Querying the Hivemind: Skiffying the Proust Questionnaire

For the ConDFW newsletter, I'd like to create a SF/F/H-related version of the Proust Questionnaire to ask various of our panelists. Preferably with a focus on the answerer's creative works (mostly writers, some artists and editors among them), and questions that are open-ended to allow them to answer with as little or as much as they'd like. And about 1/3-1/2 as long as the original on the Wikipedia page!

Any ideas?
Questions from the original, ones I don't want struck out. Ones that might be good as-is or if changed to a SF/F/H bent are left alone:
  • What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
  • Where would you like to live?
  • What is your idea of earthly happiness?
  • To what faults do you feel most indulgent?
  • Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
  • Who are your favorite characters in history?
  • Who are your favorite heroines in real life?
  • Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
  • Your favorite painter?
  • Your favorite musician?
  • The quality you most admire in a man?
  • The quality you most admire in a woman?
  • Your favorite virtue?
  • Your favorite occupation?
  • Who would you have liked to be?
  • Your most marked characteristic?
  • What do you most value in your friends?
  • What is your principal defect?
  • What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes?
  • What would you like to be?
  • What is your favorite color?
  • What is your favorite flower?
  • What is your favorite bird?
  • Who are your favorite prose writers?
  • Who are your favorite poets?
  • Who are your heroes in real life?
  • Who are your favorite heroines of history?
  • What are your favorite names?
  • What is it you most dislike?
  • What historical figures do you most despise?
  • What event in military history do you most admire?
  • What natural gift would you most like to possess?
  • How would you like to die?
  • What is your present state of mind?
  • What is your motto?

Possible additions/changes:

  • How does your ideal day of writing/creating go?
  • How does your typical day of writing/creating go?
  • How do you typically approach creating a new work? (Writers: are you an outliner, a seat-of-the-pantser, or somewhere in between?)

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