Saturday, December 4, 2010

Word Count

Ahem.

Just a brief note to update you on how the work is progressing. So far, every book has been longer than the one before. The first book was about 75,000 words, and Mortal Coil was over 100,000. With Book 6, I'm planning on continuing that trend, but I don't know by how much.

I've been working away at the first section of the story, the first quarter of the book, dipping in an out of scenes and chapters... Even though, officially, I started this book on November 6th, a lot of things have been taking up my time, so I've really only been able to seriously write in the past week. And in the past week I've written almost 20,000 words. That's roughly a fifth of the book, and I've done it in six days.

I am on a ROLL.

Praise be to me!

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Alex Night said...

1st

Alex Night said...

Yes! I got 1st comment again! Mwa-ha-ha-ha-ha! My mad skills are at work! (Now to actually read what was written...)

Alex Night said...

Yea, the next book will be long! The more Skulduggery we minions have to read, the better. :)

m0nkeyb00ts said...

need a really long book :) the more SP the better :D

Alex Night said...

1,2, and 3rd! That just shows how amazing i am. Totally, and awesomely amazing in every way humanly possible. I am probably the greatest minion ever. (and i don't have a shortage of self-esteem either) heh-heh

Alex Night said...

Minion Night: Signing off.

Anya said...

5th!!!!!

Anya said...

Technically 8th now Thnx Alex night.....

Em said...

6 days? WOW!! Can't wait to read it!!! Any title ideas you can share with your minions?

Kallista Pendragon - Beautiful Zombie Goddess said...

All Praise to the Great Derek Landy!!!!!
XD

You have made this minion happy!!!!
Keep up the awesome work, Sir!!!!!

Anya said...

Wow I've never commented this early. So anyway, good luck on the writing Mr. Landy! Your a real inspiration. Maybe i should start writing a book. I have a few good ideas. If I ever publish it, can I advertise in a comment? ................. I'll take that as a yes!

Anya said...

Oh BTW!!!! For anyone who cares, I just wrote a FanFiction on Skulduggery Pleasant on Fanfiction.net! it's called Brother of Mine by Raven Quill Dipped In Ink. Read it it's good! Skulduggery has an older brother and he's going to embarrass him big time int the next chapter!

Johan said...

12th comment!!

Ivy Blake > said...

Well done ! EEEEEEK the book is getting closer and closer ! *happy dance*

Mary Hiashi said...

Yes, praise be to you...

For MY story that I'm writing, I have decided to omit the first chapter and re-write the others. AND I've found a way to incorporate my other started stories as well...It'll be great. Trust me.

Sarah said...

Congratualations on doing it in 6 "says." Of course, i'd be more impressed if it was in 6 "days."

RobynAvril said...

Praise to the Landy!
20,000 words and six days? :D Awesome!

Georgina said...

Hello Derek!

I have a suggestion for you! If from now on you're going to be writing in November time because of the September releases, I know of a competition during the month of November which I think you'll LOVE.
It's called NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and the aim of it is to write 50,000 words in 30 days! A novel in 30 days :D

And if you win, you get a code to get your book published for free! :D A lovely book written by you in print!

Even though you can do that anyway cos you're like an author, I thought i'd tell you about it cuz it's fun to do :3

... WOW. 20k in 6 days? DID YOU EAT AND SLEEP AT ALL?!??! O.O Golden God must keep himself HEALTHY!!!

... :) make sure you don't die or anything...

:D Georgina

Kallista Pendragon - Beautiful Zombie Goddess said...

Sorry for making you post so much Derek, sir. It's just really cool that you come on every now and then. It's awesome to have that rare golden chance to chat with you.
I have also found that there are a lot of great people here too.
Many have great writning talent. One of them is Hellboy. I know that you said you would never read fanfic and you had great and understandable reasons.
But someday, and I hope soon, I hope you read Hellboy's fanfic.
I know others would hope for the same from you. I would not. I would rather you read Hellboy's and then maybe someone else's over mine.
I know you can not do this now as you are writing and I don't want anything to slow you down. But be warned....
:)
After that I will petition on Hellboy's behalf to encourage you to read his work.

Thank you Derek, sir!

:D

Kallista Pendragon - Beautiful Zombie Goddess said...

MARY!
Nice to see you again!!!!!!!!
XDDDDDD
How are you?

Lizzy (Bridget Whiplash) said...

WOOOHOOOO! YOU ARE AWESOME DEREK! and now that i have pumped your ego, you will now go and KEEP WRITING!

Kallista Pendragon - Beautiful Zombie Goddess said...

brb

Kallista Pendragon - Beautiful Zombie Goddess said...

Pizza's coming!

Kallista Pendragon - Beautiful Zombie Goddess said...

My nose is cold.

Kallista Pendragon - Beautiful Zombie Goddess said...

*looks at everyone darkly*
It was not the pizza man!
Dang, I'm hungry!

Kallista Pendragon - Beautiful Zombie Goddess said...

*decorates Mary and Lizzy with Christmans tinsel*



OOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhh!!!


Pretty!

Lizzy (Bridget Whiplash) said...

awwww, here eat some cookies *hands Kallista a coolie*

Mary Hiashi said...

I'm well enough...

Mary Hiashi said...

Damn slow computer...

Kallista Pendragon - Beautiful Zombie Goddess said...

Thanks Lizzy!
nom nom nom nom

It sounds like things are going well with your story Mary.
:)

Kallista Pendragon - Beautiful Zombie Goddess said...

pizzas here!

Mary Hiashi said...

It snowed on...Wednesday (finally) I think...and Dad was wearing a toque. He looks funny in it. 'Tis not his sytle...

Kallista Pendragon - Beautiful Zombie Goddess said...

lol Mary. My dad looks funny in his too!

Mary Hiashi said...

...Not exactly...I have to figure out how to write without looking back at what I've written. Any suggestions Derek. If not I'll continue to criticise myself and never finish.

Kallista Pendragon - Beautiful Zombie Goddess said...

yeah. I think it was Dec.1 when it really began to snow!

Mary Hiashi said...

...I can't even imagine what mother would look like wearing ANY sort of hat.

Kallista Pendragon - Beautiful Zombie Goddess said...

Oh dear, Mary! Wish I could be of some help.
:/

Lizzy!

How was your day? Are you really sore?

Lizzy (Bridget Whiplash) said...

yessssssss *falls over*

Kallista Pendragon - Beautiful Zombie Goddess said...

lol Mary.I don't like wearing hats. But my hair is so thick I don't really need to!

Kallista Pendragon - Beautiful Zombie Goddess said...

*throws big soft pillow before Lizzy*
Awwww....poor girl! :)

Lizzy (Bridget Whiplash) said...

*cuddles up with pillow* I really should be doing some typing...

Mary Hiashi said...

We were talking about it in foods and if the Canadian government banned foreign foods, Canadians would either die, try and leave, or become cannibals. The only thing we'd have to eat is, maple syrup, grass, trees, back bacon, and that's about it. We'd be royally screwed.

Kallista Pendragon - Beautiful Zombie Goddess said...

Me too!

Lizzy (Bridget Whiplash) said...

brb

Kallista Pendragon - Beautiful Zombie Goddess said...

None of the above sound good! Let's hope the Canadian government dosen't banned foreign foods!

Mary Hiashi said...

Maybe fish...We'll just have to steal from the sea side provinces...ooh...and see what we can find in the northern provinces...

Kallista Pendragon - Beautiful Zombie Goddess said...

*watches as a few smurfs come out and began stalking Lizzy*

Kallista Pendragon - Beautiful Zombie Goddess said...

Yeah....you could become pirates!!!!

Kallista Pendragon - Beautiful Zombie Goddess said...

I'm gonna go and watch a couple movies tonight.
:)

Kallista Pendragon - Beautiful Zombie Goddess said...

*decorates Mary and Lizzy with Christmas lights*

Kallista Pendragon - Beautiful Zombie Goddess said...

um...Mary....I was only kidding about becoming a pirate.

Mary Hiashi said...

Canada is the only country in the world that knows how to live without an identity.
Herbert Marshall McLuhan

deagle_pickle ! said...

hi guys.

Mary Hiashi said...

Canadians are generally indistinguishable from Americans, and the surest way of telling the two apart is to make the observation to a Canadian.
Richard Staines

Kallista Pendragon - Beautiful Zombie Goddess said...

LOL Mary!
Hi Deagle!!!!!

deagle_pickle ! said...

canada of bacon fame?

deagle_pickle ! said...

yo.

deagle_pickle ! said...

BRB.

Mary Hiashi said...

Hi Deagle.

Mary Hiashi said...

Canadians have been so busy explaining to the Americans that we aren't British, and to the British that we aren't Americans that we haven't had time to become Canadians.
Helen Gordon McPherson

Kallista Pendragon - Beautiful Zombie Goddess said...

LOL Mary!!!!

Oh you poor Canadians!
XD

Mary Hiashi said...

For some reason a glaze passes over people's faces when you say "Canada". Maybe we should invade South Dakota or something.
Sandra Gotlieb

Mary Hiashi said...

I am a Canadian, free to speak without fear, free to worship in my own way, free to stand for what I think right, free to oppose what I believe wrong, or free to choose those who shall govern my country. This heritage of freedom I pledge to uphold for myself and all mankind.
John Diefenbaker
From the Canadian Bill of Rights, July 1, 1960

deagle_pickle ! said...

canada has a bill of rights?

Mary Hiashi said...

God Bless America, but God help Canada to put up with them!
Anonymous

Alex Night said...

Oh, I forgot to wish you good luck on writing Book 6, Derek. So, er..., good luck on writing book 6. Try and remember to eat and sleep during the next few months.

Minion Night: Signing off

Kallista Pendragon - Beautiful Zombie Goddess said...

LOL Mary!!!!

Mary Hiashi said...

Of course. Why wouldn't we? We're not some backwater country. Or something.

deagle_pickle ! said...

hey kallista, you changed your name again.

Kallista Pendragon - Beautiful Zombie Goddess said...

Yeah. I got bored with the other one.
:)
Getting bored with my current pic. May change it soon.

deagle_pickle ! said...

wow, you change a lot.

deagle_pickle ! said...

i might change mine......meh.

Kallista Pendragon - Beautiful Zombie Goddess said...

...and I'm back!

Mary Hiashi said...

I am so excited about Canadians ruling the world.
John Diefenbaker

Wouldn't that be something...People would be stunned.

Kallista Pendragon - Beautiful Zombie Goddess said...

Yeah. I like to rotate between a few pics and some weird random title.

Mary Hiashi said...

In any world menu, Canada must be considered the vichyssoise of nations, it's cold, half-French, and difficult to stir.
Stuart Keate

Rosella Embers said...

hi!

Kallista Pendragon - Beautiful Zombie Goddess said...

Wow! The whole world would be Canada! There probably would be peace then.

Rosella Embers said...

hi mary and kallista and whoever else might be on!

Kallista Pendragon - Beautiful Zombie Goddess said...

lol Mary!

Hi Rosella! Like your new pic! :)

deagle_pickle ! said...

like mine?

Rosella Embers said...

thx! i though u had some girl with a sun umbrella or something..

deagle_pickle ! said...

darn, its cut off....

Rosella Embers said...

whats cut off?

Kallista Pendragon - Beautiful Zombie Goddess said...

Yeah! I like your pic Deagle!
@Rosella Yeah...I just changed it. :)

Rosella Embers said...

:)

Mary Hiashi said...

Many Canadian nationalists harbour the bizarre fear that should we ever reject royalty, we would instantly mutate into Americans, as though the Canadian sense of self is so frail and delicate a bud, that the only thing stopping it from being swallowed whole by the US is an English lady in a funny hat.
Will Ferguson

Rosella Embers said...

thats great

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? whats this about canadians ruling the world?

Kallista Pendragon - Beautiful Zombie Goddess said...

LOL Mary! Your killin me again!!!!!

Rosella Embers said...

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deagle_pickle ! said...

HALO!!!

Rosella Embers said...

yes, deagle

Kallista Pendragon - Beautiful Zombie Goddess said...

LOL Rosella! Mary is from Canada.
She is just putting up various quotes.

Mary Hiashi said...

Is that Master Chief Deagle...?

Hey Rosella!

halo_pickle ! said...

no idea.

Mary Hiashi said...

What is a Canadian? A Canadian is a fellow wearing English tweeds, a Hong Kong shirt and Spanish shoes, who sips Brazilian coffee sweetened with Philippine sugar from a Bavarian cup while nibbling Swiss cheese, sitting at a Danish desk over a Persian rug, after coming home in a German car from an Italian movie... and then writes his Member of Parliament with a Japanese ballpoint pen on French paper, demanding that he do something about foreigners taking away our Canadian jobs.
Anonymous

halo_pickle ! said...

we are almost at a new page!

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almost!

halo_pickle ! said...

ONE!!! yay!

ElcidSabre said...

Just browsing through my Latin dictionary when I stumbled across the Latin word for 'darkness' - Tenebrae. Sound familiar?

I just though this was interesting.

halo_pickle ! said...

foo.

Mary Hiashi said...

For the record, no one really does that anymore...maybe old people, but...

Kallista Pendragon - Beautiful Zombie Goddess said...

LOL MAry!

halo_pickle ! said...

that is cool,ElcidSabre!

Rosella Embers said...

hi everyone again! just read another part of kallistas story...




so....good...

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Mary Hiashi said...

You Canadians have given us such hope to carry on. We admire your bravery. You are the neighbour of such a rich, powerful country, and yet you don't mind clashing with them. Well, that gives us more confidence.
Pedro Gutierrez

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do i sense TUrkey?

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Kallista Pendragon - Beautiful Zombie Goddess said...

LOL Rosella!!!!! I'll try and hold back so you can get 1st spot!

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201 will be first on next page!

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Rebella Tears said...

yay! i got in b4 the first 1000 comments! seriously, we need 2 lower the live chat

Congrats Derek! can't wait for book six! also, wikipedia your name and it say:
Skulduggery Pleasant
Skulduggery Pleasant Playing with Fire
Skulduggery Pleasant the Faceless Ones
SSkulduggery Pleasant Dark Days
Skulduggery Pleasant Mortal Coil
Skulduggery Pleasant The Terrible Truth


Yeah right, The Terrible Truth? i think Golden God would tell if that was the title and the title would have more emotion.

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Kallista Pendragon - Beautiful Zombie Goddess said...

You are getting closer!

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halo_pickle ! said...

hey guys, do you have anything better to do?

Mary Hiashi said...

The Official Canadian Temperature Conversion Chart
50 degrees Fahrenheit
New Yorkers try to turn on the heat.
Canadians plant gardens.
40 degrees Fahrenheit
Californians shiver uncontrollably.
Canadians sun bathe.
35 degrees Fahrenheit
Italian Cars won't start
Canadians drive with the windows down
32 degrees Fahrenheit
Distilled water freezes
Canadian water gets thicker.
0 degrees Fahrenheit
New York landlords finally turn on the heat.
Canadians have the last cookout of the season.
-40 degrees Fahrenheit
Hollywood disintegrates.
Canadians rent some videos.
-60 degrees Fahrenheit
Mt St. Helens freezes.
Canadian Girl Guides sell cookies door-to-door.
Nunavik
-100 degrees Fahrenheit
Santa Claus abandons the North Pole.
Canadians pull down their ear flaps.
-173 degrees Fahrenheit
Ethyl alcohol freezes.
Canadians get frustrated when they can't thaw the keg.
-460 degrees Fahrenheit
All atomic motion stops.
Canadians start saying "cold eh?"
-500 degrees Fahrenheit
Hell freezes over.
The Toronto Maple Leafs win the Stanley Cup.

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Kallista Pendragon - Beautiful Zombie Goddess said...

Hi Rebella!

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halo_pickle ! said...

this is boring.

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Kallista Pendragon - Beautiful Zombie Goddess said...

LOL Mary!

Rosella Embers said...

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Lizzy (Bridget Whiplash) said...

I'm back...

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halo_pickle ! said...

hmmmm.

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