Saturday, February 4, 2012

Writing Books. And Haywire.

So much to do, so little time...

You may have noticed a distinct lack of updates since, er, the last post. This is MOSTLY because I was knocked off the internet for a few days, which allowed me to focus on writing. The latest book is going well, you'll be pleased to hear. Still don't know what it's called, but I'm sure it'll come to me, and it'll be typically brilliant.

I'm writing this one in sequence, which is unusual for me. Usually I'll skip forward and back, writing the cool stuff and then fitting it all together later, like a jigsaw. But this one is different. This one, I started with the first chapter and just kept going. I'm leaving gaps as I go- maybe I'll write half a chapter and move on, or maybe I'll just write the dialogue in a scene and add in the actions somewhere down the line. It means I'm moving quickly, getting down the CORE of the story as I go. Assuming I continue like this, it means that when I'm done I'll have the bare essentials of the book written, and I'll just need to go back and flesh everything out.

I'm not sure why, after six books, I've suddenly changed my approach. Possibly because there really is no more room for error. I only have three books left, and everything has to be set up and in place. I need to be a lot more disciplined in my storytelling or else I'll get to the final book and realise I've forgotten to mention something in an earlier book, and it'll ruin EVERYTHING...

My mind is basically on Skulduggery and nothing else at the moment. When I'm driving, I'm thinking about plot. The moment I wake up, I'm thinking about scenes. Publication is September 1st (or thereabouts) and I really don't have any time to waste.

A few days ago I was in the car, thinking about books 8 and 9, and I realised something MAJOR. Something HUMUNGOUS. I'm not saying if this story development is fantastically fun or utterly devastating, but it'll happen somewhere in Book 8- probably around the middle. And this is a development that wasn't in my overall scheme of things. When I planned these books, this development did not happen. But now, because of the slight changes and shifts that come with writing any book, I realised that this development was essential. I know this is all a gigantic tease to you, my Minions, because I'm talking about something you won't get to read about until 2013, but dear GOD I can't wait to write it. Oh wow it's gonna be brilliant. But I can't tell you what it is. Sorry.



And that's pretty much all I've been doing. Oh, I went to see Haywire the other day. Haywire is a spy/action movie, some of which was filmed in Dublin, and it stars Gina Carano, a UFC fighter. It's an odd movie, very low key, very non-flashy. I absolutely loved it. And I have a new crush, bringing my Crushes on Actresses to a grand total of two.

1. Alexis Bledel.

2. Gina Carano.

That's a very exclusive list right there. They both should be honoured to be on it.

If you're over 15 (or whatever rating your country has seen fit to bestow onto Haywire) go watch it. Don't expect explosions and car chases, and you might like it as much as I did.

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Stephanie Edgley said...

1st?

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1st?

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1st?

Flame Phoenix (Fawkes)~roleplaying said...

Your welcome

Valkyrie V. - Ivy said...

No, little kids are annoying.

Stephanie Edgley said...

Yay! I dedicate this page to my sister's door sign!

Flame Phoenix (Fawkes)~roleplaying said...

Door sighn?

Stephanie Edgley said...

My sister is trying really hard to make door sign out of hama beads. It's been destroyed once and she's been at it for hours. I mean, HOURS.
So she deserves,the page dedicated to it.

You're right val - little kids are annoying

Valkyrie V. - Ivy said...

test... Stupid Blogger...

Stephanie Edgley said...

A door sign is a sign saying 'Star's Room' or something that you hang on your bedroom door. It might not be the proper name for it, i made i up, but i had to call it SOMETHING, right?

Stephanie Edgley said...

Wow being on blogger is SO different when you're actually trying to be at least halfway sane . . .

Lynxia Lost said...

I've finished my background, I'll put a pic of it on my blog.

Stephanie Edgley said...

Oh i just noticed it's refreshing properly now. Fancy that.

Stephanie Edgley said...

Hi shadow! I've changed my name! Again!

Lynxia Lost said...

I've been here all this time.

Stephanie Edgley said...

I thought you might have, but you haven't commented in ages, so . . .

Lynxia Lost said...

I've been working on my background and a pic is now on my blog. Where'd everyone else go?

Valkyrie V. - Ivy said...

I died, but now I'm back because Death sent me back. It said something about me never shutting up...

Stephanie Edgley said...

Phone just froze . . .probably from overuse:(

Lynxia Lost said...

OK. Where'd Flame go?

@Val - go see the background and other shots, I don't think you have seen them yet, there's one where you have killed us all.

Valkyrie V. - Ivy said...

OH MY GOD THOSE ARE AWESOME! ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU'RE ALL DEAD!

And the one that says "Smile Flame" is hilarious! XD

Lynxia Lost said...

Be back in 10 mins.

Stephanie Edgley said...

That thing anout death made me laugh val:)

I just said to my sister, "do you think we're watching merlin tonight?" And she said, "i just said, we're watching merlin tonight" and i said, "really?" And she said, "yeah" and i said, "you're not serious".

How could i have not have heard her???

Stephanie Edgley said...

I think maybe the consious level of my brain didn't hear her, but my subconsious did, and it made me think of merlin, so that's why i asked her about it. Doesn't explain why i didn't hear her though

Flame Phoenix (Fawkes)~roleplaying said...

I have to go,


Bye

Stephanie Edgley said...

Bye flame!

Valkyrie V. - Ivy said...

Flame, you have to look at Lynxia's thing! I killed you all!

Valkyrie V. - Ivy said...

*is still laughing at the fact that I killed you all*

Flame Phoenix (Fawkes)~roleplaying said...

I saw them

Valkyrie V. - Ivy said...

Hey Lynxia, do you think you could send me that individual picture?

Lynxia Lost said...

Will be back in another 20 mins.

Stephanie Edgley said...

See you then . . .

Shadow, i'm going to try to stop calling you shadow, because it isn't your name anymore and because i need something to do.

See you then, LYNX.

Stephanie Edgley said...

Accidently closed comment window

Stephanie Edgley said...

Should i change my profile pic?

I could get one of a baby penguin . . .

Valkyrie V. - Ivy said...

I used to be obsessed with penguins. But that was before I was obsessed with dogs. And that was before I was obsessed with the Nightmare Before Christmas. And that was before I was obsessed with Skulduggery Pleasant.

Stephanie Edgley said...

Or a baby dingo . . . And of course i have all the SP options . . . But i can only change it on a computer . . . So that would be a no, anyway . . .

Stephanie Edgley said...

That is a lot of obbssessions! I used to be obssessed with unicorns -------------->

(Did i get the arrow in the right place???)

I think a lot of people on here were obssessed with penguins at one point. Wonder why that is . . . ?

Valkyrie V. - Ivy said...

'Cause penguins rock.

Stephanie Edgley said...

Oh no i didn't get the arrow in the right place. I fotgot how long my name was:( ------------------^

Is that right?

Stephanie Edgley said...

Yeah i got it right . . .

Too right val! Penguins do rock!

Valkyrie V. - Ivy said...

Well, more like waddle...

Stephanie Edgley said...

I have munchkin-ninja-penguin-minions-to-be (mnpmtb)

When they are full munchkin ninja penguin minions, they will defend me from the superllamas:)

Until then, i have to manage on my own . . . :(

Stephanie Edgley said...

My ninja penguins won't waddle. They'll jump everywhere:)

Valkyrie V. - Ivy said...

My penguins... *falters* Where ARE my penguins?

*looks under bed* Oh. They all, you know, died... I guess that was the result of my 'see what happens to penguins when you don't feed them' experiment...

Stephanie Edgley said...

And they will thwack people with flippers . . .:) *goes into happy ninja penguin daydream and walks into tree*

Ow! *rubs nose* My nose hurts!

Stephanie Edgley said...

*looks guilty*

*phones person in charge of mnpmtb to tell them to stop the experiment*

Stephanie Edgley said...

Thank you for warning me!:)

*gives val cookie*

Stephanie Edgley said...

Brb, dancing

Valkyrie V. - Ivy said...

*accepts cookie* IT TASTES LIKE A COOKIE!

Valkyrie V. - Ivy said...

Whoa, we're on the last page!

Stephanie Edgley said...

Sorry, had to go and randomly dance round my bedroom with my sister:)

Hot now *takes off hoodie*

Valkyrie V. - Ivy said...

I dance around like a crazy person when Amanda comes over... That's probably because we're insane...

Valkyrie V. - Ivy said...
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Stephanie Edgley said...

Sorry, had to go and randomly dance round my bedroom with my sister:)

Hot now *takes off hoodie*

Stephanie Edgley said...

Oh . . . I though it hadn't posted . . .

THE COOKIE TASTED LIKE A COOKIE???

*eats a cookie*

WOW!!!! YOU WERE RIGHT!!!! THEY DO TASTE LIKE COOKIES!!!!

Valkyrie V. - Ivy said...

THIS IS A MIRACLE! THE COOKIES TASTE LIKE COOKIES! THIS HAS NEVER HAPPENED BEFORE!

Stephanie Edgley said...

I don't like live chickens. They taste horrible!

Stephanie Edgley said...

WE SHOULD PHONE THE NEWSPAPERS AND TELL THEM ABOUT THE COOKIES THAT TASTE LIKE COOKIES!!!!!

Valkyrie V. - Ivy said...

NO, WE SHOULD PHONE... WE SHOULD PHONE DEREK ABOUT THIS!

Stephanie Edgley said...

YES! WE SHOULD PHONE DEREK!!!

Valkyrie V. - Ivy said...

AND I ACTUALLY HAVE HIS PHONE NUMBER!

Stephanie Edgley said...

YOU DO?????

Wait . . . YOU HAVE DEREK'S PHONE NUMBER????????????????????????????????

Valkyrie V. - Ivy said...

YES. I HAVE HIS PHONE NUMBER.


I did try to call him (like, a thousand times) but I couldn't because it's over seas...

Stephanie Edgley said...

Oh . . .

VAL!!!!! YOU NEED TO MOVE TO IRELAND SO YOU CAN PHONE DEREK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Valkyrie V. - Ivy said...

I KNOW I DO! I'M GOING TO IRELAND NEXT YEAR!!!


And Derek is going to have the longest conversation over the phone EVER...

Stephanie Edgley said...

YOU'RE GOING TO IRELAND NEXT YEAR???????

I've never been to ireland . . . But two of my favourite authors live there:)

Stephanie Edgley said...

G2g, dinner

Valkyrie V. - Ivy said...

I'm going to visit for about 10 nights... From Ireland I'm going to go to England, to stay in London for a day...

And while I'm there I'm going to try and replace my American accent with an Irish one.

Valkyrie V. - Ivy said...

Bye Star

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Stephanie Edgley said...

I an back . . .

. . . For ten minutes:(

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Valkyrie V. - Ivy said...

Okay, I was just counting down...

Stephanie Edgley said...

Nice numbering val!

Stephanie Edgley said...

Nice numbering val!

Stephanie Edgley said...

Damn . . . I just did something to close the comment window

Stephanie Edgley said...

Sorry double post^^

Stephanie Edgley said...

Sorry double post^^

Stephanie Edgley said...

ANOTHER double post????? *sigh*

Valkyrie V. - Ivy said...

PASTA!

Stephanie Edgley said...

TUNA PASTA!

Stephanie Edgley said...

GREEN PESTO PASTA!

Stephanie Edgley said...

G2g sorry

BOLOGNESE PASTA!

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The mail man

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vampires

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STEPHANIE

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THE WILL

Sparky Braginski said...

Hello?

Sparky Braginski said...

???

Valkyrie V. - Ivy said...

SPARKY!

Sparky Braginski said...

Val!

Sparky Braginski said...

Are Lynxia and Flame here?

I need to tell Shadow something and Flame being around is important.

How are you?

Valkyrie V. - Ivy said...

Dandy. But I can't find any socks...

BlackDragon said...

hello

BlackDragon said...

hello

BlackDragon said...

no1 again 3x in a row uuuggg

Robin Snowscar said...

Not me, right?

Robin Snowscar said...

OMGG what the?

Robin Snowscar said...

*cannot believe this*
We filled these. We did

Star Inkbright said...

Heeeeeeeelllllllllllllllllloooooooo???

Star Inkbright said...

We did robin. We did.

*is very confuzzled*

Robin Snowscar said...

I filled up the other two... but this had 23 unfilled, another had about 6 and then 3

Star Inkbright said...

*reads my comments at the top of the page and grins*

That was a coolio convo.

Star Inkbright said...

We should fill it with important stuff that matters.

Like, LLAMAS ARE EVIL!!!

Robin Snowscar said...

Haha I like your new pic by the way

Star Inkbright said...

I like my unicorn pic . . .

Robin Snowscar said...

Octopuses are cool

Robin Snowscar said...

ROBOTS ARE EVIL AND THEY LIVE IN SWEET THINGS

Star Inkbright said...

Wow. Robin, i seriously didn't know you'd just commented saying that. It hadn't appeared for me yet.

Coincidence or summat that isn't a coincidence??? *doesn't want to give people the option 'what'*

Rim. said...

Chicken??

Star Inkbright said...

OCTOPI ARE VERY VERY COOLIO.

THANKS ROBIN:)

Star Inkbright said...

Hi rim!

Robin Snowscar said...

RIM!

Robin Snowscar said...

That is odd Star

Star Inkbright said...

It is indeed.

Robin Snowscar said...

Everyone is smart, if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree it will live it's whole life believing it was stupid

Star Inkbright said...

Aww. That's sad:(

Star Inkbright said...

Poor little fishy-wishy.

Star Inkbright said...

LAST???

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