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Peggy Landsman

Peggy Landsman's work has been published in many online and print literary journals and anthologies. Her poetry chapbook, To-wit To-woo, is available from FootHills Publishing. Her out-of-print romance novel, Passion's Professor, which she wrote under the pen name Samantha Rhodes, is now available on her web site.

Peggy lives in South Florida where she swims in the warm Atlantic Ocean every chance she gets.

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

Read Peggy's work here on Pure Slush

• When I Weighed Two-and-Twenty  -  March 2012

• Happy Birthday!  -  December 2012 

Peggy answers The Hue Questionnaire

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Sky-blue pink.  Because you asked.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?   

Yes. Whenever I can find something that is in this color that suits me. And, of course, it must be suitable for the occasion.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

The beginning of a beautiful sunset .

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Employment .

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

For as long as I can remember.

 

When does it work best?

When I'm feeling light , or want to.

 

When does it not work for you?

When I'm feeling dark or need to appear that way.

 

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

I'm beginning to wonder about the questioner.  Last time I checked, colors were not able to relate to anyone; they were simply reflections of light.  No, silly!  I have no identity confusion with any color.

 

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W. F. Lantry

A fourth generation San Diegan, W. F. Lantry, but for the geographical accident of a few miles and an arbitrarily drawn border, would have grown up in Mexico. He spent many years walking the deserts and climbing the mountains of Southern California, where he sometimes worked as a wildland firefighter. He has melted ingots of magnesium, skimmed the slag off the cauldron, and poured the liquid metal into forms made with damp sand. These activities prepared him for his work in writing.

W. F. spends time in the Eastern Forests from Maryland to Vermont and practices woodworking near the Anacostia River. He is reminded daily how deeply he regrets forsaking Southern California for the frozen North of the decadent East coast. He has had lots of stuff published in print and online, the traces of which can be found at http://wflantry.com

W. F. has also answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below):

Read his work here on Pure Slush:

The Subject Was Her. He Was The Object.  -  October 2014

W. F. answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

My own favorite color is blue, but my darling bride’s favorite color is purple. She has this long flowing nightgown, trimmed with ermine, or something like ermine, which matches her pearls. So maybe my favorite color is purple after all.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I never wear this color. She only lets me buy black. Black shirts, black pants. The only color I get is in my tie, and those I just grab when I’m running out the door. I’m wearing a blue one right now.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Passion. Desire. Beauty. Elegance. Everything I adore about her. And everything else besides.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Everything within the universe is contained within her beauty. All is one, one is all, nothing is excluded. Look at the reflections on her pearls. Everything is contained within the scene, including the other pearls.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since the day I first laid eyes upon her.

Since the moment she jumped in my lap.

Since the time she first threw her purple sweater onto the dressing chair.

 

When does it work best?

When she’s no longer wearing it.

 

When does it not work for you?

Each moment is every moment.

 

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

I find it impossible to draw division or separation between us. I don’t know where the boundaries are or even if the boundaries exist.

 

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Maude Larke

Maude Larke lives in France.

She has come back to creative writing after years in the university system, analyzing others’ texts, and to classical music as an ardent amateur, after fifteen years of piano and voice in her youth.

Publications include Bird’s Eye reViewNaugatuck River ReviewOberonCyclamens and Swordsriverbabble and Sketchbook.

Maude answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Maude's work on Pure Slush:

• Trialogue  -  March 2011  (n/f)

• Light Bulbs  -  April 2011  (n/f)

Act 1 Scene 1  -  May 2011

• Engulfing  -  June 2011

• Cherished IOPI0001  -  August 2011

A Born Joiner  -  November 2011 

• Hostage is also part of slut

• A Cast of Thousands (of Hooves)  -  December 2011  (n/f)

Discontinuo  -  January 2012

• The Blessings of Saint Vincent  -  March 2012

Near Marvelous is also part of real

Maude is the Featured Author for November 2012.

• Not So Hard  -  November 2012

• Mania  -  November 2012

• Bell Curve II  -  November 2012

Bell Curve III  -  November 2012

Battle Stations and Final Campaign are also part of gorge 

Accounts is also part of obit. 

Maude answers The Hue Questionnaire

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Green, for true lesbian love.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

None of my casual clothes include it, but my dress clothes and my hiking clothes do. I feel dressed or anarchistic then.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

True lesbian love.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Spinach.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since high school.

 

When does it work best?

Whenever I feel the need to "charm" a text, I put it in a green notebook.

 

When does it not work for you?

When the text still gets refused. But the colour is like a pagan goddess; she does it when she feels it is just.

 

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

Neither, for the last question. For the first, a combination of cheer / positive feeling / love and good luck.

 

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Susan Lattwein

Though she’ll forever be a Sydney girl, Susan Lattwein now lives in Canberra with her husband, two daughters, and a couple of dogs who are too big and badly behaved to fit in handbags.

Susan’s real jobs have been in admin, banking, and as a primary and ESL teacher – however she’s discovered playing around with words is un-real and the most fun of all. When she grows up Susan would like to write like Neil Gaiman.

Until then, Susan has written and self-published two romantic-suspense novels in the Arafura series. The second novel has more action than she expected, ending up a gritty romance with a bit of sex, dynamite, and hilarity – thankfully not always at the same time.

Susan blogs at susanlattwein.wordpress.com.

Susan has answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Susan’s work here on Pure Slush:

On the Inside is part of the online serial Dont Kill Me Im in Love  -  April 2015

Susan answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Green. My eye is always drawn to it as a choice, especially when alongside other colours.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I wear it sometimes, in all its hues. More as tops than pants, though.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Optimism, verdant hills, hope, energy, positive change, an oasis. Oh, and the number three (but that’s probably from using cuisenaire rods in school).

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Death, despair, the end of things. Green would not be on the cover of Cormack McCarthy’s The Road.

Pants.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since I outgrew pink as a child.

 

When does it work best?

It goes with other colours so gloriously - blue and white (the earth), black, purple, yellow - and especially pink, of course.

 

When does it not work for you?

Work trousers, eye-shadow, the back of a Sydney ferry I’ve just missed, or when blowing my nose :(

 

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

I think green reflects nature for me, it creates a mood, like comfort food for the soul.

I am not green, it’s something separate to me that I admire.

 

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Kathryn Lee

Kathryn Lee is a West Australian based writer of creative non-fiction and short fiction on the weekends, often found torturing herself by procrastinating and not actually writing. She has been published in the Fremantle-based Out of the Asylum’s anthology, Jukebox (2013) and the literary magazine, Cuttlefish (2015). Kathryn is writing a series of short fictions on growing up in the Western Australian wheatbelt in the 1970s. 

Kathryn has answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below). 

Read Kathryns work here on Pure Slush:

I have come a long way  -  June 2016

(above) Kathryn Lee appearing as Frida Kahlo at the artist's blue house in Mexico City.

 

Kathryn answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

I want to say I’m a polycolourist and lover of all colours. And I definitely like to mix it up. But it is all about red, a deep red for me. Although I would like to give a shout out to yellow – you always pick me up when I’m down.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Yes, everyday when I sink into my deep red couch.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Intensity.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

It’s not some vague wishy washy pastel. It knows its emotion.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

About thirty years.

 

When does it work best?

With careful consideration – it’s best to over analyse the situation, I find.

 

When does it not work for you?

There was that time when my mum sat on my deep red couch wearing turquoise. Whereupon I learned that relatives and furniture are not always a terribly good combination. (I didn’t enquire as to her inclination to move to a chair. But I admit I thought about it, as I grabbed the smelling salts.)

 

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

See the above answers.

 

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Randi Lee

Randi Lee is an avid writer of poetry and short stories. Her work focuses on life’s most honest moments, and often highlights the humor that can be found within them.

Randi’s work has been featured online, in print and in an anthology. She works in the marketing field and acts as her office’s journalist for both its internal and external web sites.

She recently hit a milestone by publishing her 350th article.

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

Read Randi's work here on Pure Slush

Break Time  -  August 2013  (n/f) 

Randi answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

My favorite color is light purple—like lavender.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Not very often, but at one point I wore lavender contacts.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

It suggests soft things to me, like laughter and easy moments.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

It does not suggest harsh things like war and violence.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Probably since I was a teenager. As a kid everything had to be bright red!

 

When does it work best?

When I need to relax—I go out into my garden and smell the lavender plants.

 

When does it not work for you?

When I’m in “rush mode” and need to get a lot of things done. I tend to need more stimulus, and more activating colors.

 

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

To me, this color is calm and even. I like to remain calm and even, so I’d have to say that this color is me.


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Cynthia Leslie-Bole

Cynthia Leslie-Bole is a writing coach and editor and has been published in the online journal Rootstalk and Moonshine Ink’s Creative Brew. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her best friend/husband and is the mother of two amazing young adults.

Cynthias first collection of poetry, The Luminous In-Between, was published in March 2016.

Cynthia has answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Cynthias work here on Pure Slush:

The Stature of Motherhood is part of tall...ish Pure Slush Vol. 11

The Point is part of Summer Pure Slush Vol. 12

Cynthia answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

I adore all bright colors. I don’t like to even say khaki, taupe, or beige, let alone look at them—the words sound as ugly as the colors to me. If I had to choose one favorite color, it would be the color of tanzanite, a rich, deep blue with a tiny hint of purple that makes me want to crawl inside and live there, filling my entire visual field with its vibrance.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I have a ring and pendant of tanzanite, and I must admit that I can get distracted staring into their depths when I’m supposed to be paying attention to what someone else is saying. It’s hard to find clothes in that exact color, but when I do, I snap them up without question if they fit. I end up wearing many related shades in the purple/blue color palate.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

The color suggests wisdom, clarity, intuition, expansion, and spirituality to me.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Indigo is the opposite of the unconsciousness, fear, greed, envy, and hate that fuels so much human action. To me, the hues of those baser impulses are the colors of contaminated mud—opaque browns with tinges of putrid green and an unnatural oily sheen on the surface.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

As a child I always said my favorite color was blue whenever anyone asked. When I was 16, I was given a small sapphire ring that had belonged to my great grandfather, and I remember staring into the depths of the sapphire as a meditation that took me into an ecstasy of blue. I went on my space-out journeys into blue frequently during math class, which may be why I almost failed algebra. (I’d rather blame that on my ring than my lack of innate math ability.) I still love sapphire blue, but adding the slightest dash of purple makes it even better.   

 

When does it work best?

Indigo works best for me when it is really bright and has contrasting colors nearby, especially orange or yellow. There’s nothing more beautiful to me than a field of wildflowers that has the purple-blue of lupine or irises next to neon-orange California poppies or sunshine-yellow buttercups.

 

When does it not work for you?

It doesn’t work as well for me when the color is watered down into a lighter periwinkle. Wimpy pastel colors are definitely not for me.

 

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

It seems like vibrant indigo is inside me, at my core, surrounded by yellow. Seeing it in the outside world inspires me, energizes me, and brings me home to a place of confidence in my own wisdom. It lets me know my place in the rainbow.


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Jonathan Levy

Jonathan Levy lives, works, and writes in Austin, Texas. Most recently, the staff and readers of Intrinsick, Havok, and Cafe Irreal have made him feel so grateful and lucky.

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

Read Jon’s work here on Pure Slush:

Sea of Clouds  -  May 2014

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

• Options for First Meeting with Wife and Lawyers  -  March 2016 

Jonathan answer The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Blue, for the same reason that I like pomegranates or almond butter--no idea, I just do. Or maybe it was driven into my brain at a young age because usually baby boys wear blue and baby girls wear pink. Then again not every guy’s favorite color is blue, so I’m sticking with my first answer.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Yes. In fact I’m wearing a blue shirt right now. And I often wear blue jeans (but not now). I don’t make a point of wearing blue, but it happens often.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

The sky. The sea. Coolness.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Depression.

“Feeling blue,” “I got the blues,” “Blue Monday” ... Not sure how the color earned that reputation, but that’s not what the color itself suggests to me when I see it.

By the way, I love blues music, for what it’s worth.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

As long as I can remember. Its only rivals are purple and orange, but they work only in specific instances--blue I always like (except see two questions down.)

 

When does it work best?

Clear, sunny days. Clear body of water in a tropical location. Birds, fish, butterflies.

 

When does it not work for you?

Types (or color) of cheese.

 

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

I’ve stared at this question for a while now...

Well, I’m not blue in the depressed sense. Nor in the cool sense. So I guess blue is me.

 

I asked my wife what color I am. She said green comes to mind, but doesn’t know why. I’d say she’s yellow.

 

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Veronica Marie Lewis-Shaw

Born in Lisboa, Portugal to parents of Portuguese / Russian descent, Veronica Marie and her partner of five years, Christina, call the Pacific Northwest home.  They recently celebrated their one year wedding anniversary, and ‘are still very much on honeymoon!’ 

Veronica is a regular contributor at Flash Fiction Friday and has been published in Pulp Metal Magazine.  Her story Lost But Not Forgotten was chosen for inclusion in The Lost Children:  A Charity Anthology, currently available online, and soon in print edition as well.  Proceeds go to children’s charities.

Her long fascination with noir fiction prompted Veronica to try her own hand at writing fiction – “the last two years have been a roller coaster!”  Her writings can be found on Blogger and Wordpress, at ῷ ‹ Veronica The Pajama Thief › ῷ and Veronica The Pajama Thief.  Veronica counts among her mentors - Carole A Parker, Paul D Brazill and Joyce Juzwik.

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

Read Veronica's work here on Pure Slush:

• Thread of Time  -  December 2011  (for counterpoint)

Veronica answers The Hue Questionnaire

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Purple.  My mother always wore a little bit of purple... a scarf or sash... a ribbon... a piece of jewelry... understated, but always 'there'.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Yes.  Daily.  Usually during the daytime.  For me, purple has a bold  vibrancy suited well when I am 'out and about', when I am in my 'conquer the world' mood!

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Courage and strength.  Love.  It reminds me daily of my mother, a woman of incredible strength and courage, who loved without hesitation... unconditionally.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Surrender... not giving something one's 'all'.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since I was a little girl.  I have distinct memories of Mama putting little purple ribbons in my hair.

 

When does it work best?

When I am 'creating'... trying something new.  When I am feeling bold and adventurous.

 

When does it not work for you?

When I am in a quiet, pensive mood.

 

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

My mother passed away three and a half years ago.  She was, and will always be... my hero.  When I wear purple, I feel a particular closeness with her.  The color reminds me of everything good in her and everything she tried to imbue in me.  It reminds me that everything I do... I do to honor her.

I am purple, in the sense of what it signifies to me... love... courage... strength.

 

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Ann Liska

Ann Liska wrote her first stories at about age ten. They weren’t any good, but she didn’t let that stop her. She was one of those people who planned to write “someday.” In 2009, after a move abroad, she suddenly found myself without any excuses not to write. She had plenty of time, and no distractions unless she made them up herself. Her story An Expat’s Return was published in Abu Dhabi in 2014, and another story, Continuum, will be published in Ink Stains Anthology in 2017.

Ann enjoys writing about human relationships, especially the quirky and unconventional, and in finding the humor in everyday situations.

By day, she’s an administrator at an Engineering and Scientific Institute for Emirati students. In addition to writing, she’s also a singer and a violinist.

Ann has answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below). 

Read Ann’s work here on Pure Slush:

The Cake  -  September 2016 

Ann answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Purple – strength and beauty, lavender - a softer shade of the same, more feminine but still strong

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Purple / lavender

 

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

Yes, usually to work a couple of times a week, and to church sometimes.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Ugliness, mean spirit

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since age 8 or 10, probably earlier

 

When does it work best?

When it’s a well tailored garment that’s functional and striking; power colour.

 

When does it not work for you?

When I’m not in a good mood or when I need even stronger power (red.)

 

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

I think it’s a little of both. Sometimes I’ve planned to wear one thing and at the last minute, it just doesn’t seem right. That’s when I will usually reach for my favorite colours instead. I live very far away from my family, so colour is also like a visual comfort food.

 

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Randy Lowens (Don Jennings)

The stories of Randy Lowens (real name Don Jennings) have been featured in Wrong Tree ReviewFried Chicken and CoffeeDog Eat Crow World, and elsewhere.

He lived in Richmond, Kentucky and you can find more of his work at Gnarled Oak, Knotty Pine.

Don died in early March 2012. 

As Randy, he answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read his work on Pure Slush:

• A Walk through Midtown  -  February 2011

The Escapee is also part of Notausgang 

Randy answered The Hue Questionnaire. 

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Blue. Because making love on a blanket in springtime beneath blue skies is an unparalleled pleasure.


Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

More days than not, I wear blue denim pants matched with other colors.


What does the colour suggest to you?

The sky, and passion. (See first question above.)


What does it not suggest to you?

Fear, alienation, and loneliness.


How long has it been your favourite colour?

My favorite color isn't something I often think about. But I've loved sky gazing since my earliest memories.


When does it work best?

Springtime.


When does it not work for you?

Winter. Right now.


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

Me and this color get it on. We're lovers. (I know, I'm obsessed with sex.) If I had to choose, I am this color, but this color is not me. It's bigger than me. It's God, and I'm a mere man.

 

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J P Lundstrom

J P Lundstrom is a former teacher of foreign languages and English. She has graduated from translating off-color jokes and riddles to writing her own stories. Some of her stories have been published in on-line publications. One book has been published, another is awaiting publication. Do not take her too seriously.

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

Read JP's work here on Pure Slush:

• Rapture  -  March 2016

No Pink Elephants is part of tall...ish Pure Slush Vol. 11 

J Ps favourite rose Double Delight

 

J.P. answers The Hue Questionnaire:

(For a moment, I thought this was history class and we were discussing Hue in Vietnam.)

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

I think it must be green; I don't know why--must have been early familial influences.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Never wear green, except St Patrick's Day

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Grass, trees, gardens

 

What does it not suggest to you?

money

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since I received the hated green bicycle for my tenth Christmas (my sister got the pretty blue one) and I was forced to make the best of it.

 

When does it work best?

Could you explain the question, please?

 

When does it not work for you?

Ditto

 

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

I am most certainly not a little green person. However, I do enjoy gardening.

 

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Bobbi Lurie

Bobbi Lurie is the author of three poetry collections: Grief Suite, The Book I Never Read, and Letter from the Lawn. Her work has appeared in numerous print and on-line journals, including Gulf Coast, New American Writing, Big Bridge, Otoliths and The American Poetry Review.

Dancing Girl Press will be publishing her chapbook, “to be let in the back porch,” in 2012

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

Read Bobbi's work here on Pure Slush:

Residual Idealism  -  December 2011

Kappuccino Extra  -  March 2012 

Bobbi answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?
Red. Because there is nothing quite like red ink scribbled all over a first draft.

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?
I am wearing a red blouse now, in fact. I almost always have something red on. ie; I have a red bracelet I wear, especially if I don't have anything else on that is red. I also wear a red scarf.

What does the colour suggest to you?
This color suggests to me that I've made a mistake but I can still correct it.

What does it not suggest to you?
It does not suggest that I have nothing to correct.

How long has it been your favourite colour?
It's been my favorite color ever since my orange sweater wore out and had too many holes in it and I was forced to buy a new one, since I don't sew. I bought a red sweater to replace the orange one because the red one was on sale.
Also, since I've started writing fiction as opposed to poetry where orange was ok, since mistakes in poetry are easier to hide, and I've never had an orange pen.

When does it work best?
It always works.

When does it not work for you?
It does not work for me with red pants. I gave away my red pants. It also doesn't work with red shoes. I gave away my red shoes. I think shoes should always be black because my red scarf has black polka dots on it.

How does the colour relate to you, or you relate to it? Are you this colour or is this colour you?
This color relates to me because I wear lipstick and the stereotypical picture of lipstick, I believe, though I may be wrong, is red. I'm not this color, though, since my lipstick is never quite red. It's always something close to red but other than red. I am not at all red. If you spoke to me for a while, you wouldn't think "red"--that's why I need to wear that bracelet--so that, even though I am not red, there is a part of me that needs red: how else could I correct all the mistakes on my manuscripts?
My glasses are black but I need to wear them to see the red marks on the paper.

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Red. Because there is nothing quite like red ink scribbled all over a first draft.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I am wearing a red blouse now, in fact. I almost always have something red on. ie; I have a red bracelet I wear, especially if I don't have anything else on that is red. I also wear a red scarf.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

This color suggests to me that I've made a mistake but I can still correct it.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

It does not suggest that I have nothing to correct.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

It's been my favorite color ever since my orange sweater wore out and had too many holes in it and I was forced to buy a new one, since I don't sew. I bought a red sweater to replace the orange one because the red one was on sale.

Also, since I've started writing fiction as opposed to poetry where orange was ok, since mistakes in poetry are easier to hide, and I've never had an orange pen.

 

When does it work best?

It always works.

 

When does it not work for you?

It does not work for me with red pants. I gave away my red pants. It also doesn't work with red shoes. I gave away my red shoes. I think shoes should always be black because my red scarf has black polka dots on it.

 

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

This color relates to me because I wear lipstick and the stereotypical picture of lipstick, I believe, though I may be wrong, is red. I'm not this color, though, since my lipstick is never quite red. It's always something close to red but other than red. I am not at all red. If you spoke to me for a while, you wouldn't think "red"--that's why I need to wear that bracelet--so that, even though I am not red, there is a part of me that needs red: how else could I correct all the mistakes on my manuscripts?

My glasses are black but I need to wear them to see the red marks on the paper.

 

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Karl MacDermott

Former stand-up comedian Karl MacDermott was famous for being ‘Ireland’s only home-based anti-Irish comedian’ in the 1990’s. After a sell out tour of the Isle of Man in the summer of 2001 he stunned the showbiz world by announcing he was hanging up his microphone stand. Since then he has concentrated on his writing.

Karl’s modest oeuvre includes a sit-com on BBC Radio 4, articles in The Irish Times and a debut novel described as “unputdownable”, although his publishers sticky adhesive cover design may have contributed to this. He is currently writer-in-residence at his home in Dublin and his new novel Ireland’s Favourite Failure is available on Amazon Kindle. You can find a clip about Irelands Favourite Failure here.

Karl has answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

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A Trip to Killeshandra  -  May 2014

 

Karl answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Otter brown. I’ve grown to love otters.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

All items of clothing I possess are of this colour and when naked I smear my body with a specially imported mud cream, Essence de Loutre.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Otters.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Zebras.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since last Thursday. Before then anything with gamboge just rocked my cymbals.

 

When does it work best?

Between five past ten and eight past ten each evening.

 

When does it not work for you?

The rest of the day.

 

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

For many years I suffered from lutraphobia, a bizarre and irrational fear of otters, but thanks to my therapist and life coach Dr. Bertram Cosmos, I have overcome this phobia. And otter brown represents my triumph in managing my fears as I pursue my life’s goal of facilitating my delusions.

 

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Sally-Anne Macomber

Sally-Anne Macomber was born and raised in Toronto, Canada, and studied journalism at Concordia University in Montreal. Her work on high fashion and the demise of haute couture has appeared in various online and print publications in both Europe and North America.

She turned to writing flash fiction in 2010, and hasn’t looked back.

Sally-Anne has answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Sally-Annes work here on Pure Slush:

An Implicit Agreement  -  February 2014  (n/f)

Signs of Love  -  February 2015 

Torchy Thomas, Cub Reporter is part of the online serial Don't Kill Me I'm in Love  -  28 March 2015 

Repeat Performance  -  June 2015 

Sally-Anne also took part in 2014. You can view photographs illustrating her story cycle for 2014 here, and you can read an interview about her part in the project here.

photo credit: Anna Zukko Simpson 

Sally-Anne answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Black. It hides everything except dandruff.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Yes, every day. And every evening. It reflects my Eastern bloc heritage!

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Ease. It’s an easy color. It works with everything except créme.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Picking strawberries in summer. Well, picking strawberries any time.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

I think I was born under a black cloud. (Again, it’s my Eastern bloc heritage!)

 

When does it work best?

When I can’t be bothered thinking about what to wear. A simple Rudi Gernreich ribbed turtleneck over an Ossie Clark A-line maxi skirt with Charles Jourdan sateen-velvet pumps. (Though probably not at the beach.)

 

When does it not work for you?

It’s not too good in a wartime blackout – luckily I’ve never experienced a wartime blackout.

 

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

I like it but I hope I’m a bit more than just a color. And I’m a bit pale-complexioned to be black but I had a New Zealand boyfriend once who … oh, it’s a long story.

 

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Dennis Mahagin

Dennis Mahagin’s poems and stories have appeared in 3:AM42opus,Exquisite CorpseJukedThe Absinthe Literary ReviewSmokelong QuarterlyStirringArsenic LobsterMetazenPANKNight Train,Thieves Jargon and Keyhole. Dennis is also an editor at the online zineFRiGG. A chapbook of his poems, ‘Fare’, is forthcoming from Redneck Press in conjunction with Fried Chicken and Coffee.

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

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• Chiowaga On The Path  -  October 2011

What is your favourite colour? Why?

I like orange.

Because it smacks of constancy. And sustenance.

And rejuvenation.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I have a couple of orange shirts, yes. 

And in the 70's, I had a pair of platform shoes 

that were basically burnt orange.

I've never worn orange pants, however.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Warmth. And a real good feeling, like seeing the sun go

down, but you know damn well it's coming around again.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Ignominy, and falsehood.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since I was a tike.

 

When does it work best?

In the morning. 

Or night.

 

When does it not work for you?

Mid afternoon (nap time)

 

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

Perhaps this question could best be answered by a poem:


"UNDER INFLUENCE OF ORANGE" 

Coldplay ripped off Satriani

as I contemplated the navel:

Not mine. Never gold

nor "yellow" 

only Orange. 

O'Hara peeled it

back, a red net full 

of citrus sack. Kenneth 

Patchen made his bears

always Orange. 

A colour is neither 

here nor 

there. Think 

of a long car trip: 

Open window, and a glow 

of cigarette tip: how the wind 

and night done shredded it. 

When I was young and 

thought of Orange 

going I got 

scared.  

 

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Robert Mangeot

Robert Mangeot lives in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife, neurotic Pomeranian and pair of feuding cats. His short fiction appears in various journals, including Lowestoft Chronicle, OneTitle MagazineSwamp Biscuits and Tea, and in the print anthology Intrepid Travelers. His writing has won awards from the Chattanooga Writers Guild, On The Premises, and Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. He blogs about everything from travel to Anglophilia to Dashiell Hammett, which you can find here

Robert has answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

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First of a Fine Spectacle is part of Catherine refracted

Robert answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

I am, I admit, a blue person. Somewhere between azure through ultramarine and occasionally lurching into navy. Researching the significance of that statement, I just found a shade called Zaffre that looks almost as cool as it sounds.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Not every day, but regularly. No known patterns, other than maybe in heavier rotation right after laundry day.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Honestly, I’ve just always liked the color. Blue need not be analyzed. Accessing my inner poet, though, I think blue invites possibility. Blue feels deep. Unlimited.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Narrowness. Confine yourself if you will, but good luck confining blue.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

As long as I can remember. Admittedly my memory is crap, but we go way back, rest assured.

 

When does it work best?

My favorite shirts are mostly blue, so I tend to grab for them when I want reliability. Or maybe rejuvenation.

Also, blueberries are a super fruit.  

 

When does it not work for you?

Colleges sporting events. The world is full of blue vs. red rivalries, and a hot one burns in my home state of Kentucky. I grew up in its ground zero and principal city, Louisville, home of the Fighting Cardinals. Cardinal red vs. Kentucky blue. It’s a big deal locally, and I’m Cardinal red.

I should mention that apparently my ancestors lost out big time in the French Revolution. So, in that sense, blue worked against us.

 

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

Our relating to colors seems like a one-way street. I mean, colors exist as reflections of light zipping all around the universe. The color spectrum is as old as time. Not so worried about us carbon bags rooted to the ground. So in that one way projection of meaning, I am not blue, but blue lets me access something true and resonant about myself. 

 

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Sharanya Manivannan

Sharanya Manivannan is the author of a book of poems, Witchcraft. A recent Pushcart Prize nominee, her fiction, poetry and essays have appeared in Drunken Boat, Killing The Buddha, Monkeybicycle, The Nervous Breakdown, Superstition Review and elsewhere.

She can be found online at www.sharanyamanivannan.com

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

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• Gigolo Maami  -  April 2012

Sharanya answers The Hue Questionnaire:


What is your favourite colour? Why?

I am irresistibly attracted to that bright neon pink known as fuchsia.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I used to have business cards in this colour. My phone is in this colour. The sides of my spectacles are in this colour. I have one tube of expensive lipstick in this colour. Undergarments, floral hairclips, dresses and tops – you name it – there is irrefutable evidence of my attraction to this very jejune (and very joyous) shade.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

As I said, it's jejune – I believe one must go through life with a certain naïvete in order to avoid becoming embittered. And it's joyous. If you'll allow one further alliteration – joie de vivre.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Fuchsia is a decidedly, determinedly, non-sombre, non-depressing, non-insipid, non-hostile colour.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

It became my favourite colour only a few years ago, for a specific reason (see last question).

 

When does it work best?

It works best with a smile.

 

When does it not work for you?

I can't say I've encountered such an occasion thus far.

 

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

When I began to live in Chennai, I found that in order to get along, I had to subdue many aspects of my personality. This was when fuchsia began to make frequent appearances in my wardrobe. A passionate, flagrant colour like this became, in a way, a splash of the old / real / inner me.

 

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Jayne Martin

In a past life, Jayne Martin was a TV-movie writer whose credits include Big Spender for Animal Planet, and A Child Too Many, Cradle of Conspiracy, and Deceived by Trust for Lifetime. She lives in Santa Ynez, California, where she rides horses, consumes copious amounts of great local wines, and shares her views of the world on her blog injaynesworld – where nothing is sacred. Most recently, her story, The Heart of the Town won the Fall 2013 WOW-Women On Writing Flash Fiction Competition.

Jayne’s book of humor essays, Suitable for Giving: A Collection of Wit with a Side of Wry is available in paperback and digital formats.

Jayne answers The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

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The Reluctant Traveler  -  June 2014

Jayne answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Denim. It doesn’t show the dirt.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Every day. Everywhere.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

That I’m too lazy to do laundry on a regular basis.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

That I’m a fashionista.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since leaving my city-girl ways behind and moving to the country 20 years ago.

 

When does it work best?

When riding horses, mucking out stalls, planting veggies or throwing on a lacy top and heading out to party. Its versatility knows no bounds.

 

When does it not work for you?

In bed. Even I have some standards.

 

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

 

I and the color are one. It says, “What you see is what you get.” I am non-pretentious perhaps to a fault. Although, I can’t think of any situation where being pretentious would be a good thing. 

 

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Lauri Martin

Lauri Martin earned a BA from Montana State University.

She lives in Olympia, Washington, USA, where she spends the rainy days writing.

Lauri answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

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• Solemate  -  February 2011

Lauri answers The Hue Questionnaire

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

A sort of deep teal. It reminds me of the time just before dawn.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Yes, I have one shirt this color that I wear once a week or so if it’s clean, and a parka I wear when I go out in the rain (everyday).

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Waking up.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Twilight or anything having to do with werewolves or vampires.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

About a month; since I bought my favorite shirt.

 

When does it work best?

When I feel like I need to concentrate on something, or when I need to keep dry.

 

When does it not work for you?

So far I haven’t experienced this. My relationship with deep teal is in the honeymoon phase.

 

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

I think this color looks like I feel. Like I'm just on the edge of a new stage in life. 

 

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Vanessa Mather

Vanessa Mather received her Master’s in Journalism and Mass Communication from Arizona State University and a Bachelor’s in Journalism from New York University. She loves writing and has explored almost every facet of it, from journalism to corporate communications to public relations to grant writing.

When she's not writing, she's reading, exercising, exploring new vegan recipes, and spending time with her husband and black lab. 

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

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• The First Tour  -  May 2012  (n/f)

Vanessa answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Green. It reminds me of the Earth and trees and grass and the rolling hills of Ireland and Scotland.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

It's hard to find too many green clothing items, but when I do I certainly get and wear them, whenever. But I always feel like I'm emanating green through my environmentalism and compassionate spirit.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Comfort, nature, environmentalism, calm.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Industrialism, capitalism, greed, envy. I know the saying, but it has never struck me that way.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since I can remember.

 

When does it work best?

Always!

 

When does it not work for you?

When I'm in a black mood. Pretty much no colors work for me then.

 

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

I am this color. It existed way before I did. I strive to be as green as possible, always, and it's an ongoing journey.

 

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Cindy Matthews

Cindy Matthews has worked as a chamber maid, potato peeler, data entry operator, teacher, and vice-principal of special education programs. She writes, paints, and instructs online courses for teachers in Bruce County, Ontario, Canada.

Cindys fiction and non-fiction have appeared or are forthcoming in Story and Picture, The Bohemyth, Ascent Aspirations, Tincture Journal, The Steel Chisel, The Rural Voice, Ricochet, Crab Fat Literary Magazine, Green Hills Literary Lantern, The Gambler, and Rhubarb Magazine. She is a frequent book reviewer for Prick of the Spindle and Professionally Speaking. Her creative non-fiction piece, ‘Nothing by Mouth’, was shortlisted in the 2014 Event Magazine Non-Fiction Contest.

Find her work at cindymatthews.ca

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

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3 stories for Feast! Pure Slush Vol. 9

Cindy answers The Hue Questionnaire

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

I like green. It reminds me of nature and growth.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Rarely. Green does not look good with my skin tone.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Green suggests change. When I see the farmers tilling the fields in the spring, the soil is brown. A few weeks later, tiny sprouts shoot forth. A month later, there is a little plant. By harvest, there is something there to eat or enjoy.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Green never reminds me of death.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Green has been a favourite colour since I was a child living on a chicken farm in rural Canada. Our property had ten acres. The front lawn was a large play area for me as was the nearby forest where I collected samples of twigs, mushrooms, and mosses.

 

When does it work best?

Green works best in spring and summer. In spring, the landscape where I live is brutally dull. Mounded snow has flattened the brown vegetation. As the snow melts and eventually shrinks away, tiny wisps of green appears. It is the new growth beginning all over again.

By summer, the entire landscape competes with green: lime, pea, apple, willow, moss, sage, spinach, aquamarine, and so forth.

 

When does it not work for you?

Green doesn’t work as well for me in the dead of Canadian winter. The pine, spruce, and cedars have become duller. The deciduous trees have lost their leaves and shiver bare branches in the wind. The cedars turn olive in colour by late November. I still enjoy them, though. They are the only evidence of colour against a white backdrop unless the clouds part and skies brighten on a sunny day.

In addition to being a writer, I am a painter. I use a lot of bright colours in my work, including green. Last winter was an unusually harsh winter in my area of Canada. We battled huge amounts of snow, raging winds, and many months of sub-zero temperatures. I craved colour and fun. I painted a series of whimsical frogs using watercolour paint. Many of the paintings featured variations of the colour green.

 

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

Philosophically, I believe every day I change a little. Therefore, I am this colour. I am green.


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Michael Gillan Maxwell

Michael Gillan Maxwell lives in the Finger Lakes Region of New York state, USA where he writes and creates visual art. A teller of tales & singer of songs, he’s prone to random outbursts, and may spontaneously combust or break into song at any moment.

Maxwell can be found ranting and raving on his website, Your Own Backyard.

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

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Fly the Friendly Skies is part of real

When Nature Calls  -  June 2013 

Michael answers The Hue Questionnaire: 

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

I don't have one, single favorite color. I think color is the most "relative" of all the elements of art, and my "favorite" color depends on my mood and what the color is related to. I like red cars and black guitars, Navy blue blazers and khaki chinos. If I had to choose one "favorite" color, I suppose I would have to go with "teal" which is a deep, blue-green. I like it because it is evocative of nature and I see it in water, sky and plants. (and certain kinds of birds and lizards!)

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I DO wear this color, but sparingly. I'm actually more of a winter palette, but I've had several shirts in various shades of teal. I guess I wear teal for parties, playful, festive occasions and golf, sailing and drinking margaritas at a summer cook out more than anything else.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Teal suggests nature, water, sky, forest, mystery, dreams, restfulness, relaxation, peace and qualities like deep, dark and ephemeral. It's almost like turquoise, but darker, with more green. The paintings of Rousseau, the cool jazz of Miles Davis.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

I don’t think it's a good color for food or houses or dogs. I don't think it really works for power tools, firearms or legal documents either. It's not a healthy skin tone and I wouldn't want my teeth to be that color.

 

How long has it been your favourite color?

I remember buying a shirt that was a gorgeous shade of teal for the Holidays about 25 years ago. Around that same time we painted the walls of our living room in a color that might best be described as teal. It was a room with very high ceilings, beautiful wood trim and great light from 3 very large windows. The effect was very cozy and intimate and rich and was a wonderful back drop for much of our art.


When does it work best?

With the proper lighting and in relation to other colors it contrasts or harmonizes with. It doesn't work if everything next to it or around it is too dark. In the case of our living room walls, the woodwork was kind of an ivory white, the lighting was indirect and art work framed in gold just JUMPED off the walls. I've worn gold ties with teal shirts. As an article of clothing, teal is informal and works with black, white or khaki pants or shorts. It's a good color for golf shirts, sailing shirts and playing out with the band.


When does it not work for you?

I actually use it and wear it very sparingly. It can be nauseating in the wrong context and easily over done. I would never wear teal colored business or formal attire. I wouldn't wear it to a job interview or a funeral or if I was being tried for a crime. I'm not a big fan of teal as a hair color, and I wouldn't paint my nails in teal. (But then again, I wouldn't paint my nails at all.)

 

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

I think I relate to it. I live in an area with beautiful lakes and forests. As I look out my window in the early evening at the end of May, I see this color in the trees, plants and water. It is calming and restful. I can BE this color if the mood and lighting is right.


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Arunima Mazumdar

Arunima Mazumdar is a graduate in English literature from Delhi College of Arts and Commerce, Delhi University (India) and is currently working as a lifestyle journalist for the Times of India group.

She recently got one of her short stories published in a book (with 19 other co-authors) as a result of a short story competition.

She finds the short story and flash fiction genre particularly intriguing, thanks to the literary works of Franz Kafka, Rabindranath Tagore, and Jhumpa Lahiri. 

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

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Three Months to Summer  -  May 2012

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Green. To me it signifies life. A feeling of being alive. 

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Yes I wear it often. Say about twice every week.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Like I said, it gives me a feeling of being alive. It exudes happiness.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Gloomy. Morose. Negativity.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Almost 5-6 years.

 

When does it work best?

When I am jubilant about anything and everything.

 

When does it not work for you?

When I'm feeling dull and low.

 

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

It defines my sense of being happy. This colour is me. 

 

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Jenean McBrearty

Jenean McBrearty is a graduate of San Diego State University, who taught Political Science and Sociology. Her fiction, poetry, and photographs have been published in over a hundred and sixty print and on-line journals.

Jenean won the Eastern Kentucky English Department Award for graduate Non-fiction in 2011, and she won a Silver Pen Award in 2015 for her noir short story: Red’s Not your Color. Her serials Raphael Redcloak: Guardian of the Arts and Retrolands can be found on Jukepop.com.

Jenean’s novels can be found on Lulu.com and Amazon.com. She lives in Kentucky and writes full time.

Jenean has answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

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Fionas Miserable Serve is part of tall...ish Pure Slush Vol. 11

A True Renaissance  -  September 2016 

Jenean answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

green---it’s versatile; it’s complimentary; it can be the color of palm trees, sage, Christmas trees; it can glow like sapphire or be subtle; it goes with my other favorite colors, white, yellow, and maroon.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Because I like flowers, and prints, the green is always present. So, mostly all the time. But it’s not so much that I wear it as that I like looking at it. One of my favorite art prints is entitled, The Palm Room....it says it all for me. Gracious. Graceful. Hopeful.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

A chameleon. Change. From the iridescent blue-green of the peacock feather to the rolling hillsides of Kentucky to the sea-green of California.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Death.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

I’ve gone through phases. I was (still am to some degree) a fan of navy blue---and yellow perks me up like no other.

 

When does it work best?

When I’m sitting on the sofa in the afternoon, and the sun is streaming though my magnolia patterned sheer curtains---the whole room is dreamy...I think of Green Mansions.

 

When does it not work for you?

When its near the color pink. I always think of Petunia...Porky Pig’s girl friend.

 

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

Green is the liturgical color of hope and the Holy Spirit, so I identify it with spirituality and quiet spaces like libraries and convents. A room isn’t empty as long as it has plants growing in it. Every color is mine! That’s what eyes are for.  

 

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Mary McCluskey

Mary McCluskey is a UK journalist with a base in Los Angeles and a home in Stratford upon Avon, UK.

Her short stories have been published in a number of literary magazines in the US and UK, including The London MagazineAtlantic Unbound,StoryQuarterly; have been included in a couple of anthologies; and have been read on BBC Radio 4.

Mary also answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

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• Maelstrom  -  October 2011

Mary answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Kingfisher blue. Why? Because it's both blue and green and deep and rich.


Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Yep. Not often. When I want to look deep and rich.


What does the colour suggest to you?

The sea in a child's picture.


What does it not suggest to you?

Sausage and mash.


How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since - erm, yesterday.


When does it work best?

In the evening.


When does it not work for you?

In the bath.


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

To the first question: we're not related. To the second: all of the above. I think.

 

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Al McDermid

Al McDermid writes speculative (i.e. genre) fiction, magic realism, and occasionally Brauniganesque poetry. He is also the author of All That Is, a collection of poetry based on the Chinese classic, the Tao Te Ching, and is the co-author (with Aki Liao) of two throwback, hard-boiled mysteries set in post-WWII, pre-statehood Hawaii. His literary role models are Henry Miller, Richard Brautigan, and Robert E. Howard (and if that combination makes sense to anyone, please explain it to him).

He blogs here on his own confused writing process here, and you can find his books here.

He shares a lot with some feral chickens in Hilo, Hawaii.

Al has answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

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No Good Deed is part of the online serial Don't Kill Me I'm in Love  -  from 18 April 2015

coyote go see what's what is part of tall...ish Pure Slush Vol. 11 

Al answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

I’m hard pressed to choose between deep blue and deep green. Let’s say blue. Maybe because I find them peaceful, maybe because they remind me of Hawaii. Lately, I’ve developed an affinity for red. Not sure what that’s about.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I wear both blue and green. When I worked in Tokyo, I always wore blue shirts rather that white (I hate white shirts). Now that I’m back in Hawaii and can wear Aloha shirts without being mistaken for a gangster or a ukulele player, I wear other colors, but still favor blue or green.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

The cool colors suggest calm and tranquility (which is not what’s going on in my head most of the time.)

 

What does it not suggest to you?

The chaos that IS going on in my head most of the time.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

All of my adult life, as far as I can recall. My mother once said of me, “He likes all colors, as long as it’s Navy Blue.”

 

When does it work best?

Pretty much always. Forgo black and wear to my funeral.

 

When does it not work for you?

 I can’t imagine. I’m boring that way.

 

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

I recently returned to Honolulu, but was then invited to Hilo, a small city surrounded by blue and green. I decided to move here before the plane landed. It makes me happy. Blue sky, blue sea, green forests and fields--it’s my vision of heaven.

 

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Matt McGee

Matt McGee is a short fiction writer living in the Los Angeles area. His collections Diversions and Leaving Rayette are available on Amazon.

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

Read Matt's work here on Pure Slush:

• How to Put the Mad in Men  -  December 2012

The Benny-Allen Years is also part of obit. 

True Shock and Lefty, Daisy and the Clueless Man are part of barcode

Matt answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Green. Calms me down every time I’m heading into an intersection.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Twice a week? Depends on what gets washed.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

A sense of peace

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Everything clichéd.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since the day I realized trees bring me more peace than Big Gulps

 

When does it work best?

When used to shade the word ‘Accepted’ on the Submittable dashboard

 

When does it not work for you?

When found on foods long forgotten

 

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

I’m sure I’m drawn to it after having been moved from a very lush, green country as a ten-year old to the hot dry brown landscape of the Arizona desert. Calmer, greener places have become both a psychological pursuit and a visual one, conquered now with Visa cards and good flight schedules. 

 

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Paul McGranaghan

Paul McGranaghan was born in Derry and began growing up in Strabane, Northern Ireland. He attended grammar school in Omagh and then went to Manchester where he studied Zoology. He worked as a microbiologist near Aberystwyth, Wales, and as a Neuroscientist, again in Manchester. He has travelled throughout Ireland and Europe, living for a year in Italy and two years in Spain. He has been published by the BBC, in various anthologies, in Literary Orphans, and is soon to appear in Paragraphiti, The Corner Club Press, and Lowestoft Chronicle.

He currently lives in Dublin, where he enjoys receiving gifts.

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

Read Paul’s work here on Pure Slush:

Kutna Hora  -  June 2014

Paul has answered The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Brown. It’s the colour of rivers, trees and hills.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Sometimes. In autumn, or when I want to be reminded of it.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

It suggests stateliness, wisdom, and depth.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

It does not suggest brash, loud, attention-seeking, neediness.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Always.

 

When does it work best?

In Old Masters, North Atlantic landscapes, and forests.

 

When does it not work for you?

In interior decorating.

 

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

It’s calming, benevolent, and tranquil - attributes it would be good to maintain. 

 

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Jessica McHugh

Jessica McHugh is an author of speculative fiction that spans the genre from horror and alternate history to epic fantasy. A member of the Horror Writers Association and a 2013 Pulp Ark nominee, she has devoted herself to novels, short stories, poetry, and playwriting.

Jessica has had thirteen books published in five years, including the bestselling Rabbits in the Garden, The Sky: The World and the gritty coming-of-age thriller PINS. More info on her speculations and publications can be found at http://www.jessicamchughbooks.com/.

Jessica has answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

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Jessica is taking part in 2014, and you can find an interview with her about her part in the project here.

Jessica answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Blue. Because it looks good on me, and it’s non-fattening. Not like White. That jerk always makes me look fat.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Absolutely. I wear more blue in the winter because most of my pants are blue jeans, so it’s pretty unavoidable. But if I have a clean blue clothes, I’m usually wearing them. Actually, they don’t always have to be clean.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Bluebirds of happiness ... or sadness. I guess it depends on the shade of the day.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Ultimate spine-crushing, child-corrupting, last slice of pizza between two hungry giants evil.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since I realized I was a girl who didn’t like pink. 

 

When does it work best?

When no one else is wearing blue. I stand out like a slightly thinner version of Violet Beauregarde after chewing bad gum. 

 

When does it not work for you?

When I go see the Blue Man Group. No one seems to care about the Blue Woman Standing By Herself.

 

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

This color and I wrote and performed a play called “How to be Happy when You’re Blue.” It did terribly. But we remained close friends despite the disappointment. We even had a bit of a love affair – until he cheated on me, and we broke up. I saw Red for a while after that, but once I cooled down I was able to love Blue again. Sweet, sexy Blue.

 

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Jolene McIlwain

Jolene McIlwain teaches literary theory / criticism part-time at Chatham and Duquesne Universities in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her fiction has been twice nominated (as Honorable Mention and Top 25 Finalist) in Glimmer Train’s Very Short Fiction contests. Her work appears in The Fourth River and Five Pure Slush Vol. 10 and is forthcoming in Prairie Schooner’s Sports Shorts series. This is her chocolate Lab, Hank’s, first appearance in a published story. You can tweet her at @jolene_mcilwain.

Jolene answers The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Jolene’s work here on Pure Slush

Angling is part of Five Pure Slush Vol. 10

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

 

Jolene answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Certainly green! Kermit the Frog green, moss green, Loden green, olive green, Shrek green, absinthe green, the green light in Gatsby.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Sometimes, but mostly my house wears it—nearly every room is a different shade. The wedding band my husband chose for me is made of emeralds. I’m a little obsessed with the color, I’ll admit.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Beyond anything else, growth. I’m a gardener and there is nothing more beautiful than those first shoots of green, those first brave buds and leaves. Food, energy, health and hope.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Death dying and rot.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

I’m not sure but I distinctly remember finding a four-leaf clover when I was very small. My dad kept it in his wallet next to my photo for years and I connected the color and that moment with luck. In all of the green of our lawn, I could distinguish the one four-leaf from all of the three-leaf ones and it made me feel as though I could see things others might miss. I felt the same way when I spotted my first piece of green sea glass along the surf, and the green heron at the Outer Banks in Duck, North Carolina, one beautiful summer.

 

When does it work best?

When it is part of a plant.

 

When does it not work for you?

When I’m “green with envy” of course.

 

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

With writing and life I guess I always feel “a little green,” like I still have so much to learn. 

 

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Todd McKie

Todd McKie is an artist and writer. He lurches from canvas to keyboard, bleary-eyed and paint-spattered, but grateful for the exercise.

His stories have appeared in PANK, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, STORY (Online), Chicago Literati, and elsewhere.

Todd lives in Boston and blogs sporadically at toddmckie.blogspot.com

His stories have appeared in Dark Sky, PANK 5, and 971 MENU and other places.

Todd also answered The Hue Questionnaire (see below).

Read Todd's work here on Pure Slush:

• Straight and True  -  February 2011

• Eastward Ho! -  August 2011

Seafood is also part of gorge 

A Horse's Tale is also part of Catherine refracted 

Todd will be the Featured Author in October 2013. 

Beauty  -  October 2013

• Pep Up!  -  October 2013 

Real Estate  -  October 2013

Stamp Collecting  -  October 2013

Above and Beyond  -  December 2013

Cinco de Mayo is part of Five Pure Slush Vol. 10  

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

• She’s a Big Woman  -  September 2016

Todd answers The Hue Questionnaire.

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Blue. A woman once told me I should always wear blue because it brought out the color of my eyes. I'm not sure what she meant, but I liked the sound of it. And her.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I wear blue jeans virtually all day, every day. I have six or seven pairs of them. The ones I wear in the studio are covered with paint stains.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Big skies, big open spaces, fragile possibilities.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

The noonday sun, a blast furnace, chili peppers.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Ever since you asked.

 

When does it work best?

Twilight.

 

When does it not work for you?

In total darkness.

 

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

While figuring out how to sidestep this question, a line from a Marc Cohn song, Walking in Memphis, popped into my brain: "I got a first class ticket, but I'm as blue as a boy can be." 


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Heather McQuillan

Heather McQuillan is a writer and writing tutor from Christchurch, New Zealand. Her flash fiction regularly appears in Flash Frontier. She also writes poetry, and novels for children. She is currently engaged in retelling the stories of migrant children who have arrived in Christchurch since the earthquakes. Heather’s profile can be found at: http://authors.org.nz/author/heathermcquillan/.

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

Read Heather’s work here on Pure Slush:

• Impossible Sonata is part of Five Pure Slush Vol. 10

• Slip Sliding Away  -  March 2016

Heather answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Orange. It’s warm, spicy and playful. It has energy.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Yes and quite often. I have numerous orange scarves, orange tops/ jackets and even a mustardy-orange pair of jeans. I have orange jandals. My eyes are always drawn to orange clothes in a store.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

being alert, mandarins, warm terracotta tiles, sunrise,

 

What does it not suggest to you?

cynicism, sleepiness, mundane, routine

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since childhood- I grew up in the seventies so orange was part of our home decor. I also loved marigolds as a little kid.

 

When does it work best?

To the dismay of others, I once painted over the wallpaper in a dark wood-panelled living room with a deep orange and it was amazing, especially with the turquoise fire place. It also works well in the garden with flashes of hot orange among the fresh green.

 

When does it not work for you?

I am well and truly over orange road cones, day-glo orange vests and road signs all around Christchurch.

 

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

We’re all rainbows so I’m not always orange, but when I am then I’ll be my true self and content – probably creating or helping others be creative, curled up with a good book, or striding along the beach with a good friend.

 

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Fleming Meeks

Fleming Meeks is a longtime magazine editor in New York. He recently published three poems in the The American Poetry Review. He is working on a 20-sonnet series called Knocko’s Wife.

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

Read Fleming's work here on Pure Slush:

Dr Honeymoon Checks Her Watch  -  October 2013

Fleming answers The Hue Questionnaire: 

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Blue, dark navy (almost black) to midnight blue (the color of new denim). Deep blues have a magical light but are not garish.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Several times a week, suits, blazers. In the business world navy blue is a kind of protective coloration. I tell my children that if they dress conservatively, they can get away with a lot more. They have not yet recognized the wisdom of their father.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Authority (see above)

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Uncertainty

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Various blues have always been my favorite color, but they have grown darker as I’ve gotten older.

 

When does it work best?

At work and after I have lost weight.

 

When does it not work for you?

I wrote a poem recently that was a series of declarative sentences -- I think it was 23 lines -- based on the transcription of a visit to a psychic many years ago. One line was, “Be careful when you wear the color blue.” The psychic did not say that. I made it up. And it’s wrong, just as everything he said turned out to be.

 

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; no; and no. 

 

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Judith Mesch

Judith writes of herself:

I write when I can.  The light verse came as a surprise, as I wrote short stories many, many years ago, when I was an adolescent, but never had the confidence to try to publish.  A couple of years ago, having not had a twitch in that direction for many years, I started writing light verse, and sometimes children's stories.  I am trying to get a couple of picture books published.

I did have a poem in February's Off the Coast and one in Lucidity and a poem and a sort of small fantasy in a couple of on line magazines but so briefly that I didn't get to see either one.  One was Amaranthine muses, a dot journal, and two others I don't remember.  And also many rejections.

If anything got me thinking of myself as a writer it was the rejections.  Once in a while one will manage to injure my feelings but usually, they're a proof that I've joined the real world of writing on equal terms.  Writes of passage, you might say.  And the always surprising and always very pleasing acceptance keeps me going, too.

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

Read Judith's work on Pure Slush:

• 3 Poems  -  April 2011

• A Simple Dream  -  August 2011

 

Judith answers The Hue Questionnaire

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Don't mean to be cagey, but that depends.  Flowers: Deep blues shading to purple.  To look at, in general, lots of color all at once, enough to make a noise.  But not to wear, of course.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I usually wear black.  Whatever is available that fits; not so simple.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Brilliant color suggests uncomplicated joy.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Death and destruction.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

I've felt this way for a while.  Maybe longer.

 

When does it work best?

When it surprises me.

 

When does it not work for you?

When nothing else does, either.

 

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

a) Thirty years ago I might have related to a color. Today I relate to my back not aching.

b) No.

 

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Corey Mesler

Corey Mesler has published in numerous journals and anthologies. He has published five novels, Talk: A Novel in Dialogue (2002), We Are Billion-Year-Old Carbon (2006), The Ballad of the Two Tom Mores (2010), Following Richard Brautigan (2010), and Gardner Remembers (2011); two full length poetry collections, Some Identity Problems (2008) and Before the Great Troubling (2011); and three books of short stories, Listen: 29 Short Conversations (2009), Notes toward the Story and Other Stories (2011) and I’ll Give You Something to Cry About (2011).

He has also published a dozen chapbooks of both poetry and prose. He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize numerous times, and two of his poems have been chosen for Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac. He also claims to have written, “Coronet Blue.” With his wife, he runs Burke’s Book Store in Memphis TN, one of the country’s oldest (1875) and best independent bookstores.

He can be found at www.coreymesler.com

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

Read Corey's work at Pure Slush:

• Jump Start  -  December 2011

• Two Doors is also part of Notausgang 

Corey is the Featured Author for May 2012

• Getting to G--  -  May 2012

• Bluff City  -  May 2012

• City of Poets  -  May 2012

• The Travels of Cocoa Poem Lorry  -  May 2012 

At Five, Digging, I Scare Myself is part of Five Pure Slush Vol. 10  

Mirror Image  -  June 2016 

Corey answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 


What is your favourite colour? Why?
 Gray, because it stands on the threshold, because it is neither day nor night, and because it is one of the only colours I can spell the way my Canadian ancestors did. 
Do you wear this colour? How often and when?
 I wear it like a shadow. I wear it to go dance with the other shades. 
What does the colour suggest to you?
 Indecision. Janus-faced. The road. Chocolate milk. 
What does it not suggest to you?
 The end of the search. 
How long has it been your favourite colour?
 Since I recognized that we are all made from clay with souls like fog. I think I discovered this when I was about five, about the same time I learned about death, which I thought then and still think now, is one raw deal. 
When does it work best?
 In the gloaming. 
When does it not work for you?
 Early morning, with nausea and anosognosia

How does the colour relate to you, or you relate to it? Are you this colour or is this colour you?
Like all of us I am all colours. Meaning black. We are all black. How can there still be racial prejudice? 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Gray, because it stands on the threshold, because it is neither day nor night, and because it is one of the only colours I can spell the way my Canadian ancestors did.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I wear it like a shadow. I wear it to go dance with the other shades.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Indecision. Janus-faced. The road. Chocolate milk.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

The end of the search.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since I recognized that we are all made from clay with souls like fog. I think I discovered this when I was about five, about the same time I learned about death, which I thought then and still think now, is one raw deal.

 

When does it work best?

In the gloaming.

 

When does it not work for you?

Early morning, with nausea and anosognosia

 

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

Like all of us I am all colors. Meaning black. We are all black. How can there still be racial prejudice?

 

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Neila Mezynski

Neila Mezynski resides in San Jose, California, a one time ballet dancer and choreographer turned abstract painter and author.

Her fiction and poetry has appeared and in many places including Bewildering StoriesSnow Monkey Journal, Word Riot, Mud Luscious, Foundling Review, Weird Year, and Breadcrumb Sins, among others.

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

Read Neila's work here on Pure Slush:

• Roamin' in Cleveland  -  May 2012

Couple  -  May 2014 

Green Curl is part of Five Pure Slush Vol. 10  

Tall Fall Girl is part of tall...ish Pure Slush Vol. 11 

Camera-shy Neila likes this photo.

Neila answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

I like Cinnamon Red and Periwinkle Blue

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I wear the Cinnamon but the light blue is not so good on my ecru colored skin.. hmmm…

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

strong

 

What does it not suggest to you?

weak

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

I can't remember not loving the color

 

When does it work best?

Winter months

 

When does it not work for you?

Summer, kind of a hot color

 

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

Let's do both!

 

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David R. Miller

David R. Miller lives in the lower Blue Mountains of New South Wales, Australia. He writes poetry, short stories and lyrics. His novel Ever Diminishing Circles was released last year, and his work has recently appeared in The Camel Saloon and The Roar.

David enjoys bushwalking, hang gliding and a robust port. He swims like a kookaburra, and drives like a snail.

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

Read Davids work here on Pure Slush:

My Word  -  June 2014

David answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Purple is my favourite colour. It is moody, evocative, sensual and psychedelic. I also like the variants of purple: mauve, lilac, maroon, burgundy.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I usually wear black these days, but I have a number of purple shirts, both long-sleeved and short. I wear purple at least twice a week, and it’s a colour that can be worn anywhere. I have an amazing purple shirt from my teenage years that has purple, blue and black swirls. It seems to have shrunk across the years and is now rather ill-fitting. I suspect this has little to do with my expanding waist. I once had a shot silk purple suit, since outgrown. I reckon everyone looks good in purple, especially those purple-uniformed students from the nearby dental hospital. The instructive and life-affirming Gogol Bordello song ‘Start Wearing Purple’ pretty much nails it.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Non-conformity, miasma, beetroot, risk, jacarandas, escapism, Al Grassby, wine, adventure, listening to my favourite psychedelic bands – Love, The Holydrug Couple, Tame Impala, Thee Oh Sees – seemingly all tinged with a purple hue.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Formality, structure, conservatism, being sensible.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Purple has been my favourite colour since my previous life, or at the very least my childhood. I was enamoured with Batman (the TV series) as a child. The Penguin with his purple top hat was my favourite villain. My folks also had chunks of amethyst lying about the house that seemed to have some kind of mystical presence.

 

When does it work best?

When I make blueberry pancakes and the skins rupture, oozing rich streams of purple blood across the plate. No colour could match it (and no I don’t understand why they are called blueberries either). 
The carriages of the inter-urban trains in which I do most of my writing have recently had a refit. The interiors have changed from a lawn green to a soothing luxuriant plum colour.

A seasoned traveller couldn’t ask for more.

 

When does it not work for you?

On the night of Saturday 21 September 2013 when the Fremantle Dockers wearing their purple guernseys systematically destroyed my beloved Sydney Swans in the Preliminary Final, emphatically ending their season.

 

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

We have had an historical symbiotic association over many years. It doesn’t seek me out as much as it once did, but to me it never goes unnoticed. Though there are now days when I feel more grey than purple, it will always influence my world view in some measure. Life would be much poorer without it. 

 

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Marda Miller

During her summer vacation before fourth grade, Marda’s father forced her to become a writer. Each day, she had to complete a new story before being allowed to play with her friends. From these nurturing and inspired artistic beginnings, Marda evolved into the creative genius behind naming the family dog.

Her love affair with words endured and she now writes because she doesn’t know any better.

Visit her website for a taste.

Marda also answers The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Marda's work here on Pure Slush:

• Killing the Neighbors  -  October 2011

Marda answers The Hue Questionnaire

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Red. Because I am an Aries and this is our preferred color.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Yes, I wear it when I want a thrill.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Passion and curiosity.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Boredom.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Honestly, I am not certain.

 

When does it work best?

When it is wine.

 

When does it not work for you?

When I am bleeding. Or if I try to wear it as lipstick.

 

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

I relate to it since it is a very emotionally intense color. It is love with a dash of danger, and that is exactly how I live my life.

 

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Justis Mills

Justis Mills is the editor of First Stop Fiction and an associate fiction editor for Cease, Cows. His work has appeared, in the distance, haloed by fog. He’s going back to the novel revision cave soon. Better stop by http://www.justisdevanmills.com/ before he disappears completely.

Justis has answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Justis’s work here on Pure Slush:

Please RSVP  -  August 2013

Justis answers The Hue Questionnaire

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Lime Green. It is my favorite because of the webcomic Homestuck. Characters in Homestuck are generally associated with colors. There is a pair of characters in particular that seem to symbolize selfishness and selflessness. They exist in a state of uneasy equilibrium. Lime green is the color of the more selfless of the characters, Calliope.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I do! Not often, because I don’t have much clothing that is lime green. But I think it looks pretty good on me, fortunately.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

It reminds me of seeking help and not simply seeing events in my life in terms of my own advantage. It also reminds me of spirituality and hope.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Well, it doesn’t suggest ruthlessness and maniacal focus. The latter of those I think is useful, and one reason why the two characters in Homestuck are both important.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Maybe a year or so.

 

When does it work best?

When I am feeling spiritual, it can be extremely comforting and somewhat emotional to see.

 

When does it not work for you?

When I am feeling exhausted, sometimes it doesn’t do much for me.

 

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

Sometimes I associate myself with the color, when I feel like I am doing my best to be a positive influence in the lives of others.

 

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Gwendolyn Joyce Mintz

Gwendolyn Joyce Mintz writes stories and takes pictures.

Her work has appeared in various journals, online and print, as well as twenty anthologies.  She is a former news writer and college writing instructor.

Sometimes she blogs about her creative life at http://wwwonewriter.blogspot.com/

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

Read Gwendolyn's work here on Pure Slush:

Terms of the Agreement is part of obit..

Gwendolyn is also taking part in 2014 and you can find an interview with her about her part in the project by clicking here.

The List His Wife Left is part of Five Pure Slush Vol. 10  

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

Gwendolyn answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Green.  I love its variations.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Yes.  As much as I can and especially if I’m feeling particularly alive on a certain day—no doubt I’m wearing green.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Growth, possibility, health

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Decay, death, neglect

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Years.

 

When does it work best?

When it’s hunter green.  There’s such a richness, a depth, to that particular shade.

 

When does it not work for you?

When it’s lime green, though sometimes it’s tolerable.

 

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

I would say I am this color.  Or trying to be: growing, vibrant, alive.

 

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Peter Mitchell

Award-winning writer, Peter Mitchell lives in the Rainbow Region of New South Wales in Australia, writing short fiction, poetry, memoir, literary criticism and a range of journalism.

His writing has been published in national and international print and online journals and magazines; some of his fiction is published online atwww.gay-ebooks.com.au.  In 2009, his collection of poetry, The Scarlet Moment (Picaro Press) was published (available from the author).

Peter also answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

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•  Tyranny  -  May 2011 

Peter answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour?  Why?

I don't have a favourite colour.  I wear a range of colours at different times of the day and night.  Most of the time I wear blues (light blue, navy blue), browns, greens and blacks: trackies, tee-shirts, shorts and jeans. 

Jeans, trackies and trousers are always navy blue, brown and black.  I wear different-coloured shirts and tee-shirts as a contrast.  Occasionally, I wear bright red and orange shirts and tee-shirts.  I own a collection of retro tops – old Hawaiian shirts, nylon shirts, the kind of shirt that Kramer from the 'Seinfeld' series wears.     


Do you wear this colour?  How often and when?

As I like a range of favoured colours, I'll pick orange.  I wear it once or twice a month as the mood takes me.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Orange suggests vivacity, the emotional strength to stand out, occasional risk-taking, a willingness to subvert socially-acceptable conventions.  

 

What does it not suggest to you?

It doesn't suggest blandness, the beigeness of contemporary life; it doesn't suggest the smoke and mirrors of media and political spin.  

 

How long has it been my favourite colour?

It has been one of a number of favoured colours for decades.

 

When does it work best?

Orange works best when I'm feeling blue and its magic cheers me.

 

When does it not work for you?

It works least for me when I wish to remain incognito.

 

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

I guess the colour relates to me when I experience a certain mood.  It's an intuitive process; it's contradictory and transient.  I am not orange; orange is not me.  Orange is part of a spectrum of favoured colours representing subjective moods and outcomes. 

 

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Lynn Mundell

Lynn Mundell’s flash fiction has appeared in Eclectica, Literary Orphans, Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine, Thrice Fiction, Superstition Review, and elsewhere. Lynn lives in Northern California, where she co-edits 100 Word Story.

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

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Nine Lives  -  June 2016

Lynn answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

I love blue and always have. I grew up in San Diego, near the ocean, and spent a lot of my youth at the beach there and in Mexico. I associate the colour with the sea and the happy days of my childhood. I also like every single shade of blue, from pale satin blue to indigo.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I wear all different colours, except for orange; few look good in that. But my favorite blouse is a royal blue silk with an elaborate Chinese print. It is my version of red. I wear it when I need to feel powerful. I last wore it when I gave a flash fiction reading. I was pretty nervous and I think it helped me.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Blue is serenity, usually. And perhaps nature and the natural world: lake blue, blue mountains, turquoise blue.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

I never associate it with anger. It is a cool color. Perhaps that is also why I like it.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since I was first asked my favourite colour.

 

When does it work best?

When it is in relation to the things we all love -- blue ribbons, bluebirds, blue glass, blue eyes (how many songs about those!), blue chip stocks, blue jeans.

 

When does it not work for you?

Perhaps when it is unrelenting, when one has the blues / is in a blue funk. (Then it’s time for -- dare I say it? -- orange.) Also, it is not always universally popular. Think of the more controversial or aggressive blues: bleu cheese, blue jays, blue laws, blue bloods, Bluebeard!

 

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

I am both a happy sky blue and the black-blue of the silent ocean deep!

 

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Alex Munkacsy

Alex Munkacsy is a writer, photographer currently residing in Hawaii. In his spare time he enjoys listening to AM radio show host George Noory awkwardly attempt to flirt with and play special bumper music for nearly every single one of his female guests, each of whom is obviously far more interested in hawking their books about numerology, alien viruses or flying humanoids.

Alex has been published or is forthcoming at Shotgun Honey, 3AM Magazine, Dark Edifice, Weird Year, Jersey Devil Press and Microhorror. You can find him online at alexmunkacsy.com.

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

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Candlelight Dinner with Epi  -  October 2013

Alex has answered The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Gray. It’s a recent preference. I used to like black. Then I met my girlfriend, who opened my eyes to the wonderful world of gray. I like gray because gray is the color that is content to lean back and watch all the other colors do their thing.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Yes. Quite a few of my t-shirts are gray. I recently bought a gray t-shirt from the thrift store. It had a hole in the armpit but I bought it all the same. The cashier alerted me to the hole, and then when I said that I want to buy it anyway she let me have it for the “yellow sticker” sale price meaning that I only had to pay two dollars for it instead of four. A few stitches fixed it right up. The shirt says “MTV: established 1981” on the front, or something. But I like it anyway.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Getting old. Hospital waiting rooms, colostomy bags, etc. But also: long haired witches hanging out in the woods and cackling at the moon while dancing naked around a boiling cauldron.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

A naughty child who has been busy eating crayons and is now smiling at you with rainbow teeth. Also: that popular book that my grandfather thought was called 30 Shades of Gray which is, according to word on the street and all the latest gossip, better than Harry Potter, even, and is all about BSDM. Even though I think they should have just called it The BSDM Story Book for honesty purposes, I’m happy that they used the word gray in the title because now nobody of the male gender who is trying to be a writer will claim gray as their favorite color.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

I’ve been a fan of gray for two years now, going on three.

 

When does it work best?

Gray is an old standard. That color seldom lets me down and I feel confident that I can call upon it in a pinch. Black, on the other hand, constantly shows up uninvited and always drinks up all the beer in the fridge.

 

When does it not work for you?

Well, when you have to get up early in the morning gray won’t do you much good. If you have to get up anytime between 5 and 8AM, you’re going to need to pull out your reds, your greens, your yellows, your oranges.

 

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

I think everyone is gray inside. Most people hold back certain colors (or, in the case of black, throw them all at you at once) because they’re trying to go for a particular tint. Gray always seems to leak out around the sides though, no matter what you do.

 

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e. munro

e. munro lives in the Blue Mountains sometimes, and the rest of the time in Glebe, Australia with her wife and two ragdolls. Though she’d slip inside a book and live there too, if it were possible.

Her flash fiction recently appeared in Every Day Fiction and Skin to Skin: The Art of the Lesbian, and less recently in borderlands, Alien Skin and Aurealis Xpress.

She is currently a First Reader for Daily Science Fiction.

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

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Stalking Personal Growth  -  October 2013

e. answers The Hue Questionnaire:

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Turquoise. I’m drawn to the colour. The colour calms and excites me.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

As often as possible. There is no such thing as too many turquoise earrings or t-shirts. 

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Mostly it evokes the turquoise waters of Fiji, Greece and the Bahamas. Swimming in any of those sunny, warm places suggests freedom, infinity, adventure, and me in a bikini (I am not a bikini person), with a hibiscus tucked behind one ear, tanned (nor do I tan), strolling into the ocean to swim underwater like in the movie, The Big Blue. Throw in a friendly dolphin or two, and I’d be in heaven. Also, turquoise conjures up the ancient civilisations of Egypt, Persia and Mexico, all of which fascinate me.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

The cat vomiting on our carpet at 2am.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Forever.

 

When does it work best?

Day and night!

 

When does it not work for you?

When I’m besotted with a designer who only makes clothes in black, grey and white. Or when I’m visiting Melbourne. Often the two coincide.

 

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

Turquoise is the me of my imagination. 

 

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