Saturday, March 3, 2012

Heading Down Under Again!

Yes, the rumours (and, er, the announcement in the back of a few books) are true- 2012 will see my second trip to Australia and New Zealand for a Skulduggery tour. I will spend two weeks in August- from the 6th to the 20th- going around meeting the Minions-who-talk-funny and signing whatever they have to sign. The first few days will be spent in NZ, then off to Oz. Details, such as exactly which cities I'll be visiting, shall be forthcoming as soon as I have them. I actually have no input into where I visit because my publishers do all the arranging, and I just go where I'm told to go.

My last tour, in 2010, was a huge success and every single day I was startled by the reaction. It was exhausting, with an astonishing amount of travel, but so worth it.

When I get back home, I have a little over a week to recover before the Ireland/UK tour kicks off. We're going to be doing something different this year- instead of heading over to the UK for 10 straight days, I'll be heading over for three weekends in a row. The plan is to pack as many signings in as possible on days when none of you will have school or college or work, so hopefully you can come along if you haven't had a chance to before. Again, further details will be available once I have them.

And now for something completely different...

How did you enjoy World Book Day? I know, I know, different countries have World Book Day at different times of the year, and some countries don't have World Book Day at all, so, the very term itself is kind of misleading... but ANYWAY...

I had a very good World Book Day, thank you very much. I was over in London with a bunch of other writers for a huge webcast thingy that was broadcast to three quarters of a million students across Ireland and the UK and, I don't know, possibly elsewhere. We each had five minutes onstage, which isn't a whole lot of time. I ended up talking about my dogs, for some reason. It was manic, but amusing.

Behind the scenes, however, was where the real fun was taking place. Put ten authors in a room, especially authors who write for young people, and after a while things are going to get slightly odd. And when a camera comes out to record interviews? Oh dearie me. I'm sure they'll be posted on worldbookday.com soon enough, so you can watch as responsible adults (such as me) turn into immature kids as we try to make each other laugh. Fun and games galore with Andy Stanton and Steve Cole and Chris Bradford, while Cressida Cowell looked on in astonishment. Eoin Colfer wasn't above having a bit of a lark himself, but Holly Webb and Jeremy Strong did the wise thing and stayed well away from the rest of us. Jacqueline Wilson, meanwhile, must have wondered what the hell was going on.

To end the webcast, we all trotted back onstage to meet The Duchess of Cornwall. I'm completely ignorant about all things royal family-ish, and I may have forgotten to stop chewing gum when I was shaking her hand. But I DID smile and say "pleased to meet you", so that was something, wasn't it? At least I didn't have my hands in my pockets, like Ronan O'Gara did when the Queen met the Irish rugby team.


Which, I have to say, I think is hilariously dim.

Annnnnyway...

I've been on TV quite a lot lately, and it's all thanks to World Book Day, so thank you, World Book Day, for interfering with my writing week. I was on the Alan Titchmarsh Show, which most of you know about, and then I was on Live With Gabby on Channel 5 a few days later, then I was on Elev8 on RTE yesterday, and on Tuesday morning I'll be on Ireland Am on TV3...

Good GOD. I'll be sick of myself, I swear I will.

And I can't even get away from myself in newspapers, either. The Guardian asked me to list my ten favourite villains from YA/children's fiction, and you can see if you agree with me by clicking here http://www.guardian.co.uk/childrens-books-site/2012/mar/01/derek-landy-top-ten?newsfeed=true .

( I didn't include any of MY villains, because obviously mine would be best, and I'm far too modest to proclaim that in a national newspaper.)

Okay, that's enough babbling. It's 2:30 in the afternoon and I haven't eaten anything yet. Must make lunch.


Oh! One last thing! Take a look at this video- http://www.standup.ie/index/ - which promotes standing up to homophobic bullying. I mean, life is hard enough to get through without bullies making things worse, and the only decent thing to do is stand up for your friends when they need you.


And NOW I'm going to make lunch.



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Lynxia Lost said...

.1st?

Lynxia Lost said...

OMGG! I was 1st

Lynxia Lost said...

Umm...

Lynxia Lost said...

I dedicate the page to all of my friends and peace in Blogland!

And Derek!

Lynxia Lost said...

What to do...

Derek, please come down here, I'm lonely...

Sparky Braginski said...

Hello!

Flame Phoenix said...

Hi

Sparky Braginski said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Lynxia Lost said...

Oh Damn. My comments are disappearing...

Sparky Braginski said...

I think I'll delete that...

Lynxia Lost said...

No, my comments can't disappear! Not again!

Sparky Braginski said...

That's it, I'm going downstairs to get a glass of water and charge my iTouch for a few minutes.

Brb.

Lynxia Lost said...

K Sparky.

Flame Phoenix said...

I said hi!!!


People are Solomon rude now adays.

Jk.


Anyway. I have to Hoover. *sighs*

Lynxia Lost said...

Again?

Flame Phoenix said...

I haven't done it.

Flame Phoenix said...

At all.

Flame Phoenix said...

Brb

Sparky Braginski said...

Then where we're you Flame?

I did notice you. I smiled and everything.

Flame Phoenix said...

Great post btw Derek.

And maybe tell me you were on elevate before you appear!!!

That way, maybe I can watch?

Flame Phoenix said...

Where was I?

Amm..

Hm....


Nowhere

Sparky Braginski said...

Now I have more charge.

Admittedly, not much more, but more nonetheless.

Lynxia Lost said...

No comments! Don't dissapear on me. Not ow. Not the1st one! That makes my life worthwhile!

Flame Phoenix said...

Take te charger to bed...

Sparky Braginski said...

The is only one charger that plugs into the PowerPoint, it's in my mum's bedroom.

I'm considering buying one.

Flame Phoenix said...

Want to do some kissing now?

I'm bored z

Sparky Braginski said...

*glances at charge*

...My iTouch is so stupid...

Flame Phoenix said...

Mine is o full charge but..

Well...

It's dying.

Sparky Braginski said...

*grins at Flame and pulls him into a kiss*

Still bored?

Flame Phoenix said...

Absolutely not...


*kisses her harder pushing his mouth further in*

Sparky Braginski said...

*relaxes into kiss*

Flame Phoenix said...

*pulls away*

*jumps in lake*

Sparky Braginski said...

*looks at Flame, shrugs and dives in after him*

Sparky Braginski said...

...?

Sparky Braginski said...

Ugh, look, if I stop responding, I'm outta charge.

Sparky Braginski said...

...Flame? Shadow?

Lynxia Lost said...

*is sitting reading and listening to 'Lily's Theme' under tree*

Flame Phoenix said...

*surfaces up and smiles*

*kisses her*

Sparky Braginski said...

Well, there you guys are!

*swims out of lake and shakes wet hair*

Flame Phoenix said...

Ach!!

*takes off shirt and swims back to shore*

Sparky Braginski said...

... I don't shock myself anymore.

Flame Phoenix said...

Hi lynx

Sparky Braginski said...

*waves back*

Lynxia Lost said...

7you

Sparky Braginski said...

We may have been.

Lynxia Lost said...

* *

Sparky Braginski said...

Okay, just quickly, DEREK COME TO SYDNEY YOU MUST COME TO SYDNEY YOU NEED TO COME TO MY SCHOOL OMGG YOU NEED TO COME TO MY SCHOOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Flame Phoenix said...

7you?

Sparky Braginski said...

OMGGG, Derek MUST come to my school.

Okay, I'm done now.

Lynxia Lost said...

It was meant to be *you but I'm on my phone so it mssed up.

Flame Phoenix said...

*looks sparky in the eye*

Were done

Sparky Braginski said...

Done?

Ruby Shadowspinner said...

AHHHHH DEREK!!! 2 points:

1.) I got "A Dance With Dragons" and am loving it. Get it. Read it.

2.) WTH? YOU'RE COMPLETELY FORGETTING US AMERIMINIONS WHO ARE EAGERLY AWAITING A TOUR.

BONUS.) ...Don't forget Massachusetts. <3 Gah, I want that last book so badly.

Flame Phoenix said...

Done as in done kissing?

Ruby Shadowspinner said...

Hey there Flame!

Sparky Braginski said...

No, you said done. What does done mean?

I don't think we're done kissing.

Or we could be, I don't know.

Lynxia Lost said...

Hi Ruby, long time no see. *hugs*

Sparky Braginski said...

Hi Ruby!

Sparky Braginski said...

I know Shadow, I've read the beginning.

YOU INTRODUCE ME LAST, WHY!?!?

Flame Phoenix said...

I have to go.

Sparky Braginski said...

Aw... Flame, don't go.

*kisses him*

Please?

Lynxia Lost said...

Because yours is most dramatic Sparky. I lght change the order so Flame is just before you.

Lynxia Lost said...

Bye Flame.

Sparky Braginski said...

....

I want to read this now.

Write it now.

This very second.

Sparky Braginski said...

Wait, why am I most dramatic?

Lynxia Lost said...

Can't. Am on my phone.

Sparky Braginski said...

Phooey.

Flame Phoenix said...

Cos my mother came in and screamed.

If this isn't done soon I'm dead.

She has given me an hour.

So bye!!

*kisses her and then leaves*

Lynxia Lost said...

Good dramatic.

Sparky Braginski said...

Maybe he should go do that...

Sparky Braginski said...

I'm a good dramatic, is that what you mean?

Lynxia Lost said...

I need to go now. Will write some more soon Sparky, promise. *hugs*

Ruby Shadowspinner said...

...I'm still lurking... XD

Sparky Braginski said...

Bye Shadow.

Sparky Braginski said...

Looks like it's just you and me now Ruby.

Sparky Braginski said...

Actually, my iTouch is about to die.

Bye!

Sarthacus Bolt said...

DEREK!

Assassin's Creed 3 (Which is actually 5) is coming out in October!

It's set in 1773, American Revolution.

More info at

http://assassinscreed.wikia.com/wiki/Assassin%27s_Creed_III

SO EXCITED! It looks absolutely stunning!

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

DEREK
DEREK
DEREK
YOU HAVE TO COME TO COUNTY ANTRIM!!
YOU DIDN'T COME TO NORTHERN IRELAND ON YOUR LAST TOUR!!
I know I met you in Edinburgh at the Book Festival, but my friends need and I mean NEED to meet you!!
BTW WHEN I READ TEOTW I LAUGHED SO MUCH!!

Ruby Shadowspinner said...

... >.< ...

Ruby Shadowspinner said...

I want that book so badly. WHY IS IT NOT ON AMERICAN AMAZON YET???

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

Hey Ruby
*hugs*
How're you??

Hello Star, have we met?? I'm not sure... Nice to meet you anyway :)

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

Derek, have you changed the comment layout again?? It's different now...

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

Oh good, it's not just me. I thought I might be going even more insane.

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

Hmm that's funny comments are disappearing on me

Ruby Shadowspinner said...

Ahhhhh sorry to leave you alone, but I have to go do chores before my friend comes over >.< Bye!!!! (>^~^)>

Asinastra Nightshade said...

When Death Bringer gets a little cheaper, I'll be buying it online.
I wish the books were available in India. You've got a couple of fans here too, Golden God! =D

Flame Phoenix said...

Hi

Flame Phoenix said...

Nj you here

Sparky Braginski said...

I'm here for as long as the battery will take me.

Sparky Braginski said...

Which isn't particularly long...

Sparky Braginski said...

Flame...?

Flame Phoenix said...

Hey..
*kisses her*

I'm nearly done hoovering!!

Sparky Braginski said...

That's good.

I'm thinking I may end up sitting downstairs for half an hour charging my iTouch.

Flame Phoenix said...

*wonders if she should*

Sparky Braginski said...

Either way, it's going to die before I decide.

Sparky Braginski said...

I have a flashlight, and I'm getting good at crewing downstairs, so it's worth a shot.

Sparky Braginski said...

I still have the same song stuck inside my head....

Flame Phoenix said...

And I have to go.

I just got my laptop and iPod yarn off mr for a week.

Well not taken off me yet. But they are banned.

So bye, for a week o suppose.

*hugs and kisses Sparky*

Sparky Braginski said...

What!?

*kisses Flame*

A week? Again?

On Sunday morning which is they day everyone's here?

That's... Aggravating...

Sparky Braginski said...

Yeah, but Sunday in Oz is when it's the weekend everywhere.

Zafira Kerias said...

O.o yay! World Book Day was fun for me....heheheheh did a Read-A-Thon ALL day! Then we got tormented with math work but it was fun YAY I GOING TO GO COMPLETE MY SP COLLECTION *is happy*

Sparky Braginski said...

It's a good point.

Flame Phoenix said...

Yep, again.



So goodbye.

Maybe she won't take them off me like literally.

Maybe. Can you make chat, like Monday for me?

Sparky Braginski said...

If I have the link...

Flame Phoenix said...

Gah! I don't have it.

Am...

Type in google when your on a laptop 'AquilaFelisChat' it should come up.

Now I have to go.

Sparky Braginski said...

What's refreshing Ink?

Sparky Braginski said...

Okay.

Bye Flame.

Sparky Braginski said...

But you just got that one!

Zafira Kerias said...

Why does the layout for comments look suddenly different? Or am i going int a different world? Cuz i could be going insane....

Sparky Braginski said...

No, they're different.

Sparky Braginski said...

Then use the good one Ink.

ValkryieCain said...

I agree with your villans, Derek, especially 1 & 10, Because I love Harry Potter almost as much as Skulduggery! The last film was so epic and I cried when it was over (im such a nerd....)
But, as always, books are MUCH MUCH MUCH better than the films. Who is YOUR favourite Harry Potter character? Mine is Ron. WEASLY IS OUR KING. AND DEREK IS OUR GOD. AND FLETCHER IS THE ANNOYING ONE.... AND VOLDEMORTS THE ONE WITH NO NOSE..... OK, I have to stop there.... :) xx Val xx

Zafira Kerias said...

Thanks Sparky i know now i am not going completely insane! Lol idk im hyper today

Jakro Tintreach said...

yayyyy!!!! first page!!!!!!!!!

Zafira Kerias said...

Valkyrie...my favorite from Harry Potter is Bellatrix. Yeah i know i seem to like the evil people..except in the Hunger Games i more or less am terrified of President Snow

Jakro Tintreach said...

I've never been this close to the top before (well, I almost got first when I wrote my first EVER comment back in January, but a stupid Australian person stole it from me. I got second... and NO the Australian was not anyone here)

Skullbug said...

OK, I'm new to blogging and commenting (but not in the slightest new to Derek's blog!) so will someone tell me
a)What is with all the kissing?

b)How come you all seem to know each other? (did you just meet in a comments section?!)

c)What is up with the whole *Jumps in lake*?

Skullbug said...
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Jakro Tintreach said...

*sighs*
a) sparky and flame are getting blogmarried(yes, I know it's strange)
b) we all know each other 'cause we're all here
c) I DONT KNOW!!!!!

Sparky Braginski said...

Skullbug, you kinda just jump in a go with it.

Flame and I are getting Blogmarried.

Zafira Kerias said...

I like lakes!!!!! *runs and jumps in lake* just keep swimming swimmming HEHEHEHEEH

ValkryieCain said...

Zafira... Omg, i forgot Bellatrix.
How DARE i do that! Oh and Sirius! Once in school, (I mean 3,000) i deliberatly misspelled Serious to Sirus. True Story, Siriusly. :D

Rachel said...

We did sod all on WBD... I actually forgot it was on, and only realised a day later!

But i got TEOTW today :D Well chuffed. I sat on a rock IN the caledonian canal, reading it whilst eating cake. A few odd looks but hell it was fun :)

***

I AM OW 16!!! B-day yesterday :) Along with Dr Seuss' which was nice to find out :) Though i've now had quite a lot of people informing me i can buy a chainsaw now, which is slightly worrying...

***

And Omg, Derek. That photo looks sooooo awekward :/ All the boys seem to be thinking so too...

Jakro Tintreach said...

Derek!!!!!! help us, the comments keep dissapearing!

AAAAAGGGGGGGHHHHH!!!!!!!!
*jumps into FLAMING lake*

Jakro Tintreach said...

STAR!!!!!! your comments are popping in and out of the blog-reality... AVOID THE FACELESS ONES!!!!!!!!

Jakro Tintreach said...

DOWN WITH THE LLAMAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Skullbug said...

Ahh!! Thank you! Finnally, ANSWERS!
*Runs, screaming with joy, into lake*

Oh, and happy wedding. I got married when I was seven, but it didn't work out...terrible divorce...

Jakro Tintreach said...

skullbug, that is just strange... you got some issues

Jakro Tintreach said...

where'd sparky go?

Skullbug said...

I don't have issues, I have tissues!

Jakro Tintreach said...

*sighs*

Skullbug said...
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Skullbug said...

I was a runnaway bride...

Jakro Tintreach said...

odd...

Thalia Jane said...

Hello Derek! :D Sounds like you've been busy, and are going to be busy! Yay excitement!

I see America is not on your tour list again :P Ah well. I suppose that as long as you make the trip across the pond eventually, it'll all be fine. Or maybe we'll all go visit you! Hehehe~

Zafira Kerias said...

I think the inhabitants of Blogland have gone insane HEHEHEHEEHEHEHEHEHEHEHEHEHEHEHEHEH *keeps swimming in lake randomly singing E.T By Katy Perry*

Skullbug said...

Zafira Kerias - Have you ever seen the music video for that song? It's...odd

Zafira Kerias said...

Yes i did see the music video i try to keep the images out of my head whenever i hear Kanye West's part in the song....thats why i got the version WITHOUT Kanye West singing

Skullbug said...

I have the version without Kanye West as well, and it improves the song so much!

Rim the Shadow Ripper said...

Hi guys!!
Has anyone seen WinterSpringPros version of ET?

Zafira Kerias said...

Rim no i never did see it



Skullbug i agree without Kanye West the song is great

Rim the Shadow Ripper said...

Watch it please it's amazing!!!!

Skullbug said...

I'll watch it right now! (Well, in a minute, I'm creating my profile now...)

Zafira Kerias said...

I shall do so after i get home from Barnes and Nobles

Rim the Shadow Ripper said...

Its not great but it's still funny!

Zafira Kerias said...

I will see soon enough i dont really have the time to persuade the laptop to like me lol

katya.rocks said...

I just read your list of top villains, Derek, and I have to say - I agree with the ones I know! Oh, how I hate Dolores Umbridge...

And, Derek, The End of the World is freaking AMAZING.

Rim the Shadow Ripper said...

Have you read EOTW yet???

Zafira Kerias said...

How is everyone reading the list? The link hates me i cant seem to open it

Rim the Shadow Ripper said...

Sorry I'm going to go!!!

Lynxia Lost said...

I JUST LOST THE GAME!!!

I had a spate moment and need to go again now.

Lynxia Lost said...

*spare

Chloe G said...

hi people of blog land
nice to meet the ones i havent yet
and of course....
hello to you to golden god

Jakro Tintreach said...

?

Adrasdos Dark said...

Derek~
Hello Derek. I am pleased to say that my birthday is approaching, so TEOTW is most probably forthcoming. Also, I have managed to get you three more Ameriminions, and my teacher said that next year, they may read SP book 1 for a class book... That means around 40 more minions. ANDDDD I'm going to my mate and mine's join-party as a mage. FTW :D

Oh, and by the way, I bought PWF on audio, and I must say, I've come to appreciate that book EVEN MORE. Having listening to it, all the jokes that's I've read Lord knows how many times over, are once again funny. Plus I hear jokes that I haven't mentioned before.

And, if possible, you need to come to the US possibly next year... It'd be worth it, promise!

~AD (Adrasdos Dark)

Chloe G said...

watz every one up 2?

Jakro Tintreach said...

first

Jakro Tintreach said...

first

Jakro Tintreach said...

first

Jakro Tintreach said...

first

Chloe G said...

derek
can you come to wales sometime? nothing happens in south wales?

Jakro Tintreach said...

first

Jakro Tintreach said...

first

Jakro Tintreach said...

first

Chloe G said...

i didnt mean the last (?)

Jakro Tintreach said...

Ah... whatever, I've got to go... hahaha star's comments are dissapearing... ... TOODLES!!!!!

Zafira Kerias said...

O>O if Derek came to America i'd faint reading the blog xD

Chloe G said...

cant w8 for book 7!!!!

Chloe G said...

hi zafira

Millyw said...

I actually still need to read TEOTW, because I'm reading another book, but as soon as I'm finished I'll read it I promise. I totally agree with your Villains list! Plus, If I don't get to see you when you come on tour in the UK I might die. OK Bye! :)

Zafira Kerias said...

Hi Chloe

Chloe G said...

ive read teotw
twice it came earlier than expected

Chloe G said...

how r things?

Chloe G said...

and of corse hello to you to lilly

Zafira Kerias said...

everyone reading the end of the world....still waiting for Easter xD

Chloe G said...

:)
im not thinkin of easter as i just got st davids day out of my system

Zafira Kerias said...

Well Easter is when i might get The End Of The World :D so i need Easter to come faster

Chloe G said...

cool
i hope u will like it
i wont spoil it for you

Zafira Kerias said...

lol thanks! Dont be Ali she kept spoiling DB and MC for me during Christmas break

Chloe G said...

i dont like it when people spoil stuff for my aswell
have you seen the women in black?

Andoidy said...

Hey guys Is it possible to have a rainbow in an apocalypse? Just wanted to know

Chloe G said...

hi
im not sure if thats possible?
and we wont find out either (hopefully)

skully4hire said...

Will you be coming to Canada? maybe North Vancouver? it's so annoying! Canadien isnt till April 20! not fair! it totally sucks! i'm sad now, no worries though i'm reading Dark Days!

Chloe G said...

is it possible that ghosts exist?
i heard loads of YESs and NOs
i just want a straight foward answer!

bluebird said...

hi guys :)

skully4hire said...

Canadien book day, concides with world book day...

Chloe G said...

does anyone here support the idea of valduggery?

cos i do!

bluebird said...

i believe in them, i find it too unlikely that loads and loads of peeps r making it up. Google spiritulism...

Chloe G said...

kk thnx 4 the advice
me and my mum believe but my dad....

Zafira Kerias said...

i hate when ppl spoil...YAY OFF TO MALL TO GO HUNT DOWN THE FACELESS ONES hope the workers dont look at me like i have seven heads :D bye blogland!

Chloe G said...

byii zafira

Robin Snowscar said...

BOO

Chloe G said...

hi robin
been ages since i have talked 2 u

editorsarticle.blogspot.com/ said...

cool!

Chloe G said...

hi editorsarticle.blogspot

Robin Snowscar said...

Oh hey Chloe, how're you?

Chloe G said...

im fine
u?

have u read TEOTW?

Skullbug said...

About TEOTW, and since I'm still in the top 200 comments, Derek, what's your cat's name!? I know, random question, but I want to know!!

Robin Snowscar said...

Okay, though I think my finger is broken... again

Of course, have you?

Chloe G said...

yep
it came early and i read it in the same night
while i wait for book7 im reading a discovery of witches which i got in a new york airport the other week

hope your finger is better
first?

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