I saw this meme at Stuck in a Book (where you can find its pedigree) and liked it so much I was halfway through my answers before I'd actually decided to do it. I was sorry to find that Simon doesn't like the word "Onyx" since it's rather in the same field as my favourite. But then my father was a lapidary, which is also a good word, and I spent much of my childhood sorting gemstones. The relevance of the photo, which is an old one, is simply that it's two contented dogs.
What is your favourite word? Chalcedony.
What is your least favourite word? "Incidentally"...it always bodes ill when my husband starts a sentence with it.
What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally? Ah, baroque church music.
What turns you off? Reality television. And breakfast television.
What is your favourite curse word? Hell's bells and buckets of blood. I'm old-fashioned.
What sound or noise do you love? The unique silence that happens when you wake up in the morning and it's snowed heavily overnight. The contented noises my dogs make.
What sound or noise do you hate? Loud noises, especially when made by a high wind. It makes me nervous.
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? I could be an anchoress on a suitable country estate, perhaps, as long as the library van visited regularly. With a chicken or two for eggs and a vegetable garden I could be quite self-supporting. And a dog to guard the vegetables. Oh dear, perhaps I'm missing the point. Actually, I'd rather like to be a textile conservator.
What profession would you not like to do? Dentistry.
If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? "The library is that way...".