Sunday, July 14, 2013

Colleen

A few days ago, I was asked by a reader to talk about mental health issues on this blog, a topic about which I know nothing about. I was hesitant at first— in fact I still am— because there is nothing worse than being given the wrong advice. And me? I have no advice to give.

But these last few signings have been interesting. I've met quite a few people who have made me stop and think about my role and my responsibilities an an author. This isn't something I wanted. I didn't write these books to be famous or to be listened to— I wrote them to write them. That's it. By my reckoning, I shouldn't have any responsibilities towards any of you. I just write books that you happen to read. Why should I care about you beyond you reading my work and giving me your money?

But of course, I do care. Quite by accident, I assure you. This was not planned. I've met a few of you, I know a few of you, and I've heard from even more of you. I read your comments and your tweets and your letters. Some of you have stories to tell, and I end up listening. 

These past few months, since The Maleficent Seven has been released, I've met a lot of new people.  I met a girl who thanked me for mentioning the fact that Tanith once had a thing with Aurora Jane— and she thanked me again for not making a big deal out of it. I met a girl with selective mutism who, by the end of our encounter, was chatting away and grilling me about plot details. Then I met a girl who thanked me for Clarabelle.

I smiled and told her how much I loved writing that character. The girl nodded, smiled, told me again how much she loved Clarabelle. Then she told me she had mental health issues, and sometimes she found it hard to separate what was real from what wasn't, and she loved Clarabelle because she saw in her a person who was different from others but who was loved, and accepted, and allowed to thrive. 

And I looked at this girl and I didn't know what to say. I came up with Clarabelle because I needed a certain kind of warmth and a certain kind of quirkiness. Never in a million years did I think that someone out there would relate to her. 

These three girls have all sorts of pressures on them that I can't understand, and all three of them have a handle on it. The Clarabelle fan was getting the help and support she needs. The girl who couldn't speak was speaking, and she even fist-bumped me on her way out. And the Tanith fan was as strong and confident as anyone I'd ever seen. And as each one of these girls walked off, I realised that they were my readers. These girls, and boys and girls and men and women like them all around the world, are my readers, and if I can do anything to help them in any way, even if it's just to raise a smile when they're feeling low, then I have managed to do something that I never thought I'd be capable of. I'd be able to help them. 

We all have problems. We all have issues. We all have pressures. If you don't seek the right kind of help, if you don't know where to look or you don't have the friends and family to support you, things can go wrong. But there is help out there. There are people, unlike me, who know what they're talking about. Every country will have its own helplines and websites, sites like SpunOut.ie here in Ireland. Search for them. Find them. And for god's sake use them.

I am now going back to being selfish and egotistical, and absolutely sure that Holly Smale fancies me. 

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Fabi - Roleplay (BUT HAPPY TO TALK IF ANY CHATTERS COME ON!) said...

FIRST???

Xanna said...

2nd!

Xanna said...

Oh my God, this is like a dream come true O_O

The Empress Elder Lady Adra "the Ducktor" Dark -RP said...

Fourth

Xanna said...

A very deep post, Mr Landy ^_^

The Empress Elder Lady Adra "the Ducktor" Dark -RP said...

RP: kick up the arse? Yeah right

Xanna said...

Well, technically you're third

Fabi - Roleplay (BUT HAPPY TO TALK IF ANY CHATTERS COME ON!) said...

Derek, thank you for posting this. Also thank you for improving people's lives. Even if that's not what you planned, SP has helped people. Blogland, as well has helped people, and sometimes when I say that I forget to mention the awesome writer and awesome books without whom none of this would be here. Not that your ego needs boosting, but still, thank you.

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The Empress Elder Lady Adra "the Ducktor" Dark -RP said...

Derek, truer worse have never been spoken. *nods, and raises glass* HEAR HEAR

Fabi - Roleplay (BUT HAPPY TO TALK IF ANY CHATTERS COME ON!) said...

*without which

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The Empress Elder Lady Adra "the Ducktor" Dark -RP said...

*shrugs*details

Fabi - Roleplay (BUT HAPPY TO TALK IF ANY CHATTERS COME ON!) said...

Hello Xanna, nice name :-)

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Sapphire Iota (Saph) #ChaseForBook9 said...

About 13th!!!!!!

Xanna said...

Why thank you :) :)
Hello to you too!!

Maralie Lily Charm; Talking/Roleplaying said...

Derek, you don't know how amazing you are. Seriously. I know this sounds weird, but this post made me cry, and smile through my tears.
You're just too amazaynly perfect for words. *hugs*
Skulduggery has helped me through so much. When I first met you, all my dreams came true. Because I'm never going to meet One Direction, so I always pushed that to the bottom of my dream-list. But Derek, you talked to me for a half an hour. You made me feel like I was actually worth something. Like I wasn't just empty space. Somebody I adored was actually treating me like a person and talking to me normally. So thank you, Derek Landy. You are amazayn in everyway possible.

And now /I'm/ going back to my Directioner-ness and msd-ness.

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Fabi - Roleplay (BUT HAPPY TO TALK IF ANY CHATTERS COME ON!) said...

SAPH! Yup!

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Octaboona Ambrosius: Horace said...

That's one of the most beautiful and meaningful blogposts I've read in a long while.

As much as I love the egotistical, fun posts, I'm always blown away by the ones when I remember how much you care.

Fabi - Roleplay (BUT HAPPY TO TALK IF ANY CHATTERS COME ON!) said...

[hugs Mara]

[hugs anyone who wants a hug]

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The Empress Elder Lady Adra "the Ducktor" Dark -RP said...

Hey Octa! Wait- did trip make it lol?

Sapphire Iota (Saph) #ChaseForBook9 said...

Hey Fabi and Mara! Hi Xanna :) Nice to meet you :D *hugs*
Derek, that was... thoughtful. And lovely. And I cried. I have friends with autism, a friends brother who can't use any of his limbs and I know so many people with depression, so that really touched me :) Sometimes I can't believe how lucky I am.

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Sapphire Iota (Saph) #ChaseForBook9 said...

Hi Octa! *hugs Fabi back*

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Fabi - Roleplay (BUT HAPPY TO TALK IF ANY CHATTERS COME ON!) said...

Adra, he's probably either reading the post or writing a comment.

Hello Octaboona!

[hugs Saph]

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Trip Castalan the Hobbit Lord - Roleplaying said...

(Yeah, I'm here now)

Hey Em. Come, sit down.

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Octaboona Ambrosius: Horace said...

Hey Adra! Hey Fabi and Saph and Trip and everyone.

Sapphire Iota (Saph) #ChaseForBook9 said...

Hi Trip!

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Sapphire Iota (Saph) #ChaseForBook9 said...

Hi Adra! Sorry, didn't see you *hugs*

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Maralie Lily Charm; Talking/Roleplaying said...

I really would comment something actually meaningful, but my mum's taking my phone now, and my laptop doesn't like Blogger.

Night. *tacklehugs everyone*

You're all perfect.
Everyone.
Even people I don't know.
Perfect.
Perfect.
Perfect.
Don't ever forget that.
Please.
My friend forgot that.
I walked in on her with a blade.
I love you all so so so so so much.
Please don't hurt yourselves or hate yourselves just because you're different.
Everyone's different.
I love you all.

<3

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Emmy Mel said...

Wow... I'm actually crying at this post.

Dammit...

RP: um, I'm only here to check that your bar is okay. That there wasn't a lot of damage done.

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The Empress Elder Lady Adra "the Ducktor" Dark -RP said...

Yeah Em, get your arse over here,

*ponders*

The Empress Elder Lady Adra "the Ducktor" Dark -RP said...

(Hugs Mara-I LOVE YOU SWEETS!!!)

And Em... *shrugs* there's still drinks, so...

Fabi- Talking (BUT HAPPY TO ROLEPLAY) said...

[hugs Mara]

Night...

[hugs Em]

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Sapphire Iota (Saph) #ChaseForBook9 said...

Hi Emmy :)
Bye Mara *hugs* you're perfect too. That's why we love you <3

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Trip Castalan the Hobbit Lord - Roleplaying said...

The bar is fine Em! Now come, sit down, have a drink, forget your troubles!

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Trip Castalan the Hobbit Lord - Roleplaying said...

(Bye Mara! Don't worry, I won't. Don't you forget either okay?)

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Sapphire Iota (Saph) #ChaseForBook9 said...

What's going on in the world of role play?

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The Empress Elder Lady Adra "the Ducktor" Dark -RP said...

*goes to get herself some water and begins to draw lines on a sheet of paper*

Fabi- Talking (BUT HAPPY TO ROLEPLAY) said...

Huh. I could've sworn I left that pouch of names on my desk...

Wbd, looking for it.

RP: @Saph: We don't knooooow! D:

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Kallista Pendragon- The Beautiful Goddess Queen(and Thief in Black) said...

Love you just the way you are Derek. *hugs*
Thanks for this post. I am not surprised though to hear that you have helped so many.
You have helped me and have done more for me that my own parents in all my life. I have received more from you and through your blog then I thought possible. I have the friends I always prayed for and dreamed of. I am writing because of you and them. I have wonderful stories to read because of you. Someday I hope I can meet you and hug you in real life. :D
Thank you for sharing all that you did.

Sapphire Iota (Saph) #ChaseForBook9 said...

Fabi; Okay *shrugs happily*
Trip, does your bar do coffee?

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The Empress Elder Lady Adra "the Ducktor" Dark -RP said...

Talk: *hugs Kallie

Saph... Even I don't know.

Sapphire Iota (Saph) #ChaseForBook9 said...

Hi Kal! *hugs* Haven't see you in a while :(

Adra; *laughs* This'll be fun then!

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Fabi- Talking (BUT HAPPY TO ROLEPLAY) said...

[hugs Kallista]

[Searches for pouch for name-project]

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Emmy Mel said...

Talking:

*tears streaming down face*
Everyone knows that I've been dealing with a lot since January, and that's on top of my depression.

But both me and Chase suffered from mental health issues. And Derek is right, it doesn't get enough air time so to speak because people think that it's a sign of weakness.

But please guys, the best thing you can do to relieve any pressures you feel inside you, is just to talk to people. Even if you think people will think it's stupid but because you've trusted people, your troubles will be the most important thing to resolve.

Yeah I'm just crying like hell now... thanks Derek.

RP: *tears welling up*
Um... no, I'm fine. I'm okay...

*turns around and walks back out again*

Trip Castalan the Hobbit Lord - Roleplaying said...

Saph, my bar does everything! *laughs*

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The Empress Elder Lady Adra "the Ducktor" Dark -RP said...

*hugs Em tightly*

Fabi- Talking (BUT HAPPY TO ROLEPLAY) said...

[hugs Em]

I included Chase on the name-project, I hope you don't mind...

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Sapphire Iota (Saph) #ChaseForBook9 said...

*hugs Em tight* It's okay. You can talk to us when ever you like. We'll always listen to you and we'd never, ever judge you.

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Trip Castalan the Hobbit Lord - Roleplaying said...

Em wait! Running/walking from your problems won't help! Tell us what's wrong! (I know what's going on, but Trip doesn't. And... We love you Em. We love all of us. *hugs*)

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General Luciana Clover Scáth/Livi Delicae; Leader Of the New Land Of Stickers; Prophet Of The New Order (AKA the Insane Queen Of the Rainbow People); Grand Mage of Skuttlebuggia said...

I promise you that this post could well have just saved lives.

Colleen is one of my best friends, and when she told me she asked about you doing this I literally sat and cried.
I have issues, myself, so I understand how it feels. This post is making me cry right now, too.

Derek, you've saved me from myself countless times. And Don't Lose Hope Luce?
I've stopped.
I've not even thought about it for weeks.

I still have the scars, sure, but you made me stop. Thank you, a million times thank you.

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The Empress Elder Lady Adra "the Ducktor" Dark -RP said...

Hmmm:.. *yells* DEREK YOU HAVE YET TO ANSWER MY QUESTIONS!!!!! HEAR ME?

RP: oh yeah, Saph. Real fun.

Sapphire Iota (Saph) #ChaseForBook9 said...

*Nods in agreement with Trip*
We love all of us. If one Bloglandian isn't there for another, then they're not really a Bloglandian at all.

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Fabi- Talking (BUT HAPPY TO ROLEPLAY) said...

[hugs Lucy]

((I'll probably be hugging people a lot throughout this entire post))

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The Empress Elder Lady Adra "the Ducktor" Dark -RP said...

(*hugs luce* I'm so proud of you Luci... <3)

Trip Castalan the Hobbit Lord - Roleplaying said...

Wow... Just wow. The response to this is just so... shocking.

So much so fast from so many...

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Sapphire Iota (Saph) #ChaseForBook9 said...

*Hugs Luci too*
Gtg. See you soon *hugs everyone*

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Kallista Pendragon- The Beautiful Goddess Queen(and Thief in Black) said...

*hugs Em* Love you sweetie
*hugs everyone else too* Thanks for the hugs folks. :D I have missed that and all of you.
I too suffer from depression. It is from dealing with severe mental and emotional abuse along with some physical abuse. Have had other junk too. Biggest thing I can be happy about is that I have friends like you all and my books and music. I really love nature and that has helped me out too.
I have seen that those who hurt me have been hurt too so I can be reminded they are not monsters. They are just deeply hurt people who could never get some things resolved.
I am sensitive towards other people (even strangers) who may be hurting. I would do anything to get rid of the pain for them. Em is right though. If something is hard to bare, don't do it alone. talk to some one who you can trust who will have your back. *hugs*

Trip Castalan the Hobbit Lord - Roleplaying said...

Bye Saph!

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The Empress Elder Lady Adra "the Ducktor" Dark -RP said...

Bye Saph!!!

Trip... I know.

Fabi- Talking (BUT HAPPY TO ROLEPLAY) said...

[hugs Saph]

See you...

[hugs Kallie]

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General Luciana Clover Scáth/Livi Delicae; Leader Of the New Land Of Stickers; Prophet Of The New Order (AKA the Insane Queen Of the Rainbow People); Grand Mage of Skuttlebuggia said...

I can't stop crying

oh my god


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Emmy Mel said...

*growls at Trip*

Leave me alone, please Trip.

Robin Snowscar said...

That was beautiful, Derek, truly.

Hey bloglanders, long time no see.

The Empress Elder Lady Adra "the Ducktor" Dark -RP said...

*gooes up to Em and Trip*
Trip...

Georgina Howlett said...

You never fail to make me smile, Derek, and I am sincerely grateful for everything you do when I pester you repeatedly. The signings I attend are the highlights of my year and it's because of your books that I've met all of my best friends, done loads of great things and even got in a newspaper - seriously, man, you don't realise how much of an impact you've had.

Thank you, Derek. <3

Trip Castalan the Hobbit Lord - Roleplaying said...

*backs away, hands up* Sorry, sorry. Just.... Never mind.

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Fabi- Talking (BUT HAPPY TO ROLEPLAY) said...

[hugs Lucy]

[hugs Robin] Hi, it's been a while.

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Trip Castalan the Hobbit Lord - Roleplaying said...

Hello Robin, I don't believe we've met!

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Robin Snowscar said...

Yo Fabi!

Hey Trip *hands muffin*

Kallista Pendragon- The Beautiful Goddess Queen(and Thief in Black) said...

ROBIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIN! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!
*tacklehugs her and then surprise adopts (kidnaps) her* YAY!

*kidnaps everyone and brings them to her lair* (an ice cream parlor and bakery)
TREATS FOR ALL!

Robin Snowscar said...

KALLIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

YAY ICECREAM *noms*

Valkyrie V. Cain said...

I do hope you realise how much impact you've had on everyone's lives, Derek. I don't even know where I would be now had I not read them, and I certainly wouldn't be the person I am today, and that's thanks to you. And even though all the fans joke around about kidnapping you or killing you or threaten you, we really do love you because your books have changed most, if not all, of our lives. And you've got the nicest fandom there is.

Trip Castalan the Hobbit Lord - Roleplaying said...

HUZZAH! TREATS!

*takes muffin, gives bottle of blogland 2023* Wow, it's been a while since I've done that.

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Skyril the Vocerferous Chatterer of the First Generation, Following Derek Landy From the Shadows With the Other Old-Timers, Loyal Forever and Always said...

Derek Landy. Thank you for writing a book. If you hadn't written it, and I hadn't picked it up at a bookstore in American during the short period it was available here, and I didn't beg my mom to buy it for me... I wouldn't have the friends... or the life I have today. Friends like Hellboy, Raven, and Kallista, among many others. A life where I have the courage to try to write a poem, a short story, even books. I'm so looking forward to so many things now, because you started out by writing something I just can't get enough of.

Most of all, however, thank you for caring. It means a lot.

Robin Snowscar said...

Thanks *takes bottle* What even is this?

Oh and don't eat the muffin.

Trip Castalan the Hobbit Lord - Roleplaying said...

It's true Val.

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Trip Castalan the Hobbit Lord - Roleplaying said...

It's wine.

I'm a bartender.

In that bar over there. *points at wild west bar*

It's new.

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Valkyrie V. Cain said...

*trips into Blogland and stumbles into people*


Oh my God I haven't been on here in so long.

Robin Snowscar said...

Me either Val, do not worry.

Wine? As in the alcoholic variety?

Fabi- Talking (BUT HAPPY TO ROLEPLAY) said...

Ice cream! :D

[hugs everyone]

You're all perfect, wonderful people.

[Says so when everyone has their mouths full of ice cream and can't argue!]

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The Empress Elder Lady Adra "the Ducktor" Dark -RP said...

*hugs Robin* hey girl :3

HOW DARE YOU NOT BE HERE, VAL! AFTER ALL WE'VE BEEN THROUGH...

*goes to sit next to Em*

The Empress Elder Lady Adra "the Ducktor" Dark -RP said...

*noms on a skulcake* *tosses them to whoever wants them*

Trip Castalan the Hobbit Lord - Roleplaying said...

Yep, wine of alcohol.

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Fabi- Talking (BUT HAPPY TO ROLEPLAY) said...

Hello Val!

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Kallista Pendragon- The Beautiful Goddess Queen(and Thief in Black) said...

*happily sprinkles glitter everywhere while hugging the newcomers, old comers, already been there commers and dishing out noogies on the sly to Em, Octa, Robin, Sky, and a few others who won't mind but know it's an extra sign of love from her* YAY

Robin Snowscar said...

Blech, you can have it back then Trip. *hands it*

Yo Adra!

Octaboona Ambrosius: Horace said...

Hey Sky! Hey Robin! Hey Val! Hey Luce!

Kallie <3 *hugs tight*

So good to see all you guys.

The Empress Elder Lady Adra "the Ducktor" Dark -RP said...

*nods to Robin*

*goes back to the bar* oh lord, so many have missed so much, here, I meanx

Octaboona Ambrosius: Horace said...

*takes the wine from Robin*

Emmy Mel said...

*tears still streaming down*

Adra... don't.

Trip Castalan the Hobbit Lord - Roleplaying said...

Your loss, crop of the century. swigs wine*

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Octaboona Ambrosius: Horace said...

*hugs Em*

Kallista Pendragon- The Beautiful Goddess Queen(and Thief in Black) said...

BTW




I have something to say....










































Something important.....







































































*takes a deep breath*













































*accidently inhales a bee and chokes*















































*tries to gather what dignity she has left*




































OK....

















here goes....







































I







































































LOVE

























































































JOSPEH OCTABOONA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YAY

General Luciana Clover Scáth/Livi Delicae; Leader Of the New Land Of Stickers; Prophet Of The New Order (AKA the Insane Queen Of the Rainbow People); Grand Mage of Skuttlebuggia said...

*hugs everyone* You're all so amazing, and I love you.

Okay?

Okay. *hugs everyone again*

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Octaboona Ambrosius: Horace said...

Drat that infernal bee.

I love you too :D

You are truly wonderful.

Robin Snowscar said...

OCTA! Long time no see good buddy.

You do not give me alcohol *shakes head* Bad plan.

Fabi- Talking (BUT HAPPY TO ROLEPLAY) said...

[hugs Lucy back]

[hugs everyone]

[Joins Kallista in sprinkling glitter]

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The Empress Elder Lady Adra "the Ducktor" Dark -RP said...

KALLIE LOL


*looks at Em* *shrugs* I'm only here to sit. Not talk. Sit.

Agent Thalia Cooper said...

Derek. Thank you for writing this post. It is so important and means so much.

I sought treatment for my host of anxiety-related issues right about when KOTW came out. Your books have always given me hope and happiness, and that one helped me get through those hard first weeks. They've also brought me friends I wouldn't trade for the world. And of course they made me start writing fanfiction, which made me write original stories, which led me on a sleep-deprived and doughnut-fueled odyssey through Power of the Pen, where I learned a lot (mainly that everything about writing is subjective and even if people tell you that you suck, you probably don't, and just didn't write their cup of tea).

Anyway, this is dumb and I'm not sure where it's going but yeah. Brilliant post.

Octaboona Ambrosius: Horace said...

ROBIN! *bro fists*

But bad plans have hilarious consequences...

It has been ages.

Skyril the Vocerferous Chatterer of the First Generation, Following Derek Landy From the Shadows With the Other Old-Timers, Loyal Forever and Always said...

Hello, Octa. How're you?
Hello Kallie!
Hello everybody. :]
Sorry I haven't been around much [again], been having house issues and not much time at all to come online.

The Empress Elder Lady Adra "the Ducktor" Dark -RP said...

SKYRIL MY SOUL MATE. *glomps*

Kallista Pendragon- The Beautiful Goddess Queen(and Thief in Black) said...

THALIAIAIAIAIAAIAIA
*runs dramatically in slow motion toward her beloved sister while cinematic music plays in the background* I HAVE MISSED YOU SO MUCH! YOU WONDERFUL BEAUTIFUL SISTER OF MINE! <3

Octaboona Ambrosius: Horace said...

THAL *hugs*

@ Sky I'm good. Sorry that you've been having house issues. I've also had house issues but they are mostly over now.

Great to see everyone here.

Trip Castalan the Hobbit Lord - Roleplaying said...

Hey Skyril!

Long time no read!

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Fabi- Talking (BUT HAPPY TO ROLEPLAY) said...

[hugs Skyril]

[hugs anyone else who would like a hug]

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Octaboona Ambrosius: Horace said...

*hums along to the dramatic music*

*hires a gosepl choir just because*

Valkyrie V. Cain said...

There's so many of the older Bloglandians on...

Robin Snowscar said...

*bro fists* I know right. I don't think I've actually been on blogland for at least six months. Bad minion.

Skyril! Hey!

Trip Castalan the Hobbit Lord - Roleplaying said...

BWAHAHAHAHA! *ruptures and explodes into thousands of wine gums* I'm sorry, just couldn't resist.

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Octaboona Ambrosius: Horace said...

Derek has drawn us out of our shells with his beautiful words and sentiment.

Agent Thalia Cooper said...

*tackles Kallie dramatically* I HAVE MISSED YOU SO MUCH AS WELL MY FRIEND HOW ARE YOU

ALSO OCTA!! *hugs*

ALSO EVERYONE *hugs*

Fabi- Talking (BUT HAPPY TO ROLEPLAY) said...

Uh, not sure if I've met everyone here.

Hi people I haven't met, I'm Fabi.

Hi people I have met, uh, I'm Fabi either way.

But if I haven't met you, then nice to meet you.

[hugs]

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Robin Snowscar said...

My thoughts exactly Val. It's the emotional posts. Works every time.

Trip Castalan the Hobbit Lord - Roleplaying said...

This is just so... nice.

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Robin Snowscar said...

Yo Thalia!

Fabi- Talking (BUT HAPPY TO ROLEPLAY) said...

Yeah...

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Kallista Pendragon- The Beautiful Goddess Queen(and Thief in Black) said...

Your a long time Bloglandian yourself my dear Val! AN epica one at that too! *hugs* HAve missed coming here and seeing you and the others. You all are so much fun and so lovely and talented! YAY!

Fabi- Talking (BUT HAPPY TO ROLEPLAY) said...

Also, hello Thalia and anyone else I failed to greet properly!

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Octaboona Ambrosius: Horace said...

Hi Fabi!

I don't know if we've met because I do read the posts and some of the comments but I haven't been commenting regularly since about the beginning of 2012.

Have a muffin on me :D

Agent Thalia Cooper said...

Robin!!! *hugs* It's been ages

Nice to meet everyone here that I haven't met!

Agent Thalia Cooper said...

Hi Fabi!

Octaboona Ambrosius: Horace said...

*hugs everyone*

Trip Castalan the Hobbit Lord - Roleplaying said...

*stares at congregation of old-time bloglandians, open mouthed*

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Fabi- Talking (BUT HAPPY TO ROLEPLAY) said...

(It's ok, I don't know if we've met either! Nice to meet you if we haven't)

Thanks. :-)

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The Empress Elder Lady Adra "the Ducktor" Dark -RP said...

So... Is there some kind of auto pager that everyone has that is just- BOOM! NEW POST? Mass entrance?

Kallista Pendragon- The Beautiful Goddess Queen(and Thief in Black) said...

*casually places a tiny candy in Trip's open mouth*

Octaboona Ambrosius: Horace said...

Hey Trip!

Pleasure to make your acquaintance.

Well we never really went away entirely.

I assume that most of us read the posts.

It's just that we don't comment as much because people drifted away because of busy lives and things changed and we moved on.

But as I said, an emotional post from Derek brings us back.

Emmy Mel said...

I'm gonna go guys, I'm not being much of a socialiser just now.

*wipes tears from eyes*

You all enjoy your reunion okay??

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The Empress Elder Lady Adra "the Ducktor" Dark -RP said...

(Hi everyone! Octa, Sky, Fabi, Val, Kallie, Thalia, Em, Trip, Derek, Robin!! *shoves skulcake a at them ALL*

EAT!!!

Trip Castalan the Hobbit Lord - Roleplaying said...

*chews sweet* Mmmmmmm. *face explodes* Sorry, I tend to explode when my emotions fail.

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The Empress Elder Lady Adra "the Ducktor" Dark -RP said...

*hugs Em*

Octa, we're just so addicting

Trip Castalan the Hobbit Lord - Roleplaying said...

No wait, no I don't. I just feel like I do.

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The Empress Elder Lady Adra "the Ducktor" Dark -RP said...

*glances sternly at Trip* now, dear...

Agent Thalia Cooper said...

Hi Trip! Like Octa said - life happened but we still hang around sometimes.

Bye Em *hugs*

Hi Adra! *hugs*

Kallista Pendragon- The Beautiful Goddess Queen(and Thief in Black) said...

@Adra *hugs and noogies* No, I do keep an eye out for Derek's posts. Sometimes I just feel like I have the wind knocked out of me and know energy to do anything. Have been dealing with a lot since my birthday back in November. Everything will be ok. Just need to feel better physically as well as mentally and emotionally.

Trip Castalan the Hobbit Lord - Roleplaying said...

Pleasure to make your acquaintance too Horace!

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Trip Castalan the Hobbit Lord - Roleplaying said...

Pleasure to make your acquaintance too Horace!

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Octaboona Ambrosius: Horace said...

*eats*

*hugs Em*

We all have so much love for you.

There is no pressure for you to socialise if you're feeling down.

But take our love with you when you go, and I hope it will comfort you.

Fabi- Talking (BUT HAPPY TO ROLEPLAY) said...

My iPod crashed at a convenient time, for once. XD

I opened the browser on the computer, clicked on the bookmark for the blog, and BOOM. Wait-whoa-there's-a-new-post! Generally I rely on others to notice and point it out. :-P

[hugs Em]
See you.

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Skyril the Vocerferous Chatterer of the First Generation, Following Derek Landy From the Shadows With the Other Old-Timers, Loyal Forever and Always said...

THALAAAALALALLALALALALALALALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLALALALAIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA ~glomps~















































WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN!?!?
































































WE MISSED YOU!

















































KAL AND I WERE JUST TALKING ABOUT THAT!































































ON THE CHAT YOU DON'T SHOW UP ON ENOUGH!





























































~huggles Thal again~



The Empress Elder Lady Adra "the Ducktor" Dark -RP said...

*huggles Kallie and gives her ANOTHER skulcake*. Here

Octaboona Ambrosius: Horace said...

Hmm...

I do have Horace in my name, I forgot.

I tend to go by the name of Octa around here.

The Horace was a reference to Derek's list of possible Book 8 titles.

Skulduggery Pleasant:Horace made me laugh.

Robin Snowscar said...

*pats laptop who keeps dying so msd*

Agent Thalia Cooper said...

SKYYYYYYYYYY

*hugs tight*

I missed you too!!

I've been working all summer!! Which is why I haven't been around much. That plus other obligations (like crying about Star Trek) has kept me fairly busy.

Also I lost the link to the chat :')

*hugs again*

Kallista Pendragon- The Beautiful Goddess Queen(and Thief in Black) said...

*hugs EM and never lets go* It's always nice to know you are around, even if you don't feel like talking. But I don't want to force you to stay either sweetie. You need to do what's best for you. But as Octa said, we all love you and our love goes with you (and with the others) no matter where you go.

Skyril the Vocerferous Chatterer of the First Generation, Following Derek Landy From the Shadows With the Other Old-Timers, Loyal Forever and Always said...

Nice one, Octa. I had a hard time thinking up one of those. :P

The Empress Elder Lady Adra "the Ducktor" Dark -RP said...

VAL WE DON'T TALK ABOUT STAR TREK! *sobs* TNG

Kallista Pendragon- The Beautiful Goddess Queen(and Thief in Black) said...

I like trains.



































































*gets run over by a train*














































DOH

Robin Snowscar said...

*has never been able to cope with more than three people on blog at the same time*

Fabi- Talking (BUT HAPPY TO ROLEPLAY) said...

And I have to go now.

Sorry...

[hugs all]

Nice to see it so active on here, though. :-)

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Kallista Pendragon- The Beautiful Goddess Queen(and Thief in Black) said...

Me either Robin (which is why I am hiding in your hair right now while nomming on powdered donuts)
:D

General Luciana Clover Scáth/Livi Delicae; Leader Of the New Land Of Stickers; Prophet Of The New Order (AKA the Insane Queen Of the Rainbow People); Grand Mage of Skuttlebuggia said...

Okay, I think I'm calm enough to talk. C:

HELLO GUYS!

Wbd, editing ITS for that publisher!:3

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Skyril the Vocerferous Chatterer of the First Generation, Following Derek Landy From the Shadows With the Other Old-Timers, Loyal Forever and Always said...

Oh-no, Thal!
Do I have your email??
I'm not sure if I have your email...
Kal! Do you have Thal's email??
Can you email her the chat??

Robin Snowscar said...

Oh okay, Kal.

The Empress Elder Lady Adra "the Ducktor" Dark -RP said...

Bye Fabi!

Lol Robin, how did you survive the Requiem Ball?

Skyril the Vocerferous Chatterer of the First Generation, Following Derek Landy From the Shadows With the Other Old-Timers, Loyal Forever and Always said...

~hugs Fabi~
See you another time!

Kallista Pendragon- The Beautiful Goddess Queen(and Thief in Black) said...

Aww, BYE FABI! *hugs* Hope to see you again soon! You have become one of my fav peoples! YAY! *lobs some cupcakes after her*

Agent Thalia Cooper said...

Bye Fabi! *hugs*

Hi Luce! *hugs*

Adra - Star Trek wounds me on a deep emotional level

Grand Munchkin Octaboona Ambrosius: Horace, Purple Poet and Zero Hero said...

Yeah, but it's nice to not be able to cope with lots of people again.

Colleen McGuigan said...

Oh my God.

Thank you to Luce for showing me this before morning. I saw it and just burst into tears. When I asked for this blog post, I didn't think it would happen, or at least not for a little while, when it became a bigger request. But noit's there and my name is there and I'm crying and nooooo D:

I can't get over this and how beautiful you all are depsite the fact that I don't know too many of you but omg you're all so beautiful and perfect and if you have mental health problems or self harm or are suicidal, I know what it's like. Stay Strong. I can't say things are going to get better straight away, because they won't, but they will, eventually. Things have yet to get better for me, but I know they will soon.

Promise me you'll all hang in there? I barely know any of you, but I know you're all beautiful people and I'd love to get to know you all but I'm kind of awkward and can't talk to people without getting all weird, so yeah haha. But you're all so lovely and perfect and ughhhhhh *hugs you all*

Derek, this is why you're my favourite person ever ever ever. Jesus Christ.

Stay Strong everyone <3

General Luciana Clover Scáth/Livi Delicae; Leader Of the New Land Of Stickers; Prophet Of The New Order (AKA the Insane Queen Of the Rainbow People); Grand Mage of Skuttlebuggia said...

Hey, Thal! *hugs*

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The Empress Elder Lady Adra "the Ducktor" Dark -RP said...

Thal: the movie? I WON'T EVEN START BUT OMG.

Darmok. That's all

Grand Munchkin Octaboona Ambrosius: Horace, Purple Poet and Zero Hero said...

Bye Fabi!

*hugs*

Kallista Pendragon- The Beautiful Goddess Queen(and Thief in Black) said...

*noogies Robin happily* :D You are so awesome! <3


ANd I do have Thal's email (I am pretty sure I do)
Anyhow, I am right under her window stalking her right now. SO I can just give her the link.
And HELLO LUCIANA! *hugs and hands her a muffin* ( I stole it from the muffin man) hee hee

Agent Thalia Cooper said...

*hugs Colleen* I haven't spoken to you before, but I know that you're lovely and amazing. Thank you for asking for this post, and I hope you stay strong as well.

Grand Munchkin Octaboona Ambrosius: Horace, Purple Poet and Zero Hero said...

Hi Luce!

Hey Colleen.

You must be a very very special person for Derek to name a blog post after you. He doesn't do it very often.

I hope that things get better for you soon.

I'd like to get to know you too :)

Agent Thalia Cooper said...

wow i am super awkward and i can't talk to new people ahahahksdksfdskjfdkg i'm sorry my comment sounds weird and dumb

also Adra - that movie was beautiful and hurtful all at once.

The Empress Elder Lady Adra "the Ducktor" Dark -RP said...

*hugs Colleen* you lucky duck :3 I hope all is well

The Empress Elder Lady Adra "the Ducktor" Dark -RP said...

Thal: there are no words... *falls dramatically into a tree*

General Luciana Clover Scáth/Livi Delicae; Leader Of the New Land Of Stickers; Prophet Of The New Order (AKA the Insane Queen Of the Rainbow People); Grand Mage of Skuttlebuggia said...

Colleen is perfect. She's the little sister I don't have, *hugs her* I couldn't be prouder of her for doing this. And I could't be more proud of her for living as well as she does. She's my idol. <3

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Kallista Pendragon- The Beautiful Goddess Queen(and Thief in Black) said...

*hugs Colleen* Thanks for your words. It means a lot.
I have thought about suicide. Even had a plan for it. But I never did nor never will follow through with it. I am dealing with wishing I could be some one else. I just don't want to exist anymore. (I want to be someone else or just not exist) But I am dealing with it.

Skyril the Vocerferous Chatterer of the First Generation, Following Derek Landy From the Shadows With the Other Old-Timers, Loyal Forever and Always said...

The movie WAS awesome... I loved Benedict Cumberbatch, even though he was the villain; and Spock remains solidly in first place of my favorite characters of Star Trek.

Love both movies. Can't wait for the third one!

Grand Munchkin Octaboona Ambrosius: Horace, Purple Poet and Zero Hero said...

*hugs Kallie tight*

I am so proud of you for dealing with life and not giving up.

We are always here if you need to talk. You need only ask.

Love you so much.

Grand Munchkin Octaboona Ambrosius: Horace, Purple Poet and Zero Hero said...

So uhh... I haven't seen the movie yet.

*sheepish glance*

Grand Munchkin Octaboona Ambrosius: Horace, Purple Poet and Zero Hero said...

I have to go guys.

It is almost one in the morning for me.

It was brilliant talking to all you lovely people again.

*hugs*

Love you all so much.

Night!

General Luciana Clover Scáth/Livi Delicae; Leader Of the New Land Of Stickers; Prophet Of The New Order (AKA the Insane Queen Of the Rainbow People); Grand Mage of Skuttlebuggia said...

You've got my e-mail, Kal. No matter how dark life gets, there'll be a light at the end of the tunnel. If I can help you, I will. More than gladly.

That goes for everyone. Those I know and those I don't. My e-mail is lucianascath@gmail.com and I will reply as soon as possible should you need or want to talk.

Everyone has a voice, and everyone deserves to be heard. I'm more than happy to listen, if you want me to. :3

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Becky Allaker said...

derek landy is a wonderful human being pass it on

Skyril the Vocerferous Chatterer of the First Generation, Following Derek Landy From the Shadows With the Other Old-Timers, Loyal Forever and Always said...

~hugs Kal tightly~
I love you, sister. You're stonger than you think.

Skyril the Vocerferous Chatterer of the First Generation, Following Derek Landy From the Shadows With the Other Old-Timers, Loyal Forever and Always said...

You definitely need to see it, Octa.

Skyril the Vocerferous Chatterer of the First Generation, Following Derek Landy From the Shadows With the Other Old-Timers, Loyal Forever and Always said...

Ah... Bye, Octa!

Agent Thalia Cooper said...

*hugs Kallie tight* You are so freaking awesome. I love you girl and I'm here for you always. Just shout, or whisper, or whatever and I'll come running.

Octa - see. the. movie.

Sky - Spock is a cutie patoot but Chekov is the love of my life

Colleen McGuigan said...

*passes on Becky's message*
derek landy is a wonderful human being pass it on

The Empress Elder Lady Adra "the Ducktor" Dark -RP said...

Bye Octa!!!

And benedict cumberbatch <3

Agent Thalia Cooper said...

Bye Octa!! *hugs* Nice to see you, bud.

Also I made a mistake in my last comment. I do love Chekov but Leonard "Bones" McCoy is the king of my heart

Robin Snowscar said...

*computer can not cope, keeps dying* See you round guys

General Luciana Clover Scáth/Livi Delicae; Leader Of the New Land Of Stickers; Prophet Of The New Order (AKA the Insane Queen Of the Rainbow People); Grand Mage of Skuttlebuggia said...

I AM SO WITH YOU THERE, BECKLES. <3


Guys this time last month (and about ten hours further into the day) I was hugging Derek Landy and saying how awesome he was, and he talked to me a lot and I met Becky and Georgina and Christian for a second time and it was the best surpriSE EVER HELP

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The Empress Elder Lady Adra "the Ducktor" Dark -RP said...

Bye Robin!

Kallista Pendragon- The Beautiful Goddess Queen(and Thief in Black) said...

Thanks Luciana, Sky, Octa, and thal *hugs them all* I will be ok. Mostly because I have you guys in my lie. You all are what make my life more full, enriched, filled with worth. Before you all, it was all like living in grays and black. SOrta like the 1st part in the Wizard of Oz. When meeting you all, it was as lovely and vibrant as when Dorothy stepped out of her house into the world of color and imagination. :D I can smile because of that.

General Luciana Clover Scáth/Livi Delicae; Leader Of the New Land Of Stickers; Prophet Of The New Order (AKA the Insane Queen Of the Rainbow People); Grand Mage of Skuttlebuggia said...

Bye Octa!<3

cOL I HOPE YOU SAW MY DAMNED COMMENT FURTHER UP THIS PAGE BC YOU NEED TO ALSO ILY OK <3

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Agent Thalia Cooper said...

Bye Robin!! *hugs*

Skyril the Vocerferous Chatterer of the First Generation, Following Derek Landy From the Shadows With the Other Old-Timers, Loyal Forever and Always said...

Lol, Thal! Chekov IS pretty great!

TheBookGazer.Blogspot.com said...

That was beautiful. I'm in awe of your depth.

Becky Allaker said...

York was amazing uuugh. I can't want to meet up with you little asses again and see Derek again and just. ddduuuude.

Colleen McGuigan said...

lUCE I SAW IT AND UGH I HATE YOU BUT I LOVE YOU AND YOUR MY BIG SISTER TOO AND I NEED TO MEET YOU SOON OKAY <3

This was a really awesome early birthday present >:3

God, all you guys are amazing.

Skyril the Vocerferous Chatterer of the First Generation, Following Derek Landy From the Shadows With the Other Old-Timers, Loyal Forever and Always said...

AH, I like Bones too! You know that actor was in RED?

Kallista Pendragon- The Beautiful Goddess Queen(and Thief in Black) said...

Aww, By Robin and Octa! Love you both! *hugs tight*

The Empress Elder Lady Adra "the Ducktor" Dark -RP said...

Wondering which minions are still here... Hmmm

Colleen McGuigan said...

i actually just used your instead of you're okay ugh colleen stop

The Empress Elder Lady Adra "the Ducktor" Dark -RP said...

AAHHHHDOSBDKIAGBANSC

General Luciana Clover Scáth/Livi Delicae; Leader Of the New Land Of Stickers; Prophet Of The New Order (AKA the Insane Queen Of the Rainbow People); Grand Mage of Skuttlebuggia said...

Beckles-
yORK WAS PERFECT OH MY GOLDEN GOD

hahaha! I'm so glad I got you to the front of the queue though, that was awesome. c:

The line was massive... O.o


Hope we can all meet up again in Septemberrrrrr!:D

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