Friday, August 26, 2011

Short Stories


Hello, my Minions.

Can you feel it? Can you? The 1st of September is approaching. According to that wonderful Countdown Clock on the Skulduggery website, there is- at the time of posting- FIVE days, TEN hours, and FOUR minutes. Of course, by the time you read this, the time to wait will be even shorter- and growing shorter every moment.

(Unless you’re re-reading this at some stage AFTER the 1st, in which case, yayyy it’s already out! Woot!)

Ahem.

All of you folks who came to the Edinburgh event have been fantastic, I have to say. I wasn’t OVERLY worried that someone would release spoilers, but the chance for someone to say the wrong thing or give the wrong hint (coughSwindlercough) was always there, lurking around the edges of every Blog and Facebook comment. So, my thanks to you, my Minions, for remaining loyal and true, and allowing your fellow readers the same chance you had to experience Death Bringer without ANY spoilers.

I have seven days until my tour begins, so I’m trying to cram as many things into this coming week as possible. I enjoy every tour when I’m out there, and it’s a great chance for me to meet the people from this Blog and the Facebook page and the Forums, so that always makes me smile. The downside of touring is the travelling, the hotels, the airports, the car rides, and the fact that you have to put your life on hold for a few weeks.

It’s like a holiday, without the relaxation or the parties.

But hey, it’s fun nonetheless.

This coming Wednesday is the official Skulduggery launch, in Eason’s Bookshop in Dublin. I have no idea what to expect. Most book launches are relatively quiet affairs, attended by friends and family, with a few other writers turning up to wish you well. When I was told that Dave from Eason was planning a launch, however, I got a chill. Because Dave... Dave doesn’t DO quiet.

The only thing I know about it is that there will be readers there, whom I BELIEVE have already entered a competition (I sincerely don’t know anything about it).  Apparently, he’s also planned a “surprise”. Oh dear God. I’ll keep you informed as best I can.

Now then, when we brought out the new paperback editions, I didn’t want you guys to buy a SECOND copy of a book you already owned just because they had (admittedly awesome) new covers. I knew there were some lunatics out there who would buy the new editions just for Tom’s artwork, so I wrote a few short stories just to give them something extra. Of course, THEN the problem became how to make those stories available to the people who DIDN’T feel the need to have multiple copies of the same book. You know- relatively SANE people.

So now, at last, two of the short stories that have previously appeared in the new paperbacks are now available on the website at skulduggerypleasant.co.uk, as well as being available on iBooks and Kindle, for the very reasonable price of NOTHING AT ALL. I love when things are free, because it means EVERYONE can afford it, and you don’t have to worry about loose change in your pocket. The Lost Art of World Domination takes place after Skulduggery Pleasant, and Gold, Babies and the Brothers Muldoon takes place after Playing With Fire. The other short stories will be released over the next few months.

And I’m going to go now, because I have things to do. Things! To do!

Ahem.

2,180 comments:

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

Ey Vita!

Venice Rain said...

also, kal sent you a hug!

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

Accidental first.
Dedicated to Ven, as always. =P

nights.raven said...

np :)
hi vita, how r u?
congratz niall

Vita said...

i'mmm sooooooooooooo excited bout book comin out. aparently a few people on da blogs names are in the book. I soooooooooo wanna know who!!!

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

*accepts Kal's hug*
*sends one back*

I will edit that post if necessary when the iPod battery dies, btw.

Venice Rain said...

I shouldn't of googled snape to cheer myself up...(well, AVPM snape)

hello vita!

legolas3 said...

dinner time! bye! *hugs*

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

@Vita, I have not heard this...
*prays tis his, though it almost certainly won't be*

Vita said...

hi venice

nights.raven said...

bye lego *hugs*


@Vita
im excited too

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

Bye Lego!
*gives Ven eye-bleach*
use it if necessary.

Venice Rain said...

bye Lego!! *one arm hug* lolwut, you thought I'm going to let go of Niall?

also, yesterdays johnny wander is titled 'saxocat'

need I say more?

BananaMinion said...

is everyone talking on this blog?

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

I missed my webcomics...

BananaMinion said...

less than 10 minutes left! :D i cant wait! *runs around in circles*

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

@Banana, yup.

*reads JW*
I lessthan three John.

Venice Rain said...

yes.

and BananaMinion, your pic is freaking the living moonlight out of me.

Vita said...

7
*brain jumpin up and down*

BananaMinion said...

i no. its just as awesome as i am. >:)lol

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

John has the same hair as me.
That is all.

Vita said...

i've got "who's laughing now" by jessie j in my head, bow bu bu bow bow
4 mins

BananaMinion said...

everyone says im crazy. they all act like its a bad thing! but its a sign of awesomeness!!! im sure of it!:D

Vita said...

ditto

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

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
I have to leave now...

*is dragged kicking and screaming from bar by parents, trying to hold onto Ven*

BananaMinion said...

2 min 30 seconds!

Vita said...

1min ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

BananaMinion said...

NOOOOO!!! * freaks out and waves frantically* bye Niall, the Guy With a Boring Name.!

BananaMinion said...

ITS OUT IN THE UK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Venice Rain said...

*screams* NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO


OH GOD NOO ONOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

*cries*

BananaMinion said...

too bad im in the us...but its in the mail right now!!! :D *copy and pasting a million smiley faces*

Ann Marie said...

Happy Death Bringer Day!

Ann Marie said...

I missed Niall by three minutes, seriously? :-(

Venice Rain said...

*falls onto ann marie* *still crying* WHY DID I LET THE INTERNET DISTRACT ME!
WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

BananaMinion said...

y are you crying?! its a good thing!!!! what is wrong Venice Rain??? tell me!

BananaMinion said...

i have to go my moms house will be back in 20 min brb!!

Ann Marie said...

*holds Venice and pets her hair* It's ok, sweetie. Mama will fix it... what's wrong?

Venice Rain said...

*sniff* i miss him already.

and i wanted to tell him that john is my fave charachter too, and that my hair looks like ramona flowers.

*sniff* anyway, how are you mammy?

Ann Marie said...

Bye Banana! I hadn't even go to say hi yet. Alas.

Ann Marie said...

Aw, he'll come back tomorrow.

I'm ok. Hot! When I'm done combing my hair I'll have to run to the feed store.

Venice Rain said...

@Ann - not till late sunday.
also, I can't believe I never asked: do you live on a farm?

Ann Marie said...

Dear Mr. Landy,

Where's my headache remedy?

*ahem* I mean, have you been to tvtropes? Did you realize they have a SP page? I'm curious if you've read it... Actually, I'm curious if you contributed to it.

What else, what else... Have you read/seen Fullmetal Alchemist? Just reading it now, and bits of it remind me of you.

love,
me

legolas3 said...

hi again! *hugs*

Ann Marie said...

Oh. :-( Sorry. *hugs*

What would qualify a piece of land as a farm? I don't think it is, no.

Hi Lego!

Venice Rain said...

*is now on its tv tropes page*

*cackles manically at 'anyone can die'* *realises it isn't refering to who she thinks it was, and is instead refering to someone else, who was on of her favourtie characters* T.T

Kallista Pendragon- The Beautiful Goddess Queen said...

Hi Ann!
*hugs*
it's good to see you again. :D
Hello again to everyone. (hugs)

Ann Marie said...

Who were you hoping would die?

legolas3 said...

*hopes that it wasn't her*

Ann Marie said...

Kallista! *hugs tight* How are you?

Venice Rain said...

tanith low.

She would just be fun to watch die! ^^

KAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

nights.raven said...

hi ann *hugs*

Ann Marie said...

Aw, poor Tanith. Isn't it more fun to watch her get tortured, anyway?

Er.

Ok! Who's seen Gargoyles? Anyone? I think y'all are not quite old enough.

Ann Marie said...

Hi Raven! *hugs*

Kallista Pendragon- The Beautiful Goddess Queen said...

Is that a disey cartoon Ann?

legolas3 said...

no! tanith has to live forever and ever so I can continue worshipping her.

Ann Marie said...

Yes, Kal. From the 90s. There were also comics, but I don't think they last long, cause Disney is evil. From what I hear.

Venice Rain said...

Lego, we have had this conversation before...

China FTW!







anyway - I JUST GOT THE SUBTEXT GOING ON HERE


Double Entendre: Dark Days gives us this exchange.
Thrasher: [About being a zombie] We're happy the way we are.
Scapegrace: Happy with power.
Thrasher: Very happy, just the two of us, and there's nothing wrong with us either. It's very natural in fact. Nothing to be ashamed of-
Scapegrace: Thrasher, shut up.

And the first book gives us this:
Serpine: ...What can I say? I crave instant satisfaction. I'm shallow like that.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Literature/SkulduggeryPleasant?from=Main.SkulduggeryPleasant

Ann Marie said...

Ack, I have to go! Be back later. *hugs all* Bye!

Venice Rain said...

oh, and everytime i see something a violent example, I crack up.
i should go to bed.

nights.raven said...

*hugs* bye ann
night ven

legolas3 said...

*still has no idea what ftw stands for*
bye ann! *hugs*
bye venice (if you're leaving, not sure) *hugs*

nights.raven said...

ftw = for the win

legolas3 said...

ah, thank you.

Venice Rain said...

nope! FTW = for the win

Venice Rain said...

I SAID I SHOULD

not that i would.

nights.raven said...

np

Venice Rain said...

after reading so much of TV tropes, I will be most suprised if no one ever makes a refrence to the 4th wall in SP now :P

legolas3 said...

oopsies...didn't say I was going, did I?

legolas3 said...

4th wall in sp...how does that work?

Venice Rain said...

SP = Skulduggery Pleasant books, not the charachter.

the fourth wall - http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/BreakingTheFourthWall


if you read skul-man comics, fletcher does it often.

and now I'm off to bed! good night!

legolas3 said...

goodnight! *hugs*

nights.raven said...

night venice

legolas3 said...

nom. still here, btw.

nights.raven said...

hi

Kallista Pendragon- The Beautiful Goddess Queen said...

Hello? Anybody around?
:D

nights.raven said...

hi kal, how r u?

Kallista Pendragon- The Beautiful Goddess Queen said...

Hi Raven. I'm ok. I'm Scheming on how to get my copy of Death Bringer. I may be able to get it quicker. :D

legolas3 said...

hi kallista! *hugs* You think you can find a way to get it without ordering on amazon uk? ooh...

Kallista Pendragon- The Beautiful Goddess Queen said...

No. There is no way unless I take the owner of a bookstore hostage and held a banana gun to thier nose and demanded they order it for me pronto.

:P

Blood Butterflies said...

BOO! TEACHERS DAY PARTY! *gives everyone chicken nuggets XD*

Blood Butterflies said...

HI GUYS! *glomps* KAL! LEGO! RAVEN!

legolas3 said...

*turns her chicken nugget into a magical cupcake trained to hug everyone in the entire world*

Blood Butterflies said...

*is hugged by a magical cupcake*

*has frosting all over her face*

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

legolas3 said...

*eats it because she likes cupcakes*
hi bb! *huggies*

Blood Butterflies said...

*is hugged*

*watches the cupcake go down lego's throat*

*is hungry*

*goes to get moar nuggets*

:P

legolas3 said...

*hides the chickens*

Blood Butterflies said...

jk, i went to get noodles.

Blood Butterflies said...

"Jetlag" by Simple Plan <3

legolas3 said...

song? I'm too lazy to look it up.

Blood Butterflies said...

LOL. I won't link you :P

Blood Butterflies said...

REFRESH. XD

legolas3 said...

well now I have to look it up...

Blood Butterflies said...

:D I don't know why their so obsessed with k-pop. I like MCR moar. MCR FTW! XD

Blood Butterflies said...

"we'll carry on~~"

legolas3 said...

darn...I was hoping that it was something really dirty, and that's why you wouldn't link me. Not that I was looking for a dirty song, but it would have been funny. Anyways, I have to go to bed now. Night! *hugs*

Blood Butterflies said...

LOL LEGO. G'NIGHT! G'NIGHT! *glomps*

nights.raven said...

hi all *hugs*

nights.raven said...

night lego *hugs*

Ann Marie said...

! And I missed Lego by 2 minutes. I have the crap timing today.

Hi Tessa! Hi Raven!

Thalia said...

Hello?

Blood Butterflies said...

HI ANN! HI RAVEN! How are you guys? I'm having a teacher's day party now. I'M HIGH~~~~ XD

Ahem.

Blood Butterflies said...

THALIAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!! *screams and glomps*

nights.raven said...

hi ann & thalia & BB, how is everyone?

Ann Marie said...

Oh, hanging laundry! Be back in about 20 minutes.

Blood Butterflies said...

I'M FINE THANKS. WBU?

nights.raven said...

kk ann

Blood Butterflies said...

DID I TELL YOU? I READ A SPOILER! I FEEL UNCLEAN ;-;

Thalia said...

Hi Ann, Raven, Tessa!

*hugs*

I'm OK. Really tired. I think I'm gonna go to bed soon. How're you lot?

nights.raven said...

im fine :)

Blood Butterflies said...

I'm fine.

okay.

I'm HIGH. :D

Blood Butterflies said...

*le goes to get pizza*

Blood Butterflies said...

The power of microwaved foods. *gives everyone a piece*

Thalia said...

*yawns*

OK, I'm sorry, I know I just got here, but I'm just really exhausted. So I'm gonna head off. G'night all!

*hugs everyone*

*dashes off*

Blood Butterflies said...

For Singaporeans, the official release of death bringer is today, but it's not here in Singapore yet. I READ A SPOILER. I FEEL BAD NOW.

nights.raven said...

*hugs thalia* goodnight! sleep well

Blood Butterflies said...

BYE THALIA! *gives her a magic cupcake before she leaves*

Blood Butterflies said...

Raven! What are YOU doing?

nights.raven said...

nothing really, just watching TV, though theres nothing on

Blood Butterflies said...

lol. I'm having a party. And writing poet tree :D

nights.raven said...

lol cool

Blood Butterflies said...

I can't think, so I'm writing blind.

nights.raven said...

brb

Blood Butterflies said...

kk

Blood Butterflies said...

"Blow a kiss at the methane skies, see the wasp through your playground eyes, we're all in love tonight....."

Kallista Pendragon- The Beautiful Goddess Queen said...

Hey all. *hugs* I will not be on much as I am writing. :D
Will try to check back later.
:D

nights.raven said...

back

nights.raven said...

kk kal

Ann Marie said...

I missed Thalia, too?

*grumbles*

nights.raven said...

hi ann

Ann Marie said...

Hi! How's it going?

Oh, that was 20 minutes ago. I fail. sorry. :-(

nights.raven said...

its ok :)

Ann Marie said...

Yes. Can't stop clicking on new tropes. I will never go to this site again.

nights.raven said...

lol

nights.raven said...

im gonna go to sleep, night all *hugs* ill be on tomorrow sometime

legolas3 said...

anyone here? *hopes*

Ann Marie said...

Did I miss you?

legolas3 said...

nope! *hugs*

legolas3 said...

though I begin to think that i have missed you...

Ann Marie said...

I have zero ability to focus. I'm really sorry. (((Lego))) Washing dishes and working on dinner and chatting with Anndrew and getting stuff for RS and still way too many tabs open... um.

Ann Marie said...

Just peeked at very first comment on spoilers post. Our Mr. Landy? Kind of a dork.

<3

Quinnera Elviana: 5th Seat of the Council of the Lost Ones said...

I'm assuming I've missed both Ann and Lego at this point...

Hi random person who may be reading this!

Aquila Felis said...

Good morning Quinn!

Quinnera Elviana: 5th Seat of the Council of the Lost Ones said...

Morning Aquila!

thrice dozer said...

sup anyone on?

thrice dozer said...

ooh ra got image cya later seing as nobodys on

thrice dozer said...

nobody still?

Venice Rain said...

anyone on?
*sigh* I'm here anyway...


this is a stupid time to be up.

Venice Rain said...

http://www.pickchur.com/2010/05/how-to-grow-a-rainbow-rose-naturally/
oh. dear. god.

Ciara Hughes said...

HELLO

thrice dozer said...

wassup

Gepard Valk said...

*pops in*


...Hello?

dreamspinner said...

Hai GAIZ
:)
me and bb here XD

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...

Well, posts which have reached 5000 make MY task a lot harder. xD

#ChaseForBook9

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