Monday, September 17, 2012

Wow

Now then... THAT was a tour.

And it's all over. I've been home for a few days in between, but the fact is this tour has been going on since August 5th, and it ended September 15th. Last night I was walking around my garden, looking up at the stars, and the thought hit me: it's over. It's done.

Sure, sure, I have other things to do. I have an interview tomorrow, and signings and events in Bray, Ennis, Bangor, Belfast, Dublin and Cheltenham to come over the next few months, but essentially, that's me done for the year.

It's been a good tour. No, it's been a great tour. I got to meet so many of my Minions, both from Blogland and Facebook and the Forums and even Bebo, for God's sake. And then I got to meet so many more, those of you who don't even post comments. And then I got to meet those Minions who don't even know I have a Blog, or that there are Forums and Facebooks and Tumblrs and whatnot out there.

Already, some of you are being talked about in the corridors of Harper Collins. The tall blonde with the T-shirt in London. The hot chick in Australia, who asked me to marry her and assured me her girlfriend wouldn't mind. The readers who gaped, who froze, who hopped and skipped, who babbled and blubbered. The readers who proposed and flirted and flattered. The readers who came in costume, the readers who came with gifts... the artwork on display, the stories, the effort and dedication and the sheer talent. The massive four hour signing session in Liverpool 1, the even more massive five hour session in Bluewater...

And then all the bro-fists and the hugs and the tears from the hyperventilating teenage girls. The parents and guardians who stood in line so patiently, and who were so good-humoured. I hope you Minions thanked them for driving/escorting/waiting with you- they thoroughly deserve a hug.

It was exhausting. It was manic. It was fun. I wasn't able to take all the gifts with me on the plane, so they're being shipped over and I should have them in a few days. Once they are in my possession, I shall post some photos. Some of this stuff is astonishing.

So thank you, everyone who came out to see me and get a book signed. For some of you, it was our first time meeting. For others, we've met before. Others still, you've come to see me practically every single tour. I remember a lot of you. I know some of your names. And I love seeing you again.

And I'd love to say that now I'm going to take a holiday- but really, what are the chances of that? I've got stuff to do, and things to write, and sometime over the next month or so I'm going to have to start Skulduggery Pleasant Book 8...

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SmellyEllyLawton said...

1st

Zathract Mist said...

2nd!

SmellyEllyLawton said...

muahahahahhahaa

Zathract Mist said...

And now to read the post...

Zathract Mist said...

The tour was awesome, Derek!
Or at least, what I experienced of it. I met you in Sydney twice, and I was the person who gave you the letter from Nixion Strange!
If you remember that.

Yeees...Book 8 soon. *grins*

Zathract Mist said...

And now, I am going to sleep.

You have fun doing whatever it is you're doing at the moment, Derek!

Kribu said...

Tours sound extremely exhausting.I'd like to say you deserve a holiday, too, but...

Anyway. I'm terribly envious (in the best way possible) of everyone who go to go to a signing/event! I've seen so many people post pics and recaps of the signings they went to, and it sounds absolutely amazing.

One of these years. One of these years I will make sure my holidays coincide with the potential signing times, and then... And then. Yes. I will be there. With books.

Derek Landy said...

Hi Elly! Hi Zatharact! Good to meet you again!

And Kribu- right before I go and make myself lunch- I will say that I really and sincerely hope to meet you one day.

Raechel Hudson said...

Derek, hai! I am very bummed that I could not get to any of the signings in Australia. I live in Townsville and as a Uni student, I have no money to go places with. Hopefully next time you will come within hugging distance... :(

SPDirectioner said...

Tenth

SPDirectioner said...

I can't believe it. I got tenth.

SPDirectioner said...

Hello Derek!

Raechel Hudson said...

Well done sir ^_^

SPDirectioner said...

I should be getting ready for school. That's what I should be doing. Will I do it? Maybe.

Raechel Hudson said...

Derek, You were here just a second ago! Please explain some of the fighting terms you use in the books. I really have no idea what you mean by 'flipped him/her over their hip'. Please?

SPDirectioner said...

I got eighth! :)

SPDirectioner said...

I think he's eating lunch.

Valkyrie Cain Wannabe >. said...

Good god, it's over already?
I'm dying of curiosity about loads of stuff, still! Who is the man with the golden eyes? What will happen with Tanith? What were Skulduggery's wife and child's names? When, because it WILL happen, are Valkyrie's parents going to find out about Valkyrie and her world? Because they don't know Valkyrie, they know Stephanie...
Somebody kill me, before the suspension does.

SPDirectioner said...

*kills Valkyrie C Wannabe*
Oh my god! You've resurrected from the dead!

Kestrel LeStarre said...

Hi!

this is the closest to 1st i've ever gotten...

Derek Landy said...

Raechel- here's what I mean...!

http://youtu.be/Kemcyzbz8j4

Derek Landy said...

Raechel- here's what I mean...!

http://youtu.be/Kemcyzbz8j4

SPDirectioner said...

Hello KL!

Kestrel LeStarre said...

Derek! If you are still on, I have a question I've been wanting to ask you.

Who do you think would win in a fight: Skulduggery or China?

If Skulduggery did not turn into Lord Vile.

Kestrel LeStarre said...

Hey SP!

SPDirectioner said...

Derek!

Kestrel LeStarre said...

Derek! OH MY GOD, OH MY GOD, OH MY GOD...

SPDirectioner said...

Who'd win? Melovent VS Vile.

Kestrel LeStarre said...

Vile. No question.

Kestrel LeStarre said...

A better question would be The Unnamed vs. Vile.

SPDirectioner said...

Even Darquesse had trouble fighting Melevont.

Kestrel LeStarre said...

Darquesse never fought Mevolent.

SPDirectioner said...

Unnamed VS Darquesse

SPDirectioner said...

Tree! Now, I must go.

Kestrel LeStarre said...

Well, I haven't read KotW yet,so excuse me if I'm wrong, but at the end of DB, Vile seemed to be just a bit stronger than Darquesse.

Kestrel LeStarre said...

BYe SP!

Derek, will you answer me? Please?

Lord Vlaedr said...

Hi Mr. Landy!!!! I am Lord Vlaedr. We haven't met.

You should seriously think about coming to South Africa! Please. All of us here love you. By all of us, I mean everyone. Even the people who haven't read your books.

~Your Best and Biggest South African Fan, Lord Vlaedr

Kestrel LeStarre said...

Don't listen to him. Come to AMERICA!

Where virtually no one has heard of you, but still.

Raechel Hudson said...

Wow! Thanks Derek! I can now picture Skul and Val doing that perfectly :D

Lord Vlaedr said...

Raechel. Always a pleasure.

Kestrel. My fancy friend.

Kestrel LeStarre said...

I am NOT fancy. Gosh. Hi!

Raechel Hudson said...

Hello Vlaedr! *hugs and a cookie*

SPDirectioner said...

At my library, they have up to Death Bringer in the catalogue (even though they dint have the books) and over one hundred people have Dark Days on hold.

SPDirectioner said...

America loves you! Derek Landy!

Raechel Hudson said...

Dude... They need some more copies of the book then lol

Kestrel LeStarre said...

Awesome. At MY library, they only have Faceless Ones, and I'm the only one who ever checks it out. Even though I own it.

Lord Vlaedr said...

Haha, I love cookies. When are you going to continue that story???

Kestrel LeStarre said...

?

I like cookies...

Georgina Howlett said...

Derek you were honestly amazing and I love you to pieces and pretty please post the picture from Bromley in 2011 on the next blog.

:D Liverpool <3

Raechel Hudson said...

My library never has any fiction books! I guess that's because it's the uni library... But hey, now I've got a second copy of all of them! I won them in a drawing comp on the FB page ages ago :D I haven't even seen them yet cos they turned up at my family home rather than my college dorm.

Kestrel LeStarre said...

Hello...

Kestrel LeStarre said...

I have to go, bye!

Lord Vlaedr said...

Kestrel, you may have half of mine.

Calidae Dark said...

Hey everyone! * hands out Valsnacks *

Georgina Howlett said...

And Becky says hi, we hope you love Project Baguette, and I hope you use your SKULLY bank x3

Raechel Hudson said...

*Gives Kestrel a cookie too* I'm not sure whether I will continue it. It does have promise, but it was really just a writing exercise. I'm trying to focus more on Soulless at the moment. Well, on assignments, then Soulless lol.

Raechel Hudson said...

What's Project Baguette again?

Calidae Dark said...

Actually cant stay gotta go bye!!

Eve the ROCK said...

Deeeeeeeeeereeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek!!!!

I hope you had a great tour. That'sa silly thing to say, since you just said that it was a great tour.... I hope the tour was as great as you said it was! I really enjoyed it, and I'll be there first in line again if you ever revisit Adelaide... :)

Lord Vlaedr said...

Sweet. Im glad. If don't have a problem with it, I would love to see a teaser chapter or two.

Raechel Hudson said...

We shall see. I must find where I left my bottle of creative juice...

Georgina Howlett said...

Project Baguette is a project headed by Livvy and assisted by Becky and I that we gave to Derek at the Liverpool signing x3

Raechel Hudson said...

Yes, but what is it? I know he mentioned it at some point...

Lord Vlaedr said...

Hmmm... I know what you mean. I have to be in "Da Mood" to be able to write anything...

Raechel Hudson said...

My 'Da Mood' is a curious creature. It rarely visits me and when it does, it's generally 2am.

Raechel Hudson said...

Does anyone here like to Cosplay?

Lord Vlaedr said...

Same. Mine comes out when it senses I have other things to do. It waits. It watches. And when something mildly important is about to happen, BAM! Inspiration strikes.

Raechel Hudson said...

Also, I am extermely excited about book eight. It's goin gto be a long and tense wait for me... I shall do fan art to pass the time!

Georgina Howlett said...

Well it's basically a book filled with lots of SP stuff such as fanfiction, fan-art, signatures, letters, doodles... Just heaps of stuff, really. xD

Raechel Hudson said...

But why 'baguette'?

Georgina Howlett said...

Have you not heard of the Baguette joke? If not I'm not going to tell you as it is a scarring joke.

Raechel Hudson said...

Tell me the Baguette joke! It can't possibly be worse than my other scars :D

Lord Vlaedr said...

Im with Raechel!

Georgina Howlett said...

No, I couldn't, it's just too much x3

Miss Cain said...

SKULDUGGERY PLEASANT 8!!!!!

Yes, it was nice to meet you too Derek

just one comment, as I should be doing a summary on some work I've done over the term -_-

Raechel Hudson said...

Pwease? With Skulduggery's hat on top? *puppy dog eyes*

Georgina Howlett said...

Oh my god. His hat... On top... *roars with laughter*

Lord Vlaedr said...

I don't beg. I just threaten. Don't make me.

Georgina Howlett said...

A BAGUETTE IS SKULDUGGERY'S PENIS *runs for the hills*

Raechel Hudson said...

Oh come on. I stole it just for you. Baguette Joke! Baguette Joke! Baguette Joke! :D

Raechel Hudson said...

I see. Teehee.

Lord Vlaedr said...

...I didn't need... ...to know that...

Raechel Hudson said...

You were asking for it too! Hehehe.

Georgina Howlett said...

You asked for it you stupid people D; I must now go and walk my dog.

Raechel Hudson said...

Silly people walking dogs and eating lunch. It's midnight! Not the time for that! :P

Lord Vlaedr said...

That was certainly disturbing... I was hoping it was half-way appropriate!

Raechel Hudson said...

Of course it was disturbing. We are evil, creepy, psychotic minions, are we not? At least it wasn't a rubber chicken. :O

Georgina Howlett said...

I hope Derek doesn't get back before I do. Derek, if you do, PLEASE LEAVE A MESSAGE AND FORGIVE ME FOR BAGUETTTESSSSS

Lord Vlaedr said...

I think I am mad, but hopefully not creepy. Rubber chicken?

Raechel Hudson said...

Why did the rubber chicken cross the road?

Lord Vlaedr said...

...do I want to know....

Raechel Hudson said...

Well, you'd better, cos I don't. :D

Lord Vlaedr said...

Haha, thats only slightly confusing. So why did he?

Raechel Hudson said...

Oh no, I asked you first ^_^

Lord Vlaedr said...

;) Ladies first.

Raechel Hudson said...

But... But... Fine. =.=

Maybe it wanted to stretch its legs?

Eathan Davis said...

Quickly get started on skulduggery 8, I just can't wait!

Raechel Hudson said...

Hello Ethan. Would you like a cookie too?

Lord Vlaedr said...

I think it crossed the road to spy on me... All chickens are spies. Did you know that?

Raechel Hudson said...

*Throws cookie at Ethan* Well, I must be off, lovely people. Tis nearing the stroke of midnight and I have a job interview tomorrow. Wish me luck :) *Hugs all round*

Panda Bear said...

Skulduggery Pleasant book 8!!!:O Can't wait! Glad you had a good time Derek. Must have been tiring though. I was soo gutted that I couldn't go but ah well what can you do... You're so lucky that you were able to travel round the world meeting so many cool people.

Panda Bear said...

Good luck Raechel!:D

Valice said...

Hi everyone! :)

Panda Bear said...

Hey Valice! We've never spoken before but d'ya wanna be friends?:)

Valice said...

Sure! Nice to meet you Panda Bear! ;)

Panda Bear said...

You too!:) just call me panda though, everyone does:)

Lord Vlaedr said...

Valice! Another friend!

Panda Bear said...

Hi:)

Valice said...

Hi Vlaedr!
So excited, I will finaly het my Skulduggery- T-Shirt tomorrow!
*starts throwing with jelly beans at everyone because of excitement*
Wohoo!!

Valice said...

"get", not "het"... is this even a word?!

Lord Vlaedr said...

Im happy for you!

Panda Bear said...

Yayyyy Jelly Beans!!:D
OW! that one hit my eye..

Lord Vlaedr said...

Im happy for you!

Valice said...

Uh, sorry Panda...

Saoirse Equus said...

HI DEREK! I hope you liked Project Baguette! And I love that little horse that Becky had you doodle for me on that poster! Can't wait for it to come in the mail! And could you post pictures of Project Baguette? I've still yet to see it!
- Ashley

nights.raven said...

And Derek, i have an idea on the director for the SP movie (just a suggestion, u in no way have to actually listen to me, seeing as how you probably already have a director in mind, but im gonna say it anyway, and fast as i think i am starting to ramble), Peter Jackson, director of the Lord of the Rings series. Just a thought :P



Hi everyone whos on! *hands them all cookies*
how is everyone?

Panda Bear said...

Oh it's okay Valice:)
Hey:)

Panda Bear said...

ooh cookies, can I have one?

Valice said...

Cookies!! :D
Maybe I should start handing sweets too instead of throwing them into someones eye...

nights.raven said...

of course u can *hands panda a cookie*

Panda Bear said...

Yeahh, maybe you can just throw them in peoples moths instead?

nights.raven said...

lol valice

Panda Bear said...

Whoops I meant Mouths:P
Yayy thanks nights:)

Valice said...

I could try!
*throws another jelly bean to Panda*

Panda Bear said...

*catch's jellybean in mouth*
Yayy, that. is. De-Licious:D

nights.raven said...

np Panda

Valice said...

Wohoo, jelly beans!! :D
*takes out jelly-bean-gun*
Who want some??

Panda Bear said...

*Gasps* Oooohh a jelly-bean gun, I want one!:O

Valice said...

do you want one? ;D

Panda Bear said...

yeahh I lurrrvvvve Jelly-beans:D

Valice said...

Here!
*takes out another and hands it to Panda*
Sorry, I just have this one in pink left...

Panda Bear said...

Yayyy:D ah well, I can maybe paint it blue or something...:L Thanks Valice:)

nights.raven said...

i gtg for a while, will try and be back later today sometime, bye all! *hands them both more cookies*

Panda Bear said...

Bye nights thanks for the cookie:)

Valice said...

bye nights!

Valice said...

And thanks for the cookie (and the idea of handing thinks instead of throwing)

Valice said...

Got to go too, will be back later...!
Promise :)

Panda Bear said...

Oh okay. Seee yaaa Valice:)

Kestrel LeStarre said...

HI people!

Panda Bear said...

Hey Kestrel:)

Georgina Howlett said...

I'm back! But not for long as I'm now headed to try on a bridesmaids dress for when my sister gets married :D

Panda Bear said...

oooh luckkyyy, I'd love to be a bridesmaid:)

Kestrel LeStarre said...

Cool!

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

OMG DEREK I AM GOING TO SEE YOU IN BELFAST I AM SO EXCITED TO SEE YOU AGAIN!
I AM LITERALLY GOING TO BE DRAGGING MY FRIENDS WITH ME!! :D

ALSO, *screams* YOU'RE STARTIGN BOOK 8 SOON! THAT IS SO AWESOME AND EXCITING!!

one last thing, I'M 16 IN 2 DAYS TIME :D

Panda Bear said...

Happy Birthday in 2 days!:D

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

Aww Thank you Panda Bear :')

Panda Bear said...

welcomes:)

Tan's Nightmare Castle said...

Oh. I'm so sad he couldn't go to Germany.:'(

Star Inkbright (Ink!) said...

HI PEOPLE!

Wbd, doing hwk. :(

Valice said...

Me too! But I think he'll come february 2013 to germany again!

L said...

DEREK BLOGGED AGAIN. YAY.

GLAD YOU HAD FUN, DEREK.

YAAAAY.

NOW TO BE ANGRY AT WHSMITHS FOR KILLING KOTW DUSTCOVERS AND THINKING IT'S ALRIGHT.

Star Inkbright (Ink!) said...

I live in England. I didn't get to see him. :(

He didn't come anywhere in the northeast where I am.

Star Inkbright (Ink!) said...

Stupid WHSmith.

How are you, Sequintial?

Lord Vlaedr said...

INK. I HAVENT SEEN YOU IN AGES.

Star Inkbright (Ink!) said...

VLAEDR. FORGET AGES, I HAVEN'T SEEN YOU IN MILLENIA!

HI.

L said...

I didn't get to meet him either, Star. BUT, WHEN MY BOOKS ARRIVE IN THE POST, HAVE 40 SP BOOKS TO BE HAPPY ABOUT.

I'm good. Ellikins sent me two letters, a skull bracelet, a drawing, a key ring and the HG movie companion. C:

Star Inkbright (Ink!) said...

Awesome!

Let's pray he comes to Sheffield next year, eh? :)

Colleen McGuigan x said...

I had so much fun meeting you in Dublin, Derek, it was AWESOME :D Thanks for signing my books and looking at my pictures :)

Lord Vlaedr said...

Im so happy to see you again! I thought you were dead!

AND Y U NO CHECK MY BLOG ANYMORE???

Star Inkbright (Ink!) said...

UM . . .

I'M GETTING BEHIND ON EVERYONE'S BLOGS. I'M BUSY. IT ISN'T JUST YOU . . . *puts 'Visit Everyone's Blogs' on the end on my very long To Do list*

Bbs, dinner.

Eden Threatening said...

hey guys

Panda Bear said...

Hey peoples:) sups?

Eden Threatening said...

hey panda bear, howya?

Panda Bear said...

I'm awesome thanks:) how are you? any news?:)

Eden Threatening said...

not much, i might be entering the young scientist competition.

L said...

I'm not religious, but I won't lose hope;D

Hello, anyone that appeared. Cya, anyone that left.

Lynxia Lost said...

Derek!!!!!! You said you'd mention Luce!!! Please!!! Remember? I got a hug and demanded that she be mentioned!!! Derek!!!! Pretty please with a hug and ice cream??????

Eden Threatening said...

hey luce

Panda Bear said...

Hey and hey:)And woah eden that's awesome:D my friend might be entering too!:)

Rhiannon White said...

Oh I hope you remember me, even just a little. With my painting and shoes and I couldn't speak properly due to excitement....
Hehehe, I'm going to make you a present one day......a BIG one!

RIM ~ Willow Suede ~ RIM said...

Hey guys!!!

Star Inkbright (Ink!) said...

BACK!!!

Hi people who arrived!

Eden Threatening said...

hey star Rhiannon and Willow

Panda Bear said...

Hey willow, Hey Ink! How are yous?:)

Jennifer Davis said...

AHH DEREK I MET YOU ON FRIDAY! you probably don't even remember me xD wasn't the most memorable person there xD BUT you were amazing :D

Eden Threatening said...

hello jennifer.

Star Inkbright (Ink!) said...

I AM FINE!

But annoyed by the amount of hwk I have.

Luciana Clover Scáth said...

Wb, Star!

cumberwh0 said...

Fab to see you in Liverpool Derek and glad you liked the little model that i made for you! Might see you in Cheltenham too:} Good luck with ideas for book 8:)
-Em

Eden Threatening said...

I dont have that much, just some irish and history and religion.

Eden Threatening said...

Star do you like Artemis Fowl.

RIM ~ Willow Suede ~ RIM said...

I missed lord of the puppies D:
Hey Star! It been a week since I last blogspoke to you :P

Eden Threatening said...

because Star if you do? i live in the same town as the author and my mom knows him and my brothers in his sons tennis class.

RIM ~ Willow Suede ~ RIM said...

That's cool Eden! My friend's secretly obsessed with it... When I said a quote I looked up she fell of her chair fangirling.

Star Inkbright (Ink!) said...

Are you kidding, Eden??? If SP and Gone didn't exist, Artemis Fowl would be my favourite book series by miles. :)

Eden Threatening said...

ha, see i dont think hes that big because i see him the odd time maybe, i didnt think he was that big outside Ireland.

Star Inkbright (Ink!) said...

. . . OMGG. *faints*

Panda Bear said...

ughh I'm out of school sick which is alot worse than hmw D:

Star Inkbright (Ink!) said...

DON'T MOBE. I'LL BBS.

Panda Bear said...

Mobe? okay, I won't mobe then...

Eden Threatening said...

yeah im not kidding he lives in Wexford Ireland my Nana got me Half moon investigations and whats it called code breaker or something signed. he gives a big show to most of the schools in wexford to come and have a laugh during the sci fi fest i got his autograph.

Eden Threatening said...

hes funny and his beard is even funnier.

Panda Bear said...

Ohmygosh luckyyyy:O where in Wexford?:O

RIM ~ Willow Suede ~ RIM said...

Eden would you think I can get an autograph from him for my friend?? It's fine if you say no but it's worth a shot.

Eden Threatening said...

i dont think so but i could see what i could do for you.
and i dont know where in wexford but in the general wexford town area

RIM ~ Willow Suede ~ RIM said...

The general yorkshire area :D Miranda quote.

Thanks Eden :D

Luciana Clover Scáth said...

EDEN YOU LIVE NEAR MY BEST FRIEND...

Panda Bear said...

Oh my gosh cool:) you are so lucky to know him:)

Colleen McGuigan x said...

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=281264238649176&set=o.54064762985&type=3&theater
Don't let me near photoshop. EVER.

Emmmmmm said...

I GOT TO HUG DEREK!
Best Day Ever!
My Poor Nana Was Exhausted Because We Were In Line For 3 HOURS in Liverpool One. But It Was Totally Worth It Because I Got A Hug And Two Books Signed! Ahhhhhhhh! Thank You So Much Derek For Being So Awesome! (Although I Still Think Your Evil!)

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