Anonymous asked: Hi Victoria! How has your day been so far? I hope it's been great, but even if it hasn't, just know that it can only get better! Thanks for being such a cool person, and stay awesome! :D
Aw, why thank you, Anon! My day (upon which I’ve put a lot of pressure, it being the first day in a new month) has been above average, mainly because I have a slice of chocolate cake waiting for me once I reach my daily wordcount :) I hope your day has been awesome, and thanks for the kindness <3
Anonymous asked: your writing process sounds interesting, can you screenshot a scrivener window of a published project to show us an example?
I can’t/won’t do screenshots because I’m really particular about which behind the scenes things go out into the internet, but I will say that for A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC, which has 14 parts, and anywhere between 3 and 7 chapters per part, I had a folder for each part, and then the chapters within, as well as additional folders with language and story bible, research, discarded sections, etc. The luxury of Scrivener is that it’s just easier to hunt things down in my already-cluttered creative brain.
Anonymous asked: You should crowd fund so we can get nice book 3 books. :P
I’ve thought about it. I’ve thought about doing Kickstarter, but the truth of the matter is that while I love my Archived readers with all my heart, I’m not sure I feel comfortable putting the pressure and responsibility on them. This book is their book, it already wouldn’t happen without them, but I think (this is where I stand right now) I’d rather they simply be able to show their support by buying the book once it’s done and ready than having to commit to its creation. I’m not entirely sure. I have messy thoughts. Book first.
Anonymous asked: I do not understand when you say you don't know what form you don't know the third book will come in please elaborate?? that sounded kinda rude sorry!!!!
I just meant that I don’t know if it will be available in hardcover, paperback, or only as an ebook.
holdencarver asked: Hi. I was wondering, now you've done Worldcon, will you be going to any other conventions (such as Eastercon or Nine Worlds) during your time in the UK?
I don’t know, to be honest. It depends on which things—if any—I get invited to!
Anonymous asked: Hey Victoria! Hope all is going well with your big move! I'm actually about to start applying to universities in the UK and am starting to get extremely nervous and doubtful, do you have any tips or tricks to ease the nerves?
Oh, how exciting! Hmm, tips and tricks. I got on Google maps, and explored the city that way before I ever arrived. I’m also a firm believer in getting lost. When I got here, I just started walking. You find much more by wandering than by planning a course. I’d give yourself some time and some freedom to just explore. Also, give in to the chaos. It’s an adventure. It’s big and scary, but it’s worth it.
Anonymous asked: Do you use Scrivner? If so, could you maybe say what parts of that program are your favorite? I just downloaded it and am still trying to figure it all out!
I do use Scrivener, but admittedly I don’t use it to the extent many others do. I don’t take full advantage of all the little fun nooks and crannies of the program, the photo boards and outlining resources, etc. I use it because when I’m writing, I open a new window for every train of thought and every scene, and I started crashing Word by doing that. Scrivener allows me to do that while keeping everything together! My process is still fairly chaotic, but it helps.
What you should read:
- This is very important to keep in mind, especially if you want to enjoy your reading experience.
- 1: You should read Anything.
- 2: Whatever you like.
- 3: There are no rules.
- 4: There is no age limit.
- 5: You can read whatever the hell you want.
- 6: I'm not going to tell you what you SHOULD be reading.
- 7: Because that's up to you.
- 8: Pick up ANY BOOK
- 9: And please,
- 10: Enjoy the hell out of it! (Or dislike it, it's all up to you!)
The Archived- Victoria Schwab
“Because the only way to truly record a person is not in words, not in still frames, but in bone and skin and memory.”
Anonymous asked: i was on your wordpress and came upon the snippets you posted and wanted to ask whether the first one (The night Kate Harker decided to burn down the school chapel, she wasn’t angry, or drunk.) was going to be a book you will actually publish? it just sounds so interesting
Spoilers, sweetie ;)
I. THE NIGHT STARTS HERE / STARS [the ecstasy, the being free, the big black cloud over you and me / and after that, the upwards fall, and were we angels after all?] II. DIAMONDS / JOHNNYSWIM [and in these ashes I’m stronger still / you’ll learn to feel my pain] III. BAD BLOOD / BASTILLE [those are the days that bind us together, forever] IV. THE FEAR / BEN HOWARD [oh, i will become what i deserve] V. MEDICINE / DAUGHTER [you could still be what you want to be, what you said you were] VI. THE WOLVES (ACT I AND II) / BON IVER [what might have been lost / don’t bother me] VII. SILHOUETTES / OF MONSTERS AND MEN [there’s nothing that i’d take back / but it’s hard to say there’s nothing i regret] VIII. ADVENTURES IN SOLITUDE / THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS [less than forget / but more than begun / these adventures in solitude, never done] IX. EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD / LORDE [all for freedom and for pleasure / nothing ever lasts forever / everybody wants to rule the world] X. BARTON HOLLOW / THE CIVIL WARS [i'm a dead man walking here / that's the least of all my fears] XI. CROSS YOUR FINGERS, CRAWLED OUT OF THE SEA / LAURA MARLING [oh, i jumped into my grave and died] XII. WALTZ / THE NAKED AND FAMOUS [i am a fire if you hesitate] XIII. BREATHING UNDERWATER / METRIC [they were right when they said we should never meet our heroes] XIV. THIS ISN’T CONTROL / MS MR [left behind the perfect crime / like a swell, hence subside] XV. ANTICHRIST / THE 1975 [the blood is on your tongue as well as your hands] XVI. WATERSHED / VIENNA TENG [now I will unsettle the ground beneath you / send my waters ashore / creep into your bed / find you in every corner]