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Cezarija Abartis

Cezarija Abartis' Nice Girls and Other Stories was published by New Rivers Press.

Her stories have appeared in Liquid ImaginationNew York TyrantPrime Number, and r.kv.r.y., among others. Cezarija's story Heart and Mind began on ShowMeYourLits.com and was workshopped on Zoetrope.com. Recently she completed a novel, a thriller.

She teaches at St. Cloud State University.

Cezarija has answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Cezarija's work here on Pure Slush:

Heart and Mind  -  January 2012

• Lucky Nickel  -  March 2012

Cities  -  May 2012

• Altamira  -  November 2012

• Apples  -  January 2013 

Office Romance  -  February 2013 

Phone Call  -  May 2013

Glasses  -  June 2013

Test Tubes  -  July 2013

Rules  -  August 2013

Chips  -  September 2013

Books  -  October 2013

Alone  -  November 2013

The Talisman  -  November 2013

Chance  -  September 2014

Jogger  -  March 2016 

Shards  -  June 2016 

photo credit: Russell Letson 

Cezarija answered The Hue Questionnaire

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?
I like dark brown: it doesn't show dirt. That probably means you won't want to eat dinner at my house.
 
Do you wear this colour? How often and when?
 I like it especially with black.

What does the colour suggest to you?
Earth. 
What does it not suggest to you?
 Teeth.
How long has it been your favourite colour?
 Years and years.
When does it work best?
 It works very hard.
When does it not work for you?
 I cannot wear it with red, which must be worn to shine.

How does the colour relate to you, or you relate to it? Are you this colour or is this colour you? 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

I like dark brown: it doesn’t show dirt. That probably means you won’t want to eat dinner at my house.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I like it especially with black.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Earth.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Teeth.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Years and years.

 

When does it work best?

It works very hard.

 

When does it not work for you?

I cannot wear it with red, which must be worn to shine.

 

How does the colour relate to you, or you relate to it? Are you this colour or is this colour you?

That’s very personal.

 

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Alex Reece Abbott

Alex Reece Abbott writes across genres, forms and hemispheres. Regularly published here and there, including in Landmarks: the 2015 National Flash-Fiction Day Anthology, her short fiction has won the Northern Crime Competition, and the Arvon Prize, and often shortlists, including for the 2016 Sunday Business Post/Penguin Short Story Prize, the Bridport Prize, Fish, Mslexia and Lorian Hemingway.

A multiple nominee for Best Small Fictions, and writing.ie Short Story of the Year, her novel, Last of the Lucky Country, shortlisted for the 2015 Northern Crime Competition and her latest novel, The Helpmeet is a winner in the 2016 Greenbean Novel Fair.

Find her website by clicking here.

Alex has also answered the Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Alex’s work here on Pure Slush:

Sashiko is part of Five Pure Slush Vol. 10

Independence  -  March 2016

Age Difference is part of tall...ish Pure Slush Vol. 11 

Last Summer is part of Summer Pure Slush Vol. 12  

Alex answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Blue – for plenty of reasons...sky, sea, opals, the smoking mist off stands of eucalypts, copper blue butterflies, music, moonstones, irises, gentians, forget-me-nots and cornflowers, blue-tongued lizards, denim, paua shells, a kingfisher’s bib, hydrangeas, my grandmother’s eyes...

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Yes. Whenever I can. Clothing, jewellery, scarves. Every day...in ink!

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

As per number one, all good things. Strength and serenity, nature’s beauty. Ennui.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Food or drink. Regulation or enforcement.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Ever since I can remember. Blue always ran out first in my paintbox. I only wanted blue Bata Bullets. My bike was blue. As a child, I deeply coveted our neighbour’s Swan River Blue Holden, although that might have been about those rear venetian blinds.

 

When does it work best?

See one again.

 

When does it not work for you?

When doesn’t blue work? It just works. Toni Morrison’s novel, The Bluest Eye, made me think though.

 

How does the colour relate to you, or you relate to it? Are you this colour or is this colour you? 

Hue talking to me? We are as one, in a continuous, daily, synergetic interchange.

 

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Kate Alexander-Kirk

Kate Alexander-Kirk’s work has appeared in amphibi.us, Long Story Short, Postcard Shorts and is soon to appear in Negative Suck. She hails from Glasgow, Scotland and is currently experiencing life in the Outer Hebrides.

She drinks copious amounts tea as she dreams up weird and wonderful stories that she one day hopes to realise. And she does it all donning her Top-Hat at a jaunty angle.

(You thought she was joking about the hat. Didn’t you?)

Kate has also answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Kate's work here on Pure Slush:

Tea with Aunty  -  March 2012

Kate answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

My favourite colour is blue because there are so many fabulous shades such as Aquamarine, Turquoise, Indigo, Sapphire, Cobalt, Iris, Powder, Sky, Teal, Midnight, Steel, Ultramarine…

You see where I’m going with this… J

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Yes. I do. I’ve actually taken a course of skin pigmentation drugs to dye me a permanent shade of blue. I opted for Electric. As you can see, I’ve temporarily come off the medication in order to give you a more “normal” photograph.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Well it depends what he’s in the mood for. If he’s up for a laugh, sometimes it’s stand-up comedy or even a trip to the zoo. If he’s feeling more laid back he’ll maybe just suggest a quiet night in.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Depression… and “blueness”. Wait - is that a contradiction in terms?

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Ever since having a favourite colour was important. So, round about the time you asked me to answer this questionnaire. Nah, kidding. Forever!

 

When does it work best?

I find that blue tends to work all of the time.

 

When does it not work for you?

Who told you it doesn’t work for me? Oh my god, what have you heard?

 

How does the colour relate to you, or you relate to it? Are you this colour or is this colour you? 

He’s my half-brother. And we are each other. I hope that doesn’t mean that I have a split personality.

  

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Christopher Allen

Christopher Allen is the author of Conversations with S. Teri OType (a Satire), an episodic adult cartoon about a man struggling with expectations. Allens award-winning fiction and non-fiction have appeared, or are forthcoming, in SmokeLong Quarterlys Best of the First Ten Years anthology, Prime Number Magazine, The Best of Every Day Fiction, BootsnAll Travel and Chicken Soup for the Soul.

A finalist at Glimmer Train in 2011, Allen has been nominated for Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize twice. He is the managing editor of the daily litzine Metazen (currently on hiatus), and you can also visit his website I Must Be Off!

Christopher has also answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Christophers work here on Pure Slush:

• The Number 4  -  May 2011

• A Garden of Knives and Sugar  -  September 2011  (for counterpoint)

The Man Who Cant be Moved is part of barcode 

Christopher is the Featured Author for September 2013.

At the Deathbed of William Fear  -  September 2013

The Wife  -  September 2013

The Priest  -  September 2013

The Lover  -  September 2013

A Dog  -  September 2013

Providence  -  December 2013

Christopher answers The Hue Questionnaire:


What is your favourite colour? Why?

A deep (royal?) blue that draws me in as if the color is drinking me. This color makes my pupils dilate. I once stared for thirty minutes at a solid blue canvas at the Pompidou Centre. Ive never felt so relaxed.


Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Yes, I actually do. I have a few royal blue shirts that I wear to work or out in the evenings. I also have a t-shirt that I wear to bed sometimes. Ive had this t-shirt for over 20 years and its never faded. 

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Depth. Peace. Health. Water.


What does it not suggest to you?

I suppose to answer this question, I need to think of what other colors suggest to me that a deep, royal blue does not. In contrast to bright colors like yellow or pink, a deep blue does not scream or giggle. Its a very quiet color.


How long has it been your favourite colour?

As long as I can remember. I have never even considered cheating on blue. 


When does it work best?

The color is most pleasing to my eyes, so Id say it works best when Im the audience. Blue is a great color on me, but I dont spend the entire day looking down at my shirt, do I? I have a couple of glass pieces on my desk that have this color in the middle. Ive just taken them out now. They look like two big eyes with dilated blue pupils.


When does it not work for you?

I cant think of a situation. Maybe deep blue text on deep blue paper?


How does the colour relate to you, or you relate to it? Are you this colour or is this colour you?

I would love to be deep blue, even bluer than Avatar. Why do we say someone whos sad is blue? I think blue is content and settled. Im not blue yet, but Im getting there. 

 

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Gessy Alvarez

Gessy Alvarez grew up in New York City and New Jersey. She received her MFA from Columbia University in 2010 and is writing her first novel. Her past life included employment stints in fashion, finance, entertainment, and technology. She’s taught fiction in the New York City public school system and at Columbia University Medical Center.

Gessy’s fiction has appeared in Black Heart Magazine, Connotation Press, Apocrypha and Abstractions, Lost In Thought, Thrice Fiction, Letras Caseras, and Pank. New stories are forthcoming in Camroc Press Review and Bartleby Snopes. She was a runner-up for the 2012 Glass Woman Prize. More of her writing can be found on her blog, Digging Through the Fat.

Gessy has also answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Gessy's work here on Pure Slush:

• Notebooks is part of real

• Freedom is part of gorge

Half-Sister is part of the online serial Don't Kill Me I'm in Love  -  March 2015

Gessy answers The Hue Questionnaire

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Black. It calms me.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Yes. Almost everyday except in the summer time. The heat in NYC is too oppressive.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Blindess. A shut-down. Tunnel with no end. 

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Resolution. Which is good because I hate tying things up in neat knots.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since I was sixteen.

 

When does it work best?

At night. In the daytime. All the time, actually.

 

When does it not work for you?

On a hot day.

 

How does the colour relate to you, or you relate to it? Are you this colour or is this colour you?

I’m a sensual person. Sometimes my senses are overworked. Black is a relief from this. The color soothes me. Helps me clear my head for a brief space of time.

 

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Rachel Ambrose

Rachel Ambrose is a twenty-something writer living on the coast of Connecticut. She has entirely too much love for parentheses, caps-lock and dashes.

When not spending time with her father, boyfriend, and cat, she spends her time rocking ham radio contests and drinking copious amounts of coffee and bourbon. Not at the same time. Well, not always.

She can be reached at rachel.ambrose.1832@gmail.com

Rachel answers The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below). 

Read Rachel's work here on Pure Slush:

Rachel is taking part in 2014 and you can read an interview with her about her part in the project by clicking here.

The Space Between  -  September 2016 

Rachel answers The Hue Questionnaire: 

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Favorites (I can’t choose just one, it’s like picking a favorite star in the sky!) include orange, lime green, purple and navy blue. If pressed, I will have to choose navy blue.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I love wearing this color! I think it’s so classy and elegant (especially when it’s in the form of formal clothes, like dresses or suits). I actually need more dark blue clothes; apart from jeans, I have only a few dark blue tops and pieces of clothing. But they’re some of my most-worn clothes!

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Calmness, elegance, focus, clarity, a dreamy quality.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Spontaneity, playfulness, youth (probably why some of my other favorite colors are so bright and cheerful!).

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since high school, so probably a good ten years – it became my favorite color after a slightly batty but very dear English teacher pointed out that my aura appeared to be dark blue to her. A dark blue aura is commonly associated with writers, artists and creative types.

 

When does it work best?

I wrap myself in this color when I need to feel confident and at home in my own skin.

 

When does it not work for you?

Sometimes I get restless for the brighter colors, and then I’ll pull out my orange and lime accessories!

 

How does the colour relate to you, or you relate to it? Are you this colour or is this colour you?

Well, if you believe the aura hype, since I am a writer, this color very much is me. Dark blue feels “right” to me, somehow, in a very deep and natural way. It feels like sinking into my favorite squashy armchair with a good book and a cup of tea. Dark blue is also the color of the ocean, and since I live by the sea, I grew up with the color, and in some ways, the color grew up with me. 

 

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Jason S. Andrews

Jason S. Andrews writes stories inspired by his dreams, memories and other people's stories, and Hal Hartley films, and episodes of Spaced, and things people say to him.

He writes on his blog, and he wrote a book about a bar where the month never changes. To find his blog, click here.

Jason has also completed The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Jason's work on Pure Slush:

• Just had a tango lesson I can't afford  -  February 2011

• The Funniest Thing  -  April 2011

Jason was the Featured Author in March 2012.

The Tea Room (Part 1)  -  March 2012

The Tea Room (Part 2)  -  March 2012

• The Tea Room (Part 3)  -  March 2012

• The Tea Room (Part 4)  -  March 2012 

Jason answered The Hue Questionnaire.

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Back when I was in short trousers, a friend turned to me and said in a deep voice, 'Jason, life... is a purple corridor.' It takes genius to be so random, and the memory still makes me laugh, and for him to be so random in this chaotic world we live in, he's probably right.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I don't think I've ever worn anything purple, but I do wear a lot of blue, and sometimes red Arsenal jerseys. that makes purple. come to think of it, purple is what you'd get if you melted down the union jack. coincidence?

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

purple is a little bit exuberant, a little bit burlesque, a little bit fabulous

 

What does it not suggest to you?

i lived in Berlin for five years where we couldn't paint the walls in our apartments. or if you could, you had to repaint it white when you left. this is not exuberant and it's not fabulous in any way

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

since 1995

 

When does it work best?

neon lights, on the cover of 90s grunge albums, bad guy suits in big budget superhero romps, in random sentences

 

When does it not work for you?

alongside green

 

How does the colour relate to you, or you relate to it? Are you this colour or is this colour you?

i suppose it is, i am. a day without purple is just depressing, like people without panache

 

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Jules Archer

Somewhere between being born and raised in the backwoods of Montana, Jules Archer developed a craving for the written word. Today, she writes random stories of great genius and heartbreaking torpor while keeping her day job in marketing. She enjoys reading Playboy and sipping Blue Moon in her spare time.

Jules Archer has appeared recently or is forthcoming in Metazen,MonkeybicycleNegative Suck>kill authorPANKNorthville Reviewand elsewhere.

Jules has also answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Jules's work here on Pure Slush

• The Stuff Big Gulps Are Made Of  -  August 2011

The Plan  -  January 2012  (for counterpoint) 

Jules answers The Hue Questionnaire:


What is your favourite colour? Why?

My favorite color is pink. A baby pink; not a fuschia or a rose. To me, it's peaceful and pretty.


Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Not often. A splash here and there with earrings or blush.


What does the colour suggest to you?

It's feminine...soft...dainty...


What does it not suggest to you?

Power & strength.


How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since I was 10 and I saw these bouffant frosting-like bridesmaid dresses in a confiscated Bridal Magazine. I still remember that moment. And my bridesmaids did wear pink 10 years later.


When does it work best?

As an accent.


When does it not work for you?

When I need to feel strong.


How does the colour relate to you, or you relate to it? Are you this colour or is this colour you?

This color is everything I don't want to be but still love it. Or maybe it's what I'm fighting against.

 

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Asad Ali Junaid

Asad Ali Junaid is a Researcher in the area of Usability and Human Computer Interaction in Bangalore. Unlike some of his team mates, whose creative juices start to flow when they open up Photoshop, Flash or Silverlight, his imagination runs amok when he puts pen to paper (rather, fingers to the keyboard).

Junaid has been a resident of Bangalore most of his life except for brief stints in the US for higher education and work. He has seen Bangalore’s transformation from the sleepy town that it was, to an IT hub of today.

Junaid lives with his wife—a Post Doctoral Researcher at Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore. Their toddler completes their home while keeping them constantly on their toes.

Junaid has also answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below). 

Read Junaid's work here on Pure Slush:

Twenty Eight  -  April 2012

Junaid answers The Hue Questionnaire


What is your favourite colour? Why?

Black. There is nothing pretentious about it.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I wear Black often, to work or to social gatherings.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Reality, honesty…

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Artificiality

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

For a few years now. Starting from grad school.

 

When does it work best?

On clothing, and while writing – when a series of letters in black start to tell a story, which can be full of color.

 

When does it not work for you?

On a burnt toast, in polluting air…

 

How does the colour relate to you, or you relate to it? Are you this colour or is this colour you?

Black somehow serves a reminder to me to stay with reality, remain grounded, and that you can look good wearing these attributes too.

 

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David S. Atkinson

David S. Atkinson is the author of Not Quite so Stories, The Garden of Good and Evil Pancakes (2015 National Indie Excellence Awards finalist in humor), and Bones Buried in the Dirt (2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards finalist, First Novel <80K). His writing appears in Bartleby Snopes, Grey Sparrow Journal, Atticus Review, and others. 

His writing website is http://davidsatkinsonwriting.com/ and he spends his non-literary time working as a patent attorney in Denver.

David also answers The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read David's work here on Pure Slush:

Marc Summers Instigated the Bloods and Crips War so He Deserves Everything He Gets  -  March 2016

 Tony Robbins Told Fred to Follow Others’ Dreams Instead of His Own Because They Thought Bigger is part of tall...ish Pure Slush Vol. 11

 Lord Rutherford’s Gold Foil Disco Suits Were a Big Hit in Vegas But the Beryllium Earrings Were Simply Gaudy  -  June 2016 

In the Beginning, Good Always Overpowered Taxidermied Chipmunks and Free Frosting Wednesdays at Applebee’s is part of Summer Pure Slush Vol. 12  

• Turns Out The Pizza Hut BOOK IT! Program Was Not for Fleeing Tax Evasion Charges  -  September 2016

David answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

I have a terrible time picking favorite anything. Sometimes I’d say my favorite color was blue, sometimes green, sometimes red, sometimes silver. It depends on my mood, though I’m still likely not to be able to pick just one over all others in any mood. For the sake of being able to answer any more questions, we’ll go with black since, as far as light goes, it’s all colors.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Sure, pretty much daily. Almost all of my work slacks are black, some of my jeans, and many of my t-shirts. Even one of my suits, and almost all of my shoes. I’m almost sure to be wearing something black every day.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

The ease of not having to consider color matching since anything else I grab to go with a black-colored clothing item is going to work. Semi-fashionable (at least acceptably so) laziness.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

That I need to diversify my wardrobe. There’s no time for that.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

A couple minutes ago, pretty much when I had to pick one above so I could answer these questions.

 

When does it work best?

Any time I can get away with it.

 

When does it not work for you?

Any time I can’t. My wife still doesn’t want me wearing black t-shirts with black jeans, though she doesn’t give me as much crap as when I wear grey shirts with grey pants.

 

How does the colour relate to you, or you relate to it? Are you this colour or is this colour you?

We keep things cordial, but there isn’t really much relating. The color stays quiet on whatever I’m wearing and I try to not bother it too much. We largely have a working relationship and don’t try to force anything more. We’re our own people; I’m not it and it isn’t me. 

 

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Cheri Ause

Cheri Ause was born in Ohio, and lived most of her life in Salt Lake City, where she married, raised two children, and taught English for 31 years. In 2010, she and her husband moved to the coast of northern California.

Cheri’s work has appeared in The Redwood Coast Review, Fiction 365, and Every Day Poets among others. You can find her blog here: http://cheriause.blogspot.com/ 

Cheri has also answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Cheri's work here on Pure Slush:

Visions of The Saint is part of real

• Relics  -  November 2012  (for counterpoint)

Cheri answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Marigold yellow, like the yolk of a newly-laid chicken egg. When applied to the right medium, its rich, deep complexity draws me into its warmth. On the other hand, my favorite color names belong to the painter’s palette: alizarin crimson, lapis lazuli, cerulean blue, gamboge. Yes. After I finished graduate school, writing was ruined for me for a while, so I took up watercolor painting. The names brought me back to my writing desk.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Never, well, hardly ever. I once had a down-filled nylon ski vest--very puffy--but that was years ago. In Salt Lake City we painted our bedroom walls marigold. I loved being in that room at night when our bedside lamps illuminated the room. The deep yellow enveloped everything, gathering ever so softly around me like a great warm comforter.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Warmth, comfort, luxury, even a certain kind of playful sensuousness.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Stinginess or Puritanism in any of its forms

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Consciously or unconsciously? If you mean consciously, then only since you asked me to complete this questionnaire. I hadn’t thought about my favorite color before. Plus, I simply like color period. My initial response was red (or purple), but then I realized that was the easy and not necessarily most truthful answer. So I cleared my head and just let the idea of “color” float to the top. Suddenly marigold yellow flooded my mind’s eye.  I think I’ve been unconsciously drawn to it for a very, very long time.

 

When does it work best?

It never works; it plays.

 

When does it not work for you?

There is nothing in my current wardrobe or in the house where we now live in northern California that is marigold yellow except for one of the azaleas in the yard, which has definite deep yellow tendencies. Inside the house marigold yellow appears only in highlights here or there, say on a Tiffany lampshade or in a painting. However, I doubt very much that I would buy a marigold yellow sofa if I needed a new one, but now that you've got me thinking, maybe the bedroom...

 

How does the colour relate to you, or you relate to it? Are you this colour or is this colour you?

Marigold yellow is me. I am a Leo after all. They naturally go together, don’t you think?

 

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Shawn Aveningo

Shawn Aveningo is a globally published poet whose work has appeared in over 100 literary journals and anthologies.

She’s a Pushcart nominee, co-founder of The Poetry Box, managing editor for The Poeming Pigeon and journal designer for VoiceCatcher.

Shawn is a proud mother of three and shares the creative life designing books and websites with her husband in Portland, Oregon. Find her website by clicking here. Find her website by clicking here.

Shawn has answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Shawn's work here on Pure Slush:

Take Five is part of Five Pure Slush Vol. 10

Corsets  -  June 2016

 

Shawn answers The Hue Questionnaire:

  

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Red. It was the first color I could spell.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Absolutely! Red Shoes pair well with almost any outfit.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Passion. Zest. Life. Daring. Confidence. Love.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Boredom. Well-behaved.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since I was a child.

 

When does it work best?

I like wearing my favorite red patent-leather pumps when I’m doing a poetry reading or giving a presentation…any time I might need a little boost of confidence.

 

When does it not work for you?

I’m not a Republican!

 

How does the colour relate to you, or you relate to it? Are you this colour or is this colour you?

When I think of the full spectrum of red…all the way from the palest pink to fiery crimson, there are shades that correspond to my various moods and traits.

 

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Meghan K. Barnes

Meghan K. Barnes is a English & creative writing Instructor who holds an MFA in nonfiction from The University of North Carolina Wilmington, AWP’s second-ranked nonfiction program in the country.

Her book For the Love of God will be released in northern Spring 2013.

Meghan's work has been featured in multiple literary magazines such as Creative Nonfiction, The New York Times Magazine, and Charlotte Viewpoint, as well as six anthologies: So Long; Writers Block; Yes I Can; Christmas, Christmas; real Pure Slush Vol. 3 and Thoreau's Rooster. She has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize in both nonfiction and fiction, and will be on a panel at the 2013 Southern Women Writers Conference as well as AWP.

Meghan has also answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Meghan’s work here on Pure Slush:

How to Forget is part of real 

Grieving Grandad is part of obit.

Meghan answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Brown, someone has to love it. Why not me?

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I actually do wear a lot of brown when I teach, but it is not part of my normal wardrobe. 

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

I think it suggests mystery, because most people don"t pay much mind to it.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Sunshine, rainbows and puppy dogs.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

15 years.

 

When does it work best?

When I'm in a writerly-mood and want to lock myself away in my hole for awhile.

 

When does it not work for you?

When I need to have edits done, and I have a severe case of not being able to get my but into my chair and write.

 

How does the colour relate to you, or you relate to it? Are you this colour, or is this colour you?

I am brown. Brown is me. It is my soul. My soul is it.

 

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Barry Basden

Barry Basden lives in Texas and never flies. His writing has appeared in many fine places and he edits Camroc Press Review. Foreign dignitaries often seek his aid in transferring money from frozen accounts.

Barry has also answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Barry's work on Pure Slush:

Saved, Nevertheless  -  November 2011

Barry answers The Hue Questionnaire: 

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Blue. It makes me feel good, peaceful.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Almost daily. I have it on right now--a navy blue mock turtleneck with a light blue tee shirt over it. I own several blue chambray and denim shirts and wear them often.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Coolness. The ocean. The purest blue I've ever seen was in the middle of the Pacific. Stunning.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Fire. Heat.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Longer than I can remember. Since back when I wore blue-striped overalls and stood not much taller than my grandfather's blue tick hounds.

 

When does it work best?

Oooo, I don't know. When I'm listening to the blues perhaps, Billie Holiday.

 

When does it not work for you?

When my anger gene kicks in. But it probably would work for me even then if I thought about it at the time. I'm working on that.

 

How does the colour relate to you, or you relate to it? Are you this colour or is this colour you?

I am not blue and blue is not me, but our wavelengths likely harmonize.

 

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Sally Basmajian

Sally Basmajian is a lapsed broadcast exec who sometimes used to get into corporate hot water for having an overactive imagination. As a newish writer, she is trying to turn this curse into a blessing, so far with mixed results.

Some of her tales have appeared over the past year in such spots as Facts & Arguments - The Globe and Mail, SQ Mag, the UnCommon Bodies anthology, Slink Chunk Press, Infective Ink, and Canadian Stories.

Her current project is a chick-lit novel and she giggles madly as she types it. She lives in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada with her cozy husband and adventurous sheltie.

Sally has also answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Sally’s work here on Pure Slush:

• The Not-My-Birthday Birthday Cake  -  September 2016

Sally answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Our morning glories are screaming pinkish purple (purkle?) at the moment. It’s my new favourite colour. I love its vibrant ambiguity and extroverted femininity.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

If I could find it, I sure would. I own two cozy sweaters that come close. I wear them often in wintertime and they perk me right up, but they’re more fuchsia than morning glory purkle.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Joy, confidence, vibrancy, plus a tinge of mystery

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Dreariness, mediocrity, sludge,

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since July of each year, when the flowers surprise me with their renewed exuberance

 

When does it work best?

It’s a year-round, multi-purpose colour to me. It perks up solemn occasions and fits right in when the party gets going.

 

When does it not work for you?

I would not wear this colour if I were trying to blend in and not be noticed. Say, at a volunteer committee meeting where they’re looking for someone to do the nastiest possible job.

 

How does the colour relate to you, or you relate to it? Are you this colour or is this colour you?

Well, I’m not this colour. I’m more of an uncomplicated, sunshiny yellow. But, maybe there’s a bit of me in purkle. I’m outgoing and happy—just not enigmatic enough to be a perfect match. 

 

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Diane Hoover Bechtler

Diane Hoover Bechtler lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband, Michael Gross who is a poet with a day job and with their cat, Call Me IshMeow. She has an undergraduate degree in English from Queens University where she graduated summa cum laude and subsequently earned her MFA.

She has had short work published in journals such as The Gettysburg Review, Thema Literary Journal, Everyday Fiction, and The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature. As well as writing short work, she is working on a novel.

Diane has also answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Diane's work here on Pure Slush:

The Woman at 4 AM  -  June 2013 

Diane answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

My favorite color is black. The reason I like it is because it is neutral.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Every day around the house.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Ubiquity.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

It does not suggest death.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

For about 40 years.

 

When does it work best?

Daily.

 

When does it not work for you?

There is no time.

 

How does the colour relate to you, or you relate to it? Are you this colour or is this colour you?

It starts at the top because my hair is black. 

 

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Paul Beckman

Paul Beckman sells real estate & is an oft-published author of short stories, flash & micro fiction. He's had two collections published; several stories adapted as plays and earned his MFA from Bennington College. He’s had numerous Pushcart nominations.

Some publishing credits: Exquisite Corpse, Open Road Review, Connecticut Review, Soundzine, 5 Trope, Flash Fiction Online, Web del Sol, Long Story Short, Litro, Word Riot, The New Vilna Review and The Scruffy Dog Review.

Others can be found at http://paulbeckmanstories.com/.

Paul has also answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Paul's work here on Pure Slush:

A Working Man  -  April 2013

Study Habits  -  June 2013

Me Mum  -  July 2013

Lint  -  October 2013 

Jimbo  -  March 2014

• Paul has also contributed three stories to Feast! Pure Slush Vol. 9 

The Quarry  -  January 2016 

Spring Break is part of Five Pure Slush Vol. 10 

What Say Ye  -  March 2016 

Another Objet D'Art is part of tall...ish Pure Slush Vol. 11

Mojito Mama  -  June 2016 

Summer is part of Summer Pure Slush Vol. 12   

Paul answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Blue--Blue skies & Caribbean waters

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Yes  Occasionally. When I need blue to match a sport coat & slacks

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Tranquility

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Cell phones--clients--pressure

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since I filled out this questionnaire and had to think about a color.

 

When does it work best?

When I'm in the Caribbean waters snorkeling with and photographing the sea life. When I walk out of my office and find a bench to lean back on and watch the sky.

 

When does it not work for you?

When it's overcast and I need a clear water fix.

 

How does the colour relate to you, or you relate to it? Are you this colour or is this colour you?

It brings out the latent mellow which is not my nature so at the right time I am the color and it is me.

 

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Lynn Beighley

Lynn Beighley is a fiction writer stuck in a technical book writer’s body. Her stories often involve deeply flawed characters and the unsatisfying meshing of the virtual and actual world. She has an MFA in Creative Writing and currently has 16 books published.

Lynn has also answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Lynn is taking part in 2014 and you can read an interview with her about her part in the project here.

Lynn answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

- more to come - well, probably not ...

 

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Nicola Belte

Nicola Belte lives in Birmingham, U.K, and writes fiction.

She currently scribbles stories in-between pulling pints for a living, but is slowly getting published in such places as Dogzplot, Spilling Ink Review and Paraxis.

You can find her blog here.

Nicola also answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Nicola's work here on Pure Slush:

Entertainers and Dreamers Grow Bitter Eventually  -  January 2012

Nicola answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

I haven't really got one. Purple perhaps? I like it because it’s contradictory. Passionate red meets reasoned blue. Associated with royalty and spirituality; excess and abstinence. It’s the colour of Lent, but it implies the opposite; you pout when you say it, purr.  Purple for silent reflection; purple for baroque prose, for language that is unrestrained, shorn of decorum.  ‘The Color Purple’ read alone, in the library; a bright purple pimp outfit at a rowdy stag party.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Actually no, because it seems to demand to be worn alone, and doing so makes you look like a huge bruise, or just slightly demented.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Pomp and ritual, molten candle wax; wine-stained lips and glossy nails. Decadence and debauchery; chaise-lounges and hot-house orchids wilting in a vase. Love-bites and cider; cigarette smoke and synthesiser beats.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Lentils and Quinoa.  Flat shoes and cotton pyjamas.  Mineral water.  Seat-belts and regular visits to the dentist.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since I bought a pair of purple and black striped tights when I was twelve. Goth.

 

When does it work best?

The day after Monday’s resolutions.  On that first Saturday night off work in months.

 

When does it not work for you?

Monday morning.  The Sunday after that Saturday. When it matches the circles under your eyes.

 

How does the colour relate to you, or you relate to it? Are you this colour or is this colour you?

As a writer, purple highlights the contradictions and tensions in life that all good fiction is based on.  It is a friend.  It also shows you how not to write, and purple prose is then an enemy.  And yes, purple is all of us, and we're...all purple? 

 

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Carly Berg

Carly Berg is a decorative couch pillow who doesn’t want to be judged.

Her stories appear in several dozen journals and anthologies, including PANK, Word Riot, Bartleby Snopes, and JMWW, and she has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize as well.

She can be found here.

Carly has answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below). 

Read Carly's work here on Pure Slush:

Two Drifters  -  November 2013

• Carly is also a winner in Pure Slush's 3rd birthday competition with her short story A Winter Fling  -  December 2013

 

Carly answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Turquoise blue. Because it’s the funnest color.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Yes, I do. I wear it often in the summertime.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

It suggests cool 1970’s gypsy-ness - think turquoise jewelry and blue eyeshadow. Also, swimming pools and therefore summer vacation and happy times with no one bossing you around.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

It does not suggest serious, boring, over-burdened grownupness.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

It is the only favorite color I recall having. I remember my grandma making me a beautiful turquoise blue dress when I was in early grade school. It was soft and bright and I’d wear it again the minute it was out of the wash (this was back when girls had to wear dresses to school). She also gave me a turquoise blue musical powder box which was special because it had belonged to her own mother. And, she had two large turquoise ceramic bird figurines that I admired. I just realized my earliest turquoise memories were from my grandma. Now that I think about it, she wore a lot of turquoise blue, too.

 

When does it work best?

It works best on happy summer days. In fact, if someone is going to be bitchy, I believe they should change into a different color.

 

When does it not work for you?

Once, caught up in late winter blahs, I painted my living room an intense turquoise blue to cheer myself up. I thought I’d pretend to be on a tropical vacation at home. It was great for a couple of days, but then it really just gave me a headache and made me nauseous to be in that room for long. Back to boring beige it went.

 

How does the colour relate to you, or you relate to it? Are you this colour or is this colour you?

Turquoise and I are entwined but I don’t know which of us started it. I am a little bit ashamed of my turquoise loving ways. Aside from all the good stuff, let’s face it, it is a gaudy and childish color. There’s nothing sophisticated about turquoise blue. Sometimes I try to improve and switch over to red instead, but it doesn’t last.

 

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Claudia Bierschenk

Claudia Bierschenk's poetry has been published in Juice PressFull of CrowPublic RepublicAlittlepoetryDurable Goods, and SAND Journal. Her first poetry chapbook Perestroika Silence was published by erbacce Press, Liverpool in spring 2010, and her work has also featured in several poetry anthologies by ForwardPress, Peterborough (UK).

Claudia has been previously nominated for the Pushcart Poetry Prize and for Best of the Net. She won 3rd place at the 2011 Berlin Poetry Awards. Claudia lives in Berlin.

Claudia also answered Pure Slush's The Hue Questionnaire (scroll down).

Read Claudia's work on Pure Slush:

• The First American  -  January 2011  (n/f)

• Jerusalem Syndrome  -  March 2011  (n/f)

Claudia is the Featured Author for December 2011. 

Thin Red Lines  -  December 2011 

• Caps  -  December 2011

Clay  -  December 2011

Ends  -  December 2011

Single Room  -  December 2011 

Accents is part of gorge

Correction  -  February 2013  (n/f) 

• Claudia has also contributed 15 poems to Versus. 

Naptime  -  June 2013

The Girl Who Loved Horses is also part of Catherine refracted  

Coffin Showroom is part of barcode 

• Claudia is also a winner in Pure Slush's 3rd birthday competition with her short story Clean  -  December 2013

Styx Travel  -  December 2013

• Nicaragua  -  January 2014

• Claudia also contributed 3 stories to Feast! Pure Slush Vol. 9 

Claudia answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

I like the richness of primary colours, but I do not have one favourite colour.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Not anymore. As a teenager, I wore almost exclusively black, sometimes combined with red. Now I wear the more unassuming, softer colours, white, grey, light blue, pale turquoise.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

The softer shades I mention above suggest lightness and discretion, and I think clothes-wise they just look classy. Strong primary colours are just delicious to look at.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Loudness.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

About two years.

 

When does it work best?

They almost always work.

 

When does it not work for you?

When spoonfeeding my son Spaghetti Bolognese.

 

How does the colour relate to you, or you relate to it? Are you this colour, or is this colour you?

 

There isn’t much of a science behind my colour preference. I think they underline my type, my physique if you will, and they’re practical. You can never go wrong with a white shirt.

 

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Margaret Bingel

Margaret Bingel lives in Manchester, New Hampshire. She spends her time working at her father’s beer store, art modeling, and writing (when she can). She doesn’t have a website or a blog yet, but who know, maybe she’ll have one in the future.

Margaret answers The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Margaret is taking part in 2014 and you can read an interview with her about her part in the project here.

Margaret answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Yellow is my favorite color. It’s so bright and happy, and I like being bright and happy. That being said, the brightest yellows are my favorite, with Black-Eyed Susan being the darkest yellow I like. Those are a type of flower, in case you were curious. It’s like a daisy, but yellow petals, and black center. There’s just something beautiful about a nice shade of yellow that makes me smile with more than just my face. It could be because the right kind of yellow is hard to find, and no one likes to pick yellow as the color to play in Candyland. There’s just something about an object being yellow that makes it mine.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Sometimes I wear yellow, but more often as accents (jewelry, etc.) rather than whole articles of clothing, even though I do have this beautiful yellow dress that I rarely get to wear (it’s a summertime thing). I wish I could wear more yellow more often, but it’s hard to find the kinds of yellows I like. If a yellow is too dark, then it’s like a mustard which is what I want on my sandwich, not on my walls (even if it winds up on my shirt!) However, I have seen some mustards I don’t mind having as coats, so it’s really all about how I can pull it off.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Yellow is all about happiness. If I find something in yellow, then I know it was meant to be mine. Seeing something in yellow means I should pay attention to it. It’s normally a happy thing too, and I like being happy. Maybe if people paid more attention to the happy, then they wouldn’t be so much of the sad.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Hmm ... certainly if something’s yellow it doesn’t want to be ignored, or play coy. Yellow is a really noticeable color, so if I wanted something to be hidden, then I would think it would be something else other than yellow. Even pastel yellow is bold.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Once I knew that yellow had a name, that was it. There was a brief moment in time where I favored pink, but honestly, it was because I thought that’s what little girls were supposed to like, and I just wanted to be a normal little girl (not some frilly-dress wearing 4-year-old carrying around a snake in a bucket), but pink is so not my style. Sometimes I even go out of my way to avoid getting something with too much pink in it, because I don’t want people to get the wrong idea about me! So yeah, yellow is my one true Leiblingsfarbe.


When does it work best?

Easter!

 

When does it not work for you?

Funerals ...

 

How does the colour relate to you, or you relate to it? Are you this colour or is this colour you?

There’s something about the color yellow that just brightens up my day. I know that when I’m looking for something in a specific color, and I find it in yellow, then I know that it’s mine and I take it. Unless it’s a really sickly yellow (something like pale urine), or more like a brown, then chances are I’m going to be taking that yellow thing. I never really thought of myself as being a part of yellow, but more like a marking for the things in my life. Yellow things find a way to me, and then I keep them safe and loved. Yellow is the loneliest color because no one really likes yellow, not even painters. It’s like I give yellow a home.

 

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Walter Bjorkman

Walter Bjorkman is a writer and photographer from Brooklyn, NY now residing in Rome, NY. His poems and short stories have appeared in Word Riot, The Scrambler, Poets & Artists, THIS Literary Magazine, Blue Fifth Review, Connotation Press, Foliate Oak, Wilderness House Literary Review, A-MinorMetazen, and others.

His collection of short stories, Elsie’s World, was published in January 2011. Walter was Managing Editor of A-Minor Press.

Walter died in October 2015. 

Walter answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Walter's work here on Pure Slush:

The Longest Goodbye  -  October 2013

Walter answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Blue – to me it suggests the widest range of emotions

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Almost always, except the days I don't get out of my jammies. Blue jeans, which being old school I still call dungarees, but I have quite a few blue shirts.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Blue of a crystal sky: Happiness

Blue of the Caribbean: Calm

Blue of the North Atlantic: Fear

Blues music: a total range, from pain to loneliness to lost lovers to glory

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Falseness

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Probably the day I was born

 

When does it work best?

Always

 

When does it not work for you?

Never

 

How does the colour relate to you, or you relate to it? Are you this colour or is this colour you?

I am blue, all of the blues I mentioned above and more. I play acoustic blues guitar. Blue belongs to the world, so it is not me. 

 

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Layla Blackwell

Layla Blackwell lives on the outskirts of Glasgow with her black cat Samson. She spends her days doing the things she loves best: reading, writing and surrounding herself with kindred spirits. 

A long-time member of the Glasgow Writer’s Group, her main focus is improving her skills. Each publication she receives is an honour. Currently working on her first novel, Fallen from Grace, a fantasy based around the concept of redemption, she hopes to have it ready for publication at the end of 2012.

“Writing is a dream come true for me. The only lifestyle, I feel, that truly fits.” 

Layla has also answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Layla's work on Pure Slush:

Last Man Not Standing is part of Notausgang

Steps for my Uncle is part of real

Layla answers The Hue Questionnaire

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Red.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Yes, I wear it whenever possible. When I want to feel more confident.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Confidence, sex appeal.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Vapidity, shyness.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since I learned what colours were.

 

When does it work best?

Networking opportunities, when you want to make a good first impression.

 

When does it not work for you?

When I want to blend into the crowd.

 

How does the colour relate to you, or you relate to it? Are you this colour or is this colour you?

This colour, to me, represents my soul. I am as much it, as it is me.

 

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Edison Blake

Edison Blake is a writer, musician and technologist living in Wisconsin with his wife and children where, between work and school, they tend a small garden and a large crop of creatures, currently three cats, an iguana, two guinea pigs and a handful of fish.

His latest Sci-fi novel, "The Original Artificial Stud," is available at Amazon.com and other fine online booksellers.

Edison also answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Edison's work on Pure Slush:

• In the Off-Season  -  May 2011

• The Big Time  -  September 2011

• Who's Who is part of gorge 

Edison also answered The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Blue: the sky above, the sea below. The two realms between which we humans scratch away at the abundant mysteries. We've pretty well covered the earth with our paintbox, but when it comes to deep space and deep water, we have barely dabbled our toes.


Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I have blue eyes and never go anywhere without them.


What does the colour suggest to you?

That the barrier between inner reality and outer reality, if it exists at all, is no thicker than the thin, translucent layer of skin we call the iris.


What does it not suggest to you?

Sadness: I believe the Blues should be called the Greys. If Blues music were true to its color, it would make me inconsolably happy.


How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since my eyes opened--the day I was born or just this moment, depending on your point of view.


When does it work best?

When I am standing on the shore and the water and the sky touch in an indistinct line that denies the existence of any boundary between the two.


When does it not work for you?

In the pitch of night when 3:00 A.M. Old Man Morning comes creeping and whispers in my ear that the rites of dawn have been suspended and daylight will not come again. I know it's just a dream, but the damn old coot is so convincing sometimes.


How does the colour relate to you, or you relate to it? Are you this colour or is this colour you?

Blue is my portal color, a part of me (my eyes are blue, recall) as I am a part of it. But, recall also that iris is the ancient name for rainbow. My blue iris is my blue rainbow and so, like you, I am a spectrum (a spectre) treading a landscape enveloped in blue light.


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Richard Bon

Richard Bon lives in Philadelphia with his wife and daughters. He posts new flash fiction of his own or by a guest writer every other Monday on his blog liminalfiction.com.

Richard has also answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Richard's work here on Pure Slush:

• NOLA to Philly  -  May 2012

Riding to South Philly  -  June 2014 


Richard answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Blue because of its range, from a light, bright morning sky to being synonymous with sadness.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I do.  I have various shades of blue t-shirts I’ll wear on any given weekend, a navy polo I often wear to work, jeans almost any day it’s too cold for shorts, and the two Phillies baseball caps I wear most often are a light and a royal blue, respectively.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

A light blue – opportunity, optimism.  The darker shades – melancholy.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Spontaneity.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

As long as I can remember.

 

When does it work best?

When I want something basic and anonymous, which is what I want most of the time.

 

When does it not work for you?

When I’m forced into wearing a tie, I prefer a white dress shirt.  Really adventurous, I know.

 

How does the colour relate to you, or you relate to it? Are you this colour or is this colour you?

The lighter shades can lift my spirits at times, and I can hide behind the darker ones.  Most of the time I’m blue about something, in varied degrees.  I can’t say that blue is me, though, I don’t feel qualified. 

 

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Andrew Bowles

Andrew Bowles was raised in the wilds of Oklahoma, where he grew up playing ‘Cowboys & Indians’. He currently splits his time between Brooklyn, New York and Berlin, Germany, where he writes and makes visual art. His work has been featured in Analecta Literary and Arts Journal. 

Andrew has also answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Andrew's work on Pure Slush:

• Give it a go is also part of slut

• And when I looked up, it had disappeared is also part of Notausgang

 

... photo to come ... 

 

Andrew answers The Hue Questionnaire:


What is your favourite colour? Why?

I'm partial to a certain silvery gray found in the northern half-light of winter, or very early in the morning when one has stayed out past respectable hours.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I live in New York, so I nearly always wear shades of gray. It's a form of protest against the petit bourgeois sunshine of Los Angeles.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

It suggests the firmament, the womb. There something behind it, vast and shimmering. It suggests struggle.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Stability or health. It is constantly on the brink of exhaustion.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since spending a winter in Berlin, during which time I often found myself shrouded in this mysterious substance. Around this time I also read an Oscar Wilde poem that describes a silver-sandalled dawn creeping up the street like a frightened girl. That image has really stayed with me.

 

When does it work best?

When one is focused inwards, it quivers like a great mirror, inviting you to explore the foggy landscapes of your mind. 

 

When does it not work for you?

When the sun is out, warming your skin and revealing brilliant colors.

 

How does the colour relate to you, or you relate to it? Are you this colour or is this colour you?

It simply describes a certain mindset. It's a reflection of my more introspective moods.

 

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Matthew Brennan

Matthew Brennan is an American writer and freelance editor.

Having earned his MFA in creative writing from Arizona State University, he remains on staff with the Hayden's Ferry Review. He has received several awards and fellowships for his fiction, which has appeared most recently in The Copperfield ReviewGinger Piglet, and The Molotov Cocktail, and is forthcoming from Fiddleblack.

You can found more of his work at his website.

Matthew has also answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Matthew's work here on Pure Slush:

• Train Fare  -  September 2011

• Smashcake  -  December 2012

• The Magician and Vanishing Act are part of gorge 

Group Mentality  -  February 2014 

The Lightning Killer is part of the online serial Don't Kill Me I'm in Love  -  March 2015 

Matthew answers The Hue Questionnaire:


What is your favourite colour? Why?

My favorite color is blue. You'll see why below ...

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I do wear blue, quite often. So often, in fact, that my brother makes fun of me for it, commenting both on the stereotype of when I am wearing it as well as its absence when I am not. 

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

The ocean, primarily, but lakes, rivers, and the sky as well. I have been a SCUBA diver for a long time, and an amateur sailor, and I love being on (or in) the water. For five years, until recently, I lived inland, and missed the ocean more than anything else. 

 

What does it not suggest to you?

I have never found blue to be a sad color, as so many people do, to the point of calling someone "blue" when depressed. Blue has always calmed me, but never to the point of sadness. 

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Blue has been a favorite since I was young. I have a twin brother, and to tell us apart as infants, my mother would color-code us: him in red, me in blue. It appears that early coding has remained!

 

When does it work best?

Blue has always worked for me, as far as I can tell.

 

When does it not work for you?

Some people who are interested in costuming and fashion have told me I am a warm-color person, and should dress in warm tones, and sometimes I do. But blue still works. 

 

How does the colour relate to you, or you relate to it? Are you this colour or is this colour you?

I relate to blue as I do to all colors. As a writer, I see color as a tool - for metaphor and symbol, for emotion and meaning, for visual description. It's a way for us to draw connections between things, as colors bring to mind the objects that show those colors: blue = water, for example, or sky. But I don't feel different when I am or am not wearing blue, and when I said above that I missed the ocean when I was living away from it, it was not the color I missed, but the ocean itself.

 

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Luisa Brenta

Luisa Brenta used to spend most of her time helping others to write as part of their profession. Now she writes herself, as part of her life. Her work has appeared in literary magazines both traditional and online.

She was born in Rome; after much travelling she is now happily settled in Berlin. But, of course, she still remembers the blinding light of the South.

Luisa has also answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll down).

Read Luisa’s work on Pure Slush:

Taking Leave  -  February 2011  (n/f)

Mothers  -  March 2011

The Common Tourist  -  August 2011

Luisa will be the Featured Author in February 2012.

Simmer  -  February 2012

Incommunicado  -  February 2012

Borders  -  February 2012

Coverup  -  February 2012 

Pure Slush published Luisa’s book The Company of Men in May 2014. For a taste, click here. Click on the cover image below to purchase the print book.

The Company of Men 

Luisa answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Orange. It’s edible. Or drinkable. Also, it smells good.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Not often in winter and not near my face – gives it a greenish hue, I believe. Often in summer skirts, when long and wide and rich – orange preposterously swinging its way down the street, love that, in summer.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

A life fully lived. Full use of all the senses. No shame. Warmth on my shoulders.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Boring work. Conformity. Algebra (this last one being light green, of course.)

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Some five or six years. I used to be a blue girl, before that.

 

When does it work best?

When you wrap yourself up in it. On the walls of a place where you eat. Near the fire.

 

When does it not work for you?

On a winter coat. Around the eyes. With white.

 

How does the colour relate to you, or you relate to it? Are you this colour or is this colour you?

Oh, orange is very much me. Something that orange finds occasionally embarrassing, actually.

 


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Estelle Bruno

Estelle Bruno is a poet and humor writer who lives on Long Island.

Some of her recent poetry and stories have appeared in The Mom EggPoesiaRe:VerseIstanbul Literary Review and the Valentine Day Massacre chapbook (Cervena Barva Press, 2011).

Her humor essay "Immobile Car, Immobile Phone" was published on the New York Times op/ed page.

Estelle also answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Estelle's work on Pure Slush:

• Slices of Life  -  April 2011  (n/f)

Burn Baby, Burb  -  February 2014  (n/f) 

Estelle answered The Hue Questionnaire:


What is your favourite colour? Why?

Yellow. I think it’s a happy color.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Yes. Summer but not at the beach.  My little sand pipers seem to like it also, they want my lunch.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Sunshine.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Attracts bees, they swarm at me.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Always.

 

When does it work best?

In the summer, without a coat.  That’s when I get compliments.

 

When does it not work for you?

When I remember kitchen cabinets I had a long time ago, and had to leave them.  That saddens me.

 

How does the colour relate to you, or you relate to it? Are you this colour or is this colour you?

Makes me happy when the butterflies flip around my flowers.  I would like to think this color is me.

 

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Irene Buckler

Irene Buckler has always enjoyed writing and making things. However, as a teacher, she concentrated on creating and writing educational programs and poetry. Now that she is retired, she is exploring other kinds of writing and flash fiction is her favourite. She loves the discipline involved in creating a complete story in so few words.

Find Irene’s sites at http://mudworks.weebly.com/ and http://members.ozemail.com.au/~irenelesley/public_html/

Irene has also answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Irene’s work here on Pure Slush:

Round One is part of Five Pure Slush Vol. 10

An Affair of the Heart  -  March 2016

Tropical Surprise is part of tall...ish Pure Slush Vol. 11 

Swedish Labyrinth  -  June 2016 

Special Brew  -  September 2016 

Irene answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

My favourite colour is purple because it suits my colouring and I associate it with luxury.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Purple is a colour I wear only on special occasions and then, sparingly because a little goes a long way.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Purple suggests maturity, luxury and privilege

 

What does it not suggest to you?

It does not suggest conflict or danger

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

I have always like purple (I also like green).

 

When does it work best?

Purple works best on flowers, when it is contrasted against deep green foliage.

 

When does it not work for you?

When it is overdone – a purple suit, for example.

 

How does the colour relate to you, or you relate to it? Are you this colour or is this colour you?

This colour is how I should be, when I think I am, in fact, green. 

 

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Ron Burch

Ron Burch’s work has appeared in Mississippi Review, Cheap Pop, Eleven Eleven, PANK, and other journals. He’s been nominated for a Pushcart and his first novel, Bliss Inc., was published by BlazeVOX Books. He lives in Los Angeles. Find his website by clicking here.

Ron has also answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Rons work here on Pure Slush

Mirror, Mirror  -  June 2016

Ron answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Black. Simple.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Yes. A couple times per week.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Solid.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Loud.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Too many years.

 

When does it work best?

Work.

 

When does it not work for you?

Hot days.

 

How does the colour relate to you, or you relate to it? Are you this colour or is this colour you?

It’s easy to wear. The color is me.

 

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Mary Burris

Mary Burris lives in New Castle, Pennsylvania where she was born and raised and to which she returned by way of England and Ireland. She does her best to green and beautify the city as a landscape designer and community group volunteer.

Mary has also answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Mary’s work here on Pure Slush:

Irish Girl at Work  -  August 2014 

Mary answers The Hue Questionnaire

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

I don’t technically have a favorite color – I love bright color combinations. However, if I had to choose just one it would be violet-red.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I frequently wear it, most often in the summer in solid pieces or in combination with other colors (florals, abstracts etc.)

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

It suggests the passion of red slightly tempered by the cool of blue. It suggests flowers and summer and life.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Boredom, winter, cold.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Some form of purple has always appealed to me.

 

When does it work best?

It always works but I associate it most with hot, sunny, summer weather because clothing that color makes my skin look tanned and healthy.

 

When does it not work for you?

I can’t think of a time it doesn’t work.

 

How does the colour relate to you, or you relate to it? Are you this colour or is this colour you?

I think it reflects the essence of my personality; passionate but tempered, bright, colorful, alive. The color is me I suppose.

 

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