Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Regarding the Empress

I've enjoyed reading your recent comments about The Empress's Tomb. (Though I'm sorry if some of you are finding it difficult to get your hands on a copy. It's still pretty new. Don't give up.) I realize there are far more copies of books like the Gossip Girls out there right now. That's because those books appeal to everyone in one way or another.

But I didn't write the Kiki Strike books for everyone. (I have no interest in ordinary people.) I wrote them for YOU. I believe that the right people will find my books eventually. And then we'll all take over the world.

Cause lip gloss is great, but lip gloss and lock-picking skills will get you a whole lot farther.


Anonymous udon'tneed2knowmyname said...

ananka! ur right! maybe we should use gossip girl as a cover up... then when needed, we astound snobby people with our gorgeous looks AND bountiful brains. ha ha ha no one will ever guess.

12:14 AM  
Blogger Carry No Seal said...

No offense to anyone, of course, but Gossip Girl is not my kind of stuff. I really loved the second book and read practically the whole thing during Thanksgiving weekend--A superbly awesome 2nd book and now I am excitedly waiting for the third XD!

6:35 AM  
Blogger Carry No Seal said...

Oh, and by the way, what is the picture you uploaded with this, of the girl and the bird...it looks pretty spiffy

6:36 AM  
Anonymous Nellie said...

Yeah! We can rule the world, and the Irregulars can rule the Shadow City!

7:10 AM  
Anonymous Hilary (aka "Willamina") said...

The Gossip Girls used to be a guilty pleasure of mine. Until I realized they just made me feel poor and fat, which in their world equals useless.

Kiki and the Irregulars have skills and a keen interest in the world around them. Now that's something I can appreciate and, even at my age, aspire to ;).

9:23 AM  
Anonymous udon't need2knowmyname said...

see, all of us feel good about ourselves thanks to the irregulars. We don't need to worry about anything else. I'm sticking with my original belief and not touching gossip girl with a ten foot pole. we're all good the way we are. ( i may still use it as a cover-up!) just kidding:)

10:00 AM  
Anonymous Kirsten said...

I totally agree. I was so lucky to snag the Empress's TOmb in a hardcover copy. (I love th Universit Book Store!) I like to read The Clique and still feel good about myself, but when I read Kiki Strike, I feel the best out of all the books I read. :-)

10:42 AM  
Anonymous infamous said...

Gosh it's so wierd. Who drew the cover art on the KSs? It just sorta made me pick it up (buy it, not come of me room for hours, love it, and recomend it to everyone!). You are kind Ananka.(how do you say that name?) You make us feel speical inside! Oh you getting any bettter? My sister says she is going to die like you.

3:46 PM  
Anonymous theatre said...

we shall rule the world, someday, and so true about the lipgloss (although after that song, I became a very dedicated lipstick gal-who cares about fish scales) and picking locks-priceless :)

4:39 PM  
Anonymous theatre said...

I LOV THAT ARTWORK!!!!!! street art shall also rule the world someday very very soon :) such a sucker for talents

4:40 PM  
Anonymous ananka said...

CNS and Theatre . . . It's another piece of street art by my favorite guy, Banksy. I've been saving it for a special occasion. ;)

4:50 PM  
Anonymous Patsee said...


I have fifteen dollars in Borders/Waldenbooks giftcards. I tried to order Empress on Amazon (since they thoughtfully let you use those types of giftcards) And the order came to $15.52. I'm fifty-two cents short. *head bang*

5:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Have not read gossip girl!!!!!

But I, too, think it would be an enjoyable experience to take over the world!!!

So if you decide to, call me!

Though I have been, in some areas, classified as "completely insane" or "strange" or "bookworm", I may be useful!

5:34 PM  
Blogger International Mastermind said...

You mean, lipgloss, lock picking, ETC.
Etcetera makes all the difference! :)

5:47 PM  
Anonymous Ananka said...

Patsee, your plight has touched me. (And amused me--sorry.) If you want, you can contact me at kikistrike@gmail.com and I will ensure that you get your hands on 52 cents.

6:21 PM  
Anonymous Patsee said...

Nevermind. My mom charged it to her credit card, so I gave her the gift cards.


Now all I have to do is wait approximately five business days.

6:47 PM  
Anonymous theatre said...

I love this site and all it's commentors and intriguingly awesome author :) lifes good

6:55 PM  
Anonymous udon't need2knowmyname said...

i love this site too! life would be so boring if i didn't have the ability to go log on here every day. I'd be boring AND, worst off all, informationless:(
luv ya all, udn2kmy

7:22 PM  
Anonymous Hazel said...

I find your books inspiring. Did you know that when I first found the Shadow City at the library, I thought, "Eh, sounds kinda boring, but I might as well borrow it," and then almost didn't read it? I am SO glad I did after all! And then I convinced Nellie to try it, and she was hooked too.
I also recommend the Swallows and Amazons books by Arthur Ransome.

7:35 PM  
Anonymous Kriteer (Kurosignal) said...

I'm one of those people that still haven't gotten the book.
Anyways, lip gloss and a lock pick could get you far but uh,...hold the lip gloss...but then again, the most unexpected thing moments require some strange things that might just come in handy...

7:39 PM  
Anonymous Nellie said...

Today we had a fire in our kitchen! Just a little stove fire. My father accidentally turned the wrong burner on the stove on. It had a plastic plate on it instead of a pot and the plate began to BURN! So now we have smoke damage on our walls. :( (sorry, I know this is off- topic but it was just too exciting not to share!)

7:47 PM  
Blogger Ariana said...

Lipgloss and lock picking. I must admit I love this site too. I check it almost every day. For Those of you who have not got the Empress yet, it is totally worth the wait.

7:59 PM  
Anonymous ginnyweasley007 said...

blaaah im sorry but gossip girl is truly evil, " all i want is everything" "friends for never" who needs that type of cruelty so sad, your books are the most facinating things i have ever, ever read keep at it , and by the way, i love the tee shirts!

8:28 PM  
Anonymous ginnywealey007 said...

anonymous i too have been called completely insane, bookworm and strange 9i'm strange because i were a school uniform to a public schoo a.k.a. no uniforms) gosh gosh gosh, i really wish we could all get to together, we have so much in common, that goes for all the bloggers on this post!!

8:33 PM  
Anonymous Ananka said...

You guys are the best. It wouldn't be a blog without you. Now . . . let's get to those lock-picking skills!

9:10 PM  
Anonymous udon't need2knowmyname said...

wouldn't it be fun if we could all meet each other?! THat would be so much fun... OMG:stroke of brilliance! HEy Ananka, could we, in the immediate future, hold a KIKI STRIKE convention?! All my dreams would be fulfilled if you could swing that! PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

10:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know that most people don't like the "clique books" but I bet if Kiki read them she would find them useful like Revenge of the wannabes how they plot to get what they want in a way they are kinda like Kiki but use their skills to get what they want

11:04 PM  
Anonymous theatre said...

KIKI STRIKE CONVENTION!!!!!!!!!!! YESSSSS, brilliant idea. period.

Hazel: same with me, put it down the first time I saw it in the libbray (under different circumstances) but it kept haunting me so I went back got it at the last minute and praised it every moment after

1:21 PM  
Anonymous Hazel said...

I have lip gloss, (in fact, my sister just accused me of smelling like it, but it was cocoa butter) but i can't pick locks. Will someone teach me?

5:12 PM  
Blogger Carry No Seal said...

I totally agree with the idea of Kiki Strike convention! SQUE!! That work be pretty sweet!

8:02 PM  
Anonymous rage mirror said...

I'd totally go.

6:02 PM  
Anonymous ginnyweasley007 said...

Kiki strike convention all the way!!!! i doubt i could actually go to, cause i don't live anywhere near NYC waaaaaaaaaaaaa! but still, it totally rocks!!!! everyone, you are sooooo cool!

10:23 PM  
Anonymous Patsee said...

I'd empty my savings account to go to NYC for a Kiki Stirke convention. No joke.

12:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


7:15 PM  
Anonymous kitty said...

I found a copy of the empress pretty easily, I just went to Barns&Nobles and asked those people for the book "The Empress's Tomb" and they found one for me. I usally go to those big bookstores and get one, they have like, everything. o^-^o And I LOVE your books!! *fan* When will the next book come out?? I can't wait!!

11:08 AM  
Anonymous kafkadreams said...

I really don't like the Gossip Girl books. why would anyone want to read books about girls being mean to each other just for a spot in the popular herd. it's much more enjoyable having real friends (like the Irregulars!) who care about you! (no offence to any Gossip Girl lovers...)

8:29 PM  
Anonymous Lena said...

Are we Gossip Girl?
If by 'Gossip Girls, you mean under cover, you are right.
By the way! I got my copy the very first day it came out! (I love my B&N)

8:36 PM  
Anonymous Kad said...

I love your How Too's at the end of almost every chapter. It has totally helped with all of the skills needed to be an Irregular

9:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where did you snap this pic? This is very interesting graffitti!

Agreed on the g-girl thing. I mean, really. Mindless fashion is like a ferrari without an engine.

7:07 PM  
Anonymous Maskedgoddess said...

exactly! I've been to the bookstore 5 times SPECIFICALLY for the Empress and have attempted to order it TWICE, yet... i still dont have a copy. Needless to say, i am very annoyed with the local Borders and intend to take my bibliophilic needs to a more productive source: Barnes and Nobles.

Lipgloss is actually very useful for your "extracurricular activities" Ananka. It's very useful in disguises, can even be used as a substitute for hairgel if you're really in a pinch, and you can always use it as a lubricant for extremely sqeaky hinges for those locks that you do intend to pick.

3:59 PM  

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