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Timothy Gager

Timothy Gager is the author of ten books of poetry and fiction. His latest, The Shutting Door, has been nominated for the Massachusetts Book Award. Over 300 pieces of his work have been published either online or in print and he lives on www.timothygager.com

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

Read Timothy's work here on Pure Slush:

 Systematic Knowledge  -  April 2014

Timothy answers The Hue Questionnaire

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

As a kid it I had to come up with an answer because it was always asked, and I didn’t have one. If I had to answer now, it’s black, mostly because it’s the presence of all light.

 

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

Yes. I wear it a not in a disproportionate way, maybe once every ten days.

 

What does the colour not suggest to you?

It does not suggest purity.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Black has been my favorite colour for about two minutes now.

 

When does it work best?

Black works best when I want everything to match. Black matches everything.

 

When does it not work for you?

At an Emo party where everyone else is wearing black plus a lot of makeup.

 

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

I’m not good at forming relationships, but I can relate to the simplicity of the color. I am not the color nor is it me, because that all sounds too God-like.

 

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S. H. Gall

S.H. (Seth) Gall's work can be found in such diverse markets as Smoke Long Quarterly, Word Riot, Nanoism, and Monkeybicycle, to name a few.

His work can also be found online and in print from Pure Slush.

Seth died unexpectedly in February 2015. 

Read his work on Pure Slush:

• Lawn  -  January 2011

Blackballed  -  May 2011

Crack is also part of real

• Sickness  -  December 2012 

Holiday is part of barcode 

S.H. Gall answers The Hue Questionnaire

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

aubergine. it's regal, dramatic, reserved.


Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Yes. when I wear a Ted Baker button-up or a cheap Izod pullover.


What does the colour suggest to you?

Taste and style


What does it not suggest to you?

quotidian reality.


How long has it been your favourite colour?

twenty years.


When does it work best?

every time


When does it not work for you?

Never


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

I am my own royalty. My king is myself. I do not err. This color is mine. 

 

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Chris Galvin

Chris Galvin lives and writes in Viet Nam and Canada.

Her writing and photography have appeared or are forthcoming in The Winnipeg Review, A Handful of Stones, Room Magazine, 7 x 20, Spezzatino, and others.

Chris is currently working on a book of personal essays about life in Viet Nam.

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

Chris also contributed her Death by Chocolate cake recipe to help celebrate Pure Slush turning one.

Read Chris's work here on Pure Slush

Days Like This  -  December 2011  (n/f)

Chris answers The Hue Questionnaire

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

I can’t pick just one. The colours of sunrise and sunsets, the colour of mists in dark forests, hot orange poppies with royal purple centers. I have different favourites for different purposes.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Black is my favourite for wearing, followed by grey and purple. I wear forests, but I don’t wear sunsets.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Of my favourite colours to wear, black suggests classy, versatility, the night sky. Grey is gentle, easy on the eyes, neutral. Purple is calming and yet invigorating, like a visual massage. It’s royal, deep, smooth.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Black is not depressing or negative. Purple isn't haughty, and grey isn't boring.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Black has been a favourite clothing colour since I was 12. I hated red then, but now it's a favourite, too.

 

When does it work best?

Black works with everything in clothing. It isn’t so common in the garden, but black flowers are cool.

Purple works well in the garden, or in a scarf framing my face. It also works well in Huế, the one-time imperial city of Việt Nam, where purple is a royal colour.

 

When does it not work for you?

Dark colours on my walls don’t work for me. I like my house to be filled with sunlight, even when it’s cloudy, and I paint accordingly. Yellow works on my walls, but I don’t wear yellow.

 

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

I am and it is.

 

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Brad Garber

Brad Garber holds degrees in biology, chemistry and law. He writes, paints, draws, photographs, hunts for mushrooms and snakes, and runs around naked in the Great Northwest. Since 1991, he has published poetry, essays and weird stuff in such publications as Clementine Poetry Journal, Penduline, Sugar Mule, Barrow Street, Aji Magazine and other quality publications. He is a 2013 Pushcart Prize nominee.

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

Read Brads work here on Pure Slush:

Point Perfect is part of Five Pure Slush Vol. 10

Changing Seasons is part of Summer Pure Slush Vol. 12  

Brad answers The Hue Questionnaire: 

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Green, because of its sensual variety.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Yes, several times a week, at work and at home.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Life and love

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Anger and fear.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since I grew tired of blue.

 

When does it work best?

When I am naked, in the midst of it.

 

When does it not work for you?

When I am asleep.

 

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

I am an artist and a photographer and I live in a lush environment. Green hides and comforts. I am green. 

 

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Cheryl Anne Gardner

Cheryl Anne Gardner is a writer of dark, often disturbing art-house literary novellas and abstract flash fiction. She is an advocate for independent film, music, and books, and when at all possible prefers to read and review out-of-the-mainstream indie published works, foreign translations, and a bit of philosophy.

Cheryl’s love of literature began at an early age with Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Captivated by the Gothic and Dark Romantic stylings of Poe, Lovecraft, Kafka, and de Sade, her passion for the macabre manifests itself throughout her own work to this day. She lives with her husband and ferrets on the east coast USA; she likes to eat lint and play with sharp objects, and her weekly blog column titled “Thoughts on The Craft” can be found at The Pod People Indie Book Review and Commentary site: PodPeep.Blogspot where she is a contributing editor, reviewer, and columnist.

You can find more of her work at Twisted Knickers Publications, and she is also the administrative muscle behind this site.

Cheryl also answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Cheryls work on Pure Slush:

• Spanish Limes  -  June 2011

• Trim Spa  -  June 2011

• In flight Entertainment  -  August 2011

• Lessons from The Gridiron: Voyeurism and Gingivitis is also part of slut

Warts  -  December 2011

• Winter in Acapulco  -  February 2012  (for counterpoint) 

Cheryl answers The Hue Questionnaire:


What is your favourite colour? Why?

Red. Rusty red, but I like all variations of the colour red.


Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Often, when I am not wearing just a plain white T-shirt. I have red and black on right now ... and pink underwear, but seriously, my engagement ring is a garnet, which is also my birthstone. Heck, I painted my house red. So every day, I experience red in some form or another. 


What does the colour suggest to you?

Blood, metaphorically speaking. To me it suggests everything that sustains us: our essence, our passion, our wants and desires, and it also suggests everything that lies just beneath the surface, everything we internalize. I also love that red can be hot and tempestuous and it can be soft and beautiful. It's love and hate all whipped up into one very viscous syrup.


What does it not suggest to you?

Tranquility. Red isn't a Zen sort of color, not to me anyway. 


How long has it been your favourite colour?

Forever, since the first time I tasted its mettle on my tongue. 


When does it work best?

When I need to be intense, when I need to focus on deeply emotional things, especially when I need to create from a place of conflict or obsessive love. All my best writing comes from that place.


When does it not work for you?

I don't think it has ever "not worked" for me. No matter what I am doing or what mood I am in, there's a variant of red that suits the occasion.


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

I bleed red when someone sticks me with a sharp object, and I have a tendency to blush if someone talks dirty to me, so I don't know if I am red or red is me, but it's certainly a part of me -- physically and emotionally. Maybe I would feel differently if blood was green, but it isn't, so I am a vampire of sorts, I suppose. 

 

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Micaela Gardner

Micaela Gardner is an eighty nine-year old woman stuck in the body of a twenty-one year old. She loves cardigans, crossword puzzles and baking.

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

Read Micaela's work here on Pure Slush:

An Open Letter to My English Professor  -  June 2011

Micaela answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

My favorite colour is what I deem "harlot red", a flashy, deep crimson. I like it because it is bold and unapologetic.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I save it for when I need to feel extra brave. I like wearing it as a lipstick; it's a weird compromise between feeling ladylike and smearing the color of carnage on one's face.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Conflict, seduction, timelessness.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Purity, ambivalence.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since I've seen myself as a grown woman.

 

When does it work best?

When I feel I have the confidence to match the spectrum of emotions it evokes.

 

When does it not work for you?

When I am feeling listless and blah.

 

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

I've had nine heart surgeries and have seen a lot of my own blood in my time. It's like liquid fury that keeps pumping through my heart. This fury is what I'm made of; it's what propels me. 

 

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Gloria Garfunkel

Gloria Garfunkel is a psychologist and writer with a Ph.D. from Harvard University in Psychology and Social Relations. A former psychotherapist, she has published many stories in literary journals and anthologies.

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

Read Gloria's work here on Pure Slush

Aflame  -  December 2012

Orwellian Industries Annual Retreat  -  February 2013

Life's Meaning  -  March 2013 

Tales of Resistance  -  April 2013 

Magic Numbers  -  May 2013 

Therapeutic Space  -  June 2013 

The Right Dose  -  July 2013

Waiting  -  July 2013 

Sobriety Group is part of barcode 

The Farmer's Sons  -  September 2013

• Reading at the Table  -  October 2013  (n/f) 

Notes of a Questionable Writer  -  October 2013

By the River  -  November 2013

Chance or Fate  -  March 2014 

Bipolar Quality Assurance (a story cycle) is part of 2014.

• Gloria contributed a 9-story cycle to Feast! Pure Slush Vol. 9 

Gloria also interviewed other writers involved in the project, and you can find links to the interviews by clicking on the banner below, plus she was interviewed herself, by Guilie Castillo-Oriard.

 

Gloria answers The Hue Questionnaire

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Every possible shade of purple, cobalt blue, and teal and all the shades in between these. To top it off, I love a touch of red.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

These and black are the only colors I wear.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Sunsets and the sea.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Major grey cities.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Forever.

 

When does it work best?

These work best as highlights in contrast with a lot of black and  only a dash of red as in a bag.

 

When does it not work for you?

When I go overboard and look like a grape.

 

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

I have bipolar disorder and am extremely moody, so this entire palette along with black is me. I am not one color. 

 

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Erica Garza

Erica Garza is a writer living in Los Angeles, California.

Her essays have been published by Salon, HelloGiggles, The Manifest-Station and numerous literary magazines and journals. She holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Columbia University and writes for the feminist magazine Luna Luna.

Read more of her work at www.ericagarza.com.

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

Read Ericas work here on Pure Slush:

Opportunities, to Go  -  July 2014

Erica answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

My favorite color changes all the time – I’ll go with turquoise today.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I have a turquoise necklace that I’ve been wearing almost every day. It’s my piece of the moment (but mainly because I just moved house and my other pieces are in boxes).

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Turquoise suggests the ocean to me. Umbrella drinks and sunshine and good times.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

It does not suggest hardness to me -- has nothing to do with the busy streets of New York City or brutal winters or dry deserts.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Not long.

 

When does it work best?

Against my skin.

 

When does it not work for you?

If someone had a knife or sword or some other weapon with a turquoise handle and came after me ... then I probably wouldn’t like it so much.

 

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

Turquoise is turquoise. I am me. There’s no codependency here. 

 

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Jo Gatford

Jo Gatford wants to live on your bookshelf. Her stories have appeared in SmokeLong QuarterlyPANKLitro and The Pygmy Giantamongst others. She lives in Brighton, UK, where she wrangles babies and writes for her supper. She is currently seeking representation for her novel, Piecemeal.

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

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Sally Wore Two Petticoats  -  March 2013

Jo answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Various shades of green. I’m a child of the 80s but I can’t bear neons and brightness – it’s definitely earthy colours for me. Probably also something to do with skin tone and eye colour and an urge to live in the country where I can be camouflaged.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Yes, I do, a lot. I’m married to an artist who’s pretty vocal about colour and tone and style, and I suspect I’ve been slowly conditioned over the years to favour colours that actually suit me. 

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

It’s sort of ageless. Peaceful. Traditional. Brings you back to the earth and the seasons and elves and the ocean and ten green bottles on a wall.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

The tone I like is deep and modest, so I suppose that would be the opposite to frivolous exhibitionism. I don’t really like being noticed. 

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Probably since a few years after I met my husband. Wow, this is like therapy. I used to prefer red -- in an angsty teenage boldness to sort of celebrate my otherness in the face of depression and bullying. I still find myself drawn to red shoes. Somewhere along the way green fell into favour – I’ve mellowed a lot in the last decade.

 

When does it work best?

Sushi wrapped in crisp, green, nori. 

 

Or (if I’m not thinking with my stomach) when I need confidence, or security, or creativity. I think it’s a pretty grounding colour -- the same way getting out of the city and being consumed by nature makes you just stop and breathe. Sitting by the sea or walking in the woods, somewhere you can’t see civilisation. Just looking out my window now there are hundreds of shades of green in the gardens all around, and, if I blur my eyes a little, the brick and fencing and concrete get swallowed up by the greenery.

 

When does it not work for you?

When it’s a man-made colour. Fake, overly-brash, garish tones. Or overcooked cabbage.

 

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

I’d like to hide away in the countryside somewhere, writing my days away. I’ve always had a bit of an obsession with the story of Robin Hood, always tended to seek out green spaces when I wanted to escape, always wished I’d come from a different era. I suppose green is organic, and I’d much prefer to live in a time where there wasnt so much technology. I’ve definitely become this colour as I’ve got older -- perhaps I’ll transition into earthy browns in old age... 

 

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Nod Ghosh

Nod Ghosh works in a laboratory, has stories published in Landfall, JAAM, and various other New Zealand and overseas publications.

Nod is associate editor for Flash Frontier.

For further details, go here: http://www.nodghosh.com/about/

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

Read Nod’s work here on Pure Slush:

Patissier  -  September 2016

Nod answers The Hue Questionnaire

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Today it’s aquamarine, yesterday it was crimson, and tomorrow it might be dioxazine purple or turmeric yellow.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Yes, always and now. I have no concept of good taste, so I have an anarchic wardrobe. Today I’m wearing a hand-knitted jersey in blue, black, turquoise, baby blue and green, with cerise and violet peacock feather leggings.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Can I cheat, because I haven’t committed to one? I feed off colour. My day job involves diagnosing cancer using fluorescent dyes and laser lights. I come home and write colour into my protagonists’ points of view: My mother Lucy’s colours were peach and warm blushes. Mum’s colours matched her skin. She was an English rose without a blemish on her opaline face.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Darkness and apathy.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Because of my promiscuous favouritism, the answer has to be always and never.

 

When does it work best?

When I roll metaphoric printing inks onto a blank page, and discover a happy accident.

 

When does it not work for you?

When subtlety and camouflage are required.

 

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

I don’t know if I caused the kaleidoscope or it caused me. I long to feel colours beyond the range of human perception. Yesterday I ate a clam for the first time. I love new experiences. 

 

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Susan Gibb

Susan Gibb – recipient of the 8th Glass Woman Prize, a Pushcart nomination and is on the storySouth Million Writers Award: long list of notable short stories 2010 – writes one blog on literature analysis and another on hypermedia reading and writing. Her fiction, poetry, and digital art have been published in many fine publications. She wrote 100 hypertext stories in Summer 2009, 100 flash fictions in Summer 2010 and in 2011 she’s teamed up with an artist and writes one flash piece each day.

Find out more about Susan, as she has also completed The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Susan's work on Pure Slush:

• Black Bears and Green Broccoli Trees  -  December 2010

• Survival  -  March 2011  (n/f)

• Coming Down to the Basics  -  July 2011  (n/f)

• Tree of Life Patterns  -  July 2011

• Me, My Mother and I  -  September 2011  (for counterpoint)

The Anniversary Dinner  -  December 2011  -  written for Pure Slush's first birthday: 6 December 2011

• Menu and The Watcher are part of gorge 

Four on a Match  -  January 2015 

Susan answers The Hue Questionnaire.

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Green

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Yes, though not often, unless it's part of a plaid flannel shirt.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Though some might suggest that it reflects a love of money, those who know me well recognize that it's a love of nature.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Money.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since my older sister nabbed blue, which was fortunate because then I had to put more thought into my selection.

 

When does it work best?

In my kitchen wallpaper at Christmas time, with red placemats and rugs.

 

When does it not work for you?

When it's the color of someone's face after eating a bad clam.

 

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

I'm an outdoors girl, though not a camper. I love the smell of new spring green as buds pop from grey branches. I love the scent of fir trees in the snow. The soft grass between my toes in summer. I feel connected, as if in another life I may have been a tree, or maybe stretched out naked as a dense forest rolling down a mountainside. This color is likely me and not the reverse, and it is definitely not the Avocado appliances of the 60s. 

 

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Walter Giersbach

Walter Giersbach's fiction has appeared in Bewildering Stories, Big Pulp, Corner Club Press, Every Day Fiction, Gumshoe Review, Pif Magazine, Pulp Modern, r.kv.r.y, and more than a dozen other publications. He also writes on military history and social phenomena. Two volumes of short stories, Cruising the Green of Second Avenue, are available at Barnes & Noble and other online booksellers.

Walter blogs at http://allotropiclucubrations.blogspot.com/ while also maintaining websites devoted to the childrens’ book author Holling Clancy Holling and the Manchester Writers’ Circle.

Walter has answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll down). 

Read Walter's work here on Pure Slush:

Immortality, Version 2.0 is part of real 

Sammy the Madman’s Near Death Experience is part of barcode

Chinguashi, Now and Then  -  August 2014

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

Baby Needs Shoes is part of Five Pure Slush Vol. 10 

There's a Croc in Your Backyard is part of Summer Pure Slush Vol. 12 

Walter answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Orange, because it’s the sun color, warm and friendly, maybe even a bit fuzzy.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Well, yes, there’s the orange hat my daughter brought back from Key West, Florida, my orange polo shirt, and an orange T-shirt. Any and all allow my wife to spot me easily at a flea market or supermarket, though it’s usually me calling her with a plaintive “Where are you?” when she’s actually standing behind me.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Pink, mauve and lavender are “suggestive.” Orange is less suggestive than it is a declarative kick in the pants.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

It does not suggest knuckling under to the conservatives who whine about their taxes, drink pink zinfandel, and pray for Heavenly intercession when the going gets tough.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since childhood it was inculcated in me that orange is the color of my lace-curtain forebears from Ulster, and I dare not be showing up in green on St. Patrick’s Day.

 

When does it work best?

I frown on most poetry unless it’s written by Robert Frost or Walt Whitman. I’m happy that no word rhymes with orange. I also amuse my grandson with knock-knock jokes. (“Orange.” “Orange who?” “Orange you sorry I made you cry?”)

 

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

This sounds like an interrogation into some form of miscegenation. Really, I had nothing to do with the mess Orange is in. Who knew it was a virgin? And only 16?!

 

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Diane D. Gillette

Diane D. Gillette has an MFA from Emerson College, a day job teaching some really great students, and two demanding cats.

Her short fiction has appeared in such journals as Hobart, Sniplits, Inch, flashquake, and The Molotov Cocktail.  She is also an Assistant Managing Editor at Chicago Quarterly Review.

When she is not busy enjoying Chicago with the love of her life, she is hard at work on her first novel.  For more of her work or to contact her, please visit her website by clicking here.

Diane also answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll down).

Read Diane's work here on Pure Slush:

• Warm Weather Games  -  February 2012

Diane answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

I am a big fan of color in general, but the one I am drawn to most of the time is red.  It feels vibrant and alive.  I always feel a bit more like me when I am wearing it.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I do wear red a lot, though not as much as I used to.  I used to have a little dog and I had a red harness, leash and collar for her.  People started commenting on how we always matched whenever I took her places with me.  After that, I started incorporating other colors in my wardrobe, but I still wear red at least a couple times a week.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Red makes me think of delicious edible things like cherries and strawberries.  It makes me think of warmth and energy and happiness.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Red is often associated with anger, but it is such a happy color to me, I don't associate negative emotions with it.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?  Pretty much for as long as I can remember.  I remember liking sky blue and orange for a brief period of my childhood, and I had a fling with teal there for awhile in the late 80's, but I always come back to my first love red.

 

When does it work best?

When it is a deep, rich red -- not quite maroon.  The red equivalent to royal blue. I have been known to buy things that I have no need for just because they are the exact right shade of red.  This is especially dangerous when I am in a craft shop and am surrounded by yarn or fabric I have no use for.  

 

When does it not work for you?

I really can't think of an occasion where red doesn't work for me.  It comforts me when I am down, and it heightens my mood when I am up.

 

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

Red is beautiful in all its shades, but varies so much from one end of the spectrum to another.  I hope I am the same way.  I am an emotional person, but there is beauty in all human emotion.  I am the color red.

 

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Richard Mark Glover

Richard Mark Glover has published short stories with Oyster Boy Review, Crack the Spine, The Bookends Review, Sinister Tales, Canary, and won the 2004 Eugene Walters Short Story Award.

His journalism has appeared in the San Antonio Express-News, West Hawaii Today, Ke Ola and the Big Bend Sentinel where he won the 2010 Texas Press Association Best Feature Award, medium size weekly.

Richard has answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below). 

Read Richard's work on Pure Slush:

Six Head  -  July 2014

• Dark Energy With Its Foot on the Gas is part of Five Pure Slush Vol. 10  

Richard answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Orange. Usually. Sometimes Blue or shades of it. I painted a lawnmower competition orange once. I was 12. Then I painted my bedroom the same color. My sister said I was weird.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Never orange, unless there’s a lot of black. Black silk shirt with orange glasses. I’m going to do that someday when I get rich and not just for Halloween.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Orange is fire. Fuck its all fire at the end.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Clean living. Good choices.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Twelve you know, it’s a formative age.

 

When does it work best?

I think blue works best, like 98 pct of the time.

 

When does it not work for you?

I don’t think orange would work at a job interview. Of course I don’t go to many of those. They ought to send welfare checks out in orange. Bright orange. Competition orange. That would be exciting, to see the orange busting out of the white government envelop. Oh yes! Lets go shopping and buy some eggs!

 

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

 

I’m pretty much orange and blue. My counselor says I’m delightfully incongruous. He only uses the word delightfully, so I’ll keep coming back for more.

 

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Howie Good

Howie Good, a journalism professor at SUNY New Paltz, is the author of the full-length poetry collections Lovesick (Press Americana, 2009), Heart With a Dirty Windshield (BeWrite Books, 2010), and Everything Reminds Me of Me (Desperanto, 2011), as well as numerous print and digital poetry chapbooks, including most recently Love Dagger from Right Hand Pointing, To Shadowy Blue from Gold Wake Press, and Love in a Time of Paranoia from Diamond Point Press.  

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

Read Howie's work on Pure Slush:

• Working Week - 5 poems: The World is Running Down, Poem, Period, The Gloom of Sometimes and After Rejectionone poem a day for five days, October 2011

Worst Case Scenario and Little Bitty Prayer  -  November 2011

• To a Student on Facebook during Class  -  December 2011

Vivace  -  January 2012

• The Four Seasons  -  February 2012

Dance of the Three-Legged Stool  -  March 2012 

• Howie has also contributed 15 poems to Versus. 

Howie answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Orange. I like the way it tastes.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Yes. As often as possible.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Happiness.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Colonoscopies.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since I banged my head.

 

When does it work best?

In gray weather.

 

When does it not work for you?

At funerals.

 

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

Neither. But I aspire to be it.

 

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Danny Goodman

Danny Goodman teaches for the Gotham Writers’ Workshop and English for SEO's High School Scholars Program in NYC.

His work has appeared or is forthcoming in various places, most notably MixerBrevityFound Pressand Used Furniture Review. He edits the literary journal fwiction : review, and is badly in need of a nap.

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

Read Danny's work on Pure Slush:

• It's Warm and Sometimes Not on the N Train  -  January 2011

• Girl with Crescent Smile  -  September 2011

Danny answers The Hue Questionnaire

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Green. Luck of the Irish? Gatsby’s dream? Sexiest M&M? Also, go.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I have many green shirts, yes. My favorite: old NY Jets T-shirt. A pair of underwear, too. They’re comfy.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

“Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgiastic future that year by year recedes before us.”

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Envy, or the effects of gamma radiation.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

When does it work best?

“In brightest day, and blackest night…”

 

When does it not work for you?

Peucetia viridans

 

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

We’ve had relations.

 

Are you this colour or is this colour you?

Viridis means “green,” as well as “lively,” or “youthful”: we are one another. 

 

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Ankit Govil

Born in New Delhi, raised all over India, Ankit Govil is a born gypsy. He has only three true passions in life: food, flying and writing.

All it took was one brilliant English teacher in high school, and Ankit has been writing ever since. Inspired by his own life and many around him.

He idolises Bea Arthur and can be found scribbling in a dark corner of the city, when he is not studying, working as a photo-editor or cooking a cheesecake.
 
Ankit has answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).
 
Read Ankit's work here on Pure Slush:

• The Wedding Saga  -  April 2012

• Sleepy Bombay  -  May 2012 

Ankit answers The Hue Questionnaire


What is your favourite colour? Why?

Red is my favourite colour. It has always been.  

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Well, over the past few years it has become a tradition to buy a red shirt every birthday. So I end up wearing it quite often. 

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Vibrance and adaptability. For me, red matches with pretty much every colour.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

There's nothing red cannot suggest. From anger and lust to tears and laughter, for me red covers it all.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since I was 5. 

 

When does it work best?

During Christmas. Cliché, I know but it does work.

 

When does it not work for you?

When you colour your hair bright Red.

 

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

Red is all me and I am all red.

 

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Uma Gowrishankar

Uma Gowrishankar lives in Chennai, South India. She is an education consultant for a cluster of schools working with children from rural and small urban communities.

Uma writes, paints, practices yoga, takes long walks and maintains a terrace garden in the middle of a noisy and populated city.

She blogs at http://umagowrishankar.wordpress.com/  

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

Read Uma's work here on Pure Slush:

• Holi Hai  -  April 2012 

• Kumbakonam  -  April 2012

God's Guest  -  September 2013 

• Pada Yatra  -  August 2014 

Uma answers The Hue Questionnaire:

What is your favourite colour? Why?
Can I have two colours? Ochre and green – the whole spectrum of greens: moss green to leaf green, jade and the deep seas. Ochre and green are colours of the earth.

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?
Always. I wear it on my person and dress my home with these colours – an algae green wall here, an ochre fruit bowl there on the table.

What does the colour suggest to you?
Abundance and richness of our planet.

What does it not suggest to you?
Decadence.

How long has it been your favourite colour?
Since very long. I have memories of wearing, as a girl, ochre coloured Lambadi skirts thickly inlaid with mirrors and beads.

When does it work best?
When I am painting, in particular. Ochre is the first colour I reach on my palette. And the greens, of course. I build in colours to these.

When does it not work for you?
These colours are special mainly because they 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?
Oh, these colours picked me. Does that answer the question?

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Can I have two colours? Ochre and green – the whole spectrum of greens: moss green to leaf green, jade and the deep seas. Ochre and green are colours of the earth.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Always. I wear it on my person and dress my home with these colours – an algae green wall here, an ochre fruit bowl there on the table.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Abundance and richness of our planet.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Decadence.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since very long. I have memories of wearing, as a girl, ochre coloured Lambadi skirts thickly inlaid with mirrors and beads.

 

When does it work best?

When I am painting, in particular. Ochre is the first colour I reach on my palette. And the greens, of course. I build in colours to these.

 

When does it not work for you?

These colours are special mainly because they 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?

Oh, these colours picked me. Does that answer the question?

 

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Katrina Gray

Katrina Gray is the editor-in-chief of Atticus Review.

She lives in Nashville, Tennessee with the writer John Minichillo and their son.

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

Read Katrina's work here on Pure Slush:

• Bantu  -  September 2011  (for counterpoint) 

Katrina answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Deep forest green. I love forests, woods, moss. Dark, damp places where sunlight is blocked make me feel safe, alive, creative. Overcast, slightly cool days in these places feel perfect to me.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I do, but not often enough. I have these Ann Taylor silk camisoles in the most fabulous shade, and I wear them under sweaters, with jeans, with skirts. They jazz up a black suit. They can be casual or dressy, so I wear them to work but also out having coffee on the weekend or whatever. I rarely find the right shade in clothing, so I own precious few pieces in this color, which is a darn shame because it makes my skin look not-as-pale and brings out the blond highlights in my hair.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Life. Growth. Quiet vigor. Introspection. Calm.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Sluttiness. I dig sex appeal, but have little tolerance for cheapening a sexy body. Being classy and confident is hella-sexy. 

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

I thought my favorite kind of shifted, that I was fickle color-wise. But you know what? I always come back to this color. So I'm saying right here, right now, that it's been my favorite since I was maybe five, when I'd duck into the woods with a packed lunch and be gone all day, sitting under trees on moss pillows.

 

When does it work best?

When I feel like I need to summon my superpowers. When I need to recharge. Every day, really.

 

When does it not work for you?

When I'm determined to exclude all magic from my day. When I want to disappear. When I have only the 8-pack of crayons. When I'm captive to a spartan dress code. 

 

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

We "get" each other, I think. There's mutual respect. The color knows that I know how special it is. I know that the color is never going to embarrass me and say, "Hey! Look at me! Over here!" Lots of colors leave a string of exclamation points. Not this one. I'd say it injects a semi-colon, a "yes, but...." This color and I, we could carry on a stimulating conversation, but it wouldn't judge me for watching bad television. We are not one; we are separate entities, and we like it that way.

  

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Brooke Guffey

After visiting 2 countries and 36 of the 50 states, Brooke Guffey chose to settle in Northwest Arkansas with her husband and their five dogs. There, she is employed with one of the most successful trucking companies in America. When not solving problems there, she enjoys spending her time at Writing.com as a moderator and full-time newsletter editor.

You can learn more about Brooke at http://loopwriting.wordpress.com/

Brooke also answers The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Brooke's work here on Pure Slush:

Rex is Dead  -  April 2013

Brooke answers The Hue Questionnaire

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Pink.

It’s better than all the rest.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Yes.

I’ve never counted. I didn’t realize there was going to be a quiz.

There are very few days when I’m not wearing something pink.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Softness. Innocence. Femininity. Safety.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Hardness. Guilt. Masculinity. Danger.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Roughly 24 years, 6 months, and 11 days.

 

When does it work best?

Anytime, day or night.

 

When does it not work for you?

It always works for me.

 

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

We are technically unrelated but always connected.

We cannot actually be a color; all we can do is reflect it. 

 

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Teresa Burns Gunther

Teresa Burns Gunther's fiction and non-fiction have appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies, most recently in the 12 volume anthology 2014: A Year in StoriesNorthwind Magazine, Best New Writing 2012, Zyzzyva, and more. 

Recent awards include contest finalist for the Narrative Magazine, Glimmer Train, Northwind Magazine, the Eric Hoffer Award, New Millennium Short-Short Fiction Award, the Raymond Carver Short Story Award and more.

She is the founder of Lakeshore Writers Workshop in Oakland, CA.

You can find her and links to her work at http://www.teresaburnsgunther.com/.

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

Read Teresa's work here on Pure Slush:

A Visitation is part of obit. 

Plonk is part of barcode 

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

Teresa answers The Hue Questionnaire

 

What is your favourite colour?

Most of the rainbow. Do I have to pick one? Yes? Green.

 

Why?

It’s the color of hope, and it matches my eyes.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Yes. When life and accessories allow.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Hope, life, spring, fertility and the wild outside.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Darkness, failure, ennui.

 

How long has it been your favorite color?

After the color blue … probably since puberty, when hormones and boys altered my fantasy of being a nun. When leafy trees in green expanses offered cover for flirtations.

 

When does it work best?

When I feel blue.

 

When does it not work for you?

When it hangs around with too much yellow. When I’m enthralled with blue.

 

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Rajni Gupta

Rajni Gupta, 35, is a fashion designer turned writer. She lives with her husband and daughter in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Her short stories have appeared at Muse India and in Urban Shots. She received the Elizabeth Simpson Smith award for writing.

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

Read Rajni's work here on Pure Slush:

The Ride Home  -  April 2012

  

Rajni answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

My favorite color is turquoise because it looks good on me.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I wear this color at least once a week especially when I am going out after a bad night’s sleep. The color keeps me from looking tired.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

The color is soothing and calming like the sea.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

It doesn’t suggest dullness.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

It has been my favorite color since I first donned it.

 

When does it work best?

It works best when I need confidence, especially in a large gathering.

 

When does it not work for you?

It doesn’t work for me if it is faded or overdone.

 

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

The color makes me happy. I love colors in general so I am not exclusively turquoise but it certainly is me. 

 

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Matthew Harrison

Matthew Harrison lives in Hong Kong, and whether because of that or some other reason entirely his writing has veered from non-fiction to literary and he is currently reliving a boyhood passion for science fiction.

He has had over fifty SF short stories published and is building up to longer pieces as he learns more about the universe.

Matthew is married with two children but no pets as there is no space for these in Hong Kong.

Matthew also answers The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Matthew’s work here on Pure Slush:

Cake-Off  -  September 2016

Matthew answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Green. Because I think it goes with my red hair.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Yes, several times a week, going to work and casually.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Young-ish, but mature as well.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Fashion

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since youth

 

When does it work best?

For casual wear, in sunshine

 

When does it not work for you?

For formal wear indoors.

 

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

I am relating to it less these days as I branch out into other colours. 

 

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Chad Haskins

Chad Haskins lives in Newnan, Georgia with his wife and two sons.

Chad has worked as a cafeteria dish washer, UPS truck unloader and retail manager; he currently works as a high school teacher.

Chad has a soft spot for his wife, sons, comic books, crime fiction, writing, and long showers, and his poems have appeared in Rose and Thorn Journal, Blue Collar Review, Untitled Country Review, The 5-2: Crime Poetry Weekly, and are forthcoming in Powder Burn Flash and Yellow Mama.

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

Read Chad's work here on Pure Slush:

Certain Circles  -  November 2011

Chad answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

light blue with black being a close second

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I wear it frequently to work, and my favorite t-shirt at home is light blue.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

peace, rest, serenity

 

What does it not suggest to you?

anger, stress, hate, pain

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

about ten years

 

When does it work best?

when I’m in a positive mood or trying to stay in a positive mood

 

When does it not work for you?

when I feel frustrated and need to be honest more than I need to stay positive.

 

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

Black used to be my favorite color, but now light blue is my fantasy of a stress free moment, like floating on something plastic above clear warm water with a cold drink in my hand; however, black is still my loyal friend that helps me to not feel alone, especially when I am in the light for too long. My ideal attire, besides old sweats and a ratty t-shirt, would be a light blue long sleeve dress shirt with a black t-shirt showing underneath, black pants and black shoes; so maybe my favorite color should be called "blueack." 

What is your favourite colour? Why?
 light blue with black being a close second
Do you wear this colour? How often and when?
 I wear it frequently to work, and my favorite t-shirt at home is light blue.
What does the colour suggest to you?
 peace, rest, serenity
What does it not suggest to you?
anger, stress, hate, pain
How long has it been your favourite colour?
 about ten years
When does it work best?
 when I'm in a positive mood or trying to stay in a positive mood
When does it not work for you?
 when I feel frustrated and need to be honest more than I need to stay positive.
How does the colour relate to you, or you relate to it? Are you this colour or is this colour you?
Black used to be my favorite color, but now light blue is my fantasy of a stress free moment, like floating on something plastic above clear warm water with a cold drink in my hand; however, black is still my loyal friend that helps me to not feel alone, especially when I am in the light for too long. My ideal attire, besides old sweats and a ratty t-shirt, would be a light blue long sleeve dress shirt with a black t-shirt showing underneath, black pants and black shoes; so maybe my favorite colour should be called "blueack." 

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Stephen Hastings-King

Stephen Hastings-King lives by a salt marsh in Essex, Massachusetts where he makes constraints, works with prepared piano and writes entertainments of various kinds. His short fictions have appeared in SleepingfishBlack Warrior Reviewelimae and elsewhere.

His academic book, Looking for the Proletariat: Socialisme ou Barbarie and the Problem of Worker Writing, was published in 2014 by Brill and will appear in a paperback from Haymarket books in June 2015.

Stephen answers The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Stephens work here on Pure Slush:

Sam in Fragments is part of the online serial Dont Kill Me Im in Love  -  April 2015

Stephen answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

It depends on the context. Lapis blue in a Fra Angelico paintings. At the moment, I have a fabulous jacket from Mali. It is a deep red with a black pattern and contrasting trim. So I like deep red.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I wear deep red now that it’s warm enough for the jacket.

I don’t wear lapis.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Deep red in the shade I am referring to suggests the fabulous jacket.

Lapis suggests the process by which the stone is made into a color, how rare and expensive it was in Fra Angelico’s time, how the color was reserved for the robes of the Virgin Mary.  

Lapis is also a color that I see when I manipulate certain combinations of pitches in a piano piece.  It suggests those sounds, but more the world I find myself part of when it comes into being over a soundboard.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

The red does not suggest many associations positive or negative.

Lapis does not suggest conflict.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

The deep red is a recent favorite.

I’ve been drawn to lapis blue as long as I can remember. I associate it with the ocean, but it doesn’t resemble it. I associate shortwave radio static with the sounds of waves running up onto a beach in a similar way.

 

When does it work best?

The red works best on the fabulous jacket

At the moment, lapis works best when I think about it. When I’m playing piano, it works best when I find it.

 

When does it not work for you?

The red would not work so well if all walls were painted in it.

Lapis does not work if I see it all the time.

 

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

The deep red is a simple matter. I just like it.

Lapis is an in-between phenomenon, neither inside nor outside, a state of being. 

 

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Shayla Hawkins

Shayla Hawkins is a poet, fiction writer, and past winner of The Caribbean Writer's Canute A. Brodhurst Prize in Short Fiction and the John Edgar Wideman Microstory Contest.

Her recent publications include poems and stories in Tidal Basin Review, Pyrta, Solo Café, Magnapoets, and Taj Mahal Review.

Shayla's first book, Carambola, will be published in Fall 2012. She lives in Michigan.

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

Read Shayla's work here on Pure Slush:

• Miss Margaret's Apples  -  March 2012

• The Bloodstream City  -  May 2012

Shayla will be the Featured Author in April 2013.

Six Wives  -  April 2013

Cream  -  April 2013

The Christmas Table  -  April 2013

I Am King  -  April 2013

Purple Shorty is part of tall...ish Pure Slush Vol. 11 

 

Shayla answers The Hue Questionnaire:


What is your favourite colour? Why?

I have two favourite colours: blue and honeysuckle; blue because it’s calming and reminds me of the sky and sea, and honeysuckle because it’s also a flower, a fragrance, and it reminds me of the sunrise.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Yes, I do. I wear blue (usually in its indigo or turquoise shades) most often in late spring and summer, and then about twice a week. I wear honeysuckle (the colour or the fragrance) throughout the year.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

For me, blue evokes mystery, melancholy, and the vastness of the oceans and the heavens; honeysuckle suggests lush gardens and the warm, soft glow of human skin.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

That’s an interesting question, but it’s hard to answer!

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

For blue: since forever. For honeysuckle: since my first trip to Florida years ago when I saw a gorgeous reddish-pink glow in the sky as the sun came up over the Gulf of Mexico.

 

When does it work best?

I’ve always been drawn to water, so blue works best for me when I want to feel close to the lakes and the seas. Honeysuckle works best for me whenever I’m feeling especially dreamy or feminine, or when I want to feel like I’m back on a tropical island.

 

When does it not work for you?

Unless I’m going to a funeral and I’m dressed all in black, there’s never a time when these colours don’t work for me.

 

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

Blue is similar to my personality because it has so many layers and emotions. On the one hand, it can represent the darkest midnight or, on the other, the brightest, clearest day. Blue is hard to define and put into just one box, and I like the element of mystery that both that color and I possess. Honeysuckle has a rosy blush and a subdued, elegant sensuality that reminds me of my own (under normal circumstances) quietness.

 

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Martin Heavisides

Martin Heavisides is a contributing editor to Linnet's Wings; recently published his first novel, Undermind; one of his seven full length plays, Empty Bowl, was given a live reading by The Living Theatre in New York and published in Linnet's Wings (Summer 2008).

Mad Hatter's Review, Gambara, CE11a's Round Trip, Sein und Werden, Journal of Compressed Creative Arts and FRIGG are also among the sane and sensible journals that have accepted his work. His website can be found by clicking here.

Martin answers The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below). 

Read Martin's work here on Pure Slush:

• Bargain Rate: Special Gifts  -  April 2013

 

Martin answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

The problem I have with that or any ‘favourite’ question is that it tends to vary with my mood, and colours particularly I tend to think of in context with each other. I might lean to red, blue or violet as a favourite, but how they interact with green, with yellow, with other colours on the visible spectrum (and the non-colour colours, black, white and the varying shades of grey that mix them) is just as interesting to me as any of these three colours in themselves. So I have a feeling my answer might be too long and overqualified.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I have two violet shirts of slightly different hues, one deep blue (midnight or royal) that’s perhaps my favourite, and a number with blue and white stripes. No red ones.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Blue in the lighter registers suggests serenity, in the deeper registers a deepening calm. Red energy, excitation, desire. Violet a blending of the two, with a creative hum all its own.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Red in its deeper shades, curiously enough, seems more associated with the blues, which blue doesn’t generally suggest to me – indigo and black seem closer to the mood of the blues, though not invariably – as I say, it depends on the context and the mix of other elements. The black closest to midnight blue shares its serenity. 

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

With the reservations noted above, pretty much always. 

 

When does it work best?

When all the elements surrounding it come into creative interplay (or when, as with a midnight blue sky, it dominates and subsumes other elements momentarily – though this works better with blue and the many variations from violet to deep purple in a sunset than with red – though a fireball in a cloudless sky has spectacular impact.

 

When does it not work for you?

Red, as I say, doesn’t work as a completely dominating colour in most contexts – but this may have to do with the fact that in those contexts it’s usually an artificial add-on, light the light on a dance floor. Blue works less well in its pastel phases. Violet works badly if its hum doesn’t intermingle with the notes of other colours in its vicinity.

 

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

All the colours play through the skin in one way or another play off the skin if an accidental rainbow should alight. I’ve read that blood in the veins is blue, it only becomes red when it’s revealed by a wound or a donation – but I won’t vouch for that as I don’t know how the conclusion was arrived at. I’ll return to my first statement about favourites, and say that the colour I am, or that is me, varies with mood – and that it’s never one colour alone, though one might predominate. 

 

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Kyle Hemmings

Kyle Hemmings lives and works in New Jersey. He is the author of the poetry/prose chapbooks: Amsterdam & Other Love Songs (Flutter Press), Tokyo Girls in Science Fiction (NAP), Cat People (Scars Publications), and Anime Junkie (Scars). He is also the author of the ebook, You Never Die in Wholes (Good Samaritan Press). He is a big believer in hybrid poetry/prose that crosses genres.

Kyle's work has been published in LA Review, Smokelong Quarterly, Dark SkyWigleaf, and has upcoming work in Matter Press, and Primalzine. Kyle is a fan of 60s garage and psychedelic music. His favorite group of all time is Love. Kyle thinks Arthur Lee was a genius.

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

Read Kyle's work here on Pure Slush:

• Aliens  -  October 2012 

• Burlesque Cat  -  November 2012 

• Melting Candles  -  December 2012

 Ugly Boys  -  December 2012 

Like Father, Like Son  -  January 2013

Fatty  -  January 2013 

No Sense of Fashion  -  March 2013

Our Countries are Nothing But Melting Villages is also part of obit.

Reds  -  March 2013 

Strays is part of barcode 

• Kyle contributed 4 stories to Feast! Pure Slush Vol. 9 

Kyle answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

My favourite colour is burnt sienna. Why? Because it reminds me of warmth, of sunsets, of the earth, of my childhood days by the sea. In short, happiness.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

No, I almost never wear burnt sienna. I like dressing in darks.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

It suggests to me creativity and passion, the opposite of destructiveness. It reminds me of some old foreign films, like Antonioni’s Red Desert. It reminds me of families getting together, of being close, of not being alienated, of not feeling “blue.” It suggests to me hope.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

It does not suggest to me darkness and death and decay and aloneness. It does not suggest indifference.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Forever.

 

When does it work best?

It works best for me when I’m in a cheerful mood or I’ve just accomplished something I’ve been meaning to. It works best when I’m with a very good friend.

 

When does it not work for you?

When I’ve lost someone. It just reminds me of the good times I’ve had with that person and it makes me sad.

 

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

This colour is me when I’m at the peak of my creativity. This colour is me when I’m temporarily insane but in a good way. This colour is me the day after it rains and all my friends can come out to play.


 
 
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Gill Hoffs

Gill Hoffs began writing competitively in early 2010.  Her work has since won several international competitions and is widely available online and in print, including her collection of short fiction and non-fiction Wild: a collection, out now from Pure Slush.

Currently researching a non-fiction book about daring rescues in Scottish waters, she’d love to hear your [true] tales.  Find her on facebook or email her at: scottishredridinghood@hotmail.com. You can also find her blog at http://gillhoffs.wordpress.com/.

When she isn’t writing, Gill helps at her son’s school in Ayr, Scotland. She has a degree in psychology from the University of Glasgow, and finds this makes her friends wary of her analysing their every move. She once found plastic explosives on Dunure beach and tried to make candles with it, thinking it was wax.

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

Read Gill's work here on Pure Slush:

• Snow go  -  August 2011

• The Starveling  -  September 2011

• Miss  -  September 2011  (for counterpoint)

• Duty Free  -  October 2011

Yellow  -  November 2011

• Slut's Pennies is also part of slut

Protein  -  December 2011  (n/f)

Working Dinner  -  January 2012

• Great Great Uncle Charlie  -  February 2012  (n/f)

• Tansy Rogers is her name! is also part of Notausgang

Desperately Seeking Sustenance is also part of real

• For Starters, Staff Issues, Over. Done and In the Soup are part of gorge 

Rigorous Mortis is also part of obit.

Crowning Achievement is also part of Catherine refracted 

Maggots, marmalade and maritime food  -  December 2013

Sickness and a Shipwreck  -  January 2015 

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

Gill took part in 2014 and you can read an interview with her about her part in the project here.

Wild: a collection

Pure Slush published Gill's anthology Wild in June 2012. Click on the image above to buy and to view photos of the launch, click here.

Wild is also available as various eBooks - click here.

Gill answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Teal green - a really rich, vivid shade that's not quite blue, not quite green - though it's hard for me to choose.  Apart from a couple of shades that make me feel queasy, I quite enjoy them all.


Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

It's what my friends and family call my 'signature colour'.  I wear it as often as possible, and even had hair nearly that colour for a while at school [not popular with the teachers, but that just made it even better].


What does the colour suggest to you?

The sea, being lost in a deep swell of clean salt water, calm and free.  Luscious plants.  Paints and artwork.  Peacocks and lost feathers.


What does it not suggest to you?

Prison.  Depression.  Illness.  Boredom and office work.


How long has it been your favourite colour?

Forever and a day.


When does it work best?

With chocolate.  Hmm, that's my answer for everything.  Perhaps outside in the natural world, or if inside, in artwork and fabrics.


When does it not work for you?

I'd be upset if any of my limbs turned any shade of blue, green, or inbetween.  Unless it was part of a wonderful tattoo.


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

I feel my senses can get lost in this colour very easily, it almost buzzes behind my eyes.  Depending on who I'm with and what I'm reading/writing, I'm any colour of the rainbow.  This is probably the colour of me on a date with my husband.  A happy colour. 

 

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Liam Hogan

Liam Hogan was abandoned in a library at the tender age of 3, only to emerge blinking into the sunlight many years later, with a head full of words and an aversion to loud noises. 

His work has been performed by others at Liars’ League and The NoSleep Podcast, and you can find it in print in Open Pen, Litro, and a half-dozen anthologies. Or HappyEndingNotGuaranteed, if you like that sort of thing. You can also follow him here: @LiamJHogan

He dreams in Dewey Decimals.

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

Read Liams work here on Pure Slush

Followers, Following  -  May 2015 

The Giant, Snow White is part of tall...ish Pure Slush Vol. 11 

Liam answers The Hue Questionnaire

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Magenta. Because it is not a colour, not found in the visible spectrum of light. It is an optical illusion due to the way our brains work and is best described as “an absence of green”.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Heck no. Though I do have a purple jumper, which is similarly non-spectral.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

That we shouldn’t trust everything we see. That, for humans, how we see changes what we see.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

A colour of the rainbow.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

About ten minutes?

 

When does it work best?

When trying to baffle young kids.

 

When does it not work for you?

When trying to baffle scientists.

 

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

You could say magenta is the idea of a colour, but not a colour itself. My stories are almost always idea driven – the characters are made to fit the idea. But hopefully, in both cases, when people know the truth they say - “that’s cool!” 

 

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Stephen House

Stephen House has had many plays produced and been commissioned often. He has won two Awgie Awards (Australian Writer’s Guild) and an Adelaide Fringe Award. He has been shortlisted for Queensland Premier’s Drama, Patrick White playwright, and Greenroom acting Awards. He has received Australia Council literature residencies to Canada and Ireland and an Asialink to India.

Stephen’s plays have been published by The Australian Script Centre and his poems published in a number of places, including in Australian Poetry Journal. His poetry has been listed for Tom Collins and Rhonda Jankovic Awards. Stephen has performed his monologues (Appalling Behaviour & Almost Face To Face) widely.

Stephen also answers The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Stephen’s work here on Pure Slush:

cake alligator  -  September 2016 

Stephen answers The Hue Questionnaire

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Grey. Its a mix of black and white... favourites also

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Daily to some degree I suppose... black and white and grey usually

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

simplicity... age... not standing out... grey hair

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Not: standing out, being loud, making statements

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Several years; didn’t know it was until I discovered everything id bought in a few years was grey (or black and white)

 

When does it work best?

Always

When does it not work for you?

Never

 

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

It doesn’t. It just is. Easy. 

 

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Juliet Beckman Hubbell

Juliet Beckman Hubbell happily escaped Los Angeles where she was born and raised and moved to Colorado where she teaches Literature, Humanities and Composition at Arapahoe Community College. Her work has appeared in Hektoen International: Journal of Medical Humanities, Workers Write, JAMA: Journal of American Medical Association, ACM: Another Chicago Magazine, and Progenitor.

Her short story “Saarbrucken Witch” won this year’s British Fantasy Society’s Short Story Contest. Teaching the Humanities provides infinite inspiration, and she is currently working on an historical fiction novel.

Juliet has also answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll here).

Read Juliet's work here on Pure Slush:

Bastard! is part of Catherine refracted 

Juliet answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

Juliet continues to ignore email requests to complete The Hue Questionnaire ...

 

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Mark Hudson

Mark Hudson is a poet and short story writer who has been published on the internet and in anthologies. To get a good idea of his poetry, go to illinoispoets.org.

He is also a frequent contributor to Rockford Review and Grey Wolfe anthologies in Michigan.

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

Read Mark's work here on Pure Slush:

Cooking with Sue is part of Five Pure Slush Vol. 10

Suit yourself, not me  -  March 2016

Bruce Almighty is part of tall...ish Pure Slush Vol. 11 

• Summer Karma is part of Summer Pure Slush Vol. 12 

The Cake from Jane  -  September 2016 

Mark responds to The Hue Questionnaire:

 

I would have a hard time filling this out, because to be quite honest, I don’t have a favorite color. I’m an artist who paints, uses pastels, watercolors, and finds that even black and white drawings, or paintings or pastels offer new opportunities to combine different colors to create the most interesting affects. I always got straight A’s in art, the only subject I ever got A’s in, but the only exercise I failed at is, the color wheel. I have a friend who has painted houses for money, he is not an artist in the sense that he draws scenes, but he’s got the color wheel thing down to a science. In most art classes I took, they strongly suggestedthat I stick with black and white, and not work with color. At a framing class I took recently, a man with forty years of experience explained to us different options in picking a frame, about how the wrong frame choice can make or break the piece. 

 

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A.J. Huffman

A.J. Huffman's poetry, fiction, haiku, and photography has appeared in hundreds of national and international journals, including Labletter, The James Dickey Review, and Offerta Speciale, in which her work appeared in both English and Italian translation. She is also the founding editor of Kind of a Hurricane Press.

A.J. answers The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read A.J.'s work here on Pure Slush:

I Saw the Figure 5 in Gold is part of Five Pure Slush Vol. 10

There is Nothing Worse is part of tall...ish Pure Slush Vol. 11 

Lying on the Deck is part of Summer Pure Slush Vol. 12 

A.J. answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Black. I’ve always been a Goth Girl at heart.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Yes. I’d say 90% of the time.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

For some reason the color black suggests security. I feel very comfortable with myself when I’m wearing black.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Death or depression. I never understood why people often associate black with those things.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

It’s been my favorite color for as long as I can remember. Even when I was young, all my friends rooms were pink and purple. Mine was black and red.

 

When does it work best?

When doesn’t it? You can’t go wrong with black.

 

When does it not work for you?

Never. Black never fails you.

 

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

This color is most definitely me. I guess I relate to it because it is the culmination of all colors, and I strive to be a culmination of all things. 

 

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Kim Conklin Hutchinson

Kim Hutchinson is a writer and filmmaker, a former Detroiter, and an AmeriCanadian living on the border.

Kim's fiction and poetry have appeared in journals, and most recently Wufniksredlionsquare and A-Minor.
 
Her non-fiction has played on television and radio and has been featured in print.
 
Kim also took part in The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).
 
Read Kim's work on Pure Slush:
 
• Light Years  -  January 2011
 
• Thursday Girls  -  March 2011
 
Kim will be the Featured Author in November 2011.
 
• Seeing the Light  -  November 2011
 
• Creatures  -  November 2011
 
• Us and Them  -  November 2011
 
• Solid  -  November 2011
 
• Reflections  -  November 2011
 
The Kings and I is also part of Catherine refracted 
 
 
 
Kim answers The Hue Questionnaire.
 
 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

My favorite color is red. I have no idea why. It always has been, since I was a kid. 

My second favorite color is probably gold. I think I like it because it's shiny. I suspect that I might be part magpie. 

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I do wear red sometimes, but not that often. It attracts a lot of attention. I usually wear blue, grey or brown. But my favorite car was red, and I had red sunglasses for a long time. 

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Red suggests energy, vitality, a kind of life force or power. When I was little, I had red sneakers, and I used to think they helped me run faster. 

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Seriousness, sadness, adulthood. 

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since I can remember. I never had another favorite color. 

 

When does it work best?

I think it works best when used in simple, graphic ways, but it always works for me. 

 

When does it not work for you?

Pretty much never. 

 

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

I think I'm red, but I doubt red is me. Red is too big to be just one person. 

 

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