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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Nixion Strange said...

Boooooooooored of being a bonbreaker

Unknown said...

Wait...so *this* is blogland...

Woah...

*stands and turns around in a circle, staring in awe*

Zanida Laufeydottir Queen of Asgard (Zafira Kerias) said...

Help

Zanida Laufeydottir Queen of Asgard (Zafira Kerias) said...

Yes! This is Blogland. We can travel to countries ect its fun

Komodo Devious said...

YAY! New post!

Matex Von Darkhour - マテクス said...

well, WE can.
Your stuck in prison :P

Star Inkbright said...

*presses button on a remote and portals to Ireland open up in front of everyone* Stole the remote from the superllamas. It's cool.

Nixion Strange said...

Boooooooooored of being a bonebreaker

Nixion Strange said...

I'm alredy in Ireland fool

And I'm boooooooooooooored of being a bonbreaker

Matex Von Darkhour - マテクス said...

nixion, just be something different then.

Unknown said...

Ok, so plan...plan...

We need to get in and get Zafira out, um...

I never caught which Sanctuary this was in...Ireland, right? Then...erm...

We should probably run. Running is good, right?

Komodo Devious said...

Hmm, blogger doesn't seem to work too well on the ipod

Matex Von Darkhour - マテクス said...

hey, does blogland have admins that moderate posts? For like, language and stuff.

Star Inkbright said...

And the person who gets the first comment on a new page gets to dedicate (ded) the page to something.

The deds can be long and meaningful or short and . . . not meaningful.

Nixion Strange said...

No, it's Derek's blog

Matex Von Darkhour - マテクス said...

I dont like running....

Nixion Strange said...

Oh, and I can't change for complicated reasons that no one cares about

Unknown said...

Oh, a portal...well that was helpful.

*runs into the portal*

Nixion Strange said...

I don't run
*sits and looks up at sky*
Tell me when you've got her out

Matex Von Darkhour - マテクス said...

yeah, but i mean google i think.
So if we go off tap then apart from everyone disaproving of it, nothing would happen?

Star Inkbright said...

. . . No. Derek could make some admins if he wanted to and knew how to, I guess.

Matex Von Darkhour - マテクス said...

Its blogland, your right when you say no one cares haha, you just make up a new reason!

Komodo Devious said...

Whar's wrong with being a bonebreaker Nixion?

Nixion Strange said...

Damn it, about to be caught awake... shhhh

Unknown said...

Yeah, I don't really run either.

So, um, no running then...

Star Inkbright said...

*thinks* Well, probably not.

*runs into Irish Sanctuary* I SHOUT!

Matex Von Darkhour - マテクス said...

Im an elemental so i'll fly?
Wait Rhyanna, what are you?

Nixion Strange said...

I've been a bonebreaker for about a year now, and there's nothing to do with it. I'd rather be an elemental, or a dozen other adept disiplines

Nixion Strange said...

Ah, screw it

For now I'm both a bonebreaker and an elemental

*uses hair to hover*

Matex Von Darkhour - マテクス said...

Then you are now an elemental, Nixion.

Nixion Strange said...

*air

Not hair

Star Inkbright said...

*stops running*

*starts crawling*

*gets a lot of odd looks* What????

Nixion Strange said...

I can't change compleltly, and I'm not sticking with one desipline. Just for my story I'm a bonebreaker

Star Inkbright said...

*crawls to Zaf's cell*

Hi.

Matex Von Darkhour - マテクス said...

Oh well wbout necromancy? You could borrow some powers just for this rescue mission :D

Nixion Strange said...

I dedicate this page to pluto

Nixion Strange said...

I'm doing elemental magic for now

Matex Von Darkhour - マテクス said...

Ohh okk fine then

Nixion Strange said...

But I'm still a bonbreaker

Oh, and changing my personality. No longer a killer
Yay for all of you

Matex Von Darkhour - マテクス said...

WIN

Unknown said...

Elemental all the way.

BTW, if I stop replying my stupid phone won't load the comments, go on without me.

Prepares for fire making, shuffles in behind everyone in a wrestling stance.

Cat said...

oh. brilliant.

Star Inkbright said...

*gets on knees and examines lock*

*knowing expression* Ahhhh . . .

*knowing expression slips* Okay, I know nothing about locks.

And my knees are hurting. *stands up*

Matex Von Darkhour - マテクス said...

Then we should all fly!
Cat, what is it?

Nixion Strange said...

Yo Rhyannna, when we're doing things, we use these

*

Like

*punches Star*

Nixion Strange said...

Star isn't an elemental

Unknown said...

Yay, Nixion, you're not a killer!! If we weren't going on a rescue mission I would dance.

Matex Von Darkhour - マテクス said...

And she is already in the prision so we dont have to worry about getting her in haha

Star Inkbright said...

HEY! *squirts ink in Nix's eyes*

Cat said...

Oh... nothing, Matex...
my ankle is swelling again, is all

Nixion Strange said...

*pushes air and sends Star flying*
HA. Couldn't do that yesterday

Star Inkbright said...

*goes back to examining lock*

I KNOW!

*inkerifies it*

*gives it another examination* Ah. I think I broke it. Oh well.

Matex Von Darkhour - マテクス said...

Naw :(
If only you could visit Kenspecle...

Unknown said...

Yeah...I kind of forgot them.

Picture me like Scapegrace. Without the 'murder is art' bit.

*creeps up beside Star*

Zanida Laufeydottir Queen of Asgard (Zafira Kerias) said...

Wait am i free?

Nixion Strange said...

I dunno Zaf, I'm just-
*sees cleavers*
YES! FIGHTIN' TIME!

Star Inkbright said...

*gets slammed into wall* Well I couldn't do THIS yesterday! *throws bookmark at Nix*

Because I only bought the bookmark today. :)

Nixion Strange said...

*throws fireball of cleaver and sees it dodger. Pushes the air and it doesn't do anything*
Damn magical clothes

Zanida Laufeydottir Queen of Asgard (Zafira Kerias) said...

*watches*

owww

Matex Von Darkhour - マテクス said...

Exactly, no magic!
*pushes air, table flies into cleaver*

Star Inkbright said...

No. I gunged up the lock.

OOH! I have an idea! *crawls back to lock, gets out bottle, and pours contents on lock* *grins a lick disolves and cell door opens* Voila! You are now free.

Star Inkbright said...

*as lock

Nixion Strange said...

*uses air to send my flying at clever*
*tackles it*

Star Inkbright said...

*looks at Cleavers* ARGH! *turns into puddle of ink*

Hey, stop standing on me!

Unknown said...

Um...maybe we should hurry...

Do any of us...wait...

*examines lock*

I hope it's not broken...

*tries to harden air in lock as a key*

Matex Von Darkhour - マテクス said...

Watch out for their scythes!
*Condenses water on scythe so cleaver drops it before it can cut nixion*

Zanida Laufeydottir Queen of Asgard (Zafira Kerias) said...

*runs out and joins in the fight*

Nixion Strange said...

*takes scythe of unconcious cleaver I just knocked out*
*grins*

Matex Von Darkhour - マテクス said...

YEA, THIS IS HOW WE ROLL
good to have you back Zaf!
*dodges another cleaver*

Nixion Strange said...

*swings it and cuts of cleavers arm*

Nixion Strange said...

*drops scythe*
Keep them off me for a second*
*focuses, air shimmering around me*

Matex Von Darkhour - マテクス said...

Try not to kill too many cleavers!

Unknown said...

Um...right, fighting now...

*clicks fingers*

*holds fireball, looking for cleavers*

*realizes that her glasses fell*

Matex Von Darkhour - マテクス said...

>She wears glasses?

Cat said...

oh, please.
*grabs a cleaver and pockets it*
*tosses bomb exploding the gaol*
Oh... darn.
Did i just kill the subject of our rescue mission?

Star Inkbright said...

*turns back into human* *gets out sword* *slices off Cleaver's head*

Matex Von Darkhour - マテクス said...

how do you just pocket a cleaver?
o.o

Nixion Strange said...

*hears cleavers in front of me*
Please keep them off me for a few seconds?

Cat said...

Magick peoples will be spared... elementals anyway. i didnt exactly convince it not to kill necromancets

Unknown said...

Aand my phone has made the blog not work...

Good luck guys. Heh...

Nixion Strange said...

Cat, it's no fun if you just do everything easily.

Matex Von Darkhour - マテクス said...

Urgh bye Rhyanna :c

Nixion Strange said...

Bye Rhyanna!

Star Inkbright said...

*stands in front of Nix and fires ink at the Cleavers*

*stabs them while they're blinded*

Matex Von Darkhour - マテクス said...

Nixion, thats how Blogland works haha

Cat said...

i folded it. duh.

Nixion Strange said...

*air is fully compressed*
Okay, now I think everyone should maybe duck.

Matex Von Darkhour - マテクス said...

it would appear that we were all just blown up

Nixion Strange said...

Not really Matex

Cat said...

Its a boring little gaol. they should install some secrutiy measures.

Zanida Laufeydottir Queen of Asgard (Zafira Kerias) said...

Gtg help brother bbl

Nixion Strange said...

Bye Zaf!

Star Inkbright said...

*one of the Cleavers flicks my ink back at me* *blinks* Hey. No fair. *blink blink blink*

*gasp* Owwwww! My leg! *tumbles to ground as stabbed leg gives way*

Matex Von Darkhour - マテクス said...

-We all fighting in jail
-Cat blows up whole building
-Erm...

Cat said...

not my fault! i expected some security measures.

Nixion Strange said...

Okay, Cat, seriously, have you no idea how to do this? You don't just beat them all in one go

Star Inkbright said...

Fours Zaf . . . *looks up and sees Cleavers advancing on me* Hell. *turns back into puddls if ink*

Matex Von Darkhour - マテクス said...

and you certainly dont kill your team along with everyone else >.<

Star Inkbright said...

*puddle of

Cat said...

Okay! no, i have no idea
how to do this.
never had a team before...
so at this point
im just guessing how to deal with a team
i usually just start taking them ouot...
i dont DO rescue missions

Star Inkbright said...

I didn't die. :/ *is now a dusty, shrapnel-filled puddle of ink*

Colleen McGuigan said...

Any Potterheads here? :)

Matex Von Darkhour - マテクス said...

Well I'm starting to think no one actually knows what they are doing haha, we aren't suppose to kill the cleavers!
But in anycase im off, I should be asleep for once -_-

Nixion Strange said...

Yeah, potterhead

*relises no longer has compressed air with me*
Damn it

Cat said...

Are there any nerdfighters among you?

Matex Von Darkhour - マテクス said...

Not a total potterhead but definetly a fan haha

Nixion Strange said...

We are if we're at war Matex, which we are

Bye Matex!

Nixion Strange said...

What's a nerdfighter?

Matex Von Darkhour - マテクス said...

The cleavers are on our side and we aren't at war, its a rescue mission -_-
People like you guys are the reason we keep running out of cleavers :P
Bye all :)

Star Inkbright said...

Hi Ivy!

Cat said...

Well...
the simplest definition
is someone who is not

made of muscle and bone
and sinew
but is made of pure awesome,
but there is a lot more than that to it...

Star Inkbright said...

Fours Matex!

Nixion Strange said...

No, we've been at War before you got here Matex. Way before this. You're a late settler here

Nixion Strange said...

Cat, one why are you talking about that?
Two that sentence made no sense to me

Cat said...

I was asking if any of you were nerdfighters for reasons

Nixion Strange said...

What's a nerfighter?!

Cat said...

look it up... its kind of hard to explain

Nixion Strange said...

Okay, I have no idea if I'm a nerdfighter

Nixion Strange said...

Bored
*sees vampires, lots of them*
Not so bored

Eve the ROCK said...

Cat, have I asked you what suits me better, Eve Marone or Eve L'Keet? If I haven't asked you before, answer please :)

Star Inkbright said...

OMGG is that the time???

Where does it all go???

Eve the ROCK said...

(pronounced Luh-keet)

Cat said...

You did, Eve...
I said that I didnt really know you...
Id have to get more information, and people
are usually too smart to
put too much stuff
on the internet

Nixion Strange said...

Seriously Cat, why are you talking like that?

Cat said...

Like what?

Nixion Strange said...

In the colums sort of thing

Eve the ROCK said...

*frowns* You didn't say that. I remember asking someone who had no picture, and if if was anyone, it was you. I'm pretty sure you answered.

ANYWAY :)

...*sighs* The year is just flying away, slipping through my fingers like the soft golden sand on the beaches. Soon it will be time to say goodbye to my friends. I'm going to miss primary school. :(

And I'm definitely going to cry at our year 7 party :(

Cat said...

Does it bother you?
Because
i like the way it looks like this... when its really long it gives me jitters.

Nixion Strange said...

Gives me the jitters like that. At least only do it every sentence? It gets really confusing halfway through a sentence

Star Inkbright said...

Our school year begins in September and ends in July.

Cat said...

Sure, NIxion.

Cat said...

ehm...

Cat said...

hellow?

Star Inkbright said...

Hellow, Cat.

Anonymous said...

OIT! I'm Half New Zealandish, even if I do live in Engall-land.

Nixion Strange said...

Hi Luna!

Anonymous said...

I'm glad you were reunited with your luggage, Derek : )

Anonymous said...

hello Nix Ink Cat and other people who are online that I haven't noticed!

Anonymous said...

*inserts missed commas*

Cat said...

Hello Luna Brisghtside

Anonymous said...

hello! *violently waves*
CUPCAKES! WITH PINK ICING!Makes Luna a very hyper girl indeed. A hyper girl who talks in third person because....she can.

Star Inkbright said...

Hi hyper girl who talks in third person because she can!

Anonymous said...

got to go now people! *jumps onto Thrasher's back*. "Run horsey, ruuuun!"

Nixion Strange said...

Bye Luna!

Colleen McGuigan said...

Hi guys :)
"I've been kicked right down
I've been spat in the face
I've been pulled, way down
To the lowest place
I've been lied to, shamed
I have been disgraced
Been ex-communicated from every holy place
I've been beat up and robbed
I've been left for dead
For the way I look
For the things I said..."
Sorry. I can't stop listening to this song!! Why are The Script so freaking brilliant?! :'D

Star Inkbright said...

Fours Luna!

Nixion Strange said...

Going
Bye!

Cat said...

Bye everyone who elft
How is everyone who is still here...?

Noelle said...

HEY EVERYONE!!! *hands out Skulcakes*

Cat said...

Hi the Empress

Star Inkbright said...

Fours Nix! Hi Adra!

Noelle said...

STAR!!! *tackle hugs* HI!!!

CAT!!! HELLO!!!! *hands both skul cakes*

HOW ART THEE TODAE?

Cat said...

Not so great, but thanks for asking.
You?

Star Inkbright said...

Gtg bbl. :(

Noelle said...

Aww, sorry to hear that. :/ I'm bored as CRAP.
I'm on two chatrooms, this, and skype. And out of those four, three are completely silent. -_-

BORED, so... :D

Noelle said...

BYE STARRR!!!! *hugs*

Cat said...

Cya Star

Cat said...

So, The Empress
Sorry you
are bored...
hope you're better than
i am, though
I spent all of yesterday
hurting myself, so...

Zanida Laufeydottir Queen of Asgard (Zafira Kerias) said...

Hi....sry

Cat said...

Hi Zafira!
How're you?

Noelle said...

ZAF!!! *hugs*

have faith, Cat... You'll make it

Cat said...

Im sure i will,
I always seem to

but its unfortunate...
i could be helping with
a baby alpaca today, but
I got kicked in the shoulder
and twisted my ankle at my karate studio

Noelle said...

AWW SCHIZ!!! Ouch. :/

Cat said...

His Name is
Captain Jack.
technically its jack...
but I cal him captain Jack.
He's premature, and
i love him...
i was the first one to get him to feed, so... i feel special:)
but i cant see him today,
and now im sulking

Noelle said...

Awww... Here's a poem for you:

One, two, three, four, I declare a
TIME WAR

five six seven eight Daleks scream
EXTERMINATE

nine, ten, eleven, twelve, Doctor
DIED and SILENCE FELL.

twelve, eleven, ten, nine,
here he goes BACK IN TIME

eight, seven, six, five,
SAVING EVERYBODY'S LIVES.

four, three, two, one, grab her hand and whisper

RUN!

Cat said...

That's a beaytiful poem!
but its so sad in the middle...
I luv my doctor

Noelle said...

And I love mine :D

I <3 <3 the doctor

Zanida Laufeydottir Queen of Asgard (Zafira Kerias) said...

Im okay!!! :D

Noelle said...

*tackle hugs*


LALALA

Cat said...

Us three ameriminions...
none of you have seen the Derek, right?

Noelle said...

No....

And you're an Ameriminion??? But... the other day, you said something when we were talking about the gay rights, and you said that is was unconstitutional, and it was no offense to us Ameriminions...

*is confused*

Oh, just to be clear, the Constitution says nothing about gay marriage. the bible does, however

Cat said...

It says that all men where created equal.
at the time, it meant all white, land-owning males, but americans pretend that it means something else now.

What does the bible say?

Noelle said...

see??? you say you're american, but you talk about us like in third person, or something :D

And the bible said that it is a sin to love someone of the same gender

Cat said...

The bible also says that people have free will, and the bible says that marriage was always supposed to be between a man and as many wives as he could afford, so, essetially, the bible says you can buy and sell people.
although they may have been guided by the holy ghost, the bible was written by people. people screw up.

Noelle said...

News to me, people screwing up.

but no, i swear somewhere it said that it was a sin.

NOT that thousands of people care about that...

Cat said...

that's like saying its a sin to like apple
or its a crime to have red hair
its not a choice

Cat said...

i meant i was sorry to ameriminions who thought different.

Noelle said...

Exactly!!! Not that I would know, but I know people who are gay, and they say the same thing.

Cat said...

I might not be gay, but that doesnt make me any better than people who are.

Cat said...

Do you believe in Rock And Roll?
Can Music Save your mortal soul?

Zanida Laufeydottir Queen of Asgard (Zafira Kerias) said...

Sry if i poof rob putting up lights

Cat said...

think of it this way? did you choose to be straight? no? than how can you choose not to?
straight... i was on the bus, and there was a boy saying that if straight was 0 degrees, that gay was 180.
I laughed so hard, in my mind

Noelle said...

I agree, cat!!!

And nice poem... thing.

And kk Zaf!

I LOVE ROCK!!! ESPECIALLY 80's.

Cat said...

he was saying that being gay was'so gross'

Cat said...

The Empress, that is from American pie, Don Mclean... i love that song and Vincent
I love old rock...

Cat said...

or as i call it, timeless rock

Noelle said...

LOL I LOVE THAT SONG!!!

How come i missed that...

My, my, miss American Pie, drove my Chevy to the levy, but the levy was dry...

And technically, 180 degress IS a straight line :P

Fail on his part

Cat said...

That's why i was laughing so hard...
no one told him that... he was all confused about why we were all laughing at him.

Noelle said...

LOL!!!

EPIC FAIL

*dies*

Cat said...

i have a gay friend, and we were making fun of people who ernt to centers to 'cure' themselves of being gay... i mean,, if its a disease, you should call in sick to work and stuff, take gaybiotics...

harry said...

CATS

Cat said...

Hello Harry!
What about ccats?

Star Inkbright said...

Hi people again!

Adra, that poem was cool, but, in an English accent at least, 'one' and 'run' don't rhyme.

But other than that, it was awesome. :)

Noelle said...

LOL okay, Star. *hugs* welcome back!!!

Star Inkbright said...

Like im Gone when they mention 'criss cross applesauce'. It doesn't rhyme to me, but if you change your accent, it does.

Cat said...

which word do you pronounce substantially differently?

Noelle said...

LOL!!!! it rhymes in AMERICAN

Cat said...

figurred it

Star Inkbright said...

Dinner, bbs.

Noelle said...

KK!!!

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