Friday, August 10, 2012

NZ

New Zealand, eh? Lovely country, full of lunatics...

I arrived on Tuesday, checked into my hotel and met up with a friend who's living over here. By nine that night, every time my eyes closed I was in serious danger of falling asleep right there and then. Only the fact that my luggage had been misplaced somewhere between Dublin and Auckland kept me from turning in early. It's not exactly a nice feeling, wondering if you're ever going to see your luggage again. You start thinking about all the clothes you packed, about the toothbrush, about the phone charger you might never see again...

I went to bed, then was woken at 2 AM by reception- my luggage had arrived. They delivered it to my room and I wept manly tears of joy. Or, y'know, I shrugged and mumbled a thank you and went back to bed. Whichever.

It's now Friday night, and tomorrow is my last day in New Zealand. It's been astonishingly good so far. Every school I've been to has been great- really enthusiastic people, ready to have a laugh. Two schools even did a welcoming Haka-type thing, which was awesomely cool.

The public signings have been great too. This afternoon I did one in the Children's Bookshop in Christchurch, where I met a load of readers, including Jordan, a girl who had kept me updated about her status after the recent earthquakes. It's always nice to meet people I only know online, and she had many, MANY questions to ask.

Tomorrow is my last day in NZ, and so the first chunk of my tour will be over. I've really enjoyed my few days here- this was a great way to kick off the tour.

EDIT:

I've just read over what I've just written, and it's all so sickeningly POSITIVE and nice. Bah humbug! There needs to be some grouchy stuff in here in order to be genuine- so I'll just say that I STILL haven't been able to see Katie Taylor winning the gold in boxing, and I am NOT happy about that. I can't even find it on YouTube.

Bah YouTube! Bah!

Every single Irish Minion knows who Katie Taylor is, and they're as proud of her as I am. What a girl.

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Eve the ROCK said...

FIRST!!!

Eve the ROCK said...

You'll love it in Australia, Derek! We have EMUS. They're the Ostriches of Australia! I'll be at the Adelaide signing and event! I'll be bringing Mortal Coil, Kingdom of the Wicked, and something else.... :)

NJ Maverick Renn (Sigil Student of China Sorrows and Fletcher Renn's GF/Wife/Mother of his Children to be!) said...

DEREK IM GLAD YOU ARE HAVING FUN ON THE TOUR!!
I have Family in Christchurch, maybe you met them I don't know. I don't even know if they read SP I hope they do! They should, the books are too awesome not to read!

Eve the ROCK said...

Yeah, I have almost half my extended family in New Zealand. There's no flat ground there, really.... :P Lie down anywhere and you'll be rolling down a hill :P

Luciana Scáth said...

Glad you're having fun, Derek!
hahah.
KATIE TAYLOR WAS AMAZING. I watched it and I was so happy! :D YAY! x3

Irrepressible Becky said...

ASDFGHJKL

AAAHHHHH I WAS SO EXCITED FOR JORDAN AND I SCREAMED AT HER SO MUCH BECAUSE SHE SAID HI TO YOU FOR ME AND OMG I SAW THE PHOTO AND YOU'RE HAVING FUN AND WOO FOUND LUGGAGE

Irrepressible Becky said...

I JUST HAVE A LOT OF FEELS

Irrepressible Becky said...

AND SHANNON AND AHH WHAT'S HAPPENING

Cat said...

Hello Derek and Everyone.
*th!!!

Cat said...

New Pic, Becky?

Irrepressible Becky said...

I put it up about a week ago, yep. Gonna change it again though because MY FACE IS THE ANTICHRIST

Helena Ember Sky said...

Oh my! Oh my! First page comment! Hello Derek. If I go to a signing I have to pay $400 at least.

Helena Ember Sky said...

Out of my own money!

Nixion Strange said...

Thanks for telling me about the new post

DEREK! REMEMBER MY NAME, I SHALL SEE YOU SOON

Irrepressible Becky said...

HELENA, YOU SHOULD TRY GO, NO MATTER HOW MUCH IT COSTS D': It's gonna cost me about £300 that I have to work my ass off for but I SHALL DO IT

EVEN IF IT KILLS ME

WHICH HOPEFULLY IT WON'T

Helena Ember Sky said...

Hey Nix.

Cat said...

Its worse for Ameriminions!

Helena Ember Sky said...

But Becky! I like my money. Maybe Derek could, y' know, stop off in Canberra...

Matex said...

Hmmm I don't comment on here often (if ever) but i guess I will now as I will be seeing you soon Derek!
AUSTRALIA. YAY!
I was in melbourne last time you were here (so long ago D: ) and I will be there AGAIN.
I'm going to have to bring a seperate bag purely to carry all the books.
Yes, i want to make you sign them all. Even the ones you signed last time! (Do people do that!?)
I dont even know.
Enjoy your stay!

Irrepressible Becky said...

...
well...

good point...

LOL THAT'S THE THINGS WITH ME I'M USELESS WITH MONEY

as soon as I get it i'm like "oops i just bought another sp boo- OH LOL WHAT'S THAT MARVEL TOYS YOU ARE MINE"

and then I wonder whey I have no money

BUT STILL.

Irrepressible Becky said...

...
well...

good point...

LOL THAT'S THE THINGS WITH ME I'M USELESS WITH MONEY

as soon as I get it i'm like "oops i just bought another sp boo- OH LOL WHAT'S THAT MARVEL TOYS YOU ARE MINE"

and then I wonder whey I have no money

BUT STILL.

Cat said...

I dont have really any money...
My entire life's savings(excluding college) is two hundred dollars or something.

Kallista Pendragon- The Beautiful Goddess Queen(and Thief in Black) said...

Fantastic to hear from you again Derek! I am glad you finally got yuor luggage! *glares at the ones responsible for losing it*
I hope you cintinue to have lots of fun and wonderful times with your minions!
*hugs*

Helena Ember Sky said...

Yeah, I ONLY spend my money on books.

Cat said...

Derek, Is Caelynn going to be a good guy or a bad guy when you come back?

Matex said...

Where is Gordon...

Nixion Strange said...

Hi Matex!
See you in Melbourne!

Helena Ember Sky said...

I know! I thought that Matex!

Matex said...

Oh, hey! Really?! I guess so? This is pretty cool :)

Matex said...

EXACTLY.
And where is Tanith's torture scene?!

Helena Ember Sky said...

I might see you...

Matex said...

well $400 is pretty intense. I mean it depends on how old you are though, having a job and such.

Rhyanna Bredlau said...

My phone...just erased...my ENTIRE comment. Grr.

So, to summarize: glad you had fun, sure you were funny (you better have been), please come to America.

Please! Or, there's quite a few people I can find to kidnap you. We'll all wear hats, huge sunglasses, scarves, and fuzzy wigs over our skeleton masks so you won't know who we are when we come to the signing.


Just kidding, we would never try to hurt you. Plus, then we'd be facing the rest of the munchkin army, and your martial art skills. It would just be way too messy.

Helena Ember Sky said...

I'm newly 14. No job. Night all!

Matex said...

I dont even live in America and i agree that Derek should go there!!!
SKULDUGGERY IS FOR EVERYONE <3
sharing IS caring...

Matex said...

well that is difficult, where does 400 come from?!
Maybe next time he does a tour a heap of us should organise a road trip with a bus or something.
We could collect everyone from where ever they live and then follow Derek to ALL his signings >:D

Rhyanna Bredlau said...

THANK YOU, MATEX.

And now that I've finished with the first comment I guess I'll...try to join in the conversation? Wooww...

I'm so sorry to hear about the trouble you're having getting to the signing, Helena. (Should I still call you Hel?)

Cat said...

400 is nothing for what I'd have to pay to go there- less than half of just the round-trip flights.
add in lodging, food, skulduggery books...
and more than 2000 bucks for just me.

Zafira Kerias said...

I know the feeling of misplaced luggage, Derek. My story was we went to Florida and on our way home it all happened. We flew out and got to Pennsylvania to find out, our luggage was left in Florida because the conveyer belt they used to place it on the plane broke. For DAYS I was home and lwe had none of oir tioletries! NONE. A week later we got our luggage and the camera from our trip came back broken.

Yup! Luggage hates us

Rhyanna Bredlau said...

Ha, Matex, if Derek did that all of the minions would love him FOREVER. That is BRILLIANT!

Matex said...

^ Do it, if you don't join the conversation in the first few comments it gets impossible to join later >.> haha

Cat said...

I went to North Carolina for My Aunt's
Wedding once
My luggage literally didnt come until
The night before the
actual wedding,
so I did the Rehearsal and everything
in jeans

Matex said...

Aww, cat D:
Where abouts are you?

Cat said...

Ehm... in america?
East coast-ish, New englandish area

Rhyanna Bredlau said...

I never have before, this is so COOL!

And yeah, I'm kind of in the same boat as Cat. But still, sorry you can't get to the tours. Right now my hopes for a tour or book signing is pretty much: 'maybe when I do go to Ireland next year, by coincidence...'

So I know how you feel, Helena.

Zafira Kerias said...

Wait besides Cat and I are we the only Ameriminions on?

Matex said...

Oh well then yeah there is no way you would want to come to an Australian signing :/

Nixion Strange said...

sorry, been distant. No need to worry, I'm here now
*strikes hero pose*

Rhyanna Bredlau said...

I MISS THE EAST COAST AREA SO MUCH!!!! You're so lucky, Cat...

Except when it comes to SP tours...

Zafira Kerias said...

*grins*

i'd go to any signing. Just i'd hafta go abroad...

Rhyanna Bredlau said...

Nope, Zafira, I'm ab Ameriminion too.

Zafira Kerias said...

Yay!!! Another Ameriminion! So that's three including myself :D

Rhyanna Bredlau said...

Hi Nixon!

How is everyone?

Nixion Strange said...

I is being awesome, but that's just my personality and skills
*strikes another hero pose*

Matex said...

Maybe there should be a skulduggery pleasant world summit...
One where Derek (having finished the series and become a millionare) pays for the accomodation and stuff.
And we ALL meet up.
Yes.

Cat said...

Dont even ask Me, Rhyanna Bredlau
How are you?

Rhyanna Bredlau said...

You said world summit...

Drooling now...

(Sorry, that was my Hetalia fangirling coming out...)

That would be BRILLIANT, Matex.

Nixion Strange said...

That's been thought of

I tried it once

Zafira Kerias said...

Matex that'd be AWESOME then finally I'd meet Derek...I wonder....

Matex said...

I will approach Derek with my proposition when I see him in Melbourne.
He won't turn me down, he will have to say yes. It will be awesome!

Rhyanna Bredlau said...

Well...I'm sore, my tailbone which I fractured one or two weeks ago is hurting again, but I'm good. Just read The End of the World on Tuesday, so that was brilliant.

And you guys can call me Reena. Or Rhyanna. Doesn't matter.

Matex said...

Oh Nixion, you did? :(

Rhyanna Bredlau said...

Matex, if you get him to say yes, and both of us go to the world summit, you get a hug.

Nixion Strange said...

Yeah, tried to get a bunch of us to meet and see Derek in Ireland

Rhyanna Bredlau said...

Wait...Nixon, you did...it won't work...

*goss sobbing into the depression corner*

Matex said...

I will keep that in mind :)

Zafira Kerias said...

I was reading Death Bringer last night. And was arrested by dear Val...

Wait....Im still in the Sanctuary? Too early for me to think

Matex said...

But thats not a world summit! That WOULD be difficult to organise but you have my respect for even ATTEMPTING it. So worth it!

Rhyanna Bredlau said...

Darn it...

Well, Matex...you can still...try, I suppose.

Cat said...

Reena, get out of my corner.

Matex said...

World summit will happen!
Everyone get out of the corner >.>

Zafira Kerias said...

It never hurts to try. The worst that could happen is Derek saying no.

Rhyanna Bredlau said...

Yeah, kudos to you, Nixion.

Matex said...

That is physically impossible.
Derek will agree.

Rhyanna Bredlau said...

I'm out of the depression corner...don't worry about me...

Zafira Kerias said...

Im sure he'd want to do it. But the publishers the little demons they are. Would they even let him? It'd better be in America or I shall...spazzz

Rhyanna Bredlau said...

What, physically impossible...Matex, are you a Mage???

If you are...heeelp meeeeee I need to find the Sanctuaryyyyyyyyyy.

Yes, I'm aware that it's impossible, but still...

Zafira Kerias said...

Reena I'm the American Grand Mage

Nixion Strange said...

I am a mage! I violent one who doesn't focus on the any magic that doesn't help me kill, buy a mage none the less

Aussie sorcerer! I shall take you under my nonexistent wing and teach you the ways of blogland and magic!

Matex said...

@Rhyanna
I am... undecided.
I might be a mage, that sounds plausible.

@Zafira
It probably wouldn't be in America but we would organise it so that people travel out of their country together and other stuff like that so it wouldn't cost as much :D

Zafira Kerias said...

@ Matex well I can only hope I would be allowed to.

Rhyanna Bredlau said...

O.O

O.O

O.O

O.O







Wooww! You mean...yay! Ah, even though I'm pretty sure you're joking or at least it's on a Facebook page or something, I'm so happy I could cry...

Cat said...

Like a giant
nerdfighter's thing,
or a thing where we just
get our signings
and... you know, plot evilly
with the Derek

Nixion Strange said...

Matex! My wing is not usually open to help. Consider yourself luckly, mostly I just kill people

Rhyanna Bredlau said...

Heh, you know I've pushed at the air and physics was on my side and I've pushed a shower curtain and a tissue. It was fun.

*dancing horribly*

And I really, really, really hope that if the world summit happens, I get to go...that would be so WOW.

Matex said...

Wait I thought you were talking to Rhyanna haha, hmmmmmm.
That's not awfully nice >.>
Maybe i'll take you under my wing and teach you not to kill people :P

Zafira Kerias said...

Im a Necromancer but I am Grand Mage. Sheer luck I suppose,

Nixion Strange said...

Not kill? But how would you do that? I'm insane
*kills panda*
Besides, I would get bored and kill you halfway through. This way, I don't get bored... maybe

Matex said...

sheer luck?
More like sheer awesomeness...

Nixion Strange said...

I'm a bonebreaker. Made to kill. I'm also... ah, I'll let that bit be a surprise

Nixion Strange said...

So, wait, the politician is awesome but the insane murderer isn't?

Matex said...

Then you can't come to the signings because you might kill people D:

Nixion Strange said...

Nah, I won't kill them in a group. One by one is my style

Matex said...

nah, the necromancer is awesome,
The insane murderer, not so much :P Learn a bit of control haha

Nixion Strange said...

Unless I feel like killing them in a group

Zafira Kerias said...

Im Grand Mage of course im awesome! But Nix is too...

Rhyanna Bredlau said...

Nixion, killing isn't nice. I do it to the people in my head All the Time.

And bonebreaking frightens me. Mostly because then I wiry about Skul...

Matex said...

Exactly.
Go in to bookstore, its packed.
Derek finishes speaking, theres just a handful left.
Go downstairs to get books signed, thinking everyone else is down there.

But its empty.
>.>

Rhyanna Bredlau said...

Worry**

Nixion Strange said...

Control? I learnt control and gave it up
I'm also a good fighter, I gave my life for that damn necromancer once (stupid mage saved me and caused a war) loyal, helpful, all powerful (I know more than bonebreaking) and I've got friends in high and low places. Trust me, when it comes to the Australian magic world, I'm the guy to go to

Rhyanna Bredlau said...

Oooh, are they all dead? Or did they run away?

Zafira Kerias said...

*sighs*

least Em is recording her meeting with Derek. Closest I'll get to meeting him probably ever

Matex said...

It doesn't sound like it >.<

Cat said...

*laughs*
You all are so
terretorial.

Nixion Strange said...

I WILL KILL YOU ALL RIGHT NOW!!!

Matex said...

Zafira- First there shall be an American tour! (When they finally decide to release the rest of the books)
Then a world summit, bet on it!

Rhyanna Bredlau said...

And Nixion...I think...that if I come to Australia, then I'll fend for myself, thank you very much.

Kallista Pendragon- The Beautiful Goddess Queen(and Thief in Black) said...

Hi everyone.
Hi Nix.

How is it going?
Am wondering if I made it to th enext challenge of your comp or not. :)
I now you are busy so a yes or no would be fine if that is ok with you.
Thanks Nix.

Zafira Kerias said...

NIXON!!!! CALM DOWN!!!!

Nixion Strange said...

*coughs*
Sorry. I just get the urge to kill people sometimes
Anyone bored? I could... liven things up

Matex said...

@Cat - we are?

Nixion Strange said...

Hi Kal!

Sorry, I've been so packed with work I've only had to chance to read two entries

Zafira Kerias said...

Nix you could break me out of the Gaol-again

I trued begging Derek but he ignored my pleas

Nixion Strange said...

Oh, you do not want to fend for yourself
A sorcerer rules the underworld of this country, both magic and mortal. I've managed to aviod him, but if you even get close to him... you've lost
Stick with me, and you'll be fine

Nixion Strange said...

You're in goal Zaf? Since when?

Cat said...

Yes, you are.
Oh, Nixion.
Austrailia?

Zafira Kerias said...

Since last nighht. Val arrested me then brought Pleasant in.

Nixion Strange said...

Australia, yes. Going through a liiiiiiittle crime problem right now

Molly, Minion of the Golden God and Insane Book Addict. said...

^.^
Hi, Derek! It's the crazy chick with the I Heart SP tee-shirt here! Y'know, the one that met you and got to bask in your Golden Godliness for thirty minutes. :D

Anyway... Derek, you were amazing! And I hope you like the painting I gave you. :3

Nixion Strange said...

Val arrested you?
*whistles*
Weak. You couldn't fight off Val? You're a grande mage and a Necromancer!

Cat said...

That's all?
Austrailia?
*Laughs again*
Terretory...

Nixion Strange said...

You being racist?

Matex said...

*is confused*
I dont care about territory?

Zafira Kerias said...

It was....uncalled for. My magic was bound as it is and...she won. Though I think I insulted her

And I even BEGGED for the Golden God to help...nooo. He...ignored my pleas

Rhyanna Bredlau said...

Anyway, have fun breaking out of jail, and Nixion, try not to kill to many people.

I need to go eat breakfast...

Nixion Strange said...

Bye Rhyanna!

I haven't killed anyone in... what, was today Friday?

Cat said...

NO. Why do you Care
about being the
Grand Mage of
Austrailia
or
America
or England?
Why not be the undrcurennt
of the world? p
what's a stupid
ocean to
stop you?

Matex said...

Breakfast? thats crazy >.<
Talk next time :)

Matex said...

Ok, im now the erm. undercurrent of the world. Done.

Zafira Kerias said...

O.o

Im...not a very happy Necromancer

Nixion Strange said...

I'm never going to work in polotics. When did I say that? Never being the Grande Mage

No such thing as undercurrent of the world

Matex said...

There WAS no such thing,
Now I am it, whatever it is.
I guess.. it is me?

Cat said...

SO you say.
*laughs*

Matex said...

Just trying to keep an open mind here..

Nixion Strange said...

I once killed an Elder
Say I'm trying to be Grande Mage again and I'll snap your neck

Zafira Kerias said...

Nix.,..little help?

*is bored to death in the Gaol*

Nixion Strange said...

So this in Ireland or America Zaf?

Cat said...

Do you're not grand mage.
But you're so...
important? dominant?
in Austrailia?
What's the point?

Zafira Kerias said...

Ireland

Nixion Strange said...

Because the Sanctuary has almost fallen here. Chaos rules, and me. I'm important. I'm good at what I do. And one day, I'm going to rule this country, but not as Grande Mage

Matex said...

"And he laughed, because Monatgue could not see how pointless and trivial ruling anything or anyone really was"

Nixion Strange said...

*appears in Ireland*
Anyone else up for a rescue mission? Newbie?

Nixion Strange said...

To be honest, I'll kill Monatgue, whoever that is, before I listen to him

Matex said...

That sounds a lot like monarchy or dictatorship to me,
And you say you don't like politics?

Nixion Strange said...

No, it's anarchy

Matex said...

Montague**
And you wouldn't kill him, he CANT see how ruling is pointless. He thinks power is great and rules over people and stuff.

Matex said...

"It's anarchy"
-I rest my case :)

Nixion Strange said...

Yeah, but I'm better than him

Eve the ROCK said...

What's going on? :)

Nixion Strange said...

My case has been rested

So you helping me spring Zaf out of Goal or not?

ValkryieCain said...

Hi guys :) And I was SO happy for Katie :D Yay :D

Cat said...

FIne. But only because you're Zafira's an ameriminion.

Nixion Strange said...

Hi Eve!

I'm trying to juggle three cows

Nixion Strange said...

... Cat, that sentence made no sense

Zafira Kerias said...

Hi Eve!!!

Nixion Strange said...

Hey Val2!

Cat said...

nor do i.

Matex said...

Lol no one rules in anarchy, your defeating your own point.
"Yet he would be king on't"

"The later end of his commonwealth forgets the beginning"

Eve the ROCK said...

Woah. You're either really strong or really pissed off, Nix :P

"I'm juggling three cows" :P

Nixion Strange said...

Matex! You coming to spring Zaf out of prison or not?

Zafira Kerias said...

*is lying in bed*

hate the bloody potato eaters (no offense Irish

Cat said...

And the queen, she fixed him
with an arrogant
eye
she said you wont understand
so you might as well not try
but her face was a child's
and he thought she would cry
but she closed herself up like a fan

Matex said...

Yeah awesome.
I'll use my plausible mage/world undercurrent power thing stuffs... or something.

Willow Storm said...

Hello!

Matex said...

HEY WILLOW :D

Zafira Kerias said...

Hi Willow!!

Nixion Strange said...

What is undercurrent?!

Nixion Strange said...

Hi Willow!

Matex said...

Ask Cat?

Nixion Strange said...

She made it up

Pick a magic and go with it!

Matex said...

Thats cool.
Derek Landy made up half of skulduggery pleasant altogether hahaha.
Im not 18, im allowed to be undecided.
I think I would start with elemental though?

Zafira Kerias said...

Like im a Necromancer...

Rhyanna Bredlau said...

Sounds like it should be some sort of vague reference.

ValkryieCain said...

Hi guys :) And Meow. I has cat whiskers, 'cus I'm just THAT cool ;)

Nixion Strange said...

Good. I've wanted to be an elemental, but damn brainwashing

Matex said...

CAT WHISKERS?! OH MY GOD.
That is really cool :D

Matex said...

Hey Rhyanna!! :) How was breakfast??

Zafira Kerias said...

Matex the thing of Blogland is...you dont have to be a beginner. Like I'm Grand Mage yet I never became a Cleric yet in the Temple. So you can be an Elemental just try not to set me on fire

Star Inkbright (Ink!) said...

Hi people!

Nixion Strange said...

Hi Star!

Rhyanna Bredlau said...

That's really cool, Val.

And breakfast was...pretty ordinary. I usually don't get hungry until lunch at the earliest, or dinner.

Star Inkbright (Ink!) said...

I'M UP FOR HELPING ZAF!!!!!!!!!

Matex said...

Hmmm i know that but the thing about blogland (and any other fictional land) is that you have so much... power u.u

Zafira Kerias said...

THANK YOU!!! Please dear god save me

Nixion Strange said...

I'm boooooored of being a bonebreaker

Rhyanna Bredlau said...

What is blogland?

Cat said...

What part am i supposed to be playing
in this?
Twisted my ankle last night, so...

Star Inkbright (Ink!) said...

So, what's the plan?

Is there a plan?

Does there need to be a plan?

Matex said...

Awwww i guess i can understand, i dont eat breakfast too early either.
..
that said, i usually wake up at like 2 or 3 in the afternoon anyway >.>

Matex said...

Plans are like buses... ;)

Zafira Kerias said...

Yes!!! Save me!!!

Star Inkbright (Ink!) said...

Blogland is . . . *drumroll* This place!

*points at comments' section* Yeah. Only we imagine blogland as having a lake and a cliff and a volcano and a forest and a theme park but irl, it's a comments' section.

Cat said...

No plan survives the battlefeild...

Lucky you, Matex. I usually wake up at like 2 or three in the morning
if i sleep that long

Nixion Strange said...

Booooooooored of being a bonbreaker

Rhyanna Bredlau said...

Matex...I ate breakfast around ten thirty. What do you mean, not early?

And can I join in the saving here somewhere?

Matex said...

haha that sucks! I usually dont get to bed until about then :P

Star Inkbright (Ink!) said...

I have breakfast seven/eight o'clock usually. Same for weekdays, weekends and holidays. I don't like getting up late. :)

Zafira Kerias said...

Join in!!! Save me

Matex said...

Well you said it was still too early haha,
And yeah get on board. We are discussin the plan, as it is.

Zafira Kerias said...

Yes!!!

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