Friday, November 12, 2010

The Approach


It is Awards time again, and you can vote for your favourite Irish book of the year here- http://www.irishbookawards.ie/PublicVote.aspx

This year I’m going up against my good friend Sarah Webb and the wonderful John Boyne, so it’s going to be close. I’m also up against Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick- I haven’t met her yet, but I’ve heard great things...

Now, even though you are my Minions, and you would die horribly for my own amusement- which I DO appreciate- feel free to vote for whatever book you prefer. It doesn’t have to be mine.

There, now that THAT’S over, I can tell you what I’ve been thinking about for the past few days. I’ve been trying to figure out what the new book IS.

The first book was an adventure, through and through. Young girl snatched away from her ordinary life into a world of sorcerers and vampires and ancient gods… Yep, that’s adventure.

Playing With Fire was a monster movie of a book. You had the Grotesquery being reanimated, you had the Torment turning into that huge spider, you had a fight between the two and lots of running and screaming… Yep, monster movie.

The third book, of course, that was the Whodunnit- that was the murder mystery. Aside from everything else going on, there was a killer stalking teleporters, and a (possibly) surprise twist at the end… Definitely a Whodunnit.

Naturally, Dark Days was a revenge flick. That’s pretty obvious.

Mortal Coil was my Invasion of the Body Snatchers- a fantastic movie that I loved when I was a teenager. It’s also my version of The Thing, possibly the best horror movie of all time.

But what, I’ve been wondering, is the next book going to be? What handy little label can I give it? What approach should I take? And the more I thought about it, the clearer it got, and now, NOW, I have it.

The next book is the culmination of all the Necromancer stories and plots and themes, and so in one corner, we have the Death Bringer, and in the other corner, we have the person who has returned simply to DESTROY the Death Bringer- we have Lord Vile. Two hugely powerful people with astonishing levels of magic, battling it out. We’re talking tidal waves of darkness. We’re talking people being punched through buildings.

Add in the fact that now the twins know magic exists, and are making normal life tough for Valkyrie, and now she’s doing everything she can to protect her secret identity from the rest of her family.

Hugely powerful people. Secret identities. MASSIVE battles.

The next book is, let’s face it, the darkest superhero story you’re ever going to read. With a bucketload of horror.

Sweet. 

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m0nkeyb00ts said...

first :)

m0nkeyb00ts said...

derek, how would i go about getting my book published?

Dragona Pine said...

DEREK I'M SO GOING TO VOTE fOR YOU!

Dragona Pine said...

SOUNDS AWSOME DEREK, I CAN'T WAIT UNTIL IT COMES OUT!

m0nkeyb00ts said...

ovbs gonna vote for Derek!!!!

Dragona Pine said...

He said it doesn't have to be him... so some people won't... I'm just saying that I will... but everyone on here is probably going to vote for Derek... unless they're TRAITORS!

Nicolette Croga said...

AHHAA I'm in top 10 :]

m0nkeyb00ts said...

cant wait for book 6!! the anticipation is driving me insane!! did i mention i am doing my a-level english coursework on Skulduggery Pleasant XD

Dragona Pine said...

Voting... just need to comfirm my vote :D


Skulduggery Pleasant Mortal Coil :D

Naomi Wiflath said...

Darkest one yet? I look forward to that! :D

Nicolette Croga said...

oooh just voting :D ... book 6 why are you so far away ....

Dragona Pine said...

Dragona Pine has now voted for Skulduggery Pleasant Mortal Coil :D

Sarthacus Bolt said...

Sweet indeed!

Sarthacus Bolt said...

Voted for SPMC!!!

Dragona Pine said...

I haven't even heard of the other books... I just scrolled down until I saw SP, and then voted :D I hope you appriciate it Derek!

Sarthacus Bolt said...

I'm going to se Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows the 1st day it comes out with the school!!!

Dragona Pine said...

Nice Sarthacus...

Nicolette Croga said...

I wish my school could do that but no ... my schools GAY! ...

wish I was in scotland right now ..

Dragona Pine said...

Hmm...

Nicolette Croga said...

*yawns* your kidding me .. only been awake for an hour

Dragona Pine said...

Lol Nicolette... that's just how I feel...

Sarthacus Bolt said...

O...



SCOTLAND THE GREAT,

IS NEVER FLOURISHED BY HATE,

SCOTLAND THE GREAT,

HAS SEVEN MILLION OLD MATES!!!

Sarthacus Bolt said...

Brb...

Nicolette Croga said...

it sucks Dragona truely does .... ok sarthacus

Dragona Pine said...

Hmm...

Dragona Pine said...

I had another dream about the future... I'm very tired, I feel sick, I'm pale and I can't stop shivering... I hope I won't have another tonight...

Skyril said...

......Awesome.....
:D brb
Have to vote then make absolutely certain ALL my friends vote for the BEST author ON THE PLANET! Which is you, :] of course.

Dragona Pine said...

Hi Skyril...

Dragona Pine said...

Nicolette, have you read my fanfic?

Nicolette Croga said...

What was it about ?

Nicolette Croga said...

no ... why is there more?

Kallista Pendragon said...

Hi Master Derek!
All the smart people will vote for you!!!!!!

Skyril said...

Hullo, Dragona :]

Dragona Pine said...

Yes Nicolette... there's a new-ish part up that you haven't commented on...

Sarthacus Bolt said...

Urgh, I have fallen into a deep depression.

Genesisnx said...

So will we be seeing Skulduggery in Batmans spandex? LOL

Sarthacus Bolt said...

There are these twins in my class, we call them the "Muffin Twins" cos their last name rhymes.

Me and my friends couldn't remember the answers for the French test, so we wrote them on out wrists.

Muffin 1 told Muffin 2, and we were told in fr to show out arms.


Me and some of my best friend shave now got huge punnys.


I swear to god, if they had balls I would kick them and they would come out of their ears.

Sarthacus Bolt said...

* shave = have


Hate the twins.

Sarthacus Bolt said...

Guys... where are you???

Sarthacus Bolt said...

Aww, I'm alone.


Great, mor edepression.


See-ya.

: (

Dragona Pine said...

Nooooo I'm here sarthacus!

Sarthacus Bolt said...

...



AND back!

Kallista Pendragon said...

SARTHACUS! I'll beat 'em up for you!!!!!

Dragona Pine said...

Hi...

Dragona Pine said...

I will volunteer myself... it's my speciality afterall :D

Kallista Pendragon said...

*tackles the twins and has a huge fight.........chaos everywhere!*

Kallista Pendragon said...

*hangs them from thier toes from the flag pole*

Dragona Pine said...

*rugby tackles one of the twins, throwing him and knocking him out as he faceplants the floor*


Say to him I have a 6ft 3 and a half friend who will batter them :D

Kallista Pendragon said...

SARTHACUS!!!!
Where are you?

Kallista Pendragon said...

OH! I have to go in a few minutes!!!!!

Dragona Pine said...

Hmm...

Kallista Pendragon said...

Well I'm 6ft7!!!












*struggles to stand on the stilts*

Dragona Pine said...

Noooo don't Kallista!


*dives in slow motion towards her*


Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

Dragona Pine said...

Dooonnn'''ttt goooooooooooooooo!


*continues diving, clearing sofas and chairs*

Kallista Pendragon said...

*watches as Dragona dives in slow motion towards her......eats twelve ice cream cones by the time he reaches her*

Dragona Pine said...

*nearing Kallista now*


Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

Kallista Pendragon said...

Geez! Sarthacus. We come on and you ignore us.

:P

Kallista Pendragon said...

*realizing Dragona is not near her yet.....watches the entire trilogy of Lord of the Rings......*

Dragona Pine said...

*smashes into lamp post*


I wasn't expecting that...


*gets up and continues diving in slow motion*

Dragona Pine said...

Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo, ddddooooooonnnn'tttttt gooooooooo!


*grabs Kallista*


Yey, I made it!


*continues flying and smashes into a glass door*

Ouch...

Kallista Pendragon said...

Nicolette! Florence! Darkane! Leo! Skylara!
Sarthacus! Skyril!

Get yourselfs back on here now!!!!



Dragona's going nuts and I have to go!!!!
;p

Kallista Pendragon said...

Poor Dragona.


*helps him up*




Sorry. I have to be somewhere soon!

Dragona Pine said...

*cries*


Please come on!

Dragona Pine said...

Thanks Kallista for helping me up...



Bye...

Sarthacus Bolt said...

BACK!!!


And soon going!


I have to go to the God dammed scouts.


Meh.

And the twins aren't Fred and Geroge, they'r egirls.


Aww, bye all.


: ' (

Kallista Pendragon said...

Bye Dragona.

Don't worry. Someone will come along!

:D

Kallista Pendragon said...

Bye Sarthacus!

Dragona Pine said...

*dives in slow motion at goldfish*


Aaaa Frriiieennnndddd!



*goldfish starts backing away*


Iii'mmm yooouuurrrr fffrriiieeennnnnnddddd!


*changes direction somehow and gets squished under a bulldozer*

Oops...

Skyril said...

~takes out a car of chocolate~
Anyone want some?

Skyril said...

car=bar

Dragona Pine said...

I want a car of chocolate!


*dives for chocolate in slow motion*



Giiivvveee mmeeeee thhheee ccchhooocccooolaaattteee!


Iiittt willlll hhellpp mmyy ttiirreddness!


*misses the chocolate and goes splat against a giant refresher*

MissLTears said...

Mr Landy, I will vote for you!

Can't wait for April :)

Skyril said...

~Slices chunk of chocolate and hands it to Dragona who's laying flat on the ground~

Dragona Pine said...

I'm going insane :D


*dives for squidward in slow motion*


Sqquiiidddwwwaaarrrrddd!

Dragona Pine said...

*catches the chocolate in mid-air, continues flying at squidward*

MissLTears said...

Who's squidward?

Dragona Pine said...

Ooh... pretty lights... lets go up there! :D


*flies upwards and gets hit by jumbojet, crashing down and landing next to squidward*

MissLTears said...

note to self: need to watch The Thing

Dragona Pine said...

http://www.google.com/images?hl=en&source=imghp&biw=1020&bih=516&q=squidward&gbv=2&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai=




SQUIDWARD!

MissLTears said...

Who's squidward?

Skyril said...

~Just stands watch dragona whilst munching on chocolate~

Indeed those lights ARE pretty.

MissLTears said...

Who'll be watching the new Harry Potter movie when it comes out?

*hand raises instantly*

Dragona Pine said...

*jumps up and down whilst munching chocolate*


I LIKE CHEESE, WEEEEE!

Dragona Pine said...

*raises hand although it is covered in jumbojet parts*

Dragona Pine said...

Aahhh!


The aliens are after me!


*runs away from Wonka, goes head first into a tree*

Skyril said...

~raises hand~
In fact, Ive watch all but two of the Harry Potters already out in order to catch up
~smirks~
MWAHAHAHAHAHAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dragona Pine said...

*runs around in circles waiting for someone to come on*


This is a good way to pass the time, trying to deny my own ill feelings...


*goes head first into a packet of lego*


LEGO, YEY!

Dragona Pine said...

*builds racing car*


Brum, Brum!




*gets in it, accidentaly crashes into helicopter*


So that's where the spare parts went...


*grabs helicopter and makes a hideout for me*

Skyril said...

Did you know while traveling underwater I met an unusual man near a giant cupcake?

Dragona Pine said...

*goes into hideout, rocking back and forth*


Do not, become... INSANE!

Dragona Pine said...

I am lonely... so lonely... must become insane to pass the time...

*continues rocking*

Skyril said...

His name was lollipop. While we were waiting for the bus he told me his story.

Dragona Pine said...

Think about... nice things... nice things... nice things... WHAT'S NICE!?

Skyril said...

He grew up on earth. His dad was a con artist and his mom made some extra money combing elephants.

Dragona Pine said...

*continues rocking*



CHEEESSEE!

Skyril said...

He never went to Venus, but he thought he should get a job anyway. He met a man that worked with training lobsters and offered to teach him his trade.

Dragona Pine said...

I'm a lobster!


Wait no, I'm a lonelyhippopotomusgirrafeelephantzebra thing...

Skyril said...

Lollipop accepted. He then devoted his life to catching a rhinosaurus.

Skyril said...

He wrote book about how he learned to fly. Then rode an alpaca to Kansas.

Dragona Pine said...

Lead...

Skyril said...

Lollipop's book was a success and everyone flew to Nassau.
After hearing his story I truly learned the value of insanity.

Skyril said...

I got on the but to the hippo's lair, and decided to be just like Mr. Lollipop.

Dragona Pine said...

Hmm... nice story... when I grow up I want to be a chocolate bar :D

Skyril said...

Oooo What a lovely idea!

Dragona Pine said...

I know :D

Skyril said...

You know, if I were an Oscar Meyer weenier, Then everyone would be in love with me!

Dragona Pine said...

Hmm... CHEESE SPREAD ON CHIPS!

Skyril said...

So what ought we do in the meantime????

MissLTears said...

I had a dream a man walked up to me and asked me if I wanted some ham. I said no and he walked off...

that's it

Dragona Pine said...

I know...


It's time for!


*drum roll*

The Random Dragona Conversation Of The Day!

Dragona Pine said...

*fanfare of trumpets*

MissLTears said...

I JUST HAD CHIPS!

THEY WERE GREASY!

Skyril said...

Oh oh! Yes! Yes!!
~claps hands~

MissLTears said...

*PLAYS TROMBONE*

Geckogirl (Skylara Wolfbane) said...

woop deffo voting for you derek ovs!
ahh but now you've figured out what this book is gonna be, you have to think about what the NEXT book is gonna be. AND the next, and the next and the next...and then i suppose thats it...yeah.

SKYRIL!!!!!!!!!! i havent seen u in what feels like yeaarrrss!

MissLTears said...

friendsreunited

MissLTears said...

nothing to do



Cheese, ew

Dragona Pine said...

Friend: If you get a gf they'll need a stepladder
Me: Shut up about stepladders will you? Do you fancy them or something?
Friend: Yes... I find them quite fit actually.
Friend2: You really need to get a gf though... even if they do need a stepladder.
Me: Oi, shut up about it.
Friend: Me and a stepladder... I can imagine it now...
Me: I wouldn't.
Friend2: Really... go ask someone out.
Me: Nope... everyone around here is a tangerine... so nope, no way.
Friend: Will you please stop calling my gf a tangerine?
Me: She is orange though...


DDUDUDUDU!

Skyril said...

CECKOGIIIIRRRRL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

MissLTears said...

Hello, Everybody!

Hi, Lunar Tears!


*Chanted in fashion of Doctor From The Simpsons*

Skyril said...

*GECKOGIIIIRRRL!!!!!!!!!!!!!

MissLTears said...

lol

MissLTears said...

found the first tangerine in my school a few days ago...

Skyril said...

LOL everyone here is INSANE!!!! It's AWESOME!!!!
MWAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!

Dragona Pine said...

It's time for!


*drum roll*

The Random Dragona Conversation Of The Day!


*fanfare of trumpets*

Friend: If you get a gf they'll need a stepladder
Me: Shut up about stepladders will you? Do you fancy them or something?
Friend: Yes... I find them quite fit actually.
Friend2: You really need to get a gf though... even if they do need a stepladder.
Me: Oi, shut up about it.
Friend: Me and a stepladder... I can imagine it now...
Me: I wouldn't.
Friend2: Really... go ask someone out.
Me: Nope... everyone around here is a tangerine... so nope, no way.
Friend: Will you please stop calling my gf a tangerine?
Me: She is orange though...


DDUDUDUDU!

Geckogirl (Skylara Wolfbane) said...

lol hi skyril!!!!!!

random fact of the day: i had a nosebleed in spanish today!

and that was the RANDOM FACT OF THE DAY!

Dragona Pine said...

I repeat my random conversation 3 times each night...

Skyril said...

wOW mISStEARS THAT LIL TANGERINE MUST BE old!!

MissLTears said...

uv done that 2wice now...

Dragona Pine said...

I know... 2 out of 3 :D

Skyril said...

It's time for another good idea/bad idea!!!

Good idea: eating cucumber salad with a fork

Bad idea: eating cucumber salad with a trident

MissLTears said...

RANDOM DEBATE OF CLASS TODAY:

If all the Harry Potter characters and all the Twilight characters had a fight (HP vs Twilight), who would win?

Dragona Pine said...

HP... they have brown sauce :D

Skyril said...

HP!!! No doubt about it!!
By the way, you know Edward from Twilight is in the 4th HP.

Geckogirl (Skylara Wolfbane) said...

pppphtt ovs harry potter characters. no wait...skulduggery characters would come flying in and kick all there asses! woooppp!

Skyril said...

He's the guy that dies in the end.

Skyril said...

I think his name in HP is Sedric.

Dragona Pine said...

Oh the guy who gets killed by Voldermaut... after the Triwizard Tornament... I know that one :D

Skyril said...

What's the first thing that comes to your mind when I say RPG??

MissLTears said...

MY SIDE: Twilight, because the vampires would kill the HP characters in 30 seconds, then there's also werewolves and humans...

THEIR SIDE: HP, because they have wands

Basically, it's supernatural super-humans vs ordinary people with magic sticks

Geckogirl (Skylara Wolfbane) said...

hey Skyril and MissLTears do either of you watch the BBC show sherlock?

*dragona groans and throws cheese at skylara's head*

ahhh cheese attack!!! oh crumpets!

Skyril said...

Yep! That's it, Dragona! I liked that HP except everyone's hair was too long. Especially the Weasleys! {or however you spell their names....]

MissLTears said...

Cedric

Dragona Pine said...

RPG? what the hell is that?

Skyril said...

No, I don't, Geckogirl.

Dragona Pine said...

Hmm...

Geckogirl (Skylara Wolfbane) said...

RPG.....

Rabbits Polishing Goatees! ovs!


or world of warcraft...those are the first two things.

Dragona Pine said...

*continues throwing cheese*

Dragona Pine said...

What's world of warcraft?

MissLTears said...

No, geckogirl, sorry

Hair too long? I prefer the 3rd one

Geckogirl (Skylara Wolfbane) said...

ahh u must watch it skyril! its fantastic :O

Skyril said...

It's either Role-playing game or rocket propelled grenade.

Geckogirl (Skylara Wolfbane) said...

u 2 missLTears! i am converting the world to sherlockness and skulduggeryness (although u guys are already just as obsessed with skulduggery as i am)

MissLTears said...

My friend was reading Playing with Fire in English, and the supply teacher noticed the book, he asked her how long it was, she told him, and he said the last book he read was THE HUNGARY CATTERPILLAR

Dragona Pine said...

I don't play on much games... habbo, this and that's about it... I prefer my playstation :D

Skyril said...

Isn't the 3rd one the one with the time necklace thingie that Hermione has?

Well, I don't have satellite or cable or anything :[ What channel is it on?

Geckogirl (Skylara Wolfbane) said...

world of warcraft is like a huge role-playing game. its pretty awesome although incredibly addictive and you have to pay for a membership every month. i only got the trial but i never got the real game. t'was too addictive.

Dragona Pine said...

DVD...

MissLTears said...

not sure... its usually on at christmas

yes, the one with the time turner

Dragona Pine said...

That game sounds rubbish...

Geckogirl (Skylara Wolfbane) said...

its on bbc 1 but i heard that it was aired in america the other week and im not sure if its on bbc 1 for you guys too.

do u guys have bbc 1? anyway its on that :D i am soooooo obsessed!

Skyril said...

Mmm I thought that one was a little annoying, MissTears, because it's like you see half the movie twice.

Skyril said...

What's it called again, Geckogirl? Maybe I can find it online.

Dragona Pine said...

Of course I have BBC1... I live in england...

MissLTears said...

(back to playing with fire)

And then she tested me on characters. She named characters and I had to say who they were.

She tried to trick me with the Toxic Twins, but she never caught me out. I read that book 2 years ago

She's the one with the copy at home

and for that fact I envy her

MissLTears said...

ENGLAND

GOD SAVE THE TEENS!

Dragona Pine said...

Hmm...

Dragona Pine said...

*shoots Lunar for singing the national anthem wrong*

Dragona Pine said...

This has been a fail of a night... no one who I normally talk to have been on...

MissLTears said...

Dragona, do you know the words to the national anthem? I can't remember them all.

Dragona Pine said...

God save the queen...

MissLTears said...

aww...






you shoot me a lot

MissLTears said...

the bit after that...

something like,

bla bla victorious, mighty and glorious bla bla bla

Geckogirl (Skylara Wolfbane) said...

i know u have bbc 1 dragona i was wondering bout skyril in th US of A!

oh its called Sherlock skyril, i can give u the fan site link if you want? OH actually i think theres a site i know that can play it in america
one sec!

Dragona Pine said...

I know it :D

MissLTears said...

then, god save the queen

but what about when we have a King?

Geckogirl (Skylara Wolfbane) said...

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/sherlock/watch.html

here u are Skyril, i dunno if it works coz it wont let me play it here in little ol' england :D

Geckogirl (Skylara Wolfbane) said...

oh! and the first episode is a study in pink, then the blind banker and THEN the great game

MissLTears said...

Will Prince C take over?

Will we have to CHANGE the anthem?

Because, will there be a queen to save?

Is he married?

Geckogirl (Skylara Wolfbane) said...

but the best ones are the first one and the last one.

Dragona Pine said...

God save our gracious queen,
Long live our noble queen,
God save the queen,
Send her victorius,
Happy and glorious,
Long to reign over us,
God save the queen.

Geckogirl (Skylara Wolfbane) said...

how old is the queen now?

MissLTears said...

I know he was ONCE married, but she died... a month before I was born...

So will we have to CHANGE the anthem?

Dragona Pine said...

God save the king... it's quite simple...

MissLTears said...

How'd you know that?

*stunned at Dragona's knowledge*

MissLTears said...

But it doesn't work RIGHT

MissLTears said...

It's not the SAME

Dragona Pine said...

Because I remember it... I remember everything...

Dragona Pine said...

I know Lunar... but that's what they are going to change it to when prince charles becomes king...

Skyril said...

Ok thanks, Geckogirl! I'll check it out!! Talk to you later!

MissLTears said...

as you have mentioned...

I fell asleep on the bus home today

It was a BAD idea

Dragona Pine said...

Hmm...

MissLTears said...

Luckily, the year 8's got to me before the year 9's

The year 8's just call your name and laugh

The year 9's creep up to you, see the year 8's got there first, so just scream in your ear

Geckogirl (Skylara Wolfbane) said...

cya skyril!

Dragona Pine said...

http://dragonapine.blogspot.com/2010/11/alex-rider-fanfic-part-five.html


New Alex Rider Fanfic... I wrote a bit when I went insane so be warned...

MissLTears said...

learned how to say I am tired in German today

..
Ich bin mude

MissLTears said...

insanity...

Do you know who Jack Nicholson is?

Geckogirl (Skylara Wolfbane) said...

sorry guys, i have some fan-ficin to do so im gonna hop off now cya peps!

Sherlock: Your an army doctor John, have you seen any trouble?
John: Yes, far too much trouble, enough for a lifetime...

Sherlock: *pause* Wanna see some more?

John: Oh god yes!

MissLTears said...

the dots should have gone over the U for the German thing

Dragona Pine said...

Read my fanfic first geckogirl... please...

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