Who Needs Caffeine?
“Friends and family know they cannot talk to me, see me, or ask me questions at the end of the month, from the dates spanning, say, September 22 to 30. I don’t travel, make appointments, or have lunch with my editors or friends at the end of the month. For nine days, I am working around-the-clock under a great deal of pressure. Most days I fall asleep at 3 a.m., but I have to get up at 7 to get ready to write. I don’t need a lot of sleep and never use an alarm. I pop out of bed like bread out of a toaster, peppy, and never need coffee or any other stimulant to get myself going. I was that way as a child and so was my father. Energy is the best natural resource to inherit!”
“I learned to be very careful and extremely clear in all my communications. It is critical to do careful research, because when words are published, you instantly realize that those words will be indelible, living on the Internet forever. I am very detailed and comprehensive in all that I do, almost to a fault — I become obsessed! I concentrate very well, so nothing distracts me! I am an all or nothing person! The way I work and negotiate contracts (working side by side with my lawyer), the way I file my taxes — all aspects of my life are careful and thoroughly tended to down to the tiniest detail.”
“One of the most creative uses of astrology I have been involved in is to aid Hollywood screenwriters in shaping characters for a screenplay. By using astrology, I can advise the screenwriter on how to advance the actions of the protagonist (or any other characters in the story) in a creative, complex way. You can ascertain that the character’s choices and actions have integrity by working with astrological archetypes — not just of the Sun sign but all eight planets and the moon in a fictional natal chart. This allows me to give a unique and individual texture to the character’s personality, so the character is never flat, predictable, or boring. Character development is fascinating work, and I would love to do more of it.”
“All my hard work pays off when I see the readers so happy at the start of each month to read my report. I go directly to Twitter to see what each reader is saying and to find out if anyone has a question. I want to be the servant to my readers — that gives me such pleasure. Then, after having done so much work for days, I practically fall on the bed with my clothes on. I am allowed to sleep, peacefully, because I have given the readers what they enjoy — that is my celebration.”
Photographed at the Think Tank at the Paramount Hotel