Friday, May 4, 2012

Mmmmm Violence...

Glory be, glory be, it's done. Finished. Done and dusted. Over. Practically. Almost.

The edits are all done. I have the weekend to go over KOTW one more time and then we send it to the copyeditor. The copyeditor basically makes sure I haven't made any huge mistakes, and corrects all the little ones before it's too late. She'll tweak and suggest and cut and replace, and then she'll send the manuscript back to me and I'll make my final adjustments, and that'll be it. Boom. Over.

Right now, the book clocks in at 134,729 words. Considering that Death Bringer was marginally over 118,000 words, that's quite a substantial increase. Golly gee, it's gonna be a big book! We're going to have to reduce the font size again to cram as many words onto the page as possible, but our font size is typically big anyway, so at least we have room to play with.

This is the first book where I've had serious discussions with my editor about the level of violence. (Well, I say serious... he was TRYING to be serious and I was making jokes, but you know...)

It's a weird thing, to write a series, because the readers get older as the books are released. Valkyrie gets older, the situations she finds herself in become more grown-up, and the themes get darker and darker as the end approaches. What all this means is that occasionally I fall into the trap of assuming that the Skulduggery readership is able to handle whatever I throw at them. And for the most part, they are.

But there will ALWAYS be new readers. There will ALWAYS be a nine year old who picks up the books for the first time and reads them in a few weeks. And it's unfair to expect that nine year old to be able to deal with content that is more suited to teenagers and adults. So where does that leave me?

In a weird place, that's where. On one hand, I've NEVER viewed this series as strictly children's books, and that view just keeps getting stronger and stronger as Valkyrie gets older. But on the other hand, I have a responsibility to the younger readers to not give them anything they can't handle.

And all of this makes me ever-so-thankful that we have such a thing as editors. I wrote this book in two and a half months of sheer WORK. There was no time to doubt myself and no time for second guesses. Whatever I put down on the page stayed on the page. When you have a more relaxed timetable you can afford to wonder about what you've just written but when the deadline is rushing towards you like a screaming train you just WRITE. With that in mind, I'm not surprised at all that I went too far in some areas. And it was so much FUN.

The battle still isn't over, by the way. Nick, my editor, still thinks I could be a little less bloodthirsty, while I think I'm just bloodthirsty enough. Some serious things happen in this book, and I reckon I needed to be as brutal and uncompromising as possible in order to achieve what I needed to achieve. But we have another week or so of him trying to be serious and me making jokes before I have to make the final decision.

And now a picture!


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June Clarence said...

Ha, gotcha!

I`ve always wondered about the ratings, you know? 9+ for a book like Death Bringer? Good lord!

Considering all the creative ways you kill people in this series, it`s a miracle no one thought to mention this issue before ... at least not out in the open.

Anyways, I love your books. I think you`re just like Gordon Edgley in that regard: You create a character who is high up on his mighty horse and then you spend the rest of the story dressing him down until he`s all humble --- and then you make him die. And I bet you think it`s funny, too!

Have a great day =)

June Clarence said...

And I completely forgot to mention that I would totally LOVE to have Nick`s job. Who wouldn`t?!

Also: FIRST! HA!

The tin dog said...

Can't wait for KOTW! Haven't even got death bringer yet though....or playing with fire.....or dark days...ah well....eventually, i'll have the money..eventually. Anyway, really can't wait for KOTW, better get Death Dringer first.

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Luciana Scáth said...

MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU, DEREK. XD

Luciana Scáth said...

I HAVE HAD THAT PICTURE ON MY BLOG, BEFORE! :O DEREK YOU COPIED ME.... :O YAYYYYYYYYYY. *dances to Stayin' Alive around the kitchen*

Paula said...

Yes number 5! no, blood thirst is good, it makes fanfic dramas better, and deviations better for deviant art. Derek, keep it. again, my name isn't Paula, mother took over my account... *sigh. i'm gonna die if i don't read it! if Sanguine dies i swear i will not let Valduggery take over! go Ganith!

Paula said...

yes i'm random, also because i don't know how to change the settings... *louder sigh*
Sulduggery Pleasant Media (Facebook, yay!)
~skully

Luciana Scáth said...

I go on that FB page, sometimes. Robyn is Light, right? Robyn being Jordan, that is. ^_^

Emmmmmm said...

Nooo! The More Violence & Blood The Better! But Thats Just My Twisted Mind :') I Am So Excited For KOTW! Ahhhhhh! Yayy :). (Btw Anyone Feel Like Reading Some Of My Material. Pretty Please!)

Luciana Scáth said...

I should be getting back to writing...Will be here, but writing...Murder, probably...My story is coming along pretty well...I guess...I think it's terrible like, but...Mreh. :)

Luciana Scáth said...

Em? Can I call you Em? Imma call you Em, I feel in the time it took me to read what you wrote and write what I am writing that we are close enough for me to call you Em and you to call me L. I shall read it, if you likeeee?????? :'3

Emmmmmm said...

Okay L :'), Hahha, Yay Please Its Called Twisted Imagination. I Have Only Just Recently Started It And I Need Some Inspiration! And Feedback On It. Its Probably Terrible, But Still...

Luciana Scáth said...

Where is it, my dear? I enjoy reading...I think I may actually be obsessed with reading...Especially SP......*strokes collection*. :'3
And I bet it is way better than anything I write! Haha.

Lol Inc. said...

In the final trilogy, can Finbar get an illegally imported dragon egg?

~Dark Dragon from Lol.inc

Luciana Scáth said...

Wait..Blog, duh. FOUND IT. SORRY, I AM AN IDIOT, SOMETIMES. Comes with being blonde, though. X3 haha.

Emmmmmm said...

I'm Slightly Obsessed With Reading Aswell. *Strokes Full Bookcase&Kindle* Mwuahahaha :')
I Dont Know How This Works But Heres The Address:) http://mytwistedimagination.blogspot.co.uk/

Luciana Scáth said...

Eurghh...Kindle...*shivers* No. I don't like Kindles...I can't stand them...BUT READING IS AMAZING. AND BOOKS SMELL SO NICE. ESPECIALLY TFO IN HARDBACK........That smells different to all the other versions of the books...But ME GUSTA. ^_^

Emmmmmm said...

I Do Prefer My Books To My Kindle! And I Agree That Books Smell Devine! Hahaa, :')

Luciana Scáth said...

I'm liking you, already. Hahaha. Yushhhhhhhhhhh, books are one of my favourite smells in the world, especially when it's SP... :'3

Emmmmmm said...

I Lent All Of Mine To My Friend, Then Wouldn't Touch Them For A Week Because They Smelt Like Her House. So They Were Quarantined In My Nana's House For A While. And Yes My Nana Read Them! I Am One Proud Girl!

4060f774-57c7-11e1-bffd-000bcdca4d7a said...

Yaaay! 1st page! very cute turtle, by the way.

Luciana Scáth said...

I am reading your story, it's pretty good, y'know? A few errors here and there, but they're to be expected. The plotline..It's ever so slightly confusing, at least it would be for some people. I had to read parts of it multiple times to completely understand what was going on, but it's really good, you should keep at it!
And my writing started because of my GCSE's too! I wrote a story beginning with 'As soon as she turned the corner, she realised it was a mistake' or something along those lines. :') But I am sure you will get better with time, most people do! As I said, just a few small errors, Em! ^_^

skulduggeryfan- kelvin said...

Hi Derek! Can you visit Norway some time?

I try to get my little sister to read your book, she is 10 years old, but she would rather me read it. She is still on book number one and she doesn't want me to read the rest. She said it was because of that creapy man that broke into Stephanie's house, you know, the night when her mums car broke down? So I'm gonna wait until she is 15 to let her read it so she won't get scared. I'm trying to get my brother and father to read it to, but they're so lazy.

Anyway, can't wait for KOTW to be done. It's gonna be awesome!!!

4060f774-57c7-11e1-bffd-000bcdca4d7a said...

Yes, books smell nice, but if you read at least a book a day, Kindles are AWESOME! Also, you can get books the day they come out, without needing to go anywhere (which you might not have time to do if it's a school day. GO KINDLES!!! :-)

4060f774-57c7-11e1-bffd-000bcdca4d7a said...

Yes, books smell nice, but if you read at least a book a day, Kindles are AWESOME! Also, you can get books the day they come out, without needing to go anywhere (which you might not have time to do if it's a school day. GO KINDLES!!! :-)

skulduggeryfan- kelvin said...

Hi Derek! Can you visit Norway some time?

I try to get my little sister to read your book, she is 10 years old, but she would rather me read it. She is still on book number one and she doesn't want me to read the rest. She said it was because of that creapy man that broke into Stephanie's house, you know, the night when her mums car broke down? So I'm gonna wait until she is 15 to let her read it so she won't get scared. I'm trying to get my brother and father to read it to, but they're so lazy.

Anyway, can't wait for KOTW to be done. It's gonna be awesome!!!

4060f774-57c7-11e1-bffd-000bcdca4d7a said...

srry, published it 2ce

4060f774-57c7-11e1-bffd-000bcdca4d7a said...

Who here has a Kindle? I wonder what Mr Landy thinks about kindles?

4060f774-57c7-11e1-bffd-000bcdca4d7a said...

ny1 there?

editorsarticle.blogspot.com/ said...

TOP 50!!!!

Luciana Scáth said...

I can't stand Kindles. Just as I can't stand people buying books online. Book shops will become redundant, at this rate. It ruins the thrill of going into a book shop and trying to find the book and then that moment of excitement when you find it, especially when it's the last one! And turning the page...I LOVE turning the page...I don't know what it is about them, I just adore turning pages in books...The secrets they hold and ASDFGHJKL. Just beautiful, I don't want technology to take away the magic of books...I shall never get a Kindle.

4060f774-57c7-11e1-bffd-000bcdca4d7a said...

I love Kindles because of the convenience. If I just relied on bookstores and libraries, I would go CRAZYCRAZYCRAZY in the summer hols as i would have nothing to do (book stores too expensive and our library is rubbish)

Luciana Scáth said...

I don't think bookstores are TOO expensive, I think they are reasonably priced, to be honest. The libraries around here aren't all that good, either. I just believe that Kindles take away some of the magic of reading a real book, but that's me. :'3

Aileen said...

Are there any dates yet for the book tour in Australia? I need to book flights to Sydney because I doubt he's coming to Perth.

4060f774-57c7-11e1-bffd-000bcdca4d7a said...

Book stores are reasonably priced, but kindles are MEGA cheap. But I do like books too, and I have quite a collection of them, which now all look VERY well thumbed.

Luciana Scáth said...

Not yet, Aileen. Not that we are aware of, anyway. :)

4060f774-57c7-11e1-bffd-000bcdca4d7a said...

Also is Mr Landy coming on tour to England? If he is I will be OVER THE MOON!!!

Luciana Scáth said...

Mreh...I think Kindle's are overpriced, for both the books and the actual 'handset'...But, I am weird. :)

4060f774-57c7-11e1-bffd-000bcdca4d7a said...

The handset is quite xpensive, but the books are very sheep if they've been out a while. New ones are the same price and the hard back, I think.

Luciana Scáth said...

Numbers? Imma call you numbers, Derek is highly likely to be touring in England, I mean...He can't leave us all and Becky and his wife (Olivia) ;) LOOOOL. But yeah, he'll be coming to England, too. XD

Luciana Scáth said...

Yeah, that's my point. It costs just as much to buy a hardback as it does to buy it on Kindle. I much prefer a physical copy. :)

4060f774-57c7-11e1-bffd-000bcdca4d7a said...

yayayay!!! Go England!

4060f774-57c7-11e1-bffd-000bcdca4d7a said...

Each to their own. I'm not anti-books, I mega love books, just if you read ALOT, kindles are cost- effective.

Xanna said...

You know I really think that the newest comments should go at the top. No fighting for first place then :'(

I think you should ignore your editor. It's just a book, and I'm sure the nine-year-olds will handle it. I like violence! The humour will make up for the blood-thirsty. You do make me laugh Mr Landy!

4060f774-57c7-11e1-bffd-000bcdca4d7a said...

I agree with Xanna. 9 year olds can deal with a lot.

Luciana Scáth said...

For me, Kindles aren't cost effective...And I am literally obsessed with reading. It's extremely rare for me to not have something to read, even if I don't like the book. I just like to read. XD

nights.raven said...

YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so excited! :D I can't wait until KOTW comes out :D :D :D

And I love the picture, so cute and funny! :D


Hi everyone whos on! *hands everyone cookies* How r you all?

Luciana Scáth said...

I also agree with Xanna, I handled tons when I was nine years of age. I was in hopsital for a while and I got used to blood and gore and such things. I've seen many injuries and illnesses that aren't pleasant and now I see it as nothing. Sometimes it's actually educational for such things to be brought into a child's life. It can benefit them, so when they cut their finger, or something similar and trivial, they'll be stronger-minded about it and won't moan about it hurting them, because they know it's nothing compared to things such as what occur in the books. :)

4060f774-57c7-11e1-bffd-000bcdca4d7a said...

yup. For my german essay, we had to write what we do in our free time. I JUST PUT READING. I don't even watch tv!

4060f774-57c7-11e1-bffd-000bcdca4d7a said...

hi nights raven!

Luciana Scáth said...

LOOOOOOOL. I write way too much, sometimes...I tend to write, just to read. Even though I am a terrible writer, haha.

4060f774-57c7-11e1-bffd-000bcdca4d7a said...

I bet ur not a terrible writer! What typa stuff dya write? What genre?

Luciana Scáth said...

STAR. ROBIN. FLAME. SPARKY. LYNXIA. EVE. MIST. ALL THE PEOPLE I USUALLY TALK TO ARE MISSING. :O NOOOOOOOO. I've missed themmmmmmmm.

Luciana Scáth said...

Check my blog for some of my writing, it varies with my mood, tbh. I write a lot of murder, out of anger. I write a bit of romance, out of lust for someone...I write a lot about losing people...Most of my stories are close to my heart, because they reflect my feelings. ^_^

nights.raven said...

hi 406
hi luciana
how r you both?

4060f774-57c7-11e1-bffd-000bcdca4d7a said...

im good nights raven. u?
Ill look at some of ur writing after dinner, luciana. dya have the url for ur blog? how do find it? srry, i dont hav a blog, so i dont no these things.

Luciana Scáth said...

Hey, you can call me L, if you like. :) The majority of people call me L, or Luce. Then there's Sparks, who calls me Lu. xD

And I'm meh. Really happy that Derek blogged, I've been waiting for him to blog all week. But I am also rather annoyed with some people. But more happy, because SP means more to me than those people. ^_^

4060f774-57c7-11e1-bffd-000bcdca4d7a said...

kl l. Ive been w8ing for him 2 blog all week, 2. But i dont have much time to comment on skol nights, too much revising! stupid summer xams.

Luciana Scáth said...

http://idoterriblethingswhenigrowbored.blogspot.co.uk/
^There you goooooo. I have only got three parts of stories up and that's because I had to start my blog again...Someone hacked my last one. :C Oh well. :'3

4060f774-57c7-11e1-bffd-000bcdca4d7a said...

thanx! Poor u. hackers (angry face)grrrrr

Kribu said...

Yay for more violence! :D And more words! And more words of violence! ~may just be a tiny bit bloodthirsty~

Also, I love online bookshops. And Kindles. Those of you who think they shouldn't exist might spare a thought to those of us in countries where we cannot get the books from physical bookshops - and believe me, having to travel all the way across Europe to, say, the UK in order to buy the books there might be just a bit cost-prohibitive. Plus, you know, we'd never even be able to discover all those books in the first place.

nights.raven said...

im fine, 406

*hands luce a cookie* im happy he posted too.

nights.raven said...

hi kribu

Luciana Scáth said...

Hahaha, someone had it in for me, I think. ;) Hahaha. I honestly think it was because I p*ssed another person off...Maybe they got fed up of me. :L

And Kribu, I am merely saying I believe that in the UK online shops are going to end up running bookshops on the high street out of business, the economy isn't very good as it is...Just my opinion.

4060f774-57c7-11e1-bffd-000bcdca4d7a said...

hi kribu. =-). L, ur story is rlly good! Don't get mad at me if i'm wrong, but is it Fletcher and Valkyrie?

Luciana Scáth said...

No, it's not that good. And haha, I never thought it could be them...No..It's me an a guy I like, that's majorly close to me. But I could possibly turn it into a fanfic, now you mention it....Fletchyrie, bros. :D I already have a ....Valdugg- I refuse to finish that word, but I have part of one of those on my blog. :)

4060f774-57c7-11e1-bffd-000bcdca4d7a said...

kl :-)

nights.raven said...

brb

Snoogy said...

woop! First 100

Snoogy said...

and now i'll go and read it :)

4060f774-57c7-11e1-bffd-000bcdca4d7a said...

hi snoogy!

Luciana Scáth said...

Hey, Snoogy! *waves* I like to wave. *waves again, for no apparent reason*.

4060f774-57c7-11e1-bffd-000bcdca4d7a said...

*hands snoogy cookie*

White Willow said...

Hi all, how are we today?
*Continues drinking a cup of tea*

4060f774-57c7-11e1-bffd-000bcdca4d7a said...

good thanks white willow!
g2g, srry!

Luciana Scáth said...

Willow, it's nice to finally talk to you! I've heard of you, just never talked to you (not that I remember, anyway). Hello. I'm meh, in the middle. How are you, dear?

Bye, Numbers! *waves*

Taia DeMars said...

Hmm..
Bloodthirsty, violence, deadlines, and younger readers, huh?
Well, personally, I love the bloodthirst and the violence, ultimately because you manage to write it so well, Derek.
However, 9-year-olds may not, right?

Well, your editor was trying to make the conversation serious, but your jokes kept the level of seriousness at a minimum, right?
So, if you have the humour and the jokes in to balance out the violence and the bloodthirst, it may be a little easier for the younger readers to read.

Or, so says the logic of my brain.

nights.raven said...

back, but ill b slow in commenting

White Willow said...

Hi Luciana, I am quite good because I finished another chapter of my SP FF.

Luciana Scáth said...

You can call me L, if it's easier. :) And that's great news! :)

White Willow said...

Thanks.

nights.raven said...

i gtg, idk when ill b back here, hopefully b4 5000 :P
bye all!

Luciana Scáth said...

Welcomeee. I will be distant, as I am getting some writing done, currently. :) I am writing a brand new story, because I got writers block with the last one! Haha. XD

White Willow said...

Bye Raven!

White Willow said...
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ValkryieCain said...

I think violence in books makes them more exciting. :P Magic and Violence and Fun makes books exciting! Harry Potter had all of those, which is why i love them sooo much. Thats why I love Skulduggery Sooo much! I actually first saw the books on the Disney Channel advert and thought it looked good, so I bought it, and now I'm sitting here, dying for August to come so I can run to the bookshop with my birthday money and buy KOTW!! Skulduggery is one of the best books ever and I love it soo much! I read them when im sad and I need something exciting and funny to cheer me up. So put it this way, without Skulduggery, I'd be a sad little loner. Your characters are my best friends :')
Cheese. ~ValkyrieCain xx

Luciana Scáth said...

BBL, tea. :)

White Willow said...

Bye Luciana!

4060f774-57c7-11e1-bffd-000bcdca4d7a said...

Valkyrie, is ur bday in august too! r u the youngest in the year, like me? yay!!! go august bdays!
hi guys, im back!

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

OMG YOUR DONE!!!!! WOOOHOOOO!!!! *runs around throwing confetty into the air* EPICA!!!!!! Wish it would come out on my birthday unfortunatley i don't think you can get the book out in two days :P wish you could though that would make it an AWESOME birthday!!!!!









_Skulgirl13 :3

4060f774-57c7-11e1-bffd-000bcdca4d7a said...

happy birthday for 2 days!

4060f774-57c7-11e1-bffd-000bcdca4d7a said...

ny1 there?

White Willow said...

I'm here.
*Jumps up and down with a big sign*

4060f774-57c7-11e1-bffd-000bcdca4d7a said...

hi white willow. ur profile pic is anime. dya like anime? I think its awesome!

Skyril said...

First off...,



DEREK! Don't wait so long between blog posts!!
WE MISSED YOU! Seriously!
And not in a creepy way... seriously. O_o

But yeah, seriously, POST MORE OFTEN!
How on earth are your biggest fans supposed to blabber and mumble and ramble if the blog post only allows 5,000 comments, and YOU don't post for, like, TWO WEEKS?!?

Moving on..
Yes, abrupt, I'm like that.


Ooo, brutal, huh? That will be interesting. I wasn't ever ESPECIALLY fond of brutality, but on the other hand, I love The Hunger Games and Divergent [Yes, I did read it, by the way... 350 pages in one day... and I'm not even exaggerating... I'm UNDERATING... [Wait, did I use that word correctly? I have no clue... I probably did not, actually, but I'm going to stop my bracket rambling right about... now
No, wait, one more thing:
MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU! O_O]


Of course, Mr. Awesome Landy, your books ARE better than HG and Divergent, and, yeah, I'm going to stop bloating your ego further....

Ninja turtle, huh? I get it... yeah... no, really... some of the slowest, clumsy animals I can think of being fast and... ninja-y [This is why I'm not a... thesaurus writer...] Makes perfect sense, doesn't it?

Seriously [Yes, I just used that word AGAIN]
I'm glad to see you!
You should post more often.
Sorry, by the way, I haven't been around much... illness and whatnot holding me back. ~glares~
And... whatnot....

~changes subject~
So I left a comment on Veronica Roth's blog... It was awkward... I'm not as comfortable with her as I am with YOU.
But you're just so brilliantly easy-going like that, which is why you remind me of my dad [that's a complement, by the way... even if my dad IS older than you...]
He gets along with everybody... He would definitely be Abnegation.

How are you?
I'm doing well.
Mostly.
I still have a cough.
And I'm worried about various things.
And whatnot.
But I'm well.
How are you?

White Willow said...

I love anime.

Skyril said...

I've forgotten how to refresh it when there's no refresh button....

4060f774-57c7-11e1-bffd-000bcdca4d7a said...

yay anime! hi skyril!

4060f774-57c7-11e1-bffd-000bcdca4d7a said...

i close the comments bit, then refresh the blog page, then go back into comments.

Skyril said...

That's complicated, isn't it... um... Number and Character person? [No offense, but you should really get a new name, I think...]
~tries to figure out better way to refresh~

White Willow said...

Hi Skyril, nice to see you (again).

4060f774-57c7-11e1-bffd-000bcdca4d7a said...

u can just call me 4060 or Stella. i cant get another name as i dont have a blog.

Skyril said...

Hiya, Willow! You too!
~hugs~

And I figured out a better way to refresh without a refresh button!
Click *post comment* even if the field is blank. ~grins~

Skyril said...

Ooh, alright, Stella, well it's a pleasure to make your acquaintance! ~grins~
~shakes hand~
~gives a lollipop~

ValkryieCain said...

Actually, 4060f774-57c7-11e1-bffd-000bcdca4d7a, My bday is in July, but I will be saving some money to buy a copy of KOTW when it's out :)
~Valkyrie xxx

4060f774-57c7-11e1-bffd-000bcdca4d7a said...

thanx skyril! kl valkyrie. and u, too can just call me 4060 or Stella.

Skyril said...

Hullo, Valkyrie!

4060f774-57c7-11e1-bffd-000bcdca4d7a said...

hey skyril, is ur pic anime 2?

Skullbug said...

Yay! Top 200 comments! I know this is irelevant, but I've always wanted to join in Blogland conversations, but don't know what to say! Whenever I comment, people are always just saying hello, and never talking about something interesting! *Sigh*

Luciana Scáth said...

Golden God, you guys can talk, it always seems to 'liven up' in my absence...

Skyril said...

Oh, actually, no, Stella. A long time ago when I first came to this blog a few years ago, I would hang out at this website called gaiaonline. There, I had an avatar, and someone drew her for me. She looks quite similar to what my OC looks like today, actually.

Skyril said...

Hiya, Skullbug! Pleasure to make your acquaintance! ~shakes hand~
~gives a purple lollipop~
Really, you can say whatever you want here...
Most of us are quite insane, anyway.
~grins~

4060f774-57c7-11e1-bffd-000bcdca4d7a said...

ah kl skyril. and, l, we can deffo talk!

Skyril said...

Greetings, Luciana! Pleasure to make your acquaintance as well!
~shakes hand and also gives a purple lollipop~

4060f774-57c7-11e1-bffd-000bcdca4d7a said...

hi, l!

Skullbug said...

Yay! I'm not the only insane one! *Gives Skyril hug* And I think if the violence level needs to be increased, it should be increased! Screw Nick! (Note: Nick could be a great guy, I've never met him...)

Luciana Scáth said...

Hello...

And I will probably be distant, maybe if Eve and Mist come online I'll talk to them...'Cause I talk to them, a lot...And Mist tends to have similar feelings, to me...But I'm likely to be quiet, things are just getting to me, a little...

4060f774-57c7-11e1-bffd-000bcdca4d7a said...

hi skulbug! amd i think that if the violence is necessary, then gr8. if 9 year olds dont like it, they dont have to read it. (tho they should give it a try. it is AWESOME!!

Skullbug said...

I think he should do things for the old, first coming fans rather than do things for a "new audience"!

4060f774-57c7-11e1-bffd-000bcdca4d7a said...

mayb, but new people can like it 2, just if they dont like the violence, they dont hav 2 read it.

Skullbug said...

Exactly! I always tell people about the books, and that they should read them, but they just don't appreciate the fine work! They have no theories, no insights, nothing. It must be nice, though, to not be as hyped up and insane as minions are...

Skyril said...

Okie, Luciana!
But we're fun too ~cheesy grin~
What are some things you like? Maybe I like them... I LIKE SP! That's simlar [at least, I ASSUME you like SP... there are a couple of very strange people whO I will not name (actually it's only one person {his name starts with D and ends with A}) who didn't like one of the books]

DogsLikeBones said...

DEREK!!! I've always thought that the age ratings should be higher than 9+ on these books. You could just raise the age ratings on the newer books so you don't have to change too much (Obviously if you change the ratings on the older books you'd have to reprint them all with a new rating on the back cover...) It only makes sense that the books would get more violent each time. Which mean I can't wait to see how violent the last book is *rubs hands with bloodthirsty glee* ...

But anyway! Hello everyone! :D

4060f774-57c7-11e1-bffd-000bcdca4d7a said...

we are pretty hyped up and insane...

4060f774-57c7-11e1-bffd-000bcdca4d7a said...

hi dogs like bones! i never noticed an age rating.. will look now.

Luciana Scáth said...

I love each of the SP books. And it's not interests-wise that I get along with them well, it's the fact that Mist understands depression and things like that...

DogsLikeBones said...

Hello there, eh... numbers...? What should I call you? (You can call me Bones by the way ^^)

Nice to meet you :)

Skullbug said...

Who, me? Well, if it is me you're asking, I play guitar, piano and I absolutely LOvE acting! Oh, and of course I love SP! I don't think people realise that it's not a book series, but a lifestyle choice!

4060f774-57c7-11e1-bffd-000bcdca4d7a said...

ahhhhhhh i see.

BananaMinion said...

Derek I think your level of violence is fine personally, but I know that some people might agree with me. The last book (#6) didn't have as much violence as I thought it would have but then you're not trying to scare people away are you? ;) I love the books and I think your books are awesome! wow...thats the longest commetn i've ever written. well, typed. whatev

Skyril said...

Yeah..., I don't think Derek Landy should necessarily change the way he write, but... I don't know, I guess I see both sides.
I definitely lean towards what Derek Landy thinks there ought to be in it, though, because he IS the writer. This is all HIS stuff, you know?

[sorry for some slow replies]

4060f774-57c7-11e1-bffd-000bcdca4d7a said...

im 4060 or stella, bones. i dont have a blog, so im stuck with it.

White Willow said...

Luciana, how did you hear of me? I like to be un noticed in life so will you tell me how?

Skullbug said...

I've never heard anyone voice my opinions better than other minions! I love Blogland!

4060f774-57c7-11e1-bffd-000bcdca4d7a said...

i agree with u skyril. hi banana!

DogsLikeBones said...

Okay, is Stella alright then? :)

And I agree with you Skyril, if Derek thinks that the violence and darker themes are necessary then they most likely are :) And Hi btw ^^

4060f774-57c7-11e1-bffd-000bcdca4d7a said...

same, skyril! blogland is awesome! g2g now, srry! =-(

4060f774-57c7-11e1-bffd-000bcdca4d7a said...

stella's gr8!

DogsLikeBones said...

See ya later Stella! :D

Skullbug said...

Bye...uh, Stella, is it?

Skyril said...

Hiya, Bones!
~hugs~ I haven't seen you forEVER! It's good to see you :D

@Skullbug
Wow, that's awesome! I've always wanted to take piano lessons, and I admire people who can play guitar.
Sp, of course, BRILLIANT.
Acting? Wow! Awesome-sauce! I tried recording something once, and it was... AWFUL O_O :P
'

@Bananaminion
Hullo! Nice to meet you!
~shakes hand and gives purple lollipop~
You should leave longer comments more often. They're actually quite fun [or can be ~cheesy grin~]

Skullbug said...

I've been acting since I was five, and in September, I'm starting an extra acting class :/ Oh, and where are you all from?

Luciana Scáth said...

Willow, I hear lots of things in lots of places. I am similar to China, in this way. I tend to be told many things, without having to even ask. I can smile at someone and they will tell me their life story. I am quite good at getting information, without trying...

Skyril said...

Ah, farewell, Stella!
~waves~

Skullbug said...

@Luciana Scàth

I think that deserves some creepy X-Files music! Doo doo deeeee dooooo!

DogsLikeBones said...

@Skyril *hugs back* I know! I've been bombarded with school stuff so haven't been on either of the blogs for a while:(

@Skullbug Hi there! Nice to meet you! I play piano and guitar too! And I go to a DRama club if that counts as acting ^^; We must have a lot in common! XD

@Bananaminion NIce to meet you! I can't spell bananananananana btw XD too many "na"'s ^^

Skullbug said...

Wow! We do!

DogsLikeBones said...

BUt acting since you were 5? that's impressive ^^

Skyril said...

@Skullbug
Wow! That's really impressive :D
And I'm from close to New Orleans, Louisiana, America. ;]
And I was here for Katrina, and now Katrina is in history books... weeeeeiiiird.

Skyril said...

@Luciana
Fun talent. I'm jealous :P

DogsLikeBones said...

WEll, that depends on how old you are now... you could be 6 and it wouldnt be as impressive but i doubt that you are ^^

Skullbug said...

I'm from Ireland. I was in Dublin an was walking past Temple Bar, and the first thing I thought was "I want to go visit Finbar!"

DogsLikeBones said...

I'm from South-west Scotland. I would tell you the name but you wouldn't know it :) south-west is the best i can give you ^^ (I do this a lot... ---> ^^ )

Skullbug said...

Oh, btw I'm 12, almost 13!

Luciana Scáth said...

Meh. It's all I've got, really.

DogsLikeBones said...

... Yup. That's more impressive XD
I'm 14 btw ^^ (<----- there it is again...)

Flame Phoenix The Warrior Prince said...

SKYRIL??


You actually here???


And, hi everyone else.

DogsLikeBones said...

Hello Flame ^^

Skyril said...

@Skullbug
By the way, I know what you mean about people from Blogland voicing your opinions better than you can. Happens to me allll the time :P
I love it.

Flame Phoenix The Warrior Prince said...

Doggylikeythebones is here too?!?

long time no see.

White Willow said...

Hiya Flame.

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DogsLikeBones said...

Yeah! It's been a while! I've kinda had to disappear what with exams an all :(
And that would be an awesome full name XD

Flame Phoenix The Warrior Prince said...

willow.


How are you?

*continues dancing around his kitchen*

Skyril said...

@Phoenix
Yup, can you believe it? :P
I keep intending to hang out here, but I either don't have the time OR
~glares at Derek~
Derek Landy hasn't posted again so I CAN'T hang out. ~sticks tongue out at him~

DogsLikeBones said...

And hi Willow!

Luciana Scáth said...

Flame, hello..

Flame Phoenix The Warrior Prince said...

Im not actually dancing, i would be if i had something to dance about, but i dont.

I do, though, have something to be happy about.

White Willow said...

Flame, I am mostly okay, considered sucide, I miss talking to Rose but thats not the reason.

Flame Phoenix The Warrior Prince said...

Hi L.

Sorry, some friends i havent seen in ages.


Anywho, you know, Sky, we all hang out on posts futher back..

DogsLikeBones said...

OH! MAY THE 4TH BE WITH YOU, EVERYONE! XD

Skyril said...

@Skullbug
lol, that's awesome. Shame Finbar probably wasn't there.

Flame Phoenix The Warrior Prince said...

Willow. no suicide.

Suicide bad, BAD i tell you.

DogsLikeBones said...

Sorry, but I had to interupt everyone there. It was important. ^^

Skyril said...

@Phoenix
I had no idea you all did that.

Flame Phoenix The Warrior Prince said...

But i got the outline of my book i did in sixth today... AND im so happy, cos, i lke forgot all the things in it and stufff.

Skyril said...

Again, sorry for slow replies everyone! xD
I'm TRYING to keep up, but I tend to get behind when I'm doing a lot at once..., and I'm doing a lot at once :P

Flame Phoenix The Warrior Prince said...

@Sky, yup. Smart, huh?


That was important, dogggy.

Skyril said...

@Bones
Oh, I completely understand. I interrupted my bracket rambling to Derek to say, "May the fourth be with you" O_O

DogsLikeBones said...

*says in Yoda voice* "Hell yeah it was!" XD

Skyril said...

@Phoenix
Yes, it is smart.


~glares at Derek Landy~
BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN YOU GET TO POST LESS!

DogsLikeBones said...

*joins in glaring* Grrr...

...

Nope. I'm sorry! I can't glare at him for too long! D:

Skullbug said...

@Doglikesbones

MAY THE 4th BE WITH YOU! Yay! Someone else knows it's Star Wars Day!

DogsLikeBones said...

@Skullbug - that's why I love coming here! I had to spend FOREVER exlaining to my mum why may the 4th meant star wars day...

Flame Phoenix The Warrior Prince said...

OHOHOHOHOHOHOH,

And derek.


I need to ask youi something.

Y'know the way you're finished KOTW. well could you maybe go back and mention me just as a small tinyweenie cameo?

I'd be so gracious and, infact, I'd bow down to you, and create a shrine and worship you. (already done it) no treally.. But, could you maybe?


AND THIS IS ME ANNOYING DEREK TO ADD me INTO KOTW NO ONE ELSE!

Please..

Skullbug said...

Ha! I once dressed up as Princess Leia for a party! My hair was awesome!

Luciana Scáth said...

....

DogsLikeBones said...

I thought it was AMAZINGLY KIND of Derek to give Kallista a cameo in Death Bringer ^^

Skullbug said...

Did he? What chapter? What part? What PAGE??

DogsLikeBones said...

Oh, uh im not sure o.o Have you read it yet?

Flame Phoenix The Warrior Prince said...

And rosella. but i was talking to them and they said they nagged him for months, but thats why im now going to nag him.


AND DEREK CAN THE SUBLINE FOR BOOK NINE BE: Pleasant Dreams??

Please????????


Pleassssssssssse?

Flame Phoenix The Warrior Prince said...

like, Well into it.

DogsLikeBones said...

Opps! forgot to say Rosella too! ^^;

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Skullbug said...

Ooh! That's good! I'll beg with you! Derek! Choose that subline! I love it! But now, sadly, I have to leave. And, seeing as I'm in the top 200 comments, Derek, will you say happy birthday to me (in the blog) on June 15?

Skyril said...

Yeah, I thought it was awesome when I read Kal's name in it. :D

Skyril said...

~pokes~

Skyril said...

~pokes~

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