The Proust Questionnaire is believed to reveal an individual’s true nature. We have asked 2013 Incite authors 17 questions inspired by the questionnaire in an attempt to uncover who they are...
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
A shot of pure happiness, unmitigated by worries or anxieties, comes when I've been working very intently, alone, for hours -- and at the end of the day I see clearly that I've accomplished something, on my own.
What does your ideal day look like?
I crawl out of a tent and the day is warm, the coffee hot. For once, I'm not the last one to get her sleeping bag and backpack pulled together. I paddle in the canoe's bow for hours, with trees and rocks rising on every side, then pick a quiet spot for a well-earned meal and sleep. A chorus of frogs keeps me awake, smiling. Or I'm alone for a week or a month, writing for 15 or 20 hours daily; that, too, is bliss. Or I'm driving all day on a road trip, singing along to loud CDs with my two kids, and no one is cranky, and we all feel as though we're where we should be.
What is your greatest extravagance?
Good camping equipment, especially lightweight gear and solar gadgets. It isn't a necessity (like books or food or wine) but it makes me happy and is hard to resist.
What possession would you be heartbroken if you lost?
A big silver ring designed and made by my husband, that I wear on my right hand.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I would be braver.
What childhood fear has followed you into adulthood?
The fear of losing those I love. The fear of not being believed.
Do you take comfort in darkness or light?
I yearn for light, but darkness is often a relief. Daylight holds distractions -- and people. I think differently in the dark.
Do you remember your dreams?
I usually do remember my dreams. I wish I could shake some that seem to have been clinging to me for years.
How do you collect snippets of observations and ideas that come to you unexpectedly?
I carry notebooks and write in them. Or on envelopes. Or on my hand. Or I'll use my phone to email myself.