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Karyn Eisler

Karyn Eisler is a Vancouver-based writer, cross-disciplinary artist, sociologist, and faculty member at Langara. The College of Higher Learning.

A 2011 Best of the Net nominee, her stories, poems, images, and collaborations have appeared in a variety of anthologies and journals including BPR, Moving Poems, Locus Novus, qarrtsiluni, and On a Narrow Windowsill—the world’s first Twitter literature anthology (Folded Word Press).

She lives at www.karyneisler.com

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

Read Karyn's work here on Pure Slush:

• Impromptu  -  February 2012

What is your favourite colour? Why?

The colour of water; this particular hue:


It takes me into my body and out of my mind. It slows down my heartbeat. It makes me sigh.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Jackets, scarves, shirts, coats? No. But when I enter the liquid I wear it from head to toe.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

On one level: embryonic fluid, a sanctuary, home. On another: restoration, transformation, renewal—but only when it’s steamy and mineral-laded, flowing from a spring or a crack in the globe.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Ticking time, the daily grind, fears, regrets, objectives, goals.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Ever since you asked me this question, a day ago.

 

When does it work best?

When I’m in it. That’s when it feeds my body and soul.

 

When does it not work for you?

Never. It’s always nourishing, through image and memory, even at a distance.

 

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

In my dreams, we’re one and the same; simpatico.

 

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Berit Ellingsen

Berit Ellingsen is a Korean-Norwegian writer whose work has appeared in various online literary journals and print anthologies, most recently in Smokelong Quarterly, Metazen and decomP magazinE.

Berit’s debut novel, The Empty City, is inspired by the philosophy of nonduality.
Berit has answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll down). 

Read Berit's work here on Pure Slush:

• Cursed  -  November 2011  (n/f)

The Punishment  -  January 2012  (for counterpoint)

How These Games Work  -  October 2012 

Berit answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?
White. It's bright and clear and reflects and complements all other colors well.

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?
Maybe just once a month or so. It's impractical to wear since everything shows up on it and you need to be a laundry artist to get it spotless again. I do have a white sofa and most of the furniture in my apartment is white. My walls are white and empty, because I prefer how their color
varies during the day as the daylight changes, instead of artwork and
pictures.

What does the colour suggest to you?
Calm, purity and simplicity. And Arcticness. Is that even a word?

What does it not suggest to you?
Cold, passivity and boredom.


How long has it been your favourite colour?
Hmm, for the last ten years or so. When I was a teen, black was the favorite, of course.


When does it work best?
When it's on walls and furniture and houses and other objects. And when it's covering the landscape. I like snow and if I had the chance, would have liked to spend a year in the Arctic or the Antarctic. I have been to the Arctic, and it was incredibly beautiful.

When does it not work for you?
When I'm wearing white and get a spot or dirt on it. That's the
downside with white clothes.


How does the colour relate to you, or you relate to it? Are you this colour or is this colour you?
I would like to say that the color is me, but the opposite is probably
more true, I'm that color.

 

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Samuel Elliott

Samuel Elliott is a twenty-seven year old author, who divides his time between a full-time uni degree, a job within the television industry (that he’s yearning to escape from) and penning his next novel. He has been published in MoviePilot, Blue Crow Magazine, Vertigo and The Australia Times for a broad array of work, including interviews, reviews and short stories. One of his novels, The Sisters of Satan, a fantasy horror novel, was published in 2011 and the second edition was published in 2012.

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

Read Samuels work here on Pure Slush:

Susan  -  June 2016

Samuel answers The Hue Questionnaire

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Black, it’s slimming and versatile.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I wear black regularly, for all occasions, casual or formal, wedding or funeral.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Food stains when I’ve been careless.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

To refrain from wearing it.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since I was conceived.

 

When does it work best?

When I’m wearing it, we complement one another in some sort of symbiotic relationship.

 

When does it not work for you?

When all the garments are pooled on the floor of my bedroom, saturated with the stains of a night of excess.

 

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

Black is a bold statement, an exuberance without intentionally being exuberant, simply by being it is acknowledged and impresses upon those that happen upon it. The colour is me.

 

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Michelle Elvy

Michelle Elvy is a writer, editor and manuscript assessor whose past lives have also included teacher, historian, translator and chief wrangler of a software consulting company. Her online flash adventures began with 52|250 A Year of Flash. More recently, she is the founding editor of New Zealand's flash fiction literary journal, Flash Frontier: An Adventure in Short Fiction, and she also edits at Blue Five Notebook and A Baker's Dozen.

A Pushcart nominee and a two-time Glass Woman Prize finalist, Michelle has written poetry, short stories and non-fiction about travel, faraway places, food, motorcycling, the kindness of strangers and raising children in unusual environments for various literary journals and travel and sailing magazines.

Michelle teaches workshops on fiction, self-editing, the mechanics of writing and online creative communities. Occasionally she remembers to update her blog Glow Worm.

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

Read Michelle's work here on Pure Slush:

The Thing about George  -  December 2012  (for counterpoint)

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

 

Michelle answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

 

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Kristina England

Kristina England resides in Worcester, Massachusetts. Her fiction and poetry are published or forthcoming in Gargoyle, Linguistic Erosion, Parody, The Story Shack, Undertow Tanka Review, and other journals. Her first flash fiction chapbook, Stanley Stanley’s Investigative Services and Other Mysteries, was published by The Poet’s Haven in September 2014.

Kristina’s main focus these days other than writing is her family, including her contagiously happy nephew, Josef. Her grandmother, or more fondly known as Sito to their Syrian family, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 4, 2015.

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

Read Kristina’s work here on Pure Slush:

Maybe Next Year  -  April 2015 

Wings is part of tall...ish Pure Slush Vol. 11 

Memories of an Unknown Summer is part of Summer Pure Slush Vol. 12

Last Rites  -  September 2016 

Kristina answers The Hue Questionnaire

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Purple, because my sister and I always loved the same things, even the name for our first child, “Grace.” Jyll had a son and named him Josef. I’m still waiting for a little grace.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Yes, I even have purple tights. I wear purple at least once a week.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

It suggests beauty and youth, which is interesting as it means royalty, but I always think of that as Henry VIII, which needs no explanation at all.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

 It doesn’t suggest style or personality. I’ve worn a tacky purple prom dress and a knee-length, v-cut work outfit. I’ve also been kind and smug.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since my sister said it was her favorite color.

 

When does it work best?

When I used to pick up my grandmother for dinner and she’d smile, “You look pretty.” I miss that.

 

When does it not work for you?

When my sister and I tried to find a funeral outfit for my grandmother. The only clothes not stained were a purple and black diamond sweater. Her favorite color was green, so we went with stained, messy.

 

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

It relates to me in the way an eggplant relates to its skin: I wear it well. I am neither the color nor is the color me and maybe that’s because I’m still trying to find me. Who knows?

 

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Mike Epifani

Mike Epifani is a writer, editor, and comic out of Columbia College Chicago. His work has appeared on The Short Humour Site and Three Fates Games.

He is from Syracuse, NY, but currently lives in Chicago pursuing his dream of becoming a wordsmith.

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

Read Mike's work here on Pure Slush:

American Writer  -  April 2013

 

Mike answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Green. It has always been green. My first bike was green and I played with a green basketball. The answer to why dates back farther than I can remember.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I am a t-shirt, jeans, and zipper down sweatshirt type of person. I spend about thirty seconds getting dressed in the morning and even less time thinking about it. I do have a green sweatshirt that I don occasionally. I wear a lot of grey and navy blue, though.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Freshness. When winter ends and spring begins, everyone is looking for the green buds of a new season. I feel as though, in this way, it also represents birth. The room of my first-born child will be green for this reason.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Envy. Denim. Anger. The Ocean.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since I was old enough to answer that question.

 

When does it work best?

It works best painted to a wall or sprawling across a tropical forest. It also works well as the blood of an alien race.

 

When does it not work for you?

As a tuxedo. As a hair color. As any human bodily fluid. As a pair of jeans.

 

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

As I said, I wear a lot of navy blue and grey. I envy green in its confidence. It’s unlike any color on the wheel. I’m green, but only in envy towards the color, which is much more sure of itself than I. I am speaking colloquially. Green doesn’t suggest envy to me. 

 

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Yolanda Evans

Yolanda Evans earns her living as a social worker. But when she is not sitting in a chair saying Mmm, I know Sybil Fawlty-style, she enjoys writing, travelling the world and lecturing any unfortunates trapped next to her a parties on the correct use of the fish knife.

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

Read Yolandas work here on Pure Slush:

Sickness  -  May 2016  (n/f)

Yolanda answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

black. like the colour of my dark soul

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

style, my gothic youth, classic timelessness

 

What does it not suggest to you?

sunshine lollypops and rainbows

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

my adult life

 

When does it work best? When does it not work for you?

when doesn’t it?

 

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

both ... I am this colour ... never

  

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Tom Fegan

Tom Fegan was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas and worked in his father’s restaurant Burger & Shake until he graduated from college.

Time spent working in the steel industry was followed by time in private security. Having been a student reporter in college, Tom’s interest in writing has returned. Contentedly divorced for over ten years, his bachelor life gives him more time to read and write.

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

Read Tom's work on Pure Slush:

The Last Day at the Office  -  February 2013

On the Street  -  March 2013

Killer  -  April 2013 

Bells and Whistles  -  May 2013

Suspicions Verified  -  June 2013

Bad Blood  -  July 2013

The Big Mouth  -  September 2013

A Tall Drink of Water  -  October 2013

The Procedure  -  July 2014

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

Anonymity of Valor  -  March 2016

Deception in Scarlet is part of tall...ish Pure Slush Vol. 11 

His Final Words is part of Summer Pure Slush Vol. 12 

Tom answers The Hue Questionnaire

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Black is my favorite color because it is solid.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I wear it as much as possible because it projects strength and mystery.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

It is not a sign of weakness.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

I liked it ever since I saw Richard Boone play Paladin on Have Gun Will Travel.

 

When does it work best?

It works best on dates.

 

When does it not work for you?

It works least at birthday parties.

 

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Rachel Ferguson

Rachel Ferguson is a writer, TV presenter and voice artist. She was born in Canada, raised in Scotland and lives in Tokyo with her husband and daughter. Find our more about her here: rachelferguson.net

Rachel sort of answers The Hue Questionnare (scroll below).

Read Rachels work here on Pure Slush:

Fake Cake  -  September 2016

Rachel answers The Hue Questionnaire:


What is your favourite colour? Why?

I don’t have one. I dread being asked about my favourite anything. I suppose it’s part of my identity crisis. I should probably just pick one and have it in my armoury in case anyone asks. While I’m at it, I should probably pick favourite writers and types of music. I probably should have thought of this before I started typing...

I used to wear a lot of black but after I gave birth it seemed too harsh so I started wearing navy instead. People say it brings out the colour of my eyes but it makes me feel older and less edgy, which I suppose I am. This is all a bit depressing, isn’t it?

Perhaps I need a cup of coffee. 

 

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Lazlo Fitch

Lazlo grew up the son of a preacher man, but, instead of following in his father’s footsteps, he chose the road of transgression to enlightenment. Even at 12 years old, the townspeople referred to him as a holy terror.

After narrowly escaping his teenage years with only a few scratches, he dove headlong into debauchery and womanizing throughout his twenties.

At thirty, he is trying to cover his tracks and discover some sort of redemption that will make all his spiritual sacrifices worthwhile. It is a work in progress.

Lazlo also answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Lazlo's work here on Pure Slush:

• Next Time You'll Pay Me  -  January 2012

Lazlo answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Red. I don't know. It always was. Maybe because I like the way it looks on women.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Not so often. Sometimes I wear it with black for a nice contrast.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Love. "Lady in Red" the eighties song.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Death, blood.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since I was five.

 

When does it work best?

Covering a woman's body in the form of smooth fabric, preferably silk.

 

When does it not work for you?

Covering my body in the form of smooth fabric.

 

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

I just like seeing it. I think it's pretty. It's not about me, per se; it's about my perception of beauty. I wear it as an accent for other primary colors.

 

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PM Flynn

PM Flynn is a North Carolina writer. He holds a B.S. in English from East Carolina University. His writing interests extend to poetry, fiction novels and screenplays. He owns a coffee house with his wife, which features live music most Friday nights.

Patrick has self-published a book on Creativity and Reason: The Creatively Driven Life and co-wrote and self-published Assassinations: The World’s Clandestine Killer Elite with Bob Chapman. He has been published in many print and online literary magazines including Helen: A Literary Magazine, The Fictional Café, and The Grassroots Women Project.

Patrick has answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Patricks work here on Pure Slush:

In the Presence of Dreams  -  June 2016

Patrick answers The Hue Questionnaire

  

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Blue. Because it appeals to me mind, body & spirit. (See The Color Blue)

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Wear blue jeans pretty much every day.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Blue suggests endless, good day & sunshine. (apologies to the Beatles.)

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Blue does not suggest non-secondary because blue is a primary color.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since I was training to be a poet and using my first coloring books with Crayola 64 crayon boxes. (64 was the largest size at that time.)

 

When does it work best?

On non-rainy days.

 

When does it not work for you?

When I internalize it.

 

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

I aspire to be a member of the Blue Man Group. Hopefully, this color will be me and I will be this color, and allow a bucket list item to happen.

 

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Allen Forrest

Born in Canada and bred in the U.S., Allen Forrest works in many mediums: oil painting, computer graphics, theater, digital music, film, and video. Allen studied acting in the Columbia Pictures Talent Program in Los Angeles, and digital media in art and design at Bellevue College (receiving degrees in Web Multimedia Authoring and Digital Video Production). He currently works in Vancouver, Canada, as a graphic artist and painter.

He is the winner of the Leslie Jacoby Honor for Art at San Jose State University's Reed Magazine and his Bel Red painting series is part of the Bellevue College Foundation's permanent art collection. Forrest’s expressive drawing and painting style has been described as “a mix of avant-garde expressionism and post-Impressionist elements reminiscent of van Gogh, creating emotion on canvas.”

Find his website here: http://allen-forrest.fineartamerica.com/

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

Find Allen’s work here on Pure Slush:

The Dress  -  October 2014

Orange  -  October 2014 

Travel  -  November 2014 

• Allen also provided the artwork for Five Pure Slush Vol. 10 

 

Allen answers The Hue Questionnaire

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Yellow, it has the energy of the sun.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

No, I do not look good in light or bright colours.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Emotion, energy, and warmth.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Cold, uncaring, deadness.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since I started painting, 7 years ago.

 

When does it work best?

When it is put alongside black or its complement: purple.

 

When does it not work for you?

Too much of one shade of yellow, I like to use many shades, one may dominate the others, but a variety of yellows is best.

 

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

This color is related to my optimism, to the promise of a warm greeting from the sun above us.

 

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Hazel Foster

Hazel Foster writes and naps on a floor in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in PANK, >killauthor, TRNSFR, and Metazen, among others. Visit her and her blog hazelfoster.com

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

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• A Vegetarian in Texas  -  August 2011

Hazel answers The Hue Questionnaire


What is your favourite colour? Why?

My favorite color shifts. Some days it's every shade of green, especially just after a good summer rain, others it's the red of my boyfriend's beard and the pink of his lips, most often it is any color that catches my eye as new and beautiful.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

My favorite colors in high school were red, black, and green. And yes, I almost always had them on. It was my "punk" phase. I can remember a sad pink shirt that got wrinkled and pushed to the back of my dresser, because I would've lost credibility in a shirt like that. Then I went through a "hippie" phase, where the more colors, the better. Now, I wear a lot of gray, pink, blue, and white. Maybe I'm in my "normal" phase now. I'd rather think that I've learned to let my personality speak and not my clothes.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Pink, for instance, suggests youth, happiness, and, gasp, femininity. How dare I like such a cliché color for such cliché reasons. I imagine pseudo feminists, uncomfortable with their own color palette, getting fussy and stomping around in their chair after reading this, then smoking a cigarette and staring at the single pair of pink panties in their drawer.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Gray, the color of a good portion of my wardrobe, does not suggest melancholy, Eeyore, or rain in the depressing way most would associate the two with. Gray is merely another color, like tan, but with more personality.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

I remember pink being my one and only favorite color as a child. I also remember adults trying to divert this preference, buying me clothes, toys, etc. in every color but pink. This is similar to the way my mother always encouraged me to buy brunette and ethnic-looking Barbies, though my hair, at the time, was blond as were most Barbies, especially the ones with the best outfits and accessories. Now, Barbies are more politically correct in that sense, though still grossly disproportionate: busty, long-legged, and always smiling.

 

When does it work best?

Pink works best in delicate shades, on cupcakes, hinted at in the bloom of a flower, and insistent in freshly kissed lips.

 

When does it not work for you?

Pink does not work on men who so desperately want to make a statement by wearing it. It also does not work for muffins, resumes, and the sting after a slap.

 

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

Alas, I do not think I am any color. Perhaps in high school I would've been green, though not in an environmental way. As a child, I might've been pink deep inside. Now, I am more like a chameleon, adapting to whatever color I happen to be wearing, or touching, or coveting on another.

 

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Carolyn Foulkes

Carolyn Foulkes is a U.S. writer who turned from corporate writing to explore flash fiction and longer pieces in the crime, gothic, spec fic and humor genres.

A series of short stories and articles (including at The Story Shack) led to the publication of her first romance novelette, Escape on the Paracosm Express, by Wapshott Publishing (for a taste, click here) in January 2013.

Contact Carolyn here: carolynfoulkes@gmail.com

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

Read Carolyn's work here on Pure Slush:

Valentine Promises, Valentine Regrets  -  February 2014

Carolyn answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Mauve, which isn’t too much of purple and is a bit less than red.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Mauve isn’t a casual color you pick from the closet. You wear it saying, “I’m wearing my mauve dress and drinking gin tonight.” It indicates I’m in a reflective frame of mind and ready to contemplate serious issues.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Mauve is very “suggestive.” By the second gin martini one begins to feel like Dorothy Parker or Rosalind Russell inviting suggestions.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

If it’s suggestive then it can’t be not suggestive.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

My bedroom was painted in mauve when I was in high school. Perhaps that’s the reason I moved out of my parents’ home in a red (Republican) state.

 

When does it work best?

Eh, didn’t I just use the words “reflective” and “contemplative”? Mauve engenders deep thoughts, such as “Women like silent men because we believe they’re listening.”

 

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

We are very … intimate. I have a mauve tattoo, but I can never tell you where it’s located.

 

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Lyn Fowler

Lyn Fowler lives in Perth, Western Australia with her husband. She has two wonderful adult daughters. She is a member of the Fellowship of Australian Writers Western Australia. She participates in a writers group, Booklength Project Group, that meets once a month for support and friendship. She has attended several writing workshops and has written family and travel memoir.

Lyn is currently working on a novel, inspired by her travels. Her passion for Mediterranean food and culture is never far from her writing.

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

Read Lyns work here on Pure Slush:

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

Lyn answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

I like bright blues and turquoise blue. I love a blue and white garden because it is calming but also striking. Turquoise blue is exotic, it has promise.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I wear these colours to accessorize and highlight other colours. I like to dress up a black dress with turquoise blue jewellery. I love blues and splashes of yellow together. I like to change the look of outfits without buying a whole new wardrobe. I wear blue most days to work in a dress or as in beads or a scarf.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

I see sky and sea. It is the Western Australian sky, and it is the Aegean Sea against limestone islands. Its qualities are openness and light. 

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Dull grey day.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

I have always liked blue but more recently I love the jewel of blues, turquoise blue.

 

When does it work best?

All the time as it cools in summer and brightens in winter.

 

When does it not work for you?

I don’t like pale blue as in washed-out denim.

 

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

Blue is not blue, it is happy. It is a lightness of being. Blue is many hues and is universal. Its qualities are relaxing and tranquil and at other times can be vivid and sparkling. I am drawn to those qualities so maybe it is me.

 

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Andrew Franklin

Andrew Franklin writes from Toronto, Ontario, Canada and believes strongly in specificity of geographical location.

Andrew has answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Andrews work here on Pure Slush:

• A Very Brief Guide to Slightly Magic Mirrors  -  June 2016

Andrew answers The Hue Questionnaire

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Grey. It looked lonely, but not needy.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

At least once a week, everywhere clothing is required.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Not much. Grey isn’t pushy, that’s why we get along so well. Maybe grey is bottling things up, but I don’t pry.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Neutrality. It contains multitudes, both the absence and presence of colour. Just because everybody is in the same room doesn’t mean they’re getting along.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

About a decade.

 

When does it work best?

When it is not preceded by the word heather.

 

When does it not work for you?

When it is preceded by the word heather.

 

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

Grey and I have boundaries. We are work friends. In that sense our relationship is superficial. We are all of us grey, deep down.

 

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Mark Fowler

Mark Fowler is a part-time school teacher who dabbles in poetry. He lives in the suburbs of Adelaide, Australia. He has discovered writing only recently and is just realising how addictive it can become. He writes to explore ideas and experiment with language.

Until recently, Mark says, “I did it selfishly for myself as therapy and recreation. The idea of an audience for my jottings, one that is critical even, is both unnerving and challenging.”

Mark has answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Mark's work here on Pure Slush:

• Man in the Mirror  -  April 2013 

One Rule for Picking Up a Woman  -  August 2013

Mark answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Blue as it connects with the places I feel happiest – under open sky and near water.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

A lot; too much; mainly shirts and T shirts; a lot to work.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

coolness; calmness

 

What does it not suggest to you?

disruption

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

since childhood

 

When does it work best?

daytime

 

When does it not work for you?

night

 

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

It feels at home. It’s non-threatening. It’s neither fashionable or culturally offensive. It’s just me.

 

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Shane Frazier

Originally from the shores of the Left Side of the States (Southern California), Shane Frazier can be found living in Las Vegas Nevada, where he does nothing but sit by in his pool, drink Tuaca with his wife, and bitch about his five children (along with three grandchildren).

He is currently in mourning for his fish, Lopez, who passed suddenly after a long battle with substance-abuse.

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

Read Shane's work here on Pure Slush:

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What is your favourite colour? Why?

I have a few ‘fav colors’, but my reigning champion thru-out the ages has been Navy Blue.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Not too much; mainly some shirts and hoodies are in navy blue.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Water, deep thought, patience, endurance, cool degrees (temp.), ‘slow burn’, twilight.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Swiftness, heat, quick thoughts.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

It has been one of mine since I was seven-ish.

 

When does it work best?

At night, or when I am near the sea

 

When does it not work for you?

Here, in this baked hell of a desert that I call Las Vegas!

 

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

Deep blues always evoke images of the oceans and night-skies. Not quite “I am the color” or “the color is me”, this hue has been a part of my life for almost as long as I can remember. So let’s just say that I am apart of it, as I feel it is a part of me. 

 

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