Back Cover of Last Stand of Dead Men Released!

Ladies and Gentlemen, may I present the back cover of Derek Landy‘s next book, Last Stand of Dead Men:

The image is of Madame Mist according to Landy’s blog so I think we can at least guess that she will be a pivotal character in the 8th book of the Skulduggery Pleasant series. But what role is unclear from the summary/blurb that was released back in April:

War has finally come.

But it’s not a war between good and evil, or light and dark- it’s a war between Sanctuaries. For too long now, the Irish Sanctuary has teetered on the brink of world-ending disaster, and the other Sanctuaries around the world have had enough. Allies turn to enemies, friends turn to foes, and Skulduggery and Valkyrie must team up with the rest of the Dead Men if they’re going to have any chance at all of maintaining the balance of power and getting to the root of a vast conspiracy that has been years in the making.

But while this war is only beginning, another war rages within Valkyrie herself. Her own dark side, the insanely powerful being known as Darquesse, is on the verge of rising to the surface. And if Valkyrie slips, even for a moment, then Darquesse will burn the world and everyone in it.

So what are your theories for the next book? What role does Madame Mist have to play in everything? Will we find out more about Skulduggery’s past?

I guess we will just have to wait until August 29th to find out.

Artemis Fowl book to be made into a film

Now, this is something I know a lot of Colfer fans (including myself) have hoped for, for years and today I discovered that the book is officially being developed as a live-action film. It is going to be made by Disney, produced by Harvey Weinstein and the script written by Michael Goldenberg who wrote the Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix script.

I am sincerely excited by this and cannot wait for it to hit the big screen but I do have a concern about it. According to the Daily Mail report (found here): “The live action film […] will be based on the first and second instalments of the best-selling series, which has sold 21 million copies around the world.” Why would you combine Artemis Fowl and Arctic Incident? They are two very distinct books and I don’t think it would work.

It annoys me anyway when they combine two books into one film script. Granted, you do lose some of the original book in a film script anyway (case in point, the Harry Potter franchise). It’s matter of life and the way it is when it comes to adaption of one type of media into film particularly but if you combine the first two books, you would lose even more of the books! I hope against hope that Colfer has a lot of input on the script to prevent this from happening but I am still worried about the film, despite my excitement for it.

Camp NaNoWriMo Day 25, 26, 27 & 28

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Okay, I know I haven’t posted for a few days but I have been desperately trying to catch up my word counts. Needless to say and as mentioned in a previous post, I am not going to finish this month and my aim now this month is just to write as much as possible. That means writing my Digimon fan fiction.

I have a few ideas for where I want to go with the story and, despite it probably never making it to public view, I am worried about the direction I really want to go down. Mainly that it is not in line with the world even though I could reason it and make it work so it would fit in with the world… This might seem like an odd concern since it is fan fiction and will unlikely be seen publicly but I do care about the characters, the world of Digimon so want to do right by it.

Anyway, here’s hoping I will get somewhere near a decent word count for the end of the month.

Word Counts:

Day 25: 25,547 words

Day 26: 27,498 words

Day 27: 28,532 words

Day 28: 28,606 words


Chosen Chapter 1 by Benedict Jacka

Okay, instead of writing my word count for NaNo, I have been reading the first chapter of Chosen by Benedict Jacka, which he has released on his website this week. You’ll find it here. The book is due out on September 5th 2013, here in the UK and August 27th 2013 in the US (damn you!).

I have already read it and I have to say, this looks like it might go for a different tack that has not been seen in the earlier books. I am so looking forward to this and cannot wait for its release! As soon as I have it and have finished reading the book, I will of course be reviewing it on here.


Camp NaNoWriMo Day 23 & 24

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Yep, this month has gone completely to pot.

I like to write Digimon Fan Fiction featuring Wizardmon.

I have gotten so fed up with my novel (BAD SIGN! VERY BAD SIGN!) that I have all but given up and decided to write a Digimon fan fiction instead. I’ve discussed before how, when I am bored and need to write, I will write Digimon fan fiction. None of it is very good and a majority never gets finished but for me, I’m writing and it keeps me happy. I will also be adding the word count from it to my wc for NaNo. Yes, I know it’s not in the spirit of the event but quite frankly, I started this month planning to rebel, moved to a different story, lowered my word count from the original 50 thousand and now working on something else.

As I said, this month has gone to pot.

(Picture: Wizardmon by ~DigimonGif)

I have today got a couple of books from the library that I have waited for since the start of this month to help me actually write the novel. Granted, I will probably end up jumping around the timeline and writing a lot of things in note form but if it helps, it helps…right?

The 23rd I got no words written, mainly because of the issues I have had with the novel and the word I have written yesterday (and a few I have written which have gone on to today’s word count) were from the Digimon fan fiction. If I am being honest, I think this month is going to be a flop but I am not quitting. I am at least going to try to continue writing everyday, even if only a little.

Day 23: 24,986 words

Day 24: 25,185 words.

Camp NaNoWriMo Day 22

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So yesterday, I only just managed to get my word count for the day in spite of the fact that my brain was sparking an idea for a story due to me looking up my university’s academic dress. Well, that plus my mind is still a bit bored of this novel… Not a particularly good time…

When I was writing for NaNo, I’ve ended up abusing my poor locked up character by having her be forceful showered with a hose (think Shawshank Redemption) before being sexually assaulted and being abused as she’s taken back to her cell. So yeah, rather grim.

I would just like to quickly say that this is all fiction naturally and I know the ICC and the Convention of Human Rights would prevent this behaviour and I’m not saying this does happen in real life!

But yeah, that was about the extent of what I wrote yesterday. Not much.

I still have to do today’s writing but I’ve been a bit busy, not least of all because I found myself getting roped in to babysit my nephews. Only reason I am managing to write this is because we have got the older one of my nephews watching Wizard of Oz and I’ve been able to move to my bedroom to write and get a bit of peace and quiet. Can’t see it lasting but I am just grateful for the time I do have now.

Word Count: 24,986 words


Camp NaNoWriMo Days 19, 20 & 21

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Okay, interesting few days. I haven’t posted on here about my progress due to having slight writer’s block on how to proceed and family duties to attend to. It has led to me struggling to get much written but things are improving.

I have gone from struggling to get on with the novel to suddenly getting a break through by thinking I might as well just write notes about the sections I am struggling to write and get to the sections I feel confident I could write.

Day 19, Friday, I sat struggling and managed to just about write the sentencing part of the trial and different character’s reactions to the sentence. This included the detectives decision to open an investigation into it. The detectives at least will give me a storyline to write with if I get struck. I also was on babysitting duty with my two nephews so couldn’t settle down to do much writing anyway with a baby and little boy wanting me to play with them both.

Saturday, day 20, I headed to a local library where I knew I could spend at least an hour on a computer just doing some quick writing to try to get further in the novel. Reason I headed to the library to write is that I actually find it a lot easier to write at a desk and not, as I do at home, with my laptop on my legs sat on the sofa. It proved effective as, after doing a few notes to cross a certain part, I realise that I could move the two characters meeting again to an earlier point during the transfer to Alcatraz prison. This move to the library proved to be a good idea as I ended up writing for an hour and 40 minutes and managed to get 824 words written. That is far more than what I can get done in the same amount of time at home. It also confirmed in my mind that I am going to have to have a proper desk to work at if and when I move out.

I did do a little writing once I got home but since most of my afternoon and evening was taken up by babysitting nephews again and having one fall asleep in my arms, it was less than maybe what I could have gotten done otherwise. I could get a little planning done though due to having the television on and one of the programmes featured a prison riot story. Watching it, it made me realise that for both of my characters to get out of prison, then they would need to start a prison riot of some sort to cover their tracks. They could also enlist the help of other prisoners to help with that and maybe help the prisoners with getting what they want inside the prison…if that makes sense… Yeah, in my imagined criminal world, a lot of deals, etc. get struck.

Day 21, was a Sunday and as I have said before, I don’t tend to write much on a Sunday as it is a family day. This was especially so yesterday since my great-uncle and aunt were visiting my nanan and granddad and my nanan has been in hospital lately so it is little wonder that, whilst getting some writing done, it wasn’t too much. It kept me on target though to finish this month on 35,000 words.

So that’s the update on what has happened over the weekend. Sorry for the lack of updates. It was necessary though for me to get back on track.

Word counts:

Day 19: 22,886 words

Day 20: 23,729 words

Day 21: 24,255 words