“I have kept her story to retell. It is one of the small legion I carry, each one extraordinary in its own right. Each one an attempt—an immense leap of an attempt—to prove to me that you, and your human existence, are worth it.
Here it is. One of a handful.
The Book Thief.
If you feel like it, come with me. I will tell you a story.
I’ll show you something.”
— Markus Zusak, The Book Thief (via excessivebookshelf)
“At one magical instant in your early childhood, the page of a book—that string of confused, alien ciphers—shivered into meaning. Words spoke to you, gave up their secrets; at that moment, whole universes opened. You became, irrevocably, a reader.”
— Alberto Manguel (via thelifeofabookjunky)
wildrugrat asked: Message in a Bottle is the sweetest thing I've ever read...
Oh thank you so much. Message in a Bottle is an excerpt from a conversation between two characters in a novella I just started writing. I am so excited about it. I will posting more excerpts in my Goodreads soon so if you’re there, add me : )
weirdblueeyes asked: Hi um i just wanted to say that ive fallen in love with you and Michael's poems. You are beautiful and the poetry is so inspiring. Thank you very much for posting them. Have a good evening lovely
That means so much to us, we think you’re beautiful too. Thank you for being so kind and supportive, we’re really blessed :)
pretty--young-thing asked: Thank you so much for the words you write! :) They have inspired me and impacted me so much! You are so very talented. Thank you for everything.
Thank you so much for reading and supporting my work, you’re wonderful x
Vania Zouravliov, that’s his name! My favourite artist. I wanted his book that time… very badly in fact. I tipped my little coin purse upside down and counted all my money. I was short twenty dollars!
She lies on her stomach by the fire with her sketchpad open, lazy pencil strokes lining the paper with each flick of her wrist.
Oh, poor you, he says sympathetically. Do you know what sweetheart, we’ll get you that book.
Thanks baby. She smiles at him then returns to her sketching.
I’ll tell you how, he continues, snapping his laptop shut.
She looks up, bemused. Pencil down, chin propped in hand. I’m list-en-ing, she says in a singsong voice.
Okay, so here’s what you do. You go into the bookstore and you buy a cheap paperback novel. Smile sweetly and make small talk with the people at the register. Turn on the charm, just like the way you do when you’re trying to flog me your doodles. ‘Hey look! I just drew these. What do you think? D’you wanna buy it?’
Then, he says, after you’ve finished paying, wander over to where the book is, pick it up and just flick through it, looking as if you didn’t have a care in the world.
He lets out a small chuckle, leaning forward.
Then my dear, you get as close as you can to the entrance without attracting any attention. And… you bolt! As fast as you can, down the escape route that we would have planned the day before. I’ll be in the car waiting so as soon as you jump in, I’ll put my foot down, hard, on the accelerator, speed off to somewhere quiet before we stop and I’ll look at you and say, can you believe you did that? How does it feel? And you’ll be sitting there, your adrenalin pumping, your heart racing, hugging the book against your chest, saying, ‘oh my God! I can’t believe I just did that!’ Then do you know what I’d do?
What - would - you - do? She says in-between peals of laughter.
I’d take you out, fuck you up against the car.
— Lang Leav
people-with-conscience asked: What genre would best describe your short story Despondency? I would love to read more of the kind, but it seems ambiguous to find. What I like about it is the fact that it revolves around life lessons, and the fictional / undetermined form of the characters that allows them to live in surreal dimensions, if I might say. Could you throw me on a track?
Hi, I would look up things like fable or allegory. If you haven’t read The Little Prince yet, then do so immediately. It’s my favourite book of all time. Thanks lovely x
hawtvintage asked: Hi Lang Leav, my sister is getting married soon and I would like to read your poem at her ceremony if you don't mind. Can you recommend some poems that are suitable for the occasion? Thank you! :) xx
Wow, congrats to your sis! I am honoured to my poem read at such an important occasion. Souls is probably the best one but if you want something short and punchy, He and I Have fun and let me know how you go :) xo
mybeautifulsurprise asked: It makes my day seeing you post something, anything, sad or happy. I love it all <3 thankyou for sharing your talent
Thank you wonderful x
“I wish I wrote the way I thought;
With maddening hunger.
I’d write to the point of suffocation.
I’d write myself into nervous breakdowns,
Manuscripts spiralling out like tentacles into abysmal nothing.
And I’d write about you
a lot more
than I should.”
— Benedict Smith, I Wish I Wrote The Way I Thought (via erraticintrovert)