, but that's not for the next part of my regular but for the part after. So I'm not exactly sure when I'll continue that side fic, but I will try to sometime... relatively soon.... :]

... I hope all of that was understandable....

Lizzy the lovely un-dead vampire writer said...

I think i got it... it all boils down to too many fanfic's, so little time, right?

Skyril said...

Something like that :]

Skyril said...

~does the 300 dance~
I got comment 300! Woot!

Everisse Eterna said...

Yay! Finished song!
It's a little odd/emo, so warning!


You tell so many twisted lies
You hurt me, so I'm cutting ties
But now you've got me here alone
Trapped in this cage of flesh and bone

Oh, these chains that bind me
And all that light behind me

I won't give in to the rage
My body is a cage
And don't fool yourself in thinking
That I ever will be yours

You've got the door shut oh so tight
I can no longer see the light
Why do you do this to me
It's all your fault, why can't you see?

Oh, these chains that bind me
And all that light behind me

I won't give into the rage
My body is a cage
And don't fool yourself in thinking
That I ever will be yours
No, I will never yield
You'll never use me as a shield
And don't fool yourself in thinking
That I ever will be yours

Cause I never will be yours
Never yours
Never yours

Skyril said...

To be honest with you, I got Mordoc from an awesome video game that no one here seems to have played. Well, he's a bit different, of course, of roughly he's the same.
Mordoc Selanmere is from Baldur's Gate Dark Alliance II. :]

Skyril said...

But I'm not using his last name.... Just Mordoc 'cause all the other vampires only have one name :P

Lizzy the lovely un-dead vampire writer said...

Wow Ev! thats a really good song! you should post a video of you singing it! or an audio

Skyril said...

Wow!
~applauds Ev's song~

That's so AMAZING!! It's brilliant and fantastic and why am I not hearing it on the radio yet!??!

Lizzy the lovely un-dead vampire writer said...

hey, are you lot going to be around on Saturday? i'm going to be giving drawing lessons at around noon EST at the Kallista's chat room

Skyril said...

Hmmm I'm not sure, Lizzy. I never really know our schedule and just find out day by day.... I kinda don't think I will be :/
That's too bad. I would have loved to be there!

Everisse Eterna said...

I shall record a video and post the link, but it will be a blank screen because I'm sick and wearing pajamas and look generally a mess.

Lizzy the lovely un-dead vampire writer said...

thats ok Skyril, i'm going to have an alternate date some other day ^^

Ok Ev, sounds cool!

Kallista Pendragon- The Beautiful Goddess Queen said...

*runs back into the blog screaming*




















*dives at Skyril, Lizzy, and Everisse and tackles them in a hug*

Lizzy the lovely un-dead vampire writer said...

Hey Kallista! welcome back! *hugs*

Skyril said...

@Lizzy
Oh, that's good news! :]




Kallista!
~glomps~
Hello! And how might you be doing? :]

Kallista Pendragon- The Beautiful Goddess Queen said...

LIZZY!
*dances around her crazily*

Kallista Pendragon- The Beautiful Goddess Queen said...

SKYRIL!!!
*sobs*

Can I talk with you both on the chat?

Skyril said...
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Everisse Eterna said...

Finished! And unfortunately, can't go on the chat site cause I'm on my iPod.


http://m.youtube.com/index?client=mv-google&desktop_uri=%2F&gl=US&rdm=4mhc09561#/watch?v=3eDCYBjrrH4

I apologize for my singing!

Skulgirl13 A.K.A Deryn Mellifluous said...

IM BACK!

Skulgirl13 A.K.A Deryn Mellifluous said...

Everisse! you live in CT right?

Everisse Eterna said...

Yeah Skulgirl. Check out the link above! Original
Song! I apologize for my singing!

Skulgirl13 A.K.A Deryn Mellifluous said...

OMG I LIVE IN CT TOO!!!!

Everisse Eterna said...

Yay! Connecticut FTW!

Skulgirl13 A.K.A Deryn Mellifluous said...

ftw?

Everisse Eterna said...

Ftw = for the win!

Where is everyone? Watching my vid, I hope!

Everisse Eterna said...

And I have to pretend to go to sleep, so give me five minutes!

Skulgirl13 A.K.A Deryn Mellifluous said...

probably!

i put in the link and it showed liek four vids i didnt know wich one to put on

Skyril said...

I'm sorry, Ev, this computer I'm using doesn't have sound. :/ I wish I could here it!

Welcome back, Skulgirl!
~glomps~ :]

Skulgirl13 A.K.A Deryn Mellifluous said...

ok!

Skulgirl13 A.K.A Deryn Mellifluous said...

Olo skyril!

Everisse Eterna said...

Where'd Lizzy go?

Skulgirl13 A.K.A Deryn Mellifluous said...

i dunno

Kallista Pendragon- The Beautiful Goddess Queen said...

*sneak sup behind Skulgirl and tackles her in a hug*

HELLO My good friend!
:D

Lizzy the lovely un-dead vampire writer said...

got to go now *hugs* night! (and yes, CT FTW!)

Skyril said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Everisse Eterna said...

Aw...

Parting is such sweet sorrow...

I bid thee adieu, Lizzy!

Skulgirl13 A.K.A Deryn Mellifluous said...

WOOT CT!!


OLO Kallista!

Skulgirl13 A.K.A Deryn Mellifluous said...

BYE LIZZY!

Kallista Pendragon- The Beautiful Goddess Queen said...

Bye Lizzy!
*waves crazily*

Skyril said...

Wow! Lots of Conneticut-nites! :P
And Kallista, you're a Michigan-ian!
And I'm a Louisian-ian!
:]

Everisse Eterna said...

Uh, I should probably start the fourth chapter of my fanfic sometime soon now...

Kallista Pendragon- The Beautiful Goddess Queen said...

*runs around and palces daisy chain crowns on everyone's heads*


:P

Everisse Eterna said...

I always thought that either people from Canada should be called "Canadans," or they should change the country's name to "Canadia."

Were American, not Americian, after all.

Skyril said...

Ooo! A daisy chain crown! Thanks, Kallista! :]

Skyril said...

Hmm I've never thought of that, Ev, but good point!

Kallista Pendragon- The Beautiful Goddess Queen said...

:D
That's a good thought Everisse.

Everisse Eterna said...

I am full of random philosophical comments and large words. I have a plethora of information...
If that was the right word?
No clue.

Skyril said...

LOL! I do believe it was, Everisse!

Everisse Eterna said...

Doo wop doo wop doo wop doooooo!

Skyril said...

Oh, by the way, I had this brilliant idea this morning that I wondered why I'd never come up with before, you see, I only had about 5-10 minutes, so, what I DID, was go to some of the older fics that I hadn't yet read, and printed them! Woot! Then I read them in the car when we were driving, wrote my comments on the papers, then copied the comments onto the blogs when I got on! :]

Everisse Eterna said...

Sigh...
I have to bring in an oven mitt for play practice tomorrow, and i forgot to buy one. Darn shame, if you ask me. But no one ever does...

Skyril said...

Really? They never buy one even though they're supposed to?

Kallista Pendragon- The Beautiful Goddess Queen said...

That's brilliant Skyril!
:D

Skyril said...

~screeches at adorable-ness~

http://en.loadtr.com/Excited_chipmunk_-471318.htm

Skulgirl13 A.K.A Deryn Mellifluous said...

Amesome idea Lizzy! sorry for not commenting so frequently drawing wile cayotee at the moment :P

Skyril said...

So I'm finally beginning to catch up on blog-stuff! :]

Everisse Eterna said...

No...

I meant no one ever asks me.

"Darn shame, if you ask me. But no one ever does."

Skyril said...

I'm assuming by Lizzy you mean me. So Thanks! :P
And cool! I want to see it when your done!! Please!!!

Skulgirl13 A.K.A Deryn Mellifluous said...

oopo sorry its late and im over tired but im still up i do that to my friends too sorry!

Skyril said...

Oooh!
~facepalm~
I'm just stupid like that xP

Skyril said...

That's ok, Skulgirl. We all do it sometimes.

Skulgirl13 A.K.A Deryn Mellifluous said...

i seem to be doing that a LOT lately and also forgetting to put the first letter of a word so i try and write say
the cat jumps over the fence
but instead i get
the cat jumps ver the ence

Everisse Eterna said...

Okay, my mom is waking up. If I don't comment for a bit, I'm pretending to sleep!

Skyril said...

LOL, Skulgirl!

Skyril said...

Mmk, Ev!

Kallista Pendragon- The Beautiful Goddess Queen said...

LOL OK Everisse

Skulgirl13 A.K.A Deryn Mellifluous said...

ok Everisse!

Kallista Pendragon- The Beautiful Goddess Queen said...

I had this weird but scary dream last night.

Everisse Eterna said...

Okay, it's safe to comment now. I'm making up OCs now though. Besides my main one, Everisse, to use in stories.

Kallista Pendragon- The Beautiful Goddess Queen said...

I hope you use mine Everisse. Your stories are so awesome. You can make her the bad guy
:D

Skyril said...

I have to go now, guys. :/
Farewell and good-night! Hope to see you all soon! :]

Kallista Pendragon- The Beautiful Goddess Queen said...

Good night Skyril!
*hugs*
It was awesome to see you today!
:D

Skulgirl13 A.K.A Deryn Mellifluous said...

aww BYE SKYRIL!!!!
*i got your name right!!!:D*

Skulgirl13 A.K.A Deryn Mellifluous said...

grr i got a math and french test tomorrow grrr

Kallista Pendragon- The Beautiful Goddess Queen said...

*stares at SKulgirl*

You remember my name....right?


;P

Skulgirl13 A.K.A Deryn Mellifluous said...

yes hannah i remember your name :P

Skulgirl13 A.K.A Deryn Mellifluous said...

JK! Kallista!

Kallista Pendragon- The Beautiful Goddess Queen said...

LOL Skulgirl!
:D
Did you see my reply to the story you wrote on my KP blog?
:D

Skulgirl13 A.K.A Deryn Mellifluous said...

ummm no not yet let me check it out

Kallista Pendragon- The Beautiful Goddess Queen said...

Yes...go on!
*shoves Skulgirl to her blog*
:D

Skulgirl13 A.K.A Deryn Mellifluous said...

thank kallista! im having a tough time transitioning it though its due monday O.o

Kallista Pendragon- The Beautiful Goddess Queen said...

Aww...I'm sorry you are having a tough time with it. I hope this weekend you will be able to relax a bit and not be distracted so you can work on it.
You have so much talent. I kno wyou will do well.

Kallista Pendragon- The Beautiful Goddess Queen said...

*humms to herself wondering if the goats kidnapped Ann*

Kallista Pendragon- The Beautiful Goddess Queen said...

So close to the next page. Good thing Skulgirls' no there. No wI can get 1st on the page and do this...


*reaches behind her and pulls Skulgirl's mad hatters hat out and puts it on her head*

There! That's beter..


:P

Kallista Pendragon- The Beautiful Goddess Queen said...

Oops...Another Typo. Typicle. Oh well. I can always blame it on Skulgirl...


REG

Skulgirl13 A.K.A Deryn Mellifluous said...

HELLOOOOOO im right here you know :P

Skulgirl13 A.K.A Deryn Mellifluous said...

wai tyo uTOOK my HAT?!?!?!??!!??!!?!? GIVE IT BACK!!

Kallista Pendragon- The Beautiful Goddess Queen said...

MARY HIASHI!!! WHERE ARE YOU???

Kallista Pendragon- The Beautiful Goddess Queen said...

Hmmm...I here something...


*turns around and sees that mad look in Skulgirls eye*















*laughs crazily and runs like the dickens*

Kallista Pendragon- The Beautiful Goddess Queen said...

*snatches Harry Potters broom and takes off flying through the skies*

Skulgirl13 A.K.A Deryn Mellifluous said...

ILL GET YOU KALLISTA AND THAT MAD HATTER HAT OF MINE TOO!!

Kallista Pendragon- The Beautiful Goddess Queen said...

*lobs an ice cream cone at Skulgirl to distract her*




*she catches it with her face*


Oops!
My bad!

Skulgirl13 A.K.A Deryn Mellifluous said...

yummy!

Kallista Pendragon- The Beautiful Goddess Queen said...

* a floating chicken coop passes by as she flies through the air*



*a couple of Ann's goats peer out the window and wave as they pass.....Kallista catches a glimps of Ann sitting at a table in heavy negotiations with the goats*

Kallista Pendragon- The Beautiful Goddess Queen said...

Well that's a sight you don't see everyday. :P

Skulgirl13 A.K.A Deryn Mellifluous said...

wow that is quite strange

Kallista Pendragon- The Beautiful Goddess Queen said...

BUBBLES!!!

Skulgirl13 A.K.A Deryn Mellifluous said...

FAIRIES!!!

Skulgirl13 A.K.A Deryn Mellifluous said...

AMEIRICA

Skulgirl13 A.K.A Deryn Mellifluous said...

MINE!

Kallista Pendragon- The Beautiful Goddess Queen said...

Yeah, it' sa cross b etween Wizard of Oz and Alice in Wonderland. :P

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