EH!? NO! NO! NO! It is not much to compose 12 or 13 cantatas in one year because if you think about it Bach, for example, used to compose one cantata a week. He had to compose the music in time for it to be performed in church on Sunday so if you just consider Bach, you will see that I’m practically unemployed!
Portland is the island on Lost. You get there, magical things happen, and you are in disbelief. You make a go of living there. Things go exceedingly well for a while, but eventually you realize time is wonky, and you must escape. You work diligently to reconnect with the rest of the world. Eventually you leave the island and get back to where you were. Then, the everydayness of your own life sinks in, and you say to yourself, “We need to go back to the island!”
This should come as no surprise to anyone but growing a beard and buying a bike does not, in fact, get rid of all the demons you’re trying to run away from.
Flattered as I was, I couldn’t help thinking of how a man gets burnt out long before his reputation.
A pair of cowboy boots stood in the hall outside the door. Keeping my feet where they were, I was just able to contort enough to reach them. I pulled them on, then line danced to the kitchen for the dustpan and broom.
Keri Maijala, Eight Legs and Cowboy Boots
This is the kind of clever, nuanced wordplay that reminds me that I have so much to learn as a writer. It takes a lot of practice and restraint to make the cowboy boots reference nonchalantly, only to bring it home with the line dancing a few sentences later, like a little surprise gift.