You could almost mistake her for a publicist-bot, she’s so casually cross-promotional, and she’s similarly anything-goes in her life offline (the ever-availability being a big reason people find her so chummy and familial).
She showed up posing with Klingons at Comic-Con last year, co-created (and recorded a voice part) for a mobile game called Zombies, Run!, and wrote the libretto for an opera about the late-nineteenth-century Canadian, Mohawk, and English poet and actress Pauline Johnson that’s scheduled to premiere in Vancouver in May 2014 (it involves, typically, “a secret love, a jealous sister, and an early death”).
“I have Gemini rising,” says Atwood with a laugh. “Gemini is the twins, so if you have the twins as your rising sign, you’re not going to have a problem with multiple anything: careers, forms in which you write, personae.
She’s totally across her astro: this is from an interview in 2011.
Ms. Atwood, writing in longhand, creates a tree of characters and charts that pinpoint their birthdays, and even casts their horoscopes. She sees in astrology a device to get people to talk about themselves. “You wouldn’t want your character to have the wrong horoscope any more than you would want them to have the wrong name,” Ms. Atwood said mischievously.
And, this beauty:
“The sun moves into Scorpio, Tony has lunch at the Toxique with her two friends Roz and Charis, a slight breeze blows in over Lake Ontario, and Zenia returns from the dead” (“The Robber Bride”, page two).
The Robber Bride is one of my fave books ever, with an insanely Neptunian-Plutonic heroine.