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AR Neal

Andreé Robinson-Neal got bit by the writing bug in the 1970s and despite a career in education has never been cured of her penchant for speculative fiction. Find her at starvingactivist.com. Writing under the name AR Neal, she hopes she will one day be identified as a famous NaNoWriMo participant.

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

Find Andrée’s work here on Pure Slush:

interviews with writers from the 2014 Project  -  August 2014  

• 3 stories for Feast! Pure Slush Vol. 9

Andrée answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Blue – my birth sign is Aquarius, so it’s probably a water-related thing ...

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Often, and anywhere.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

It is cool and soothing.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Heat.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Forever.

 

When does it work best?

Always!

 

When does it not work for you?

When black works.

 

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 are interwoven.

 

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Romy Needham

Romy Needham was born in Bradford, West Yorkshire. She spent a few years living in Greece before moving to Dublin, Ireland in 2000. In 2006 she qualified as a practitioner of Chinese Medicine from the ICTCM in Dublin.

Romy then spent five years working as an acupuncturist with survivors of torture in both Ireland and West Yorkshire.

She currently resides in Dublin where she is working on her first collection - 115 x 115, 115 stories of 115 words each - each title a line from a Bob Dylan song.

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

Read Romy’s work here on Pure Slush:

• But people don’t live or die, people just float  -  October 2014

Romy answers The Hue Questionnaire

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Turquoise blue. Mystical, magical blue. The colour of another realm.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I wear this colour on a large ring which I haven’t taken off for more than 8 years.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Transformation, regeneration.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

It suggests everything.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Forever.

 

When does it work best?

Always.

 

When does it not work for you?

Never the case.

 

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

I rely on this colour to dream of other worlds, other lives, other times. 

 

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h. l. nelson

h. l. nelson is Fiction Editor for Black Heart Magazine, a Raymond Carver lover, call center survivor, and former sidewalk mannequin. (Yes, that happened.) She has been published or is forthcoming at Metazen, Gutter Eloquence, The Fat City Review, GlassFire, Black-Listed, and Screaming Orgasms of Bizarro Love.

She is also pursuing an MFA at Queens U. Hopefully she can catch the bugger. Manicures and Vicodin in Palm Valley is her work in progress, which she describes as a mix between Fight Club and Desperate Housewives. Dinner parties, LSD, a homeless intersexual prostitute. Hopefully, Chuck approves.

Tell her your favorite planet: http://hlnelson.com/

h.l. has also answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read h. l.'s work here on Pure Slush:

Death by Call Center  -  February 2013 

Caged Relief  -  March 2013

Meditation on MS  -  April 2013 

Produce  -  May 2013

What it Means to be a Woman  -  June 2013

That Will Never Settle  -  July 2013

Room to Breathe  -  September 2013 

Heather is taking part in 2014, and you can read an interview with her about her part in the project by clicking here.

h.l. answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Cobalt blue. Because it’s intense, yet laidback. And it’s ‘almost’ a purple, but not quite.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

No. I rarely find the perfect shade of this color, particularly in clothing. I do wear a lot of purples and some reds.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Transcendence.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Stagnation.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

A couple of years, at least.

 

When does it work best?

In glass objects or light.

 

When does it not work for you?

Many opaque objects can’t represent the colour perfectly.

 

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

This colour represents what I aspire to be/do. I’ve read that purple is the colour of spirituality, but I believe it’s cobalt blue.

 

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Mandy Nicol

Mandy lives on a farm in rural Victoria, Australia, with an Old McDonald’s Farm type philosophy. She drinks too much coffee, eats too much chocolate, and laughs too much at her own jokes. But she is funny.

She has a part time real job and spends the rest of her time doing things she likes. Not a lot of housework gets done. She writes short stories and has decided she and flash fiction are a good fit.

Mandy has also answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below) 

Find Mandy's work here on Pure Slush:

Perspective  -  for Pure Slushs second birthday 

A Good Spot  -  August 2013

End of the Line  -  May 2014

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

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

Happy Again is part of Five Pure Slush Vol. 10  

Mandys stand-in, her dog Bud

Mandy answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Pink. More a hot pink than a pale pink. No reason, it’s just a whim.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I find it’s no longer the colour for a head to toe ensemble but I do have a lot of pink socks. I wear them often.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Fun and Fairy Floss.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Antarctica.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Not forever. I didn’t fancy it when I was little - that may have been me rebelling.

 

When does it work best?

As a contrast, with orange or purple or grey.

 

When does it not work for you?

When I want to be very very quiet.

 

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

We have fun together, that’s all.

 

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Catherine Noble

Catherine Noble is a Glaswegian fiction writer, shortlisted for the 2012 Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award. She is currently building a portfolio of short stories and writing her first novel.

You can find her at http://www.catherinenoble.com/

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

Read Catherine's work here on Pure Slush:

The Futile Filcher  -  June 2013

Catherine answers The Hue Questionnaire

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Green. I’m inexplicably drawn to all shades of it.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I have several items, ranging from mint to forest green. They do the rounds in my office wardrobe, prioritised by “least ironing required”.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Long walks. Growth and regrowth. Train journeys along the East Coast. My living room carpet.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Envy. Eyes. Pus. Money.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Not always; it used to be purple. I’m a fairweather colour fan.

 

When does it work best?

In mint chocolate chip ice cream.

 

When does it not work for you?

Let’s just say… never mix peroxide-blonde hair with a chlorine-filled swimming pool.

 

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

We are both tranquil, serene, deep, fleeting, good for your health. Our propensity to flash at traffic lights is for another questionnaire entirely.

 

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Levi Andrew Noe

Levi Andrew Noe was born and raised in Denver, CO. He is a writer, a yogi, an entrepreneur, and an amateur oneironaut.

Levi won first prize in 2011 and 2013 in Spirit First’s international poetry competition. His most recent or forthcoming works are in Ink, Sweat & Tears, Connotation Press, Boston Literary Magazine, Crack the Spine, Eunoia Review, and Scrutiny Journal. He is the editor in chief and founder of the podcast Rocky Mountain Revival, Audio Art Journal.

Find him on Twitter @LeviAndrewNoe and @RockyMtnRevival and at his website by clicking here 

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

Read Levi’s work here on Pure Slush:

Bear Creek  -  June 2016

 

Levi answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

My favorite color is green, but a specific shade of green, that’s light, but not minty, and with a little bit of blueish gray in it. Does anyone know why their favorite color is their favorite color? I certainly don’t, except to say that it just makes me feel good, calm, rooted, and content.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I do, but not very often. It’s hard to find clothing in this exact specific shade of green, and I find wearing the wrong color of green excruciating. When I do wear this particular color of green, it’s usually through the t-shirt medium and I wear it out on a casual kind of day when I’m feeling good about life. I do have a nice button up in this color that comes out once or twice a year, on fancy occasions when I’m feeling both professional and playful.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

It may suggest satisfaction, perhaps confidence, most of the time, it’s just a matter of feeling comfortable in my body.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

It does not suggest cockiness or brashness. It probably wouldn’t suggest sexiness, unless you’re into the earthy, mellow, quiet kind of sexy. And it certainly does not suggest loudness, verbosity, or a cry for attention.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Funny question, because all I can remember about colors from my youth is loving the combination of turquoise and purple. Turquoise is kind of close to this color, but still not fully there. I can only remember loving this color of green since my adulthood, so for about 10 or 11 years.

 

When does it work best?

It works best when I’m feeling very good about myself and about life in general. On these occasions this color green feels closest to a second skin, or what I would want my skin color to be if I could be any color.

 

When does it not work for you?

It doesn’t work when I’m trying too hard to make it work.

 

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

I believe that this color and I are one and the same, or we could be if things are working in alignment.

  

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Jason Lee Norman

Jason Lee Norman is the founder and junior interim editor of the lit magazine Wufniks.

Stories of his have appeared in Wigleaf and the historically ridiculous lit blog For Every Year.

He lives in Canada, where it is cold in the winter.

Read Jason's work on Pure Slush:

• House on Fire  -  January 2011 

• I Want to Tell You About My Beard  -  June 2011  (n/f)

 

Jason has not answered The Hue Questionnaire.

 

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Joyce Lautens O'Brien

Joyce Lautens O'Brien is a Canadian from Vancouver who has been living for a long time in New York and Connecticut.

Her fiction and poetry have appeared in Berkshire Review,Yemassee (where it won a prize for best fiction), Connecticut River ReviewRiverbabble, and The Planet Formerly Known as Earth.

Joyce also answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Joyce's work here on Pure Slush:

• Everything the Same  -  September 2011

Grimm Business  -  January 2012 

Joyce answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

This is the kind of question that always makes me nervous. Do I have a favorite? What if I change my mind? How do you define favorite? But maybe it's brown. Almost everything in the house is brown, lots of wood, then variations of brown, cream, beige, pale yellow, orange, which is brown on steroids, dark brown, light brown. Everything except the books, which are everywhere, in every color and combination of colors.


Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Rarely


What does the colour suggest to you?

Warmth, nature, peace, serenity


What does it not suggest to you?

Cold


How long has it been your favourite colour?

A long time


When does it work best?

Always


When does it not work for you?

Almost never


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

I like it, it likes me. My freckles are brown. My eyes are brown circled by green, otherwise known as hazel. Green's good too.

 

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Sabrina Ogden

Sabrina Ogden is a wife and a loving mother to two adorable beagles. She spends her free time stalking the twitter stream for her favorite fictional character, Oscar Martello.

You can find Sabrina writing book reviews at myfriendscallmekate.com

Sabrina also answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Sabrina's work here on Pure Slush:

• Excuse Me. Have You Seen My Shirt?  -  September 2011

Sabrina answers The Hue Questionnaire


What is your favourite colour? Why?

My favorite colour at the moment is purple. I fell in love with it after finding business cards that I fell in love with. Purple was the primary colour, and now… I love it.  I also love summer orange and candy-apple green.


Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I’ve only started wearing this colour recently. It doesn’t seem to be in “season” very often, so when I find something that is just the right shade I’ll buy it.


What does the colour suggest to you?

It usually suggests nobility, but when I see purple I envision a group of happy people, reading books and playing with chidren.


What does it not suggest to you?

It doesn't mean I’m an Oprah Winfrey fan. And I’m certainly not wealthy.


How long has it been your favourite colour?

About 2 years now.


When does it work best?

Whenever I decide to wear it.


When does it not work for you?

In the shower.


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

I own this colour. As long as the purple is the right shade for my beautiful pale skin we have a perfect relationship.

 

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Denrele Ogunwa

By day, Denrele Ogunwa is a mild mannered internet monkey working for “Da Man”; by night, she writes stories and poems.

Sometimes she performs them.

Sometimes she sings.

She writes a blog about nothing in particular called Brain Candy. She lives in London.

Denrele answered The Huge Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Denrele's work on Pure Slush:

• Red  -  February 2011

Denrele answered The Hue Questionnaire. 

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Red because it’s not a colour for shrinking violets or scaredy cats. It’s also great for when you want to look like a human-sized tomato.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I like to wear something red when I’m feeling - or want to feel - happy, outgoing, adventurous. It lifts my mood, so it’s a good colour to wear in winter.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Fire, passion, energy, impact. It’s a colour that demands attention.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

It’s not a colour you can hide in.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

All my life.

 

When does it work best?

Lipstick, nail-varnish, risqué lingerie, tight dresses, shoes.

 

When does it not work for you?

If you want to be anonymous or if you have pale skin.

 

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

I am me. Red is a colour.


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Hun Ohm

Hun Ohm is a writer and intellectual property attorney. He lives in western Massachusetts. His short fiction has appeared in Every Day Fiction, Bartleby Snopes and Gone Lawn.

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

Read Hun's work here on Pure Slush:

The Dry Season in Laos  -  May 2014  (n/f)

Hun answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Purple. I liked grape juice as a kid. Grape popsicles too.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Yes. Weekly, at random times. Morning, afternoon. Sometimes through the night. It’s spilled everywhere into my life.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Grape juice. And grape popsicles too.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Papaya juice.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since Jimmy Carter was president of the United States. Though there were some other colors in between.

 

When does it work best?

On the beach, keeping seagulls at bay.

 

When does it not work for you?

When I am likened to the McDonald’s mascot Grimace. This is rare.

 

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

 

Sadly, I’m not purple, but I consume it in its many forms. It is indeed satisfying. And I still like grape juice. 

 

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Christine Olivas

Christine writes of herself: After graduating from Stanford University with a degree in American Literature and Italian Literature, I was sure that I would pursue a career path that would allow me to continue to pursue my love of writing and stories. But reality set in and I enrolled in law school; after leaving partway through, I took a job at a technology startup and never looked back. That began an 8-year career in advertising and marketing.

About a year ago (mid 2013), I realized how crucial creative expression is to my life and fulfillment as a whole person. Plus, I have a lot of ideas and narratives that simply can’t be expressed in my current profession.

I am now enrolled in UCLA Extension’s creative writing program and working toward a certificate in fiction.

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

Read Christines work here on Pure Slush:

• Balcony No. 419  -  August 2014

• So Little Time  -  May 2015 

Christine answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

My favorite color is pink because, stereotypically or not, it seems like a pure representation of femininity.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I don’t wear the color pink very often because I worry that it connotes weakness, especially vis a vis my status as a professional female.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

It suggests innocence, purity, simplicity and the chance to be vulnerable.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

It doesn’t suggest strength or power to me, except perhaps in the context of Susan G. Komen, an organization that has reclaimed pink as a symbol of female survival.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since being a little girl.

 

When does it work best?

It works best when I am able to decide that I can be many things at once: strong and vulnerable, bright and serious, colorful one day and demure the next.

 

When does it not work for you?

It doesn’t work for me in home decor. Somehow, while I accept it on my body, I really don’t like it adorning my house.

 

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

This color is just a part of me and I’m just a part of it. 

  

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David O'Neal

David O'Neal, after graduating from Princeton University, became a U. S. Marine Corps Officer before establishing his business as an Antiquarian Bookseller. Recently retired from the rare book business, he now gets great pleasure from writing - mostly poetry.

David’s work has been published in Sensations MagazineThe LyricThe Eclectic MuseMississippi CrowTwo Hawks Quarterly, etc. and in such anthologies as The Poetry of Science, Voices of Bi-polar DisorderStories From Men, and The Marin Poets Anthology. His work about parrots has been printed in Bird Keeper (England - now defunct - and Australia), the magazine of the Parrot Society of the UK (magazine now defunct), and others.

David lives in San Francisco and also enjoys tennis and squash, sailing, and general mucking about. His website can be found at davidloneal.us

David also answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll down).

Read David's work here on Pure Slush:

• 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, 1962  -  February 2011

David answers The Hue Questionnaire.

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Blue - my eyes are blue and so is the sky and oceans

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Wear it frequently but not as much as when younger

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Sky and ocean – calm

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Does not suggest passion or excessive energy

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Forever

 

When does it work best?

When I am feeling good and emotionally stable

 

When does it not work for you?

I am bi-polar; doesn't work when depressed

 

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

As a favorite

 

Are you this colour or is this colour you?

This color is how I would like to be; it is me.

 

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Brigita Orel

Brigita Orel's short stories and poems have been published or are forthcoming in Rose & Thorn Journal, Cantaraville, Autumn Sky Poetry, Islet, The Storm at Galesburg anthology, and other print and online magazines.

One of her poems was nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

She lives in Slovenia where she works as a literary translator.

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

Read Brigita's work here on Pure Slush:

• Splendour in the Shade  -  May 2012  (n/f)

Brigita answers The Hue Questionnaire

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Blue, because it’s the colour of the ocean.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Yes, as often as I can, at different occasions.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Calm, vastness, wisdom, sincerity.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Passion, chaos, energy.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Ever since I can remember having a favourite colour.

 

When does it work best?

More or less always.

 

When does it not work for you?

Only when black works better.

 

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

I’m not the colour, nor is the colour me, but we fit together perfectly. The colour complements me. 

 

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Derek Osborne

Derek Osborne lives in eastern Pennsylvania. His work has appeared in Bartleby Snopes, Ruthless Peoples, PicFic/Folded Word, and Boston Literary Magazine among others. His debut novel, Gadabout, made it into the final round of Amazon/Penguin’s First Novel Competition and is currently in re-write.

Northern spring 2013 he will be one of the featured writers at KGB’s FIZZ reading series in NYC.

To read more or contact, visit: http://gertrudesflat.blogspot.com/.

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

Read Derek's work here on Pure Slush:

Fat Tony  -  April 2013

Discovering Beth  -  June 2013

Doctor Doctor  -  July 2013

Derek is taking part in 2014. and you can read an interview with his about his part in the project by clicking here.

Derek answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Green. I grew up on a farm. The barns were white with green trim, the pastures were green. I guess it reminds me of home.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when

Yes, all the time. Chamois shirts, sport coats, my car.


What does the colour suggest to you?

A time when I thought anything was possible.

 

What does it not suggest to you? 

All things negative.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

All my life.

 

When does it work best?

Sunday afternoons

 

When does it not work for you?

Can't think of one

 

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

Deep greens and blues are the colors I choose, won't you let me go down in my dreams? 

 

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Vanessa Weibler Paris

Vanessa Weibler Paris, a writer of sorts, lives with her family in Erie, Pa.

When she isn’t writing fiction, she’s usually still putting words into a row in some fashion.

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

Read Vanessa's work here on Pure Slush:

• Under the Big Black Box  -  November 2011

• Two Marshmallows Stacked is also part of slut 

• Delishus Fishus is also part of gorge

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

Vanessa answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Yellow!  Wait - is "colour" the same as "color"?

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I do! I have a bright yellow cotton canvas skirt that I wear in the summer. It has a cute grommet tie thingy above the zipper.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Cheerfiness.  Actually, that was a typo, but I kind of like it.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Doom, gloom, dark dark room.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since, hmm, 2003ish? When I got my yellow car. And when I got in to drive it off the lot, I turned on the radio, and "Build Me Up, Buttercup" was playing. Coincidence?! Anyhow, that's its name now.

 

When does it work best?

When it's not muddied with brown or acidified with green.

 

When does it not work for you?

When my eyes are closed. Also on Mondays.

 

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

This is a tough one. I don't know how to answer it. Wait...wait...a HUE! a HUE!  Gesundheit. (That was an avoidance technique, though not a particularly effective one.)

 

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Steve Partridge

Steve Partridge was born, and still lives in Basingstoke, England. He took up creative writing six years ago after a lifetime working with dysfunctional binary numbers and their relatives. He also tried to convince people to do things they didn’t want to do, and lied when it was necessary to achieve that objective. He had some success doing those things. Now he tries to do things which are interesting, pleasurable and satisfying; today and in the foreseeable future he is concentrating on trying to convert lies into stories, so they will become worthwhile, entertaining and publishable.

He is a member of Reading Writers in Reading, Berkshire, England and has had two stories published in an anthology called Voyages. He has won local short story and non-fiction writing competitions.

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

Read Steve’s work here on Pure Slush:

India  -  June 2015

Steve answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour?

Blue all shades. It reminds me of Starry Night by van Gogh and being a young boy of five with blue jeans and a royal blue pullover.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I’m never out of blue jeans.

 

What does this colour suggest to you?

Freedom, friendship, comfort and creativity.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

confrontation

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Sixty plus years.

 

When does it work best?

Everyday.

 

When does it not work for you?

When I’m taking a shower.

 

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

I’m comfortable with it and it is comfortable with me. Most days I’m blue in one way or another.

 

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Kristian Patruno

Kristian Patruno is a Wollongong-based poet and musician. He majored in English Literature and Political Science at the University of Queensland.

Kristian has performed his poetry at many readings and in 2010, founded and coordinated the monthly poetry reading PoetreeSoup. Kristian is currently working on his debut manuscript The Climb.

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

Read Kristians work here on Pure Slush

Achilles Heels  -  June 2016 

 

Kristian answers The Hue Questionnaire

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Saffron-Orange, because I had a blankie that colour as a kid.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

No, I never wear this colour, although my ginger cat finds daily occasion to.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

A deep dawn and dusk. A Buddhist monk.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

A puddle.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

A decade or so.

 

When does it work best?

When it’s a full blooming Silky Oak.

 

When does it not work for you?

When I wear it.

 

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

Well it’s the colour of a Womble’s face; they always tried to do their best to live positively. I guess you could say I am tarred with the same brush.

 

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Lois Patton

Lois Patton retired from a career in marketing, sales management and business consulting. Before publishing A Bowl of Cherries, a Memoir of a Child of the Mid-20th Century, she authored newspaper columns, professional sales and management training manuals, and three editions of Musings, a collection of humorous essays. She posts regularly to her blog: www.lorapat.blogspot.com and excerpts from her memoir are available at www.lois-patton.com. Lois participates in writers’ groups both in Florida and Wisconsin, her summer home. She is working on a compilation of essays and only recently turned to e-publishing opportunities.

Lois also answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below). 

Read Lois's work on Pure Slush:

Watery Delights  -  August 2011  (n/f)

Derailed  -  March 2014  (n/f) 

Lois answers The Hue Questionnaire

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Purple. Who doesn’t notice it? I always receive compliments when I wear purple or its sister shade of lavender.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Absolutely, but not often enough. In the rain, in bed, on the golf course, and when the occasion calls for my sexy purple jacket. A new thought: perhaps I should wear the jacket to bed.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

A celebration of life; holding nothing back, especially love and understanding.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Fear of risk-taking, caution; inability to express thoughts, feelings and opinion.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since my hair turned grey (silver?) Purple made my olive skin look sallow when I was a brunette.

 

When does it work best?

As an accent color with the olive and rust earth tones in our Florida condo.

 

When does it not work for you?

Amidst the burgundy and blue décor in our summer apartment. But I might rethink that.

 

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

I relate to the attributes of the color purple, but hopefully there is much more to me. If not, I’d better get to work. Time is running out.

 

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Michael Paul

Michael Paul teaches English as a second language in Central Falls, Rhode Island (that’s the smallest city in the smallest state), USA.

He hates winter, but finds it tolerable cutting, splitting, and stacking wood, and sitting by the wood stove.

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

Read Michaels work here on Pure Slush: 

Love, Hate, Marry  -  September 2014

Michael answers The Hue Questionnaire

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

When I grew up, it seemed like there was only blue and brown. For my early years I always associated them with that backwater town. Now because of nostalgia? memory? the sky? I am back to blue.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

When it’s rainy, we take a walk holding hands.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

It used to be that blue was blue, but now it’s so much more complex, more shades, you know?

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Film noir of the 40’s, it ain’t.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Most of my life I was a serial dater: red, yellow, purple, a fling with pink. So really it’s recent and I don’t want to jinx it.

 

When does it work best?

Going out just when it’s getting dark; coming home in the early, early morning.

 

When does it not work for you?

I’m not going to lie; I still fantasize about yellow.

 

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

We have been honest about our pasts. We went slow, but it’s been worth it.

 

 

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LaVa Payne

LaVa Payne lives in the Piney Woods of East Texas.

She enjoys exploring WPA structures and old sawmill towns looking for lost relics.

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

Read LaVa's work here on Pure Slush:

Goblin Thanks  -  November 2011

Lava answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Turquoise is my favorite color. It has a strong Native American connection that appeals to part of my heritage, and it embodies the colors green, blue and black which I find very appealing. 

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I wear turquoise colors when the seasons change.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Turquoise suggests an air of mystery and freshness. It has a mystical appearance, but at the same time it is not too flashy or obstinate. It is impressive when worn.


What does it not suggest to you?

Plastic and artificial derivatives that harm the eco-system.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since I was 35.

 

When does it work best?

When added to something from a natural setting such as wood, glass or silver.

 

When does it not work for you?

When added to something artificial such as plastic or Styrofoam. 

 

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

Turquoise has a wonderful earthy feel that is similar to tiger's eye, and those two semi-precious stones are often over-looked. It has balance and growth. I would not say that I am turquoise, but I do admire its under-appreciated beauty.

 

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Gary Percesepe

Gary Percesepe is Associate Editor at New World Writing (formerly Mississippi Review), and a Contributor at The Nervous Breakdown.

His short stories, poems, essays, reviews, and interviews have been widely published or are forthcoming in Story QuarterlyN + 1SalonMississippi ReviewAntioch ReviewPirene’s FountainThe MillionsAtticus ReviewBrevityHouston Literary ReviewWestchester Review, The Nervous BreakdownRumpusPankBluestemBullWord RiotMoon Milk ReviewFogged ClarityNecessary FictionFriggTwelve StoriesNegative Suck, and other places.

He is the author of four books in philosophy and an epistolary novel with Susan TepperWhat May Have Been: Letters of Jackson Pollock and Dori G (Cervana Barva Press). He recently completed his second novel, Leaving Telluride, set in Telluride, Colorado.

Read Gary's work here on Pure Slush:

 In Venice  -  September 2011

• Writers in Love  -  October 2011  (n/f)

Pure Slush published Gary's flash fiction collect itch and his collection falling and other poems in November 2013. 

Gary is taking part in 2014, and you can find an interview with him about his part in the project here.

FOUR Notes to Myself  -  January 2015 

Memory Palace is part of tall...ish Pure Slush Vol. 11 

Itch    falling and other poems


Gary answers The Hue Questionnaire:


What is your favourite colour? Why?

Blue. Because it is my primary way of being in the world. 

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I wear blue every day. One night in April, a friend, knowing I was staying at the Waldorf Astoria in New York, directed me to an event nearby at the Center for Fiction, where I donated two children’s books and was rewarded with a blue bracelet. Which I wear every day. It is the colour of a Tiffany box, and never fails to make me happy. I wear it in memory of her, sure. Blue eyes, dark hair. The combination continues to astonish. She who never arrived in my arms. And that’s blue, too.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Chrissie Hynde, invariably. Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Count Basie, and the Duke. B.B. King, and Lucille. Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughn. And, well, today, Kate Beckinsale. Certainly Avril Levigne, Donna Summer, Janis Joplin, and Lucinda Williams. The word blue picks out a color, but also a feeling, a style, a mood, a form of musical expression, a temperature, an ontological status. In the family of colours it is viewed as the coolest, classiest, and without question the sexiest member. In graduate school, one of my mentors was William H. Gass. He once wrote a book called On Being Blue. To paraphrase Bob Dylan, “I still can’t remember the best things he said,” but I recommend reading Gass’s book. 


What does it not suggest to you?

Dick Cheney or George W. Bush. Harry Reid. Pol Pot. Margaret Thatcher. The ever earnest Jonathon Franzen. Even one moment of boredom. Blue is the Jean Luc Godard of colours. Breathless.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since forever.

 

When does it work best?

When left alone. There is a remoteness to blueness, an un-get-at-able quality that I admire. Blue cannot be possessed or captured; it hides. It is nevertheless true that the colour is oceanic—deep and powerful, with currents, eddies, waves and tides. I think of it as the essential male colour; it is so masculine it shaves. And yet, women are drawn to it (in my experience). As the saying go, women want it and men want to be it. Few accomplish this.

 

When does it not work for you?

It is never not working for me. It doesn’t need me. This is part of its coolness. And why I love it. For its distance and unavailability. And yet, this paradox: I am always trying to fill with blue. I once owned a blue convertible, the colour of sky and wind and endless summer. In it I carried the most beautiful women I could find, women who were themselves often haughty, unavailable, remote, impossible, frequently cruel. I drove, fast. And left them alone. Blue wants to go. With the girls in their summer clothes.

 

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

Blue doesn’t care about us, cannot be captured or defined, does not care what we think of it, yet makes itself available to us, anyway. Extravagant hospitality. 

 

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Tim Philippart

Tim Philippart sold his business, retired to explore, to write and discovered he wasn’t very retired at all. He ghost blogs, writes poetry, non-fiction and an occasional magazine piece. He loves writing and wishes he had not waited decades to pick up the pen. He sees baseball as a metaphor for… Oh, he’s sorry, he keeps promising not to do that. Visit his website at www.imaginiscent.net.

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

Read Tim’s work here on Pure Slush:

My Bed is Getting Taller is part of tall...ish Pure Slush Vol. 11

Summerfall is part of Summer Pure Slush Vol. 12

Tim answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

If I had to pick, I would choose purple.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Yes 5-6 times a month

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Vitality-- freedom to be different.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

The same old reds and blues

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

10 years

 

When does it work best?

I like it on ties. Works well at meetings.

 

When does it not work for you?

I don’t like purple underwear.

 

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

It seems to like me and creates and environment for compliments.

 

Are you this colour or is this colour you?

We take turns being each other 

  

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Ben Pitts

Ben Pitts is from Phoenix, Arizona. A High School English teacher by day and a renegade poet by night, he lives with his wife, Brianne and daughter, Grace. His poetry has been featured on several websites and journals and most recently in The Machinery literary collection.

Ben also answers The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below). 

Read Bens work here on Pure Slush:

The Skyscraper is part of tall...ish Pure Slush Vol. 11

• Finally Understanding Entropy in Summer is part of Summer Pure Slush Vol. 12

Ben has answered The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Purple is my favorite color. It reminds me of the sunsets in the Phoenix desert when the sky looks like a plumb just under the skin.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

The High School at which I teach adorns purple as its school color so I wear it every Friday.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Purple at one time was worn by the wealthiest people of the world. As a school teacher, I am wealthy with the love of my job and the students I get to teach every year; it suggests about me what it did about royalty all those years ago.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

I am not a monarch. 

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

The first time my Grandfather drove me to Wickenburg. I was 8? The sun had just fallen behind the mountains and the sky was a rich purple. We both just watched the colors in silence the entire way there.

 

When does it work best?

It works best as a tie or solid color shirt.

 

When does it not work for you?

It doesn’t work on cars or any vehicle for me.

 

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

I’m from Arizona and purple is the summer sky, the color of the Phoenix Suns, and the shimmer of the downtown lights at twilight. Very few residence are born in Arizona, and I’m proud to say I am among that minority. I suppose I am purple.

 

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Thomas Pluck

Thomas Pluck is a writer and mixed martial arts practitioner who lives in New Jersey.

He has been published in The Morning NewsShotgun HoneyBeat to a Pulp and Flash Fiction Offensive. He is currently revising a novel, and liked Antigua.

Thomas also answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Thomas's work here on Pure Slush:

• How Slavery Ruined My Vacation  -  August 2011

 

Thomas answered The Hue Questionnaire:


What is your favourite colour? Why?

Blue. (No, yellooooow). Blue is cool. Blue is water. Blue is the big marble we live on. Blue is veins. Blue is eyes. The Blues are the truth.


Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Sometimes. I drive a blue Mini Cooper. I have a blue scarf. Navy is in, and it's the boring blue. Gimme powder blue. Ice blue. Cobalt. Fashionistas, take note.


What does the colour suggest to you?

Cloud streaked summer skies full of promise.


What does it not suggest to you?

Anger. Decay. Gloom. Heat.


How long has it been your favourite colour?

As long as I can remember. I remember blueberry Italian ices giving me Smurf tongue.


When does it work best?

Blue envelops you like the cool womb of the ocean and lulls you into peaceful slumber with its surf, like the heartbeat of the world.


When does it not work for you?

Navy blue suit jackets with brass buttons. You can embrace blue without going nautical and tying yourself in knots.


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

I love the calming mesmerism of a rich shiny blue. I'm not a blue person. I am red with smoldering fury, the ember glow of a controlled burn and the sunburst of fireworks in the winter sky. I've made blue my own. Perhaps it cools me down and keeps the inferno at bay.

 

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Claire Polders

Claire Polders is a Dutch author of four novels. Her flash is published in Hobart, SmokeLong Quarterly, Literary Orphans, Fiction Southeast, Word Riot, matchbook, and elsewhere.

Her first novel in English is on the way.

Find more of her short work on www.clairepolders.com or connect @clairepolders. 

Claire has answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Claire’s work here on Pure Slush:

The Commune  -  September 2016

 

Claire answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

I don’t really have one favorite colour, like I don’t have one favourite book, but for the sake of this interview I’ll pretend that I do. It must be an earth tone, anything from sand to mahogany will work. Let’s pick moss green.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I have a blouse and two tops in moss green and wear them on spring or fall days at home when I’m writing.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Growth. Calmness. Regeneration. 

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Traffic jams. Anxiety. Mean men. 

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since the beginning of this interview. But earth tones in general began appealing to me somewhere in my twenties. I think living in a big city makes me appreciate them more. I long for nature and let my eyes feast when I make my daily walk through a park.

 

When does it work best?

Moss green, I guess, is a fall colour, a hue for late afternoons.  

 

When does it not work for you?

When I’m too excited. Then the colour seems to lack a level of life. 

 

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

I’m someone who mostly lives in her mind and can be quite content there. I practice yoga to remind me I have a body too. Moss green may represent a middle ground for me: earthly reality and mental peace, a neutral base for my imagination.


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Carl Polgar

Carl Polgar currently spends half the year traveling the United States and Canada for work. The other half is spent at his home in Nashville, Tennessee.

While traveling, he posts photographs and essays at his blog, Honey Brown Blues. He also posts photographs of the various places he stays at while traveling over at Motel Interiors.

While at home, he divides his time evenly between writing and drinking beer with friends.

His first book, Mid-Thirties Angst: A Short Novel, was published by Lambright Press in 2012. He is currently working on a second.

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

Read Carl's work here on Pure Slush

Last Night in Budapest  -  April 2014  (n/f)

Carl answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

My favorite color has always been red. I have no recollection of choosing it, and – much like my favorite number (3) – have never really questioned my choice. I’ve accepted both as incontrovertible facts, no different than “I am left-handed” or “my mom’s name is Maria”.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I’m wearing a red hoodie as I type this. I have two red, short-sleeved shirts that I wear fairly regularly. I used to have a red sweater that I really, really liked but I accidentally left it behind at some motel somewhere in West Virginia a year ago. Lastly, a quick peak at my underwear drawer shows that I own two red boxer shorts  one striped, and one with a ridiculous pattern featuring basketball players, a basketball net, and the phrase ‘SLAM DUNK’ repeated over and over.

I probably should have just answered, “Yes, and often”, to this one.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Because it’s been my favorite color for so long, I find comfort in the color red. It relaxes me.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Anger or evil or any other sinister association.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

All of my life, except …

One night when I was 7 or 8 years old – just before going to bed – I decided on a whim to change my favorite color to blue. Then I had my first-ever nightmare. I took it as a sign, and switched back to red the next morning.

I should also point out that my favorite movie is also called Red. It’s the one from 1994 by Krzysztof Kieślowski that was part of his Three Colors trilogy, and not the newer Red in which old movie stars shoot guns at each other.

 

When does it work best?

Lately, the warmth of red has helped take my mind off this unseasonably-cold Nashville winter. Also, I look rather dapper in both of my red, short-sleeved shirts.

 

When does it not work for you?

Well, those red, basketball-themed boxer shorts probably look pretty stupid on me.

 

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

I’m a fairly easy-going person. As such, I believe the associations I make with red – warm, comforting, relaxing – can also be attributed to me. I guess I should strive to be even-more “reddish” – bold, loving, fiery – but for now I’m okay with just being a comforting and relaxing presence.

 

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Pedro Ponce

Pedro Ponce is the author of Superstitions of Apartment Life (Burnside Review Press). His fiction has appeared previously in Midway Journal, Structo, Corium Magazine, and other publications; he has also been featured in the anthologies The Beacon Best of 2001 and Sudden Fiction Latino. Stories After Goya, a chapbook of fictions based on the etchings of Francisco Goya, is forthcoming from Tree Light Books. His novel Dreamland is being published in serial form in the online journal Transmission. A 2012 NEA Literature Fellow, he teaches writing and literary theory at St. Lawrence University.

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

Find Pedro’s work here on Pure Slush:

• Pedro’s story Housekeeping appeared in slut.

• Pedro helped Pure Slush celebrate its 3rd birthday with The City in Four Dimensions.

Sin Servicio  -  January 2014

 

Pedro answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 


What is your favourite colour? Why?

Blue. It’s rich but without ostentation.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I wear it about once a week, depending on whether I have a clean blue shirt for work.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Blue has an unfortunate association with melancholy, but I actually think it corresponds with a range of emotions--serenity, clarity, even happiness, depending on the hue.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Vanity, deception, transience

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

As long as I can remember

 

When does it work best?

In professional settings--wearing a blue shirt somehow makes me feel more grounded, solid.

 

When does it not work for you?

Oddly enough, though I like wearing blue jeans, I’ve never found dress trousers of the right shade of blue. The color is always too light.

 

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

Blue is the underdog of colors--people think they know what it means. I like to believe it gets richer, more complex and compelling, the longer you look at it. Certainly this is the way I look at the world--and, sure, I hope it’s the way the world looks at me.

 

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Matt Potter

Matt Potter is an Australian-born writer who keeps part of his psyche in Berlin.

Matt has been published in The Glass CoinA-MinorGloom CupboardMagnolia's Press, fwriction: review, TrainWrite, Connotation PressIstanbul Literary Review (and here too), Thunderclap Magazine Issue 6Wilderness House Literary ReviewMetazenFix It Broken, and Flash FrontierHe was a regular contributor to 52 / 250 A Year of Flash and had his work performed as part of This Berlin Life in Berlin in March 2011.

Find more of his work at his website writing, and then some.

Matt is the founding editor of Pure Slush. Read an interview with Matt about the thoughts, ideas and impetus behind Pure Slush by clicking here, and read another interview (about his story Dinner at the Harmony Restaurant) by clicking here. You can also read an article Matt wrote for Pure Slush's first birthday by clicking here: plus, the bastard was also interviewed for Six Questions For ...

Interviews from 2013 can be found here: The Writers' Circle Scotland (thanks Layla Blackwell) and Digging Through the Fat (thanks Gessy Alvarez).

Interviews from 2014 can be found here: Flash Fiction Chronicles (thanks Bonnie ZoBell) and (well, an interview sort of) here as well as on The Huff Post here and then again, Matt was part of a round table conversation on The Review Review.

Matt has also been nominated for the Preditors and Editors Readers Poll's Best Magazine / e-zine Editor. For more info, click here.

If you need a great editor, contact Matt at edpureslush@live.com.au. Conditions apply!

And Matt's travel memoir Hamburgers and Berliners and other courses in between has been published (August 2015) by Červená Barva Press. To learn more about the book, and to purchase a print copy, click here.

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

Read Matt's work on Pure Slush:

• A Free Rinse  -  January 2011  (n/f)

• Bring a Book  -  April 2011  (n/f)

• Biker Moll at the Gay Lake  -  August 2011  (n/f)

• Ich bin heute nach der Türkei gefahren  -  September 2011  (n/f)

• Espresso is also part of slut 

• I'd go with the shotgun is also part of Notausgang

Stoned is also part of real 

• Nostalgia  -  November 2012  (n/f)

• Key Meeting, Lamington Drive and Sayonara are also part of gorge 

Matt is the Featured Author for February 2013

The Never Far From Home Cafe, Friday, 1.57pm  -  February 2013 

• Earlier  -  February 2013 

Earlier Again  -   February 2013

• Even Earlier Still  -  February 2013

One More Chance is also part of obit.

A Little Squirming is also part of Catherine refracted 

Capitalist Bastard is part of barcode

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

Matt took part in 2014 and you can read an interview about his part as a writer in the project here.

Togetherness is part of Five Pure Slush Vol. 10  

Promising is part of Summer Pure Slush Vol. 12 

Vestal Aversion  

Pure Slush published Matt's book Vestal Aversion in May 2012.

Vestal Aversion is also available as an eBook - click here.

Matt answered The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Yellow. Because it’s the sun and daffodils and butter and egg yolks and corn on the cob, even though I don’t like eating corn on the cob that much. There is no more positive colour than yellow. It’s the ultimate life force.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

T-shirts, shirts, a few socks, and definitely underwear. More in summer, though perhaps wearing it even more in winter is advisable.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Warmth and summer and friendliness and style and brilliance and happiness. Yellow is the best ‘happy’ colour.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Sex. Yellow is not a very sexy colour. It’s too happy for sex.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since I was an adult. It’s not the kind of colour kids name as their favourite, except when very young and they are not bowing to the blue / pink dictatorship.

 

When does it work best?

Square tiles on kitchen walls, when you wake up in the morning, still half-dead, and you walk in to start the day by making coffee. Instant sunshine!

Also, as paint on walls and silk curtains. But not lemon – warm, golden yellow. As tight, bright t-shirts and yellow-and-white cotton prints. As plain silk cushions on brown leather armchairs and dark green sofas. As outdoor window blinds on gift shops and hairdressers.

 

When does it not work for you?

Maybe on old men. And giant pimples, though they are always fun to burst! And with grey. But nothing good works with grey anyway.

 

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

I wish I were yellow but I fear, underneath it all, I am probably mustard.

 

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Shelagh Power-Chopra

Shelagh Power-Chopra’s work appears or is forthcoming in BLIPfailbetterJukedThe RumpusElectric Lit’s OutletVol. 1 BrooklynMetazenUsed Furniture Reviewfwriction : review and elsewhere.

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

Read Shelagh's work on Pure Slush:

• Clownface  -  April 2011

• Summer Lawn  -  September 2011

• dock  -  September 2011

Shelagh answers The Hue Questionnaire.

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

I don’t have a favorite color but if I had to choose one maybe I’d pick burnt sienna because it reminds me of Bob Ross. He was this public television TV host in the ‘80s: “Bob Ross Paints” or something like that. He had a crazy brown Afro and said unintentionally funny things like “I like to beat the brush” and "happy little trees". Also, it’s the oldest color/pigment in the world, used in cave paintings, so there you go.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I’m not sure I’ve ever worn this color. It’s actually a pretty terrible color but it’s one of those base colors you can’t do without. I guess if you had to wear it, it would be the sort of color you’d wear to a Tupperware party or to clean an oven.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Campy TV, dogfood, maybe French impressionists. Cezanne maybe?

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Malibu, California

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Just now, really.

 

When does it work best?

For painting muddy French countrysides or Egon Schiele models

 

When does it not work for you?

It’s never worked for me and I doubt Jeff Koons has ever used Burnt Sienna. But Banksy probably uses it a lot, I bet.

 

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

I can only relate to it vicariously of course but it’s essential for everything around us, so what can you do?

 

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Sean Pravica

Sean Pravica is a journalist in southern California whose fiction and poetry have appeared online and in print, including Negative SuckLeaf Garden PressAnastomoo, and Twenty20 Journal.

His story, To Have the Ass, has been nominated for the 2011 storySouth Million Writer's Award.
 
Sean has also answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).
 
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• Heels Overhead  -  April 2011

Sean answers The Hue Questionnaire.
 
 
What is your favourite colour? Why?

This changes over the years. I’m back in a green period, which seems to coincide with periods of increased meditation and Tai Chi, which I’m involved with now.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I have a couple of green t’s I like to wear, along with a green dress shirt and tie. But it doesn’t lend itself well to pants. I’m just not punk rock enough.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

The obvious answers, growth and life. I’m afraid I’m a little too cheesy on this one.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Famine, STD’s, Rush Limbaugh.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

I went through a similarly heavy meditation period when I was 19, (I’m 26 now) and had my first obvious Chakra opening in the Heart, which is associated with the color green. Afterwards I shifted to more of a fondness for red, and then others after that, and now I’m back at green again. My color likings really are cyclical.

 

When does it work best?

Surrounding myself in green life outside while doing Tai Chi helps the practice.

 

When does it not work for you?

Not too fond of yellow-green, kind of like I don’t like turkey bacon.

 

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 the more contemplative part of me. Maybe it hits during those downswing, kick-to-the-balls phases of life, but either way it’s a very calming, soothing color. And hopeful, too.

 

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Darryl Price

Darryl Price was born in Kentucky and educated at Thomas More College. A founding member of L. Jack Roth's Yellow Pages Poets, he has published dozens of chapbooks, and his poems have appeared in many journals.

He currently edits Olentangy Review with his wife Melissa.

Find an interview with Darryl here at Fictionaut.

Darryl has answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

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After  -  December 2012 

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

Weeds of the World (Unite!) is part of Five Pure Slush Vol. 10  

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Darryl answers The Hue Questionnaire:


What is your favourite colour? Why?

My favorite color is green because blue is already taken, or has been too compromised and commercialized.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I actually own a pair of green jeans I like to wear, not real often, my wife can't stand them, but when I do I feel quite comfortable in myself.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

The color suggests to me the lushness of the wild earth life all around us, so I guess you could say it means freedom, air, sun, breath and daydreaming.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Green does not suggest death.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

My entire life.

 

When does it work best?

It works best when it is in someone's closely looking eyes.

 

When does it not work for you?

It doesn't work for me as money.

 

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

It relates to my work ethic which is to promote both growth and possibility. I am definitely this color on occasion, but this color is still also very much of itself, which I like and admire. 

 

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Prospero E. Pulma, Jr

Prospero E. Pulma, Jr lives in the Philippines.

He has had prose and poetry published in The Philippine Daily Inquirer, Philippine Star, Philippine Graphic, Philippine Panorama, Every Day Fiction, Flashes in the Dark, short-story.net, Short-Story.Me, Every Day Poets, and The Filipino as a Liberal: Selected Essays on Liberalism and the Philippine Condition.

He has an upcoming work in The Best of Every Day Fiction Four.

Prospero has answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

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• Elena  -  November 2012

Prospero answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

I think it’s red. Most of my casual clothes are colored red.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Several times a week as part of my casual attire.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

I’m a safety freak, and red is a popular warning color. I even tell people that red should be the color of their cars so that the vehicles will be more visible.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

My mood.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

I don’t know. I just realized one day that most of my clothes were red.

 

When does it work best?

When I’m walking briskly around the neighborhood at dusk or early evening to get some exercise because motorists can see me easily from a distance.

 

When does it not work for you?

When I’m with strangers because we look like a bunch of Chicago Bulls fans.

 

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

Red partly defines me because it reflects my obsession with safety, but it does not tell people that I’m happy or in an evil mood.

 

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MK Punky

MK Punky is the best-selling author of many books. His essays, articles and poems have appeared everywhere from small literary journals to the New York Times.

MK Punky’s poetry has won several international writing prizes, most recently the 2016 Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival’s Creative Writing Contest, celebrating Shakespeare’s 400th.

MK has answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

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Poet Philosopher is part of tall...ish Pure Slush Vol. 11

Walking a Goat is part of Summer Pure Slush Vol. 12

 

MK answers The Hue Questionnaire

 

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Maureen Deaver Purcell

Maureen Deaver Purcell is a civic volunteer, empty nester and writer living Indianapolis, Indiana with husband John and pretty white dog Emma. 

She has two children living in Chicago and another living in England, so travel is very high on the priority list.

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

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Abide with Me  -  March 2012  (n/f)

Maureen answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

My favorite color is blue. We are a blue-eyed family. It's the color I look best in, although it's also why I'm sensitive to light.  It's also the color of my favorite music.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I'm wearing it now. I guess I like it better in the day, come to think of it.  I like it in jewelry at night.

 

What does the colour suggest to you? 

The color suggests clear vision to me;  an open sky, something translucent, and often drama.

 

What does it not suggest to you? 

It does not suggest heaviness, or grounded-ness, or anything solid.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour? 

I don't know how long it has been my favorite color...probably since someone started saying I looked good in it.  Aw, vanity.  As a little girl, I loved pink.  My father painted my brother's old bike pink for me because, in those days, even girls' bikes came in only black or red.

 

When does it work best? 

It works best midday, out to lunch, on a scarf around my neck, when I write.

 

When does it not work for you? 

It does not work in pajamas or a nightgown.  I'm afraid to say why.  I also don't think blue works well as a food.  Blueberries don't count.  They are a deep Navy blue.  That's different.  

 

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

My attachment to blue was reaffirmed when I saw planes flying into the World Trade Center.  Will we ever be able to forget the color of the sky?  Blue, in nature, is beautiful, but can also change into something awful, whether from  storms (like the tornadoes common to my part of the world) or man-made (like airliners on a mission.)  In that way, blue is complex.  In that way, I am this color.

 

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