Friday, June 24, 2011

The End Of The World

Ah, Skulduggery, my old friend. Look how much you’ve changed my life. When you popped into my head six years ago (to the very MONTH) I had no idea what it would mean. Valkyrie came to me within sixty seconds of your arrival. In the next three minutes, I had China and Ghastly and Tanith and Bliss and Serpine- and suddenly I was writing a book. More than one, actually.

A nine book series. Thank GOD I envisioned this as nine books. What if I’d only envisioned it as a trilogy? Then it would have ended two years ago, and these characters who I love writing about would be finished, with no more stories to tell.

It isn’t JUST the nine books, though, because now there are a host of short stories I’ve written, and a lot more I’ve yet to write. These stories are a way for me to write about things or characters or ideas that I just don’t have the space for in the books. At the moment, these stories can only be found in the paperback editions, and while we’re looking into ways of making them available to everyone, for the moment the paperbacks are the only way you can own them. I’d love if there were a way for you to hand over a few cents or pence in a bookshop so you could take that short story home with you, but we can’t do that just yet.

However, next year you’ll be getting something a little special.

World Book Day is a worldwide celebration of reading and books. In Ireland and the UK it’s usually held at the start of March, while the rest of the world tends to hold it in April. I don’t know why it can’t be held on the SAME day, but there you go. To encourage people to pick up a book and start reading, a select few are sold for one pound, or exchanged for Book Tokens. They’re fairly small books, it has to be said, and so they’re REALLY a sort of extended short story… But even so, it’s a wonderful enterprise, and I’m honoured to have been chosen to write a BRAND NEW Skulduggery adventure for World Book Day 2012.

I’m writing it at the moment, actually, in between edits of Death Bringer. I’ve managed to get my publishers to agree to make it 15,000 words long- which is the most they could manage (the average Skulduggery short story is anywhere between 3000 and 5000 words). Frankly, I wanted to make it the longest book it could possibly be within the World Book Day limits because I want to make it worth your while to pick up. In terms of a page count, 15,000 words is roughly equivalent to 90 pages of the Mortal Coil paperback, so it’ll probably be around one sixth of the length of Mortal Coil. It isn’t a full length book, but it’s something cool and new and AFFORDABLE to add to your collection.

The story takes place a few months after Death Bringer and it’s called The End Of The World. Apart from anything else, it’ll be a nice way to bridge the gap between Death Bringer and Book Seven, which will be released in September 2012- as planned- and which is called, er… Dave.

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Niamhy Jay said...

I DEDICATE THIS PAGE TO ALL MY FRIENDS IN BLOGLAND!!

CUS YOU ARE ALL AWESOME!!

Isabella Midnight said...

WOO IM AWESOME!

Darkane Claw said...

Hey! You guys still on?

Niamhy Jay said...

I'm Here

Aquila Felis said...

Yes, I'm here.

Darkane Claw said...

Hey people.

*glomps Aquila*

Niamhy Jay said...

Hi Darkane
How are you??

Aquila Felis said...

*is glomped*
^^

Darkane Claw said...

I'm fine thanks NJ. :D

How're you?

Octa said...

I'm here too!!!

Niamhy Jay said...

I'm OK

Hey Octa
How are you??

Darkane Claw said...

Hey Octa.

Kallista Pendragon- The Beautiful Zombie Queen and Thief in Black said...

DARKANE!!!
*leaps crazily at her and knocks her down in a hug*

SO AWESOME TO SEE YOU!!!
*sobs weirdly*
I thought you had FORGOTTEN US!!!!!

Darkane Claw said...

AAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!

*wonders why I'm on the floor. Sees Kallista*

KALLISTA! *hugs*

I would never forget you guys.

Octa said...

I'm good.

Rather busy.

I'm writing a TEGI post.

Darkane Claw said...

TEGI?

Niamhy Jay said...

Gotta go now BYE

*hugs everyone* BYE

Darkane Claw said...

Bye NJ.

Octa said...

Short for The Eight Great Immortals.

www.theeightgreatimmortals.blogspot.com

Bye NJ!

Vita Song said...

BAZINGA!










BAM!

Kallista Pendragon- The Beautiful Zombie Queen and Thief in Black said...

*eyes Drakane crazily and flexes her arms as she gets ready to dish out all th enoogies that Darkane as missed*

REG (Random Evil Grin)

Isabella Midnight said...

here !

Darkane Claw said...

*Hops on unicycle and cycles crazily away from Kallista*

Kallista Pendragon- The Beautiful Zombie Queen and Thief in Black said...

http://attentionmrgoldengod.blogspot.com/2011/07/what-this-blog-is-for.html

Please check out this link if you have not done so already.

Kallista Pendragon- The Beautiful Zombie Queen and Thief in Black said...

*slips on her trusty rocket skates and zooms off after Darkane*



*smiles triumphantly as she aproaches fast*



















*smile turns into panic as she passes Darkane at an alarming speed*







*gives a dorky wave before going SPLAT spread eagle against a big brick wall*

Darkane Claw said...

*peels Kallista off the brick wall and pelts her with marshmallows*

Jasmine Lovelace said...

hello

Darkane Claw said...

Hey Jasmine.

Jasmine Lovelace said...

hey darkane... long time =)

im feeling blue today....i've never been blue in my life....odd

Aquila Felis said...

*hides from the guest on the chat*
...could someone tell Lizzy not to send every guy at me she's able to find?
*grumbles*

Jasmine Lovelace said...

=p

Darkane Claw said...

I like feeling purple rather than blue.
*starts painting Jasmine purple*

Jasmine Lovelace said...

dose he have a crush on u aquila ??

Jasmine Lovelace said...

=p i'd prefer purple too

Aquila Felis said...

If he had I probably cured him. -.-
He says they told him I'd be 15 and hot.
...

Jasmine Lovelace said...

HAHAAA

Jasmine Lovelace said...

where's octa??

Darkane Claw said...

I dunno. He disappeared.

Darkane Claw said...

OCTA!

*recruits a search party of octopuses and searches blogland*

Jasmine Lovelace said...

=p

i used to think his name was
octa-baboona....but then i realised it was
octa-boona -.-

Jasmine Lovelace said...

OCTA!!!

JO!!!

Jasmine Lovelace said...

anyone there??

Darkane Claw said...

TALKING MONKEYS!

Octa said...

YES!

Darkane Claw said...

Hello again Octa.

Octa said...

http://theeightgreatimmortals.blogspot.com/2011/07/wonderfulness-that-is-bob-hale.html

That's all I was doing.

Octa said...

Hey Jasmine and Darkane!!!

Hi Kallista and Aquila!!!

Jasmine Lovelace said...

JO ! hiii =)

Octa said...

Be warned the post takes about 45 minutes of you your life :P

Jasmine Lovelace said...

i prefer this blog than the chatbox

Octa said...

As do I.

Jasmine Lovelace said...

i need a hug.....where are mom's when you need them ;p

Darkane Claw said...

*hugs Jasmine*


I've never been to the chat box so I have no idea which is better.

Octa said...

*hug*

What wrong?

Jasmine Lovelace said...

thx darkane

this chat box
http://xat.com/web_gear/chat/go_large.php?id=146341296

Jasmine Lovelace said...

WHATS WRONG??

practically everything =p

Jasmine Lovelace said...

anywhoo.....whats new darkane ?

Darkane Claw said...

Noting much. I just have LOADS of athletics stuff happening.

Darkane Claw said...

*nothing

Octa said...

Good luck!

Jasmine Lovelace said...

really? cool

i'm more of the swimming and intensive yoga kind.....

Kallista Pendragon- The Beautiful Zombie Queen and Thief in Black said...

Sorry. COmp froze.

Darkane Claw said...

I'de like to start yoga but athletics takes up most of my time along with music.

Jasmine Lovelace said...

no prob :)

Darkane Claw said...

Hello again Kallista

Aquila Felis said...

Got to go, bye all!

Octa said...

KALLISTA! HEY!

*glomps*

Jasmine Lovelace said...

i really want to learn the electric guitar...but for now i'll probably have to take piano

Octa said...

Bye Aquila!!

Jasmine Lovelace said...

bye aquila =(

Darkane Claw said...

Bye Aquila.

Kallista Pendragon- The Beautiful Zombie Queen and Thief in Black said...

Hey Darkane. You doing to be around fo ra while?

Darkane Claw said...

I play piano and drums. Piano is great if you don't do grades. That's my advice.

Jasmine Lovelace said...

darkane try the chat box =)
i'm there right now..so is octa

http://xat.com/web_gear/chat/go_large.php?id=146341296

Darkane Claw said...

I'm probably only going to be on for another half an hour or so because I have an athletics competition tonight.

Jasmine Lovelace said...

good luck !!

Darkane Claw said...

Going there now Jasmine.

Kallista Pendragon- The Beautiful Zombie Queen and Thief in Black said...

OK. Will you be comeing back more often to the blogs?

Darkane Claw said...

Back here.

Octa said...

I be on both.

Jasmine Lovelace said...

k

Kallista Pendragon- The Beautiful Zombie Queen and Thief in Black said...

DARKANE! I wish you good luck on your competition! I know you will do awesome!
:D

Darkane Claw said...

I'll probably be coming on more often because it's the summer and I now have my own laptop.

Octa said...

Huzzah!

Darkane Claw said...

I'll probably be coming on more often because it's the summer and I now have my own laptop.

Jasmine Lovelace said...

hey me too

huzzah?

Darkane Claw said...

Sorry, I think my computer was confuzzled by the chat box as well and it went all strange.

Kallista Pendragon- The Beautiful Zombie Queen and Thief in Black said...

WOOOOOOOOOOOOT!!! That is AWESOME NEWS DARKANE!!!
Does this mean....*loks at her hopefully* That you will be writing more stories?
Showing us more art work?
:D

Darkane Claw said...

@Kallista. Thanks. But I mightn't do well because I'm competing against adults. o.O

Octa said...

*looks at double post*

Umm... Huzzah is the Shakespearian form of Hooray.

I prefer it :P

Darkane Claw said...

I might not write anymore but I'll definitely put up more art.

Jasmine Lovelace said...

ooh cant wait to see some =)

alright JO.. huzzah then ;)

Darkane Claw said...

Do you have to sign out of the chat box?

Kallista Pendragon- The Beautiful Zombie Queen and Thief in Black said...

*sobs at the lost of Darkanes incredible story writting skills*
Can I have permission to use Buttercup?

*sneers at teh idea of adults winning over Darkane*

Bah to adults! You can beat 'em Darkane!!!!

Darkane Claw said...

I might still write so I'm keeping Buttercup for now.

Lol, thanks Kallista we'll see if I can beat them.

Octa said...

*cheers on Darkane*

Darkane Claw said...

Thanks Octa. :P

Jasmine Lovelace said...

darkane kallista says bye

Octa said...

*waits impatiently for August*

Darkane Claw said...

Thanks Jasmine. Tell her bye if she's still there.

Darkane Claw said...

What happens in August?






Doctor Who?

Darkane Claw said...

What happens in august?

Dragona Pine said...

Hi DArkane! It's been AGES!

Darkane Claw said...

Hey Dragona!
*glomps*

Dragona Pine said...

Can you come on the chat?

Darkane Claw said...

Sure. What's the link again?

Octa said...

Oh

*remembers blog*

I'm going to Ireland in August!!!

Dragona Pine said...

http://xat.com/web_gear/chat/go_large.php?id=146341296


That's the link to the chat.

Darkane Claw said...

COOL! Where're you going?

Octa said...

http://xat.com/web_gear/chat/go_large.php?id=146341296

Darkane Claw said...

Thanks Dragona.

Octa said...

Well a few days in Kilarney and then some time in Dingle and then 2 days in Dublin.

Nicole Fudge (Nicolette Croga) said...

*eats her Tongue* ... I demand someone removes my tonsils! This is the fifth time in 2 months that I have have tonsilitous

Kallista Pendragon- The Beautiful Zombie Queen and Thief in Black said...

*hugs Nicolette* You are ill? I am sorry my friend.
:(
I hope you feel beter

Elizabeth! said...

Is anyone here? I am Isabellas sister. I finally made my account!!!!

Elizabeth! said...

I'm guessing not. I have to go to bed now. I've just done a test (for summer) and I'm knackered.


Night All!

nights.raven said...

hey everyone

Kallista Pendragon- The Beautiful Zombie Queen and Thief in Black said...

Hi Raven
:D

Kallista Pendragon- The Beautiful Zombie Queen and Thief in Black said...

I'm at the library right now. I may have to leave soon. :/

Isabella Midnight said...

I'm here. Not going on chat. Probably won't come on the blogger for a long time. Not gonna say why. But yeah.

nights.raven said...

hi isabella and kallista, srry for delayed response

Isabella Midnight said...

It's okaay.

nights.raven said...

:)

nights.raven said...

lol its thundering here

Nicole Fudge (Nicolette Croga) said...

Blah! Paracetamol is Mank! ... I so feel like I'm going to be sick

Isabella Midnight said...

I'm away¬!

nights.raven said...

hi nicolette
bye isabella

Nicole Fudge (Nicolette Croga) said...

Heya raven!

nights.raven said...

how r u?

Nicole Fudge (Nicolette Croga) said...

I'm fine emotionally .. But physically I have a headache, fever swollen tonsils and an upset tummy ...

Yet my mum won't allow me to come off school ..

nights.raven said...

im srry about that, i hope u feel better soon
ur mum should allow u to come off school

Nicole Fudge (Nicolette Croga) said...

*shruggs* my mum is weird ... But i still live her ...

She says if I'm at school there are people who can look after me but at home she's out most the day ...

So this is her weird way of being thoughtful

nights.raven said...

i guess that kinda makes sense...

nights.raven said...

sorta

Nicole Fudge (Nicolette Croga) said...

Yeah ... Sort of ... Well I got to go! I need to get some sleep if I want to be able to get up at 7am :P

I hope someone comes on :/ ... I hate to leave you alone

nights.raven said...

ok, bye nicolette
its ok :)

Pyro-Dawn Tyromant said...

Hi all!!!¡¡¡!!!

nights.raven said...

hi pyro

Pyro-Dawn Tyromant said...

Hi Raven!!!¡¡¡!!!

nights.raven said...

how r u?

Pyro-Dawn Tyromant said...

I'm good!!!

And you?

nights.raven said...

im good

Skyril A.K.A the Vociferous Chatterer, Loyal Forever and Always, The Ever-Present, the Pluviophile said...

Pyro!
~glomps~
Hello! :D

nights.raven said...

hey skyril

Skyril A.K.A the Vociferous Chatterer, Loyal Forever and Always, The Ever-Present, the Pluviophile said...

Heya, Raven! :D
~glomps~
What's up, y'all?

Pyro-Dawn Tyromant said...

Hi Skyril!!!¡¡¡!!!

Skyril A.K.A the Vociferous Chatterer, Loyal Forever and Always, The Ever-Present, the Pluviophile said...

I want an X-box now... :P
I'm trying to convince my parents to get me one for my 16th birthday :D
Even though I think their already planning a little trip to this cool city where we'll play mini golf and go to the aquarium and Ripley's believe it or Not and possibly a magic show....

Skyril A.K.A the Vociferous Chatterer, Loyal Forever and Always, The Ever-Present, the Pluviophile said...

*they're not their

Pyro-Dawn Tyromant said...

Sorry for slow comments, I don't have great Internet at the moment.

nights.raven said...

its ok

Skyril A.K.A the Vociferous Chatterer, Loyal Forever and Always, The Ever-Present, the Pluviophile said...

Ah, that's alright, Pyro. I hate slow internet :/

Pyro-Dawn Tyromant said...

*rererereads SD5*

Octa stole my storyline!!!

>:(

I'll finish the cliffhanger though, that will not be stolen!!!

Vita Song said...

*sigh* my backs stilll hurting!! and I can't get to sleep and i'm tiered!!!! *sigh*

Could u peeps look at my blog and possibly follow it????? I would really be nice of you guys and would cheeer me up!!! could you just click on my name which goes to my profile and click on my blog

"right.... the newly changed blog which is now called the blog of vita"

Could u guys please follow it would make me a bit hapier and i'll follow ur blogs if u want!!!


thxs

Pyro-Dawn Tyromant said...

Hi Vita!!!¡¡¡!!!

nights.raven said...

hey vita

Kallista Pendragon- The Beautiful Zombie Queen and Thief in Black said...

Hello!

Octa said...

Hello everyone!

Octa said...

I'll probably be chucked off in a few minutes.

Octa said...

Seee.

Bye!!!

Pyro-Dawn Tyromant said...

Hi Kallista and Octa!!!¡¡¡!!!

Pyro-Dawn Tyromant said...

Bye Octa!!!¡¡¡!!!

Kallista Pendragon- The Beautiful Zombie Queen and Thief in Black said...

Bye dearest Octa!
*hugs*

HELLO PYRO!

*hugs*

:D

Skyril A.K.A the Vociferous Chatterer, Loyal Forever and Always, The Ever-Present, the Pluviophile said...

Kallista! Hullo! :D
~glomps~

Sorry for my disappearance, I was reading blogs and got distracted xD

Skyril A.K.A the Vociferous Chatterer, Loyal Forever and Always, The Ever-Present, the Pluviophile said...

Aw Octa was on for but 3 minutes :(
~waves to him as he disappears over the horizon~

Kallista Pendragon- The Beautiful Zombie Queen and Thief in Black said...

Awww...that's understanable Skyril!
*leaps at her with a mighty rawr and tackles her in a hug*

REG

Vita Song said...

hi *yawn*
AHHHHHHHHHHHHH GHOST


no wait thats just my gerbils
*tee hee*

Skyril A.K.A the Vociferous Chatterer, Loyal Forever and Always, The Ever-Present, the Pluviophile said...

Hullo, Vita!

Pyro-Dawn Tyromant said...

So, how is everyone this fine night?

Or afternoon or morning or whatever.

Skyril A.K.A the Vociferous Chatterer, Loyal Forever and Always, The Ever-Present, the Pluviophile said...

LOL evening for me! 5 o'clock :P
It rained earlier, which was AWESOME! :D
But then it stopped :P
My mom's making supper....
We're going to have root beer floats afterwords! Yummm.... Y'all can share if you'd like :-]

Pyro-Dawn Tyromant said...

Mmm…

Root Beer Floats…

Omnomnomnomnom

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nights.raven said...

lol

Pyro-Dawn Tyromant said...

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Skyril A.K.A the Vociferous Chatterer, Loyal Forever and Always, The Ever-Present, the Pluviophile said...

Nay, Pyro, I shall!
REG
I claim this final comment for the many, amazing, brilliant, glorious poets of Blogland!

Skyril A.K.A the Vociferous Chatterer, Loyal Forever and Always, The Ever-Present, the Pluviophile said...

Nay, Pyro, I shall!
REG
I claim this final comment for the many, amazing, brilliant, glorious poets of Blogland!

Skyril A.K.A the Vociferous Chatterer, Loyal Forever and Always, The Ever-Present, the Pluviophile said...

Nay, Pyro, I shall!
REG
I claim this final comment for the many, amazing, brilliant, glorious poets of Blogland!

Pyro-Dawn Tyromant said...

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Skyril A.K.A the Vociferous Chatterer, Loyal Forever and Always, The Ever-Present, the Pluviophile said...

Nay, Pyro, I shall!
REG
I claim this final comment for the many, amazing, brilliant, glorious poets of Blogland!

Skyril A.K.A the Vociferous Chatterer, Loyal Forever and Always, The Ever-Present, the Pluviophile said...

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REG
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Skyril A.K.A the Vociferous Chatterer, Loyal Forever and Always, The Ever-Present, the Pluviophile said...

Nay, Pyro, I shall!
REG
I claim this final comment for the many, amazing, brilliant, glorious poets of Blogland!

nights.raven said...

lol

Skyril A.K.A the Vociferous Chatterer, Loyal Forever and Always, The Ever-Present, the Pluviophile said...

Nay, Pyro, I shall!
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Pyro-Dawn Tyromant said...

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Skyril A.K.A the Vociferous Chatterer, Loyal Forever and Always, The Ever-Present, the Pluviophile said...

Nay, Pyro, I shall!
REG
I claim this final comment for the many, amazing, brilliant, glorious poets of Blogland!

Skyril A.K.A the Vociferous Chatterer, Loyal Forever and Always, The Ever-Present, the Pluviophile said...

Nay, Pyro, I shall!
REG
I claim this final comment for the many, amazing, brilliant, glorious poets of Blogland!

Skyril A.K.A the Vociferous Chatterer, Loyal Forever and Always, The Ever-Present, the Pluviophile said...

Nay, Pyro, I shall!
REG
I claim this final comment for the many, amazing, brilliant, glorious poets of Blogland!

Pyro-Dawn Tyromant said...

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I WILL BRAKE THE BLOG!!!

Skyril A.K.A the Vociferous Chatterer, Loyal Forever and Always, The Ever-Present, the Pluviophile said...

Nay, Pyro, I shall!
REG
I claim this final comment for the many, amazing, brilliant, glorious poets of Blogland!

Skyril A.K.A the Vociferous Chatterer, Loyal Forever and Always, The Ever-Present, the Pluviophile said...

Nay, Pyro, I shall!
REG
I claim this final comment for the many, amazing, brilliant, glorious poets of Blogland!

Skyril A.K.A the Vociferous Chatterer, Loyal Forever and Always, The Ever-Present, the Pluviophile said...

Nay, Pyro, I shall!
REG
I claim this final comment for the many, amazing, brilliant, glorious poets of Blogland!

Skyril A.K.A the Vociferous Chatterer, Loyal Forever and Always, The Ever-Present, the Pluviophile said...

Nay, Pyro, I shall!
REG
I claim this final comment for the many, amazing, brilliant, glorious poets of Blogland!

Pyro-Dawn Tyromant said...

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Skyril A.K.A the Vociferous Chatterer, Loyal Forever and Always, The Ever-Present, the Pluviophile said...

Nay, Pyro, I shall!
REG
I claim this final comment for the many, amazing, brilliant, glorious poets of Blogland!

Skyril A.K.A the Vociferous Chatterer, Loyal Forever and Always, The Ever-Present, the Pluviophile said...

Nay, Pyro, I shall!
REG
I claim this final comment for the many, amazing, brilliant, glorious poets of Blogland!

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