Thursday, September 22, 2011

Another Tour Over

Well... THAT was a tour...!

I've been back home for a few days, trying to get used to sleeping in my own bed and struggling to figure out how I managed to exist without someone from Publicity leading me to and from destinations, ordering me food, arranging hotel rooms and cars... It's not easy, adjusting back into normality, especially after meeting thousands of readers, many of whom go strangely quiet when they finally get their book signed... Not all of them go quiet, however, but we'll get to that...

I flew to London on September 2nd, a Friday, and had dinner with my VERY lovely agent Michelle, where we talked about all manner of cool things- INCLUDING the kitchen that I'm planning on refitting. (See? Seriously cool things like that my kitchen. I live such an exciting life.)

Saturday morning, Publicity Girl Extraordinaire Tiffany picked me up from my hotel and we started a day of public signings in Brent Cross and Bromley. Oh dear GOD. People had been waiting for hours- the queue went on forever- and a certain number of Skulduggery fans were actually screaming. Then they descended on me with their mad, crazy babble. I sat there, stunned, as they babbled and yattered and chattered and gibbered. I was given an inflatable unicorn called Clarabelle, and I'm pretty sure I was proposed to.

That evening I flew to Edinburgh, and the next morning Publicity Girl Extraordinaire Mary picked me up and I did events in Perth and Stirling, both of which were amusingly manic.

On Monday, we were in Glasgow, and I did TWO 400 person events one after another... This is when my voice started to go, and by the time I turned up at Waterstones that evening, I was definitely starting to worry. My voice has never been a problem before, but then, every tour the queues get longer, and I chat and laugh with more people, so it was only a matter of time before I was talking constantly for 8 hours a day... My poor voice just wasn't prepared for it.

We finished up in Scotland on Tuesday and drove to Newcastle, and from there it all started to blur together. We were in Bolton next, then Sheffield and Boston, then Cambridge and St Albans, and I met so many Skulduggery readers who each had their own theories as to what's going to happen next, and their own opinions on what just happened in Death Bringer, and each and every one of them were unique oddballs who made me grin and chat more and lose my voice AGAIN...

And then suddenly it was Saturday, and I was in Muswell's Children's Bookshop, talking to my old English teacher who'd come along, and I was given a WONDERFUL cake by a couple of readers who'd made it themselves. And then- Bluewater. The legendary Bluewater, where the queues are longer than anywhere else. If there is one thing this tour has taught me is how to speed up while signing, and I was definitely signing faster here in order to make it to the airport for my flight... But I did it, and I hopped on the plane, came home, and the next day I was at the Mountains to the Sea Festival in Dun Laoghaire, meeting the coolest people and getting lots of hugs.

Then I had a few days off, and Publicity Girl Extraordinaire Sam came over, fresh from her wedding, to spend time with the TRUE love of her life- me. Over the next three days we did events and signings in Tallaght and Kildare, Liberty Hall and Swords, and finished with epic signings in Dundrum and Blanchardstown.

And now? Now I'm finished.

I must, at this moment, thank my Publicity Girls. Thank you very much Catrina, it was so good to meet you! Thank you Mary- a few years ago I changed your life when I introduced you to the glories of the Gilmore Girls, and now I think I have done it again by introducing you and your family to the classic Batman: The Animated Series. Sam, after a few days with me, I hope life with your new husband won't appear too drab by comparison. And last but not least, Tiffany. Tiffany has been around for a few years, but this is the first time she's ever come on one of my tours, and unfortunately it's also going to be the last, as she heads back home to America in a few weeks. Tiffany was a wonderful companion, completely overawed at my wit, which is understandable. I knew we were going to get on when I heard the Imperial March coming from her phone.

I just want to thank all of you who came to an event or a signing- it really gives me a thrill when someone says "Hi, I'm Sue, but you probably know me best as Raven Darkclaw from the blog/facebook/forums." So many of you guys identified yourselves to me and it was like meeting an old friend for the first time. The lovely thing about these tours is when the Publicity Girls say how much they love the people who come to get books signed. For some reason, they seem to think you guys are fantastic, and fun, and sweet, and smart, and hilarious and goodnatured. I try to explain that ALL of my Minions are this way, and you are. From the people who froze when they met me (which is ALWAYS amusing) to the people who just wouldn't stop talking, to the girls who were practically hyperventilating, you were all magnificent. I don't particularly like going away to stay at bad hotels for a week, but every single one of you make it all worthwhile.

And I know I missed huge chunks of Ireland and the UK, but hopefully we'll visit your area next time. Next year there'll be more tours to add on, and whatever else pops up. Whenever I get a request, I do take note of it, because I know there are passionate readers all over the world who just want a chance to meet their Golden God. All you folks in Singapore, and Australia and New Zealand, and all the requests I get from Sweden and Germany and Canada and Estonia, not to mention you Americans...!

I really hope that one of these days I'll be able to tour America, but I just want to say right here and now that I truly appreciate all your support. It's not easy for you guys- not least because only the first three books are officially available over there- so your support really does go above and beyond the call of duty. I hope to be able to do something nice for you sometime soon, in thanks. In fact, how many of you are actually out there? I know Kallista is American, and Skulgirl, and I think Mar Chu, but how many others?

American readers, let yourselves be known!

One more thing, before I head off. It's thanks to you guys that Death Bringer sold so well, so thank you for officially making Skulduggery Pleasant a NUMBER ONE Bestselling Series!

Now I have to go. I need to finish The End of the World in the next few days. I love my job.

3,812 comments:

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S.C. said...

First! I was the one in Bromley with ALL the books, and just for reference I DO get the twist in the middle, I was just flabbergasted at meeting you I forgot,

Your loyal minion Sarah :D

Quinnera Elviana: 5th Seat of the Council of the Lost Ones said...

First!

S.C. said...

Sorry I was first first :D....if that makes sense

Ayesha said...

3rd??

Quinnera Elviana: 5th Seat of the Council of the Lost Ones said...

Or second! Y'know!

WHY ARE YOU SO AWESOME OH GREAT MASTER DEREK?

I heard about the unicorn :P Awesomesauce.

CAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAKE.


The international peoples have the right to see you too! YAY! But Derek... I wanna bask in your awesomeness also... K?

YAY! END OF THE WORLD! I KNOW WHERE MY VOUCHER IS GOING THIS YEAR!

S.C. said...

The best part was when he came out, even applauded and cheered, it was awesome!!

Quinnera Elviana: 5th Seat of the Council of the Lost Ones said...

Yup SC! Pleased to meet you! The name's Quinnera, but you can call me Quinn. Mainly because it's shorter, easier to say, and generally I prefer it. But if I prefer it, why would I choose the name Quinnera? Simple, people who I know should know me as the person I am- Quinn, the good natured, slightly klutzy, hopefully friendly and happy, people who see me from the outside should see me as the fabulous, grand, eloquent Quinnera. See? Or don't? Y'know. :P

Quinnera Elviana: 5th Seat of the Council of the Lost Ones said...

*burns with jealousy*

Well. THERE'S ALWAYS NEXT YEAR!

Right Derek? *whimpers hopefully*

*because that's possible*

Quinnera Elviana: 5th Seat of the Council of the Lost Ones said...

I rambled, didn't I?

I'm sorry... I tend to do that sometimes. Ooops.

annaslanski said...

So close to first!!
really, Derek Landy, you must satisfy your diligent american stalkers. especially those who can recite your books by heart.(its tru. ask my cat)
i now ask permission to sit at your feet and bask in your neverending, terrible golden glory.

Quinnera Elviana: 5th Seat of the Council of the Lost Ones said...

'Tis quiet in this area of blogland.

Quinnera Elviana: 5th Seat of the Council of the Lost Ones said...

Hi Anna!

I agree Anna. Except I live in England. So yeah :P

S.C. said...

Pleased to meet you, I'm Sarah :D Most important question....you've finished the awesomeness that is Death Bringer right? Of course you have, how silly of me. Cool screen name by the way :)

annaslanski said...

How can you change the name at the top?

annaslanski said...

Please dont call me Anna. just cat(my name is annacatherine)
HI Sarah and all the rest of yous!!

Quinnera Elviana: 5th Seat of the Council of the Lost Ones said...

Thanks Sarah! Half way through- School ate me after I hit the twist (MIND BLOWN BY THE WAY. SHEER AWESOME). So I have to get back to it. Can't now though, else I won't sleep. And I need sleep. DofE tomorrow see.

@Anna: Well. I have a blogger account, so you can do it from that. But if you're using gmail or LiveJournal or something then I dunno.

annaslanski said...

Im kind of, um, spazzing right now, because i have been trying for, um about 3 years to post here and i finally can and *gasp* i am freaking out and Derek YOu are the most amazingful person ever and *gasp*

Quinnera Elviana: 5th Seat of the Council of the Lost Ones said...

Umm... I meant Cat. Hehe. :P

Sorry! *hands a cookie to Cat*

annaslanski said...

Yah, i got a google account just for this.

S.C. said...

WOOO!! go England :D USA is pretty cool too.

annaslanski said...

COOKIE!!!! COOKIE!
thank you.

Quinnera Elviana: 5th Seat of the Council of the Lost Ones said...

Ah :) I'm fairly old ish here. About 5 months now? Though, I was reading the blog right from the first post.. :P Hehe.

annaslanski said...

ooh.. are there chocolate chips in this thing? it awesome.

Quinnera Elviana: 5th Seat of the Council of the Lost Ones said...

Indeed! Love USA, love England. Both awesomesauce.

You're most welcome! :D

S.C. said...

Who's your guys favourite character...Obvs Tanith!! I almost cried at the end of Mortal Coil.....YOU NEED TO FINISH DEATH BRINGER!!! It's gold in book form :D

annaslanski said...

this is so friggin epic the thought that The golden god might read my sensless ramblings typed from my very own asylum and... *gasp*

still cant breathe

Quinnera Elviana: 5th Seat of the Council of the Lost Ones said...

Ok ok! I've got it now. May be slow commenting. Mine's China. SHE'S SO AWESOME. And the thing about the thing about Skulduggery and his family... GAH...

Ayesha said...

*stares at Dereks post* y-y-you were in Bolton?? As in the Bolton right next to manchester? Am I reading this right? The only reason I ever said to come to Manchester was because I never in million years thought you would come to Bolton but now you say you have?? Umm.. Ok I'm gonna go away and tell my friends while I go and cry...

Oh and the only reason I didn't say I lived in Bolton was because I didn't really want everyone to know where I lived! sooo um yh....!
Lol I'll probably delete this post after a bit!!

Quinnera Elviana: 5th Seat of the Council of the Lost Ones said...

LOL Anna :D That's right. Let the awesome wash over you. Like a wave. Of Great Golden Godliness. And potatoes.

annaslanski said...

ooh... fave charecter...
tough...
but i loved the Tanith-ghastly thing
expected, but still adorable

Wow, my computer is freekin out
i typped the whole thing before anything showed up

annaslanski said...

its getting in my blood, man
(the golden is getting in me, like oxygen instead of nitrogen)
and potatoes. mashed, of course

Cat said...

Testing.. testing..

Cat said...

WHoo-hoo!
(this is annaslanski)

Kallista Pendragon- The Beautiful Goddess Queen said...

Oh Derek!
*sighs happily*
It is SO GOOD to hear from you again. Now all will be well.

*hugs*

Cat said...

I'm spamming, arent i? Computers hate me anyway, the only online thing i do is email(and this) so i dont have any experiance

Cat said...

Hi Kallista!

You dont know me.
but as i have been stalking derek only to be able to surface now, i have read many of your comments.

so hi.

nights.raven said...

hey everyone

Quinnera Elviana: 5th Seat of the Council of the Lost Ones said...

YAY! *throws a party*

I don't actually know what I'm celebrating... GENERAL HAPPINESS! YAY!

Niall, the Guy With a Boring Name. said...

SOMETHINGTH!

Quinnera Elviana: 5th Seat of the Council of the Lost Ones said...

Hi Raven!

But... Cat... You didn't see me before? *whimpers*

Quinnera Elviana: 5th Seat of the Council of the Lost Ones said...

NIALL!

Niall, the Guy With a Boring Name. said...

Thirty-nineth...
*facepalm*

Cat said...

dude...
derek is alive.
do we need any more reason to party?
Cookies for all!
Hi Nights.Raven

Cat said...

i have seen most of you, and yes, you.
Sup?

Venice Rain said...

"to the girls who were practically hyperventilating"

DERRRRRRRRRRPPPPPPPPPPPPP

I FREAKED OUT. so much.
I was being all cool in the line, sitting there in my shades, then, DERP DERP HURR.

WORTH IT. SO WORTH IT.

Cat said...

sorry if i seem a little slow... my computer hates me

Niall, the Guy With a Boring Name. said...

@MR DEREK













THIS POST IS FOR YOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!


















Kal
Skyril
Mar
Lego
Ann (She has kids, so she counts as more than one)
Ann
Ann
Ummmmm.... *knows there are more and that he will kick himself*
A lot of people.

Quinnera Elviana: 5th Seat of the Council of the Lost Ones said...

Thalia!
Mir!
Lizzy!

Cat said...

Hi!
Spazzez uncontrollably*

Cat said...

Derek, fyi
if i ever run out of inspiration, read your books. if that doesnt work, i stare at my muse(Zurg) until he flings himself on my head and my shower laughs at me

nights.raven said...

Hi derek
im from america, and i wish you would come out SOON :) and i absolutely LOVED Death Bringer! it was awesome! and i hope that you will be bringing Tanith back. I also got my sister into the series, Yay!

Gaia Song (Vita) said...

Hi everyone!!!!!! wow I got to meet derek... I feel so privaliged... apart from the fact that probably about 10000 other people did to...... lol. But I did give derek a hug! :)
lol and then got to go on the pedalo's!!!!! lol.
And Derek, If your on..... The reson Bluewater was legendary was because I was there.... good. As you can seee my profile pic is now of me and my friends meeting you!!!!!!! YAY

nights.raven said...

hi Cat, how r u?

Niall, the Guy With a Boring Name. said...

If I run out of inspiration, a man with a gun enters the room.
It has yet to fail me.
Except for when I wrote a romance.

Cat said...

i feel so left out. i didnt get to meet derek.
i dont give out hugs.
ever.
but i think i could try to figure it out for derek.

I got my sister to read 1 and 2, but now ive horded them all so... ya

going to go sulk in the corner.

Thalia said...

DEREK!

*squeezes in a hug*

I'm glad you had a great tour! Sounds like so much FUN!

There are TONS of Americans. I can't list them all. Yes, Mar is American, and she'll be SO FLIPPING HAPPY when she sees her name in this post. I think I can expect some squealing from her at school...

I'm American too, and so is mine and Mar's friend Mir, who doesn't come on this blog that often. And there are others at our school who love your books...let's see...there's Ariah, Lydia, Jimmybelle, Echo, and Snow. And maybe some others, but I'm probably blocking them from my memory because they annoy me.

Lizzy is American. And....there are others.

nights.raven said...

hi quinn, how r u?

Cat said...

left out, Night.raven
You?

Romances are fun... as long as one person dies by page 33.
fun to read anyway

i love killing off charecters, ya know?

Quinnera Elviana: 5th Seat of the Council of the Lost Ones said...

LOL Niall.

When I need inspiration I sit and wait. The belief that inspiration will hit you.

It works sometimes too!

nights.raven said...

hi thalia, how r u?

Cat said...

what about the americans who are on?
Hello, fellow americans!

Gaia Song (Vita) said...

hI EVERYbdY Else WhO jUAt cAMe oN oH thTe CapS LettEr GoNE ALl sPaZy.

Venice Rain said...

@Thalia - Kal, Ann-Marie, Lego....

@Niall - a romance that I MUST read!

nights.raven said...

im ok, jealous of all the ppl who got to meet him, but ok

Quinnera Elviana: 5th Seat of the Council of the Lost Ones said...

Hi Thalia!

You left out... Me! Well... Technically I'm not american... But I like being on lists, ok? :P

Cat said...

im have become personally permanatly depressed. why cant i meet Derek?
sulking again

Thalia said...

Now, I have work to do, and the only reason I stopped is to read this post, jump around my living room, and then hurl myself back onto the couch so I could type a comment. Now I must go back to the world of too much Powering the World homework. And then I need to read more of Death Bringer. BYE!

Gaia Song (Vita) said...

I SHouyld ReaLLy Do Da CDt HoMewORk

Cat said...

cDt?

Derek Landy said...

Hi Annaslanski! Or, er, Cat, as you are now...!

And Ayesha, i was indeed in THAT Bolton! But I SAID I was gonna be in Bolton when I posted my tour schedule weeks ago! Silly Ayesha...!

Mmmmm I'm thirsty... gonna go get something to drink...

Cat said...

srry im being stupid
my brain is on overload

nights.raven said...

Hi Derek

Gaia Song (Vita) said...

cdt... uhhh like woodwork and stuff. we gotta design a cd holder then make it. Deep joy

Niall, the Guy With a Boring Name. said...

YAY DEREK!

Derek Landy said...

Thalia- you go to school with people who have the coolest names EVER.

Cat said...

OOOOOOOMMMMMMMMFFFFGGGG!
that was.... you was.... you are...
omigod!
Derek!
Hi!
wow, i wrote a speech for this 3 years ago and i forgot!

HOw are you!

Gaia Song (Vita) said...

Oh hey derek, do u have any advise on fiting initals onto tiny bits of cardboard which are suposed to represent wood?

nights.raven said...

Hi Derek, how are you?

Thalia said...

OK, screw homework, Derek's on.


Indeed, Derek, I do. And most of those aren't even their real names, but I call them those things because they're their taken names, and their real names are pretty damn awesome as well.

Cat said...

derek? iwas wondering.. am i worthy to stand in your presence?
or should i leave?
im going with number two for two reasons.
1you dont want to alk to another crazy person
2, heck, im not worthy to be in the presence of a teacher, neverthe less a GOD
frigging dieing here,

Gaia Song (Vita) said...

could you please have a look at my story. PLEASE!
it's not fan fiction it one of my own!!!!!
the first part is http://whatmefindsfunny.blogspot.com/2011/09/intro-of-story-i-have-been-writting-for.html
and the second part http://whatmefindsfunny.blogspot.com/2011/09/some-more-of-my-wonderfull-story.html
thxs

Ayesha said...

I went over the tour schedule soo many times maybe I just missed it or something but can I ask where you where like which bookshop in Bolton?

Niall, the Guy With a Boring Name. said...

@Mr Derek, any North dates planned?


You need to get your Cthulu story...

Alana Core said...

I'm posting this again here, because there's more of a chance that Derek'll see it with less comments...

Dear Mr Derek Landy,

There are so many things that I wish I could say to you. But it would take much, much to long to tell you the whole thing. Even if I could afford to fly to Ireland to go to your book signings and meet you in person, there wouldn’t be enough time to sufficiently express what I need to say to you.

I suppose I should start by introducing myself first. My name is Mariah Francis. I live in a small town in Connecticut in the USA, and I am sixteen years old. Just last year, I picked up a curiosity-inducing book off of my best friend’s desk in Spanish class and looked at it. It looked like an interesting read, Skulduggery Pleasant: Scepter of the Ancients. I read the back and immediately was engrossed.

I asked said friend if I could borrow the book and completed it that night, roaring with laughter the entire time. Stephanie reminded myself of me; a young girl who knew that there was something more in this world, who was sarcastic and snappy. The next day I walked into school and handed the book back to my friend (whose name I should probably mention: it’s Sam) and he looked at me, confused. “You didn’t like it?” he asked, tilting his head.

“I loved it,” I breathed. I was so terribly excited. I told him I needed the next one, immediately. And I read. I read and I read and I read. And I fell in love, Mr Landy. This book series is not only something that I can sit down and read without a care in the world. I should probably mention the fact that this book series saved my life.

You see, Mr Landy, last year, things in my life literally hit the fan. My grades were plummeting, I couldn’t concentrate, I was distancing myself from my best friends, and I began to self-harm. I still have the scars, but they’re going away quickly. I hate to show people my arms, and I used to hate when people looked at me like I was abso-bloody-lutely insane.

By the time I got to The Faceless Ones, my life began to sort itself out, in a way. If I wasn’t reading Skulduggery, I was writing Skulduggery fanfiction with Sam, creating our own characters and slipping them into Skulduggery’s world.

And that year… that year changed my life. Skulduggery has waltzed into my life for good, and he saved me. You saved me. This series made me realize that it is okay to be insane. It’s okay to be a little odd. It’s okay to be sad, as long as you have someone to help. Maybe that’s not the message you were trying to send by writing Skulduggery, and believe me, I love it not just for the things it did for me, but the humor and the wit.

I idolize Valkyrie Cain. I want to be like her. Strange, but in a good way. Snappy and sarcastic. And I am some of that. I’m my own person too, though. And for some reason, somehow, your books helped me realize that.

Thank you, Mr Landy.

P.S. Sorry if this is all sentimental and what-not, but seeing as I will probably not ever be able to meet you in person, I’m crossing my fingers and I’m hoping that you will stumble upon this letter. I’m hoping you’ll read it, Mr Landy.

Cheers,

Mariah

P.P.S. I’ve even shipped Dark Days, Mortal Coil, and Death Bringer to the US so I could read those too. I anxiously await March, when the End of the World begins.


Also, I'm American! Just putting that out there...

Venice Rain said...

DEREK DEREK DEREK DEREK DEREK

*waves* I WAS FEMALE SANGUINE!!!!!!!!!!!
AND MY SISTER WAS SPRINGHEELED JACK!!!!!!!!!!!!

OMGOMGOMGOMGOMG

Cat said...

Like--- southern---conecticutian???

Ayesha said...

Oh yh end of the world comes out two days before my birthday!! I CAN'T WAIT!! XD

Cat said...

no really--- southern Ct?

Quinnera Elviana: 5th Seat of the Council of the Lost Ones said...

Hello Mr Landy!

And with that I leave. Farewell my friends!

I shall see you all on Sunday! Pray that I don't get eaten by cows or sheep!

Bye!

nights.raven said...

bye quinn

Alana Core said...

Who are you talking to, Cat?

Niall, the Guy With a Boring Name. said...

Bye Quinn.

Thalia said...

One last thing to before I sink back into homework.

Derek, our dear friend Lenka was at one of your signings. She gave you a folder that had her writing in it, Kallista's, Octa's, Hellboy's, and my own. I was wondering if you've read our pieces yet.


Now, I leave. Ciao!

Cat said...

U, Mariah Francis

Cat said...

cuz there is a megan francis in my school...

Niall, the Guy With a Boring Name. said...

Bye Thalia also!

Flame Phoneix said...

Hi I was at blanchardstown 3rd in line I was 2nd last year :) Derek was awesome so funny and cool

Cat said...

Cya!

Bekka said...

We American Minions are indeed few and far between. In fact, every single person I know who has read Skulduggery had it recommended to them by me (except for the one who recommended it to ME, of course. But she's an adult)That, by the way is a full twenty people, including a few online friends. Plus, I've decided I'm coming to Ireland for the Ninth book release whether my parents like it or not.

I also held a Skulduggery release party. It was spectacular. We made cupcakes and embedded a Skulduggery quote in each one. I (as leader of the fan club) gave a speech and then we did trivia, first prize being a "Necromancer Ring." The winner, my friend Elila wears it al the time. Thanks so much for writing these amazing books!

nights.raven said...

bye thalia
hi flame, how r u?

Alana Core said...

I live in Coventry, CT. :)

Cat said...

Aw... so close, and so far away....

BUt see that derek? why dont you stop by in Ct?
I got around 30 people started and the first kid literally offered me money to borrow the second one!!!!

Venice Rain said...

Thsi is what I planned to say;
Thank you for your books Mr Landy. Its so rare to find teenage books with more than romance!
I love the dialouge, the subtext (Thrasher and Scapegrace is my OTP... well they are now... used to be SkulSorrows... OH and Darqile...*shivers*)

Also, it helped me get through a year or more of school.
Whenever someone was having a go at me, or just plain being a... rude word, I'd just imagine I was China Sorrows (such a good role model, I know. But she has a Library, and a wardorbe to match. SO. RARE.)
um, um, um,
ALSO, It helped bridge the gap bewteen me and my youngest sibling. Thanks to SP, we get on so well now!

Alana Core said...

Why, where do you live, Cat? And seriously, Venice. You're totally right. Did you read my extensive letter to Mr. Landy? He helped me get through my year of school too. :D

Cat said...

A good role model?
shes too... i dont know how to say this...
she kind of annoys me


but in a good way. of course.
all of my golden god's charecters are perfect.
PERFECT.
anyone argues? agree or be shot!

Lol Inc. said...

Hello, haven't read the post yet; just saw you made it 1 HOUR AGO! I WAS PLAYING ON THE XBOX AS THE GOLDEN GOD WROTE A BLOG POST!!!
=D
If you ever read this; I aint even CLOSE to being 'your greatest fan'. For all I know, I'm a figment of your imagination. However, I think your books are better than Eragon (and THAT IS SAYING SOMETHING; I'M A DRAGON NERD =P ) and I like writing fantasy myself... Although not as awesome as yours. Tentecle faced daemons and pizza eating Dragon Lords and vamps with retractable teeth can never trump the Skul Man!
Just saying; one day, could you make a entire book of short stories, and include some of Emily Good's 'Skul-Man comics', and some more of Tom Percivil's artwork? It could be the Skulduggery Book of Awesome.
By the time I actually press 'post comment' I'll be several pages behind the more devoted fans.
So, please include a dragon in the final trilogy;
from Dark Dragon at Lol.inc http://jcdragon14.blogspot.com/

Niall, the Guy With a Boring Name. said...

"Thrasher and Scapegrace is my OTP... well they are now... used to be SkulSorrows... OH and Darqile...*shivers*"

ClarabelleXThrasher.
That is all.

Cat said...

Woodbridge

Ja
I found Skulduggary just in time- a year later and id be dead

Bekka said...

It must be so nice to have people begging you for the books. I practically have to force them on people. But they'll learn soon enough. Some don't though, they never finish or they're just too busy doing boring, ordinary things to read the best books ever, I don't understand it, I'll never understand it.

barmybex said...

Was so good meeting you at Cambridge. I did go kind of quiet. I had so many things I was going to say to you and suddenly I couldn't breath and went silly. :P
Thanks for the hug and I hope you liked the collage I made you.
Glad you had such a good time. Can't wait for next year. I promise I'll speak this time.
Skulduggery Rocks!!!
xx

Cat said...

Dude--- i was just about to say the same thing--- id be so friggen epic if there was a dragon---and--and---*gasp*

need to take my freek-out pills

NJ said...

Derek i do hope you had fun on your Tour!!
You probably have long forgotten ME by no :'(
But just a reminder!! I was the one in Edinburgh (in August) that told you that her friend SWORE she could Fly but her jellybean army flies her everywhere instead!!
I asked for a hug (i got it) And i also told you the 2 debates on the Gender of SP's child!!
That was me!!
That was more than a month ago!!

Niall, the Guy With a Boring Name. said...

Skulduggery shaped my adolescence.
True facts.
Val in the first book was very similar to how I viewed myself, and Skulduggery was who I wanted to be. The books got me into fanfic, which really helped me find my writing voice and to improve my original writing.
...
Also, I bought a fedora.

Cat said...

well?
m,f,gq,t?

Cat said...

what is fanfic?
I tip my own imaginary purple fedora to you, Niall

Venice Rain said...

@Niall - I FORGOT ABOUT CLARATHRASH!

Is it wrong I imagine her hair to be like Ramona Flowers now?

Niall, the Guy With a Boring Name. said...

More ways in which SP made me awesome:

Got me on here.

I don't know what I'd do if I didn't have here.

nights.raven said...

hi NJ, how r u?

Bekka said...

I know what you mean, Niall. Writing fanfic has really helped me with dialogue. I'd probably be dead if not for Skulduggery. Not kidding

Niall, the Guy With a Boring Name. said...

@Ven, I imagine her hair the same way.
...
Synergyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy.

NJ said...

HEY RAVEN *hugs*
I am Grand
you??

Niall, the Guy With a Boring Name. said...

@Cat, fanfiction.

Flame Phoneix said...

Deathbringer Was awesome

nights.raven said...

*hugs* better now that the golden god has posted again :)

Cat said...

What
is
fan
fic?

Bekka said...

fan fiction, it's great

NJ said...

Hello Cat.
Nice to meet you.
I am NJ Maverick

NJ said...

Hello Bekka
Nice to meet you aswell :)

Cat said...

at-cat-fanfiction?
im soo stupid...

Flame Phoneix said...

Sorry I keep forgetting to refresh the page

Bekka said...

thanks! I was wondering how long it was going to take someone to notice me. ; )

NJ said...

Hey Flame!!
Long time no speak!!
How are you??

Hanna said...

Hiiiiiiiiiii I'm American! :D Visit Sonoma County, California! I JUST finished Dark Days because our library finally decided to get the books even though they're not in American print. :3 Now I'm waiting for Mortal Coil, and then Death Bringer!!! ARAHIOGHAERIHFIEOAHF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yeah. Sorry about that little spastic moment.
It's so weird, reading the UK edition! Some of the words are spelled funny! Like 'kerb' instead of 'curb' and 'tyre' instead of 'tire'. I know substituting the 'z' in realize to 's', and all, but 'kerb' and 'tyre' totally threw me off. But it was amazing!

COME TO AMERICA!!!!!!!!!! -Hanna

NJ said...

I notice EVERYONE i meet :)

Niall, the Guy With a Boring Name. said...

This is the best fic:

http://venicerain.blogspot.com/

That is all.
*blushes*

Cat said...

HI Nj!
I know who you are.
i am your personal stalker.
jk, i an stalking derek to make sure he comes to the usa, and i have seen you
how are you doing?

NJ said...

Grand
Yourself??

Bekka said...

I agree with Hannah, Derek MUST come to America, I'm from Minnesota

Cat said...

aw! adorable, that thing with the venice rain

Venice Rain said...

@Niall - I know. I don't know what I'd do either...
I wouldn't be writing, I wouldn't have you and Kal and Quinn and Lego and you and Gepard and Iris and you and Hellboy and NJ and so many more...

Niall, the Guy With a Boring Name. said...

I really must leave now.
...
Bye!

Bekka said...

bye.

NJ said...

Hey Venice my Blog Mother
*hugs*
How are you??

Bye Niall, even though we didnt get to talk :(
GOODBYE BLOG FATHER!!

Cat said...

cyas

Bekka said...

I suppose I must check out that blog, huh?

Cat said...

its Fantastic!

Venice Rain said...

ignore him *blushes* *sends kisses and hugs and ect*
http://fanfic-blog-of-niall.blogspot.com/ funny as hell!

Bekka said...

I'll try to remember to look it up when I'm not obsessing over Skulduggery or something else, I'm very involved with books and such

NJ said...

That about sums it up :)
I have to go now also :(
BYE EVERYONE
*hugs*

Cat said...

eurg...
from adorable to gagworthy

Cat said...

i go from bus to my school library every day, and every day i go back at the end-
(and, if i have to, during lunch)

Cat said...

that is soo good, Niall!

Cat said...

wow.. the way im spazzing, you probably think im taking something illegal... i did explain i was in my own personall asylum right?
i kind of, died, um, six times over when derek posted..

Cat said...

im spamming again, arent i?
i really need to get the hang of this thing..

nights.raven said...

bye NJ and Niall

nights.raven said...

lol

Cat said...

cyall

Venice Rain said...

@cat - DERP.
you're the.... 4th person to say something along those lines about me and him ^^ the smushiness...

thanks about the fic ^^
@NJ - HAI BAI!

Cat said...

Derp?

Cat said...

what does derp mean?

Mar-Chu said...

YES! YES YES YES! COME TO AMERICA! COME TO AMERICA! OHIO SPECIFICALLY! PLEEEEEASE!!!!

OHIO DOESN'T GET THE CREDIT IT DESERVES!!! NO ONE CARES ABOUT US! THEY EITHER THINK WE'RE BORING FARMLAND, OR MILES OF DARK AND DEPRESSING CITY! WE'RE NOT!!!!!

YES! ME THALIA MIR ECHO LYDIA ARIAH DELILAH NAMELESS ONE AND NAMELESS TWO REALLY WANT YOU TO COME TO OHIO!

WERE DOING THE BEST TO SPREAD THE WORD!

*tackles in a hug*

America needs you, Derek. We're all probably going to explode something or have a heart attack if you don't. And America doesn't need that.

Plus we have rediculously fatty And delicious Italian pastries in Little Italy.

*waves around the cake and gelato*

Come and get it Derek...! C'mon!

Cat said...

wow... im really stupid. now that youve finished laughing at mee, please reply?

Venice Rain said...

its what I say when I'm too embarrsed to say anything else =P
http://derp.memebase.com/

Cat said...

dude, ct has better pizza than ANYONE on earth

nights.raven said...

Derek, please come to the USA
and if u do, please make Colorado one of your stops

Cat said...

PLEASE--
if you come to america but NOT ct, i will personally kill someone. and then myself.
but i wont kill you till you finish writing the books. but then. i swear on my least favorites aunts life.

Sabrina Sparrow said...

The hyperventilating girls? Me and my best friend. My bad...

Hey, at least you got a free "I love Derek Landy" banner out of it...

Sabrina xoxo

Cat said...

HI Sabrina!

Cat said...

IlL BE BACK

nights.raven said...

anyone on?

Cat said...

woah.. did everyone die or something?

Cat said...

no... really...

Nights.Raven said...

hi Cat

Nights.Raven said...

im playing around with my profile, so i might not respond right away

Cat said...

no problem... my computer loads badly so i might not either:)

nights.raven said...

:)

Cat said...

ya know.. i could go get a life instead of doing this...

nights.raven said...

but this is more fun

Artemis Shakora said...

Holy crap YES. Come to America! We don't get enough Skulduggery-ness; it's just not fair. Houston, Texas, ok? Though anywhere in Texas should be ok, so long as it's reasonably close... Oh, and you have no choice.. I'm not kidding. You'd better come. Seriously.

Cat said...

very true,

nights.raven said...

hi artemis, how r u?

Artemis Shakora said...

hey. i'm good.. u?

nights.raven said...

im fine

Cat said...

HI Artemis! Sup?

good idea, although,(duh) he should come to Ct, and...

OH derek, is it easier to convince you by making puppy-dog eyes, begging, or threatening you?

Cat said...

kk

Artemis Shakora said...

i've got way too much homework, not to mention karate later... Golden God, you'd better make this worth it. I expect your arrival shortly.

Cat said...

kinda quiet, huh..
quiet enough for...


DISEMBODIED MOUSTACHE!!!!! YAHHH!

Cat said...

ya, golden god? what branch of Karate do you do? personally, i do Tang soo do mi guk kwan... soo...

Bella Votolato/Valkyrie Cain said...

Is Derek on? I seriously just screamed when I read the new post, and just so you know...


I LIVE IN AMERICA WITH MY (AND YOUR) SKULDUGGERY-LOVING MINIONS (ABOUT 30, THANKS TO ME) AND WE'RE IN EDMONDS, WA, CLOSE TO SEATTLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU HAVE TO COME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Artemis Shakora said...

I have a feeling you're gonna be touring America a while, Derek... i'll bring cookies to make it up to you, although i'm sure you LOVE meeting all of your Minions, right? so.. it's ok then. cuz, pshh, you don't need to actually LIVE in your house. that's ridiculous.

Cat said...

DErek, do you like brownies? cuz i like brownies. brownies would be my thanks.


COME TO THE DARK SIDE!!! WE HAVE BROWNIES!!!!
(and jell-o)

Cat said...

Do i have to bring in the disembodied moustache to re-animate the dead?

nights.raven said...

srry Cat, still playing around with my profile

Cat said...

srry im a bit.. impatiat? jerk-like?

Bella Votolato/Valkyrie Cain said...

Derek, if you come to Edmonds you get your own army of book characters come to life...
Val (me), China, Tanith, Melissa, Desmond, Clarabelle, Madam Mist, Shudder, Kenny, several Caelans... what could be better?

nights.raven said...

its ok, and ur not being a jerk, u just wanna know if there are ppl online

Cat said...

yeh need the sringheeled Jack and Sanguine. Tha'd be better

Cat said...

Ja... but... still a jerk

Bella Votolato/Valkyrie Cain said...

I know... But I have a tendency to freak out. Like, a lot. I just... I've just been witing so long... and don't you guys know how it feels? To be waiting for something, then, FINALLY, you hear that you might be able to get to it? That's what I'm feeling, but I can chill. Sorry about that.

Bella Votolato/Valkyrie Cain said...

I can't have a Sanguine. My Tanith won't allow it.

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