Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Ahh, Edinburgh...


Wow… yesterday was a long day.

It’s been a long week, actually. Aside from normal things like writing, I’m also busy with other stuff that nobody else is interested in but me- planning out a new kitchen, planning on having the floorboards put down in the living room... God, it’s all so domesticated. Isn’t the moment when you put in a new kitchen the moment you finally grow up and become an adult? It’s all so tediously dull and boring that there really is no other excuse for it.

Still, at least I have people like YOU to keep me young.

Right?

So, yesterday. Monday. I got up at five. It wasn’t that bad, getting up at five. I was brushing my teeth and it was just getting bright outside and I was thinking to myself, “This getting up at five lark, it’s really not so bad as I’d thought.” I was halfway down the stairs when I fell asleep. Not sure how I fed the dogs or the cats, but the next thing I knew I was in my car. Time sure flies when you’re sleeping.

My flight was at 6:50, and I got into Glasgow at a little before 8, where I was whisked off to the Harper Collins building and told to sign 2300 brand new copies of Death Bringer. I took a moment to look at the book- it was the first time I’d seen it- and make sure the dedication and the blurb was right. Oh it’s a nice book. Oh it’s a BIG book. 603 hardback pages, compared to Mortal Coil’s 572. AND the print is slightly smaller, so we’ve crammed more words onto each page, so in reality Death Bringer is... er... well, a lot more than 31 pages longer.

So I signed the books in record-breaking time- thanks to the six or seven people around me who unpacked the books, opened the books, slid them to me to sign, slid them away, stacked them, packed them up again, and hauled them back to the warehouse- all in one continuous motion. It’s quite something, seeing something like that. And they always ask me if I’m doing okay, if my arm is sore, if I need a break- but the fact is, I’m the only one sitting down, so I’m quite rested while they’re all running around frantically. Oh it’s good to be the writer.

Once that was done, Sam and I (Sam being my publicist extraordinaire) got in a car for the hour-long drive to Edinburgh. We got there at twelve, had lunch, strolled over to the Festival.

I love the Edinburgh Book Festival. It’s so PACKED full of things and events and writers and all these people, all of these people of different ages and backgrounds and styles who come here just because they love books. The staff are so cool, real chatty and approachable, and the whole thing has a wonderful air of friendliness to it.

We went into the Author’s Tent- which is a fabulous marquee of hidden delights and forbidden pleasures- where I met Skulduggery artist Mister Tom Percival, who was over to do his own event. Tom is, as you know, the writer/illustrator behind Tobias and the Super Spooky Ghost Book and the upcoming A Home for Mr Tipps (both amazing picture books for a little brother or sister, if you have them. Or, you know, even if you don't. They're still AWESOME).

I also met up with Charlie Fletcher, author of the Stoneheart trilogy. I’d been on stage with Charlie a few years ago, when the first Skulduggery books was released, so it was nice to catch up. We know some of the same people, and we were talking movie rights and options until we were pushed onstage, where Charlie introduced me to the five hundred or so people packed into the tent.

It was a good event. Every event at a festival tends to be a good event, but this was especially good. The hour passed before I knew it, and then I was signing. Most writers for young people are taken to the Children’s Signing Tent, apparently, but because of the massive amount of people that turned up, I was taken to the MAIN Signing Tent, and signed for three and a quarter hours. In that time, I was given pictures (thank you all!), a story (thank you Zoe!), and seven- yes, SEVEN- hugs. I also met a few people who either read or comment on (or both) this Blog- Mhairi, NJ Maverick, Sarthacus and... and... argh... Doggy Bone Girl Person... (fine, that is not her ACTUAL name, but it’s close... kind of...)

By the end, I had to seriously speed up, because I had a flight to catch, but I managed to see everyone, chat to everyone, and sign all their books. Some of these people were waiting for over three hours, for God’s sake- I couldn’t just LEAVE them there. (Besides, they looked dangerous.)

When I got to the airport, though, I was told my flight had been delayed for an hour and half, which meant I could have stayed and had a long chat with EVERYONE. Curses!

Ahem.

I got home at eleven. My dogs were still alive (the cats hadn’t eaten them). I was tired. Oh boy was I tired. But I glanced at this Blog, and the Facebook page, and at our friends over at Skulduggery Forums, just to make sure that no one was posting spoilers. And of course, no one was.

But reading over the Facebook comments, it made me grin when I saw the gradual change in people who weren’t able to make it to Edinburgh. Before the Festival, everyone was saying “Don’t post spoilers! If you post spoilers I will kill you!”

But once there were actually people out there who were reading the book, some of the comments changed slightly... “Ok, ok, could you post ONE spoiler? Just one little spoiler, that’s all I ask... Nothing big, nothing major, just one teensy weensy spoiler, just to satisfy me until I can get the book myself...”

Thankfully, all that appears to be happening is that people are showing the back cover, and the blurb on the back. They’re not even giving away the dedication, or the Author Biography thing.

So, to the people who have the book, thank you very much for not posting spoilers. Now, it’s not going to be easy over the next two weeks, because curiosity is a powerful thing, and some people on this Blog, and Facebook, and the Forums, and all over, will be begging you for JUST ONE LITTLE SPOILER- but you must resist. Giving one person a spoiler could spoil it for EVERYONE- so I’m asking you once again to stay strong, no matter how much they plead or cajole or threaten... 

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Derek Landy said...

Woohoo! First!

Okay, Quinnerva and Bryony are worried that they won’t make it to the signing near them until 5:30 because of school. It’s one of the 3:30 signings, isn’t it? Which means it’s either Sheffield or Cambridge. Well, I hope for your sake that it’s Cambridge, because I can probably stay a little longer there, but for Sheffield I have to leave at 5 in order to get to the next event- which means I’ll only be able to sign for 1 and a half hours... yeeks that’s not a lot of time.

Basically, how long I sign for is dependant on two factors- how many people turn up, and when I have to leave! If no one turns up at a signing, I’d probably wait around for a while (but this hasn’t happened yet, so I don’t know!). But if I only have a short amount of time to sign, I sign one book per person and can’t pose for photos, because I want to get through everyone.

A writer’s tour is a heavily scheduled thing. We have a timetable that we HAVE to stick to, no matter what happens. I wish it were different, I really do, but tours are MERCILESS. So if you’re disappointed, I’m really sorry.

Niall, the Guy With a Boring Name. said...

Derek.
Are there any dates in the north planned any time soon?
Or even not-so-soon?

Em said...

Oh Derek, you are awesome. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE COME TO TORONTO!!! CANADA WILL WELCOME YOU WITH OPEN ARMS!!!!

Niall, the Guy With a Boring Name. said...

Also Zoe stole my idea.
I'm writing a story wherein you are a supehero-vigilante-thing and you team up with Neil Gaiman and Joss Whedon to fight Cthulhu.

Jimmy is ainm dom said...

Damn, I almost had the second comment.....
I am also gettin my kitchen done and am INCREDIBLY EXCITED for the new book!!! Also Derek you should get to know me cuz i'm preeeeeeeety sure I will be playing Spring-heeled Jack in the movie adaptions of the books :) well, I'm not sure at all really, but that is pretty much my dream and it'd be so damn cool... lemme know when the auditions are on, you legendary legend, you :D

Sadhbh said...

Derek!

So this is where everyone went..

Sadhbh said...

5th!

I had a feeling you were going to post today!

Congrats on getting first :P

Mar-Chu said...

I wanna give you a hug, Derek!

..whats...what DOES the back cover look like...?

*Bambi eyes*

*shows a full mouth of teeth with a smile, not blinking*

Thats the smile I use when I want something. It was part of my plot for getting my dad to pre-order and buy Death Bringer. First we went out for sandwiches, and then I brought up the subject and asked him sweetly- "So Father...Can you pre-order death bringer for me? Pleeease...?"

(Yes, I call my dad father instead of Dad. I just find dad ridiculous. don't know why. I don't call my mom MOTHER, I call her mom, however. Now suddenly everyones remembering nicknames they called me as a kid. The popular one was Bunni Girl. I'll shut up now)

Mar-Chu said...

*reads tour dates again*

*frowns*

*whack!*

Come to America, dang it!

Sadhbh said...

DEREK!

WHAT DID YOU THINK OF RACHELS CARD?!!

Sadhbh said...

Oh

Rubescent Sunshine said...

HI EVERYONE!! :D HI DEREK!!

Mar-Chu said...

...Derek got the first comment...

...cool.

Mar-Chu said...

We re-did our kitchen when we moved to the new house. That was good, because for a while there was a giant hole in the floor. You could see the basement from it.

Niall, the Guy With a Boring Name. said...

Guys?
Can we chat in the last post, instead of here?
Let people comment properly instead of "how are you guys and stuff."

Sadhbh said...

*Oh thank God your pets were OK!

I might be at a Dublin signing - in other words, look out for the dangerous looking girl, ridge a horse, with a crossbow, and a bald eagle on her wrist, and a dog at her heals, and an elephant in front, and a lion at back, and 2 kittens on her lap, and a monkey on her head, and a sword strapped to her side. Oh! Nearly forgot! All animal are carrying 10 things for you to sign, and the gi will be holding 50.

Don't forget about her sword and crossbow.

And now., SEEYA!

Sadhbh said...

Em sure, when I get backill go on there

Swindler the Thief said...

I'm going to to post a Death Bringer spoiler fro all impatient beings of impatience. Ok so China's big secret is...

BLEEP

OK I'm obviously not going to post it cause its against the rules. Sorry guys gotta wait two more weeks.
Hahaha

Mar-Chu said...

...Getting up at five is nice!

'cept when we went to Florida, we woke up at four, and left the house at five. Our plane left at...sometime around six or seven.

Getting up early is nice. Until you fall back asleep, that is.

Rubescent Sunshine said...

"...quite something, seeing something..."
hahaha love that, Derek.

Niall's right - we should probably move over to the last post.

Swindler the Thief said...

Can I at least reveal the back cover to everyone?

legolas3 said...

As for the feeling like an adult thing, I promised myself a long time ago that I will NEVER talk about dental insurance. That seems to be the thing that turns people adult and boring. I'm assuming that you're not going to come to america in the near future, which is fine. But if you do, I will greet you at the airport with a plateful of cookies and lots of hugs.

~Hellboy~ (A.K.A Israel Elysium) said...

Derek...deeeeerrrrreeeeeek.....

Please come and answer :D

I've seen that you hang around and respond to the first few comments. Are you doing that this time xD

Skyril said...

Redoing your kitchen, ay? Sounds... fun? Ok so maybe not, but just look on the bright side- everyone will gaze in aw at your kitchen the moment they see it because it's going to be so beautiful, right! :D
And no worries, you won't ever grow up! It's not possible, I don't believe, Mr Master Derek. ;-)
Ah, the festival... sounds like it was a ton of fun.
[I'm trying not to weep in a dark corner for not being able to be there. :P]
I'm really glad you met NJ and Sarthacus and the others. :D I was hoping you'd see them.
Oh, and I won't be asking for any spoilers! I don't want to know because the thrill is when it's all new and held in your hands and your laughing, crying, dancing, and leaping for joy. Truly, I do that every time I get one of your books! I love it when that happens, and I finally calm down enough to open it with shaking hands and read the beginning and the first chapter and try to not read the whole thing in one sitting, lol.
I'm glad you had fun with your book signing :]
Hope the tours go well too.
Happy Book Signing!

P.S. You know, it's a bit weird, but I don't think it's hit me yet that the book is actually coming out in just a very short time. WHat was it? Two weeks? Once it really hits me, I don't know what I'll do, lol. Probably scream out the door that Skulduggery Pleasant is coming back! Wooo!

Kallista Pendragon- The Beautiful Goddess Queen said...

LOL YAY! DEREK GOT FIRST!
EPICA!!
*throws purple confetti and lets go of multi colored balloons*

Derek Landy! I am glad things are going well for you and that you are having fun. Also glad your cats didn't eat your dogs. That would have been sad. :P
As for me, theis minion is VERY interested in your kitchen update! Are you getting everything brand new? Like cubboards and counter tops and such?
I hope you get granite countertops! Sopretty! It's like having a bit beautiful nature in your house. And it's SHINY! :D
I can't wait till I can order your book over Amazon UK!
WIsh I could get it signed by you and Tom though and also wish I could hug you.
:D

Dragona Pine said...

Wow Derek, sounds pretty busy.

Skyril said...

And, and congratulations on getting first comment! ;-]
~awards him with a lollipop~

Skyril said...

And congratulations, Niall, for getting second!
~awards HIM with a lollipop~

Kallista Pendragon- The Beautiful Goddess Queen said...

*steels Niall's lollipop*
Sorry. But am feeling WICKED right now!
REG

Niall, the Guy With a Boring Name. said...

*eats wollipop*
I have to go now, because Mr. iPod is dying.
Bye!

Skyril said...

Aw, farewell, Niall!
~waves madly~

~Hellboy~ (A.K.A Israel Elysium) said...

Don't worry about chatting *yawn* I'm going to bed anyway. One of these days, though, Derek, I will be one of those people that you talk to in the first fifty comments. One of these days...


And cool! Sarthacus got to see you! Was he awesome, Sarth? What did you think of him, Derek?

Skyril said...

Aw, G'night, Hellboy!
~waves madly~
It was great seeing you! :D

Kallista Pendragon- The Beautiful Goddess Queen said...

Night Hellboy!
:D

Kribu said...

Oh, I'm so envious of everyone who got to be in Edinburgh! And as curious as I am, I really don't want spoilers ... it's only two more weeks, right? (Besides, there is all that dull grown-up thing called work to do, now that my holidays are over for this year, to keep me busy and occupied. Alas.)

*salivates at the idea of an even BIGGER book*

September can't come soon enough!

Podling said...

Derek (Mr Landy?), I noticed after the signing in Edinburgh that Amazon doesn't have an ebook version of Death Bringer listed? I don't remember anyone saying there wouldn't be one but I may have missed it. You're not going to force me to revert to actual paper books are you?!

Skyril said...

I hope so. I don't like ebooks. I much prefer to hold the actual book in my hands and smell the paper and read the text and turn the crisp white page with my hands.

Kribu said...

Podling, I've pre-ordered the Kindle version at Amazon.com - it went up a couple of days ago.

So I'd hope that the UK (and German) Amazon stores will get the Kindle version up for pre-ordering soon as well - I'm pretty sure one does/will exist!

Sadhbh said...

Hello?

Sadhbh said...

Anybody?

Thalia said...

WHOA DEREK! Sounds like you had an awesome day!

I'm amazed that you fed your cats and dogs and got into your car while asleep, but you are the great Golden God, after all! I wish I could have gone to this festival, or at least go to another one that you'll be at, but alas, I live in the US. And I'd probably have a hard time talking to you because I'm the most shy and awkward person on the planet. Ah well. Someday, Derek, I WILL get one of my books signed by you! And I WILL give you a hug!

Thalia said...

Also. To anyone who was on the chat earlier, I disappeared because my internet crashed. Again. Sorry.

Sadhbh said...

THALIA!!!

Podling said...

Skyril, I must admit I miss bookshops, especially this old converted church that did second hand books and the best hot chocolate in the world, it was heaven! But I really like carrying around a large chunk of my library, short attention span, I tend not to read one book at a time ;)
Kribu, Thanks! Strange the US one has it, but I've discovered there are some bizarre licensing laws which mean some ebooks available in the US aren't in the UK, maybe something like that has caused a hold up, I guess I'll find out sooner or later :)

Abbi said...

Hi Derek,
Firstly, Thank you for being so amazingly awesome..... ok thats over with.
Now, After looking at your tour dates, I must now bow down and worship you, you have decided to visit the North east of England, AKA Newcastle. However, You have decided to go there the day I go back to school, and it will take me a hour to get there. ( I seem to have bad luck meetig Authors, because everytime they come to my school, I never get to see them, darren Shan came once and the other class were allowed to see him.) Hopefully, I will attended but I would like a hug, because.... Well Hugs are cool.... like Fezzes and Bowties....
Thank you Derek,
Abbi

Rachel said...

:D OMGGGGGG!!! Edinburgh was AMAZING!!!

sadly i didnt get to personally speak to Derek, but know i was still there!! had to leave and run back to the train station befroe we were late...

But Derek!! u met my friend!! Jemma- she got the book signed FIRST!!

BUT I TELL YOU WHY!!! such a story here...

she fainted in a chair, ate a Macdonnalds and got sick so she sadly missed the talk, but ran for the signing tent at the end XD

... but then she fainted again and fell off a chair...

*sigh* what a day!!

:D Thanks for such an awesome day!!

:O and i know u mentioned a plot twist in the middle but this is INSANE!!!

*zipps mouth and doesnt say any more*

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

OMG DEEEERRREEEKK!!!!! DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!vDEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!!DEREK!


i have a HUGE question to ask you!!!

So obviously the Skulduggery Pleasant books are a HUGE hit in every country...but i've noticed that in America, well at least where i live, that only the first three books are out in store. My friend has started reading the series and she's only read up to the third on cus she can't get the other two books in America! I own all five only because i ordered them online but anyways not the point I guess the major question is, Why aren't all five books out in America yet? If you started advertising the new books in America they would be a hit then you could have some sort of poster for it and it would be like "Coming soon to a book store near you...Skulduggery Pleasant Death Bringer..." then you could have a brief description of the book and then under it you could put on "Don't forget to read the first five books!
Book One: Scepter of the Ancients (Pic)
Book Two: Playing With Fire (pic)
Book Three: The Faceless Ones (pic)
Book Four: Dark Days (pic)
Book Five: Mortal Coil (pic)"

Then you could have one of your amazing quotes from the books to get them super hooked i mean they'll be hooked once they see the epic picture! but still...


Your loyal minion,
_Skulgirl13

Derek Landy said...

Wow... Jemma REALLY had an eventful day!

Derek Landy said...

Hi Skulgirl!

Our publishers stumbled a little as regards America, and the books didn't take off like they did everywhere else- probably because their new covers (not drawn by Tom) made them look like books for younger readers than they were intended.

We have plans for another attempt, and if sales pick up then naturally all books will be available. But if sales DON'T pick up... er... I don't know what we'll do...!

Kribu said...

Podling, yes - the licensing is complicated stuff! Also, I suspect that while the book is available on Amazon.com for me in Estonia (and likely the rest of non-UK Europeans), it's probably not available for Americans (as Dark Days and Mortal Coil aren't, I've learned from my American friends, while they are for me).

Skyril, paper books are awesome. However, there are many, many reasons why people would want ebooks - not the least because not everyone is physically able to read paper books due to health problems. For me, I live in a flat and have accumulated a couple of thousand paper books over my lifetime, so there's simply no more space - I pretty much had to stop buying books and reading for a few years before getting my first e-reader.

Now I'm only buying paper books when it's something I'm going to re-read *and* when it looks so amazing I can't help but want it in my shelf to admire - so I've been buying the Skulduggery books both in hardcover and as ebooks (easier to read, carry around and to look random stuff up). But that's a rare exception these days. And while I do love books as objects, mostly, it's the *story* inside that really matters.

Saoirse Equus said...

LOL! Derek, I honestly don't know HOW I can be smiling like a fool and be totally devastated at the same time. Granted, I am inflicting pain on my self by choosing to wait THREE more months until I read Death Bringer. But I'm a good friend, and good friends don't let friends overly spoil the other. (AHEM Becky, AHEM!) So I'll just wait until I can finally get myself over to England to visit this crazy person known as Becky (or Jitter Girl #1). On a different note, it's obvious you're doing well however, I wish you luck in getting through the boring process of remodling your kitchen.

your very first American Fan,
Ashley :D <3

Rachel said...

Very much so, Derek :) twas funny and scary at the same time! half expected her to either faint on the road or fall onto the train track...

accute paranoia i suppose... :)

Heather said...

I promise not to post spoilers! Thank you, Derek, for your wonderful talk in Edinburgh! It really was fantastic! And for your totally amazing book!!! Anyone else who was there- A lot of us half way down the queue for the book signing started reading Death Bringer to pass the time. I was queueing for two and a half hours to get by book signed and read 210 pages in that time? How much did the people at the back of the queue read?

Saoirse Equus said...

Also, uh.... I've been trying to hold this question back... but I cant! D:
So, WILL THERE PRETTY PLEASE, POR FAVOR, BE HORSES (with heads) IN FUTURE BOOKS!?!?!?!?! (Pssst. Do you remember Becky from last years signing in Milton Keynes? The one that u accused of tracing that picture of Billy-Ray? She also drew picture of Valkyrie and horse that she said you really liked! :D (It's currently haning in a picture frame on my wall. :D)

Rachel said...

um...i was near the back but i had to leave for the train- got 222 pages done in 3 hours on the train :)

:O Just WAIT till the twist!1 *zipps ips again*

Derek! the girls from my school? the ones with the epic hair? :D

we Scots are just too epic! no need to cry people ;)

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nights.raven said...

hey everyone

Bekka said...

Ok, as Skullgirl was saying the latter two books are not out in America. Just one more reason I wish I didn't have to live here. That was why I was SO excited when I heard that you (Derek) were looking into an American film company-type thing. Then it would get more popular. But I will not forget people power as well! I have, as of today officially shoved one of my two copies of the first book at no lees than 22 people and said "read, that's an order" or something along those lines. needless to say they all love me forever now. I'm trying to start a fanclub but I only have like, six people (soon to be seven when my neighbor returns my online-ordered copy of Mortal Coil) OK, time tostop blathering but anyway, you get the point. Come tour in America, we'd love to see you in our awesome independant bookstores, they have CHICKENS for goodness sake, CHICKENS.

Georgina Howlett said...

Hello Derek!

I'm not happy! I couldn't come to Edinburgh! And on top of that, guess what? School gets in the way (as well as distance) of your signings! It's so unfair! :( I have a lot of things which I need to get you to sign, but apparently, 16 books, 7 posters, 5 bookmarks and a picture is too much to take to a signing. Or so my Mum says.
- But what do YOU think, Derek? Do you think you'd have time to sign all of my stuff? I sure hope so, because I'm gonna try and persuade my Mum to further out to a signing. Meadowhall is our closest, in Sheffield. Mum is gonna ask my school if I can have a half-day on the eighth just so I can come. I have high hopes for a positive response to that request, as I have never missed a day at this school before so I'm sure they'll permit me some time off. I mean, a book signing is even EDUCATIONAL, how many students take time off for extra education? Next to none, I'll bet. So they'll have to say yes.

... Right?

I know that you've said you won't have long at all in Meadowhall, which is bloody unfortunate, however I WILL see you! And for a respectable amount of time, too!

ANYWAY...

You should totally come to Leeds for a signing sometime, or just anytime, really. You could sneak up behind me while I'm stalking the SP books in Waterstones and scare the crap out of me. That would be so FUN! Then I could hug you for like an hour, only releasing you when I see you've passed out from a lack of oxygen. I'd apologise if that ever happened, although I'm guessing you'd probably get the shop assistants to make me let go. Or not. Maybe you'd like a very long hug.
- So tell me Derek, you must know about the London riots, correct? I was wondering whether you'll still be going down to Bromley if they continue. Olivia S, Dayna H, Becky A, Jo M-G and Matthew are all going to that signing (I wanted to join them, but I'm too far north and I've been banned because of the riots) and I was wondering if you'd still be going there.

~ Just to sum up ~
#1 - You have to come to Leeds sometime. I know loads of SP fans up here and trust me, our Waterstones is NEAT. Three floors with a café! Come on, you know you can't resist...

#2 - I am thinking of entering that Easons' competition which, if you win, gives you tickets to the SP:Death Bringer release event thing in Dublin. I'd love to go to Ireland. Not only would I get to see you, buy Death Bringer and have a fun time at the big event thingy, but I'll also get to go to Ireland for the first time in my life! I love the Irish. And the Welsh. And the Scottish... John Barrowman is Scottish. David Tennant is Scottish, too...

#3 - If I do see you anywhere, you have to sign all my stuff. You'll know its me when you see me, as I'll be dressed up as my OC (Ashione Flare) and dragging a suitcase along behind me full of all my SP stuff. If you don't know what Ashione looks like... brown boots, jeans, SP t-shirt, cream jacket and a fedora! (Oh, and my glasses... Wouldn't want to go blind.) So yeah, look out for me!

#4 - On top of everything I need you to sign, I've also taken the liberty of drawing you a picture of Skulduggery!
... It's crap.
But you might like it, who knows? It's actually the best drawing of him I've ever done... So take care of it. If you ever, you know, get it...

I wonder if I forget anything... Oh yeah! I know you like Doctor Who Derek, but what about Torchwood? Are you a fan at all? If so, have you been watching Miracle Day? What do you think of it?
... I think that's everything. REMEMBER DEREK!
BROWN WALKING BOOTS! JEANS! SP T-SHIRT! CREAM JACKET! FEDORA! GLASSES!
- AND NOT FORGETTING...
18 BOOKS! 7 POSTERS! 5 BOOKMARKS! 1 PICTURE! ... And a sketch for you :3

TAKE CARE DEREK! I'LL BE WAITING WITH A GIANT HUG!
- Georgina Howlett/Ashione Flare

P.S. Get your Golden God butt back on Bebo. (Whoa, too many alliterations.) We all miss you! :C

Ellie said...

You know, Oxford is actually an epic city.
You might want to, you know, visit, and sign for me, and my friends, and maybe the students?

Just thought you'd want to know ;)

nights.raven said...

hi derek
do you have any news on the movie?
and what is your favorite music and band/artist?

Ayesha said...

wow it sounds as you had a lot of fun! i wish i could have went!
when will you post the back cover of the book everyone says its awesome! i wanna see it!!!!!!

Octaboona Ambrosius- Paragon of the Purple Horde said...

Hello all!

nights.raven said...

hey octa & ayesha

Georgina Howlett said...

Hello everyone. :3

nights.raven said...

hi georgina

Octaboona Ambrosius- Paragon of the Purple Horde said...

I really should be learning the lyrics for the songs in my musical drama workshop.

Or atleast catch up on some writing.

Skuttlebug Psycho said...

Hi Derek......

Y U NO COME TO LONGFORD?!?!?! I NEED TO MEET YOU! I'M SO ANGRY I'M TYPING IN CAPS! AAAARRRGGGHHHH!



That is all.

Ayesha said...

hii octa!!

Georgina Howlett said...

Hiya Nights.raven!

How is everyone? By the way, Skuttlebug Psycho? Can I join you in your rage? :P

Octaboona Ambrosius- Paragon of the Purple Horde said...

Hey raven, Ayesha and Georgina!

Darkane Claw said...

Hey people. I'm going to athletics now so I just came on to let you know that there's a new drawing on my blog. Hopefully I'll be on later. Bye!

Georgina Howlett said...

Hello Octaboona! You're in my Freerice group, aren't you! :P I recognise your name.

nights.raven said...

hi/bye darkane

Octaboona Ambrosius- Paragon of the Purple Horde said...

Yes I am :)

Who are you in free rice? Gorgangler?

Sarthacus Bolt - The Deadbolt said...

Yee haa!


Hi, Derek.

I've just finished reading Death Bringer, and let me tell you... that was... VERY awesome.

I was reading it late last night, and then I was on chapter 22. I was looking relatively closely at the page so I could read it. I saw the title, then I saw the picture and nearly screamed.

Oh, and I thought SP seeing the R being N was hilarious. kind of strange, but hilarious.

The DETAIL of the writing was AMAZING, and when I put on an eagle ring today my dad said that it looked kind of deathly and then he said that I should suggest selling Necromancer rings and so on in Skulduggery merchandise! You know, figures, games, hats...


And I Promise, I WON'T spoil anything.
Oh- ARE YOU PLAYING VIDEO GAMES IN HONOUR OF MY GOOD FRIEND JAMES IN THE WATERPROOF JACKET GOING TO SCHOOL?!?!?!?


You'd better be...


Anyway, my question that I forgot to ask was: If you could be an evil Skulduggery character, who would you be?

Thanks, and bye.

P.S

I didn't think you had a huge ego at all. So, seriously, I didn't! Awesome, huh?

Octaboona Ambrosius- Paragon of the Purple Horde said...

Hi Pyro! Hi Sarthacus!

Sarthacus Bolt - The Deadbolt said...

Quote from Derek:


Hi, guys, I'm Derek Landy, and- OOH! I love the hair! No no no, just look over there there're 2 girls with pink and red hair! Awesome!

ViennaJarred said...

Hey everyone :)
I cannot believe my luck! Me and my family went to Scotland to look at Universities for a week, and do you know when we left? THE DAY BEFORE THE BOOK FESTIVAL! AND Derek (you, Derek, yes, you!) isn't coming down to Bournemouth in his next tour!
So I've just started reading the whole series, again, for about the third time. By the time September rolls around, I'll probably be up to date with the series :]. And maybe I'll have finished Lord of the Rings too...
Anyway, while I was in Scotland, we visited the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh. I don't suppose any of you went, but I'm sure you'll appreciate the next part: the E4 Underbelly was going on at the same time, and it was a MASSIVE upside-down purple cow-tent.
Oh yes, I said it.
And Georgina Howlett, DOCTOR WHO IS THE BEST! And David Tennant's name is really David McDonald! He was the best Doctor EVER - Matt Smith is no match for him!
..And that's all I've really got to say, so ciao for now!
Megan, aka, Vienna Jarred
:]

Sarthacus Bolt - The Deadbolt said...

Hi, Octa! How's life?... That's good to hear. You excited about SP6? Of course you are! it was by Derek for Derek's sake!

Pyro-Dawn Tyromant - Lord of the Armies of the Desert Sun said...

Hi all!!!¡¡¡!!!

Sarthacus Bolt - The Deadbolt said...

Hey there, Pyro!

Rachel said...

:D they were from my school! he did get distracted quite a bit...

:D

im only on chapter 30... but the TWIST!!! :O
i just reached it...SPEACHLESS!!

Octaboona Ambrosius- Paragon of the Purple Horde said...

Life is good. Very busy and of course I'm excited about SP 6!!!!

Octaboona Ambrosius- Paragon of the Purple Horde said...

Hey Rachel!

Pyro-Dawn Tyromant - Lord of the Armies of the Desert Sun said...

Hi Octa and Sarthacus!!!¡¡¡!!!

Pyro-Dawn Tyromant - Lord of the Armies of the Desert Sun said...

Hi Rachel!!!¡¡¡!!!

nights.raven said...

hey everyone

Sarthacus Bolt - The Deadbolt said...

Yes, THE TWIST!!!!


At first I was like, p100, "Is this the twist? is THIS the twist?" chapter 30 "OMG THAT IS A HUGE TWIST!!!"

nights.raven said...

lol

Rachel said...

a MASSIVE one! i just kinda stopped...and gaped at the page for 5 minutes...

:D and heya everyone!!

Sarthacus Bolt - The Deadbolt said...

Rachel, you know when Derek said, "OK... wh owants to hear... about my house?" And a nboy in a green hoodie put his hand up and Derek said "Yes! Enthusiasm! I like you!"

Well, that was me!

Pyro-Dawn Tyromant - Lord of the Armies of the Desert Sun said...

Hi Raven!!!¡¡¡!!!

Dragona Pine said...

Hi guys.





Sarthacus, could you do me a favour? Please could you change your name and picture back? I'm sorry but I do hate name and picture changes and I have no idea why. If you would change them back it would be most appriciated, or if you'd like, just the name, because I hate that more, but if you wouldn't mind, both please.

Rachel said...

:D I do!! awesome!! i was up at the back somewhere... near the red and purple people :)

Pyro-Dawn Tyromant - Lord of the Armies of the Desert Sun said...

Hi Dragona!!!¡¡¡!!!

Sarthacus Bolt said...

Better, Dragona?

Dragona Pine said...

Hi Pyro!

Dragona Pine said...

Much, Sarthacus.

Sarthacus Bolt said...

Derek said that my name has a texture ot it...


Hmmm...

Gepard Valk said...

OMG MADE THE FIRST PAGE! :D

Sadhbh said...

.

Sadhbh said...

Hi!

Octaboona Ambrosius- Paragon of the Purple Horde said...

Hey Gepard and Sadhbh and Dragona!

legolas3 said...

hi everyone!

Sarthacus Bolt said...

Dragona, there're 2 new posts on my blog:

www.authorsblogforfun.blogspot.com

Pyro-Dawn Tyromant - Lord of the Armies of the Desert Sun said...

Hi Gepard and Sadhbh!!!¡¡¡!!!

Octaboona Ambrosius- Paragon of the Purple Horde said...

Greetings Lego!

Pyro-Dawn Tyromant - Lord of the Armies of the Desert Sun said...

Hi Legolas!!!¡¡¡!!!

nights.raven said...

hey gepard & legolas

legolas3 said...

hi! how is everyone?

Sadhbh said...

Hi *deeps breath* Octa, Pyro, Lego, Dragona, Rachel, Sarthacus, and Gepard!

Sarthacus, have we met?
Btw.. very long and confusing name. Fair play of ya;) :P

Sarthacus Bolt said...

brb, tea.

Kallista Pendragon- The Beautiful Goddess Queen said...

Hello to whoever is on the blogs.

Octaboona Ambrosius- Paragon of the Purple Horde said...

kk

Sadhbh said...

Oh! And Ravens back! Yay! :D Hi again!

Rachel said...

that is an EXELENT point youve just made occur, Sadhbh...

Sarthacus, i dont think we've actually MET!

so HELLOOOOOO!!

Sadhbh said...

Oh! And Kallista! *hugs* How are ya?

OK Sarth!

Octaboona Ambrosius- Paragon of the Purple Horde said...

Hey Kallista!

*hugs*

Sadhbh said...

*brushes self off and puts on psh tone* As always.


:P

nights.raven said...

hi again sadhbh
hey kal

Pyro-Dawn Tyromant - Lord of the Armies of the Desert Sun said...

Hi Kallista!!!¡¡¡!!!

Kallista Pendragon- The Beautiful Goddess Queen said...

HI Oct1
*hugs*
Hi Sadhbh! Raven! Rachel! (you better still be around) *hugs and noogies them all*
BWAAHAAHAAHAAHAAA

Sadhbh said...

*is noogied*

Mhairi :D said...

Aaaaaw Derek you remembered look look I can leave comments now. Now you have absolutely no excuse not to reply to me you will NOT forget me. I do have a question though, does Valkyrie sleep naked? Because that's a bit weird I don't know any teenage girl who does that..... I'm just saying... Other than that loving the deathbringer and loving even more the fact that I can boast about it to the people who haven't muhahahahahahahah so yeah thanks aaaaaand you rock. Love mhairi xoxoxoxoxo

Rachel said...

...she doesnt sleep naked... she puts on shorts and a dublin football jersey!
:)

and yes! *hugs kal* i am semi-here... half my concentration is elsewhere...

Octaboona Ambrosius- Paragon of the Purple Horde said...

Bye all!

Pyro-Dawn Tyromant - Lord of the Armies of the Desert Sun said...

Brb

nights.raven said...

bye octa
kk pyro

Gepard Valk said...

Back!

Kallista Pendragon- The Beautiful Goddess Queen said...

PYRO! *hugs*
Don't know if you are still around. I'm feeling a bit woozy!
:(

Kallista Pendragon- The Beautiful Goddess Queen said...

GEPAWRD!
*hugs him*

Gepard Valk said...

Guys!

Brand new fan-fic! Please leave comments! :D
gepardskulfanfic.blogspot.com

nights.raven said...

wb gepard

Gepard Valk said...

KAWLEESHTAWW!!

*hugs her*

Kallista Pendragon- The Beautiful Goddess Queen said...

LEft a comment Gepard. Also left you a question in that comment.
:D

Gepard Valk said...

Ty Raven

Gepard Valk said...

@Kal
My reply to that question is a big fat NO. :P

Georgina Howlett said...

This blog went wild while I was absent.

@Octaboona yes, Gorgangler12 is me. I'm not especially active in the SP group but I love the 'ACC-ers Against Hunger' group :P

Kallista Pendragon- The Beautiful Goddess Queen said...

Aww, C'MON Gepawrd! This is MY OC we are talking about! He's GOTTA love teh hugs a wittle bit!
:O

Gepard Valk said...

Nope, hates them. :P

Kallista Pendragon- The Beautiful Goddess Queen said...

*lower lip quivers and she speaks in a low voice*
He don't hate her do he?

Kallista Pendragon- The Beautiful Goddess Queen said...

For Crescent and others who have not read my side story. (liek Rachel) :P

http://grandconvergence.blogspot.com/2011/08/purple-roses.html

Gepard Valk said...

Well no one's reading mine so I wouldn't complain.

And no, he doesn't hate her.

Skuttlebug Psycho said...

Derek, once again, I will go on a rant about how you have more signings in the UK, than in Ireland. Please do a tour if you finish SP7 early, PLEASE do a tour of Ireland...... in a van. No, a bus. Actually, a motorbike. Better yet, a Bentley.

ALSO! Will you be at the Death Bringer launch party in Dublin on the 31st of August?!??! Because I might be going and if you were not there, and I went I'd tear the building to shreds. Sincerely from, Bawling-My-Eyes-Out-Because-I-Don't-Have-Death-Bringer-Yet Man.

Gepard Valk said...

Anyone here?

nights.raven said...

i am

Gepard Valk said...

Woop!

Dragona Pine said...

And Gepard, you aren't welcome on the Overflow with that picture. Change it back, please.

Gepard Valk said...

No

Gepard Valk said...

And I couldn't care less 'bout the overflow.

Kallista Pendragon- The Beautiful Goddess Queen said...

I'm around too Gepard. I am going back to writing. Was delayed by my comp freezing on me all the time.
:P

Gepard Valk said...

Are you finished part two yet?

Dragona Pine said...

OK Gepard, so now you're banned from the chat and not welcome on the Overflow. What are you going to do when this gets full, huh? And if Derek doesn't post for a long time.

Gepard Valk said...

Tbh I couldn't care.

Dragona Pine said...

Oh good :D

Gepard Valk said...

Ikr :D

Kallista Pendragon- The Beautiful Goddess Queen said...

I care. :(

Thalia said...

*stumbles in*

YO! I'm here, but I'll be slow because I'm working on a story.

*grins*

I started a few projects while I was away. One is staying a secret until I finish it, and the other will be getting it's own blog once I finish a decent chunk of it.

Gepard Valk said...

Thalia, the daughter of Zeus! How are you?

Kallista Pendragon- The Beautiful Goddess Queen said...

LOL Thalai! *hugs*
How are you?

Nicolette Croga - The Lone Wolf said...

Kallista? Dragona? Why the hell have I been banned from xat!

nights.raven said...

hey thalia

Dragona Pine said...

Because you're LexiAnn, aren't you? I banned someone called LexiAnn and you come on after she's left and are banned. Hmm...

Thalia said...

Hello Gepard, Kallista!

*hugs*

I'm good~! How're you both?

Gepard Valk said...

Nic :D
*hugs his mrisses*
:P

Thalia said...

Hello Raven!

How're you?

Nicolette Croga - The Lone Wolf said...

LexiAnn? Okaii I don't know who she is but I came on with a preset name I clicked on to change it and when I changed it to my name you had banned me?!?

What the hell dragona?!?!

Gepard Valk said...

Thalia, wanna do me a favour? Wanna read mah fan-fic and post a comment? :P

Thalia said...

*fails at naming everyone in one comment*

And hello to Dragona and Nicolette!

Nicolette Croga - The Lone Wolf said...

GEPARD! *hugs*

Hello mrister

Kallista Pendragon- The Beautiful Goddess Queen said...

I am getting to upset to write at the moment.
Sorry.
:/

Thalia said...

Sure thing Gepard!

nights.raven said...

im good :)
hey nic

Rue Nightlocke said...

GEPARD!!!

Dragona Pine said...

I didn't. I haven't banned you so don't blame this on me.
The only person who I have banned tonight is LexiAnn. She left, insulted our writing and then left. Then you appear, banned. So it must be on your computer, OR you.

Gepard Valk said...

Thank you Thalia - gepardskulfanfic.blogspot.com
You too Nic, go read! :D

Kal, why you sad?

Sadhbh said...

NIC?!?!

Gepard Valk said...

Hi Rue!

Dragona Pine said...

*She came on

Nicolette Croga - The Lone Wolf said...

Dragona when I came on I wasn't banned I had some weird preset name which I clicked on to changed before I commented to change to Nicolette I preset ok and then it said I was banned?

WTF?

Gepard Valk said...

@Rue
Do you see a orange thing with Firefox written on it on the top left?

Dragona Pine said...

I don't know why that happened Nicolette. But I didn't ban YOU, if you aren't LexiAnn. It must have been someone on your computer, or you. It's the only explanation.

moopygloo said...

We were at your marathon book festival appearance yesterday and were at the tail end of the queue. But there was no complaints from the normally grumpy teenager, partly cos he was reading Death Bringer most of those hours. We all enjoyed your chat and are slightly jealous of your large quota of moggies and film props. Ta Derek. Come back soon.

nights.raven said...

i gtg for a while, ill be on later, if im not, ill be on tomorrow, bye all

Sadhbh said...

NIC!! *Glomps* I dont THINK yur lexie ann, cause lexieann insulted us -.- and was really annoying and well, nosy, she butted into all our convos and started asking questions.

Crimson Nightmare said...

YO PEOPLE

Sadhbh said...

Aw, Bye Raven! *hug*

Nicolette Croga - The Lone Wolf said...

Dragona I don't know who the hell LexiAnn is or why you banned her and quite frankly I don't care.

Me and my family went out for about 2 hours and when I came back on I was banned!

I hardly doubt someone snuck into the house just to go on the laptop and then sneak back out?

nights.raven said...

*hugs*

Dragona Pine said...

I don't know, Nicolette. But I promise you, I didn't ban you.

Nicolette Croga - The Lone Wolf said...

Insulted you? Oh I just figured he banned her for some stupid reason like most strangers ..

what did she say? :(

Thalia said...

Bye Raven!

*hugs*

Hi Sadhbh, Crimson!

Sadhbh said...

No. She was mean. But it wasnt you. I know it wasnt.

She said all our writing was lame, though she didnt read it, and she kept butting in to our convos and askin Qs -.-

Thalia said...

GEPARD! Super awesome story!

Nicolette Croga - The Lone Wolf said...

My computer says differently Dragona, If it had been me I would of been banned from the start but I wasn't when I came on I had a preset name with a green icon...

are you sure you didn't ban me when I came on?

Maybe you thought I was the person that left?

Gepard Valk said...

Thank you for the comment Thalia! :D

Sadhbh said...

$ADHBH'S PAGE!

Sadhbh said...

$ADHBH'S PAGE!

Sadhbh said...

$ADHBH'S PAGE!

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