I've always had a hard time being in a relationship with someone, living with someone, and writing. I've had so much of my stuff come from that sort of dreamlike state of longing and desire. It's something that I eventually want to grow out of or learn how to work around because I can't—I don't want to live in this constant state of longing. Some people just stay there because that's the only way they can create. When I get into a relationship I have a tendency to lose part of myself and that was my main impetus for breaking off this last relationship I had, cause I hadn't written anything. I remember when I first moved to L.A. in late '84 and I had this big spurt of creativity. I had just come out of a relationship that I wasn't happy in, so I'd broken free from that. Plus I was in a new city, so I had all this new stimuli around me. New people, new city. Just came out of a relationship, I'm free, I'm independent, I had my own apartment. All of those things kind of provided the climate for me to write.

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