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Vincent Van Ross

Vincent Van Ross is a journalist and editor based at New Delhi in India.  He writes on national and international politics, defence, environment, travel, spirituality and scores of other topics. Apart from this, He dabbles in a little bit of poetry, fiction, non-fiction and humorous writings. 

Vincent’s articles and features have appeared in over a dozen newspapers and magazines in India and Bangladesh. He is also a renowned photographer and an art critic. His poems are littered in anthologies and journals across the world and on numerous poetry sites and facebook groups on the web.

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

Read Vincents work here on Pure Slush:

A Slice of Life  -  September 2016

Vincent answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

My favourite colour is blue. Blue is the only colour that pans the entire universe. It is found in abundance on earth and in the sky even if it is just an illusion. It is a cool colour and perhaps the coolest one.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

About sixty percent of my clothes are blue in colour. I use other colours for a change.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

It is all-pervading.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Hot temper.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since childhood.

 

When does it work best?

Always. It is my lucky colour.

 

When does it not work for you?

As I said 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?

This colour is me. 

 

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Robert Vaughan

Robert Vaughan’s plays have been produced in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Milwaukee, where he resides. He leads two writing roundtables for Redbird-Redoak Studio.

Robert's prose and poetry is published or forthcoming in over 100 literary journals. He was interviewed by WUWM’s Lake Effect on flash fiction and how to get published.

His work is included in 6S MIND GAMES anthology, and in Shut Up and Write by Judy Bridges.

Robert is a fiction editor at jmww magazine, Flash editor at Thunderclap! Press, and his blog is One Writer's Life.

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

Robert is pictured below (left) lounging about in New York.

Read Robert's work on Pure Slush:

• Last Exit from Liberty  -  December 2010

• Moving to Los Angeles  -  April 2011

• Simo Freeshow  -  May 2011

• Nowhere in Sight  -  August 2011

• Photos, Beached and Commercial Break are also part of gorge

Robert answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

My favorite color is Orange: The SUN!!! Pumpkins. Sunrises and Sunsets. Book Covers. Gourds. Scarves. Accents on running shoes. 2nd chakra- lower abdomen to navel, water, emotions. Sexuality. Joy, Enthusiasm. Creativity. Sense of well-being, harmony, passion, freedom, intuition, and expression.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I do wear orange, but in scant doses- scarves, flecks of color in a shirt, an underwear band. Certainly it is a color that can be overdone, without a doubt. And those walking guard vests or hunting accoutrements (and the like) are horrible.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Hints at being more outgoing, self assured, intelligence, brighter, courageous, sun and fire elements, motivation, power, optimism, kindness, cheerfulness, stimulation and overall increased energy,

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Frigid, self-centered, timid or shy, overly sensitive, loss of motivation or self- esteem issues, isolation, hiding emotions and getting hurt as a result. Any anti-social behaviour such as gangs, or robbery, or jealousies.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

My entire life. I have been back and forth between blue and orange, but keep rooting back to orange, especially the older I get.

 

When does it work best?

Anytime, anyplace…especially when I am in landscapes that are more monochromatic, like Wisconsin in winter. Or the South Pole.

 

When does it not work for you?

When I sense I am being too prideful or boasting, or manipulative, or disregarding the needs of others. When I’m a tourist someplace and I don’t want to draw unwarranted attention to myself.

 

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

With love, passion, openness, carefree expression, abandonment, flow, rawness, power and devotion. It’s a two-way street, exchange. Win = win experience.

 

Are you this colour or is this colour you?

Synonymous, or symbiotic. One and the same.


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Sivakami Velliangiri

Sivakami Velliangiri started writing as a child, when her congenital cataract was mistaken for a keen imagination by her parents. She has been writing ever since and her work has been published in national and international magazines such as The Little MagazineDanse MacabreMuse India, etc.

The Lily Literary Review brought out an electronic Chap Book of her poems, ’In My Midriff.’

Currently, she devotes much of her time to bringing younger voices into poetry.

Sivakami has answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Sivakami's work here on Pure Slush:

• The Gift -  February 2011

Sivakami answers The Hue Questionnaire

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

I was used to grey, and then when I saw colours, still preferred shades of grey.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I wear pastel shades. To formal Poetry Meetings I wear shades of the rainbow colours, but to a Poetry Reading I like to wear something bright.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Colour suggests moods. On a rainy day dress with shocking colours. On a summer’s day choose dull colours.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

It does not suggest a routine.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Ever since my congenital cataract was removed. I was shocked seeing colours.

 

When does it work best?

When I write.

 

When does it not work for you?

When I have to remember something from the past.

 

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

Colors

The four–inch–sticks they gave at play school

were colored, so they said---yellow, red, green and blue.

All light was gray, the sister’s veil was off -white

at Cluny. But for me everything was a shade

between black and white. My father gave me a diamond needles

full skirt with zari the day I first went to school. At three

I remember I cried, and each tear drop danced in my eyes

brightening up my life, so that I actually saw mother’s face.

And whenever I wanted to see her I made myself cry.

Later in life I learnt the color of skin.

I am fascinated by paintings and could fall in love

with artists for the colors they use. “A black beauty

has all the seven beauties,” so grandma used to say.

I wonder how the lord got the bright idea

of brightening up his world? When a corpse burns

a red fire leaves behind a charcoal body.

I am fascinated by dyes, the vegetable kind.

Granny wanted the snakes and serpents and crabs to be green

on her chest. How much she would have wished for color

to bear needle pricks? I like pale khaddar,

lack of colors and my sari and handloom blouse

are sophisticated. Faded looks, elite. I look

at the wrong end of the telescope. I think god

carries a prism in his coat pocket. 

 

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Silvia Villalobos

Silvia Villalobos was born in Bucharest, Romania and moved to
California in 1992 to finish her studies. 
She loves to write, read, and hang out with her husband and son at the beach.

Her stories have appeared in Fiction365 and Red Fez. She is currently working on her mystery novel Stranger or Friend.

Silvia has answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Silvia's work here on Pure Slush:

Survivor  -  July 2013 

Silvia answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Green. It’s calm and fresh.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Yes, many times, especially when I can pair it with something black.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Peace. Love. Nature. Calm.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Stress. Dryness. Anger. Difficulty relaxing.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

As long as I can remember.

 

When does it work best?

When I pair it with black, although I love it all the time.

 

When does it not work for you?

Can’t think of a time it doesn’t work. Its softness is always inviting.

 

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

In all its hues green gives hope and peace – I like both. It also suggests energy and health, great concepts to embrace. Both, I want to be this color, and I want this color to be me.

 

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Chris Vola

Chris Vola is the author of Monkeytown (S A M Publishing, 2012). His short fiction appears in Monkeybicycle, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Prick of the Spindle, and elsewhere. He lives in New York.

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

Read Chris's work here on Pure Slush:

Marked  -  June 2013

Chris answers The Hue Questionnaire:


What is your favourite colour? Why?

Black because it reminds me of a soundless yawning vacuum stretching into a nameless void, which seems like the greatest peace.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Often, and especially at weddings and the Department of Motor Vehicles.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

The absence of absence.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

The Judeo-Christian work ethic. Firefly entrails scraped across a basketball court.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

When I closed my eyes for the first time.

 

When does it work best?

Like anything, when you commit to it.

 

When does it not work for you?

When belief (or the fear of non-belief) gets in the way.

 

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

We are all tiny spectrums trapped inside a much larger one, taking what we can and splattering the remnants in uneven strips. All things pass and so will this.

 

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Taylor Duke Vonville

Taylor Duke Vonville is a 25 year-old aspiring writer born, raised, and still living in the small town of Grove City, Ohio, USA.  He loves writing short stories and wants to share his passion with anyone willing to read his work. 

He is greatly inspired by the life and writings of the late Christopher McCandless.

Taylor has answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

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All in the Family  -  February 2012

Taylor has answered The Hue Questionnaire


What is your favourite colour? Why?

Hmm...I honestly don't have a favorite color.  I don't have many favorites at all; but the favorites I do have, I am very passionate about.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I wear a lot of different colors.  For instance, the sweater I'm wearing in my bio pic is six different colors by itself.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

This lack of favorite color probably suggests a lot about my personality but I'm not sure what.  My indecisiveness, maybe?

 

What does it not suggest to you?

That I know what I like.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Red-orange used to be my favorite color; before I decided I didn't have a favorite color.

 

When does it work best?

When I don't have to commit to one favorite color.

 

When does it not work for you?

When people ask me what my favorite color is.

 

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

My lack of a favorite color is me.

  

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