Just as I was racking my brains for a blog post, Simmone put this up at insideadog. Thanks, Simmone!


What is your most marked characteristic?

What is the quality you most like in a man?
To play a straight bat

What is the quality you most like in a woman?

When they confide in me

What do you most value in your friends?
Being there

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?


What is your favorite occupation?


What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Second hand books and lots of em

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
As a parent, you are only as happy as your most unhappy child

In which country would you like to live?

Australia, but with holidays in Scotland, Italy & France and places I haven't been yet

Who are your favorite writers?

All my friends of course, and today: Nancy Mitford, Helen Garner, and Patricia Wrightson

Who are your favorite poets?

I don't do poetry

Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
Sherlock Holmes, Lord Peter Wimsey, Tristan Farnon OH DEAR

Who is your favorite heroine of fiction?
Rosamund Stacey, The Millstone

Who are your favorite composers?

Christine McCombe, Jane Siberry

Who are your favorite painters?

Sandra Eterovic, First Dog on the Moon

What are your favorite names?

Der, Alice and Evie of course.

What is it that you most dislike?


Which talent would you most like to have?
To be able to sing and draw, preferably at the same time

How would you like to die?
In my sleep, knowing the world is safe and my family are all happy, and many many years from now

What is your current state of mind?

Astonished by the number of breweries in Australia (don't ask); very excited to have found a book of Joan Aiken's short stories today (All But A Few)

What is your motto?

Nil desperandum

Okay, your turn.

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