Monday, September 10, 2012

Brief Respite

My face is sore. I'm not used to smiling this much. I think I need a lie down.

I'm back home for a bit before my last weekend away, and I've spent today wandering around the house staring blankly at things. It's only when I'm back for a few days that I start to decompress and behave normally, so it looks like I'll have to wait a while for that to happen...

My few days in Ireland were awesome, as usual. I signed in Dublin, Kildare, Kilkenny, Drogheda and Cork. The Cork signing was probably the longest, because I haven't been there in a while, but everywhere there were enthusiastic readers laden down with books. Some truly bizarre and cool people.

Then I had a few days off before my event at the Mountains to the Sea festival, where I chatted on stage with Dave from Eason bookshops about movies that have influenced the series, and we even got to show clips.

Dave showed bits from Starship Troopers (awesome!) and A Nightmare Before Christmas (amazing!) and It's a Wonderful Life (uhm... what?)

I showed a few trailers for a few things, but I don't think I'll tell you what they were... In fact, it might make an interesting blog post, discussing these movies and showing clips... Oh goody, I've worked out what I'm going to be talking about next time!

I headed over to the UK on Friday- just in time to experience the heat- where I signed in Southampton, Bournemouth, Dulwich and Bluewater in London. Last year, I was signing in Bluewater for four hours. I figured there was no way I'd be signing for any more than that this time. Five hours later, I had changed my tune. From people coming in costume- I'm thinking of a skeleton morph suit in particular here-


to people who had made their own Skulduggery T-shirts (and a certain tall blonde with the most awesome T-shirt ever, festooned as it was with lines from the books)-




there was no chance of my smile ever dipping. It's the sheer enthusiasm and energy of the people who turn up to get their books signed that energises me every single time.

And the hugs...



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Emerald Melody said...

I'm glad you had fun Derek.

It was great to see you in Dublin.
It really was.

Then I was sick again but I won't bore you with the details.

Can't wait to see you again and enjoy your time off.

You deserve it Golden God.

Flame Phoenix said...

1st!

Braincapers said...

We were the last people you saw at Bluewater. Thanks for staying so long. You made my daughter's day.

NJ Maverick Renn (Sigil Student of China Sorrows) said...

OMG THAT IS SO COOL DEREK!!

Flame Phoenix said...

Emerald! Damn Woman! *cries*

Stupid account not being logged in..




I could've got 1st! But blergh!

Flame Phoenix said...

*sobs*


Nearly had it...

NJ Maverick Renn (Sigil Student of China Sorrows) said...

WOOHOO I GOT 4th :D

Emerald Melody said...

Get over yourself Flame.
Manly tears don't suit you and plus... I'm a sick woman.

I'm allowed some sort of blogly privilege every now and then lol

Making the Legend said...

I WANT A DEREK HUG.

That's what I want for christmas. And yes, I have a christmas list. (Anyone who immediately thought of the doctor when they read that line is now my friend.)

BUT IM STUCK ON THE WRONG SIDE OF THE ATLANTIC!!!! Shift continents, shift!

-Molly, pouting slightly, then smiling uncontrollable at the thought of the Doctor exclaiming he had a christmas list. Heh... heh...

salman said...

I would have been before you Flame Phoenix

Flame Phoenix said...

I NEARLY HA FIRST! WHY? WHY YOU STUPID IPOD BEING LOGGED OUT! D:

Flame Phoenix said...

I'M damaged!

NJ Maverick Renn (Sigil Student of China Sorrows) said...

Oh Get over it, :P
Em Got first!!
Congrats Em!!
:P

Crystal Darkflair said...

Oooooh I was in cork !! :D

Crystal Darkflair said...

I got a sideways derek hug :) He was so cool

Crystal Darkflair said...

I wonder if he remembers? Lol probably not

Crystal Darkflair said...

okayy im all alone .
Oh well i'm supposed to asleep anyway

Flame Phoenix said...

I should sleep. Oh well..

NJ Maverick Renn (Sigil Student of China Sorrows) said...

It's only a quarter past 10.

Laughs like crazy-person said...

Hey i didnt get 2 go 2 any sighin bu den again prob good ting cos im kinda socially awkward bu derek plz give us tanith back cos darkuesse can c magic nd stuff so she cud c de remant in tanith nd darkuesse said she cud tear skulduggery magic r consioucness so mayb she cud take remant ???? Plz omg i luv skulduggery soooo much

Crystal Darkflair said...

I know but I have to get up at quarter to seven so i'm made go to bed ;)

NJ Maverick Renn (Sigil Student of China Sorrows) said...

Oh right, fair enough.

Crystal Darkflair said...

I wonder if derek is watching the comments..... o.o

Flame Phoenix said...

So? I'm tired and my leg is sore from p.e the stupid teacher.

Crystal Darkflair said...

Your lucky p.e on a monday we dont get it tilll thursday :)

Flame Phoenix said...

I hatttte it. Especially with my leg and arm.

NJ Maverick Renn (Sigil Student of China Sorrows) said...

I hate my PE kit!
It's bright Pink!!

Flame Phoenix said...

Haha!

We get to wear whatever we want :3

Crystal Darkflair said...

haha mines black :)

Robin Snowscar said...

I WAS AT BLUEWATER! I got a picture of that girl for my project :D She was lovely!

Crystal Darkflair said...

Robbinnn

NJ Maverick Renn (Sigil Student of China Sorrows) said...

Our old kit was nice! It was blue and Navy.

But our new principal went and changed it :'(
Now we look like a bunch of barbies :(

Robin Snowscar said...

Hiya Crystal!!!

We were eighth in line to see you Derek EIGHTH. Four hours we waited in that blasted place!

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Crystal Darkflair said...

I was like 15th in line when i went. i waited like two hours

Crystal Darkflair said...

Derek if your stalking us comment pleasssee

Robin Snowscar said...

So many people there. There is always SO many people. I mean we waited FOUR hours christ's sake. So worth it.

Flame Phoenix said...

Heya Robin:)

NJ Maverick Renn (Sigil Student of China Sorrows) said...

Hey Robin!

Crystal Darkflair said...

you were wating for a long time robin

Robin Snowscar said...

Hiya NJ and Flame.

It was a long time. I think I deserve a medal for being an excellent minion. A gold one. Gold is special.

Flame Phoenix said...

I was waiting for two hours on the publication signing.

Kestrel LeStarre said...

Hey guys! And yes, Robin, gold is special.

salman said...

Gold as a material is not special

NJ Maverick Renn (Sigil Student of China Sorrows) said...

You do, that was a long time to wait.

Paitence is a virtue and all that.

Robin Snowscar said...

Kestrel! Hiya!

Gold is special. Who are you to say it's not? *consoles little gold things* Don't listen to the bad person.

Kestrel LeStarre said...

Yes it is, and yet I don't see the point of it.

Robin Snowscar said...

It was fine actually NJ and worth it in the end.

NJ Maverick Renn (Sigil Student of China Sorrows) said...

Hey Kestral!

Kestrel LeStarre said...

Patience that is, not gold.

If Gold is not special, then why is Derek the GOLDEN god? hmm?

Kestrel LeStarre said...

NJ!

Robin Snowscar said...

Kestrel makes an excellent point.

Flame Phoenix said...

He's not speacial.


*laughs as heads turn his way*

JK!

Kestrel LeStarre said...

Thank you Robin.

Kestrel LeStarre said...

*stabs Flame and throws him on the volcano*

That is BLASPHEMY!

Misssorrows said...
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Robin Snowscar said...

*stares wide eyed at Flame*

Kestrel LeStarre said...

*whacks Flame with the KotW that I don't have yet*

NJ Maverick Renn (Sigil Student of China Sorrows) said...

I gotta go.
Bye all!
*hugs everyone*

Robin Snowscar said...

Bye NJ

Flame Phoenix said...

I was joking children, jeez.

Crystal Darkflair said...

I have to go to tooo bye everyone *hugs*

Kestrel LeStarre said...

Bye NJ!

And Flame, it is still blasphemy.

Flame Phoenix said...

Bye NJ! *hugs*

Kestrel LeStarre said...

BYe Crystal!

I gtg, bbs.

Robin Snowscar said...

Bye people who is leaving!

Flame Phoenix said...

Bye Crys! *hugs*

Flame Phoenix said...

Bye Kes!

Fibbles! said...

WOOH! i was at the Bluewater signing! i gave you a poster! i had soooo much fun and it was great to meet you! totally worth the wait! and today in my french lesson every time i wanted to either throw myself out the window or kill my teacher i just thought 'WWSD' (what would skulduggery do?!) then i realised that was a bad idea because he probably WOULD kill the teacher!...

anyways... i digress..... and now have completely forgotten where this is going......

ah well! bye!

His Most Serene Prince Octaboona Ambrosius, Purple Poet, Paragon of the Horde of Iridescent Indigo, Eighth Great Immortal, Sandwich Maker to Akhenaten IV said...

Bluewater signing was awesome.

I got a Derek hug and he signed my fez. It now has his signature on it and the phrase "fezzes are cool".

:D

barmybex said...

Glad you had a good time, but I'm still very sad you didn't come closer to me. :( Now my set isn't complete with signatures. Just hope I can catch you with the next book launch. Please make sure you come to Milton Keynes or Cambridge again, PLEASE!!!!!!

Robin Snowscar said...

I think throwing yourself out the window is a good bet, 'doors are for people with no imagination'

Robin Snowscar said...

Octa!!!

Octaboona Ambrosius. They call me The Fez Wearer. said...

I doubt I can stay, so won't talk much.

Octaboona Ambrosius. They call me The Fez Wearer. said...

BUT HEY ROBIN!

How was your signing Derek experience thing?

Robin Snowscar said...

Oookay you have cool hair I don't think I mentioned it buuut you do xD

Robin Snowscar said...

IT was awesome. I blogged about it :P

Octaboona Ambrosius. They call me The Fez Wearer. said...

One day it will be as awesome as Fletcher's xD

At least I hope so.

I mean Derek never called me the fez wearer. He called me fez guy :p

But I'm sure some people might and my name will be accurate.

Octaboona Ambrosius. They call me The Fez Wearer. said...

I need to blog about mine. Will do so soon.

Link?

And thanks. I didn't say thanks last comment. I meant to.

Flame Phoenix said...

OCTA! *TACKLE HUGS*

I heard 'bout you and Kal, sadly.

Flame Phoenix said...

You got new hair?

Robin Snowscar said...

http://rsnowscar.blogspot.co.uk/

^^ It's on there with pictures!

Zafira Kerias said...

Derek? You awake and semi thinking? I wanna know if you remembered the paper you got at the signing yesterday. I wanna know soooo bad your answers

Emerald Melody said...

Ladies and gentlemen as I bid you all goodnight

It gives me great pleasure but a heavy heart to present to you

Dublin Daes

dublindaes.blogspot.ie

Luciana Clover Scáth said...

DEREKKKKKK.

YOU SHOULD GO TO SHEFFIELD NEXT YEAR BECAUSE ME AND MY FRIEND MADDIE (THAT I'VE GOT READING SP) HAVE SO MANY THINGS TO GIVE YOU. and we'd take you to baguette express because baguette. :P We wouldn't actually, though. We would, however, buy you a Skittles milkshake. And be really loud and obsessive over the books. XD

I won't give up hope! C:

Octaboona Ambrosius. They call me The Fez Wearer. said...

Hey Flame! *glomps*

Awesome post Robin.

*pokes Derek*

New hair? Not yet. Soooon.

Octaboona Ambrosius. They call me The Fez Wearer. said...

Also I have to go.

BYEEEEEEEEEEEE!

Robin Snowscar said...

Bye Octa!

Flame Phoenix said...

Dublin Daes is back?!

Flame Phoenix said...

Blye Octa!

Kestrel LeStarre said...

I have returned!

Robin Snowscar said...

*spins in a circle*

Luciana Clover Scáth said...

OH YEAH,

Hello, all. (':

*is trying to be happy*

Flame Phoenix said...

Be happy, don't worry.

Me and L have devised a plan :D it's quite marvellous, if I do say so myself.

Robin Snowscar said...

LUCIANA *spins with her in a circle of happiness*

Robin Snowscar said...

What plan? *frowns*

Zafira Kerias said...

*sighs* i survived my audition

Flame Phoenix said...

*Hugs Lucianna* How are you, dearie?

Robin Snowscar said...

Audition for what?

Kestrel LeStarre said...

I' doing something awesome with Zaf when book 9 comes out. Maybe Val V. too.

What's wrong L.?

Kestrel LeStarre said...

ZAF!

I emailed you my version of the letter.

Robin Snowscar said...

What awesome?

TOO MANY QUESTIONS AAHH. Stop being vague.

Kestrel LeStarre said...

I have to be vague.

Flame Phoenix said...

Robin. I'm keeping it a secret.

Luciana Clover Scáth said...

*hugs everyone*

Well, apart from in pain and worried, I'm rather good.

HOW ARE YOU ALL?

Kestrel LeStarre said...

I'm good.

http://circlepad.com/quantumphysicscom/ look at my website?

Zafira Kerias said...

I just read i emailed you back.

Jessica B. Evermore said...

Hello?

Robin Snowscar said...

Oh my God. Pet peeve coming through. Tell me or don't be vague. It's like when people say 'I have this awesome secret but I can't tell anyone' Why don't you just fall off a cliff into some lava? Rant done.


I'm excellent Luciana.

Robin Snowscar said...

Hi Jessica! Can I call you Jess? I feel as though we've become friends in the last ten seconds,

Kestrel LeStarre said...

I replied Zaf. Can I tell Robin?

Hi Jes!

Jessica B. Evermore said...

eh, whatever.

Jessica B. Evermore said...

Ahh, YES. Hello peeps.

Kestrel LeStarre said...

It's important we build up a nice feeling of trust here. That way I'll catch you completely by surprise when I accuse you of murder.

Zafira Kerias said...

Yeah tell Robin i dont mind, i prefer Ameriminions but any Minion is allowed to particupate or write on behalf for Ameriminions

Jessica B. Evermore said...

Lovely.

Jessica B. Evermore said...

What are we talking about. If you don't mind me asking.

Flame Phoenix said...

I do that alot.. Dx

Robin Snowscar said...

*frowns in confusion*

Kestrel LeStarre said...

Ok, Robin, first, Zaf is writing a letter to HarperCollins publishers on behalf of the Ameriminions regarding bringing Derek on tour, and publishing the rest of the books.

Second, Zaf and are I are going to try to fly to Ireland when book 9 comes out and share a room and go to a signing. Val might come too.

Kestrel LeStarre said...

Basically whatever random things pop into our heads Jes.

Jessica B. Evermore said...

That sounds awesome. Alright G2G. Phoenix and I are writing a book. BYEE.

Robin Snowscar said...

Ah, okay fair enough *nods*

Robin Snowscar said...

Bye Jess

Zafira Kerias said...

Yuuup! Ill be 17 or 18. So ill be okay.

Also we basically are going to do this im making my goal by Friday to edit and type it up.

Kestrel LeStarre said...

Bye Jes!

Robin Snowscar said...

Okay , good luck.

Kestrel LeStarre said...

I just realized that I will be 13, not 14. That might be a problem.

Zafira Kerias said...

Daaaamn. Still.. Okay you know why did I ask Derek if he was up? Its like 11:30pm by him

Robin Snowscar said...

It is 11:30pm by me too *frowns*

Zafira Kerias said...

That was smart of me...very smart. Why did I ask Derek? Gaaah. I hope he answers

Adrasdos Dark said...

OMG DEREK! THAT"S SABRINA SPARROW!

Oh she is going to FLIP

Flame Phoenix said...

I'm gonna go!

Bye!

Kestrel LeStarre said...

That's not THAT late. wbd for the next 5 minutes.

Robin Snowscar said...

Ahh maybe I should be going to bed...

Kestrel LeStarre said...

Bye FLAME!

Flame Phoenix said...

Sabrina! Omg I remember her :3


OK bye!

Robin Snowscar said...

I think I met her like once.

Adrasdos Dark said...

LOL. Yeah... She's a good mate of mine...

BYEEE!! *hugs*

Zafira Kerias said...

Lol still....whatever. Hope he answers me when he has time.

*shrugs*

EM!!!!

Kestrel LeStarre said...

Em?

Robin Snowscar said...

Why don't I remember her *frowns*

Adrasdos Dark said...

Ah yes, By the way. Derek, if you're reading this.

I HOPE YOU GOT THE MESSAGES I SENT TO YOU THROUGH OTHERS!! xD

Robin Snowscar said...

He took my post-it from you Adra!

Kestrel LeStarre said...

lol Adra.

I still haven't gotten a reply from the other email.

Zafira Kerias said...

Yes same!!! It'd be awesome to know you forgive me.


I git into the habit, i have been posting spoiler warnings on my Facebook status' if i talk about KOTW i never did that until recently

Sabrina Sparrow said...

OMG! It's me! YAY! So I didn't just scream and cry, and wake up the whole house or anything...

Thank you so much for the amazing day Derek, meeting you was actually the greatest moment of my life :')

Thank you so much for everything!

x

Robin Snowscar said...

I gotta go, night!

Kestrel LeStarre said...

Which picture is you?

HI Sabrina!

Kestrel LeStarre said...

Bye Robin!

Adrasdos Dark said...

LOL Passer.... xD You saw the fb thing, then??? LOL


And hang on Kes...xD

Kestrel LeStarre said...

Sabrina, I don't think we've met.

Kestrel LeStarre, master of torture and all manner of unpleasant deaths at your service. *bows*

Adrasdos Dark said...

BYE ROBIN!!! *hugs again* OH yeah, you're still AWESOME :P

Zafira Kerias said...

Lol thats funny.

Omg!!! I talked to another Ameriminion at my school. He was in shock i own every published SP book xD he was at auditions with me :D

Adrasdos Dark said...

LOL Nice!!!! And I'm still making Ameriminions... They have grown....

Calamity said...

Your hugs are brilliant, Derek! :)

Zafira Kerias said...

Mine grow everyday. I gtg eat brb

Kestrel LeStarre said...

We have. By a lot. We are multiplying. Soon we will strike. SOON!

Adrasdos Dark said...

CALLLL!!! *hugs*

And dammit, DEREK GET OVER TO AMERICAAAAAA *cries*

Kestrel LeStarre said...

BYe Zaf!

HI Amity!

Kestrel LeStarre said...

*makes a sign begging Derek*

Adrasdos Dark said...

LOL "soon we will strike"

LOL...

I would TOTALLY drive to wherever he was going. I would fly there... And my mom knows how passionate I am about the series, and she'd probably let me... :P

Sabrina Sparrow said...

Hi :) I'm the blonde girl :) Omg I am delirously happy about this! I will never actually get over this :''')

x

Calamity said...

Hello Dark! Hi there Trellis!

How are you today?

Calamity said...

Hey Sabrina! I saw you on Tumblr, ahaha. You looked amazing!

Kestrel LeStarre said...

WITH THE EPIC SHIRT? Awesome. I like you. A lot.




Adra, my mom is kind of overprotective, and I'll only be 13, so...

Kestrel LeStarre said...

I'm great Amity. Besides the fact that I STILL don't have KotW.*sobs* BUt yeah, great. *continues sobbing*
YOu?

Adrasdos Dark said...

Grand Cal, ta! You???

And... PASSER!!! LOL I thought you said that you DON'T do the convo thing... xD I told you it's addictive....

Calamity said...

You don't have it yet?! Have you heard about any spoilers? I hope not, it was an amazing book!
I'm good albeit a little tired!

Kestrel LeStarre said...

i have heard no spoilers. Yet. And it is all the fault of the American publishers.

Adra, who is PASSER?

Adrasdos Dark said...

Passer is Sabrina... I call her that because "sparrow" in latin is Passer.... :P

Sabrina Sparrow said...

Thank you Calamity :) come find me on tumblr whenever, I'm almost always there :)

I have no idea if the shirt thing was for me but if it was, then thank you, I made it :3

Adrasdos, that was because I was afraid to socialise. But this makes things slightly different :) OMG I'm so tupidly happy!

x

Kestrel LeStarre said...

Oh. I knew that Adra. *grins*

And yes, Sabrina, it was.

Sabrina Sparrow said...

Awh thank you Kestrel :)

x

Adrasdos Dark said...

LOL... Passer, just but Adra.... Everyone does...

Adrasdos Dark said...

*put

I'm sorry, my brain has been fried. I'm writing like CRAZY again :P

Sabrina Sparrow said...

Alright! I'm new! :) You going on skype later dear?

x

Kestrel LeStarre said...

What about Adra?

And would you guys mind reading my EPIC(if I do say so myself) fanfic?

http://www.wattpad.com/story/1915689-the-skeleton-detective%27s-enemy

Adrasdos Dark said...

Sure Kes!!!


And I AM on skype, dear ;P... I'm just... INVISIBLE...xD


And what d'ye mean, Kes...?

Kestrel LeStarre said...

What are you writing about?

Adrasdos Dark said...

What? Oh! I'm writing about... my characters... And their adventures...

Kestrel LeStarre said...

Thanks. Thanks so much.

Sabrina Sparrow said...

Yeeep, Kestrel, I have saved the link to read before bed :)

Okay Adra (that just feels weird) I will come find you :)

x

Zafira Kerias said...

Derek is lurking

Luciana Clover Scáth said...

Sorry for poofing. I shouldn't be here. :P

Msd. D:

Zafira Kerias said...

*shrugs*

im not feeling good :/

Kestrel LeStarre said...

Thanks Sabrina!

Yes he is Zaf. Yes he is.

HI L.!

Kestrel LeStarre said...

What's wrong Zaf? I'm sick too.

Zafira Kerias said...

Stomach.

Yeah Derek is lurking. I bet he is. I know he is *waves*

Adrasdos Dark said...

AH PASSER YOU CREEP xD

AWWW *hugs Zaf* sowie!!!!

Kestrel LeStarre said...

*waves to Derek* Come on Golden God, I beg of you!

Zafira Kerias said...

*hugs Adras*

Zafira Kerias said...

Please with a lot of epic people and cheese? Please just a hi or something....

Adrasdos Dark said...

LOL

HELLOOOOO BESTIE!!! *waves to Derek*

Sabrina Sparrow said...

Adra, why am I a creep?

And no problem Kes :)

Derek if you're about, thank you so much for everything! I hope you liked your present/story/banner :3

x

Adrasdos Dark said...

You SAID that you would find me! LOl.

CREEP xD *i joke, I joke*

Kestrel LeStarre said...

*grabs cheese and sacrifices a person/alien/ninja unicorn to Derek*

Zafira Kerias said...

CHEESE I HAVE IT

Calamity said...

Ahahaha, hello Zaf!

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