1. I’ve been recording my dreams in journals for the last 24 years. I think our dreaming reality is just as valid as our waking. In fact, making such a big distinction between the two isn’t really in our nature; it’s just a cultural habit, something we’ve learned to do.
2. I knew that I was an artist by age three, and understood that it was my destiny to be a writer by the time I was ten or eleven.
3. Every year I vow that I won’t be putting myself through the darkness of a Vermont winter ever again – and yet I’m still here.
4. I get out into nature at least three or four times a week, regardless of the season.
5. By choice, I have not driven in fifteen years.
6. As a child, I conceived the idea that the world was unsafe, and that the way to pass through it unscathed was to be small and not make a ‘splash’. That belief turned into one of my biggest stumbling blocks along the road to becoming an author and discovering my own unique voice.
7. For this reason, the better a book of mine is the more anxious I can feel about putting it out. The fear of my own power manifests in this way. "The Edge of the Known" trilogy terrified me at times.
8. I often feel like an ancient medicine man who has somehow stumbled into the modern industrial/computer age and is moving along generally baffled, trying to make sense of it all.
9. I notice a lot of debate around religion and science: Which is the most reliable authority with regards to the nature of reality? I personally don’t think either one has offered a very accurate, complete or even helpful picture, and I hope that our race can either find ways to expand these systems of belief or else just dispense with them entirely.
10. I used to write fantasy novels, largely because I needed a place to go to where magic was ‘real’. This need loosened its hold on me when I realized that magic already infuses the reality that surrounds us all. It’s just a matter of our senses awakening to the presence of it.