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On Tue, 20 Apr 10 14:06:36 +0000 Elizabeth (25) answered the Proust Questionnaire (click on a question to read other answers):

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
to lose all the people you love
Where would you like to live?
Alabama, mostly because it's where the rest of my family lives
What is your idea of earthly happiness?
having a loving family, an income sufficient to your needs, enough books to read, and a goal to work toward
To what faults do you feel most indulgent?
I'm actually pretty forgiving of most faults. Everyone has them, after all. I do find it hard to forgive people who don't care about hurting others.
Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
Miles Vorkosigan, Harry Dresden
Who are your favorite characters in history?
Joseph Smith, Jesus Christ... I truly tried to think of some non-religious ones and failed
Who are your favorite heroines in real life?
my mother, who is a better person than I will ever be, and my older sister, who is a more confident person than I will ever be, and Stephenie Meyer, who has already lived my dream
Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
Cordelia Naismith, Mercy Thompson, Amelia Peabody, Elizabeth Bennett
Your favorite painter?
Michael Whelan
Your favorite musician?
I couldn't possibly narrow it down to one, or even ten.
The quality you most admire in a man?
moral integrity
The quality you most admire in a woman?
the same
Your favorite virtue?
Love. I know that's a cliche, but it really is the greatest one, from which all the others flow.
Your favorite occupation?
writing, when it's going well and everything is falling into place in ways that I didn't even intend
Who would you have liked to be?
someone more patient, courageous, and self-disciplined than myself.
Your most marked characteristic?
probably my goofy humor
What do you most value in your friends?
What is your principle defect?
laziness, lack of self-discipline
What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes?
to have a childhood so warped, it destroys all chance of happiness in later life, so that your whole existence is futile
What would you like to be?
a writer whose work means something real to people; a mother who keeps her children on the right path
What is your favorite color?
blue and silver
What is your favorite flower?
I'm not very educated on flowers, but I always enjoyed the various inhabitants of the "old rose" garden at Troy
What is your favorite bird?
sparrow, wren, or any other drab, delicate little thing that hops about in the parking lot. Also ducks.
Who are your favorite prose writers?
Lois McMaster Bujold, Jim Butcher, Patricia Briggs, Stephenie Meyer, Orson Scott Card, Wen Spencer
Who are your favorite poets?
William Shakespeare
Who are your heroes in real life?
my father, who catches bad guys and plays with his children
Who are your favorite heroines of history?
Queen Victoria
What are your favorite names?
girls: Callista, Cordelia, Ariana, Lily, Alice. boys: Gabriel, Joseph, Tobias, Jonah.
What is it you most dislike?
Selfishness. The unconscious self-absorption of the spoiled child is maddening, but worse are the people who KNOW others have feelings, and deliberately disregard them.
What historical figures do you most despise?
Well, Hitler, of course. Some of the more psychotic Roman emperors. King Henry the 8th. Rasputin.
What event in military history do you most admire?
I truly don't know enough about military history to say.
What natural gift would you most like to possess?
How would you like to die?
prepared and unafraid
What is your present state of mind?
What is your motto?
Same as my blood type: B positive!

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