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Misti Rainwater-Lites

Misti Rainwater-Lites is the author of Bullshit Rodeo, a few other novels and collections of fiction and several collections of poetry. Two of her short stories will appear in the summer 2014 issue of Gargoyle.

Misti also enjoys digital photography and mixed media collage. She resides in San Antonio.

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

Read Misti's work here on Pure Slush:

From the Box is part of Notausgang

Miracles is part of barcode 

Misti answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

My favorite color is cerulean.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I never wear this color. It’s hard finding clothes I like in this particular color.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

To me cerulean suggests mental clarity and spiritual vibrancy. It reminds me of a spring sky as seen through sunglasses. Cerulean does not suggest stagnancy, mediocrity or conformity. It works best for me in the abstract. I don’t own this color but I know it when I see it. I appreciate it from a distance.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

It would not work for me if I saw it all the time or if I owned objects and clothing of this hue.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Cerulean has been my favorite color for approximately thirteen years.

 

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

The color relates to me because I live in the clouds. I prefer most people in the abstract. I like vast amounts of solitude. I don’t hang out with people just to hang out and I don’t get caught up in social games. I shy away from conformity and blatant mediocrity. I’m a snob with a cerulean (not golden) heart. I’m bright and chilly. I am cerulean! 

 

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Stephen V. Ramey

Stephen V. Ramey lives and writes in New Castle, Pennsylvania, once the tin plating capitol of the world. He has been many things in life, chemical engineer, dishwasher, hardware store manager, book store owner, nonprofit manager, husband, stepfather. One thing he has never been, however, is published in Pure Slush. Until now!

With this bucket list completed, he'll have to start a new one.

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

Read Stephen's work here on Pure Slush:

• Assuaging the Clown  -  June 2011

Commitment  -  November 2011

• Red Light is also part of slut

• Christmas in Nicaragua  -  February 2012

• Meringue  -  March 2012

Pathways  -  May 2012  (focounterpoint) 

• You Say Tu Dou, I Say Ma Ling Shu  -  October 2012

Steps to Building a Bigger Butt  -  December 2012 

Maine Thing and Sauce are also part of gorge

• Red Windmill  -  January 2013 

Office Rapport  -  February 2013 

Spring Fashion  -  March 2013 

Catherine's First is also part of Catherine refracted 

Another Saturday Night is also part of barcode 

Prodigy  -  December 2014 

Stephen is taking part in 2014, and you can read the daily blog he is writing about each story in the 365 story-project here. Stephen has also been interviewed about his part in the project here.

• Let Them Eat Cock is part of Five Pure Slush Vol. 10  

A Tallish Tale is part of tall...ish Pure Slush Vol. 11 

Summer is part of Summer Pure Slush Vol. 12 

Glass Animals

• Pure Slush published Stephen's short story collection Glass Animals in January 2013. For a taste of Glass Animalsclick here. 

Pure Slush has also published Glass Animals as in various eBook formats.

Stephen answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Black, because it encompasses all colours, it takes in all wavelengths, stores them, lets them build until they burst out in brilliant rainbows.

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?
Yes. You might say this colour is in my jeans, which I wear at least a couple times a week. I also have a black Strange Horizons t-shirt I'm rather fond of. I wear black when I wake and usually when I sleep. The one place I try not to wear black is at formal occasions.
 
What does the colour suggest to you?
Spongeness, that quality of soaking in experience, often vicariously.
 
What does it not suggest to you?
It's not showy or attention-hungry.
 
How long has it been your favourite colour?
For many years now, but not when I was young. Then, the world revolved around me and black was boring. Now, I appreciate its wisdom, the way it surrounds everything and provides contrast.
 
When does it work best?
At night.
 
When does it not work for you?
At formal occasions. Were you not listening?
 
How does the colour relate to you, or you relate to it? Are you this colour or is this colour you?

In general I strive to be the black that listens and accepts the light of others rather than that nasty black that sucks. I guess I'll have to let others be the judge of that.  

 

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Martha Rand

Martha Rand writes in New Jersey.  She reads her poetry at local venues.  She publishes on Fictionaut.

In her spare time she invents new flavors for cookies like butternut squash and nutmeg shortbread and banana almond biscotti.

Martha also answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Martha's work here on Pure Slush:

Changes  -  February 2012

• City girls never need car keys  -  May 2012 

My Sister, Esther is also part of obit. 

Sloe Gin Fizz is Pink is part of barcode 

Spirit Week is part of tall...ish Pure Slush Vol. 11 

Monopoly, My Brother and Money is part of Summer Pure Slush Vol. 12 

Martha answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

It's Blue.  Cerulean.  I love the way it sounds: Cerulean Blue.  The color is like the jewel: turquoise.  I love the way the word turquoise looks on the page.  It's like a tortoise whose shell should be viridian green mixed with cerulean blue and turquoise.  Beautiful hues of greens and blues.  I remember the tiny turtles I had as a child, who barely survived.  How long were their lives?  But, I won't go to sadness, not to those blues.  I'll breathe the serenity of water and sky, gaze out and fly.  That's why I love blue.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I wear these blues in the summer, when I walk through the forests of Sterling at the Tuxedo New York Renaissance Faire in my mystical costumes.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

They open my fourth and fifth chakras, the heart and the throat.  The fourth chakra green turquoises represent love and kindness.  The blues of the throat chakra represent self-expression.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

It does not suggest orange.  Unless of course in the way that a wish represents a fear.  Or, perhaps as happens when you stare at one color, your eyes rest by automatically creating its opposite.  Hey!  I deny fearing orange, in fact the inner hallways of my home for many years were painted goldenrod.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

I remember painting an entire page that color when I was seven and seeing no need for anything else.  As though I were Rothko. But Rothko was red and my red is blue.  But I wouldn't hear of him until many years later studying at art school.

 

When does it work best?

Does it work?  I like to think it only plays. 

 

When does it not work for you?

When I can't find the magic.

 

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

Sometimes I reach for it. It slips away. I forget about it for a while.  Then from a deep and empty place my need for it arises.  I remember and I reach again. It envelops me like a lover's arms and I awaken peacefully. Then my lover leaves me...with memories and the need to breathe.  But I won't go to sadness, not those blues.  Not today.  I don't feel the need to lose.  I don't know the reason.  I don't know the how.  I can feel the magic.  The magic's with me now.   

 

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Michelle Reale

Michelle Reale is an academic librarian on faculty at a university in the suburbs of Philadelphia.

Her work has been published in a variety of venues including EyeshotPankSmokelong QuarterlyThe Los Angeles ReviewWord Riot and others.  She was included in Dzanc's Best of the Web 2010 anthology.

Michelle's fiction chapbook, Natural Habitat, was published by Burning River in 2010.

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

Read Michelle's work here on Pure Slush: 

• Shells  -  February 2011

Michelle answered The Hue Questionnaire

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

I really dig brown.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I actually wear this color a lot.  A lot of my work clothes are brown. I am a librarian.  I realize how drab and cliché this must sound.  But I have red hair.  I guess that saves me.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Decay?  No, really, it is very earthy.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Flash.  Pretense. 

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

For a very long time!

 

When does it work best?

Always!

 

When does it not work for you?

Never!  But then again, I suppose one wouldn't want to get married in a brown dress.

 

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

In relation to attire, I don't like my clothes to wear me.  I don't have to worry about that with brown. It is a bit sedate, quiet and serious.  Like me!

 

Are you this colour or is this colour you?

This color is me.  Definitely me.  Make of that what you will! 

 

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Talia Redbook

Talia Redbook lives in a seaside shack with her beloved cats. She also enjoys adding to her collection of miscellaneous hoarded objects with which she will not part. Items include (but are not limited to): rubber bands, antiquated medical equipment and marionettes. You know, the important stuff.

After all, war could be just around the corner.

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

Read Talias work here on Pure Slush:

Delhi Delights  -  April 2014

picture: one of Talia’s beloved cats 

Talia has answered The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Favourite colour of the moment is maroon. This is generally the colour I see when I have closed eyelids, which is a rarity when one has an infant.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I do not wear this colour. I was forced to wear this colour for six years of primary school along with maroon scungies. The thought is still shiver-inducing.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

This colour suggests to me that if I concentrate really hard, I can slip into some sort of slumber before I awake to penetrative hyena-like screams in the next room.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

This colour does not suggest to me any sort of sensical mastery of the English language here in the land down under. Can anyone explain why, if the word has two sequential ‘o’s, we pronounce it ‘marone’?

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Favourite colour for oh ... roughly seven months now.

 

When does it work best?

Works best at about two hour intervals. Yep, that’s my life ...

 

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

If this colour leads to the happy blank nothingness of sleepy solitude, then it is my bestest friend in the whole world. Given the corporeal nature of my eyelids, then this colour is literally me... 

 

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Barlow Redfearn

Barlow Redfearn is a short story and pop culture writer based in Adelaide, South Australia.

Barlow has answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Barlows work here on Pure Slush:

Despair  -  June 2016

 

Barlow answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Red, because it’s the colour of sin.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I often wear red when I want to stand apart from the crowd.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Fire and warmth

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Sleep

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

4 days, 4 months and 14 years

 

When does it work best?

When paired with black

 

When does it not work for you?

When flown on a flag

 

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

Red excites me, but I am not red, nor, is red me. I am me, and red is ours.


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Timmy Reed

Timmy Reed is an endangered, subintelligent hominid from Baltimore, Maryland. He currently attends University of Balitmore's MFA program in Creative Writing & Publishing Arts.

As an undergraduate, Timmy attended College of Charleston, where he was an Editorial Intern at Crazyhorse. Then he toiled in local economic development and planning for a few years.

He has recently published or has stories forthcoming from Artichoke HaircutSpilt MilkThe Bicycle Review, and Smile, Hon, You're in Baltimore.

Timmy is a busy hunter/gatherer-type of beast but when he isn't out seeking food and drink, he writes tiny stories on Twitter @BMORETIMMYREED and blogs about other animals (and sometimes himself) on his blog UnderratedAnimals.

Timmy also answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Timmy's work here on Pure Slush:

• Birds  -  October 2011

• Whiskers is also part of gorge 


Timmy answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

I haven't thought about my favorite color since I was a wee-tot and believed everyone had to have one, like the number on the backs of our lacrosse jerseys. Now, I think I will say green. Or gray, like in black and white photography. But no, green. I like things that are green.


Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Sometimes. I have always had at least one pair of kelley or lime green pants because I am from North Baltimore where boys and men are taught to wear stuff like that. Otherwise, I think I stay away from it because green reminds me of Saint Patrick's Day when I see it in clothing form. Saint Patrick's Day is my birthday amd it reminds me of death and vomiting.


What does the colour suggest to you?

Life. I like green places. Green plants. Green whenever it is found in nature (where it appears a lot.) I even like it on insects, like the praying mantis, although they give me the creeps.  


What does it not suggest to you?

Envy. I never really got that, though I do understand the aphorism "The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence" and believe it to be often true.  


How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since you asked me about it.  

 

When does it work best?

When I feel like I've been cooped up too long. I live in a very urban setting. I like going places that are green.  


When does it not work for you?

Saint Patrick's Day.  


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

I see it and feel it and sometimes even think I can smell it (moss, geosmin, lime juice, reefer) but I am mostly pink and white.

 

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JP Reese

JP Reese wrote poetry for years to take the edge off, then stopped for almost a decade, right after she earned an MFA.  She cannot explain that odd turn of events, but is happy to be writing again and has published work in many genres, along with reviews and interviews, in over forty online and print journals in the last two years.

It was amazing to discover recently that many of her poems were actually flash fiction pieces in drag.

Reese edits poetry for Connotation Press: An Online Artifact and THIS Literary Magazine. Her published work is at Entropy: A Measure of Uncertainty.

Don't let her fool you, the head shot is old.

JP also answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read JP's work on Pure Slush:

A Letter From Your Editor  -  January 2012

• JP has also contributed 15 poems to Versus. 

JP answers The Hue Questionnaire:


What is your favourite colour? Why?

Black, but that's a non-color, isn't it?

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I wear some form of black almost every day, both when I'm hanging around at home, running errands, or teaching.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

It's slimming and easy to match with socks and mascara.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

A giggling, jiggling girly-girl.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Probably about a decade, but before that, I was deeply conflicted between my love for both red and black.

 

When does it work best?

When I'm awake.

 

When does it not work for you?

Texas, in August and as a carpet color (the lint!)

 

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

Wearing black gives me some measure of control in the classroom.  It's a serious color (or non-color), and students respond to it with more formality than if I wore some lacy, pink plunging thing.  It's also easy to find black clothing in stores, and sweat pants come in black as well.  I'm actually a pretty humorous person, so I can't say black is me or I am black, but wearing it does help to smooth the path somewhat in my daily interactions with others.

 

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Sally Reno

Sally Reno is a writer/producer/newscaster for Pacifica Radio KGNU in Denver. Her flash fiction, micro-fiction, short stories and non-fiction have appeared in numerous print and online journals, collections and anthologies.

Her work has been among the winners of National Public Radio’s Three Minute Fiction contest, Moon Milk Review’s Prosetry contest, Fast Forward’s Six Word Story contest, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

Sally has answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below). 

Read Sally's work here on Pure Slush:

• The Spindle of Necessity  -  October 2011

• Ulysses, sailing is also part of slut

Felix Mistral Grocery is also part of Notausgang

• Tennessee Waltz at the Rose Tattoo  -  November 2012  (n/f)

• Celebrate!  -  December 2012 

• On Blueberry Hill, Prestidigitation, The Fog and Bad Little Falls are also part of gorge 

La Brisa is also part of obit. 

Gargoyles, Witches, Nihilists, Yoko Ono is part of the online serial Don't Kill Me I'm in Love  -  March 2015

• Five Boxes of Pornography is part of Five Pure Slush Vol. 10 

• The Suit, or 15 Reasons You Can't Really Date Superman  -  March 2016

Summer's End is part of Summer Pure Slush Vol. 12 

photo credit: Jesse Coley

Sally answers The Hue Questionnaire

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Hot pink. Because it is hot. (My knees are cold.)

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I always wear black for spiritual reasons. I would like to have a hot pink scarf. A hot pink scarf with a black outfit would look exactly like Kali Ma with her bloody tongue stuck out. 

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Kali Ma's tongue. (See above.)

 

What does it not suggest to you?

A sad-eyed, middle-aged, very tall Armenian gentleman with a droopy mustache.


How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since I woke up this morning with cold knees.

 

When does it work best?

While practicing tantric rites on the charnal ground.

 

When does it not work for you?

When I have 'prickly heat.'

 

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

I have a warm relationship with this color when I wrap it around my cold knees. I am not this color, I am a person, but I am told we are all this color inside. Except for the spleen, which is gray and purple.

 

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Dusty-Anne Rhodes

Dusty-Anne Rhodes is an American who has been living in European exile for several decades—which indeed shapes how she sees the world. She originally trained and worked as a classical musician, later moving on to translating, editing and communications consulting.

Her need to express herself in writing goes way back. Quoting David Grossman, she avouches: “What interests me most is the nuances of what goes on between two people, or between a person and himself.” Over the years, her creative writing has transitioned from personal essays and autobiographical pieces to stories. This takes her exploration of people around her and the patterns inherent in their interactions she observes one step further.

Her published work thus far has been about classical music or erotica.

Visit Dusty's website http://www.dustyanne-rhodes.com/.

Dusty-Anne Rhodes' anthology Hard will be published by Pure Slush in 2013.

Read Dusty-Anne's work here on Pure Slush:

• Legacy  -  from 28 September 2012  (for counterpoint)

• Triggering the Imagination  -  October 2012  (n/f)

• Power Games  -  November 2012  (n/f) 

I'm That Son is also part of obit. 

Resemblances  -  June 2013  (n/f)

An Actress  -  June 2013  (n/f)

Cannon-Firing Noises is also part of Catherine refracted 

Crossing  -  August 2013 

Dusty Does Rome  -  April 2014

Two Hours Every Two Weeks  -  November 2014 

Three Kids  -  December 2014 

Pure Slush first published Dusty's non-fiction collection Hard in April 2013, and you can find the ePub eBook here and the Kindle eBook here.

  Hard

Dusty-Anne answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Periwinkle blue. A blue that is heading towards purple but still retains ultimate loyalty to the blue family.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

More and more, whenever I can.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Possibility. Maturity.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Being finished. Being settled. Decay.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Only a couple of years.

 

When does it work best?

In conjunction with silver gray (i.e. my hair). Together with deeper royal purple.

 

When does it not work for you?

There are people who look great in red and brilliant orange and yellow. They don't need my periwinkle. And I'd rather keep it to myself than share the color with them.

 

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

It is me. It is me at this wondrous phase in my life.

 

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John Riley

John Riley lives with his family in Greensboro, North Carolina where he works in educational publishing. He used to live in other places.

John's fiction and poetry have appeared in Fiction Daily, Smokelong Quarterly, Blue Five Notebook, and elsewhere. He is an assistant fiction editor at Ablemuse and very infrequently blogs at http://temptedtostay.blogspot.com/.

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

Read John's work here on Pure Slush:

• My Own Gun is part of slut

John is the Featured Author for November 2013:

They're Leather  -  November 2013

Deep Inside the Light There Are No Dreams  -  November 2013

Restaurant Rondo  -  November 2013

Eccentric Orbit  -  November 2013 

The Barber  -  June 2016 

John has also answered The Hue Questionnaire:


What is your favourite colour? Why?

Today I'll say green. Green and blue have fought over which is my favorite for as long as I can remember. Green usually comes out on top. Why? Green is stronger.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Yes, I wear green often for both work and play. I have on a dark green shirt right now. Spring is getting an early start here this year and St. Patrick's Day was two days ago. It's a good week for green.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Green is the only color I can be sure to see when I look out a window, unless there's fog.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Weakness.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Sometimes blue is on top.

 

When does it work best?

When I've been at my desk too long and forgot to go outside and then I go outside and see the magnolia tree.

 

When does it not work for you?

I don't want green underwear.

 

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

Green is consistent and durable and these questions have made me realize I want to be more like it. It is a good week for green.

 

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Alex Robertson

Alex Robertson was born in Adelaide and has spent his early working life around (country) South Australia and the Northern Territory. He has been occasionally published, first in university student publications and then in journals. Since his location to outer Adelaide, he has tried his hand at short stories for his own interest. He is also involved in writing groups in Gawler and the North East suburbs of Adelaide.

Alex answers The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Alex's work here on Pure Slush

Digits is part of Five Pure Slush Vol. 10  

The Deal Breaker is part of tall...ish Pure Slush Vol. 11 

One Season Down Under is part of Summer Pure Slush Vol. 12 

Layer upon Layer  -  September 2016 

Alex has answered The Hue Questionnaire

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Black. Whilst some think of it as a mournful colour, I prefer to think of it as the colour of formality and, combined with white, is a representation of the ying and yang of life

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I do have jackets, jeans and t-shirts in various shades, but try not to wear them together, giving the effect of 15 shades of the one colour. It is a matter of a splash here and there amongst other colours.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

The colour, or lack of, is unknown. Getting to know the unknown is the process of exploration. One can paint a landscape of colour after knowing what the environment looks like. Knowing oneself inside and out is a lifelong process, to cast light into mysterious places.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

The bland, the identified, the recognised: realising that we need to acknowledge what is around already. There is also the ability to hide in the dark if you want to, and sometimes you do.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

It is a perennial favourite for a number of years – whilst many colours have also competed with it, there is an enduring quality about it (a traditional staple) that never goes out of style.

 

When does it work best?

The part of acknowledging black as a part of life and looking on it as a colour of working service: as part of a uniform of sorts ... From the most informal of situations (a t-shirt) to the most formal (a suit and tie) it has its place.

 

When does it not work for you?

When someone coming from a position/view of many colours or caring soul might misinterpret my wearing of ‘maudlin’ clothing. Alternatively, those with a competitive streak looks at it as an invitation as someone/something to conquer.

 

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

The colour relates to me positively and I relate strongly to it: I see it as a way that expresses me but not everyone will get my perspective. Whilst I wouldn’t say that I am this colour or this colour is me, I would say that the traditional Western view on black as a negative colour is being challenged (dark matter, limits of the known universe and other areas). 

  

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Jason E. Rolfe

Jason E. Rolfe writes Absurdist fiction for fun and (very little) profit. His latest work has appeared in issues of Sein und Werden, The Ironic Fantastic, and miNatura (Spanish Language), and he recently served as guest editor for Sein und Werden’s OuLiPo-themed Spring 2014 issue.

Jason lives in Southwestern Ontario. You can follow him online at jasonrolfe.wordpress.com.

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

Read Jasons work here on Pure Slush:

• An Inconvenient Corpse  -  June 2014 


Jason answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

My favourite colour is white. I know, technically it’s an absence of colour, but that’s why I like it so much. I’m completely colour blind!

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I wear white every day. In fact, I never don’t wear white. White t-shirts are a wardrobe staple (even when hidden beneath my white dress shirts).

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Endless possibility. White is a blank page upon which anything can happen.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Chaos.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since that day in kindergarten when a classmate pointed out, and ridiculed, my inability to distinguish blue beads from purple beads.

 

When does it work best?

When I sit down to write something new.

 

When does it not work for you?

When I sat down to write something new several hours ago.

 

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

While I am technically white, I think white is more me than I am white. I’m a minimalist. I find mental comfort in white.

 

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Jennifer Rose

Jennifer Rose lives with her husband in a small town inland from the first white-man-settled place on the south coast of Western Australia. She teaches English part time in the local secondary school. Her Christian faith underpins her life.

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

Read Jennifers work here on Pure Slush:

Bid  -  March 2016

Then, face to face  -  June 2016 

Jennifer answers The Hue Questionnaire

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

It depends on the context. Black, deep Ultramarine Blue, purple, reds, orange...

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Black is the colour I mostly wear, with other colours splashing around for interest, mood-effects and provocation.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Practicality. Disguises. Subtlety.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Yellow.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since children. Since 2004.

 

When does it work best?

It’s a classic cover-all colour: (flesh going south, out and about). An easy mix and match colour when you want to think about more important stuff than clothes.

 

When does it not work for you?

At the hairdressers. Around shedding animals. When I’m sick of black. And when I’m attempting to paint.

 

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

This colour, black, is not me. I choose it and I leave it out. I’m not going to be painted into a black corner... 

 

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Mark Rosenblum

Mark Rosenblum--a New York native who now lives in Southern California--misses the taste of real pizza and good deli food. His work has been featured in Mindprints, Tiferet, Thirteen Magazine, Insolent Rudder, AlienSkin MagazineBoston Literary MagazineEveryday Fiction, and Eclectic Flash.

His work has also appeared in the anthologies, It All Changed in an InstantThinking Ten—A Writer’s PlaygroundSix Sentences Volume 2and Volume 3The Best of Eclectic Flash 2010 and the upcoming Daily Flash 2012.

Mark also answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Mark's work here on Pure Slush

• Dalliance  -  June 2011

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Indelible Impression is also part of real 

• The Visit is also part of gorge

Mark answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

I would have to say brown (well, I don’t really have to say brown.  Brown isn’t holding a gun to my head.  However, blue really pissed me off years ago so it’s out of the running.  Besides, my wife’s eyes are brown and since she’ll read this, I’m going with brown).

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Aside from shoes and a belt, not very often.  Mind you, I don’t just wear shoes and a belt (although I have in the past--but the breeze was too strong and my constant laughter brought the attention of law enforcement). 

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Brown is relaxing, comforting, teddy bears, cuddly dogs and a warm place to go.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Annoying neighbors that play loud music--the kind Manson and his followers used to listen to before sharpening knives.

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since I was a child.  Mom made a crochet bedspread in shades of brown.

 

When does it work best?

On an old Mercedes 450SL that I never owned, but only dreamed of.

 

When does it not work for you?

On walls. It just doesn’t work on walls.

 

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

We relate to each other.  Give and take, yin and yang.  Brown and I get along fine.  Although “brown shirts” remind me of stormtroppers and I don’t mean the Star Wars kind. Other than those, when it comes to brown, it’s all good! 

 

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Ruth Sabath Rosenthal

Ruth Sabath Rosenthal is a New York poet, well-published in literary journals and poetry anthologies throughout the U.S. and internationally. In October 2006, her poem on yet another birthday was nominated for a Pushcart prize by Ibbetson Street Magazine. Ruth has authored five books of poetry: Facing Home (a chapbook); Facing Home and beyond; little, but by no means small; Food: Nature vs Nurture; and Gone, but Not Easily Forgotten. Purchase these books from amazon.com, or ruthspoems@aol.com. For more about Ruth, visit her website at www.newyorkcitypoet.com.

Ruth has answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Ruth's work here on Pure Slush:

To My Sister is part of Five Pure Slush Vol. 10

Standing Tall is part of tall...ish Pure Slush Vol. 11 

1st snapshot of the day is part of Summer Pure Slush Vol. 12 

Ruth answers The Hue Questionnaire: 

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Red, because it symbolizes the color of a “heart” image, and because it is such a great color to use, literally, in a poem: Red, as in blood; a red dress, as in sexy; red, fading; angry/anger; seeing red; red, as in red, white & blue; fire/heat; hot, as in red-hot; a “red, red rose;” as in “having been read”

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I used to wear it, in my more youthful days. For the past 2 decades, I haven’t been wearing this color. I’ve been wearing less ostentatious colors -- most often black (slimming) and easy to accessorize.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

My answer to “What is your favorite colour? Why?” pretty much answers this

 

What does it not suggest to you?

It does not suggest calm/calmness; quiet/quietness; low-keyed; lackluster; cool/coolness; pale/paleness.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

As a teenager, I had to have a red gown for my high-school senior prom and it took almost a month of shopping for a red gown (in Philadelphia, PA, where I lived) to finally find one -- the one and only I could find! Then I switched to my favorite color being “emerald green” and that lasted for years. After that, I wore and liked a myriad of colors. It was back in the year 2000, when I started writing poetry, that the color “red” stood out to me -- not for wearing it, but rather as a sort of muse.

 

When does it work best?

When I’m writing to what speak to “the lack of red” as in “aging” sex; “war/terrorism” and “political” poems; poems that speak to nature -- both Mother Nature and “Mother” -- as in “my mother” -- flowers/gardens/blossoms; dreams; nightmares. It also works best in my email responses, to differentiate between the black of the sender’s text and my reply -- such as here, in this email.

 

When does it not work for you?

As a lipstick (doesn’t work with my complexion now); as clothing (doesn’t work with my self-image); my home decor (too stimulating -- I’m looking to mellow out).

 

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

Red used to be one of my colors of choice for clothing/lipstick/home decor -- but not for years now. 

 

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Colin Rowe

Colin Rowe lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico and writes flash fiction, novels, screenplays, and children’s books. His comedy non-fiction has been published several times by Cracked.com and his writing will appear in the Spring 2015 issue of the Santa Fe Literary Review.

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

Read Colin’s work here on Pure Slush:

Buddy  -  August 2014

 

Colin answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Orange. I think it’s kind of earthy, but more cheerful and exciting than ordinary brown.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Rarely. I should wear it more often, now that I think about it. I bet I’d look good in a sort of dark orange. The only orange clothes I own are blaze orange for hunting.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Autumn in the forest, fire, and box turtles. I had five different box turtles when I was a kid. I would catch them in the wild and keep them in a box, but then let them go after a while because I knew they were wild and probably didn’t want to live in a box for very long.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Conflict, death, or anything unpleasant.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

For as long as I can remember.

 

When does it work best?

Orange works best where people need warmth. When it’s autumn and it gets chilly, the leaves turn orange. When you’re camping, you light a fire. Wood comes in shades of orange, and it can be a house or furniture or firewood, or lots of things. You also see orange in bread and carrots and sweet potatoes and lots of other foodstuffs. They all have to do with comfort and shelter.

 

When does it not work for you?

It doesn’t work on traffic cones or street signs because I barely pay attention to those.

 

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

I’m pretty orange. Auras are nonsense, but if they were real I bet mine would be orange. I’m very much fascinated by wildlife and geology, but I’m also a bit of a homebody. Orange is personable, but not gregarious.

 

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Barbara Ruth

Barbara Ruth writes at the convergence of Ashkenazi Jewish and Potowatomee, fat and yogi, disabled and neuroqueer, not this and not that.

Her photography, memoirs, poems and fiction appear in the following anthologies published in 2015 and 2016: Barking Sycamores: Best of the First Year; Yellow Chair Anthology; QDA: Queer Disability Anthology: Lunessence; Garland of the Goddess; Slim Volume: This Body I Live Inside; Spoon/Knife Reader.

She lives in San Jose, CA, USA. 

Barbara has answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Barbaras work here on Pure Slush:

Post and Beam is part of Five Pure Slush Vol. 12

Wish Me No Dreams  -  June 2016 

Barbara answers The Hue Questionnaire: 

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

All the shades of lavender, violet, purple

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I am wearing lavender sweats right this minute. I wear something in purple to lavender often, and often different shades at this end of the spectrum together. I have a lavender “Black Lives Matter” baseball cap. I don’t do frills, but if I did, they would be lavender. I don’t dye my hair, but it will be purple if I change my mind.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Queers of course.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

It does not suggest the actual plant Lavender, as I am allergic to that.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since childhood.

 

When does it work best?

When I’m alliterating with lesbian.

 

When does it not work for you?

Some time in the future perchance. I’ll let you know.

 

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

We are co-conspirators.

 

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