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Adina Sara

Oakland author Adina Sara’s debut novel, Blind Shady Bend, tells of a woman whose life takes a sharp, unexpected turn when she inherits a run down country property. Her memoir, 100 Words Per Minute, offers a look into the heart of clerical workers. In The Imperfect Garden, she explores the elements of determination, disappointment and surprise that shaped her landscape and life.

Sara’s essays have appeared in Persimmon Tree, East Bay Express, and Peregrine Press. She was the feature garden columnist for an Oakland, California newspaper, and currently divides her time between pulling weeds, making music, and writing. Find her website by clicking here.

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

Read more of Adinas work here on Pure Slush:

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

Broken Mirrors  -  June 2016 

Adina answers The Hue Questionnaire: 

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Deep blue, deep red, deep green, deep purple. I think the key word is deep. I’m not a big fan of pastels.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Pretty much everything in my closet runs between green to blue to purple to red. I think they’re referred to as jewel tones. I’m not sure if I like them as much as they like me. They make my eyes stand out. They make me look more awake than I might actually feel. I actually went to a color consultant once - in case she’d tell me something I didn’t already know. She didn’t.  

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Intensity. Commitment. The deeper, darker shade of the color, the more of it there is - which make it more interesting.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Uncertainty, wishy washiness, the feeling you’re in one place when you want to be somewhere else.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

I don’t know when I started loving the darker shades. But I do know that I always disliked pastel colors - something about how they remind me of candy wrappers and other such frivolous things.

 

When does it work best?

Always.

 

When does it not work for you?

Never.

 

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

I’m not a visual artist and I haven’t spent any time studying the attributes of colors. But I do get a visceral feeling - both good or bad - around certain colors. I don’t have an explanation for it, but I have heard from people who take these things more seriously that colors have vibrations - energies - and that they can affect a person’s psyche. There seems to be something depressing about grey. And something bright and cheerful about yellow. So even though I can’t explain the color energies as they relate to me, I just know that I feel better when I’m around deeper shades of reds and blues and greens. The rooms in my house are painted with them. My closet is filled with them. They make me feel good. That’s all I know.

 

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Fabio Sassi

Fabio Sassi has had several experiences in music, photography, and writing focusing since 1990 on acrylics created using stencil techniques. He uses logos, icons, miniature objects and shades to create “weird” perspectives.

You can view more of Fabio Sassi’s work at http://www.fabiosassi.foliohd.com/

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

See Fabio's work here on Pure Slush:

• Click It  -  October 2012

• Like  -  October 2012

• Explorer  -  October 2012

• Quasi Warhol Marilyn  -  November 2012

• Fab 2 + 2  -  November 2012

• Outerspace Elvis  -  November 2012

• Kaleidobrandscope  -  December 2012 

• The Dawn of Falling Banks  -  January 2013

Still Life with Batteries  -  May 2013 

Personal Space  -  June 2013

Pills from Outer Space  -  July 2013 

Fabio answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Blue, because I feel fine with it.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Sure, always and everywhere.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Calm, relaxation and good vibrations.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Chaos, agitation.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since I can remember. I used to be a harmonica blues player too.

 

When does it work best?

Always!

 

When does it not work for you?

Never.

 

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

I just can tell you that it’s a great relationship.

 

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Sathyanarain Muralidharan

Sathyanarain Muralidharan lives in Chennai, India. He sells technology by day and indulges in art by night, not excluding writing, making music and occasionally doodling. He started writing casual poetry as a curious ten-year-old which evolved into short stories spanning various genres set in contemporary India.

He is currently working on a novella and a comic book. He can be found online at http://www.msnarain.com/

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

Read his work on Pure Slush

• Sacred Ash  -  April 2012

Flow  -  July 2013

Sathyanarain Muralidharan answers The Hue Questionnaire:


What is your favourite colour? Why?

My favourite colour has got to be blue. Everything around me always seems to have a hint of blue in it. Blue is full of energy. It could well be because of my close proximity to the ocean. 

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I end up wearing blue for almost four days in a week. In fact I'm wearing blue today! 

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

I think blue is the true colour of nature as against green. Nearly 70% of the earth is covered by water after all! And then there is the sky. To me, blue signifies something that is not fake. Blue is the perfect colour.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Deception. Boredom.  

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

As long as I can remember. My first brush with blue was probably the light blue colored tricycle I had when I was a kid. I started riding it when I was probably two. I remember crying my heart out when it broke and had to be discarded. The memory of a light blue colored tricycle is still vivid in my head. 

 

When does it work best?

Blue just works. At any point of time, there are at least a couple of things blue on my desk, both at work and at home. I think blue liberates my creativity. In fact my electric guitar is blue coloured too!

 

When does it not work for you?

Blue has never let me down. At least, never so far. And I hope it doesn't, in the future.

 

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

Blue is a natural extension of me. We complete each other.

 

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Wayne Scheer

Wayne Scheer has locked himself in a room with his computer and turtle since his retirement. (Wayne's, not the turtle's.) To keep from going back to work, he's published hundreds of short stories, essays and poems, including Revealing Moments, a collection of flash stories.

He's been nominated for four Pushcart Prizes and a Best of the Net.

Wayne lives in Atlanta with his wife and can be contacted at wvscheer@aol.com

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

Read Wayne's work here on Pure Slush:

Early Morning Reverie  -  December 2011

A Jazz Tune-Up  -  January 2012

• Intimacy  -   October 2012

Office Routine  -  February 2013 

Let There Be Comedy Tonight  -  April 2013 

A Night on Harvey's Couch  -  June 2013

Wayne is the Featured Author for August 2013.

 Old Memories  -  August 2013

A Balanced Life  -  August 2013 

Turning Thirteen  -  August 2013 

No Alpha Males Here  -  August 2013

• Prophylactica  -  January 2014 

A Redwood in the Yukon is part of tall...ish Pure Slush Vol. 11 

Wayne answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 


What is your favourite colour? Why?
Shades of blue and green, dark shades mostly.  I find them relaxing.

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?
I wear blue jeans most of the time, various shades.  So, yes, I wear blue often.  Dark green shirts sometimes, but not often.

What does the colour suggest to you?
A working calm, depth.  

What does it not suggest to you?
It doesn't suggest lightness or fluff.

How long has it been your favourite colour?
I can't recall thinking about a favorite color, but I suppose I've worn dark jeans most of my life.

When does it work best?
When I'm awake.
 
 
 
When does it not work for you?
When I'm asleep.

How does the colour relate to you, or you relate to it? Are you this colour or is this colour you?
I don't know if I relate to the color or what that means. 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Shades of blue and green, dark shades mostly.  I find them relaxing.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I wear blue jeans most of the time, various shades.  So, yes, I wear blue often.  Dark green shirts sometimes, but not often.


What does the colour suggest to you?

A working calm, depth.  

 

What does it not suggest to you?

It doesn't suggest lightness or fluff.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

I can't recall thinking about a favorite color, but I suppose I've worn dark jeans most of my life.

 

When does it work best?

When I'm awake.

 

When does it not work for you?

When I'm asleep.

 

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

I don't know if I relate to the color or what that means.

 

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M-S Schlender

M-S Schlender is a freelance translator and English teacher who also writes for the screen and stage.

In 2010, she presented her first full length play, Clairity Fails, at the LAB program of the English Theatre Berlin and was part of St. Gaudy's Rage into the Night and This Berlin Life. 

Read M-S's work on Pure Slush:

• Berlin with a W  -  March 2011  (n/f)

• Her  -  May 2011

M-S answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Magenta, because - as Blanche Devereaux once put it - it's an in-between color.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

As often as I can.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Joy, fun, laughter.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Inactivity, darkness or pain.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

For as long as I can remember.

 

When does it work best?

In combination with other, lively colors or on a dark dress as a speck of color.

 

When does it not work for you?

When two magenta items combined are of a different shade.

 

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

I relate to it as my summertime color - whenever I wear it, I am immediately in a good mood. I like being in a good mood, so I'd love to be magenta in that respect.

 

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Antony Scholefield

Antony Scholefield is a writer and editor who has written content for Seizure, New Matilda, Your Friend’s House, Creating the Future of News, and several other publications.

He holds a Bachelor of Journalism from Bond University.

His Twitter handle is @A_Scholefield, if you’re interested in ill-fated footy tips.

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

Read Antony’s work here on Pure Slush

Me, Myself, & You  -  June 2016 

Antony answers The Hue Questionnaire

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Yellow. I’ve always related it to my own identity.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I don’t wear it at all. Physically, it doesn’t suit me.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

It suggests: radiance, energy, openness, excitement.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

It does not suggest: dullness, monotony, withdrawal.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

For as long as I can remember.

 

When does it work best?

It works best when I am happy and busy.

 

When does it not work for you?

It doesn’t work when I feel a lack of purpose.

 

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

I am this colour. To me, it makes more sense to say I ‘have’ this colour. I often see particular people – or even particular songs, words, or ideas – as ‘having’ a particular colour. 

 

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Angelle Scott

Angelle Scott is an instructor of English and a Writing Center instructional assistant at Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana. She has both a master of arts and a bachelor of arts in English from the University of New Orleans.

She has been published in The Written Wardrobe: Where Style & Story Collidefwriction : reviewFlywheel MagazineBlack Magnolias Literary JournalReflections: A Journal of Writing, Service Learning, and Community Literacyand Journal of College WritingShe has work forthcoming in Callaloo.

Angelle also answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Angelle's work on Pure Slush:

• Excavation  -  August 2011

• Exploration  -  August 2011

Angelle answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Lavender, as it makes me feel good.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I do wear this color. I wear it when I am relaxed, when I am going around town on the weekends.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

It reminds me of the rain, of overcast skies, of childhood, of shadows, of sweet romantic sadness, of sleepiness. It is like a whisper.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

It does not suggest aggression, hunger, sunshine, or joy—nothing extreme.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Lavender has been my favorite color since I was a little girl.

 

When does it work best?

Lavender works best on walls, in the sky, on people’s bodies, on unicorns.

 

When does it not work for you?

Lavender does not work for me when my fingernails turn lavender from cold.

 

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

I once painted my walls and ceiling lavender and felt like I was in a cloud all the time. I am lavender: in love with the idea of sadness, the coldness that happens after the rain, afternoon naps. 

 

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Anne Scott

Anne Scott began writing in the autumn of her life after a serious illness.

She asked herself the question? ‘What do you do between now and death.’ She decided to write. Writing has become her essential companion, bringing life-changing fulfilment and the friendship of other writers. She reads widely and slots away facts to provide backgrounds for her stories. Her favourite topics are history, cats and quirky tales.  Many have been published.

Currently she is writing two historical novels.

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

Read Anne's work here on Pure Slush:

• One Night in Paris  -  May 2012

• Designer Thinking  -  October 2012  (n/f) 

Leaves  -  April 2013  (n/f)

Leaving the Pages  -  June 2013 

Favourites is also part of Catherine refracted 


Anne answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Blue is my favourite colour, all shades of blue. It features prominently in my environment. Why? I'm not sure. I'm just drawn to the colour. Perhaps I see it as a mystical colour. One of the most important gifts I can give to my female characters is jewellery made from Lapis Lazuli. But red also features prominently in my writing.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

When I was younger I wore it a lot. Not so much now I'm older. The colour suits me. It's the colour of my eyes ... enhances my skin. Not often anymore. But when younger I would wear it everyday in some form or other. These days as jewellery mostly. Now I wear white more often.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Mystery ... mystique ... spiritual aura.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Drama ... aggression.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

All my life or as long as I remember.

 

When does it work best?

I guess most of the time as it's part of my living environment -- plates, chairs, cushions, bedding, etc.

 

When does it not work for you?

When it's blue / black ... too dark.

 

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

I have a Cancer sun and a Pisces moon. The colour is part of my psyche. 

 

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Meg Sefton

Meg Sefton’s work has recently appeared in Best New Writing 2011The Dos Passos ReviewDanse MacabreCorium MagazineDarkSkyMagazine.comState of ImaginationWufniksEmprise Review, and other publications.

You can track her down on Lit List, and she welcomes your friendship there.

She also links into her local literary scene through Mad About Words.

Meg also answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll down).

Read Meg's work here on Pure Slush:

• Ladybug  -  March 2011

• The State of the State of My Party  -  July 2011  (n/f)

• infinitesimal  -  July 2011

 

Meg answers The Hue Questionnaire.

 

What is your favourite colour? Why? 

Red is my favorite color. Show me a person who doesn't like red, or at least one of its close relations - pink, fuscia, purple, burgundy - and I'll be able to honestly say I've met my opposite, my complement. I'm not sure those who favor red tend to know why they favor red. They're grab-life-by-the-throat types.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I occasionally wear red's cousins: pink, fuscia, purple. When I paint my nails, I choose burgundy. But I have respect for the purest reds and feel there are few people who can pull off the wearing of it, although maybe I need to grow as a person and become more accepting. I did buy a red bathing suit last summer and totally love it but then I bought a white hat with a tiny red hat band. When I tried to wear the suit and hat together I thought: "Nope, too much red." (It was the hat that went.)

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Carpe diem!

 

What does it not suggest to you?

C'est la vie.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Pink and purple have always been my favorites as far back as I can remember. I have been taught to be a polite lady, first and foremost, and only recently have I thrown off some of the shackles that bind and embraced the true color. I predict by the time I'm sixty I'll be like "Yeah, here's my red, so in your face!" (eh hem)

 

When does it work best?

When I want to be noticed, when I want to say something.

 

When does it not work for you?

When I don't want to be noticed, when what I have to say is none of your business.

 

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

I am this color, am becoming this color more and more. A woman in a church choir in which I sang a few years ago called me "spicy." 'Nough said.

 

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Neil Serven

Neil Serven currently lives in Western Massachusetts with his girlfriend and 2 ½ cats. 

His work has appeared in the Beloit Fiction Journalfwriction : review, and the inaugural issue of Fictionaut Selects.

Neil also answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Neil's work on Pure Slush:

• A Killing in the Market  -  August 2011


Neil answers The Hue Questionnaire:


What is your favourite colour? Why?

When I was a child it was always blue, and I was competitive about it. I would demand the blue car whenever I played the Game of Life and the blue ball when I played miniature golf.

For a few years I went through a black phase as a teenager, but that is too trite to bother examining.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

There is a lot of blue in my wardrobe, in all different shades. Though as an adult I have tried to mix things up more. Today I happen to be wearing black and white, though without actually checking I would guess my boxers are probably blue.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Well, traditionally it means cold, and bodies of water, and police. And baby boys. And natural gas, the way the flame turns blue when you turn on the stove.  

And in the U.S., for some arbitrary reason, it means Democrat. When they do the elections here they colour the states that vote for Republicans red and Democrats blue. I happen to live in Massachusetts, one of the bluest of the 50 states.

Now that I am halfway through I am sort of wishing that I had picked orange, only so I could then discourse on how Sanka managed to establish orange as the international color for decaffeinated coffee. Do they do that in Australia? Go to any coffee station, at the office or the convenience store, and the decaf coffee is always in an orange pot. It has to be because of Sanka, which came in orange packaging. My grandmother drank it.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Other than the obvious—warmth, and baby girls, and Republicans—I honestly don’t know. It’s hard to think of it in terms of negative space.


How long has it been your favourite colour?

Other than that trite black phase, it is the only one I can remember. It informed a lot of my decisions: Simon was my favourite Chipmunk, Dewey my favourite of Donald Duck’s nephews. (I noticed that red/blue/green parallel early.) Naturally, I now drive a blue car.


When does it work best?

It is a winter color, classified with the cool colors on the artist’s palette, and it is certainly a wet color. It douses and chills and represses, but it also cleans and nourishes.


When does it not work for you?

In food. They say that if you want to lose weight, have your food served on a blue plate. Or paint your kitchen blue. It’s supposedly a psychologically de-appetizing color, because it occurs naturally in so few foods. You have blueberries and that’s pretty much it. Until recently there weren’t any blue M & Ms, and I don’t think there are blue Skittles yet. I was never a fan of Skittles to begin with, but it always bugged me that their “taste the rainbow” business was a total scam. Their “rainbow” skipped from green to purple.

 

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

I would like to ascribe this to something about my having a cool temperament but I don't think that is true. I suspect it was something about skies and water and windows that appealed to me, and searching for objects that reminded me of these things whenever I was inside. I don't think you can learn much about yourself while remaining a single color. 

 

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Martin Shaw

Martin Shaw has been writing for around ten years. Born in Luton, Bedfordshire, he grew up in the city and escaped to the Lincolnshire fens before moving to Cleethorpes. He writes in the mornings and late evenings, loves his family and thanks you for reading his work.

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

Read Martin's work here on Pure Slush:

Too Late the Escape Plan is part of Five Pure Slush Vol. 10

A Present for Gandhi is part of tall...ish Pure Slush Vol. 11 

Martin answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Blue! I decided to pick this colour when I was a toddler and it stuck with me, like a birthmark ever since.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

That ‘is’ a personal question, ha ha. I never know the colour of my underwear, which more often than not is dark blue, sometimes black. When they get old they look like tie-dyes from my wet whistle and moon landings.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

I don’t think it’s a case of suggest. It’s what is. Blue sky. Blue sea. The colour is present throughout our lives- well, that and green or maybe even yellow if you’re a Saudi.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Parkinsonism. I’ve worked in a few places that have these lovely people as patients. I came to the conclusion that a lot of them are a blank canvas (no colour). Most were super fit when they were younger. Sporty types, you know – too much of one thing aint good for the soul. They become almost like children waiting to be taught if you could find the right mechanism to start it all up again.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since I was older than my milk teeth

When does it work best?

When I reminisce perhaps? Actually, I might also be pleased that an old friend was with me if I died from drowning – still give the world the middle finger before I sank though. Actually, I think that means that Blue murdered me.

 

When does it not work for you?

I’d say it wouldn’t work if I was in crown court and was about to be sent down. Been in jail a few times for being a waster when I was young. Now I’m classed as an ex offender – feels like me and society were married. Maggie Thatcher said there was no such thing as society. This means she was never metaphoric and wore serious big knickers throughout her life. This is the self preservation society.

 

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

Yeah, I’m blue one hell of a lot. I take tablets for it, or the tablets take me. I have been diagnosed with PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder). Thing is, I can’t remember anyone hitting me with a post. Must have been drunk!

 

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Mindy Shelton

Mindy discovered her love for writing in middle school when she wrote a short story titled "The Adventures of Super Turkey." Now, as the mother of three, she writes about her life with her children because that adventure is more outlandish than anything involving a turkey with super powers.

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

Read Mindy's work here on Pure Slush:

• Mean Mom  -  May 2012  (n/f)


Mindy answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

I like purple. It's pretty in all of its variations.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I wear something purple a few times a week - a shirt, sweater or scarf. I even have a pair of bright, purple tights that I think my husband prefers I not wear when I'm out with him. But I definitely have more black and brown in my wardrobe - which are actually my least favorite colors. Wait, is black even a color? 

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Whimsy, passion - but a quieter passion than the live-out-loud passion of red.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Drabness.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

I've loved the color purple since I was in elementary school.

 

When does it work best?

Next to green.

 

When does it not work for you?

It doesn't work well in my blonde hair; I tried it once using Kool-Aid for dye. The magazine article said it would wash out with one or two shampoos. It didn't.

Also, when I was dating, I'd have a boy over to my place for coffee or tea and set out two mugs - one purple, the other green. If he chose purple I knew the relationship could never work, at least not in the long-term, romantic sense. You can't have two purples in a committed relationship living under the same roof and expect to lead a sane life. 

 

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

I am purple. Sometimes I'm a very dark shade of purple, so dark as to almost look black. But the purple is always there.

 

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T. L. Sherwood

T. L. Sherwood lives in western New York near Buffalo. She’s the Assistant Editor of r.kv.r.y Quarterly Literary Journal. At Literary Orphans, she serves as a fiction reader and interviewer.

Among other places, her work has appeared in New World Writing, Rosebud, Thema, The Good Men Project, and The Chrysalis Reader. Her story, We Were Those Girls, won the 2015 Gover Prize. Her blog Creekside Reflections can be found here: http://tlsherwood.wordpress.com/

T. L. has also answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below). 

Read T. L.'s work here on Pure Slush:

Closer to Whole  -  March 2016

T. L. answers The Hue Questionnaire

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Pink is my favorite color. I like it because it’s present at dawn and dusk.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I rarely wear pink because it doesn’t look good with my skin tone.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Beginnings, bittersweet endings, and the promise of a kiss.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Aging, rabid dogs, deterioration, fleas, cockroaches, box stores, and sidewalks.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

 Since I can remember.

 

When does it work best?

 When I offer it a cookie. Kidding. I love pink sheets and pillowcases.

 

When does it not work for you?

In doctor’s offices or hospitals. I’m offended when I see pink in clinical settings.

 

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

Well, my husband’s favorite color is brown. Pink and brown are a lovely combination. Beauty, my two-toned Buick Regal, was described as Rose/Wood. I loved that car. I feel I’m pink. It holds the strength and grace of a ballerina. Who would want anything less than that? 

 

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Krystal Sierra

Krystal Sierra lives in Cleveland, Ohio with her son. She is the 2011 recipient of the “Bud” Collins Jr. Prize in Creative Writing and will begin a graduate program this summer in Creative Nonfiction.

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

Read Krystals work here on Pure Slush

Speed Limit  -  June 2014

Krystal answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

That question has popped up often lately. Coral, I guess. Anyway, it is for now. I like how bold it is, no matter what it’s paired with, and soft somehow at the same time. Yellow too. If you’d asked my son what my favorite color was, he would have said yellow. It was the first color that came to mind when he asked me that same question at three-years old. I guess I don’t have a favorite. Or my favorite color changes all the time. I don’t give it much thought.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I don’t. So you’ve caught me. I wear this beautiful shade of lipstick, Coral 080, by Revlon sometimes. I actually wore it today (Tuesday, May 13). That’s the closest I get.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

It suggests this ability to experiment. It’s not quite red, and it’s not orange. It’s the muted daughter of both. It reminds me of my grandmother’s summer roses too.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Interesting question and a harder one to answer than what it does suggest. The best way to explain, I think, would be in terms of opposites. It does not suggest the opposite of freedom. It does not suggest the opposite assertion. It does not suggest the opposite of expressing yourself.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Favorite? Just a couple of days. Or I named it my favorite just a couple of days ago when someone asked. I might have a different favorite tomorrow.

 

When does it work best?

It works best when I’m feeling especially saucy. Ha. And when I need a pick-me-up.

 

When does it not work for you?

I’m not sure that there is ever a time when it doesn’t work. It’s coral. Maybe those times when I’m trying to be unseen.

 

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

I relate to coral in the way that coral will go on existing whether it is my favorite color or not, and I will go on existing whether it is my favorite color or not. Coral and I are independent of one another. It’s like a favorite number. Really, what does it matter?

 

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Beate Sigriddaughter

Originally from Germany, Beate Sigriddaughter is a US citizen currently living and writing in North Vancouver, Canada. Her work has received three Pushcart Prize nominations.

Beate also established the Glass Woman Prize to honor passionate women’s voices. Currently she is working on a novel Tango.

Find out more about Beate by going to going to her website here.

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

Read Beate's work here on Pure Slush:

Beauty and the Beast - At the Law Firm  -  February 2013

• Dress Size  -  March 2013

Cabeceo is part of barcode 

Meadow Girl is part of Summer Pure Slush Vol. 12  

Beate answers The Hue Questionnaire: 

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Red. It’s enthusiastic.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I wear red at least once or twice a week. I especially like to wear it when I go out dancing or otherwise want to make a “bring it on” impression.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Energy. Fire. Lust for life. Enthusiasm. Foxes. Dance.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Danger. Stop (though I do obediently stop at red stop lights).

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

For about 10 or 15 years. Hard to say exactly. It used to be blue, then green, and I kept saying those were my favorite colors, but when I consult my gut, the truth is red, red, red.

 

When does it work best?

When I match its enthusiasm and confidence. When I want to make a strong impression and actually feel up to it.

 

When does it not work for you?

When I feel mousy, unhappy, or unimportant, and it draws attention to me if I wear it, or, even if I don’t wear it, it still draws attention to the wondrous lust for life I am currently missing out on and makes me feel twice as left out as I might have felt otherwise.

 

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

Except for above-mentioned mousy moments, red makes me feel rich. For example, I have a satiny piece of Indian sari material in bright red with black sequin flowers. I haven’t had time to sew it into a garment. One day I will. In the meantime I pull it out of the closet from time to time just to touch it.

I am not the color red, but I would like to be, at least in spirit, and I’m working towards that. 

 

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Karen Eileen Sikola

TrainWrite conductor Karen Eileen Sikola received her M.F.A. in Creative Nonfiction from California State University, Fresno.

She now lives in Boston, where she works in publishing and travels exclusively by train and foot.

Karen's flash nonfiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Front PorchMonkeybicycleWufniks, and fwriction : review.

Karen answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below) 

Read Karen's work here on Pure Slush:

• It Came to Pass After This  -  February 2011  (n/f)

• Choosing Mangoes  -  August 2011  (n/f)

• Extraction from Lackey Place (n/f) is also part of slut

The Tam is part of barcode 


Karen answers The Hue Questionnaire.

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Green. It's the line I take, slow but dependable.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I do, and more often in Winter. I have an oversized cardigan in the most terrible 70's shag carpet hue that I simply adore. When paired with an old pair of cowboy boots, it makes me feel home.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Independence, confidence, rejection of the obvious choice.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Greed, envy, arousal.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

It's always been green, even when it comes to food. I've always preferred spearmint to peppermint, pesto to marinara.

 

When does it work best?

On Rajon Rondo and Marvin the Martian.

 

When does it not work for you?

In the crease of an eyelid.

 

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

I suppose I felt it never received enough credit, and I'm a sucker for an underdog. 

 

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Shane Simmons

Shane Simmons was born in London but moved to Glasgow in his early twenties and has lived there ever since. When he isn’t acting as an automaton in his day job he spends his time indulging in his true passions, writing, playing music, and food.

He sometimes blogs about the rollercoaster ride that is life over at http://scribblingsimmons.wordpress.com/. He has been told more than once that his pieces have brought tears to readers eyes, but he’s not sure if this is a good thing.

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

Read Shanes work on Pure Slush:

• A Curious Fellow is part of real.

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

Shane has answered The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

It’s only in recent years that I’ve started to appreciate brighter colours than black. I love natural shades of green but I’d say burnt orange is my current favourite.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I do, but only have a handful of tees in burnt orange, I could do with some more. It’s not a particularly easy shade to find.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Warmth. Earthiness. And calm. It’s a little unconventional, uncommon. Along with dark shades of green it seems a very natural colour. I wouldn’t paint a room orange though, little too overpowering in large doses.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Garishness. I suppose it’s a very middling colour, not overly bright nor in your face, but it doesn’t blend into the background like greys or black.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

The last couple of years. Came about with my progression onto brighter coloured clothing, dabbling with yellows, purples, greens.

 

When does it work best?

When I’m in a good mood, feeling at ease and happy. I gravitate towards nicer, more confident colours then.

 

When does it not work for you?

In the depths of a Scottish winter with iced pavements and bitingly cold wind against your face, nor on rainy days, which is unfortunately most days in Scotland.

 

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

Maybe I’d like it to impart some of its warmth to me. Am I a particularly earthy, warm or even fiery person already? That’s for someone else to tell me. But it works well with my skin tone (or at least I think it does, I’ve never been good at this fashion malarkey ...)

 

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D.M. Simone

D.M. Simone lives, breathes and works in film. She loves to write short stories, novels, screenplays and the occasional odd poem.

She is also a frequent blogger on Wordpress where she savors her love of Vintage Hollywood on Talking Classics and explores her creativity on Della's Notepad. 

D.M. answered the The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read her work here on Pure Slush:

• Stage Fright  -  August 2011

Keep Smiling  -  January 2012  (n/f)

• Heritage  -  September 2012  (for counterpoint

A Matter of Faith is also part of real

• Rock, Kate and Lilli  -  November 2012 

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


D.M. answers The Hue Questionnaire.

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

That's not an easy question but I go for champagne. Not necessarily because I like the bubbly (though I do), but because it's such a serene, warm and elegant color. It merges gold, sand, off-white and complements earthy colors, especially a deep dark brown, as well as black and white. It puts a touch of grace and fragility to almost everything. It is not innocent nor sultry. It's an in-between color. Multifaceted. Diverse. It glistens differently in every light.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I do. Love wearing it in combination with above mentioned colors, with lace and silk. Especially when I feel serene, savvy, ladylike or in love. I would wear it more often if I saw it in stores more.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

The color suggests home to me. The comfortable kind of elegance. Tenderness. Sincerity, generosity, esprit, sensuality, sense of beauty, maturity, harmony, class. Old Hollywood and golden Broadway days. Glamour. Designer robes and high-heeled pumps. Fluffy tufts on fancy slippers. Lingerie. Simplicity. Refinement.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Flightiness, imbalance, sassiness. Cheapness, aggression, anger, fear or hatred. Extremes, pain or fierceness. Sloppiness, boyishness, vulgarity. Mediocrity.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

A lot of my favorite things have only emerged in recent years. Not that I didn't like them before, but I had a hard time picking only one preference in a category. Pink was one of my favorite colors along with blue, red, brown and white for the longest time. And I had a black phase in college when everything I had in mind was theater, film, acting and the stage.

 

When does it work best?

At home. On furniture. In surroundings I feel comfortable in. In the company of people I love. To long brunette hair. On people I love. Around people I love.

 

When does it not work for you?

When it's matched with colors that bite. On people that do. In places I dislike.

 

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

I heart serenity. I wish I could be serene all the time. I love to explore emotions in my writing, most of all the different layers of love, sensuality and infatuation. I love maturity. Classiness. Earthiness. Words. Silence. Acting, movies, music, cooking, wine. I am a leo. My favorite color is supposed to be gold. I guess that's how I relate to it. I wouldn't mind being champagne – closed at first but warming up, best when it's dry, alone or in a crowd, cheering up people and always bubbly. 

 

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Linda Simoni-Wastila

Linda Simoni-Wastila crunches numbers by day and churns words at night. You can find her stuff published in The Sun, The Istanbul Literary Review, Thunderclap Press, Tattoo Highway, Camroc Press Review, Right Hand Pointing, BluePrint Review, The Shine Journal, and Boston Literary Magazine.

She lives and loves in Baltimore, a town where her Northern birthright and Southern breeding comfortably comingle. She blogs HERE.

Linda also answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Linda's work here on Pure Slush:

• Soup Bean Annie  -  March 2011

Loose Screw  -  December 2011 

• The Comfort of Friends  -  November 2012  (for counterpoint)

• Lucky is also part of gorge 

Armor  -  March 2016 


Linda answers The Hue Questionnaire.

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

I adore all color, as well as its absence, but nothing quite gets my attention like the red. Think stopsigns and stoplights. Think sleek Maseratis. Think stilettos and lips. Think red nails and matching lips.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I wear certain shades of red -- the shades that tend to orange, the tomato-soup red. The bluer reds, like crimson and burgundy, make me look too ruddy. Mostly, I wear red the way folks dab on hot sauce -- for seasoning, for accent. I wear red when I am feeling slightly naughty or Christmasy or both.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Life. Passion.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Love. Love is pink and black.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since I started answering this questionnaire. I'm fickle that way.

 

When does it work best?

When it fills a glass and is called brunello.

 

When does it not work for you?

When I see it in Andy Warhol paintings.

 

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

Red courses under my skin, feeds my heart, my organs. Red keeps me alive. Red is the river.

 

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Jon Sindell

Jon Sindell wrote the flash–fiction collection The Roadkill Collection (Big Table Publishing, 2014) and the long–story collection Family Happiness (2016).

He curates the San Francisco–based reading series Rolling Writers and is a fulltime personal humanities tutor.

He used to practice law.

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

Read Jons work here on Pure Slush:

Power Suit  -  March 2016

 

Jon answers The Hue Questionnaire

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

I love the beauty of blue and the peaceful feeling it brings. You might expect that from a guy whose first published literary work, at age six, read: “I like to rest in the shade.” I love red for accents in visual design, like hot spices in food.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Every day, jeans.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Reflectiveness? (he reflects). Spiritual peace. The coolness of reason. Emotional cool. Not forcing the issue, but flowing like water.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

The intemperance of an undisciplined mind. In my country, the U.S., we need cool blue right now.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since about ten, when I converted from blue’s cousin, green. When I was six, my older sister suggested that green was my favorite color because it is the color of a baseball field. No, I replied — army uniforms.

 

When does it work best?

When nature provides it: sea and sky and forget–me–nots.

 

When does it not work for you?

On interior walls. I’ve painted the front rooms of my house multiple shades of yellow and orange for a warm, welcoming effect.

 

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

Blue very much relates to who I am. The social–media era tells me that we need cool blue more than ever. There is so much heated rhetoric online, insults and hatred partaking of red. And so many opinions formed without the cool blue of reason. Blue helps me cultivate a peaceful spirit and a tempered mind.

 

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Anamaria Slatinec

Anamaria Slatinec is a writer, blogger and a self-proclaimed cinephile.

Her great loves include travelling, writing, reading, drinking coffee, obsessing over film and television and expressing her opinions often too loudly and quite vehemently.

She has been told by both her best friend and her father that her writing is hilarious, so it must be true, and one time she was referred to as ‘delightfully strange’ and she liked it.

For more of her writing you can visit anaventures.wordpress.com.

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

Read Anamarias work here on Pure Slush:

• Sometimes It Takes a Village  -  September 2014

Anamaria answers The Hue Questionnaire

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

My favorite color is turquoise. I suppose because I associate it with childhood memories of when I first found out about the colour turquoise... Plus it’s fun to say!

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

 Yes, almost every day. It’s not exactly an inconspicuous colour that I can get away with wearing to work but my handbag is bright turquoise and it’s my way of being able to include the color in my daily outfits.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

It reminds me of the first time I found out about the existence of this color when I was 8 years old. I had an obsession with Lip Smackers lip balms and I bought a flavor called “Turquoise Sprinkle Cake” and it tasted like sugar and happiness and was the most vibrant blue-green I had ever seen. Being a precocious child I researched the color and from then on, revelled in being able to have such a unique answer to the ubiquitous “What’s you’re favorite color?” question.


What does it not suggest to you?

Anything serious or solemn.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since that fateful day in the 4th grade...

 

When does it work best?

All the time but especially when I want to stand out of the crowd a little more. Wearing my turquoise handbag garners many compliments.

 

When does it not work for you?

Turquoise always works.

 

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

The word used most commonly to describe me is “quirky” and I feel that turquoise is a quirky colour. When you think about it, quirky just means peculiar or out of the ordinary, and isn’t that what turquoise represents? Neither blue nor green it just decided it would be its own mix of both and to me that is pure quirkiness. So I guess the color is as much me as I am it.

 

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Jonathan Slusher

Jonathan Slusher is a Garden State native seldom inflicted with inexplicable feelings of optimism and caffeine induced semi-euphoria. He is a full time stay at home father and part time writer / wannabe. He holds an MS in Environmental Science and has scored over 100,000 points on the super speed arcade version of Ms. Pacman.

Jonathan's short stories have been published in Bartleby Snopes, Toasted Cheese Literary Journal, Paper Darts Magazine, and The Battered Suitcase. He also recently appeared on KQED Radio's Perspectives.

His website can be found here.

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

Read Jonathan's work here on Pure Slush:

• Showdown at l'aire de jeux  -  February 2012  (n/f)

• Not as Much Fun as Mr Blake  -  March 2012  (n/f)

Magic French Words is also part of real

People You Might Know  -  February 2013  (n/f) 

Angry Dad  -  April 2013

The Gypsy Woman in the Bloodmobile  -  October 2013  (n/f)

Jonathan answers The Hue Questionnaire

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

I like terra cotta, the shade of flower pots and roof tiles. It's a color I assume no one else would choose as their favourite. I really do think it is may favourite. I just can't say for sure how much the desire to be different affects my judgement. Also, when I was I kid I wished that I was part Native American. I still do sometimes. That probably doesn't have anything to do with Terra Cotta, but I just thought I'd throw it out there.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

My best shirt right now is brown with orange stripes. I wear it so much that I worry people might notice and think I wear it too much. This fear is usually weaker than my urge to put it on, but it depends on my state of mind.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Calmness. Grounded. Depth. Attuned to the surroundings. These aren't the things that I am, but rather the things I need to work on.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Loud. Obnoxious. Materialistic. Overly self satisfied. Expensive sports cars.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since I decided to distance myself from red. I realized that red was the wrong crowd and that they wouldn't have me. My switch to Terra Cotta was not so long ago, five or six years maybe.

 

When does it work best?

When I'm trying not to draw attention to myself. 

 

When does it not work for you?

When I want to get noticed.

 

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

My colour and I get along well. We both work best when no one is in charge or giving directions to the other. We just like hanging out. Rather than check the map we often enjoy relying on our instincts and seeing where it leads us. Sometimes it works out. Sometimes it doesn't. Either way Terra Cotta and I are usually cool with it.

 

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Anne Smith

Anne Smith writes of herself:

I am an American painter / illustrator transplanted to London. I started writing quite recently and have rapidly become obsessed. I find it's cheaper than therapy but definitely much more time consuming ...

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

Read Anne's work here on Pure Slush:

• Arc  -  September 2011

Anne answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

It's difficult to choose just one as I love all color ... but if pinned to the wall I would say: Chartreuse. 

I like the way it looks and it's very changeable. 


Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Yes, I tend to wear it often. It's become a bit of a habit.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Optimism.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Blood.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

At least a few decades.

 

When does it work best?

In relationship to other colors.

 

When does it not work for you?

When it's all by itself.

 

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

Well, to be honest, neither. I cannot lay claim to it, nor would I allow it to possess me.


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Kimberlee Smith

Kimberlee Smith is a writer whose poetry, essays, fiction, and creative nonfiction have been published in journals you most likely have not read. She lives with her two daughters, two dogs, four cats, two rabbits, and ten chooks in rural Connecticut, USA.

She received her MA in English / Creative Writing from the University of Sydney, during which time she lived at Balmoral Beach in Mosman and spent an unhealthy amount of time at the Taronga Zoo. She is currently enrolled in post-graduate comparative literature studies at Columbia University in New York, preparing to embark on a PhD in English program.

Kimberlee is obsessed with authors George Saunders, David Foster Wallace, and Don DeLillo. She can do a headstand on a trampoline, kill a chook, and made hard cider from the apples in her orchard.

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

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

Kimberlee answers The Hue Questionnaire


What is your favourite colour? Why?

Turquoise. Because it reminds me of Ned’s Beach on Lord Howe Island, my favorite place in the world. That and Watego’s Beach in Byron Bay, my other favourite place.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Only when it’s a turquoise-coloured stone. And only in spring and summer, which I wish lasted all year long.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Light. And going on holiday.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Icy cold New England (half the year), which is where I live.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since my youngest daughter Quinn (now twelve) declared it so.

 

When does it work best?

When I am on holiday or when I’m yearning for one. Which is nearly all the time.

 

When does it not work for you?

When my pallor is a slime green in winter.

 

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

If I were a color, I would most likely be oxblood. And that’s not pretty, well, I have a lovely pair of high suede oxblood boots, but Louboutin knows where it works. And it’s on a 5-inch high, stacked wedge, knee high boot.

 

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Ellen Smithee

Ellen Smithee lives in Chicago but was born in Tenerife to a Ghanaian mother and Californian father. She has been working in film for many years but has only recently begun writing short fiction.

Her interests include research into parallel universes, vampirism and how to make the best blood orange margaritas. Nepotism helped her make her way in the film industry, but she hopes to achieve acclaim similar to her father Alan's regrettably prolific career, but sans friends and relatives with benefits.

She belongs to the Ornithological Society of Illinois and birdwatches nearly every spring weekend.

Ellen has answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Ellen's work here on Pure Slush:

The Pig and the Pope  -  June 2013

Dalmatian Suits  -  March 2016 

camera-shy Ellen has donated this photo

Ellen answers The Hue Questionnaire

 

What is your favorite color and why?

It is the color of canaries. Yes, the birds. Canaries come in several colors, yellow, yellowish green, the colors of many domesticated canaries, but others, wild ones, are orange, brown, black, white and red. The red as developed by hybridization with finches. Canaries are in the finch family. Finches come in many colors, too.

The finch I grew up knowing beat is bright yellow, has been sighted in Ghana and lays eggs in other birds’ nests.

 

Do you wear this color?  How often and when?

I wear the bright yellow as an accent. I have leather gloves, which I often need in Chicago, where I live. They are soft kid gloves, like butter, and lined in furry fleece. In addition I have yellow silk handkerchiefs that I love to juggle and when not in motion they peek cunningly from a pocket. Sometimes I tie them end-to-end and wear around my neck. They become like a gently resting necklace and their brightness reflects just the amount of attractive sunny light under my face.

 

What does the color suggest to you?

It suggests quickness and sleight of hand magic.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

It does not suggest melancholia, nor constancy.

 

How long has it been your favorite color?

Since the age of eight, when my mother brought me to her homeland to meet my people, while my father was somewhere on the other side of the world attending to his business.

 

When does it work best?

It works best when I want to be noticed. I’m not interested in my fifteen minutes of fame but in my fleeting moment of being briefly, quickly seen and just as magically vanishing.

 

When does it not work for you?

When I need staying power and perseverance, it never works for me then.

 

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

The little girl in me relates to this color. It’s that child part of me that wants to be briefly seen with yet the security of being able to camouflage myself in the tall green, gold grass of the savannah. 

 

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Michael J. Solender

Michael J. Solender is the author of the short story and poetry chapbook, Last Winter’s Leaves, published by Full of Crow Press. His essay, Unaffiliated, is featured in the newly released anthology, Topograph: New Writings From The Carolinas and the Landscape Beyond, published by Novello Festival Press. He is the editor of the online magazine, On The Wing. Solender’s work is found at michaeljwrites.com and his blog,not from here, are you?

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

Read Michael's work here on Pure Slush:

• Scrawny Kid with the Jewfro  -  July 2011  (n/f)

• Jerry Garcia Speaks from The Beyond  -  July 2011

Michael answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Wh

Blue – It has a calming and soothing effect and is the color of the sky and ocean.


Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Yes in all shades and very often if not daily


What does the colour suggest to you?

Nature, and infinity


What does it not suggest to you?

Negative emotions


How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since I was first asked the question


When does it work best?

In the morning


When does it not work for you?

It always works for me


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

I am this color, it underscores who I am

 

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Marcus Speh

Marcus Speh enjoys being known as a writer of pure slush.

He lives in Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin, Germany, near a large selection of fine coffee houses and writers. He's a writer, ex-particle physicist, professor, executive coach, project lead, web head, father, fictionaut, former fencer and paratrooper, current maitre d' of kaffe in katmandu and blogs at Nothing to Flawnt.

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

Read Marcus's work here on Pure Slush:

• First Love  -  December 2010

• In the nude  -  May 2011  (n/f)

Marcus is the Featured Author for October 2011:

• The Serious Writer And His Mother  -  October 2011

• The Social Life Of The Serious Writer  -  October 2011

• The Serious Writer And His Hamster  -  October 2011

• The Serious Writer Buys An iPad  -  October 2011

• The Serious Writer Cuddles Up  -  October 2011  

  

Marcus, in a drawing made by his daughter 2012 

Marcus completed The Hue Questionnaire.

 
What is your favourite colour? Why?
PURPLE. it has lead to the best rain ever (i'm listening to raindrops now). it leads to one of the simplest sites on the net, the purple site. it is well known that writers who were wounded while writing get the purple star (while "highway star" plays in the background). amethyst is my favorite crystal. yes, it is purple also.

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?
i don't wear it often but my heart lifts when i see it. i own a purple robe that i wear as "the magician's robe" on halloween and for children’s birthday parties or when i'm in the mood to look grand.

What does the colour suggest to you?
purple is the color of the cardinals, it is elegant yet transports a sense of power and meaning, nobility and spirituality. royalty. Lady Di and Prince Charles if they could've had the colors they desperately wanted. The Grand Inquisitor: Dostoewsky.

What does it not suggest to you?
that is an interesting question. purple is not red, which is too bright for me now and tainted as an honorable color by too many saw and vampire movies. it's not black: purple does not suggest writerly genes. when i read publicly, i wear black.

How long has it been your favourite colour?
since i was a teenager. perennially struggling with black for first place. when i was 14, i bought a duffle coat which was lined with purple inner lining. i got into a great many fights over this choice. i won some, lost others. it brought the importance of style and color home in a powerful, memorable way.

When does it work best?
When meeting the pope (will do that). To leave a lasting impression at the first date (didn't do that). As a shirt color at your wedding (did that).

When does it not work for you?
doesn't work where royalty is undesired: in the slums; in scotland (unless you also wear a "mary queen of scots" badge); in the jungle (except among color blind animals).

How does the colour relate to you, or you relate to it? Are you this colour or is this colour you?
it's probably a past life experience – perhaps i need some regression therapy to uncover my inner cardinal or my inner royal. i did have one ancestor who was a jesuit (friedrich spee), perhaps that started it all. i definitely relate to the color – i open up inside when i see it, not entirely without feelings of embarrassment because it seems to belong to a sphere that i'm very removed from. i never read "the color purple", i always thought i should.

 

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Stacey Spencer

Stacey Spencer writes from her home in Birmingham, Alabama. When not writing, she can be found reading, making jewelry, taking photos, listening to her favorite music, or playing with her shih tzu, Chewie.

She has recently been published in Toasted Cheese Literary Journal and The Story Shack. Visit her website at http://www.smichellespencer.com/

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

Read Stacey's work here on Pure Slush:

Pop Scene  -  March 2013

Stacey answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favorite colour? Why?

My favorite color changes, but right now I would say it’s fuschia. I think it has the passion of red but is tempered with a hint of blue, another color I love because I relate it to wide open blue skies.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I wear it in the form of lipstick and nail polish a couple of times a week.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Excitement, joy, and fashion forwardness. It has a life affirming vibrant quality to it.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Boring, dull, routine.

 

How long has it been your favourite color?

Not very long.

 

When does it work best?

When I’ve gotten a little color from being in the sun.

 

When does it not work for you?

Never.

 

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

I enjoy this color because it represents things I like: excitement, pleasure, joy. 

 

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Tanvi Srivastava

Tanvi Srivastava is writer by passion and a designer by profession. She has had a nomadic existence, living across the world in cities like London, Delhi, Bangkok, Bangalore and, most recently, Goa.

From July onwards, she hopes to embark on a full-time career as posthumously successful writer. 

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

Read Tanvi's work here on Pure Slush:

• A Fall  -  April 2012

Tanvi answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Cerulean blue. But not really. In my head, cerulean blue is an aqua-marine shade of turquoise. I think I read the word "cerulean" before I saw the colour. Loved the way it sounded without knowing what it looked like.  It was one of those instances when you instantly fall in love with something you read, even though you can't associate it to your own world. Like Enid Blyton's treacle puddings and tongue sandwiches!

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Much too much! I felt a pang of predictability the day I realised that my entire closet was blue.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

The sky, the ocean, songs in minor keys, silence, solitude. Sadness, the good kind.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Passion, anger, haste. People.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since 2004.

 

When does it work best?

At twilight. Just before dusk, when the world seems to be shedding all colours except blue.

 

When does it not work for you?

When people are around.

 

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

I end up buying anything this colour. Including books. It's how I ended up reading Margaret Atwood's Blind Assassin, Penelope Lively's Moon Tiger and Lloyd Jones' Mister Pip. Is the colour me? No, can't love myself that much! 

 

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What is your favourite colour? Why?

Cerulean blue. But not really. In my head, cerulean blue is an aqua-marine shade of turquoise. I think I read the word "cerulean" before I saw the colour. Loved the way it sounded without knowing what it looked like.  It was one of those instances when you instantly fall in love with something you read, even though you can't associate it to your own world. Like Enid Blyton's treacle puddings and tongue sandwiches!

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

 Much too much! I felt a pang of predictability the day I realised that my entire closet was blue.

What does the colour suggest to you?

 The sky, the ocean, songs in minor keys, silence, solitude. Sadness, the good kind.

What does it not suggest to you?

 Passion, anger, haste. People.

How long has it been your favourite colour?

 Since 2004.

When does it work best?

 At twilight. Just before dusk, when the world seems to be shedding all colours except blue.

When does it not work for you?

 When people are around.

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

 I end up buying anything this colour. Including books. It's how I ended up reading Margaret Atwood's Blind Assassin, Penelope Lively's Moon Tiger and Lloyd Jones' Mister Pip. 

 

Is the colour me? No, can't love myself that much!

George Stallé

George Stallé has worked in the arts, entertainment, tourism, news media and education fields. He has been a school music teacher for the past 15 years.

Originally from Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, he now sheepishly admits to living in New Jersey, and claims to be the only person who has done PR for Shamu, handed Benny Goodman a glass of water onstage, and flown a blimp. A clarinetist and a graduate of the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music, he plays everything from blues to classical. He is also a pretty mean jazz whistler.

George’s first poem, Alphabet Allegory, was published in the May 2013 issue of the online journal, First Literary Review-East.

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

Read George’s work here on Pure Slush:

Another Way to Go  -  July 2014

George answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Sky blue, because it is impossibly hopeful and the first real color of life. Black and white are not colors. They are abstractions.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I wear various shades of blue on a regular basis. I do not have a pattern. Blue, incidentally, has allowed me to discover the joys of lavender. I am still looking for the retail merchant that will specialize in selling all things blue. You may steal this idea: ‘All Things Blue’. This companys IPO will probably generate at least $500 million.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Optimism, hope and honesty.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Dark forces, evil, closed doors, domination.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since I sailed the blue waters of Lac La Belle during my childhood in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin.

 

When does it work best?

When used to accent the thick abundance of my silver hair.

 

When does it not work for you?

Sometimes when I am forced to wear navy blue in business situations. Navy blue represents authority and is the sternest of blues. Navy blue has too many rules.

 

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

Blue brings creative partnering to people: for example, it suggests that starched, WASPy sensibility can co-exist with the honesty of the working man. 

 

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Andrew Stancek

Andrew Stancek grew up in Bratislava and saw tanks rolling through its streets. He currently dreams and entertains Muses in southwestern Ontario. His work has appeared in Tin House online, Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, Vestal Press, Every Day Fiction, fwriction, and Camroc Press Review, among others. He’s been a winner in the Flash Fiction Chronicles and Gemini Fiction Magazine contests and been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

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

Read Andrew’s work here on Pure Slush:

• Where Were You?  -  April 2011

Goat Fate  -  August 2011

Flights  -  August 2011

• Belly Laugh  -  October 2011  (for counterpoint)

• Broken Wing is also part of Notausgang

• Lovefest  -  December 2012 

• Alone Again, with Eleven Birds is also part of gorge 

Andrew will be the Featured Author in March 2013.

Sweet Dreams  -  March 2013

Salty Tears  -  March 2013 

Sauerkraut  -  March 2013

The Products of Love is also part of obit. 

The Making of a King is also part of Catherine refracted

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

Merry-go-round is part of Five Pure Slush Vol. 10 

Andrew took part in 2014 and you can read an interview with him about his part in the project by clicking here.

Andrew answers The Hue Questionnaire

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Blue. I have always been enormously drawn to water, in my childhood to the Danube. I have a love/hate relationship with water and remain a non-swimmer but something in my psyche always seeks out bodies of water. The Danube plays a key role in many of my stories and in my novel, although I have been separated from it by the Atlantic for forty years. My office is filled with pictures of blue bodies of water. I find it very soothing.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Frequently. Blue pants, many different shades of blue shirts.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Water, peace, calm, soothing.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Hysteria. And hysteria is a part of the Pure Slush raison d’être, isn’t it? Maybe I need to change my answers. OK, OK, I will choose orange then.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Always. I wear much more provocative colors often but always return, with a sigh of relief, to blue.

 

When does it work best?

When it is a bridge over troubled waters that is needed.

 

When does it not work for you?

When it is outrageousness I am seeking.

 

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

We are one, swaying together like waves.

 

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J. J. Steinfeld

J.  J. Steinfeld lives on Prince Edward Island, where he is patiently waiting for Godot’s arrival and a phone call from Kafka.

While waiting, he has published sixteen books, including Disturbing Identities (Stories, Ekstasis Editions), Would You Hide Me? (Stories, Gaspereau Press), Misshapenness (Poetry, Ekstasis Editions), Identity Dreams and Memory Sounds (Poetry, Ekstasis Editions), and Madhouses in Heaven, Castles in Hell (Stories, Ekstasis Editions).

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

Read J. J.’s work here on Pure Slush:

• Confessions of a Remarkably Gigantic and Unbelievably Promiscuous Shapeshifter on Public Television is part of tall...ish Pure Slush Vol. 11

Infernal Cravings is part of Summer Pure Slush Vol. 13

 

J. J. responds to The Hue Questionnaire

 

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Sharon Louise Stephenson

Sharon Louise Stephenson is an associate professor of physics at Gettysburg College.

She has nonfiction forthcoming in The Dead Mule. 

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

Read Sharon's work here on Pure Slush:

• From Russia with Gloves  -  February 2012

Where Her Mind Is is also part of real

 

Sharon has answered The Hue Questionnaire:

 

  

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Grey -- no matter your tax bracket, you can have it near you.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

All the time! Grey is the new black!

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Uncertainty -- is it the glory of silver or drab? It's more of a blank slate than black, without the lint issues.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Old or young. It is timeless.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Age 9.

 

When does it work best?

In winter, in fall, in England, in Seattle.

 

When does it not work for you?

On blistering beaches, in Saudi Arabia.

 

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

I am not this color. Grey is but one tool of expression. Plus, the page is all black letters on a white page -- the sum is always grey.

 

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Leilanie Stewart

Leilanie Stewart has worked as an archaeologist, a model, an English teacher in Japan and an academic mentor among many day jobs, but writing is her passion. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in dozens of print and online magazines in the UK and US. She currently lives in London with her writer hubby, Joseph Robert.

In addition to running creative writing groups for teenagers, Leilanie reviews the work of other writers and poets on her blog and promotes her work at spoken word events. More about her writing can be found at www.leilaniestewart.wordpress.com

Leilanie has answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below) 

Read Leilanie's work here on Pure Slush:

The art of something out of nothing  -  May 2014 

 

Leilanie answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

I love turquoise. It makes me think of a tropical ocean, which is the kind of escapism that I can always do with, especially on a grey day.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I wear turquoise when I’m feeling fun and adventurous. When I’m not at work, my hair enjoys being coloured turquoise too.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

To me it’s the colour of flowing water. Flowing water is also representative of creativity and imagination.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Aggression. It’s too quirky a colour for that.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since I was about ten or eleven. Before that I liked sky blue.

 

When does it work best?

In summer. In winter it hibernates under layers of brown or black wool.

 

When does it not work for you?

As pyjamas. It’s much too boisterous a colour for that and will over stimulate the mind, given the chance - not something one likes when trying to be sedate.

 

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

Turquoise is the colour of my soul. Under my skin, my veins are turquoise. I would have turquoise hair if only my hair follicles didn’t feel so autumnal.  

 

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Penn Stewart

Penn Stewart lives and writes in Lincoln, Nebraska. He likes collecting degrees, but his wife has said, "Enough is enough." So he's working diligently to sell his first novel while writing his second one.

Penn's shorter work appears in 4'33"Word RiotMidwest Literary Magazine, and is forthcoming in DOGZPLOT. He even has a website: http://www.pennstewart.info

Penn has also answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below)

Read Penn's work here on Pure Slush:

• New York City Writers' Convention  -  May 2012

• Lawn Care  -  January 2013 

Heat is part of Summer Pure Slush Vol. 12  

Penn answers The Hue Questionnaire:


What is your favourite colour? Why?

Magenta. I like it for two reasons: it's not a color that occurs in the natural spectrum, and I love Magenta from The Rocky Horror Picture Show

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I can't say I've ever worn this color. It would clash with my skin tone.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

It suggests heat, but an unnatural, surreal heat.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Banality. Some people wear this color to compensate for their lack of pizazz, but the color itself is always vibrant.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since the beginning of this questionnaire.

 

When does it work best?

1:30 a.m, under the black lights of a Saturday night rave.

 

When does it not work for you?

Sunday morning after a Saturday night rave.

 

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 like two sides of the same coin: inextricably connected but of divergent points of view.  

What is your favourite colour? Why?

 Magenta. I like it for two reasons: it's not a color that occurs in the natural spectrum, and I love Magenta from The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

 I can't say I've ever worn this color. It would clash with my skin tone.

What does the colour suggest to you?

 It suggests heat, but an unnatural, surreal heat. 

What does it not suggest to you?

 Banality. Some people wear this color to compensate for their lack of pizazz, but the color itself is always vibrant.

How long has it been your favourite colour?

 Since the beginning of this questionnaire.

When does it work best?

 1:30 a.m, under the black lights of a Saturday night rave.

When does it not work for you?

 Sunday morning after a Saturday night rave.

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

What is your favourite colour? Why?

 Magenta. I like it for two reasons: it's not a color that occurs in the natural spectrum, and I love Magenta from The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

 I can't say I've ever worn this color. It would clash with my skin tone.

What does the colour suggest to you?

 It suggests heat, but an unnatural, surreal heat. 

What does it not suggest to you?

 Banality. Some people wear this color to compensate for their lack of pizazz, but the color itself is always vibrant.

How long has it been your favourite colour?

 Since the beginning of this questionnaire.

When does it work best?

 1:30 a.m, under the black lights of a Saturday night rave.

When does it not work for you?

 Sunday morning after a Saturday night rave.

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

 

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Nancy Stohlman

Nancy Stohlman’s books include The Monster Opera (2013), Searching for Suzi: a flash novel (2009), Live From Palestine (2003), and Fast Forward: The Mix Tape (2010), an anthology of flash fiction that was a finalist for a 2011 Colorado Book Award.

She is a co-founding member of Fast Forward Press, the creator and curator of The F-Bomb Flash Fiction Reading Series, and she recently won the Stories on Stage flash fiction contest.

She lives in Denver, where she’s a writing professor and the lead singer of the lounge metal band Kinky Mink.

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

Read Nancy's work here on Pure Slush:

The Hostess  -  September 2013

• The Four-Legged Woman  -  December 2014 

The Boner is part of Five Pure Slush Vol. 10 

• A List of Sideshow Performers circa 1885 is part of tall...ish Pure Slush Vol. 11 

Pure Slush also published Nancy's flash fiction collection The Vixen Scream and other Bible Stories in October 2014.

Find an interview with Nancy about her book by clicking here

For more about the book, click here, and for a taste of The Vixen Scream and other Bible Stories, click here. For more about the book's promotions, click here.

And to order a print copy of the book, click on the cover below!

The Vixen Scream and other Bible Stories 

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Nancy answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Red. When I was 10 I was told by the Avon Lady that I was a “winter”

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

As often as I possibly can. Lipstick. Boots. Red sparkles if I can get away with it.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Wonder Woman at a voodoo German sparkle party.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Barfing out the window of a moving RV.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

I’m pretty sure my placenta was red.

 

When does it work best?

Here’s the thing: Red is both celebrity and paparazzi. When a person walks into a room embodying red, everyone secretly feels better: Red has arrived. It’s kind of like when someone brings the Hot Damn Cinnamon Schnapps to a wedding reception. Maybe you wouldn’t have done it yourself, but you’re glad to know that someone else has, and you might crowd around that person and even take a swig because it will make your story better later.

 

When does it not work for you?

When I want to disappear. There are plenty of days I just can’t live up to the expectations of red.

 

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

At my best, I am always red.

 

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Andrew J. Stone

Andrew J. Stone attends Seattle Pacific University where he spends $40,000 a year to learn to lie more intelligently. He eats and sleeps like everyone else and wears socks just about everyday. He recently had work appear in Hobart and DOGZPLOT, among other places.

His debut chapbook of ekphrastic poetry should be released by Collective Banter Press before he is dead. Find him in the graveyard: http://andrewjstone.blogspot.com/

Andrew has answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below). 

Read Andrew's work here on Pure Slush:

First Time is part of barcode 

 

Andrew answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Black. It is simple yet bold.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Yes, almost everyday. About half my pants/shorts are black. Sometimes my shoes and shirts too. Although recently I’ve been in a gray shoe phase (I have a couple pairs of different gray shoes).

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Night. Peace. Darkness. Death. Sleep. Insomnia. Sunset/Sunrise. Moon. Excitement. Adventure. Cigarillos. Poetry.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

It does not suggest being Emo/Goth/or any other stereotypical bullshit.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

For many years. Though it is always a stiff competition between black and white. And then some smartass always points out how neither are technically a color. So then red, maybe? But yeah, I don’t know. Probably ten years. So for me, half my existence.  

 

When does it work best?

On a cold and sunless day. Otherwise you will be a sun magnet, and you will hate yourself for wearing something as bold as black.

 

When does it not work for you?

It does not work in regards to hockey. The refs wear black (and white). So do the Bruins, Sharks, Kings. All those teams wear black home jerseys. Furthermore, there is the BLACKhawks (emphasis added) and it certainly does not work for them.

 

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

As a boy I was impregnated by black. Everything I birthed – clothes, fan, typewriter, pillowcase, hair (for a few years), wallet, and walls in my room—was and is black. Black is in my blood. I bleed black. 

 

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Jan Elman Stout

Jan Elman Stout is a flash fiction and short story writer. She is a native Chicagoan who lives with her husband in Washington, D.C. Her children are grown and far-flung.

Jan’s work is published in Five Pure Slush Vol. 10 and Literary Orphans.

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

Read Jans work here on Pure Slush:

Odd Bird is part of Five Pure Slush Vol. 10 

Beastly Young Love  -  March 2016

Awakening Her Choicest Powers is part of tall...ish Pure Slush Vol. 11  

Jan answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Periwinkle. As a child, I waited forever for a box of 64 Crayola crayons. When I opened the lid, periwinkle was the crayon that sang to me. The surprise it held-- blue in appearance but a bit purple on the page-- was an added bonus. 

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Oddly, never. Now that you mention it, my new life’s mission will be to find periwinkle clothing.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Coolness. Calm. A warm breeze. Spring. But also Rip Van Winkle. Certainly not the Perry who murdered the Clutter family. Or Texas’s Rick Perry.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Evil. Murderous rage. Entropy. Dystopia.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since I received that box of 64 Crayola crayons I coveted.

 

When does it work best?

When I don’t dwell on it and allow it to simply wash over me.

 

When does it not work for you?

When I consider painting the entire interior of my apartment in it.

 

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

Now you’re getting too personal. If I were to disclose this to you it would no longer be ours.

 

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J. Lee Strickland

J. Lee Strickland is a freelance writer living in upstate New York, USA. In addition to fiction, he has written on the subjects of rural living, modern homesteading and voluntary simplicity. His work has appeared in Sixfold, Atticus Review, Icarus Down Review, Latchkey Tales, Scarlet Leaf Review, Workers Write!, and others.

He is a member of the Hudson Valley Writers Guild and was a judge for the 2015 storySouth Million Writers Award. He is at work on a collection of connected short stories vaguely similar in format to the long-defunct American television series, Naked City, but without the salacious title.

J. Lee has answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read J. Lee’s work here on Pure Slush:

Hole  -  June 2016

 

J. Lee answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Green. It’s an evolutionary thing. My favourite color used to be blue.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I have a fave green sweater that I have worn preferentially for years, until now it is little more than a rag. Otherwise I wear whatever is on top when I open the drawer.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Nature. The outdoors.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Sex.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

About 20-25 years.

 

When does it work best?

I particularly like the color green paired with natural-color, varnished wood (e.g. think of a chair with green arms and a varnished seat).

 

When does it not work for you?

It’s the dominant color of U.S. currency, which I find mildly offensive (and unimaginative).

 

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

Overall, my connection to color is not that strong, but I love being outdoors, and I love the green time of the year, which here in rural New York, is very green.

 

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Thomas Sullivan

Thomas Sullivan’s writing has appeared in Word Riot and 3AM Magazine, among others.

Thomas is also the author of Life In The Slow Lane, a memoir about teaching drivers education. For information on this title, visit his author's website by clicking here.

Thomas has also completed The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Thomas's work on Pure Slush:

• Good Times in the Scare Seat  -  January 2011  (n/f)

Commercial Artistry  -  April 2011

• Taking on Mr Mancini  -  September 2011  (n/f)

• A Writer's Little Pity Party  -  October 2011  (n/f)

Born Again  -  November 2011

• A Bloody Path to the Exit is also part of Notausgang

Joyce to the World is also part of real

• Tour de Maine is also part of gorge 

Thomas answers The Hue Questionnaire.

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Blue. No idea why, but perhaps because it is the color of the sky, which would get blocked out in the east-coast state where I grew up for much of the winter and largely disappears in Washington State, where I now live. So its re-emergence is always exciting.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Strangely, no. Only a dark blue chamois shirt, during winter

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

It suggests “sunny times” and long, casual summer days (versus the short darkness of a winter grey or black).

 

What does it not suggest to you?

It’s the antithesis of grimness, seriousness, conflict or despair.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since childhood – does anyone’s favourite color change over time. Perhaps, but to me its been a constant since I can remember.

 

When does it work best?

When it’s in nature (sky, water, etc).

 

When does it not work for you?

When it’s used as the main color to paint a house or a car.

 

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

I’d say it’s an “uplifeter”, a positive mood shifter. I go in and out of “being” this color, with a long term goal of being upbeat consistently. So perhaps I am trying to “become blue” (which strangely is the opposite of the norm for the phrase “feeling blue”).

 

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Jack Swenson

Jack Swenson was a fan of short-short fiction back in the Stone Age. His motto is less is more. He writes both fiction & nonfiction—often at the same time. He writes about the human comedy.

Buy his books; they’re for sale at www.lulu.com.

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

Read Jack's work here on Pure Slush:

• Dear Diary  -  October 2011  (n/f)

 

Jack has also answered The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Red.


Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Seldom; few red clothes.


What does the colour suggest to you?

Dunno.


What does it not suggest to you?

Dunno that either.


How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since I was a kid; about a hundred years.


When does it work best?

What?


When does it not work for you?

"Work?"  You mean like at funerals?


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

You've got to be kidding me.


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