Goodreads asked Michael Van Vleet:

What’s the best thing about being a writer?

Michael Van Vleet Probably the best thing about being a writer is that you start as a reader. As a reader, one must spend time either accruing a personal library or-- and this is riskier-- accessing someone else's. Then, over a period of days or weeks one chews and expels the books, creating a pulpy paste that can be applied to any fixed structure, though many writers will tell you that any space under eaves works well for temperature regulation and predator avoidance. Once your book structure is complete, you move on in, surrounded by the comforting smell of paper and your own warm breath, and there you remain until your insides melt. After a timeless age, your book home cracks and you emerge a wet and glistening writer. That's pretty much the best.

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