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Colin W. Campbell

Originally from Scotland, today Colin is ever-so-lucky to be able to divide his year between homes in Sarawak on the lovely green island of Borneo and faraway in Yunnan in southwest China.

He writes short fiction and poetry and spends way too much time on http://www.shortstory.mobi/

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

Read Colin's work here on Pure Slush:

The Interview Outerview  -  February 2013

Reunion  -  March 2013

Chess Master  -  October 2013 

Colin answers The Hue Questionnaire

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Sepia. I like it for its timeless quality.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I can sometimes be seen all over sepia in old photos.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

It reminds me of good old values but they are not what they were.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

It doesn't really suggest cool.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

It has been around since the 1880's.

 

When does it work best?

It works best in a package with clever lighting and soft focus.

 

When does it not work for you?

It tends to make one fail to use the full palette.

 

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

Just like in life, it can make what you are or you can make it for yourself and anyway I cannot really see colour.

 

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Ron Campbell

Ron Campbell is a poet, playwright and artist born in Santa Monica, California and based in San Francisco. He currently lives in Japan.

He received the Fox Fellowship for Distinguished Achievement in 2009 and is the author of the titles of two unwritten collections of poetry The Detourist and In Corrigible.

His poem Personal was published in Flutter Poetry Journal in 2011.

His poems Tin Cup and Speak Now were published in 2010 in Psychic Meatloaf Contemporary Poetry Journal.

His poems Recipe and The Emblem were published in Mipoesias Poetry Journal.

Ron is a performer of several one man shows including R. Buckminster FullerThe History (and Mystery) of the UniverseThe Thousandth Night andThe Boneman of Benares.

Ron currently makes his living with Cirque du Soleil as the lead clown in Kooza.

His writing may be seen at Scrutinies & Tangentia.

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

Read Ron's work on Pure Slush:

• The Man Who Worked in the Catacombs  -  August 2011

• The W Word  -  August 2011

After Swine  -  November 2011  (for counterpoint)

• Miami. Just the Facts  -  May 2012  (n/f)

• Calgary  -  May 2012  (n/f)

Portland  -  May 2012  (n/f)

• Ron has also contributed 15 poems to Versus. 

• Madrid  -  February 2014 

Ron answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Red. Matador Red. Yes, let's go with that. Matador Red.


Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

It's not about the clothes, my love for this color. 
But in clothes a little red goes a long way. Some stitching on the shoes, maybe the hat. Done.


What does the colour suggest to you?

Lions, Demons and Matadors.


What does it not suggest to you?

Reserve. Prevarication. Shyness. Sanitation. Mild doom.


How long has it been your favourite colour?

Three years, forty one days. 

Forty two days.

Next.


When does it work best?

As the lining of a magician's cape or the keel of a classic yawl. When it is the curtain of a burlesque or the bloodstain in the hall.


When does it not work for you?

That's the thing. Matador Red is always trying so hard. To assert itself. To show it is part of the pattern. To twang in the corners, the edges, the peripherals, pesky to be seen.

Then suddenly you see it is right. Matador Red is not a color. It is a spice. Essential. Necessary  The trumpet of colors. Sprinkled Pollock-like on everything.


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

Matador Red shouts at me daily, demands sacrifices. I comply. I recently fed Matador Red a live scorpion. Somebody once painted his garage Matador Red and it took over the entire neighborhood. And slept with all the wives. I'm a Matador Red wanna-be. Which is the best kind. Not fully Matador Red which would be, let's face it, obnoxious. But gripping the tassels of Matador Red and hanging on for dear life, face clenched in a smile, hoping not to be discovered mid brag that I'm really moss green. 

 

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Arthur Carey

Arthur Carey is a former newspaper reporter and journalism instructor who lives in the San Francisco Bay area. His most memorable moment as a journalist was racing into the pressroom after a picture appeared upside down on page one and shouting, “Stop the presses!”  No one heard him over the roar.

A member of the California Writers Club, his fiction has appeared in print and internet publications, including The Pedestal Magazine, Funny Times, Eclectic Flash, Abstract Quill, Clever Magazine and Still Crazy.

He is the author of The Gender War, a humor novel.

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

Read his work here on Pure Slush

Last Call at the Do Drop Inn is part of barcode

A Nice Place to Visit  -  September 2014 

Arthur answers The Hue Questionnaire: 

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Blue. Color of nature — sky, water; color of my wife’s eyes; color of my alma mater the University of Michigan (the maize and blue).

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Often. Jeans and shirts and sports jacket.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Fidelity (true blue); effort ... ”Go Blue!” university sports chant; temporary unhappiness.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Everything that it doesn’t suggest.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Always. Especially when I feel blue.

 

When does it work best?

When I’m wearing gray. When I look at water or white clouds in a blue sky. When I want to relax.

 

When does it not work for you?

When I’m wearing brown on rainy days while driving on a freeway during rush hour.

 

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

I am the rainbow.

 

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Sasha Peter Carter

Sasha Peter Carter is a glaciologist, presently based out of San Diego. He gathers inspiration, through long walks and listening to tales of the world around him came to be.

Sasha's world changed forever when he started making stories and research papers out of his random utterings. He has been published in Foliate Oak, Journal of Glaciology, and G-cubed.

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

Read Sasha's work here on Pure Slush:

Jerry came to town with a guitar  -   February 2014 

Sasha answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Green is my favorite color. It reminds me of nature. In a place that gets a little rain as Southern California it also seems like a color of abundance.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Surprisingly not as much as I’d like to. I’m generally a T-shirt kind of guy and they don’t make many attractive green t-shirts. But sometimes I find one that works, or maybe a button down. I have this one green tie with Penguins on it, and people are often surprised to see me in a tie ever.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Perhaps a repeat of the previous question, Green suggests nature. It reminds me of spring, which for this part of the world is when the winter rains have watered the usually dry land and everything around us glows. I think of the forests back east / up north, or of flying into New Orleans and how lush the land looked from above. Of course there’s also the whole Kermit the Frog thing. Of course there’s also Ireland. I’m half Irish as is my beloved, so there is some sort of ancestral connection to the color.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Plastics. It does not suggest plastics. Nor does it suggest the bottom of an ashtray. It’s usually not a mustache color either.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Ever since my teenage years really. I did some experimentation with various bits of greenery and found my green related humor well received. Although, I now find spirit through less chemical means, the color green has remained a theme.

 

When does it work best?

When green surrounds me, wandering the hills in spring, or deep in the pine forest.

 

When does it not work for you?

On pants. Green pants just do not look right on me. Believe me I have tried and sought second opinions on the matter.

 

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

I am this color. It is the color of being. Being green is not an easy path, but it’s one we choose, and I have chosen it consciously. Indeed when I was on the bridge with the other knights of the round table, I had to think fast when asked my favorite color and as I saw my colleagues tossed into the ravine, I knew I could only and always be green. 

 

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Guilie Castillo Oriard

 

Guilie Castillo Oriard is a Mexican writer and dog rescuer living in Curaçao. She misses Mexican food and Mexican amabilidad, but the laissez-afire attitude (and the beaches) are fair exchange. And the island's diversity provides great fodder for her obsession with culture clashes.

Her work has appeared online and, in print, as part of Pure Slush’s gorge and 2014 A Year In Stories. Her first book, The Miracle of Small Things, was published in August 2015 by Truth Serum Press. She’s currently working on a full-length novel as well as several shorter projects.

She blogs about life and writing at Quiet Laughter and, about life and dogs, at Life In Dogs.

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

Read Guilie's work here on Pure Slush:

Piano Sonata in C Major, K. 545  -  January 2012

Dessert is also part of gorge 

Guilie is the Featured Author for January 2013 

• The Sincerest Form of Flattery  -  January 2013 

• Years of Study  -  January 2013

• The First in Anyone's Memory  -  January 2013

The Bogie Comeback  -  January 2013

The Perfect Equilibrium of Rectangles  -  February 2014 

Guilie took part in 2014, and you can find an interview with Guilie about her opening story for 2014 January Vol. 1 here.

Murder in Five is part of Five Pure Slush Vol. 10 

David & Goliath is part of tall...ish Pure Slush Vol. 11 

Summer Love is part of Summer Pure Slush Vol. 12

Guilie answers The Hue Questionnaire:


What is your favourite colour? Why?

Can't believe I'm stuck at the first question. I have several favorites, for different things, but if I have to choose just one… Red. Or hot pink.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I do wear it, as often as I can, mostly for everyday stuff. I own more red / hot pink t-shirts than I care to count.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Brightness, boldness, happiness, lightness.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Formality, drabness, sadness, low spirits, shyness, insecurity.

 

How long has it been your favourite color?

Does "I have no idea" count as an answer? No? Ok then. A few years, maybe ten or so.

 

When does it work best?

With friends, an informal night out, a fun day on the beach.

 

When does it not work for you?

A formal setting.

 

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

That's a really interesting question. I am this color--but I don't know why. It relates to me because of its informality, its laid-backness (is that even a word?). The boldness it conveys helps me to assert myself, as well.

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Can't believe I'm stuck at the first question. I have several favorites, for different things, but if I have to choose just one… Red. Or hot pink.

> Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I do wear it, as often as I can, mostly for everyday stuff. I own more red / hot pink t-shirts than I care to count.

> What does the colour suggest to you?

Brightness, boldness, happiness, lightness.

> What does it not suggest to you?

Formality, drabness, sadness, low spirits, shyness, insecurity.

> How long has it been your favourite color?

Does "I have no idea" count as an answer? No? Ok then. A few years, maybe ten or so.

> When does it work best?

With friends, an informal night out, a fun day on the beach.

> When does it not work for you?

A formal setting.

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

That's a really interesting question. I am this color--but I don't know why. It relates to me because of its informality, its laid-backness (is that even a word?). The boldness it conveys helps me to assert myself, as well.
What is your favourite colour? Why?

Can't believe I'm stuck at the first question. I have several favorites, for different things, but if I have to choose just one… Red. Or hot pink.

> Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I do wear it, as often as I can, mostly for everyday stuff. I own more red / hot pink t-shirts than I care to count.

> What does the colour suggest to you?

Brightness, boldness, happiness, lightness.

> What does it not suggest to you?

Formality, drabness, sadness, low spirits, shyness, insecurity.

> How long has it been your favourite color?

Does "I have no idea" count as an answer? No? Ok then. A few years, maybe ten or so.

> When does it work best?

With friends, an informal night out, a fun day on the beach.

> When does it not work for you?

A formal setting.

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

That's a really interesting question. I am this color--but I don't know why. It relates to me because of its informality, its laid-backness (is that even a word?). The boldness it conveys helps me to assert myself, as well.

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Yael Chanoff

Yael Chanoff’s first journal entry was a list of the favorite types of donuts of all her classmates in the first grade. She has been noting her observations of the world around her daily ever since.

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

Read Yael's work here on Pure Slush:

You've Been Warned  -  September 2013 

Yael answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Turquoise. Because it’s more than a colour. It’s a rock.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I wear it every day around my neck. One square centimeter of it. The beads in my bracelet are turquoise-colored glass.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

The dusty yellow and brown and brilliant hard minerals in coral and jet black and gold and turquoise of my home planet.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

The grey streets and buildings and pigeons of my hometown. But even pigeons can shine iridescent turquoise.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since I put the necklace on last winter. A woman gave it to me who happens to be the sister of the man I love, though not biologically. I received the turquoise-glass bracelet some weeks later from a jewelry artist who happened to be the brother of the man I love, a biological one, although in all their lives they had never met. He gave us bracelets as his gift at their first introduction. We gave him our blanket with planets on it.

 

When does it work best?

In fault lines and hills, in the sky, in the sea.

 

When does it not work for you?

On a Tiffany jewelry box.

 

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

Am I distinct from everything else, different from turquoise? I’m of the same stuff as the earth and its rocks. Am I greedy green, turning bright green trees into sick green money? I’d rather be spring green, creating anew. And blue green. I’d rather be turquoise.

 

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John Wentworth Chapin

John Wentworth Chapin lives and writes and teaches in Baltimore, Maryland.

He is a founding editor of 52 / 250 A Year of Flash, and cofounder and coeditor of A Baker's Dozen.

John also answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read John's work on Pure Slush:

• Unfinished Business  -  February 2011

Beggars is also part of real

Aftershock  -  December 2012  (for counterpoint)

John is taking part in 2014. and you can read an interview with him about his part in it here.

John answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Acid green. It is an obnoxious color. Before that, it was hunter green, and before that, purple. Purple’s also obnoxious. I’m not sure what was going on with me during the hunter green phase.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

In acid green, I have one sweater and three t-shirts. I wear them as often as I can. I want the pants that Scott Weiland wore in the Big Bang Baby video.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Energy and laughter.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Niceness.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since hunter green.

 

When does it work best?

When I am tan and during economic downturns.

 

When does it not work for you?

It shows sweat.

 

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

We’re waiting until it’s legal for us to get married. We are one.

 

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Con Chapman

Con Chapman is a Boston-area writer, playwright and poet.  He is the author of two novels, A View of the Charles and CannaCorn, and a history of the 1978 Red Sox-Yankees pennant race, The Year of the Gerbil.

His plays The Little Theatre and The Undertakers Club, for middle and high school audiences, are published by Eldridge Publishing and Brooklyn Publishers, respectively.  He is the author of three trilogies of plays published by JAC Publishing: The Hockey Plays, A Guy Walks Into a Bar, and West of Boston.

His poetry has been anthologized in The Poetry Ark, and has been accepted for publication in Light. He is the author of a collection of light verse, The Girl With the Cullender on Her Head and Other Wayward Women.  He was a finalist in the 2009 Somerville Press Poetry Competition.

His writing has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The Boston Globe and The Boston Globe Magazine, and he is a frequent contributor to the Boston Herald.

On-line, his humor appears frequently on Salon.com and is available in Kindle format on amazon.com.

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

Read Con's work here on Pure Slush:

• A Fictional Interview with a Writer of a Lot of Fiction  -  October 2011  (n/f)

 

Con answers The Hue Questionnaire:


What is your favourite colour? Why?

I don't have a favorite color.  Or a favourite colour.


Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Certainly.  During the week, whenever I have an important business meeting.  So never.


What does the colour suggest to you?

Nothingness.  Also being.


What does it not suggest to you?

Old cigar boxes.  Grape soda.


How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since I dropped turquoise, which had been my favorite color when I was held captive by Cherokees.


When does it work best?

Watching "Sweatin' With the Oldies" exercise tapes.


When does it not work for you?

Cleaning out the bat houses in my back yard.


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

My lawyer has advised me not to answer these last two questions, but I told him I wasn't paying him to tell me what questions to answer. 

I am unrelated to this color.  In fact, I've never seen it before in my life, your honor.  

 

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Jennifer Chardon

Jennifer Chardon is a writer with secret dreams of also becoming a comedian and/or hairdresser. She is currently at work on her first novel, Chasing Summer. The title will probably change.

Jennifer has spent much of the last five years backpacking, journal writing and staying up late. Her last one-way ticket brought her to New York City where she now finds herself refusing to leave.

Although she prefers scrap paper and index cards, Jennifer tweets @jenniferchardon and is hoping to make something decent of her website: http://www.jenniferchardon.com. 

Jennifer answers The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Jennifer's work on Pure Slush:

The Life of a Pretty Girl is part of barcode

Jennifer answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Peach Daiquiri (by essie). I refuse to be that jerk who doesn’t have a favorite color.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

It’s the only nail polish I own and it’s on my toes everyday. When it starts chipping I paint over the chips. I’ve been keeping this up for a disgustingly long time.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

It’s trying to be more than what it is. Although I understand the dilemma, there is little room on the bottle for a label like “an orangey kind of pink that is a little more pink than orange.”

 

What does it not suggest to you?

That I would enjoy a beverage with the same name.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Fifteen minutes.

 

When does it work best?

When several layers are applied. Probably under some sort of clear overcoat but that’s not something I’m interested in.

 

When does it not work for you?

When I see the small Pink Daiquiri colored stain on my white quilt.

 

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

I’ve never once painted my fingernails with Peach Daiquiri, only my toes.

 

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Rebecca Chekouras

Rebecca Chekouras lives in an old iron factory adjacent to the western terminus of the Southern Pacific Railroad in the Port of Oakland, California.

Her literary work has been published by The San Francisco ChronicleCurve Magazine and The University of Wisconsin Press. She has also written for several trade publications, including SFGate and the travel collection Something to Declare.

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

Read Rebecca's work on Pure Slush:

• Lukes makes a martini  -  May 2011

• Luke learns mixology  -  May 2011

• Luke in the hole  -  May 2011

• Luke's summer adventure  -  May 2011

Malcolmina XOX is also part of real

• Domestic Whaling  -  April 2014 

Rebecca answers The Hue Questionnaire

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Yellow.  I don't try to justifiy the choice.  It is not a rational decision but an emotional one, or perhaps subconcious.


Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Yes, I wear the color but not often.  Mostly, I accessorize with it. I have painted my house and kitchen yellow, put yellow flowers in my garden. I have some yellow dishes.


What does the colour suggest to you?

Sunshine, new day, possibilities, hope, warmth, energy.


What does it not suggest to you?

Winter.


How long has it been your favourite colour?

Nothing is my favorite for too long.  I am not that rigid and I like to try new things but in the rotation of loved things, experiences, sensations, yellow comes up more often and remains longer than other colors.


When does it work best?

When I am happy.


When does it not work for you?

When I am sad or defeated.


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

It's more an emotive expression, not a rational choice--yellow and I like to get together and see what we can get into. 

 

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Jesse Cheng

Jesse Cheng is from Southern California.

His work has appeared in The Christian Science MonitorAsian Pacific American Journal, and Anthropological Quarterly.

You can find his homepage by clicking here

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

Read Jesse's work here on Pure Slush:

• Myths About Flying  -  September 2011

Jesse answers The Hue Questionnaire

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Green. I became especially partial to it after meeting my pet turtle (he was green) when I was a boy.


Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Not so often these days, but there was a period of a couple of years or so when I owned a pair of olive green corduroy shorts. I was not a boy during this time.


What does the colour suggest to you?

Patience. Good humor.


What does it not suggest to you?

Pistachio ice cream. I don't understand how they could possibly get that color out of real nuts.


How long has it been your favourite colour?

Even before I had Willie the Turtle, actually. I always went for dark green in the Crayola set. 


When does it work best?

It works just fine all alone, although it can hold its own with pretty much anything. Burnt sienna seems to make for a natural pairing. 


When does it not work for you?

When subjected to guilt or shaming tactics. 


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

We are brothers from different mothers.  

 

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Elaine Chiew

Elaine Chiew is a U.K.-based writer and her fiction has won awards such as the Bridport Prize, and been shortlisted in competitions such as the Fish Prize. Her most recent stories can be found online at Cohorte, JMWW, The Ilanot Review, and The View From Here.

She blogs online at www.redemptioninthekitchen.blogspot.com.

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

Read Elaine’s work here on Pure Slush:

Orbiting the British Isles with a Ukelele and Kazoo  -  March 2014

Elaine answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Probably blue. All shades. Used to be black, but that would be boring, wouldn’t it? ;-)

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Probably too much. All year round.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Calmness. Serenity. Grace. Acceptance. Coolness.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Melancholy. People malign ‘blue’, I think. Colour my world, ‘I feel blue’ is a good thing. That day, all is right with me and the world.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since I switched from black. Almost all my favourite pieces of clothing, I realise, are blue. Or black. In Hong Kong when I had a car, that was blue too. Indigo blue. My first car that I ever had, a beat-up Toyota Tercel, that was blue as well. When I had my first date with my husband, many years ago, he wore a navy blue shirt. :-)

 

When does it work best?

It works anytime. You don’t have to think about what to put on. It goes with everything. Like denim goes with everything.

 

When does it not work for you?

I guess during Christmas and certain festivals, e.g. Chinese New Year, blue isn’t jazzy enough. I try harder then.

 

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

I have very bad eyesight. I think it would be very sad if I wasn’t able to see colours. All colours, not just blue. 

 

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Sarah Anne Childers

Sarah Anne Childers scribbles at her kitchen table, pedals about on a cerulean bicycle, and makes mountains of messes with kids at a cooperative elementary school, where she sits on the Board of Directors. Sarah’s work is forthcoming in Portland Review and has been featured in Lucia Journal. She lives in Seattle in Washington State, USA.

Sarah has answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Sarahs work here on Pure Slush

Kablooey  -  June 2015 

Sarah answers The Hue Questionnaire:


What is your favourite colour? Why?

Purple. Darker, deeper shades like grape and plum and eggplant.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Yes, most days find me sporting purple somewhere, even if it's just nail polish (toes only). My comfiest cardigan and low top Converse All Stars are both purple. 

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

I may have been a bee in a past life. 

 

What does it not suggest to you?

In some places / for some people, purple is associated with royalty and wealth. I am rich in many things (family; single socks missing mates) but not those things.

 

How long has it been our favourite colour?

Since I gave up on neon.

 

When does it work best? 

When the occasion calls for black but I can get away with eggplant. 

 

When does it not work for you?

When the occasion really does call for black.

 

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Kersten Christianson

Kersten Christianson is a raven-watching, moon-gazing, high school English-teaching Alaskan. Currently she is pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing/Poetry through the University of Alaska Anchorage and will earn her degree in July 2016.

Her recent work has appeared in Cirque, Tidal Echoes, The Fredericksburg Literary & Art Review, We’Moon and Heartbeat: A Literary Journal.

She co-edits the quarterly journal, Alaska Women Speak, and lives in Sitka, Alaska.

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

Read Kerstens work here on Pure Slush:

This is Barrow, But Its Not My Photo is part of tall...ish Pure Slush Vol. 11

Middle Earth Café: Nakusp, B.C. is part of Summer Pure Slush Vol. 12

Kersten answers The Hue Questionnaire

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

All time favorite color? I normally don’t have such a hard time with committal, but the procrastination in responding to this questionnaire is agonizing. Born out of a pair of childhood shoelaces in such design, my first response is ROYGBIV – all colors of the rainbow! But that’s not one color now, is it? Is it cheating? So the safe response, the adult response, would be one shade darker than turquoise, but not quite teal. In one version, Crayola calls this “Turquoise Pearl” and in another “Metallic Seaweed.” Further perusal of Crayola colors would indicate I’m also drawn to “Cosmic Cobalt” but that’s pretty far removed from anything that might be labeled turquoise.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Nah. I mostly wear black. I’ll sometimes dress that up with a wild ROYGBIV scarf and I carry a “Turquoise Pearl/Metallic Seaweed” messenger bag, but black is my go-to color for clothing.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

ROYGBIV is everything happy. It’s sun after rain, the unlikely letter in a mailbox from an old friend, an afternoon walk in a brisk wind, smoked salmon on a cracker, a lucky penny find. The turquoise bit is the mature response, the cosmic dust left behind ROYGBIV when it has taken its pot of gold elsewhere.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

It does not suggest to me the suspenders on an episode of Mork & Mindy. It might remind me a bit of the old Lisa Frank stickers of my childhood, wild and whimsical unicorns and cats riding rainbows to space and all of that.

 

How long has it been your favourite color?

Forever!

 

When does it work best?

ROYGBIV works best when I’m beading - I’ve created some amazing window bling to capture light! It inspires me to explore word choice options when writing a poem. It brightens the rainy gray of Southeast Alaska.

 

When does it not work for you?

Shoes. Can you imagine sporting a pair of rainbow Birkenstocks? It’s a stretch and perhaps even one I’d consider given the actuality of it all. ROYGBIV underwear would be cool. Pants? Not so much.

 

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

I’d say I’m a secret agent ROYGBIV and Metallic Seaweed is my cover. There are moments I shine disco ball brilliance in color and intensity. But most of the time its shimmer is masked by the latter.

 

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Martin Christmas

Martin Christmas lives in Adelaide, South Australia; has an M.A. in Australian Cultural Studies; and is a performance poet, photographer and professional theatre director with one hundred productions under his belt.

He was a mentored poet in 2012 and has been published in several Australian anthologies. He teaches presentation elements to young spoken word poets and has run community poetry workshops for established poets.

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

Read Martin’s work here on Pure Slush:

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Martin answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Blue. I was born with an intense sense of the emotional power of colour and couldn’t stand red. Mum dressed me in blue to cool me down. The habit stuck (although I’m not so touchy about red these days).

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Yes. Today and most days. I still need cooling down every so often.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Love the sky, always have. Peace. Infinity.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Anger. Frustration. Conflict. There is enough of these 3 elements in the world today.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since birth, I guess. But since my teens I’ve been aware of the ‘favourite colour’ thing.

 

When does it work best?

Mostly.

 

When does it not work for you?

In Winter. These days I even have a few favourite red shirts.

 

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

A symbiotic relationship which has been tested through the years by green. But we are still strong in our friendship and our understanding of each other. Every so often a little red creeps in. 

 

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James Claffey

James Claffey hails from County Westmeath, Ireland, and lives on an avocado ranch in Carpinteria, CA, with his wife, the writer and artist, Maureen Foley, their daughter, Maisie, and Australian cattle-dog, Rua. His work appears in many places, including The New Orleans Review, Metazen, Elimae, Necessary Fiction, Revival Literary Journal, and Word Riot. For his website, click here.

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

Read James' work here on Pure Slush:

spreading from the false fly is part of real  

mumbling in his sleep  -  February 2013  (n/f)

red tail-lights fade  -  June 2013

James is taking part in 2014 and you can find an interview with him about his part in the project here.

James answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

green, because it is the force that drives my age and is my destroyer.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

yes, in my eyes, i carry the story of my impending destruction every day. 

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

life, home, lettuce, energy, soccer, cleanse

 

What does it not suggest to you?

aridity

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

a few years now

 

When does it work best?

when the plane cracks the cloud cover and the fields of home appear in the small window

 

When does it not work for you?

when it is the color of someone’s trousers

 

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

we are blood-brothers. i am green, from eyes to irishness, the fuse, the fuse 

 

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Jessica Clements

Jessica Clements studied English at the University of Adelaide. Her words have appeared in various Australian literary journals and online.

Jessica has answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Jessica’s work here on Pure Slush:

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Jessica answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

I love blues. Cornflower, duck-egg, lavender, French, midnight; even the names are gorgeous.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I’m always buying blues, especially navy. I probably wear some shade of blue most of the time.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Freedom, peace, adventure, hope.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Anger, fussiness, disorder. Maybe that’s why I’m drawn to it, it’s like an antidote to some of life’s chaos.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

I don’t tend to have ‘favourites’, so since you asked.

 

When does it work best?

Grey winter days when all you can think about are calm blue skies and a turquoise ocean.

 

When does it not work for you?

I hate blue ink marks on anything but the page. Electric blue ice-cream is also questionable.

 

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

Blue feels like my opposite in some ways. I’m not always a very peaceful or even free person, but I’m always looking for the hope and adventure that I feel the colour represents.

 

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Erin Cole

Erin Cole grew up in the Pacific Northwest where dusty combines, water skipper-filled rivers, and shadowed forests were her playgrounds.  After obtaining her B.S. in psychology, she naturally progressed into penning mystery, horror, and occasionally, humor.

Erin has been published in several print and online publications such as Aoife's KissEvery Day Fiction, and Fiction365, and is the author of the mystery novel, Grave Echoes, and the collection of dark fiction, Of the Night.  See more of her work at www.erincolewrites.com

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

Read Erin's work here on Pure Slush:

Kindle vs Paperback  -  October 2012

Erin answers The Hue Questionnaire:


What is your favourite colour? Why? 

Slate blue, the color of rolling thunderheads. There is something deep and mysterious about it that draws me in, almost enchanting-like.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I don’t wear this color very often. I like jeans, so paired with a blue shirt is a bit too blue. But if I had a cape, slate blue it would be.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

For me, it holds a quiet power, brings me out of the ordinary and into spirit. 

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Dreariness or sadness.


How long has it been your favourite colour?

Probably forever.  As a kid, I wanted to live in that dusk, blue-gray-purple sky, where stars winked alive, and immerse myself in its magic.  I guess not much has changed.

 

When does it work best?

Paintings, sheets, irises, eye shadow, the ocean and sea ... probably not food.

 

When does it not work for you?

I don’t think it doesn’t not work for me, otherwise, it wouldn’t be my favorite.  I would like another color instead, like black.

 

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

This color is the beckoning finger in a mysterious doorway. I want to follow it, see where it leads. There is something to be learned, and so I think I am this color, reflecting an inner nature to discover, explore, and unearth.  

 

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Samuel Cole

Samuel Cole lives in Woodbury, MN. He loves to run, STEP, photograph old lanterns, hang with friends, and of course, write. Often, his eardums pop from so much creative thinking. Find more at Maneuverable Word.

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

Read Samuel's work here on Pure Slush:

Much Less Me  -  December 2011

At the Reception  -  January 2012

• Sister Act 3  -  May 2012

• Starved is also part of Notausgang

Little Nibble Bits is also part of gorge 

Which Face Today?  -  April 2013 

House Call  -  May 2013

See Me As I Am  -  June 2013

First, Last, and Last Again  -  from 2 July 2014

Bitch, Please  -  July 2015 

• The Two Stall Bathroom in Nordstrom’s Basement is part of tall...ish Pure Slush Vol. 11 

Brothers at the Wadena Indoor Pool with a Diving Board is part of Summer Pure Slush Vol. 12 

Some Truths Do Not Set You Free  -  September 2016

Samuel answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Serendipity Stilletto, as it is the colo(u)r of my writing room.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

If Cashmere, I would wear it to bathtime. As of right now, it is strictly paint.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Perpetual consumption of cyclical digestion.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

A boring ole office in the basement at IBM.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

May 2006.

 

When does it work best?

Under the spotlight of my moodiness.

 

When does it not work for you?

Filling out questionaires for some guy named Matt, God love him.

 

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

I eat at Tria’s because their plates are the color of Serendipity Stilletto. Once in love, ever devout to paint.

 

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Sarah Collie

Sarah Collie writes in a few different genres depending on her mood and also when and where inspiration strikes. She has lived in Scotland, Australia and now England but is far from done moving around.

Sarah is studying part-time with the Open University for a degree in English Literature, she hasn't won any awards for writing yet, but watch this space. 

Sarah has answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Sarah's work here on Pure Slush

Surfing the Storm  -  January 2013

Transvestite Balls is also part of Catherine refracted 

Sarah answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

I have two, yellow and turquoise blue. They are both bright, vibrant colours and both colours that remind me if summer.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Quite a lot. I accessorize with it most days, I’ve got a yellow handbag at the moment that I love and lots of clothes with yellow in them. Turquoise seems to be my choice for evenings out or special events.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Yellow to me is the colour of happiness, of childhood and home (possibly because my family home has a bright yellow door. Turquoise is summer seas and relaxation.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Dullness, cold, unhappiness.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since I was a child (yellow door).

 

When does it work best?

When I’m in need of a lift, when I need to relax and dream of sunnier days. I’ve got turquoise flashes through my hair at the moment which I love.

 

When does it not work for you?

As nail varnish, yellow nails makes you look jaundiced as I discovered! 

 

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

I like to think I am these colours, bright & cheerful. Not subtle.

 

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Ramon Collins

Ramon Collins lives on the NE edge of the Mojave Desert with an Irish wife and two Animal Rescue dogs. He’s had several stories published and even more posted online.

Ramon has also answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below):

Read Ramon's work here on Pure Slush:

Casablanca Revisited  -  June 2011  (n/f)

Waiting with Merle is part of barcode 

Ramon answers The Hue Questionnaire

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

My favorite color is blue. Why? Like comedian Jack Benny, I have “mid-afternoon, mountain lake blue” eyes.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I wear some shade of blue daily, except in the shower.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

The color blue suggests the beautiful sheen of a nearby lake. The clear desert sky, at least 245 days of the year.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

The color blue does not suggest an egg-salad sandwich.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Blue has been my favorite color since childhood. At first, I thought it was a wart.

 

When does it work best?

It works best when I gaze into my mid-afternoon, mountain lake blue eyes in the bathroom mirror in the morning. I’m still here.

 

When does it not work for you?

When I have the blues.

 

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

The color is a close relation, perhaps a first cousin. I could be this color because blue skies and blue water tend to make me and my friends happy. I like happy people.

 

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Paul Combs

Paul Combs is a writer and bookseller living in North Texas. His ultimate goal (besides playing bass in the E Street Band or goalkeeper for FC Barcelona) is to make reading, writing, and books in general as popular in Texas as high school football. It may take him a while.

You can find his book reviews and thoughts on books and bookselling at http://somersetbooks.blogspot.com/

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

Read Paul's work on Pure Slush:

Decoration  -  April 2013

Union Jack is part of barcode 

Paul answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Black, because it matches my heart. Actually it matches everything, and with my fashion sense that’s a plus. Musically speaking, it’s just better; ask yourself: ‘Back in Black’ or ‘Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain?’, ‘Paint It Black’ or ‘99 Red Balloons’? Pearl Jam's ‘Black’, Amy Winehouse ‘Back to Black’, and Metallica’s Black album. And of course, Johnny Cash was the Man in Black.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Yes. Pretty much daily and everywhere. Typically the shirts and cowboy boots are black … and blue jeans, which does not mean I’m partial to blue. I’m partial to jeans...it’s a Texas thing.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Possibilities. Why is it that only a white canvas can be considered blank?

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Evil, melancholy, darkness, or any of the other reasons teenagers and horror writers like it.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

It was always among my favorites, but it rocketed to the top when I realized it made me look less fat. (On a side note, this questionnaire is discriminatory toward Americans … it keeps trying to auto-correct “favorites” to “favourites”).

 

When does it work best?

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

 

When does it not work for you?

In the shower.

 

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

Colors (there’s the auto-correct thing again) don’t typically relate to me … and I don’t work, play, or relate well with others. I am not this color (see my pic for literal proof) and this color would likely not want to be me. We co-exist peacefully mainly because neither of us will go away, like Lennon and McCartney, Keith and Mick, Morrissey and Marr ... only with less drama. 

 

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Sheldon Lee Compton

Sheldon Lee Compton lives in Kentucky.

His work has appeared in several journals and anthologies including most recently Bluestem MagazineEmprise ReviewDegrees of Elevation: Short Stories of Contemporary Appalachia (Bottom Dog Press) and others.

More of his work can be found at his blog, Bent Country.

Sheldon has also taken part in The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below). 

Read Sheldon's work on Pure Slush:

• He Finds Her There  -  January 2011

Sheldon answers The Hue Questionnaire: 

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

My favorite color is gray, dark gray, nearly black to be more exact.   Or maybe just darker colors in general.  It's not an attempt to make it an extension of my general mood, as with some folks.  I just prefer a gray sky to a blue sky, a gray hat to brown, a gray cat as opposed to a white cat.  The color seems to leave room for improvement or additions, if that makes sense.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I do wear gray often, and black.  Dark clothes make up what I wear probably five days of seven for the week.  I feel like if I put on a bright red or yellow shirt I should be helping my kids hunt Easter eggs or playing golf at some country club.  Nothing wrong with either of those, but just not how I'd like to feel most of the time.  Though I do toss on a white shirt from time to time just to shake things up.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Gray suggests, as I said earlier, that in-between area where events, plans or intentions can do either way.  And admittedly, my general mood is one of melancholy, so that works on a suggestive level, I guess.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

In an attempt to avoid just stating an opposite here or being repetitive, I'll say that gray does not suggest any one certain feeling or emotion, no certain statement.  That's the entire point for me, I suppose, the idea that gray doesn't exactly express any one thing.  It is a clear canvass without the blinding and intimidating whiteness.  In brief, gray does not suggest a definite end of the spectrum. 

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

I started when I was about fifteen years old borrowing my grandfather's dress shirts to wear.  I was fifteen on the surface but a much older soul.  It happened that many of his shirts were gray or black or some variation.  Not only was this the time period I picked up my preference for the color, but also for how I dress in general.  I rarely wear anything but button-up shirts, no matter the season.  And it goes beyond what I wear, or it grew from that, maybe.  I started to see a winter sky as more captivating than a summer blue sky, gray eyes more attractive than brown, and so on.

 

When does it work best?

I'm pretty sure it's going to work best when my hair eventually turns gray.  I have blond hair so it could be awhile before it really starts to show, but I'm noticing some above my ears and in my face whiskers when I get lazy and don't shave for a few days.

 

When does it not work for you?

Well, I can't imagine a St. Patrick's day without green, my daughter's birthday without wearing a pink shirt she once bought for me, or while attending my son's football games where gold is the primary color overtaking the bleachers.  And I have a 1966 Silvertone guitar I inherited from my dad that is red.  I can't imagine that guitar any other color.  I mean, there's a picture of me standing beside it when I was three.  It was red then, it has to be red now.

 

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

I've touched on this, but it could be that I'm not really facing how much the color itself matches my mood most of the time.  As a writer and as member of the general population, my thoughts are usually in the darker corners of my mind, the areas of my mind where sadness has taken root and rests patiently to be pen-dipped and used in either my fiction or poetry.  I try to live my life during the times I'm away from the keyboard as happily as possible, and for the most part I'm able to do that.  So, I should say that I relate to the color itself, rather than the color defining me. 

 

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Kathy Conde

Kathy Conde received Honorable Mention in New Letters’ 2010 Alexander Patterson Cappon Fiction Award and has recently been a finalist at Glimmer Train and Blue Mesa Review

Her work has appeared in CutThroatPearlSouth Dakota ReviewUnderground VoicesWord Riot, and others. 

She holds an MFA from Naropa University and is past fiction editor for Bombay Gin, Naropa’s literary magazine. 

She has lived in the Rocky Mountain West, herding cattle and training horses, and in Spain, teaching English as a second language, and has traveled in South America, India, Nepal, Japan, and Europe. She now lives in Colorado with her husband and son.

Kathy also answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Kathy's work here on Pure Slush:

• Don't Ask Me No Questions and I Won't Tell You No Lies -  June 2011

• Zeke  -  June 2011

Kathy will be the Featured Author in January 2012.

Choreography  -  January 2012

The Art of Escape  -  January 2012

• Skin  -  January 2012 

• Grace  -  January 2012

Kathy answers The Hue Questionaire


What is your favourite colour? Why?

Red. Because it’s full of feeling. It also gives me comfort. 


Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Yes, every now and then. Especially when I need to feel supported. 


What does the colour suggest to you?

Seduction, emotion, discriminating awareness.


What does it not suggest to you?

Flat-lining, calculation.


How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since I began to understand colors, about six years ago.


When does it work best?

When I’m receptive.


When does it not work for you?

When I need blue, white, yellow, or green.


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

It’s my family.

 

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Norman Conquest

Norman Conquest is the author A Beginner's Guide to Art Deconstruction; What is Art?; Snowdrop in Africa; The Neglected Works of Norman Conquest; and the forthcoming collection: Art (Is) For Imbeciles. In 1989 he founded the international anti-censorship art collective Beuyscouts of Amerika.

Norman is the Président-Fondateur of Black Scat Books. He lives is in the San Francisco Bay area. 

Norman has answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Norman's work here on Pure Slush

A Man Walks into a Barcode is part of barcode 

Norman answers The Hue Questionnaire: 

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Black

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Yes. Often. For funerals and fun.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Anthracite. Merdre (sic). Humour.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Snowballs

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

As long as I can remember

 

When does it work best?

On moonless nights

 

When does it not work for you?

During blizzards and in Clean Rooms

 

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

I see a red door and I wanted painted black. I am not now nor have I ever been a color. 

 

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Christine Cook

Christine Cook spent three years at  Seattle Pacific University where she learned to write creatively and tried to avoid perky people. She is from the Pacific Northwest, subscribing to typical Seattle obsessions: indie rock, coffee and black clothing.

She works behind the scenes in the independent music industry, which gives her ample writing inspiration and a wry sense of humor.

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

Read Christine's work here on Pure Slush:

Hollywood Cemetery is part of barcode

Christine has answered The Hue Questionnaire

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

My favorite color is black because it’s classic but still stands out.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Yes, I wear this color almost everyday.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

The color black suggests to me a kind of confidence. Black has attitude.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Despite the usual things associated with it, I don’t view black as a sad or gloomy colour.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

A year or two.

 

When does it work best?

Black works best when you’re trying to pick out an outfit, or nail polish. Especially good for nights out.

 

When does it not work for you?

It doesn’t work when I’m feeling particularly summery and I suppose it won’t work on my wedding day.

 

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

Like the color black, I like to stand out without being loud, like say, red. I think this I do not feel that I am the color “black” but that black matches my straightforward attitude and style preferences. 

 

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Carolyn Cordon

Carolyn Cordon is a writer, blogger, poet and compassionate thinker. She lives in rural South Australia and has a chronic illness, but still does her best to remain connected with poets and poetry.

Carolyn has self-published two books so far, one an amusing little book titled ‘Dig It! Gardening Tips for Dogs’, which was illustrated by a friend.

Carolyn’s more recently published book is ‘damaged children Precious Gems’, her first collection of poetry, and was written as a therapeutic journey from victim to survivor of child sexual abuse. She has several blogs including one relating to this poetry collection: http://damagedchildrenpreciousgems.wordpress.com/

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

Read Carolyn's work here on Pure Slush:

• Blink and He's Gone  -  November 2011

• Unspeakable  -  January 2013

• Carolyn has also contributed 15 poems to Versus. 

Not Three, But Four For Me!  -  January 2015 

Carolyn answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

My favourite colour is green, because it suits me.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I usually wear this colour - most of my clothes are a shade of green, or other Autumn colours.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

the colour of growth and Nature

 

What does it not suggest to you?

It does not suggest manmade to me.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

It's been my favourite colour ever since I realised pink didn't suit me 25 years ago.

 

When does it work best?

It always works best.

 

When does it not work for you?

Green colours always work for me.

 

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

Green and other Autumn hues are me, my colouring (reddish hair, hazel eyes and freckles), my love for the Autumn season all show me that Autumn relates to my and I relate to it. Green things talk to my soul and give me happiness.

 

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William Cullen, Jr.

William Cullen, Jr. is a veteran and works at a non-profit in Brooklyn, NY. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Camroc Press Review, Gulf Stream, Pirene's Fountain, Red Poppy Review, Red River Review, Spillway, Wild Goose Poetry Review and Word Riot.

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

Read William's work her on Pure Slush:

• The Secret of My Success  -  October 2012  (n/f) 

The Future is Marriage Counseling  -  December 2012

William answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Blue. Everyone seems to buy me blue colored clothing for presents: ties, shirts, sweaters, etc.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Yes, I wear it fairly frequently do to the disproportionate amount of blue ties, blue shirts and blue sweaters I own.

When is a function of the statement above, plus I don't like to waste things. So I wear blue fairly often.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

The blue sky is the window onto God's creation and blue eyes are the windows into my soul. 

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Peanut butter & jelly.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since my early twenties (I'm 59 now).

 

When does it work best?

With an older crowd.

 

When does it not work for you?

The twenty year olds I work with in Information Technology.

 

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

This sounds like a new age question. I think I'll pass on this one. 

 

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