…and if you follow me online, you probably know that birthdays and I have a bit of a spotty record.
But I thought about what I wanted to do/say here, and it’s a little selfish, but hey, that’s what a birthday is for, right? I hope you’ll stick with me.
Today, I really just want to share things that make me smile.
Here we go:
1. This picture, taken by Alex Bracken in January 2009, when my first book was going on submission for a second time, and I was feeling low. A couple weeks later, I would start writing THE NEAR WITCH:
“Every so often, there is an author and a book that blows your mind with the elegance and grace in which a story is told. The Near Witch is that book. Perhaps it’s not an entirely unheard of idea, and perhaps you might be tired of the same-old, same-old, but Victoria Schwab has proven with The Near Witch that even a familiar story can become something new and improved. With a stunning, lyrical and almost poetic voice, The Near Witch gives a flawless, picture-perfect images of a town lost in the clutches of an unknown force, while ultimately teaching us reader about love, truth and the true nature of fear…
…All in all, I was completely blown away by The Near Witch. I expected a good read, but this was far better than I’d anticipated, and Victoria Schwab has easily edged into my top ten favourite authors. I give it a 5 out of 5 (6, if I could), and I would highly recommend it to both fans of YA and adult books, especially those who enjoy paranormal, fantasy and contemporary fiction because there are elements of each.”
3. This video of Simon the Cat:
4. The four or five comparisons to Neil Gaiman, and the person who told me I should team up with Laini Taylor (who–ack, who or whom, who or whom!?–incidentally, I want to be when I grow up).
5. This song:
6. The dozens and dozens of people on sites and blogs, facebook and twitter etc who have expressed excitement for my book. You guys, I just don’t think there’s a way to explain how that feels. Your excitement is some days my icing, and some days my cake, and thank you thank you thank you.
8. Shel Silverstein’s Invitation:
I write because, as wonderful as life is—and it is truly wonderful—it isn’t enough. It does not, for example, contain dragons. I find this unsatisfactory. So I read. And I write.
And that’s all I have. If you have things that make you smile, feel free to leave them in the comments, and I hope you all have a day of whim and wonder, and at least a little magic.