As I've gotten older I've occasionally found myself nostalgic for earlier periods of solitude though I realize that's also likely a false nostalgia as I know there was nothing I wanted more during those periods than to not be alone whatever that means.
I'm actually not an exhibitionist at all. When you get onstage and you get under the lights playing music I feel more hidden and more alone than anywhere else. You hide behind your music and let your emotions come out through the music.
A book is sent out into the world and there is no way of fully anticipating the responses it will elicit. Consider the responses called forth by the Bible Homer Shakespeare - let alone contemporary poetry or a modern novel.
But there's not enough time in life to go sit at a party have a drink and make idle conversation. There's too many important things to do. Just being together with my husband spending time alone which I have very little of.