Wednesday, October 26, 2011

And The Winner Is...

I've just picked a winner.

It hasn't been easy. Dear GOD it hasn't been easy. There were so many great entries that offered up so many great ideas and moods. I narrowed it down to ten, then added five more, then did the whole process again, and again...

Then I started writing the story itself, writing from the middle on, and once I got the feel of the story I went back over the entries, searching for a line that fit with what I was writing. And that's how I found it.

There can, of course, be only one winner. But so many of you came close. I'm going to include just a handful of these entries, just to give you an idea of the broad range I was getting. First of all, there where the funny entries, entries like Kallista's:

Tanith Low found herself running for all  she was worth from a crazy pack of sugar-filled screaming, drooling zombie toddlers.

Or Zoodude254's:

It was a dark and stormy night... actually it was a perfectly bright Tuesday morning, but being chased down the street by a giant squid makes it feel like a dark and stormy night; squid spittle feels a lot like rain, and it blocks most of the sunlight as it's running towards you.

The BookNommer's:

Tanith was scared: not in the look-behind-you-feels-like-someone-is-watching-you-but-no one-is kind of way, but in the OHMIGOD-OHMIDGOD-I-AM-SO-SCARED-I-AM-GOING-TO-PEE-MY-PANTS-THEN-DIE kind of way.

Jaid's entry was a wonderful lesson in the surreal:

"I am going to kill you with this fork," said the man in the grey trenchcoat, standing before Tanith, holding a spoon.

And of course, there was Ann-Marie:

The man rounded the corner at a dead run and was immediately trampled by a herd of goats.

(Um, all of Ann-Marie's entries were about goats. I worry about her.)

Then there were the atmospheric entries, one of the best of which was Saoirse's:

The crescent moon rested its tired frame upon the peak of the South Sister that jutted, stark white, into the dwindling twilit sky. 

I was sorely tempted by this one. Not only is it well written, it's also set in Oregon, and I had a girlfriend who came from Portland... But no! It was beautiful, but it just didn't fit with the story I was writing.

Then there were the people who tried to sneakily undo the damage I had done to poor old Tanith at the end of Mortal Coil... JoelsCrazy tried it with:

The Remnant left Tanith's body.

And Dane Stull attempted to reverse the damage with:

Tanith felt terrible, her head felt like it weighed a thousand pounds, she hated lying to Val and Skulduggery about being fully possessed by the Remnant but she had bigger problems, here in the United States, the end of the world... again.

Very sneaky, but I spotted it just in time...!

As I said, many great entries, which only reinforces my belief that you're all insanely talented, and deeply disturbed, people. The less said about Lauren's attempt to put Valkyrie is a very revealing Wonder Woman outfit the better... Desmond would have a heart attack!

(Hmmmm... might put that Wonder Woman outfit into the next book...)

(No! No, I can't! Inappropriate for younger readers! You are a NAUGHTY girl, Lauren!)

I wish I could go through them all, but I simply can't.  And so it gives me great pleasure to announce that the winner of the Ameriminion competition is THALIA, with:

Tanith wiped the blood off the carving knife and, ignoring the body of the man she had just stabbed to death, went back to carving her Jack-o-Lantern. 


Simple, sinister, and there's already a corpse in the story. I like your style, Thalia. Now I have to go and finish the story.

Well done!

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Vita Song said...

1st

Summer.K said...

Derek, How's Skulduggery Plushie?
Love Summer c:

Vita Song said...

http://whatmefindsfunny.blogspot.com/
havent had time to read the post yet so... here I go

barmybex said...

There were some great ones. I love 'The book nommer's' entry and Zoodude. I can see you had your work cut out.
But I do love the winner. Can't wait to read what you come up with.
:D

Kallista Pendragon- The Beautiful Godess Queen said...

WOOOOOT! CONGRATS THALIA! LOL
*throws confetti everywhere and hugs her*

CAN'T WAIT TO READ IT DEREK! XDDDDDD

nights.raven said...

5th

nights.raven said...

6th :P and 7th

nights.raven said...

Congratz thalia!

Vita Song said...

wow well chosen Derek.

Vita Song said...

so anyway I have just found out that all of the Monty Pythons had comets named after them. lucky.

lego said...

YAYZ THALIA!

*hugs*

also, Mr. Landy, do you have a problem with goats? or people who think obsessively about them? =p

Vita Song said...

so I can't actually believe that I got first comment.

Well google have made it very annoying writing comments everything under-lined in red..... what does that mean..... very off putting......

Millyw said...

9th? Sounds cool, Congrats Thalia! Can't wait to read it!!!

Millyw said...

Damn 10th

Vita Song said...

goats are amazing..... so are people...... except certain people...... *evil glare at people in school* AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHSTUPID RED SQUIGELY LINES!!!!!!!! EVEN GOOGLE IS UNDERLINED

Millyw said...

Wait no, I am 9th... I think... I don't even care now :p

Venice Rain said...

I get the feeling there is going to be a LOT more innuendo in the next book...

YAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



also, Val would be bat-girl. END OF STORY!
(oh god, fletcher as robin (which means skul as batman XD))

Vita Song said...

derek I know your out there..... don't you hate the squigerly lines..... even your name is underlined because I can't be bother to put capitals on.

Kallista Pendragon- The Beautiful Godess Queen said...

LOL I really love Jaid and Ann's entries! They still make e laugh!
:P

Vita Song said...

BTW: Are any of us in the book??? oh I say Val as lemur girl just to make a change

Adam Johnson said...

LOLZ! =D This is hilarious! =D Cangrats to the winner! XD

Kallista Pendragon- The Beautiful Godess Queen said...

OK Thalia. Time for you to come on and see the good news! :D
*gets ready for some major sqeeing and hugging*

Vita Song said...

is it just me who hates the squiggly lines?

Vita Song said...

or am I going mad...........

Rach said...
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Incandesence said...

Congratz Thalia! jack-o-lanterns are so much fun to make. :P

(@Vita: I HATE THOSE LINES SO MUCH.)

lego said...

also, skul as batman?

ME WANTZ!

nights.raven said...

Derek, nice choice :)

The-BookNommer said...

Yay Thalia! What's her state?

And I could care less about winning, because the Golden God mentioned one of mine! I feel speshul!

NJ Maverick said...

OMG THAT IS AWESOME
CONGRATULATIONS THALIA IF YOU READ THIS :D
I LOVE IT

DEREK BRIG BACK TANITH
NOT REMNANT TANITH NORMAL TANITH
TANITH THAT'S IN LOVE WITH GHASTLY!!

And if not at least have TANITH have a CYCLOPSE BABY AT LEAST SO PEOPLE CAN LAUGH!!

omlair said...

Aw *remembers Tanith*

I just read Mortal Coil again. So sad for Ghastly.. and Val... I miss Tanith. BRING HER BACK!

Congrats Thalia!!

nights.raven said...

hi NJ *hugs*

NJ Maverick said...

Okay I get why ou didn't bring Tanith back in Death Bringer it would have been obvious to happen and that's why you didn't
BUT BRING HER BACK
PLEASE

NJ Maverick said...

Hi Raven
:)
*hugs*

nights.raven said...

yea, PLEASE *puppy dog eyes*

nights.raven said...

how r u?

Adrasdos Dark said...

Damn.
Congrats, though, Thalia! Done well!

NJ Maverick said...

I am grand how are you??

nights.raven said...

im ok :)

NJ Maverick said...

We need to get Derek's Attention to get him to BRING BACK TANITH!!

nights.raven said...

:)

NJ Maverick said...

DEREK MY FRIEND SAID YOU HAD TO BRING BACK TANITH!! I don't think you want to know what she said she'd do

NJ Maverick said...

Right I need to get to bed now, stupid school tomorrow :(
One more thing:
DEREK LANDY OU BRING TANITH BACK, THIS INSTANT!!
WHAT DID SHE DO TO DESERVE WHAT HAPPENED TO HER?!?!
BRING HER BACK

Okay NIGHT x

nights.raven said...

night NJ *hugs*
will u be on tomorrow?

NJ Maverick said...

Maybe I dont know yet :/

nights.raven said...

ok, maybe cya tomorrow *hugs*

Incandesence said...

What time is Thalia normally on? The suspense is killing me!!

Lunar Tears said...

CONGRATS THALIA!

HONESTLY, Lauren! (Nice idea, btw...)

No surprises that Kallista's involved sugar and zombies, though.

And I'm guessing this means what happened to Tanith WON'T be undone in the next book, then? *mumbles Fine...

Lunar Tears said...

No idea, Incandesence.

Invisible_Fly said...

Hey guys, whaaaaazzaaaaap?? Not gonna lie, some of those entries that he mentioned above REALLY made me laugh out loud. Everyone is so creative and good at writing <3

And hey, even if there's only one winner, EVERYONE'S A WINNER IN MY BOOKS! Just for entering, I'm gonna give all the Ameriminions cookies. Cookies from CANADA.

Because we're neighbours! (I WILL SPELL NEIGHBOUR AND COLOUR WITH A U IF YOU LIKE IT OR NOT) And... you guys kind of have the ability to invade us at any moment so I have to treat you well... Cookie?

nights.raven said...

hi fly, how r u?

Incandesence said...

Yeah! A fellow Canadian! WOOT!

... you can let them invade your part of Canada Invisible but THEY WILL NEVER TAKE MY FREEDOM!!

nights.raven said...

hi incandesence, nice to meet u

Lunar Tears said...

Yey!

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Ann Marie said...

OMGOMGOMG! CONGRATULATIONS THALIA! *squeals for you* *really really loudly*

*belatedly remembers to hand out earplugs* Sorry, sorry...

Um. Anyway. Couldn't happen to a lovelier and more talented person. :-D Go, most awesome you!

Invisible_Fly said...

RAVEN! I missed you <3 I'm good, I'm good. I'm... so screwed for my math midterm tomorrow...

OH MY GOD A FELLOW CANADIAN READER! Okay, I'm gonna say that I'm in Ontario, and you don't have to say where you live, and saying whether or not you're also in Ontario is totally optional, but you should tell me anyways XD

Invisible_Fly said...

I can't believe this. People are actually on the blog when I'm here. That's AMAZING.

First off, Lunar Tears has the right idea. It's totally better to spell words with U.

Second, hi Ann Marie :3

Ann Marie said...

Dear Mr. Landy,

My goats and I are quite happy, thank you very much. So no need to worry.

I cannot believe you did not want to include them in your story.

Love you anyways,
Ann Marie

nights.raven said...

hi ann *hugs* how r u?

Invisible_Fly said...

Oh yeah, about that: What's up with the goats? Do you own goats? Because that'd be pretty neat. I'm a fan of goat cheese with garlic and chives.

Ann Marie said...

Hi Fly! How'd your bio exam go?

I really should be going to buy hay. Like, before the feed store closes would be good. So, I'm not here. Answer my question, anyway, I'll read it when I get back.

Lunar Tears said...

Am I the Canadian reader or Ann Marie?

*is confused*

Lunar Tears said...

HEY, GUYS! GUESS WHAT!

nights.raven said...

what?

Lunar Tears said...

IT'S ONE MINUTE AWAY FROM TOMORROW!

nights.raven said...

lol

Ann Marie said...

GOATS. GOATS ARE AWWWEEEEEEEEESUMZZZZZZ.

I do.

Bye! *hugs everyone*

Lunar Tears said...

It's tomorrow! I mean, today, but tomorrow... Um... I'm just going to...

*hits herself with a frying pan*

nights.raven said...

bye ann *hugs back*

nights.raven said...

lol lunar

Invisible_Fly said...

You remembered I had a bio exam?? I'm so flattered :3 I think it went well. However, there was a question that made me very sad... It started with the phrase "I know we didn't cover this in class, but..." and I kind of whimpered and just chose a random answer out of the multiple choices. It was not a shining moment in my life. XD

Lunar Tears, I assumed you were a Canadian reader from the COLOURCOLOURCOLOUR spam. XD

Moonie said...

Ah, boo! This was my first real 'step' into the fandom and i'm sorta disappointed I didn't get to make a BIG, DRAMATIC ENTRANCE. Like, "HEY I AM MOONIE AND I AM SO COOL.' ... I tried to make I 'hi everyone' comment yesterday but I got ignored, sob.
Grats, Thalia! (Maybe this will make it more likely for me to win the other one?)

Lunar Tears said...

Goodbye, Mizz Marie.

Nicole said...

Congrats Thalia....

Though Golden God: Didn't you ever THINK of the cat? I mean, cats can be very, very sinister... ;D

Incandesence said...

Omigosh, I live in Ontario too! :D
Goats are freaking FANtastic. And cute too.

Happy tomorrow Lunar!

Lunar Tears said...

I'm from England!

(If you put a stupid accent on that, I will hunt you down. Just saying.)

Hi Moonie!

Incandesence said...

And Nicole, yes, most cats are evil and planning to take over the world. But I love them anyway. Something must be wrong with me.

nights.raven said...

hi nicole
hi moonie

Incandesence said...

Put an accent on England... *ponders how this would sound* EEngland? Eangland?

Lunar Tears said...

Something is wrong with all of us...

Incandesence said...

AMEN TO THAT LUNAR.

Invisible_Fly said...

Actually, I should go too. Having the blog open is pretty distracting and my counselor said I should learn to minimize distractions to study better XP

It was lovely seeing everyone again. I'm just going to leave a jar of freshly baked Canadian cookies, made with 100% Canadian ingredients. What the ingredients are is up to you. They're magic, in a way.

*leaves cookie jar for Ameriminions* SHARE THEM.

Lunar Tears said...

I meant, how they stereotype the English. Like the accents.

Lunar Tears said...

Nice meeting you, Invisible Fly!

YEY! COOKIES! COOKIES! OOH, COOKIES!

I like trains.

Incandesence said...

But, but, but.. no cookies for Canadiminions?

Haha, yeah, I get that Lunar. Just like how Canadians are supposed to always say 'eh'

We don't. Just so ya know.

Incandesence said...

Trains are very loud and fast.

Lunar Tears said...

You haven't seen asdf movie?

Incandesence said...

Magic cookies? Lunar, I sure hope you share... Invisible said too!!

Lunar Tears said...

Yeah... I hate tea.

Incandesence said...

haha, I love tea.

Lunar Tears said...

Sorry if I'm a little slow, I'm reading book reviews.

(I'm secretly looking for spoilers)

Incandesence said...

*gasp* evil!

Mar-Chu said...

OMG OMG OMG OMG!!!

I just called Thalia over the phone and laughed hysterically as we both squealed like fan-girls.

OMG OMG OMG OMG!!!

I CANT WAIT TO READ ITTTT!!!!

GO THALIA!!!

Lunar Tears said...

(It's not much of a secret now)

Blood Butterflies said...

AWESUM! THALIA!!! CONGRATS!!!

I hate school.

.__.

Lunar Tears said...

Hi Mar-Chu, you crazy girl.

Incandesence said...

Hahaha Mar, that's awesome! Can't wait for her to get on.

(Sorry, was that my fault?)

Incandesence said...

Blood: You took the words out of my mouth.

Lunar Tears said...

(No, it wasn't. It's always my fault.)

Blood Butterflies said...

Hi Lunar!

My dad looked at my cleavage last night. I'm really scarred now.

Incandesence said...

(ok, good. Was worried there for a second :) )

Blood Butterflies said...

Hi Incandescence! It's BB for short, and Butterflies if you want the name.

Lunar Tears said...
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Incandesence said...

I like butterflies, so Butterflies you shall be!

Lunar Tears said...

Hi BB!

*bashful smile*

Blood Butterflies said...

Damn the bell. I have to go. (I'm in school, btw. Many of you are across the world from me.)

*vanishes in a flurry of shadows*

Valkyrie V. said...

Darn... I lost. Oh well. At least Derek posted a picture of me on his previous post :)


And Derek, when you're randomly selecting winners on the Friend Get Friend, I know someone *cough me cough* who is indeed VERY random, therefore should be randomly selected, because otherwise that certain person *cough* will have to re-buy all the books in the UK covers for her collection, as that certain somebody is making an attempt to buy each book with every cover design and is slowly, VERY slowly, saving her money for Ireland...

Lunar Tears said...

Bye, Butterflies!

Thalia Jane said...

*screams forever and a day*

HOLY FLAMING COOKIES, OH MY GOD, OHMYGODOHMYGODOHMYGOD!!!!!!!!!

*hugs Derek*

Thank you SO MUCH for choosing me! I didn't think I'd win, all of my entries were done so quickly!

I was watching anime when I found out. Mar told me. She called me. I screamed for a few minutes, and I'm still squealing. I can hear Mar laughing over the phone. My brother is disturbed. I'm so freaking happy.

*flails arms*

Everyone had such great entries. I wish we all could have won!

*hugs Derek again*

THANK YOU~

Incandesence said...

Later Butterflies!

Heya Valkyrie. I have absolutely no idea as to who this person is that you are talking about. You should go into more detail. ;P

Lunar Tears said...

Oh, look! Thalia!

CONGRATULATIONS!

Incandesence said...

HURRAY FOR THALIA!!! YAY!!!

*throws a party*

now I need to go clean my room.

Laters!

nights.raven said...

CONGRATZ THALIA! *hugs*

nights.raven said...

bye incandesence

Lunar Tears said...

Bye, Incandescence!

Actually, I should go too.

I have to... um... sleep. Which is a foreign concept for me, but there we have it.

nights.raven said...

bye lunar

Thalia Jane said...

Bye Incandescence, Lunar!

*hugs*

Valkyrie V. said...

More detail? Hmm... Well, she owns at least 14 Skulduggery Pleasant books, has Skulduggery pictres printed on photo paper and in frames on her wall, has the first chapters of Death Bringer printed and taped to her wall, she has an amzing Skulduggery clock, has various creepy body parts from Skulduggery characters, is mainly known as Valkyrie by the students at her school, is insane, had a birthday/deathday party for Derek and Skulduggery...

Valkyrie V. said...

And that certain somebody painted a picture earlier of a blonde creature which is called Fletcher the Telepoting Hedgeupine with a bush that has two eyes and happens to be labled as CAELAN in the backround

Thalia Jane said...

HAPPY WEN WEN EVERYONE!

Valkyrie V. said...

Congrats Thalia

Thalia Jane said...

Thank you!

Incandesence said...

I love having a laptop. I can clean and type at the SAME TIME!

Val, I'm still not getting it... Though the painting of Caelan sounds cool.

By the way, did I say congratz yet? I did? Well, I'd better say it ag- HURRAY FOR THALIA!

Ok, that's all you're getting. :)

Invisible_Fly said...

Just gonna through this out there because I can't stay away from the blog. My marks will suffer, but I have to be here:

1. Valkyrie V. My best mates and I are planning on going to hit Ireland next year between May and June. I know you said you're slowly building up the money to go, but if by that time you did have the money, we should meet up and go together. Unfortunately, you probably won't be able to join us when we go to pubs, but that'll only be for like 1 night anyways. And we're not even sure if we CAN go. But I'd love to hang out with you. You are so cute <3

2. INCANDESCENCE, I'M IN SOUTH ONTARIO. I'M KIND OF THINKING WE'RE WITHIN 2 HOURS FROM EACH OTHER SINCE ANYONE WHO LIVES IN ONTARIO IS PRETTY MUCH IN THAT AREA. OH MY GOD.

3. THALIA, YOU'RE HERE! *hug* CONGRATULATIONS. This is so exciting. I've been baking cookies for everyone when I should have been studying! *gives Thalia some cookies* They're magic...

Thalia Jane said...

Thank you everyone for being so kind!

*hugs everyone*

Incandesence said...

HAHAH, Invisible, you and I must be neighbours! *stops typing and suddenly squints out the window* That's both creepy and cool.

Incandesence said...

Ah yes, the magic cookies. which Lunar stole. *leans over to Invisible and whispers* she's craaazzy.

nights.raven said...

thats awesome that u won, Thalia *hugs*

Valkyrie V. said...

Fly, you're right, you (and everyone who looked at the last post) can clearly see I would not be able to go to pubs. Twelve year lds and pubs don't go together.

Incandesence said...

I'm off to find some bungee cords. maybe see you all laters. <3

Thalia Jane said...

Ah, I g2g now. Bye all!

*hugs everyone*

*skips off, giggling happily*

nights.raven said...

bye thalia *hugs*

Invisible_Fly said...

I wish I was 12 again T_T

Invisible_Fly said...

BYE THALIA

Valkyrie V. said...

Well you've got to be a detective and figure out who I'm talking about for winning the contest, because if this "In particular, I'm thinking of Valkyrie V, who actually had a party with a CAKE" isn't a big enough give away, then you're lost.

nights.raven said...

im tired... gonna go to sleep, night all *hugs* cya tomorrow sometime

Valkyrie V. said...

Twelve is fun, better than 11, but not a teenager, and the same age as Stephanie :)

Invisible_Fly said...

Nah, I know you're 12. I have to say, your cake was stupendously awesome. I'm trying to convince my own friends to throw a Skulduggery-themed party too, but they won't have any of that... :( I just need to convince them to read these books!

Invisible_Fly said...

*hugs raven* Good night, sleep tight, beware of the bed bugs because they will bite. Hard.

Valkyrie V. said...

Wow, raven, it's only like 4:30 something here.

Invisible_Fly said...

12-14 were great years for me. Then being a teenager sucked. Now I'm an adult. Which also sucks. Man... I'm going to engineer a device that can reverse aging so I can be a 12y.o. again.

Valkyrie V. said...

Oh, and about me and my apparently "adorable" friends... We really are anything but adorable. Standing in a library thinking of all the ways to kill someone with what we could find isn't in the adorable catagory.

Valkyrie V. said...

*arches an eyebrow* You're an adult? How old are you?

Invisible_Fly said...

19. A lot of people don't consider me an adult, but I technically count. I wish I was born earlier, though. The 80's were amazing. I missed out on something great.

If you want me to stop calling you adorable, I will ._."

Valkyrie V. said...

DEREK, SOMEHOW YOU EITHER ALWAYS COME HERE TWO HOURS BEFORE OR AFTER ME, AND YOU MUST BE PURPOSELY PLANNING IT...

Valkyrie V. said...
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lego said...

hi everyone! *hugs*

@fly- you can call me adorable! I speak of nothing but rainbows and cuddly unicorns! um...yeah.

Invisible_Fly said...

PFFFT, oh Lego, you know how to make me smile....

Invisible_Fly said...

I am horribly worried I made Valkyrie upset.

lego said...

aw...valk, you okay?

not the worst thing you could be called...

Invisible_Fly said...

Okay, I'm going to back track a bit here. I have a strong feeling that my forced eccentricity offended Val in some way, and I apologize if that's the case. I've been trying very hard to fit in and keep up with the energy everyone in the blog has pouring into the comments. I think it may be obvious I'm trying to pose as older than everyone else, but I realized nobody CARES about that. So sorry, Val, if I made you upset.

lego said...

also, can I borrow your machine that makes you twelve thing? this teenager thingy is really not working for me...

Valkyrie V. said...

And Derek, this is a question that has been very distracting to me the last few days, and please don't count it as spoilering when I quote a few people.

Is Valkyrie refered to as Detective Cain or simply Miss Cain? Because Scorn said, "Of course, Detective Cain" and Tipstaff said, "Detectives Pleasant snd Cain" then Mist says "... perhaps the detectives...". Yet there are people who call her Miss Cain, like Craven, "Miss Cain was assulted..." and the fat guy with several chins at the ball, "Miss Cain, this is my son..." and tons of other examples. So is she Detective or Miss?

lego said...

@fly- *hugs* really not a big deal about fitting in. like, the complete opposite. Apologies for the on coming cliche, but we're all different, and that's chill. Honestly? do your best not to hurt people, and you'll be fine. And being older is great, a lot of people really like it, and being able to be kind of maternal to the younger peoples.

Valkyrie V. said...

Geez, I'm gone for a few minutes and suddenly people think I've been insulted and offended. It's fine, really XD

Invisible_Fly said...

Lego, you can borrow anything :) I'll just have to make a working prototype first... it might be a while XD But you know, being a teenager isn't so bad. You learn a lot of things, mostly about yourself. I'd make some huge paragraph about discovering who you are, but I don't have the energy for it. Here, have an emoticon heart: <3

Invisible_Fly said...

WAH, Val! *hug* IS IT OKAY IF I HUG YOU? <.<"

lego said...

<3 yay! lol, I'm too tired to discover myself. *yawns*

Valkyrie V. said...

Doing your best not to hurt people isn't something I do. And Fly, I never fit in ANYWHERE, simply because I babble for hours about Skulduggery and have a different - correction, a VIOLENT - sense of humour, and not most people do.

lego said...

@Valk- I mean emotionally, like on chat. Look, violent fantasies are awesome, but if you want to make anyone on here feel terrible for any reason, I take issue to that. just sayin'

Invisible_Fly said...

I think I learned something tonight... and it wasn't how to graph math solutions... I learned something... important...

Valkyrie V. said...

I don't mind hugs unless I'm in a terrible mood.




Derek, I just have to say, I'm rarely ever in terrible moods, but on Monday I was in the worst mood I had been for a long time. But you, you posted that picture of me and I was happy again. And it really is difficult to bring my good mood back, but you did, so thank you, because if you hadn't I'd probably still be upset.

Theatregirl40 said...

Congrats, Thalia!!!

And good job to the rest of my fellow Ameriminions!

And thank you, Mr. Landy, for giving the Amerimions this amazificating chance!
(There I go getting...Getting cliche and boring...)

Well...Yep... That's it I think.

lego said...

@fly- ugh, I know. giant realizations about myself are not exactly fostered by 12 hours in school. *rolls eyes*

Invisible_Fly said...

I think we've cleared up a lot of things, which I'm happy about. Lego, you're very, very kind and I appreciate how accepting you were when I first joined the blog. Val, you are quite something else, and good God this is going to make me feel old, but you remind me when I was 12. I want to be friends :3

Valkyrie V. said...

Thanks fly :) I'm seriously probably the weirdest person in my school, simply because I don't try to fit in. Today I wore a black tutu skirt and long socks with Jack Skellington on them, simply because I could. And while people questioned me, and gave me a strange look, I just smiled, because I like being different. And we can be blog friends. I have lots of blog friends now.

lego said...

yay clear things! no yay that lego has to do maths. will still be here...just less loud.

Valkyrie V. said...

I hate math. Being different does not in any way make me like math.

lego said...

also, YAYZ NONCONFORMITY! lol, whenever I talk about it, I start to sound like a conspiracy theorist, so I'll try to keep my mouth somewhat shut on that one.

also, total crush on jack skellington. WHAT IS IT WITH ME AND ATTRACTIVE MALE SKELETONS?

Invisible_Fly said...

I liked math back when I understood it T_T

I'm actually wearing an XL Jack Skellingston t-shirt right now as my pajama top. It's comfy :3

I would be honoured to be your blog friend :D (Yes, another use of U in a word. Shush, Americans, shush...)

Invisible_Fly said...

"also, total crush on jack skellington. WHAT IS IT WITH ME AND ATTRACTIVE MALE SKELETONS?"

Wait a second............... I have a crush on Jack Skellington too.............

THAT'S where this obsession started? THIS EXPLAINS EVERYTHING. LEGO... YOU'RE A GENIUS.

lego said...

:D I don't know why, I don't have any girl skeleton crushes. dunno why, I'm usually pretty equal about that. *shrugs*

and I hates math. I get good grades in it, but IT'S SO BOOORRNNIINNNGGGG.

lego said...

and I didn't even think about it starting there...YAY FOR GENIUSES WHO REALIZE THE GENUISY GENUIS OF ME THAT I WAS NOT AWARE OF.

Invisible_Fly said...

THAT SENTENCE MADE ME CONFUSED BUT I LIKE IT ANYWAYS BECAUSE I CAN PRETEND WE'RE SHOUTING FOR NO APPARENT REASON

lego said...

YOU NEED A REASON TO SHOUT? I WAS NOT AWARE. AND IT WAS CONFUSING BECAUSE I WAS TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT 60 DECREASED BY ____ EQUALS 45 WAS. APOLOGIES.

Invisible_Fly said...

IT'S FIFTEEN. HOPE THAT HELPED.

Valkyrie V. said...

Derek, I am here going to write a letter as to why I think I would like to win the Friend Get Friend Contest. This may have absolutely no affect on my chances, and some of you may see this as being selfish, but whatever. I'm doing it anyways.


I love your books. I really do. I'm sure you've noticed. And, added to that fact, I also collect them. I collect the different covers, I collect hardcover and paperback, even the exact same book simply because I can. Reading them has changed me as a person. I have a different attitude, different comebacks, different thoughts, an entire different PERSONALITY. This is all because of YOU, Master Derek. And I am thanking you for this, I truly am.

I'd like to win the Friend Get Friend contest, I really would, because I am a collector. I collect your books, and anything that relates to them. I have 2 American Scepter of the Ancients and one of the collector's hardcover of the UK Skulduggery Pleasant; I have one American and one UK Playing with Fire, both paperback; 2 hardcover American copies of the Faceless Ones and one UK paperback; limted edition hardcover Dark Days, regular hardcover Dark Days, paperback Dark Days (all the original cover design); one paperback Mortal Coil; and one hardcover Death Bringer. I also have the Playing with Fire short story printed out, as well as the beginning chapters of Death Bringer, which have been taped to my wall. I have T-shirts with writing all over them for Skulduggery, a poster I made for my favourite quotes, Pictures of the characters printed on photopaper in frames on my walls, hats like Skulduggery's, a clock made especially for me with the character pictures instead of numbers... I could go on longer, I swear. Although, as great as my collection may be, I fear it is lacking something - the books signed by YOU. If I had those I would have an ultimate collection. But for now it's incomplete. And being an American... That makes it a great deal harder for getting signed copies. And I wish it wasn't so hard, but it is, so there isn't much I can do about that.

I just want you to keep these things in mind. You don't have to, I suppose, but I'd really appreciate it.
So sincerely your most obsessed fan,

Valkyrie V. (otherwise known as Isabella Votolato in the real world)

Valkyrie V. said...

I happen to be obsessed with skeletons as well... First Jack, now Skulduggery.... WHAT IS OUR PROBLEM???? And I was Sally for Halloween a couple of year ago, my mom drew the stitches on my face and everything... I'm listening to the soundtrack right now.

lego said...

I JUST FIGURED THAT OUT. *WACKS HEAD* AND I AM MOST GRATEFUL.

Invisible_Fly said...

Well... my copies of Dark Days and Mortal Coil look pretty insignificant compared to your collection, Val. I am impressed and jealous. The book stores in Canada never carry the Skulduggery series, and it's rare to find them on the shelf.

lego said...

and my image search for "sexy skeletons" seems to be mostly porn...WHY DOES NO ONE UNDERSTAND US?

October SemperNumquam said...

Because the dead often know better than the living. You'd better try asking them.

Invisible_Fly said...

I love the TNBC soundtrack. Danny Elfman is a genius <3 I love him >.< I'd be listening to it if I didn't have the Dr. Horrible theme stuck in my head. It's been running on loop in my head all day, it's actually getting kind of annoying :(

THAT'S COOL, LEGO. I'M GLAD YOU FIGURED OUT THE MATH. OUT OF CURIOSITY, WHAT ARE YOU LEARNING RIGHT NOW? YOU DON'T HAVE TO SHARE IF YOU DON'T WANT TO THOUGH.

Invisible_Fly said...

Oh God, Lego, that comment made me laugh so hard...

Ann Marie said...

*maternal like woah*

I need breakfast! Who's gonna bring me some?

lego said...

algebra...and percents and commissions and such. I DUN LIKE MONEY. MATH IS SO MUCH MORE AWESOME WITHOUT IT.

@october- well, I would, but seeing as they're dead...

Blood Butterflies said...

Hello?

Valkyrie V. said...

The Nightmare Before Christmas is my favourite movie... "T'was a long time ago, longer now than it seems, in a place that perhaps you've seen in your dreams, for the story you're about to be told, took place in the holiday worlds of old..."

lego said...

ANNNNNNNNNNN! *hugs*

sorry, I'm too annoyed for gmail.

lego said...

hi bb! :D

Kimberly Vex said...

Ah shucks.
But congrats Thalia! That line will certainly make a fantabulous story! I hope there will be more Ameriminion competitions. (Pwease?) I enjoyed this one.

(>^.^)>CONGRATS THALIA<(^.^<)

Blood Butterflies said...

WAYCEST!

"SAY HI TO THE CAMERA FRANK!!!"--Fan

"Hi to the camera Frank." -- Frank Iero

AGH WHY IS HE SO SWEET! JAMIA IS SO LUCKY!

Invisible_Fly said...

Ann Marie is back!! We'll make you breakfast :3 I can make a seriously mean omelette. No joke.

I actually find math more interesting when money is involved. I SWEAR I'M NOT GREEDY <_<""""

lego said...

*whispers to fly* ((do you know ann? she's the 40 something awesome person I told you about))

Valkyrie V. said...

@lego

I have to take Algebra and I'm in the seventh grade. *kicks intelligent math skills in the face*

Blood Butterflies said...

I had to wear a 'DUNCE' cap. Damn the acting. *scowl*

Now I brb....

lego said...

I make a mean...container of peanut butter. er...

@fly- idk, I just don't like thinking about money all day.

Invisible_Fly said...

BB GUESS WHAT I SUBSCRIBED TO FRANKIE ON FACEBOOK. HIS PHOTOS ARE *AWESOME*.

@Val, I'm totally narrating everything I see in the opening narrator's voice. So awesome.

@Kimberly, I see you have little Kirbys hugging Thalia. Hahaha <3 Idk if that was the intention or if I just play too many video games...

Ann Marie said...

oh wait... you found skeleton porn? ...any of it good?

Blood Butterflies said...

BACK!

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