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.

5,000 comments:

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Sarthacus Bolt said...

1st!

Valice said...

second!

nights.raven said...

3rd!

nights.raven said...

I wanted to see Haywire, it sounded really cool

i love the pic! hilarious! :D


I'm glad that book 7 is coming along, am really excited about it :D :D :D September is coming along so SLOW!

and i am curious as to what the HUMUNGOUS thing is..

Lilly Edogawa said...

=) yay, this post truely saved this silly eve.
I can't wait to read this *^* 2013 COME!

NJ Maverick said...

5??

Alyson said...

I just finished reading Death Bringer (did it in 1 day and a half!!) So excited for the next one, I can hardly contain my excitement! When I finished it I was both glad that it ended as it did but so sad that it had ended :).

nights.raven said...

hi NJ!! *hugs* how r u?

Amirila High said...

Argh, don't remind me that it's only 3 more books, Mr. Landy, Master!

Thalia Jane said...

DEREEEKKKKK

Stop teasing us! :P Book 8 is so far awaaaayyyy

Ah, I cannot wait for September. I'm definitely preordering the book this time. As soon as it goes on Amazon UK. It shall be mine!

Kribu said...

Is it 2013 yet?

Is it?

... What about now?

Oh.

Oh well. Actually, I do want it to be March this year first, anyway, and then September, but... yeah.

... it's still not 2013, is it?

Flame Phoenix said...

12!

Flame Phoenix said...

whats in 2013?

Alyson said...

The 8th book.

Flame Phoenix said...

Oh.., wait!

That means, three more years, til- nooooo!

Derek get yoUr ass down here now.

I'm not waiting till 2014 till book nine.

*rants about unfairness*

Sarthacus Bolt said...

Well...
They really did make this comments page oversized.

Flame Phoenix said...

Whaddya mean Bolt?

And we've met before btw.

Wierdo said...

Wow! I've never been this close to the top!

Nice picture, I'm the cat!
2013!!! That is cruelty to children!!!
As for your list, I only know Alexis Bledel from Gilmore Girls so . . .nioce choice.
Her eyes get bluer as the serieses go on . . .I'm gonna start rambling so I'll just stop!
Oh and 1 question!

Mr.Derek Landy/Sir/God/Supreme Over lord
How do you start a book??? I can't

Ok bye now :)

Flame Phoenix said...

Wierdo, strange name, is that the daughter?

Flame Phoenix said...

Rory?

Sparky Braginski said...

WHY'D YOU TELL US THAT!?

Now I'm going to spend the next two years trying to guess what this GIGANTIC thing is!

Mayajune21 said...

First Page!!!!!

Mayajune21 said...

23rd comment!

Flame Phoenix said...

Probs a new book. A new series.

*grabs Derek*

I hate when Authors be vague. I nearly killed Darren Shan.

*composes self*

Is val gone sparky. Cos if shes not, Derek will be dead by the end of the night with us three here.

Sparky Braginski said...

Val's gone to Amanda's.

Alyson said...

I had no idea you watched Buffy! So because of this recently gained knowledge, I have 2 interogatives and 1 declarative for you Mr Derek Landy.

1) Do you like the episode where there is a musical demon and everyone randomly bursts into song?

2) Do you think Valkyrie/Stephanie likes The Smiths?

Also, my dad has the same name as you, so... yeah. Bye :)

Wierdo said...

Flame Pheonix
Strange Name cause I'm a strange cat
And yeah Rory's the daughter
She's epic
I had on obsession with Gilmore Girls for about 4 months
I watched at least 1 episode every day if not 3
Ok rambling again . . .bye . . . again

Flame Phoenix said...

You don't have to go, stay chat, make yourself at home.

Maybe help me and sparky kidnap Derek....

Sparky Braginski said...

Well, Flame, you'll just have to be the field agent.

Flame Phoenix said...

I had an obsession too.

Oh and. Weirdo do you have a taken able?

Flame Phoenix said...

Field agent?


*grins* *dresses up all in black And jumps through computer*

Im gonna have fun.

Flame Phoenix said...

Field agent?


*grins* *dresses up all in black And jumps through computer*

Im gonna have fun.

Flame Phoenix said...

Field agent?


*grins* *dresses up all in black And jumps through computer*

Im gonna have fun.

nights.raven said...

lol triple post

Flame Phoenix said...

Sparky? *whispers* wanna give these newcomers a tutorial?

Or make them our minions.

Flame Phoenix said...

Hi raven.

*hugs* at least you came. *dramatic sigh*

Flame Phoenix said...

Hi raven.

*hugs* at least you came. *dramatic sigh*

Sparky Braginski said...

You can, I'm play Zelda and the Ocarina of Time.

Kinghog said...

Woah... You are just like I would be if I had no responsabilatys....
Awsome!
Ps love the books, hate the wait.

nights.raven said...

hi flame *hugs back*

Flame Phoenix said...

Double post? Like WTF?

Valice said...

2013... HELL! I don't want to wait!
I want to read it NOW!
*starts throwing things to the ground*
I can't wait for September- and then you're telling us that there will be something so big in book 8? thats..... ähm... not nice...? *-*

nights.raven said...

wow, this new comment system-thingy like to post multiple times, doesnt it?

Flame Phoenix said...

Who was kinghog taklking to?

nights.raven said...

not sure..

Flame Phoenix said...

Yes. It's just so stupid.

At least it was better than the other one.


And Sparky- no! You have not lost your craziness.
You normally suggest things like this!!!

editorsarticle.blogspot.com/ said...

coool

Kinghog said...

Derek, sorry I forgot!

editorsarticle.blogspot.com/ said...

SWEET I GOT IN THE FIRST 50! GO ME! GO TO MY BLOG!

Flame Phoenix said...

Hmph. Ravveen?

Wanna have some fun?

Flame Phoenix said...

Hmph. Ravveen?

Wanna have some fun?

Kinghog said...

Man I am so commenting more often.

Sparky Braginski said...

*tacjles Falme, bits his arm off and smiles*

What did you say?

*innocent facial expression*

nights.raven said...

lol to the double posting again

Flame Phoenix said...

Yes, do that!!!

Yes Raven first victim!!

Dear KingHog?
How would you like to sign up to the SDLPBKNFC?

Flame Phoenix said...

Hmph. Ravveen?

Wanna have some fun?

nights.raven said...

first victim???

what?

Flame Phoenix said...

Sparky, we gotta kidnap Derek... NOW!!

Kinghog said...

Never herd of haywire before but really want to see it now....

Gepard Valk - Lord Of The Skies said...

Hi guys!!

nights.raven said...

hi gep

Flame Phoenix said...

We're going to kidnap Derek... And he is going to help!

*grins evilly*

Ouch! *shakes sparky off arm*

Didn't see you there. How are you. *waves*

Alyson said...

can I just ask, do you all know each other irl or did you meet here?

Flame Phoenix said...

Geppy!!!


We are kidnapping derek!!

Well, I am. You wanna help?

Flame Phoenix said...

Geppy!!!


We are kidnapping derek!!

Well, I am. You wanna help?

Sparky Braginski said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Kinghog said...

@Flame Phoenix
What's that stand for?

Sparky Braginski said...

*growls*

nights.raven said...

im really confused here.
sparky, why would u have anything against me???


and alyson, some people on here do know each other irl, but most dont

Flame Phoenix said...

Met here,, *laughs at my first time*

Dragona was a p*****k even back then...

And *remembers Sparkys first time* even funnier than mine.

Gepard Valk - Lord Of The Skies said...

We met heeerrreeee! *dances in Blogland*

WE HAVE A MAP!


*shows her the map of a floating Blogland above a pit of jelly. And the dragon in the sky that is Nicolette*

Sparky Braginski said...

*growls and bares teeth*

Alyson said...

cool...?

Flame Phoenix said...

The steal Derek LANDY brigade patrol kidnappers fighters club. I think..

Gepard Valk - Lord Of The Skies said...

*rides around on Sparky* WEEEEE!! DOGGY!!

Gepard Valk - Lord Of The Skies said...

*throws confetti over everyone whilst on Sparky*

Sparky Braginski said...

*bites off Gep's hand*

What was that?

Flame Phoenix said...

Alison? Gel is a bit mangled lately.


*joins dancing*

*dances over and looks at map*

So, if we are to get out of blogland and into dereks land we need to, *points out root*
you got that???

Sparky Braginski said...

*shocks Gep*

Get. Off.

Alyson said...

But Flame, if you kidnap Derek how will he finish the book? Or you could do the thing the girl does in that Stephen King novel but that wouldn't be very nice.

Gepard Valk - Lord Of The Skies said...

*hand regrows. Cracks sparky's neck before stabbing her with sleeping drug and hauling her ass in an inescapable basement. shocks her/him with lightning before locking the door*

NEVER try to hurt me.

Kinghog said...

Sounds good to me count me in.

Valice said...

Hi! Want some crisps?
*hands out crisps to everyone*

Gepard Valk - Lord Of The Skies said...

*noms crisps*


Yay, crisps!

Sparky Braginski said...

WHOA.

*gets up and growls again*

Don't. Sit. On. ME.

Flame Phoenix said...

Sparky, sparky is an electro freak.

She electrocutes people.

And Gepard are you in?

And Alison, we shall bring his computer/ laptop and make him write faster..

Valice said...

You like growling Sparky, don't you??

Gepard Valk - Lord Of The Skies said...

Well Flame, Gep is an elemental who has the added power of controlling lightning, so he beats Sparky every time. :)

Why are we kidnapping him?

Sparky Braginski said...

Sparky Braginski.

*lets electricity crackle around fists*

Bring. It. On.

Kinghog said...

Yay book 8 earlier!!

Flame Phoenix said...

And sparky, meet Gep, Gep meet Sparky,


You will get along, won't you?

Oh you should get blog- married!!

Let's blog marry them now!! *grabs them and starts doing sermon*

Flame Phoenix said...

And sparky, meet Gep, Gep meet Sparky,


You will get along, won't you?

Oh you should get blog- married!!

Let's blog marry them now!! *grabs them and starts doing sermon*

Alyson said...

Thats what happens in the novell, except the little girl tortures him into writing faster because she doesn't like the ending he wrote. He resists. Then she brakes his legs.:/

Gepard Valk - Lord Of The Skies said...

Sorry, but you're trapped in an inescapable by any means basement.

Flame Phoenix said...

Sparks will fly... (get it?)

Gepard Valk - Lord Of The Skies said...

Mean girl, Alyson.

Also, Flame, remember, I no likey the girls?

Sparky Braginski said...

*punches Flame, shocking him at the same time*

I AM NOT GETTING BLOG MARRIED TO ANYONE TILL I SAY SO.

And I'm not, case closed.

Flame Phoenix said...

So sparky repeat after me...

I, sparky BRAGINSKI, shall take Gepard Valk, Forever, to hold, nuture and love.

Alyson said...

I don't mean to mean, I'm simply stating what happens in the book and I would rather things didn't get out of control.

Valice said...

Aw, I love weddings!

Flame Phoenix said...

Yeah I know, forgot that... :(

But it'll be fun... And you can have babies!! And umm umma stop...

Sparky Braginski said...

*looks at Flame*

Ha ha h- NO.

Gepard Valk - Lord Of The Skies said...

Sparky, you can't punch him. You're in a basement.

Kinghog said...

This has 80 comments in 2 hours!
And this conversation is really weird!
I love you guys and I wish I found this earlier!

Gepard Valk - Lord Of The Skies said...

Yeah Flame, probz be best.

Alyson, I was saying she was mean. lol I know it's a book.

Flame Phoenix said...

You forgot a ha, and maybe a ho!


And maybe, Sparky you will get married tonight!?

Any other dudes on?

Alyson said...

oh, sorry :)

Gepard Valk - Lord Of The Skies said...

Flame, there's always YOUUU!

*marries them before they even know it*


MWAHAHAHAAA YOU'RE MARRIED NOW!

Flame Phoenix said...

Kinghog...

It's great when we have the originals on...
Who promised to come!!

*growls*

Gep? *flutters eyelashes* can you maybe drag then here?

Kinghog said...

*laughs*

Sparky Braginski said...

BYE!!!

Gepard Valk - Lord Of The Skies said...

Sorry Flame, but you ain't an original. Far from it, I'm afraid. I'm as close to an original as we've got.

Flame Phoenix said...

Dammit. *glares at Gep*


Why do you always have to be?

Ugh!!!!! And now i have a wife!! Go get the originals so we can celebrate !!!!

Valice said...

Bye sparky!

Kinghog said...

*laughs manicaly*

Flame Phoenix said...

I didnt mean we I meant d, autocorrect in iPod....

Kinghog said...

*Giggles and drools on his new carpet*

Sparky Braginski said...

Wait, WHAT!?

Kinghog said...

I should probably clean that up....

Flame Phoenix said...

Aww but sparky???????????
Gep you scared her off you big meanie...

*pokes him*



I'm as close to an original on now, well except you.. And I'm normally the closet to an original, cos the originals on chat...

Making the Legend said...

congratulations Derek, you have succeeded. I am shaking in expectations for this new development you have mentioned. I might just have to go dig around in your head to find out what this is. If you feel a tickling feeling in your brain, that might just be me. Just warning you...

Ha! So the airfares have disiplined themselves enough to where I am sceduled ot visit for 10days this summer. I will be looking for you Derek. Please plan some sort of signing or event where I might be able to go up to you and say "Hello Mr. Landy. I am Molly. I will now hug you. Expect squealing" then proceed to hug you and possibly squeal. fair warning. I'll be there from June 30th to July 10th.

-Molly, groaning because I have to go in and enter all my changes on my book after editing the hard copy. Anyone know an editor?

Kinghog said...

Nah *starts giggeling again*

Gepard Valk - Lord Of The Skies said...

Nu uh, you're all newbies.

Flame Phoenix said...

Sparky my love, my life?


*hugs tightly and forever* where are we going on our honey moon?

Sparky Braginski said...

WHAT!?

*shocks Flame and whirls at Gep*

DID YOU BLOG MARRY ME TO THAT WHEN I WASN'T LOOKING!?!?!?!?!?

Kinghog said...

Yep that's me newbie till I'm old...

Flame Phoenix said...

I've been in since may 2011, four months AFTER the blog started...

AND I know everyone around here. CID I'm the lord of blogland. And plus Ive read ever comment ever on the blog since the start....

WHICH is alot..

Kinghog said...

I am definatly new this is my first time commenting

Alyson said...

Same with me Kinghog

Gepard Valk - Lord Of The Skies said...

Yup, I did.

Now love him forever.

*places shock repellent on Flame*

Flame Phoenix said...

Yep, my love and I'm not a that.

I'm a him and u love me like I love you.. :)

*puts out smouldering hair*

Kinghog said...

You guys are mental....

Flame Phoenix said...

Any other guys?
Except me and Gepard.

The greatest marryer person ever!!

Gepard Valk - Lord Of The Skies said...

If you were here in 2011, then it's impossible to be here four months after the start of the blog, for a year is twelve months and the blog started in 2009.

Newb.

Flame Phoenix said...

*nods at Kinghog*

This has been the wierdest, well since the time the originals came on...

And Gep? Imma going to prove my point.

Kinghog said...

...just like me!!!!!

*starts giggeling again*

Sparky Braginski said...

*is screaming*

NONONONONONONONONONONONONONOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kinghog said...

My computer is looking at me funny....

Flame Phoenix said...

I'm not a NEWB!!!

Gep, I hate you.


But not really. Ive been on since the start. My account froze like a year ago and now I have a new one.

So Hahah

Kinghog said...

Stop it...

Alyson said...

I would start worrying if your computer can see you, let a lone look at you.

Flame Phoenix said...

And Soarky my dear?

I see your not happy? Why my love, Why?


An seriously any other dudes?

Gepard Valk - Lord Of The Skies said...

Lies, Flame. Crappy lies.

Kinghog said...

MAKE IT STOP!

Sparky Braginski said...

*pauses*

Am I a newb?

Because I don't think I am...

Kinghog said...

WHY!!!!
Help me please!
Anyone!

Sparky Braginski said...

In Gep's eyes I am, but I think he's a dick.

Mainly because now I'm supposedly married to tho s lump.

*points at Flame*

Valice said...

If you're computer is looking at you: DESTROY IT!
But if you'd destroy it, you wouldn't be able to write here, so DON'T DESTROY IT!

Flame Phoenix said...

Yup your a newbie..

And yes I know there were lies.

And Gepard? You have been on 5 months before me..

Im older than most here nowadays.

Alyson said...

Kinghog, listen very closely... all you need to do is hit it as hard as you can. Got that?

Kinghog said...

*cries in a coner*

Flame Phoenix said...

Sparky we were meant to be together. Trust me.

Valice said...

come on, kinghod! it's just a computer! Show it that you're stronger!

Kinghog said...

*Smashes computer with bare fists*

Gepard Valk - Lord Of The Skies said...

Sparky, you're what we call a firster.

Sparky Braginski said...

*punches Flame, breaking his nose*

Be careful.

Flame Phoenix said...

She's not a firster....


Shes been. Here since..

*goes to see*

Kinghog said...

Oops.....
Goodb.

Valice said...

YAY! KINGHOD! Show it who is the smarter one!

Sparky Braginski said...

Yes, but I've been talking here for six months.

I've had an account for a year and a half.

And I think that the people who talk here, instead of your sh*tty chatroom, should get more credit.

Kinghog said...

Lucky I have a smartphone.

Flame Phoenix said...

June, I knew but wanted to Make sure.


Sparky, the pain is pain, our love heals me.

Flame Phoenix said...

And sparky, people hadn't been chatting here for days.
And i do can't here. More here than cht.

Kinghog said...

Now THAT'S looking at me!
*runs away gibbering*

Sparky Braginski said...

Clarification:

I've been talking since September.

RPing since October.

Had an account from June.

And I have read every single one of Derek's blogs.

Alyson said...

Will everyone just cool down?! Why does it matter whos been here the longest? Is it an honour thing, because if it is, you are most definatly losing any honour you had by fighting about it! So just STOP!

Gepard Valk - Lord Of The Skies said...

Sparky, you make me laugh. The reason we left to the chat was because of all the NEWBIES who knew nothing and asked the same questions over and over again and just TRIED TO START FIGHTS ALL THE TIME.

Remind you of anyone? Yes it does. It reminds you of yourself.

Crystal Darkflair said...

Derek! You are so mean! Its just eeevil! I reccomend you to go see War Horse It.is.brilliant.

Anyways can't stay! Night all!!

Sparky Braginski said...

Good point Alyson.

*sits on barrel in corner, writing*

*glares at Flame*

If you take one step towards me, you'll be cooked.

Flame Phoenix said...

Ok, back to kidnapping Derek..

Sparky, me and you shall send Hog and Valice to break in.

Gep you simply rant about how it ist going to work...

Ok ghgoogkhj

Sparky Braginski said...

I WANNA SEE THAT MOVIE CRYS!

Alyson said...

I saw war horse in the theatre. It was amazing. If that comes close to where you live, Crystal, watch it.

Nicolette Croga said...

Aw! LOL! I love funny cat pictures and that one genuinly made me laugh out loud like a maniac. which meant my mum gave me a weird look and then I looked insane because I didn't want to show here what I was laughing at because then she would be mad at me for looking at cats

(Since I love cats and she absoulutly hates them) Great to hear this books going so well Derek! and I can't wait to see what you have in store. 2013 is ages away but if long waits phased me I'd be insane ...

wait.

Gepard Valk - Lord Of The Skies said...

NICCCYYYY!!!!

Kinghog said...

*jumps off of handy cliff*
Goodbye crule tecn*Splat*

Alyson said...

Oh... Kinghog's gone.

Sparky Braginski said...

...

Hog?

Kinghog said...

I feel much better now..
See ya!

Flame Phoenix said...

Niccccc!! Hey *hugs*

Gepard Valk - Lord Of The Skies said...

It's not gonna work, guys. I just know it. I mean, c'mon, FLAME made the plan--that alone should make you run for the hills.

Oh, you're already gone? Well, whatever, I'll just sit here and drink my strawberry milkshake.

*slurps*

Flame Phoenix said...

Oh thanks Gep.


*melts his milkshake* ops.

Alyson said...

You have a milkshake?? Aww... so jealous.

Nicolette Croga said...

GEPPPPPPPP! *HUGS!*

Kinghog said...

Back
ooh milkshake!
*grabs, slurps*

Gepard Valk - Lord Of The Skies said...

*hugs*

Sparky Braginski said...

...

*frowns*

*wishes silently for Robin, Val or Shadow to come on*

Flame Phoenix said...

Nic? Why are you dressed as a penguin in your pic?

Nicolette Croga said...

I haven't been here in yonks :) I missed you all!

Gepard Valk - Lord Of The Skies said...

It's actually just icky water slime now..

Nicolette Croga said...

Because penguins are the most epic animals alive.... other then cats of course :P

Flame Phoenix said...

Why sparky? Cos you don't like us?


Well I'm filing a divorce.

Gepard Valk - Lord Of The Skies said...

Flame, why not be dressed as a penguin?

Gepard Valk - Lord Of The Skies said...

Robin is on chat.

Alyson said...

My brother was nearly killed by a penguin man weilding an axe. :/

Sparky Braginski said...

*glowers*

Go ahead Flame. Make. My. Day.

Robin Snowscar said...

SNOW!

Flame Phoenix said...

Gep, will you get all the people to come here?98

Sparky Braginski said...

ROBIN!

*hugs*

Sparky Braginski said...

1st.

Sparky Braginski said...

1st.

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