I am entirely dependent on rhetorical devices—similes and metaphors in particular. Usually, I think in those terms and then imagine how they might be the opening sentiment of my magnificent future novel or the best way to express myself in an emotional conversation. They are rarely more than phrases, little snippets that I rarely hold on to; until now, I have never even written them down. My goal is to record them here as they occur to me in case one of them does indeed crack out of its cocoon to become something complete and fully formed.