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Jessamy Dalton

Jessamy Dalton lives in rural Virginia, where she reads, writes, pulls weeds on the family farm, and somehow keeps existing despite the fact that most of society considers neither writing nor farming ‘real’ jobs.

Jessamy has answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

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• Look At Yourself in Different Mirrors  -  June 2016

Jessamy answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Brown. It’s practical, sturdy, unpretentious, and warm.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

It is possible to own such a thing as a little brown dress. Mine is by Michael Kors … I think the fashion world might be ready for brown. It goes great with denim, but it can be high-end, too (think classic belted trench). And look at the richness, the subtly of the palette. Besides, everyone wears black.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Contemplation, capability, inescapable realities such as shit and a dug grave, as well as the grit required to see life through anyway.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Anger, anxiety, tension, extremes.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since childhood, if you can judge by the number of snapshots of me with mud on my face.

 

When does it work best?

In coastal Virginia, where I live, there is a point in late June where suddenly you’re drowning in humidity and mosquitoes and everything has turned this turgid, choking green. Then the farmers start working their ground for winter wheat. The sight of all that freshly turned brown sod is the most soothing thing you can imagine.

 

When does it not work for you?

It’s hard to be a diva while wearing brown.

 

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

An early story I wrote was called The Brown Girl. Everything except the title is mercifully lost on a dead hard drive, but I remember the character in outline. She was sort of a female anti-Little Prince, earthbound and very sturdy; everything I craved to be during a choppy adolescence. Forget flights of fancy: I just wanted to have my feet on the ground.

 

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Charley Daveler

Charley Daveler is an American author and playwright. Her scripts have debuted in venues across the west of the U.S. from Wyoming to California, her award winning short films delighted festivals in L.A., and her short stories have been printed in several magazines including 365 TomorrowsThe Fringe, and Smashed Cat.

She currently resides near Los Angeles in a studio apartment with a cat, a computer, and a T.V..

Visit her website by clicking here. 

Charely has answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below). 

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• Constructive Criticism  -  October 2011

Charley answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Blue. Whenever I get asked this question, I always have some sort of psychological crisis that makes the answer very difficult to find. My stuff tends to be black, my heart wants me to like red, I enjoy what purple says about me, and no one likes yellow, so it always has to be a consideration. But at the end of the day, when my subconscious is in full control, there is nothing like the color blue to make things just feel clean.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Half of my clothes are black, the other half different shades of blue. This was not intentional, so it is off putting when I get up in the morning and happen to have on an entirely blue outfit without having thought about it.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Cleanliness, like Windex. Home, like a housewife’s wallpaper. Nature, like the sky and ocean. My boyfriend’s eyes. But mostly it says “bureaucracy.”

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Anger, rebellion, cats. Blue is a very polite, professional color, so it isn’t attributed to anything that society would reject.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Forever, emotionally. Five minutes technically, or whenever I started this survey.

 

When does it work best?

Blue works best as a default. It always looks good, so it’s something to turn to when a designer can’t make anything else work.

 

When does it not work for you?

As the primary color, nestled along side bright red and bright yellow, it grates on me. Something about being too reminiscent of childhood.

 

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

Blue is often the color in a psychiatric ward, so my being drawn to it probably relates to me through psychosis.

 

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Jon Morgan Davies

Jon Morgan Davies is a native of California currently residing in Georgia. His work has appeared in such publications as The Adirondack Review, CutBank, and Southern Indiana Review.

Read more of his work at http://no1bag.angelfire.com

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

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• The Sound of the Wind When It is Rushing and You Have Nowhere to Go  -  November 2012

Jon answers The Hue Questionnaire

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

I think it's blue. And when I say blue, I mean turquoise. I came to this realization slowly after years of saying it was green. Blue shows up more in things I own than green, so it must be blue. I have blue eyes. I like the blue of oceans (near reefs) placed on things like, say, paintings and home furnishings and clothes. Also, I tend to like sad things, and blue is a kind of downer color. A bright turquoise blue, though, has the coolness of being both bright and down at one time. And that's how I like my sad things--mixed up with happy. Melancholy. Like a great memory.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Of course. Probably at least once every other day.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Blue suggests ocean and sky. It suggests pilot lights on gas stoves. It suggests Matisse paintings. It suggests primary grades. It suggests darkness, without actually being all dark.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Anger. Blue is a subdued color. It's "subdude"--like "The Dude" in the Big Lebowski. It's relaxed, though it's probably a bit sadder than the Dude, who seems more of apathetic beige. It's the dude, if he stopped to reflect just a little.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Probably forever, though "officially" maybe ten years. I reserve the right to change my mind.

 

When does it work best?

It works best on anything except food and maybe as the color of walls.

 

When does it not work for you?

See above.

 

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

I strive to move beyond blue. It's the color of the morning sky just before the sun rises, so I'm ever hopeful that day will dawn. Unfortunately, it's also the color of the sky right after sunset, which could mean that I'm headed for a long darkness rather than a brand new day.

 

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James Lloyd Davis

James Lloyd Davis, a combat veteran and former journeyman in several trades, has worked as resident director of a homeless shelter and as an engineer.  He currently lives in Ohio and recently returned to writing after a long absence.  James is completing work on two novels and experiments with short fiction in various forms.

James has also answered The Hue Questionnaire.

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• Heady Perfume  -  August 2011

James answers The Hue Questionnaire:


What is your favourite colour? Why?

Red. Why? It's the color of blood, the driving force of life and passion. It's damned beautiful, impossible to ignore.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I own no clothing in the color of red.  It draws attention to the wearer and I believe it incites people in much the same way that it incites bulls in thecorrida.  I usually wear natural, subdued colors, a reaction, I suppose, from when I lived in dangerous times, unsettled places and uneasy circumstances.  To be conspicuous was to be a target.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Anger, passion, idealism, sacrifice, death, speed, love … all the things that make life interesting and dangerous.  Red is the color of blood, yes, and in that aspect alone, it speaks of lust, anger, jealousy, murder, all those sins of violence or concupiscent extremes that many people generally declare they wish to avoid, that should be avoided, but to which they are naturally and hypnotically drawn.  It’s no stretch that you could say … it’s why we have fiction, so we can safely and creatively indulge in fantasies too dangerous to practice in life.  The use of the color red in fashion, décor, fulfills a similar predilection for vicarious thrills.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Compassion, serenity, charity, peace, things to which most people are attracted on an intellectual rather than an emotional plane.  Red does not suggest indifference, apathy.  Interesting how apathy and peace reside on the same side of this curious equation.  Such is the power of words and symbols.  They can be used to suggest an improbable truth.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

When I was seven years old, I had a friend who suffered from hemophilia, a condition more dangerous back then than it is today.  Hemophiliacs’ blood does not clot like ordinary people.  Minor cuts can be dangerous to them.  Cuts that can be easily treated on other people could be life threatening to a hemophiliac. 

There was an accident while I was playing with him in his backyard.  We both had glass mason jars he got from his mother’s cabinet and with them, we were trying to capture bees … don’t remember why … we were seven … “just because.”  Anyway, we both went after the same bee on a dandelion.  The jars collided, broke in our hands, but his cut him deeply at his wrist.  I remember there was instantly an amazing quantity of blood coming from a clean cut.  I was hypnotized by the color of it, bright red in direct sunlight.

I won’t go into what happened next, the panic, his mother screaming and cursing me, sirens, ambulance, me hiding in the bushes for hours, thinking I’d killed my friend, that I’d go to prison ... but for that one brief moment, in the instant that I saw the sunlit blood rushing from his wrist, I came to love the rich color of red.  And have so since.

 

When does it work best?

In a heterosexual human perspective, red works best for me when a woman wears it.  Odd how that is, in that the male of the species among birds bears the most colorful plumage, but among humankind, it’s generally the woman who dresses flamboyantly, but there it is.

 

When does it not work for you?

When gentlemen ‘of an age’ to know better drive red convertibles.

 

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

More so when I was younger, but in the color of red, all those things of which I’ve spoken, things the color seems to symbolize, most notably, anger and passion ... literally dominated my life.  I had anger to spare and was consistently in trouble over women, so if I had to label those years, I’d call them my ‘red period.’  If they’d lasted much longer than they did, they would have been my ‘last period.’ 

These days, however, I’ve come to believe that symbolic attachments like that are a kind of vanity … that symbolic labels can be dangerous, at best limiting, and are often used unfairly.  Beyond symbolism, though, and in terms of sheer beauty, if I had to be a color, I think it would be delightful to be red.

 

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Chris Dean

Chris Dean is an antiques dealer. He enjoys football, baking cookies and the subsequent smiles, and action movies.

Chris lives in the Chicago area.

Chris also answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

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• The Story  -  October 2011 

Chris answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Green. It is the color of American currency, though our money has been tinged a bit fallow lately.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when? 

I once wore a green suit. Just that one time and it was in the evening, approximately 6 until 11 PM.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Other similar colors like cerulean.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Ezra Pound eating whipped cream with a yoyo in his left pocket.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

I’m not trying to be rude, but don’t you have spellcheck down there in Oz? Where are all these extra u’s coming from? And green has been my favourite colour for a very long time. See! Not you’ve even got me doing it with those u’s.

 

When does it work best?

When I’m cashing large checks.

 

When does it not work for you?

Right now, while responding to this questionnaire.

 

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

Green has been ignoring me for years. I relate to green greedily. I am not green. It’s not my place to speak for green, but I’m fairly sure it is not me.

 

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Chris Dean is an antiques dealer. He enjoys football, baking cookies and the subsequent smiles, and action movies.

Chris lives in the Chicago area.

Chris also answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Chris's work here on Pure Slush:

• The Story  -  October 2011


Chris Dean is an antiques dealer. He enjoys football, baking cookies and the subsequent smiles, and action movies.

Chris lives in the Chicago area.

Chris also answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Chris's work here on Pure Slush:

• The Story  -  October 2011


Chris Dean is an antiques dealer. He enjoys football, baking cookies and the subsequent smiles, and action movies.

Chris lives in the Chicago area.

Chris also answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Chris's work here on Pure Slush:

• The Story  -  October 2011


Gay Degani

Gay Degani has published in journals and anthologies including three The Best of Every Day Fiction editions and her own collection, Pomegranate Stories.  Her stories online can be read at LITnIMAGECoriumNight TrainShort Story America as well as other publications. She edits EDF’s Flash Fiction Chronicles and blogs at Words in Place. She's also a staff editor at Smokelong Quarterly.

Gay also answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below). 

Read Gay's work here on Pure Slush:

• Bluster-Fuck  -  August 2011

The Last Real Human Being in Hollywood  -  December 2011

• Cake vs. Pie and Cutting are part of gorge 

The Cossack Ultimatum is also part of Catherine refracted 

Last Four Songs  -  February 2015 

Gay took part in 2014 and you can find an interview with her about her part in the project by clicking here.

Vagabond is part of Five Pure Slush Vol. 10  

Unsuited  -  March 2016 

Mr. Lonely Hearts is part of Summer Pure Slush Vol. 12   

Pure Slush Books published Gay's collection Rattle of Want in November 2015. You can find a taste of Rattle of Want by clicking here, and purchase a paperback copy direct by clicking here.

Truth Serum Press published Gay's novel What Came Before in August 2016. You can find a taste of What Came Before by clicking here, and purchase a paperback or eBook copy by clicking here.

 

Rattle of Want

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Gay has answered The Hue Questionnaire: 

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

In the past, my favorite color was, most definitely, yellow.  I loved the sunny quality of yellow, like the yellow at the center of a daisy.  The way the white petals contrasted with that yellow actually triggered a feeling of well-being.  

Now that I'm older, I still love yellow, but pressed now for a favorite color, I might say red or maybe metallic gold.  Why? It's that trigger thing again.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I occasionally wear yellow in a sweatshirt or sweater, but most often I wear black with accents of red, sometimes white, and occasionally shades of blue. 

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Yellow suggests to me the optimism in life, my own idealism.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Yellow is symbolically linked to cowardice, but I never dwelled on that until later when I realize that over the years, I had become cynical.  Then I wondered if I used my love of yellow meant that I was a coward in life.  Using a Pollyana attitude to keep my fears at bay.  

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Most of my life "yellow" would have been my answer, but now and for the last ten years or so, I would answer "red."

 

When does it work best?

Yellow reminds me of myself as a young person.  

 

When does it not work for you?

I can't wear it  Complexion-wise and emotionally it doesn't suit me.  However, occasionally I notice a piece of yellow clothing and think about buying it, hesitate, then do it because, well, it makes me feel good.

 

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

Yellow can still make me happy, but so does red.  I wear blue-reds well.  I pick red wall paper.

Wait.  I just glanced around my family room: yellow walls, red and black accents, kitchen black and white with red accents, breakfast room, red wallpaper with yellow flowers and yellow curtains on the window.  Good grief, typing away here and noticing the prevalence of my colors all around me after I'm finished typing.  What does THAT say about me?

 

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Joanna Delooze

Joanna Delooze is a former New Yorker now residing in Northwest England after being seduced by a laughing Englishman with pale blue eyes and a lovely accent.

When she isn't ignoring her housework and children to scribble furtively in dark corners, she can be found chairing the local PTA, daydreaming about what her first book cover will look like, and running a writers group full of charming, talented, funny people. You can find her on FB at Wire Writers Warrington, Joanna Delooze and at bumblefingers.blogspot.com

She has been published in Women's Weekly Fiction Special and hopes to soon finish the first draft of a novel inspired by seeing the Angel of Death in a cloud formation as she did the school run one day.

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

Read Joanna's work here on Pure Slush:

• Cuttings  -  October 2011

Before Swine  -  November 2011  (for counterpoint)

• Perfect Choice is also part of slut

Itch is also part of real

• Standards is part of gorge 

Gullible is part of barcode 

Joanna answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Really dark, gothic, forest green. Has been since childhood.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Once in awhile. My husband bought me a Stevie Nicks style velvet tunic in it years ago and it's my favourite thing. As a teen I had a very cool (so I thought) pair of corduroys in it, but as they spent so much time on my bedroom floor my mother sent them to live with Denise across the street in an effort to teach me a lesson.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

The peace and calm of ancient forests and nature. If I didn't like my creature comforts so much I'd happily live in the middle of a forest.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Anything hyper or aggravating or plastic. Also yellow. it doesn't make me think of yellow which is good coz yellow annoys me. Once turned down request for a date with very handsome man because he had the bad grace to ask whilst wearing yellow. I assume he is a millionaire with a rippling six pack by now.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

All my life, except for the few odd minutes when I'm crazy about a majestic purple or a lovely, deep, heathery grey.

 

When does it work best?

When it’s dewy and fresh and ruffled by an early morning breeze.

 

When does it not work for you?

When it's growing on the bread I need to make school sandwiches with and the kids have to leave in ten minutes.

 

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

This colour is not me, but his younger, paler brother possessed me for several months whilst pregnant, as I suffered from any form of travel over 0.5 miles an hour that didn't go in a straight line. 

 

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Ruth Z. Deming

Ruth Z. Deming writes from her home in Willow Grove, PA, a suburb of Philadelphia, in the good ole USA. Every morning, while her breakfast is cooling, she writes a poem and posts it on Facebook. Her work has been published in lit mags including Creative Nonfiction, Mad Swirl, Literary Yard and Scarlet Leaf Review.

Before bed every night, she picks out one of the three or four books that are scattered on the “husband’s side” of the bed to read herself to sleep. A psychotherapist, she runs New Directions Support Group for people with depression, bipolar disorder and their loved ones.

Her blog is www.ruthzdeming.blogspot.com.

Ruth has answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

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The Birthday Cake  -  September 2016

Ruth answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Pinkish- purple, perhaps called fuchsia.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Occasionally I wear it when I wanna make a splash with my family or friends.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

A real excitement over life

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Sadness, lethargy, sickness

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

A couple of years

 

When does it work best?

When I’m feeling jubilant

 

When does it not work for you?

When I’m feeling reflective, contemplative, or Vant to be alone

 

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

When I look out the window I see pink-purple - or fuchsia - flowers growing in my front yard garden. Seems like the rare hummingbirds like them. The color is unusual, like me and the characters in my stories. Now that it’s autumn, the color will slowly fade away, the death of color in the fall, and rebirth come spring. 

 

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Carol Deminski

Carol Deminski's stories appear in Word Riot, PANK, Dogzplot, Metazen, The Northville Review and elsewhere. She can be found on the web by clicking here or running through an airport near you.

Carol has answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

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Recyclables  -  February 2013 


Carol answers The Hue Questionnaire: 

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

I don’t have a favorite color. We live in a world often filled with binary choices and asked to choose: black or white. But what about grey? There is often so much grey and undefined in life. In nature, nothing is one color, a rose has its flower, stalk and leaves; even black cats have pink tongues.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I wear lots of colors, leaf green and cotton candy pink and jet black and crimson red. Just not usually all at once.

 

What does the colour suggest to you? 

Colors are difficult to describe. When you look up the word color in the dictionary, you get: “The property possessed by an object of producing different sensations on the eye as a result of the way it reflects or emits light.”

This tells you nothing about what a color actually looks like, and when you want to describe a color you find yourself comparing it to something.

Describing colors suggests, to me, how imprecise language is and how difficult a writers job is when something as simple as a color cannot be easily interpreted. I can write “the car was blue but youd have no idea if it was a shade of robins egg blue or a color that wasnt blue at all but which was called blue by someone who was color blind.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

This question is Nihilistic in nature, and therefore, I choose not to answer it. Or perhaps I should ask ... doesn’t everything contain its opposite in some way? 

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

The Big Bang happened about 20 billion years ago. It’s reasonable to assume that prior to the Big Bang, there probably were no colors because there was no light. After the Big Bang though, I can just imagine all the particles that were floating around and the explosions of primordial gasses and all kinds of fascinating colors that flashed into existence and burned out billionths of a second later. 

 

When does it work best?

Colors work best when there is light to produce them, so I’ll say anytime after the Big Bang was a good time for colors to be in existence.

 

When does it not work for you?

Sadly, the Milky Way has a known expiration date coming up in 4 billion years when it is expected to collide with Andromeda. My guess is that human beings will have either figured a way off Earth by then, or we will have eradicated ourselves due to the many things we’re doing on a regular basis to eradicate life on this planet. Ironically, this will have no impact whatsoever on the existence of color in the known universe, but it begs the question, if no human eyeballs are available to see it, should it matter to us?

 

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

Well, given what I’ve answered above, that should be obvious.

 

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Nate Depke

Nate Depke is a groundskeeper in Maine. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Crack the Spine, The Story Shack and Jersey Devil Press.

Nate has answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

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In Check  -  June 2013

Nate answers The Hue Questionnaire

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Pink because that’s the color of pigs.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Only sometimes in winter when I feel an urge to cover myself in both honey and crushed up pork rinds (the two together create the palest of pinks), then walk around my neighborhood with a big smile on my face.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

A squealing pink piggy.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AeFRzQWQWLM

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since spending the better part of an hour in a hot tub years ago on a very hot day in southern California. It turned me pink. One of my friends looked at me upon exiting the hot tub and said, “Oh, jeez, buddy, you’re a pink piggy.”

 

When does it work best?

At breakfast.

 

When does it not work for you?

At dinner time.

 

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

Actually, I fear it most days.

 

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Mira Desai

Mira lives, works, translates and writes in Mumbai. She's a member of IWW and Blueline poetry.

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

Read Mira's work here on Pure Slush:

• Eggplant Rhapsody  -  March 2012 

• The day of silent prayers  -  April 2012

• Payback  -  October 2012 

Beholden is also part of  real

• Arrival  -  November 2012 

• Celebrate the sunHoli and Laughter  -  December 2012

That Trouble with Robert is part of obit. 

Regent is part of Catherine refracted 

Storms  -  October 2013 

Parched  -  November 2013

Remembering Awe  -  March 2014

Five Damsels for Good Luck is part of Five Pure Slush Vol. 10 

Good man / Bad man  -  March 2016 

Photo-phobic Mira has supplied this photo.

Mira has answered The Hue Questionnaire:


What is your favourite colour? Why?

I’m weird—several favourite colors. Lavender- purple. Indigo. Sunkist orange -- in your face sunlight.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Purples and blues and all their hues several times a week. Sunkist orange, no, not at all. It sits on my wall.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Peace. Integrity.

Energy. Out of the box, zany energy.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

I can make it suggest what I want. Now the question, please?

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

The last few lifetimes, which is why there are three.

 

When does it work best?

Lavender’s for Wednesday, definitely. Sunkist orange is for an accent wall. Indigo’s anytime.

 

When does it not work for you?

When I’m in the white of quiet.

 

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

I am these colors. Period.

 

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Evelyn Deshane

Evelyn Deshane’s work has appeared in The Fieldstone Review, Hyacinth Noir, and Absynthe Magazine. In 2013, she was the runner-up for A&U Magazine’s fiction contest.

She is the poetry editor for Prosaic Magazine and has worked on the digital collections of the Canadian poet P.K. Page.

She lives in Canada.

Evelyn has answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

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A Mirage  -  November 2013 

Evelyn answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Magenta or hot pink. The brighter the better.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Not at all. I don’t wear it because that shade of bright pink screams “look at me” and I’m very much someone who likes to blend in and watch from afar. It totally blows my cover.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Energy.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Boredom.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Four years, give or take.

 

When does it work best?

It tends to be a part of most of my electronic devices (background colours, links, icons, etc.). I’d say it works better in my work environment to keep me motivated.

 

When does it not work for you?

When I’m trying to sleep.

 

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

I’d say this colour wakes me up after staring at a screen or printed page. After hours of revisions and rewrites, just seeing an icon with this colour will snap me back into paying attention. I also tend to dream in bright colours – so maybe I can’t really escape it. 

 

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Matt DeVirgiliis

Matt DeVirgiliis lives with his wife – and inspiration – in Point Pleasant, New Jersey. He has written and produced Emmy Award winning television series for The Discovery Channel and has also written shows for TLC, HGTV, and Baby First Television.

His short stories can be read on Fictionaut.com and Istanbul Literary Review

Matt also answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Matt's work here on Pure Slush:

 Don't Call Me Samson  -  July 2011  (n/f)

• Monkey Business  -  July 2011

• Lost in Amsterdam  -  September 2011

• Mommom and Heath  -  December 2012

Blood and Water  -  June 2013

Picking Shirts  -  June 2015 

My Princess is part of Five Pure Slush Vol. 10  

Matt answered The Hue Questionnaire: 

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Blue. I've never really thought about it, but I did grow up listening to the Blues.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Blue is in some way included in my clothing four days a week, regardless of if I'm dressed in a suit for work or dressed to hang out and write.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Blue is a broad range, but I tend to wear navy or light blue. One a bit happy and one a bit dark. But I guess I feel confident wearing blue more than any other color.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Blue does not suggest anything about my personality, even though I also love the Blues. I am a very happy person.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

I'm not sure. As long as I can remember picking out my own clothes, I've always been drawn to blues.

 

When does it work best?

Always.

 

When does it not work for you?

Never that I've noticed. I even have blue underpants.

 

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

As I've said, I love the Blues. I love the ocean and am involved in many ocean sports. Coincidence? Maybe, but maybe not. I'm also not afraid to wear any certain colors.

 

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CS DeWildt

CS DeWildt lives in Tucson, Arizona USA.  His work has appeared in a variety of print and web publications, and his novella Candy and Cigarettes was published in 2011 by Vagabondage Press.

He is currently looking for publishers for a collection of short stories and is rewriting a novel. He'd love you to visit him at csdewildt.com

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

Read CS's work here on Pure Slush:

Love Among Apes is part of Notausgang

• She and Him is part of gorge 

CS will be the Featured Author in May 2013.

Every Job Requires the Right Tool  -  May 2013

The Rolls-Royce of Prosthetics  -  May 2013

Recovery Period  -  May 2013 

Fire  -  May 2013

CS answers The Hue Questionnaire

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Earth tones. But that's cheating so I'll go with my first instinct and say green.  Why? Because I like nature and once, no twice, I had an infected hangnail and my thumb turned green 

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I am wearing green pants right now.  I have several green t-shirts which are part of the weekly rotation as well as a green oxford and tie I wear to work once a week.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Greed, Envy, Sickness, and Luck

 

What does it not suggest to you?

It does not suggest I go on a shooting spree like that evil bastard Blue

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

My entire life. I did have a fling with beige, but it got boring very quickly

 

When does it work best?

In the bedroom...ladies? 

 

When does it not work for you?

In a knife fight

 

How does the colour relate to you, or you relate to it?

I relate to green by rolling in fields of clover which I later realize was actually poison ivy

 

Are you this colour or is this colour you?

This color is me all over  

 

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Matthew Dexter

Matthew Dexter lives and writes in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. He survives on fish tacos, cold cervezas, and warm sunshine.

Matthew's stories have been published in more than a hundred literary journals. He's the Lil Wayne of literature.

Matthew also answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll down).

Read Matthew's work on Pure Slush:

• Sadistic Aroma of Rubber  -  January 2011

• Hurricane Season  -  February 2011  (n/f)

• Cleanup Position  -  May 2011  (n/f)

• The Disintegration of the Human Soul  -  July 2011  (n/f)

• Family Album  -  July 2011 

Matthew answers The Hue Questionnaire.


What is your favourite colour? Why?

For some reason: white. It’s just something about the purity and bright interminable vastness of the eternal hue. Don’t tell me white is not a colour. Damn you. I also like black for the same reason. The sapphire blue of the ocean is not bad either, but I’ll stick with white.


Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I guess. I hate fashion and don’t give a damn for hue-inspired styles or keeping up-to-date with the latest trends, but nothing beats a white t-shirt on a hot day. (Pure white flip-flops are pretty sweet too.) I also like white visors; but once it gets dirty it breaks my heart a little and might lead to a few swear words in Spanish. For example: “Pinche pendejo estupido baboso chingon, Mateo!”


What does the colour suggest to you?

It suggests that we’re all going to die, or sit on a cumulonimbus cloud, and that’s why we all write, so the words will live forever, or at least until the end of the world, which might happen tomorrow; so come to think of it: what’s the point? Maybe I enjoy the ethereal nothingness of whiteness, like that last line in Edgar Allan Poe’s only novel: The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket (1838). You know: going into the snow so white and vast you can taste it. Getting lost in the whiteness you become. Or maybe it’s flashbacks of all those days and nights on cocaine before the millennium?


What does it not suggest to you?

It does not suggest angels or heaven, as we all know there is no such, and even if there was I’d rather catch a suntan and have a barbecue in hell or enjoy a Corona or a Pacifico (or ten) with my literary heroes in purgatory. It does not suggest kittens either, unless they are covered in snow.


How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since I told my Mom it was and she said it was not a colour. What the hell does she know anyway?


When does it work best?

When the weather is warm and you are sweating and the cotton is soft and brand-new and the breeze is blowing through the sleeves and the ocean is at its bluest hue: perhaps a majestic fusion of sapphire, turquoise, and indigo.


When does it not work for you?

When I spill salsa or other such food or drink items on it and ruin it, usually after only wearing it for the first time, sometimes not even for an hour. (God damn you white shirt and delicious messy tacos.)


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

I am not here. These are not my arms, like that JD Salinger story, “Teddy,” where the genius kid is explaining how all the “apple eaters” are wrong and knowledge from the Garden of Eden made us stupid, and we need to empty that garbage to really open up our minds. 

 

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Michael Dickes

Michael Dickes is a writer, song writer and composer from the small towns of Washington’s Cascade Mountains, now living in New York City.

His stories have been or are soon to be featured in Southpaw Journal, Tree Killer Ink, Kerouac’s Dog Magazine, Thunderclap Press, Duality, Do Hookers Kiss?, Apocrypha & Abstractions, Connotation Press, THIS Literary Magazine, Blue Fifth Review, Istanbul Literary Review, Metazen, and others. His numerous CDs include Trouble, Dig, Loose Ends, Moveable Child, and Thirty-Five, and his work is featured on the “Henry Poole Is Here” soundtrack starring Luke Wilson and George Lopez.

Michael has traveled the world as a musician and he has a dedicated following based on his ability to tell stories through his music.

More information about Michael’s fiction and music can be found at http://michaeldickes.weebly.com/

Michael has answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Michael's work here on Pure Slush:

Bedford-Stuyvesant  -  May 2012

Michael answers The Hue Questionnaire


What is your favourite colour? Why?

Pistashio...because it is slightly off color yet still very practical.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Every day. Pistashio pants, black boots, white v neck tee, holes in all.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

It tells me, quite persistently, that just because IT is calm, creative, and extremely cool does not mean that I am.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Money. Barbed wire. Boredom

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Ever since my fifth and last rehab...knock on wood.

 

When does it work best?

It doesn't want to work and makes passive-aggressive statements about me when I do.

 

When does it not work for you?

In the bathroom.

 

How does the colour relate to you, or you relate to it?

Even though we both know it is an unhealthy relationship, we've become the kind of friends that can drive for hours in the back woods not saying a word to each other and be completely fine with it.

 

Are you this colour or is this colour you?

Yes he is and so am I. 

 

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George Djuric

George Djuric flew through rally racing, street fighting, chess, and anti-psychiatry as if they weren’t there. In the aftermath, all that was left was writing. He published a critically acclaimed collection of short stories, a book read like the gospel by his Yugoslav peers, The Metaphysical Stories.

Djuric is infatuated with the fictional alchemy that is thick as amber and capable of indelibly inscribing on the face of the 21st century. He lives in the desert near Palm Springs, CA.

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

Read George's work here on Pure Slush:

Yugoslavia  -  April 2014  (n/f)

George answers The Hue Questionnaire

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Clockwork orange. Sounds strong.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I don’t wear it.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

It suggests, other than the movie itself, artistic brio.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Does not suggest mainstream readers.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since the 12th century.

 

When does it work best?

When I write.

 

When does it not work for you?

When I don’t write.

 

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. 

 

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Jennifer Donnell

Jennifer Donnell is a poet and writer. In addition to performing her work, she hosts a monthly literary series.

Her recent and/or upcoming publishing credits include: Borderline,Young American PoetsOrion Headless, SIC 3 (print), The Scarlet Sound,Don’t Blame the Ugly Mug (Anthology- Tebot Bach)PoetixThe November 3rd ClubBestiary MagazineThe CriterionAstarteDeep Tissue MagazineEast Village Poetry (Upcoming- 2011), A Few Lines Magazine (Fall-2011), ArtisticaNegative Suck (Fall-2011), Perhaps I Am Wrong About The World (Upcoming), The Strengthening Project(Upcoming Anthology- Unnamed), and a winner (poetry) through the city of Laguna Beach- 2009, 2010, 2011.

She is currently seeking to publish her first full length collection of poetry, and is nearing completion on a graphic novel: Still Afraid of the Dark. Find Jennifer performing her poetry by clicking here.

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

Read Jennifer's work here on Pure Slush:

• Protagonist  -  October 2011

• Why Not Guacamole is also part of slut

• Chili with Extra Spice  -  March 2012  (n/f)

• The Arrival, The Shriek and The Delivery are part of gorge 

Magic Sauce  -  July 2013

Jennifer answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Emerald Green- probably because of the Wizard of Oz.


Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I have an emerald green v-neck sweater my grandmother once bought me. It has a stain on the left side of the waist, probably because laundry is not my forte!

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

This color reminds me of lunches atop blankets while at a grassy park. It also reminds me of hiding (as a child) in tall grass... feeling that the grass created a fortress.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

It does not suggest taxes, manilla envelopes, or offices in general.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Seven years.

 

When does it work best?

When I have to answer questions on a profile or quiz. The moment I think of the color emerald green, my imagination takes off in a different direction, I imagine bliss, freedom, joy, and love.

 

When does it not work for you?

If I think too much about it... like now. :) I begin to remember green things that I didn't like much. Also, isn't the color green used as an analogy for "jealousy"? I dislike jealousy.

 

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

I relate to (emerald) green as the color of spontaneity and creative force. It reminds me of being playful, romance, picnicking, and imaginary cats with eyes so green I can't help pet their shiny coats. 

 

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William Doreski

William Doreski lives in Peterborough, New Hampshire, and teaches at Keene State College. His most recent book of poetry is The Suburbs of Atlantis (2013). He has published three critical studies, including Robert Lowell’s Shifting Colors. His essays, poetry, fiction, and reviews have appeared in many journals.

William answers The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below). 

Read William's work here on Pure Slush

A Spring Tour of Vermont is part of Five Pure Slush Vol. 10

The Stone Bear  -  March 2016

Building the World's Tallest Building is part of tall...ish Pure Slush Vol. 11 

William answers The Hue Questionnaire

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Blue, the blue of the horizon on a hot summer day when the sea and the sky blend into each other.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Never have seen this color blue caught in textiles. But coming from a blue collar family I wear blue as much as I can.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

See above. Sea, sky, working for a living, blue state democracy, the blues.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Republicans, greed, claustrophobia, slaughter of hogs.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since I first saw the ocean when I was six years old and waded into the surf at Misquamicut Beach in Rhode Island.

 

When does it work best?

When I’m not thinking about it but look up and there it is.

 

When does it not work for you?

When the blues seem too real.

 

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

Now that I’m old (or getting older, as we say), blue on a winter day, like today, seems a blessing, a release into a space large enough to accommodate my whole life. Then the blue and I become one. 

 

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Jacqueline Doyle

Jacqueline Doyle lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she teaches at California State University, East Bay. Her work is published and forthcoming in South Dakota Review, Front Porch, Otoliths, CRATE, Lunch Ticket, Thin Air, Bartleby Snopes, New Plains ReviewNinth Letter online, South Loop Review, and elsewhere.

Her flash has appeared in numerous literary journals, including Vestal Review, Monkeybicycle, Bluestem Quarterly, The Rumpus, and Prime Number. Visit her here. 

Jacqueline has answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Jacqueline's work here on Pure Slush:

Tricks of Memory  -  July 2013 

Jacqueline answers The Hue Questionnaire

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Teal blue-green. Peacock shimmer.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

One day I opened my closet and realized that everything in it was teal blue shading into turquoise, aquamarine, green, and olive. So apparently I wear shades of this color all the time.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

A meeting of earth and sky and sea. Life.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Death. I used to wear a lot of black, but now it makes me look haggard.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

A long time, though in my teens and twenties I flirted with violet and black. Lately I've been wearing a silvery blue gray, so maybe my favorite color will change with age.

 

When does it work best?

When I’m down and life is feeling colorless. I need subtler deeper blues and greens then – not too bright – but they always pick me up.

 

When does it not work for you?

Certain shades of teal blue and turquoise green always work for me. Sometimes olives and grays feel muddy, particularly on gray days. The sun shines most of the time in the San Francisco Bay Area, though.

 

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

The color of my eyes changes with what I wear. Depending on how saturated the bluish green is, they become greenish blue. So we are the color.

 

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Chanel Dubofsky

Chanel Dubofsky's fiction has been published at Atticus ReviewQuick FictionStaccatoDogzplot and Glossolalia, and is forthcoming at Blue Five Notebook and HamLit. 


Chanel Dubofsky's fiction has been published at Atticus Review, Quick Fiction, Staccato, Dogzplot and Glossolalia, and is forthcoming at Blue Five Notebook and HamLit.

She blogs at Diverge and lives in New York City.

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

Read Chanel's work on Pure Slush: 

• Fidelity  -  September 20Chanel Dubofsky's fiction has been published at Atticus ReviewQuick FictionStaccatoDogzplot and Glossolalia, and is forthcoming at Blue Five Notebook and HamLit.

She blogs at Diverge and lives in New York City.

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

Read Chanel's work on Pure Slush

• Fidelity  -  September 2011

Chanel answers The Hue Questionnaire


What is your favourite colour? Why?

Blue, in most of its incarnations. I especially like that deep blue gray that the sky becomes right before there's a crazy storm.  


Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Well, today I'm wearing purple, which is a version of blue, so maybe that counts? I'm always wearing some dark color, blue or black or brown. I have this navy blue cardigan that has a hole in the bottom, and I refuse to stop wearing it. In high school, I used to have fights with my mother about wearing jeans every single day, but they felt good to me, easy, the opposite of high school. I wear blue when I want to feel comfortable and powerful. 


What does the colour suggest to you?

The authentic and the safe and the daring in some kind of strange simultaneity.  


What does it not suggest to you?

Insincerity. Fabrication. Unless we're talking about pastel blue. I abhor the pastel. 


How long has it been your favourite colour?

Always, I think. When I was eleven, I tried to convince myself that I liked pink, because that's what every other girl I knew liked, and, you know, it's easier that way, if you're like everyone else. I still remember the moment when I let myself have blue again. It sounds incredibly melodramatic, and it probably was, but I was also being real, for the first time in a long time, and that felt pretty radical for an eleven year old. 


When does it work best?

My journal currently features a lot of black ink, and the other day, I found an excellent blue pen (it always depends on the pen) and began to write with that, and the page felt different. Brighter? More open. Newness. Comfort. 


When does it not work for you?

When it's applied in a gender context - blue for boys, pink for girls, it makes me insane, the narrowness, the lack of imagination. 


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

I'm thinking about this in terms of a gentle depth, which I work for in my writing. Not an abyss, but a very safe, comforting depth, like the houses in Amherst, Massachusetts, where I went to college. They're rambling, with couches on the porches, overgrown plants, books piled everywhere inside, messy in the genuine way that means people are alive.

 

 

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Chanel Dubofsky's fiction has been published at Atticus Review, Quick Fiction, Staccato, Dogzplot and Glossolalia, and is forthcoming at Blue Five Notebook and HamLit.

She blogs at Diverge and lives in New York City.

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

Read Chanel's work on Pure Slush

• Fidelity  -  September 2011

Chanel Dubofsky's fiction has been published at Atticus ReviewQuick FictionStaccatoDogzplot and Glossolalia, and is forthcoming at Blue Five Notebook and HamLit.

She blogs at Diverge and lives in New York City.

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

Read Chanel's work on Pure Slush

• Fidelity  -  September 2011

Chanel Dubofsky's fiction has been published at Atticus ReviewQuick FictionStaccatoDogzplot and Glossolalia, and is forthcoming at Blue Five Notebook and HamLit.

She blogs at Diverge and lives in New York City.

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

Read Chanel's work on Pure Slush

• Fidelity  -  September 2011

Murray Dunlap

Murray Dunlap's work has appeared in about thirty magazines and journals.

His stories have been twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize, as well as Best New American Voices, and his first book, Alabama, was a finalist for the Maurice Prize in Fiction. He has just finished a collection of short stories called Bastard Blue that was published by Press 53 on June 7th, 2011 (the three year anniversary of a car wreck that very nearly killed him ... ).

The extraordinary individuals Pam Houston, Laura Dave, Michael Knight, and Fred Ashe taught Murray the art of writing. You can find hiswebsite here.

Murray has answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Murray's work here on Pure Slush:

• Temporary Anger  -  November 2011  (n/f)

Murray answers The Hue Questionnaire

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Blue... It has been an odd adventure with Blue, as my car was blue when I nearly died, and the dog in my book is named Blue, and thus, the book is called Bastard Blue.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

It appears at random as it does with us all ...

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

It suggests sadness with a car wreck, but at the same time, happiness with a dog.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Cats.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Last 3 1/2 years. My wreck was on 6-7-08 ...

 

When does it work best?

Anytime I need reminding that I did NOT die in my blue car, I wear it like a badge.

 

When does it not work for you?

If I am playing with a cat.

 

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

The color blue has become entwined with me in ways that cannot be undone.  For better or worse, Blue and I go hand in hand. We are each other.


 

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