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Claire Ibarra

Claire Ibarra is a writer, poet, and photographer residing in Miami, Florida. Her work has appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies, including The MacGuffin, Natural Bridge, Amoskeag and An Honest Lie.

Claire enjoys traveling to Peru, where she and her husband own a hostel en route to the Choquequirau ruins.

You can find more of her work by clicking here

Claire has answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Claire's work here on Pure Slush:

Things Left Behind is part of real

A Blessing  -  April 2014

Claire answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

My favorite is blue. I like how the various shades of blue express different emotions – turquoise is my happy color, whereas navy blue, a uniform color, is more serious and somber. There are sad shades and also very uplifting ones.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I wear blue almost every day in some for– I wear turquoise jewelry, though I don’t wear much navy blue. I don’t like to be too serious.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Blue is clarity, and it’s calming and peaceful. Blue is expansive, like the ocean and sky.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

On the color wheel, blue is a cool and red is warm. Red seems like a passionate color, so blue in contrast seems less fiery.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

I’ve always been drawn to blue, but as a child I couldn’t decide between green and blue. I’ve always been an Earth child.

 

When does it work best?

Blue works to keep the mind clear and open, it’s relaxing. Living in Miami, I can get a dose of ocean and sky regularly, and I feel grateful for that. Since blue is so adaptable, it works almost anytime and anywhere.

 

When does it not work for you?

There are definitely times when I need red – heat is good for intimacy.

 

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

I’m kind of moody like blue. Blue is reflective and an easy color to relate to, but I’d like to think I am all the colors. I need all the colors – Life is the full spectrum!

 

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Phillis Ideal

Phillis Ideal is writing a group of true stories based on chance encounters, overheard conversation fragments, and street interactions in NYC. She is a painter, currently exhibiting in galleries and museums both in the USA and Europe. She has taught painting at UC Berkeley, San Francisco State, and Sarah Lawrence. She splits her time between NYC and Santa Fe.  

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

Read Phillis's work here on Pure Slush:

• Travelers  -  August 2011  (n/f)

• Crossed is also part of slut 

• The Recovery Room  -  December 2011  (n/f)

The Glass Bowl  -  December 2011  (n/f)

• David and Big Bird  -  May 2012  (n/f)

• Interrupted is also part of Notausgang 

Stuff  -  August 2013  (n/f)

• Tinkler Man  -  January 2014  (n/f)

Jump-start  -  November 2014  (n/f) 

Broken  -  June 2016  (n/f) 

Phillis answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

My favorite color seems to change. I am an abstract painter so my color of the moment can be a really muddy color that holds a faltering painting together, and I love it for saving the day. My paintings over time have been about strong, bright color. Right now I am doing a series of all red paintings. 

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Lately, I have been wearing red lipstick most everyday. Sometimes, I dress up in a red dress, reminiscent of 1940’s design. The truth be told: my closet is filled with grey to black clothes. In a dimly lit closet, I could more easily pick out my clothes if I kept a handy minor’s hat with a light nearby. Even friends in NYC who wear mostly black outfits occasionally say to me, “You sure wear a lot of black.” I think black is stylish, and everything always goes together so it is easy. It serves as a kind of uniform.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

But back to red. It suggests passion.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

It does not suggest violence or bloodshed to me. 

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

I think it has been my favorite for several years.

 

When does it work best?

Red is stimulating and exciting and works best to exude a feeling of celebration, boldness and presence.

 

When does it not work for you?

The color always works visually for me, but I wouldn’t deck myself out in it to wear to the studio, the post office or the grocery store. 

 

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

Red is a beautiful and luxurious color, but I can’t say that it totally defines me. I still have a closet full of grey and black clothes so they too are in my personality mix. But I am also pretty fond of a neon shade of chartreuse and an electric blue. 

 

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Abha Iyengar

Abha Iyengar is a poet and writer. Her work has appeared in Doorknobs and BodypaintBewildering StoriesDead Drunk DublinDanse MacabreThe Fabulist, and others. She is a Kota Press Poetry Anthology Contest winner. Her story, The High Stool was nominated for the Story South Million Writers Award. Her poem-film Parwaaz won a Special Jury prize in Patras, Greece. Yearnings, her poetry collection, was published in 2010. Flash Bites, her flash fiction collection, is published as an e-book. Her stories have most recently been selected for A Rainbow Feast: New Asian Short StoriesThe Asian WriterVaani and The Unisun-Reliance Time Out anthologies.

She has received the Lavanya Sankaran Writing Fellowship for 2009-2010. She dabbles in street photography and digital art. She is often a dervish dancer, often a butterfly rider and always the Countess of Dreamtime. Find Abha's blog here. 

Read Abha's work here on Pure Slush

• When You Gotta Go, You Gotta Go  -  September 2011  (n/f)

The Squash Generation  -  December 2011

Abha is the Featured Author for April 2012.

Swinging  -  April 2012

• Chilled  -  April 2012

 The Mantra  -  April 2012

• Weekend Getaway  -  April 2012

• Reality Check  -  April 2012

• Strobe Lights and a Few Coins  -  May 2012 

• A Virtual Deal  -  October 2012

• Where's the Party Tonight?  -  December 2012 

Discordant Notes  -  April 2013 

Wise and With It  -  May 2013

Crossed Lines  -  June 2013

Try Sharing the Bananas  -  July 2013 

Not a Known Brand  -  September 2013

Water in the Time of Rain  -  November 2013 

A Hard Learning  -  January 2015 

The Desired Suit  -  March 2016 

The Optimist  -  June 2016 

Loving It Hot and Sweaty is part of Summer Pure Slush Vol. 12 

Pure Slush released Abha's novel Many Fish to Fry on October 1st 2014. You can find more about it by clicking here, and for a taste of Many Fish to Fry, click here.

You can also read an interview with Abha, from January 2015, by clicking here.

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Abha answers The Hue Questionaire


What is your favourite colour? Why?

Purple. All shades of purple. It suits my personality. Brings me alive. 


Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Yes. Not very often, but when I do, I feel good. My favourite sari of the season usually is a shade of purple.


What does the colour suggest to you?

Plump aubergines. Flowing Cloaks. Dark Skies. Deep Power. Mystery and Intuition. Richness and Nobility. Purple eyes. Purple Flames. Purple love. Purple haze.


What does it not suggest to you?

Shrinking Violets.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

For the major part of my adult life, more so now. As a kid I was into powder pinks and blues. Now they are renounced for good.


When does it work best?

When I am feeling sexy.


When does it not work for you?

It always works for me, even on dull days, a touch of bright purple lipstick and I feel so much better.


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

It is me.


 

Sean Jackson

Sean Jackson’s stories have been published in Cleaver Magazine, Main Street Rag, Potomac Review, Niche, Sliver of Stone, and Conte Online, among other literary magazines. He was a 2011 Million Writers Award nominee, and lives in Cary, North Carolina.

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

Read Seans work here on Pure Slush:

Voicemail  -  October 2014

Collectors and Immigrants is part of tall...ish Pure Slush Vol. 11 

Sean answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Blue. It was the most popular colour when I arrived in Catholic school for second grade.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

It’s hard to find a good blue in men’s clothes, so not very often. I have one blue shirt I wear to work, but it’s not “the good blue.”

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

The ocean. It reminds me of the Atlantic.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Well, sadness. I don’t compare it to “the blues” at all.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Second grade, Sister somebody’s class. So, 1974 or ‘73.

 

When does it work best?

T-shirts, summertime.

 

When does it not work for you?

Winter. Most men’s clothes with sleeves, etc. are brown and gray.

 

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

The older I get, the less I “am” anything. So the colour wears me, I don’t wear it. 

 

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Joanne Jagoda

 
After retiring in 2009, it took one amazing writing workshop to launch Joanne Jagoda of Oakland California on a long-postponed creative writing journey. Since discovering her passion for writing, she has produced short stories, flash fiction, poetry and non fiction. Her work has appeared on-line and in print anthologies including Poetica, the Persimmon Tree Magazine, and Gemini Magazine.

Her poem, Mr. Avocado Man was nominated in 2015 for a Pushcart Prize.

When not taking workshops and classes, Joanne enjoys Zumba, traveling with her husband, visiting her three adorable grandchildren in Jerusalem, who call her Savta and hanging with her two local grandsons whom she loves to spoil.

She has happily completed her nine month “detour” undergoing treatment for breast cancer chronicled in her blog, My Detour.

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

Read Joanne's work here on Pure Slush

Thursday Afternoon in Jerusalem  -  January 2012  (n/f)

Tap Dancing Redux  -  March 2012  (n/f)

Samantha at the Diner  -  March 2012

• San Francisco Girl  -  from 12 May 2012

Abe and Sylvie is also part of Notausgang

Little Fish is also part of real

• Labor Pains  -  December 2012 

Fashion Lessons  -  March 2013 

Memories of Murph is also part of obit.

Macs Place is part of barcode 

Calistoga 1950’s  -  April 2014  (n/f)

• Putting Off the Inevitable  -  June 2015

Frank Fosters List  -  March 2016 

Reflections in the Mirror  -  June 2016 

Avocado Sandwiches on a July Afternoon is part of Summer Pure Slush Vol. 12

Baking Magic  -  September 2016 

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

Joanne answers The Hue Questionnaire


What is your favourite colour? Why?

I don’t have one favourite color and wear many, however I think I am most attracted to jewel tones, fuchsias, magentas and purples and also burgundy/wine.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Three weeks ago I wore an amazing magenta colored dress to my daughter’s wedding. And…come to think of it I wore an iridescent purple to my first daughter’s wedding. I’m not sure why, but I’m just drawn to those tones. I don’t wear them all the time but I like their richness.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

These colors suggest passion, warmth, and having a good time. You have to enjoy yourself when you are wearing these colors. I think they also suggest strength and a positive attitude.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

It does not suggest boredom or being a wallflower.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

I suppose I have always liked strong colors. Several walls in my house are a burgundy red!

 

When does it work best?

It works best when I want to make a statement or a dramatic entrance.

 

When does it not work for you?

Sometimes there are occasions when you don't want to be noticed… and neutral tones  (black, brown gray) are more appropriate.

 

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

I suppose that judging from the fact that I wore similar colors to two very important occasions must signify that I am comfortable in these colors and they are "me."

  


What is your favourite colour? Why?
I don’t have one favourite color and wear many, however I think I am most attracted to jewel tones, fuchsias, magentas and purples and also burgundy/wine.

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?
Three weeks ago I wore an amazing magenta colored dress to my daughter’s wedding. And…come to think of it I wore an iridescent purple to my first daughter’s wedding. I’m not sure why, but I’m just drawn to those tones. I don’t wear them all the time but I like their richness.

What does the colour suggest to you?
These colors suggest passion, warmth, and having a good time. You have to enjoy yourself when you are wearing these colors. I think they also suggest strength and a positive attitude.

What does it not suggest to you?
It does not suggest boredom or being a wallflower.

How long has it been your favourite colour?
I suppose I have always liked strong colors. Several walls in my house are a burgundy red!

When does it work best?
It works best when I want to make a statement or a dramatic entrance.

When does it not work for you?
Sometimes there are occasions when you don't want to be noticed… and neutral tones  (black, brown gray) are more appropriate.

How does the colour relate to you, or you relate to it? Are you this colour or is this colour you?
I suppose that judging from the face that I wore similar colors to two very important occasions must signify that I am comfortable in these colors and they are "me."

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Grey Johnson

Grey Johnson lives in rural South Carolina. Her work has appeared on The Glass Coin and Mudjob, and recently on 52|250 A Year of Flash

A lot of her six sentence work can be found on the 6S site, and some of it appears in the 6S Mind Games, Mysterious Dr. Ramsey, and 6SV3 anthologies. 

Grey has just begun experimenting with flip books done on issuu, where her children’s book, Avoiding A Painful Tumble appears.

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

Read Grey's work on Pure Slush:

• Embers  -  January 2011

• The Bridge of Stolen Shoes  -  February 2011  (n/f) 



Grey answers The Hue Questionnaire.

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Red-orange, but I had a flirtation with purple for about a year. It makes me feel warm, and like I have something warm to share with others.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

No, I never wear it.  I can't stand to be obvious.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Warmth and sensuality.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Peacefulness.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Many years, perhaps twenty.

 

When does it work best?

When I have to be around a number of people. I prefer to entertain at home, as all my rooms but one are shades of red-to-gold, which is comforting and reassuring to me.

 

When does it not work for you?

When I am trying to sleep.

 

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

This color is rich and warm, and gives me a feeling of closeness and spontaneity that I frequently long for, so I guess it is a kind of boost. This color is me, but it surprises others that I like it, as I am not outwardly it.  I, oddly, am a quiet, low key kind of person. I enjoy activities like gardening and knitting, and so seem to be more of a green-to-blue person to others. 
 

 

L. S. Johnson

L. S. Johnson lives in Northern California.

Her work has appeared in The Molotov Cocktail, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Corvus, and Interzone. She is currently working on a trilogy set in the 18th century and can be found online at http://www.traversingz.com.

L. S. has answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read L. S.'s work here on Pure Slush:

Baobabs is part of Catherine refracted 

a photo from L. S.'s website

L. S. answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Green. It has been since childhood, I’ve never had another. I’m not sure what drew me to it initially – perhaps because I grew up in a very developed city, so green was a rare, special thing, something that only came in small doses over summertime.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I would say I wear it a few times a week – ? Green, blue, brown, black. That’s mostly my palette.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

As an adult, now? Growth and decay. My father’s army shirts. Ginkgo trees in springtime. The California hills in winter. Avocados. Seaweed. SAABs.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Calm. I have no idea where people get that from.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

See above.

 

When does it work best?

When does it not work? 

 

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

Many of the things that obsess me could be described in permutations of green. So perhaps part of me is this color, but the color is far more than just me. 

 

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Patricia Johnson

Patricia Johnson came to Perth, Western Australia, from the U.S. at the age of 18 and promptly fell in love with the place and the people. She has worked as a volunteer at the Conservation Council of WA and the Marine and Coastal Community Network. After many years of other adventures she fell happily into writing and editing.

Patricia has had stories and poetry published in Lines in the Sand, 2008, Re-Placement 2008, and Dot Dot Dash. For the latter, she was an editor for Issues 1-6, covering poetry and short stories.

For the past 6 years she has worked for the Fellowship of Australian Writers Western Australia and is very involved with the Western Australian writing community. With fellow writer and editor Lisa Litjens, she is writing an eco chic lit novel, based in the Kimberley, Spain and Fremantle. Find her here.

Patricia has also answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below), 

Read Patricia's work here on Pure Slush:

At the House of the Virgin  -  June 2014

Patricia answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Blue, because it makes me feel at peace.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Yes, I wear it occasionally depending on the dictates of weather; when I go to work or to see friends, or to bed.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

The ocean, the skies.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Anything dangerous or full of conflict.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

About twenty years.

 

When does it work best?

When I'm in my own space.

 

When does it not work for you?

At the dentist.

 

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

My relationship to the colour is that I like it and it has a positive effect on me. I am not blue, and blue is not me, but I would like to embody the feelings it brings to the surface for me.

 

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Joyce Juzwik

Joyce Juzwik has had a crime fiction novel, a six-part children's series, and a horror short published.

Joyce’s stories have appeared in the ezines CrookedA Twist of Noir, and Powder Burn Flash and she is currently working on her 8th novel (crime fiction). 

Find Joyce’s blog at jfjuzwik.blogspot.com and her website at jfjuzwik.webs.com

Joyce also answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Joyce's work on Pure Slush:

• The Kids Are Home Schooled? What's Wrong with Them? -  January 2011  (n/f) 

• Keep Your Sugar Plum Fairies. Jack the Ripper's the Star of My Dreams  -  April 2011  (n/f)

• Cupid's Challenge  -  June 2011

No  -  December 2011  (for counterpoint)

• True Friend is also part of Notausgang

• Special is also part of gorge 

Dirty Little Secret is also part of obit.

Promotion is also part of Catherine refracted 

Happy Anniversary is part of barcode 

 

Joyce answered The Hue Questionnaire


What is your favourite colour? Why?

Darkest blue, because of the intensity and strength of the color.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Yes.  I wear it as often as I can, while at home and whenever I go out--anywhere.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

It suggests strength, order and power, and reminds me of the great mysterious depths of the oceans.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Confusion and uncertainty.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

I've loved the darkest of blues as far back as I can remember.

 

When does it work best?

When I am in a very positive frame of mind and being productively creative.

 

When does it not work for you?

When I am not feeling at my best, or when my writing projects are going nowhere fast.  The dark blues are then set aside.  They must be earned.

 

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

I have a strong sense of order and thoroughly enjoy power at any level, so the color and I are a perfect fit. 

 

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Joe Kapitan

Joe Kapitan lives a day's march from Cleveland, Ohio, where he is disguised as an architect. His short fiction has appeared widely online in such venues as Annalemma, PANK, elimae and SmokeLong Quarterly.

Print publications include Midwestern Gothic, A cappella Zoo and Bluestem.

Joe has answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Joe's work here on Pure Slush:

• Priority One  -  February 2012  (for counterpoint)

Death Suits of New York  -  March 2016 

Joe answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Gray. Because it's never shallow or simple. Just like the saying "shades of gray", which means, to me, that all the worthwhile things in life are complicated.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I wear gray probably twice a week. It's neutral, so it works in a variety of settings, business to casual.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Gray intrigues me, makes me want to consider its nuances more closely, like an Ansel Adams black-and-white landscape. Or a charcoal sketch of a fountain in Rome. Or maybe a nun with a tattoo.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Smalltalk, and dismissive attitudes. If you want to understand a gray, you have to be willing to peel back the layers like an onion.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since sometime in childhood. Winters in northern Ohio can be endlessly overcast, so I started to develop an early understanding for the vast differences between gray days. Warm, moist gray? Cold, dessicated gray? Gray, but backlit by sun lurking just behind cloud? Or steel plate gray, where it feels like the sun's been murdered, and gray is now the new definition of bright. Don't the Eskimos have dozens of different words for snow? Ohioans have dozens of grays, like Sunday Nap Gray. Unemployment Gray. School Cafeteria Hamburger Gray.

 

When does it work best?

During the winter, when I'm feeling more contemplative.

 

When does it not work for you?

Sunny July days. At luaus. Poolside or oceanside. Driving a convertible.

 

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

I am definitely gray.

 

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David James Keaton

David James Keaton's fiction has appeared in Beat To A Pulp, Needle, Pulp Modern, The Fiddleback, Pulp Pusher, Yellow Mama, and Pank, among others. Recently, he won a Best Short Story on the Web Spinetingler Award for his roulette scam in Crime Factory, and his coach-killing contribution to Plots With Guns #10 was named a Notable Story of 2010 by storySouth's Million Writer's Award. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of Flywheel Magazine

His collection FISH BITES COP! Stories To Bash Authorities (Comet Press) is due out in early 2013.

Sometimes he can be found at http://davidjameskeaton.com.

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

Read David's work on Pure Slush:

Three Minutes is part of slut

• We're Made of Meat, Last Last Meal and Half Staff at the Grease Box are part of gorge 

David answers The Hue Questionnaire


What is your favourite colour? Why?

Green. You know, the green-eyed monster, jealousy, all that jazz.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Not a lot of green clothes, but I wore a couple of green cars for years. And I always wished my eyes were green. Yes, I realize the irony of being jealous of green-eyed people.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Whoops. I answered that before you asked. See above.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Money. It represents cash in a lot of song lyrics, but I never make that association.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Maybe since that one girl asked me, "How do I know green to me is green to you?" More likely since the bridgekeeper question in Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

 

When does it work best?

Fall.

 

When does it not work for you?

Free fall.

 

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

The color is typical in the wild but means, "Stay away!" on humans, right? Even if gangrene isn't really green? Because my eyes are only ever brown or bloodshot, the only time I was able to truly associate this color with myself was when I was told by a doctor that the bones in my hand had suffered a "green stick fracture." Bent like a young limb until the bone cracked longways...then bounced right back into shape. It made me think our bones were never sticks or stones but actually more like cucumbers.

 

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Mark Kersteen

Mark Kersteen is not yet a writer. He lives and travels in the northern hemispheres. His hobbies include coffee.

Find him on Twitter @MKersteen.

Mark has answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Mark's work here on Pure Slush

Story of a Stone  -  September 2013

- photo to come ... some time - 

Mark answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Blue, because it goes well with my second favourite colour, brown.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I wear blue about once a week, unless you count blue jeans—then I wear it more. I wear blue when I want to look casual but smart, as most of my blue clothes are casual but smart.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Deep water and the night sky.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

‘The Blues’, blue moons, blueberries.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

I’m not sure, at least two months.

 

When does it work best?

On bright cloudless days when I’m also wearing brown.

 

When does it not work for you?

On overcast days if I’m wearing black / when my eyes are closed (I have blue eyes).

 

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

I don’t really ‘relate’ to it or any colour as such. I just like how it looks. I’m not a colour, I’m a person, I can be any colour I like. I guess in that sense this colour is me. Maybe I’m just not a visual person, but having a spiritual connection or identifying with a spectrum of light is a foreign concept to me.

 

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Maree Kimberley

Maree Kimberley is a part-time PhD student who lives in Brisbane, Australia where it’s nearly always sunny.

She holds a Bachelor of Creative Industries and a Master of Arts, both from Queensland University of Technology.

Maree has published short stories, feature articles and a children’s book and has several novel-length manuscripts hidden away. She has most recently been published on Staccato.

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

Read Maree's work on Pure Slush:

Wednesdays  -  November 2011

• One hundred and one uses is also part of  Notausgang

Maree is also the Featured Author for July 2013.

Medicine I  -  July 2013

Medicine II  -  July 2013

Medicine III  -  July 2013 

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Maree answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

It depends on my mood and time of day, but my favourite colours (in no order) are orange, red and blue.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Luckily I have a large t-shirt collection and have t-shirts in each of these colours, so at least once a week for each.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Orange suggests happiness, red suggests power and fun, blue suggests calm and the openess of the sky.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Orange is not a bad fake tan. Red is not angry. Blue is not sad.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Orange is my favourite colour from childhood, but I've always liked red and blue too. But I think if  you asked the five year old me I would answer orange. Unless I said red. Or blue.

 

When does it work best?

Orange works best on cloudy days, red on days when I need a boost and blue works best all the time. It's my background colour.

 

When does it not work for you?

Orange does not work on yellow days (but I'm not sure what this means).

 

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

I am mostly orange, at the core of me I think this is the colour that is mainly me. But the red and blue comes and goes. Maybe I'm blue in the mornings, orange throughout the day and red in the evenings. 


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Mark Kingston

Mark Kingston lives in Perth, Western Australia, and is probably a pretty nice guy. His work has appeared in Metior, Vibewire, and The Dead Letter.

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

Read Mark's work here on Pure Slush:

A Million Batmans  -  April 2013

Mark has answered The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Red. The pure, saturated, #ff0000 kind of red. Because it has something to say.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

No. Never and Never.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Nurses, danger, royalty, Mark Rothko, fire, communism, love hearts and roses.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Stopping.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since I realised boys don’t have to like blue.

 

When does it work best?

When it’s lipstick, when it’s flashing lights because the building is on fire, or when it's Christmas.

 

When does it not work for you?

When it’s on my face because I said something stupid.

 

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

Red draws my attention, but there isn't much of it in my home. I have a few red books on my shelf (Catch-22, The Most Beautiful Woman in Town, and Cat and Gnome), a Swiss army knife, and a red tin of tea. That’s it.

 

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Jen Knox

Jen Knox earned her MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing & Literature from Bennington’s Writing Seminars. In 2009 she published Musical Chairs, a memoir about her misspent youth and growing up in Ohio in the ‘90s.

In February, 2011, Jen released her second book, a collection of short stories entitled To Begin Again.

Currently, Jen teaches writing at San Antonio College, and she’s slowly writing a novel entitled Absurd Hunger. More about Jen can be found on her blog Literary Exhibitionism.

Jen also answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Jen's work on Pure Slush:

• On 'Friend'ship  -  May 2011  (n/f)

• Anxiety is  -  June 2011  (n/f)

• Tomorrow's Blog is also part of gorge 

Unlike Loss is also part of obit.

Jen answers The Hue Questionnaire.


What is your favourite colour? Why?

Blue, specifically grey-blue. The color of the sky just before a storm is hypnotizing to me.


Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Not often, no. Though my eyes are this color.


What does the colour suggest to you?

An intense but quiet energy. 


What does it not suggest to you?

Artificiality. 


How long has it been your favourite colour?

As long as I can remember.


When does it work best?

In fall and winter. In a well-populated but quiet space. 


When does it not work for you?

When someone I know is mentally or physically ill. I prefer bolder colors at times like these, like oranges and yellows.

 

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

I admire the color.  Though I can’t say that I relate to it directly, I do get caught up in my admiration from time to time.


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Michael Koenig

Michael Koenig is an emerging queer poet and creative writing major at the University of Adelaide. His work is mainly concerned with queer anxieties, the beauty of nature and housewives (real or otherwise). When he’s not writing poetry he enjoys overanalyzing PJ Harvey records, vegan food, avoiding social media and gardening.

Michael has answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Michael’s work here on Pure Slush:

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Michael answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Gold…the cheap fabric kind, not the metal. I love it because it’s completely synthetic yet can represent a kind of power. It’s completely false but I can’t resist it. It’s the antithesis of how I like to be in the world and a constant reminder that we can’t choose our taste in aesthetics.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I have a fantastic metallic gold nail polish that I wear to death and which earns me many compliments. I also have a pair of gold boots that I spray painted a while back, they only come out on special occasions.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Power. Fabulousness. Plastic.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Nature. Introversion. Myself.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Realistically, probably since I came out of the womb, but I’ve only embraced it in the last few years.

 

When does it work best?

When it’s right…it’s right.

 

When does it not work for you?

On children or in the daytime. Sassy people can wear it in the daytime. I’m not sassy enough.

 

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

Gold is often misunderstood, we relate to each other that way. I think people assume that because I’m a, what I call, “sometimes gold wearer” that I’m gay, cheap, oblivious and a huge Beyoncé fan…when really I’m only two of those things.

This colour is definitely me rather than me it. It beckons. I’m drawn to gold things in shop windows like a moth to the proverbial flame.

I hate shopping.  

 

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Rajesh Kosalram

Rajesh Kosalram’s work as a design engineer took him to cities as widely placed as Pune in India and Leverkusen in Germany. World and work weary, he has now come to live in Mysore, the city of gardens, palaces and Maharaja.

Rajesh walks his dog, meditates long hours, experiments with recipes, but claims that he writes full time!

He writes short fiction and is combating his way through a novel that he is writing collaboratively with an artist and poet friend.

Rajesh has answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Rajesh's work here on Pure Slush:

Kozhambu  -  September 2013 

Rajesh answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

In the symphony of colours complimenting each other in nature it is difficult to pick a colour as my favourite. But the colours that instantly strike my attention and positively influence me are blue and green.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I wear blue quite often in various shades. It’s a colour I am very comfortable with and wear them when I am my natural self. I need to take conscious efforts to keep away from blue. I like wearing my blue jeans when I visit my friends; it totally loosens me up and puts me at ease. 

I prefer dark green for my pullovers and jerkins.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Blue to me symbolises expanse and abundance. Green represents life, purity, prosperity and sustenance.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Exploitation and deceit.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

May be, I was born with it.

 

When does it work best?

When I want to be my natural self.

 

When does it not work for you?

There is never a time the colour does not work for me except when I go out with my wife :) She has seen me enough in blues.

 

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

Blue makes me feel light and happy. Sitting in my bed room when I scan myself, my sandals are dark blue, shorts has shades of blue. T-shirt is grey but they have blue stripes on my shoulders. I presume the colour chooses me. Blue is me.

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Valerie Kravette

Valerie Kravette is a former actress and cabaret singer. She lives in Tucson, Arizona USA with her writer husband.

She was born in Frankfurt, Germany, and grew up in the Washington, DC area and in central Florida. She holds a B.A. in Literature: Cinema Studies from the American University in Washington, DC.

Her award-winning short fiction has appeared in anthologies and online at Long Story ShortFlashshotShort Humour UKWeirdyearPostcard ShortsMicroHorror, and (coming soon) Every Day Fiction

She is currently at work on several novels.

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

Read Valerie's work here on Pure Slush:

Starving in India  -  April 2012

Valerie answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

My favorite color has progressed through time. When I was a child, I loved orange. This moved to blue when I was a teenager, purple when I was a young adult, green when I dyed my hair red, black when I was an artist, red when I was a cabaret singer. Currently it is a hot pink, with an undertone of orange. I've heard it described as Opera Pink.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

It's difficult to find just the right hue. I do have a piece of silk that comes close. And I have a batik dress that has some of the richness, although the overall effect is red.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

When I was a child, I once received a small plastic elephant just that pink color on a sundae in Honolulu. I marveled at how the light refracted and made the elephant look orange from different angles. Now, the afternoon sun comes through the bougainvillea on the porch and lights up the petals, and in the right mixture of shade and light, you can see it. It is a color best felt, the way I think hummingbirds feel it, when they are attracted to flowering vines.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Everything not creative.  Everything staid, regimented, controlled. It bursts forth, and will not be denied.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

 Since I was eight, or maybe since I entered my forties. I imagine by the time I am an old woman, I will have exhausted the rest of the spectrum, and will be wearing nothing but white.

 

When does it work best?

On late afternoons (see above.)

 

When does it not work for you?

Possibly when I wish to be taken seriously. Fortunately these times are fewer and fewer as I age.

 

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

I used to think this color was fuchsia, but it's too warm to be fuchsia. My maiden name is Fuchs, so that would have been handy. No, like the rest of my flirtations with color, I imagine it will be a passing fancy. I think of Lotte Lenya on her deathbed, asked by opera singer Teresa Stratas what her favorite season was, and Lenya replying, "I love them all!" I suspect I am too promiscuous an artist not to embrace every color, eventually.

 

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John Kujawski

John Kujawski has interests that range from guitars to the Incredible Hulk.

He was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri and still lives there to this day.  Some of his other stories can be found at Flashes of the Dark, Apocrypha and Abstractions and The Fringe Magazine.

You can hear him on the weekly podcast at Comicbooks Showdown.

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

Read John's work here on Pure Slush:

Guitars for the Devil  -  January 2012  

 

John answers The Hue Questionnaire

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Green. The Incredible Hulk is green and I like the song “The Green Boy” by Robyn Hitchcock.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

No.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

It just makes me think of monsters. A lot of monsters are green. It is not a wimpy color. In the 1970’s there was the “Green Machine” and that was supposed to be the toughest big-wheel that a kid could get a hold of.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

It doesn’t suggest anything that is sickening sweet. That said, I wish Green Jello never existed. I hate the dessert as well as the band (even after they changed their name to Green Jelly).  

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

So many years that I have lost count.

 

When does it work best?

It works best for the color of slime. I learned that from watching Nickelodeon.

 

When does it not work for you?

I think if Marie Osmond was given the role of The Savage She-Hulk and was painted green for the movie, it wouldn’t work very well. I think they’d do better with someone like Isis the Amazon who is a great professional wrestler and would be perfect for the role.

 

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

It does relate to me because I know if I sit in an airplane for too long or see a live show that has too much audience participation, I start to get so sick that I almost look green.

 

Are you this colour or is this colour you?

No.  I am not this color. That only happens in comic books.

 

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Len Kuntz

Len Kuntz lives on a lake in rural Washington State, USA with his wife, son, an eagle and three pesky beavers.

His writing appears widely in print and online at Heavy BearTroubadour 21The Camel Saloon and also at lenkuntz.blogspot.com

Len has also taken part in The Hue Questionnaire (scroll down).

Read Len's work here on Pure Slush:

• Cherry Picking  -  January 2011  (n/f)

• Identical Opposite  -  April 2011

• Black Notes  -  August 2011

• Black Heart  -  October 2011  (for counterpoint)

• Sex in the Time of Now is also part of slut

Don't Stop Thinking about Tomorrow  -  January 2012

What the Seasons Mean to Me  -  February 2012

• On the Half Shell  -  March 2012

• Greyhounds  -  May 2012

• Next Door is also part of Notausgang

• One Great Love  -  October 2012

• Fame Like a Drug  -  November 2012

• Wicked  -  December 2012 

• A Hairy Situation is also part of gorge 

• Last Night  -  January 2013 

Boom  -  February 2013

Len is also the Featured Author for June 2013.

Everyone Has a Story  -  June 2013

 As Different as the Same  -  June 2013

Not For a Minute  -  June 2013

• Every Four Years -  June 2013

Parasites and Boxers are part of barcode 

Firecrackers  -  September 2013

• Mermaids  -  November 2013

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

• Every Girl's Crazy for a Sharp Dressed Man  -  March 2016

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Len answers The Hue Questionnaire.


What is your favourite colour? Why?

Orange.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

You have to be careful with such a potentially garish color.  I have orange-trimmed tennis shoes/sneakers and orange-faced watches that I wear when I'm feeling spry and inspired.


What does the colour suggest to you?

Sunshine and possibilities.


What does it not suggest to you?

Frigid darkness.


How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since last Tuesday.


When does it work best?

After having eaten a fatty cheeseburger.


When does it not work for you?

At the theater watching Natalie Portman go from sweet young thing to deranged psychopath.


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

This colour is my twin.   We are brothers from a different mother, sisters from a different mister.  We share each other's secrets and are generally supportive if one of us accidentally steps into a pile of poo. 

 

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