Pure Slush

flash ... without the wank

Townsend Walker

Townsend Walker lives in San Francisco. His stories have been published in over fifty literary journals and included in seven anthologies. One story won the SLO NightWriters story contest. Two were nominated for the PEN / O. Henry Award. Four were performed at the New Short Fiction Series in Hollywood.

He is associate editor at Grey Sparrow Journal.

During a career in finance he published three books: foreign exchange, derivatives and portfolio management. Educated at Georgetown, NYU and Stanford, find his website at http://www.townsendwalker.com.

Townsend has answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Townsend is taking part in 2014 and you can read an interview him Townsend about his part in the project here.

Read Townsend's work here on Pure Slush:

Four  -  February 2015 

• Nighttime in Sicily is part of Five Pure Slush Vol. 10 

Townsend answers The Hue Questionnaire

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Blue, because it is the color of my eyes.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Yes, at least four times a week, on every and any occasion.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Water, clarity, intelligence, sky, music

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Fog, mood

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since I knew colors existed, probably when I was three and my brother was born with brown eyes.

 

When does it work best?

It always works.

 

When does it not work for you?

See above

 

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

Quite simply, it’s my color. It is I; I am not it. 

 

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Michelle Wallace

Michelle Wallace is a writer-in-the-making who has embarked on a never-ending journey; a lover of flash fiction who dreams of writing and publishing a mystery / suspense / thriller story, one day in the not-too-distant-future ...

As a multi-colored rainbow nation child of God, she embraces an optimistic-realistic life view and believes in a good and honest work ethic.

Her many titles include songbird, entertainer, pianist and educator.

Compassion is one of her virtues and she champions the underdog ...

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

Read Michelle's work here on Pure Slush

Blast from the Past  -  August 2013

Michelle answers The Hue Questionnaire

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

I’m a multi-colored, rainbow nation girl! However, when it comes to basic items, I do have a preference for earthy colours/tones like orange/tan/brown/grey.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I wear earthy colours most of the time and always complement it with splashes of pink/red/purple/blue/green accessories.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Multi-colored = multifaceted which suggests nuanced and diverse in nature. Think of a rainbow which stretches across the sky after a deluge ... the perfect example of unity in diversity!

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Discord, conflict.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

For a long long time.

 

When does it work best?

Think of a box of crayons. “We could learn a lot from crayons: some are sharp, some are pretty, some are dull, some have weird names, and all are different colours ... but they all have to learn to live in the same box.” Author Unknown.

 

When does it not work for you?

When I’m lazying around in pajamas and can’t be bothered to change into something else ... unless it’s a multi-striped pj set ... or I could hunt for a vibrant, geometric designed, multi-colored bathrobe, now that’s an idea!

 

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

I represent the quintessential multi-colored individual.

 

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Alan Walowitz

Alan Walowitz has been writing poetry, sometimes successfully and sometimes not, for more than 50 years. He has a small portion of an MFA in Writing from Goddard College, and has entire degrees from Eastern Connecticut State University and from Queens College. He’s studied with poets Estha Weiner, Fred Marchant, C.K. Williams, Carol Muske, Colette Inez, and Stephen Stepanchev, among others who probably would not want their names mentioned with his. 

Though writing poems can be quite lucrative, he earned the bulk of his fortune as a teacher and supervisor of secondary English for 34 years. His poems can be found lots of places on the web and off. He’s a Contributing Editor at Verse-Virtual, an Online Community Journal of Poetry, and teaches at Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY and St. John’s University in Queens.

Alan’s chapbook, Exactly Like Love, is available from Osedax Press. His new chapbook is seeking a publisher. It’s currently titled Against the Science of Sharp Edges, but will alter to suit.

Alan also answers The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Alan’s work here on Pure Slush:

Tonys Wake is part of tall...ish Pure Slush Vol. 11

My Fathers Cake  -  September 2016

Alan answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

blue, though you Aussies probably spell it “bleu.” you seem to have trouble with your “u’s” as in “colour”

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

daily. it’s in my jeans.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

the sea, or a drowning man

 

What does it not suggest to you?

a man who actually knows how to swim

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

ever since my mom told me it was my favorite color. I’ve always been suggestible.

  

When does it work best?

it hardly works at all

 

When does it not work for you?

when I forget myself and must wear a suit--to weddings and to funerals for drowning men

 

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

despite everything I’ve said, we’re not that close

 

Are you this colour or is this colour you?

yes and no, or is that no and yes?  

 

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Janelle Ward

Janelle Ward is a Minnesota native and has spent the last 12 years in the Netherlands, evolving from carnivorous student to vegetarian mama. Her day job is in political communication. She’s published a bunch of academic stuff but is most passionate about fiction writing.

To read more please visit http://janelleward.com/.

Janelle has answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Janelle's work on Pure Slush:

Kale  -  July 2013 

Janelle answers The Hue Questionnaire

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

I suppose it’s some shade of blue or green. Bluer than turquoise but greener than cobalt blue.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Yes. I have every imaginable clothing item in the range. Even nail polish. I wear it all the time and in every situation.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Beauty. Calmness. Tranquility.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Anger. Discord. Unbearable heat. Jarring tones.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

As long as I can remember.

 

When does it work best?

It works best in my imagination – a calm, green sea in the distance, a turquoise tinted hammock swinging in the shade. This is only in my imagination because I live in the Netherlands and though there is a sea here the weather never cooperates.

 

When does it not work for you?

When I feel really, really despairing, I prefer frantic colors. During a particularly stressful time I remember changing the teal font in my diary to red. I actually explained this to myself by writing “Blood red for desperation!”

 

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

Mainly I think my attraction is because I feel things quite intensely, and the color calms me down. 

 

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Julia Watson

Julia Watson studied screenwriting and fiction on the island of misfit toys, also known as the low-residency MFA program at UC Riverside-Palm Desert.

Formerly an editor at Velvetpark and The Coachella Review, her nonfiction work has also appeared at OurChart, The Hipster Book Club and in Reviewer Magazine. She lives near San Diego and is currently at work on several short stories and her third feature-length screenplay.

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

Read Julia's work here on Pure Slush:

Chicken  -  April 2013 

Julia answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Red. Crimson, blooming, bleeding red. It’s visceral and scary and beautiful and real—everything we are under the surface.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

When I’m not trying to fly under the radar.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Courage.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Artifice.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since my prefrontal cortex finished wiring itself together.

 

When does it work best?

When there are monsters to tame.

 

When does it not work for you?

Never. There are always monsters to tame.

 

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

These two questions are a little silly, since all the previous questions are designed to answer them.

 

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Michael Webb

Michael Webb has worked with chemicals more than half his life, and you might argue they have affected his brain.

He writes at innocentsaccidentshints.blogspot.com and you can buy his novel Everybody Loves You Now by clicking here.

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

Read Michael's work on Pure Slush:

• Just Ahead  -  May 2011  (n/f) 

• Campfire Story  -  June 2011

• $534.67  -  July 2011  (n/f)

• Nugget  -  July 2011

• Same Same  -  August 2011

• 4:26AM  -  August 2011

• Bus Window Warning  -  August 2011

• Right  -  October 2011

• Dealbreaker is also part of slut

Orangina and Yogurt  -  February 2012

• River  -  March 2012 

• Death in the Afternoon is also part of gorge

 Striking Out Duke Snider, Who You Want to Be, Roots and Papers are all part of obit.

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

One Eleven  -  October 2014

Airport  -  November 2014 

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

Five to One is part of Five Pure Slush Vol. 10 

Red Shoes is part of tall...ish Pure Slush Vol. 11 

Summer Highland Falls is part of Summer Pure Slush Vol. 12

Temporary  -  September 2016 

Michael answered The Hue Questionnaire: 

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Hue is a city of about 350,000 people in Vietnam, best known for ... Oh. Sorry. Red is my favorite color.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Typically only in regards to sports teams- the Red Sox have red, obviously, as a dominant color, so lots of my Red Sox gear is red.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

The affinity for red stretches back for me. I can't remember a time when it wasn't my favorite color. It suggests anger, of course, and blood, and war, Three of my least favorite things, ironically.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Calm, peace. Tranquillity.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

As long as I can remember. I don't know if it predated the sports team fandom for me or not.

 

When does it work best?

Casually, I guess. I have one burgundy-ish dress shirt that I will wear now and then.

 

When does it not work for you?

Formally. It's a strong color. I'm not a strong person, generally speaking.

 

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

I can't say. I don't like any of the things it suggests, and I like many of the things it doesn't suggest at all. I guess, like your favorite sports team, your color is your color- once it's yours, it's yours, through thick and thin. 

 

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Mercedes Webb-Pullman

Mercedes Webb-Pullman graduated from Victoria University Wellington with MA in Creative Writing in 2011. Her poems and short stories have appeared online and in print, in Turbine, 4th Floor Literary Journal, Swamp, Reconfigurations, Otoliths, Connotation Press, The Red Room, Kind of a Hurricane Press, and Cliterature, among others, and in her books Numeralla Dreaming, After the Danse, Food 4 Thought, Looking for Kerouac, Ono, Bravo Charlie Foxtrot, Collected poems 2008 - 2014, and The Jean Genie.

She lives on the Kapiti Coast, New Zealand.

Mercedes has answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Mercedes work here on Pure Slush:

12 totara tottering is part of tall...ish Pure Slush Vol. 11 

Faces in the Mirror  -  June 2016 

Summer morning, Sandy Bay is part of Summer Pure Slush Vol. 12 

Effie and Jim  -  September 2016

Mercedes answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Blue. My mother’s eyes.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Yes. My sisters buy me blue clothes because they know I like it. Mostly jackets, sweaters. And of course, for both my weddings I wore ‘something blue’.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Sky, air, flight, freedom, peace

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Solid earth, anger, war

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

As long as I can remember

 

When does it work best?

When I’m in tune with, but detached from, the situation

 

When does it not work for you?

When I can’t let go of my preoccupations

 

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

It’s a visible continuity, through my great-grandmother, grandmother, mother to me. It symbolizes a purity of some kind that I don’t always match.

 

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Anne E. Weisgerber

Anne E. Weisgerber is published in The Airgonaut, Tahoma Literary Review, The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, The Vignette Review, and Jellyfish Review. She is a freelance fiction editor.

When not teaching, she’s working on a novel that spans five generations. Follow her @AEWeisgerber, or visit anneweisgerber.com

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

Read Annes work here on Pure Slush:

Upfurler appears in Five Pure Slush Vol. 10

Hamartia Lippincott  -  March 2016

Anne answers The Hue Questionnaire

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Red, but not bright red. A deeper red, maybe mixed with a little green on a palette. I like that it draws my eye to things -- Modigliani used it to great effect as a background color in his portraits, the red rectangles in Mondrian’s color-balancing paintings are so small and powerful. Flashes of cardinals in the brush. My red-leather-bound edition of The Lives of the Saints on the bookshelf is so easy to locate.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Not often, but I am always complimented when I do. I have two red dresses.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Warmth and confidence.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

If this red had a scent, it would be of loamy earth and clay, but not bloody.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

I don’t know. I think it always has been. I suppose if I looked at my childhood crayon box, black and the red would be the smallest stubs.

 

When does it work best?

Red works best when I am tired. It’s enlivening.

 

When does it not work for you?

At a funeral.

 

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

 

When I wear that color, I am that color. When I see that color, the thing is that color. If the thing is a creation, then the artist knew that color. It’s like 13 ways of looking at Pantone 187. All of one. Tones in words, tones in colors, tones in ideas.

 

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A. A. Weiss

A. A. Weiss grew up in Maine and now resides in New York City. He works as a foreign language teacher after having lived in Ecuador, Mexico, Moldova and New Jersey.

His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Vol. 1 Brooklyn, The Writing Disorder and Hippocampus Magazine. Where There is No Doctor is excerpted from a work-in-progress memoir.

A. A. has answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read A. A.’s work here on Pure Slush:

Where There is No Doctor  -  October 2014

A. A. answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

I usually say blue, but sometimes respond with green. The only memories I have that are strong with color are at the ocean, in particular where it borders the forest in Maine.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I wear blue both at work and when I’m relaxing--I can’t say that about all colors, now that I think about it.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Openness.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Stress.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

I’m 32 now, so at least thirty years. 

 

When does it work best?

Meeting someone.

 

When does it not work for you?

Funerals.

 

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

Please pardon my unsolicited (and possibly rule-bending) haiku:

No, I am not blue.

Pigment is not emotion.

It is but a hue.

 

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Kerry Lown Whalen

Kerry Lown Whalen lives with her husband on the Gold Coast of Australia.

She has won prizes in literary competitions and had short stories published by Stringybark Publications, Bright Light Multimedia and Down in the Dirt.

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

Read Kerry's work here on Pure Slush:

• Questions  -  February 2012 

• The Surprise  -  May 2012 

Kerry answers The Hue Questionnaire


What is your favourite colour? Why?
Blue -- from the palest to the deepest shade of blue. It's the colour of the sky and the sea.

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?
Blue clothes are not popular or readily available at the moment but I have light and dark blue T-shirts and a mid-blue tracksuit top. I wear my dark blue T-shirts walking around the lake every day. I am wearing one now.

What does the colour suggest to you?
Blue is a calming colour.

What does it not suggest to you?
It does not suggest anger or heat.

How long has it been your favourite colour?
I like to paint and admire a range of colours and textures but blue has been my favourite colour since I was a teenager.

When does it work best?
When I paint, pale blue is always the base coat on the canvas. Other colours and shapes are enhanced by the blue background. Every interior wall of my house is pale blue. It is restful; soothing. I like men to wear blue shirts. Blue and white striped ties also appeal.

When does it not work for you?
A royal blue suit on a man might not work for me.

How does the colour relate to you, or you relate to it? Are you this colour or is this colour you?
The colour blends into my environment. It is part of me and I welcome its presence. I think about this colour and regret that my wardrobe doesn't reflect my love for it. This colour is me.

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Blue -- from the palest to the deepest shade of blue. It's the colour of the sky and the sea.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Blue clothes are not popular or readily available at the moment but I have light and dark blue T-shirts and a mid-blue tracksuit top. I wear my dark blue T-shirts walking around the lake every day. I am wearing one now.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Blue is a calming colour.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

It does not suggest anger or heat.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

I like to paint and admire a range of colours and textures but blue has been my favourite colour since I was a teenager.

 

When does it work best?

When I paint, pale blue is always the base coat on the canvas. Other colours and shapes are enhanced by the blue background. Every interior wall of my house is pale blue. It is restful; soothing. I like men to wear blue shirts. Blue and white striped ties also appeal.

 

When does it not work for you?

A royal blue suit on a man might not work for me.

 

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

The colour blends into my environment. It is part of me and I welcome its presence. I think about this colour and regret that my wardrobe doesn't reflect my love for it. This colour is me.

 

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Tiffany White

Tiffany White is a non-traditional creative writing student who resides on the Eastern Coast of the US. She is currently writing a novel with no distinct genre and is obsessed with her extensive Spotify novelling playlists.

She has been published at Connotation Press, Grit Fiction and The Killing Pandemic and you can find her blog at http://collegelackey.com

Tiffany has answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Tiffany's work here on Pure Slush

Clocks is part of slut

• She Fired First is also part of Notausgang

 

Tiffany answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

I don't have a preference, really. I guess, black.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Often. I wear it with gray, all year long.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Sophistication

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Morbidity

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since I was a teenager but for different reasons than now. (See above answer)

 

When does it work best?

When I am dressing up to go out.

 

When does it not work for you?

When I wear pants or shorts that are black in the summertime. Hot!

 

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

It relates to me trying to be more sophisticated than I actually am. I feel pretty young but am 33 and am trying to get out of the past of youth that I missed. It's difficult, but I'm trying. I am not the color and the color is not me. One day I will be the color, when the time is right. 

 

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Phoebe Wilcox

Phoebe Wilcox published two books in 2010, a poetry chapbook, Recidivist (Lilly Press, April 2010) and her first novel, Angels Carry the Sun (Lilly Press, Sept 2010). An excerpt from a second novel in progress, Flower Symbolism for Dummies, has been published in Wild Violet.

Phoebe's stories and poems have been published in many literary magazines, including The Chaffey ReviewBartleby SnopesRiver Poets Journal, and ginosko. Her short stories have twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

Angels Carry the Sun has been nominated for both the PEN/Faulkner award and the Pushcart prize. Visit Phoebe's website by clicking here

Phoebe also answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below). 

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• Confessions  -  February 2011

Phoebe answers The Hue Questionnaire. 

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

For years it was probably purple but right now I'd have to say red.  Red has so many hues and meanings; red is life's blood, romance, heat, aggression.  A very diverse and essential color! 

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I wear it when I get "all dolled up".  I try not to wear it when I am in the arena with a bull.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Energy.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Boredom.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Not that long.  One percent of my life, I guess.

 

When does it work best? 

I'm not sure it's working!  I have done no scientific testing  --but I feel like I "put on the red light" for this novel of mine, Angels Carry the Sun, and that has seemed to work.

 

When does it not work for you?

Dunno; results not in yet!  --But I wouldn't wear a red suit to a job interview.

 

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

Oh, I'm just a red-hot throbbing glob of emotion.

 

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Imelda Wilde

Imelda Wilde lives in Melbourne with her husband, 2 children and 2 cats. She returned to Australia after living 7 years in France and is enamoured of the French culture.

She has an online boutique called French Attic selling old and fascinating French things and writes a blog about her experiences and perceptions of French life.

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

Read Imelda's work here on Pure Slush:

The messy love affair  -  March 2012

• Be French  -  October 2012 

Imelda answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Pink. Looking at pink makes me feel happy. I’ve always liked this colour but I think my obsession with it can be blamed on my mother. I come from a family of 5 girls and she made a point of toning down all things girly so that Dad didn’t feel left out.  Deprived, I was, of all things frilly and pink. I think I’m still catching up.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I wore it on my wedding day, a kind of dusky pink, beautiful dress. I wear pink dresses in summer. It’s not really a great colour to wear in winter but I add the occasional splash of pink with a scarf.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Rosy cheeks, babies’ blankets, love, lipstick, sexy dresses and a direct pathway to world domination.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Cleaning out the kitty-litter tray, weight-lifting and sandwiches.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

It’s a lifelong thing (please see “I blame my mother” in first paragraph).

 

When does it work best?

When your roast lamb is pink inside, when someone who fancies you’s cheeks go pink, when the person you’re sharing the marshmallows with prefers the white ones.

 

When does it not work for you?

When I wash something red with my husband’s white shirts.

 

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

Is Imelda Wilde pink? Well, more or less, yes.

Is pink Imelda Wilde? Now this becomes kind of a heavy existentialist question...if pink can be Imelda Wilde, and indeed perhaps even green or taupe, then who is Imelda Wilde??

I’ll have to have a latte and come back to this one.

 

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Alun Williams

Alun Williams lives in Wales. He's not related in any way to Tom or Catherine Zeta Jones. He's a member of Scrawl the writers asylum, and Zoetrope.

His work has featured in Palehouse, Black Heart, Blue Crow and So Hookers Kiss. He is a lover of noir and Bukowski and Rita Hayworth.

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

Read Alun's work here on Pure Slush:

I was the only one who asked  -  December 2011

One Night at Harry's is part of barcode 

Alun answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Green. Reminds me of spring

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Not often – I have a green sweater and shirt which I wear maybe once a fortnight

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Freshness and comfort

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Coldness

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since I started this questionnaire and also since my green eyes turned blue for no apparent reason last year. I sure miss those green eyes.

 

When does it work best?

When I travel. I like to see green countryside

 

When does it not work for you?

When I'm in a desert

 

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

I think I relate to the colour as I'm a country boy at heart.

 

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Allan J. Wills

Allan Wills spent his childhood and teenage years in a southern coastal town in Western Australia. Weekends were exciting times of expeditions to beaches or into the bush, or visiting farms to gather firewood with his father. Images from the natural world inform his writing with quirky contrasts to the human condition. Allan has taken up story writing late, starting in his early fifties, prompted by a love of family and a reappraisal of all things human.

Umineko is his first story to be published.

Allan answers The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Allan's work here on Pure Slush

Umineko  -  May 2014

• 3 stories for Feast! Pure Slush Vol. 9 

Nobility  -  March 2016 

A Plan  -  June 2016 

Rain Shower is part of Summer Pure Slush Vol. 12 

Allan answers The Hue Questionnaire

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Green. Green is the colour of winter foliage. Green foliage and winter rainfall. These two things portend the qualities of spring, summer and autumn.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Yes, as part of a uniform when I work in the forest.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

The changing seascapes of my childhood hometown. The complexity of forests.
 My wife (her birthstone worn as earrings).
Midori, a friend.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

A label for particular human emotions.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

From childhood.

 

When does it work best?

In seascapes and landscapes.

 

When does it not work for you?

As green corduroy trousers.

 

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 colour and neither is this colour me. It is something without rather than within and it has the capacity to move me emotionally. 

 

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Nicolette Wong

Nicolette Wong is a writer from Hong Kong.

Her writing finds its way around the world and she blogs at Meditations in an Emergency. She is on the editorial teams of Negative Suck and Dark Chaos and also edits A-Minor Magazine.

Nicolette also answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Nicolette's work here on Pure Slush:

• The Right Time  -  May 2011

Nicolette answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Fuchsia. It's bright, playful and it's got alluring vibes.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I wear various shades of fuchsia lipsticks. Brighter shades in cold weather or at night. Lighter shades for daytime. I have a few fuchsia-colored tops that I wear when I want to look sharp.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Fun times with a bit of an intriguing twist. Drinks at sidewalk cafes with my girl friends. Blue lights, music, surprise kisses. 

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Worries. Sometimes I wear this color to detach myself from the worries I've been wrestling with in my daily life. In my mind it's not one of those usual colors that you associate with most trivialities and everyday objects, like the shabby cream-colored hoodie I wear to work or my purely functional desk lamp. Fuchsia doesn't touch on the more banal aspects of everyday life.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since I picked up this Christian Dior lipstick at the HK International Airport a couple years ago. The trip to China turned out to be so dreadful that the lipstick was the best thing I got out of it.

 

When does it work best?

When I feel free to be fun, around my friends or a guy.

 

When does it not work for you?

When I want to go unnoticed at work or social functions. I also hesitate to wear bright fuchsia lipstick when I hang out with a guy I don't know very well. The color can be a bit too striking. 

 

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

I feel very much like fuchsia when I'm my girly self. Which is something that makes me (and possibly some others) happy, though it doesn't come out too often, or it's a side that I show at certain moments. 

 

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Elizabeth Wylder

Elizabeth Wylder is the author of Antarctica is for Sleepers (Another New Calligraphy). She lives in Chicago, where she teaches at Daley College and edits Pure Francis. Her poems, flash fiction, and audio have appeared in Natural BridgeThe 2River View, on Fiction at Workstickers, and elsewhere.

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

Read Elizabeth's work here on Pure Slush:

• Jesus in Space  -  August 2011

 

Elizabeth answers The Hue Questionnaire

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Purple. It’s deep and dark.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I wear it often on my feet. Purple figures heavily in my favorite pair of Nikes.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Nobility. And bruises.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Scrambled eggs.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since I was a kid. I was seriously bummed that my elementary school’s colors weren’t purple and black.

 

When does it work best?

In Paul Klee paintings. The bathrobe my Nonnie made me. Dusk.

  

When does it not work best? 

When it’s under my eyes after a long night out.

 

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

Purple is my favorite Stone Temple Pilots album (and I own it on purple vinyl).

 

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Diana J. Wynne

Diana J. Wynne tells it like it is. Her stories about politics, identity, travel, and the Kennedy assassination have appeared in the New York Times, Salon, Litro, Raw Story, storySouth, Mississippi Review, Chicago Literati, and of course Pure Slush. She lives in San Francisco and blogs at The Daily Interface and One is a wanderer. Make her an offer.

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

Read Diana's work here on Pure Slush:

• Passing  -  September 2011

Ariel Sharon's Brain  -  December 2011 

The Rose is also part of real 

Diana is also the Featured Author for December 2012.

• Truth in Advertising 1: Read Between the Lines  -  December 2012  (n/f)

• Truth in Advertising 2: Your Mind, Our Matter  -  December 2012  (n/f)

• Truth in Advertising 3: Tahitian Vanilla  -  December 2012  (n/f)

Truth in Advertising 4: I'm Dreaming of a Black Friday: Ode to Skymall  -  from 29 December 2012  (n/f)

One More Round is part of barcode

Moving is part of Five Pure Slush Vol. 10 

 

Diana answers The Hue Questionnaire:


Jackman is my favorite Hugh ...


What is your favourite colour? Why?

Chartreuse. It sounds like a pink dessert.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I have a chartreuse raincoat that's more stylish than waterproof. And a raw silk shawl I got for $2 in Vientiane, Laos.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Vibrancy. It's not a very practical color, or one you find much in nature. But it goes well with black, and purple.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Subtlely. I used to love the zendo at Green Gulch Farm, the retreat of San Francisco Zen Center. It's dark and wooden, and they do this mysterious sounding chanting. Unfortunately they request that participants wear drab colors, so as not to "compete" with the beauty of nature. We are the beauty of nature!

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

A couple of years. I'm probably due for a new hue.


When does it work best?

When you're lost in the snow and need the search and rescue teams to find you.


When does it not work for you?

When I'm trying to sneak up on someone.


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

Neither. Colors are costumes.

 

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Denny P. Yanker

Denny P. Yanker lives in Chicago. Denny P. Yanker always has. Denny P. Yanker feeds the pigeons and rides the trains. Denny P. Yanker knows real danger. Denny P. Yanker 24/7.

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

Read Denny's work here on Pure Slush:

Oh Shit Flirty Asian Chick  -  April 2013

 

Denny answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favorite colour? Why?

Blue’s fun to pronounce. The way I puff up the front of my mouth and then pop my lips, freeing all that air and then making a tight circle with my lips to end the word, like blowing out birthday candles. Certain blues make me grind my teeth. Other blues are like water for my mouth. Blue hits me where it counts. In the mouth.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I own 18 shirts and eight of them are blue or dominant blue. I own one pair of jeans, but it’s not blue. I have two jackets, both of them blue. Two blue sweatpants. Excluding underwear and socks, ~52% of my wardrobe is blue. But not French Blue. No, no, no, no. Hell, no.

 

Blue communicates confidence and purity. Look at Superman, Beast, Nightcrawler, the Fantastic Four, Captain America, the Blue Lantern Corps, Sonic the Hedgehog. Blue’s been great for the careers of Cookie Monster, Scrooge McDuck, Chief Wiggum, Skeletor, the Dallas Cowboys, the blonde from Gumby, the Blue Man Group, Tobias Funke, those Avatar guys. Mega Man’s a blue robot with the nickname Blue Bomber. Blue video game characters form an elite club: Chun-Li, Bashful ghost from Pac-Man, Blue Wizzrobes from the Zelda series, and Ninja Gaiden’s Ryu Hayabusa.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Blue does everything. Its clichés stand for promise and hope. On the other hand its clichés stand for depression and gloom. It spans the range of cliché human emotion.

Wilco knew this when they recorded Sky Blue Sky. The Impressionists knew this when they heaped blues on their canvases. Miles Davis knew this when he recorded Kind of Blue, because it’s kinda like saying whatever you’re feeling right now this makes sense.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

If I owned a high school, its mascot would be the Blue Blots. Cheerleaders chanting “Blue! Blots! Blue! Blots!” under the Friday night lights. (Clear eyes, blue hearts, can’t puke.)

That’s fun to think about, but I really don’t see that ever happening. So that probably.

 

How long has it been your favorite colour?

I was inundated with baby blue things as a baby boy. There was never life without blue. Blue sheets, blue bottles, blue bonnets, blue pacifiers, blue womb, blue pre-history.

 

When does it work best?

Whales and dolphins and sharks look great in blue. Dolphins look shiny and smooth. They look like plastic. Robin eggs are awesome, too. They look like candy. But oops there’s no malt chocolate inside them.

Blue works best when it works for me. Many loving corporations appropriate blue. Chase Bank, Bluetooth, BluBlocker, Blu-ray, Pepsi. Blue Cross Blue Shield dedicates itself to me living a healthier, happier life. I prefer Boo Berry to the other monster cereals in the Count Chocula family. I also remember kinda liking Nirvana’s Nevermind.

 

When does it not work for you?

Blue milk is naaasty. Blue beer doesn’t make any sense. I’d return my steak if it arrived blue. If our sun were a blue giant, we’d be fucked. I don’t like it when colorists make Batman’s cape and cowl blue. Nor does blue work for these guys: Blue Mario, Blue Luigi, Blue Kato Kaelin, Blue Mike Tyson, Blue Ben Affleck, Blue Hulk Hogan. Another weird thing is a blue tongue. Blue tongues are creepy.

When I hug people too long, they turn blue. That’s not working for me.

 

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

I’m temporary, but blue is bigger, forever. So many great blues to enjoy: Cobalt, sapphire, navy, indigo, ultramarine, ice, aqua, slate, cyan, metallic. So many great blues yet to be discovered: Autoblue, octo-ink, shyblue, ice-vein, nucleus blue, death thaw, helium-rock, pool-light blue, fog glow, Neptune-crisp, tri-aqua, moongleam blue, and freezer-shock frost, cloud-crystals-at-dusk blue. 

 

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Bill Yarrow

Bill Yarrow is the author of Pointed Sentences (BlazeVOX, 2012). His poems have appeared in many print and online magazines including PANK, Poetry International, Confrontation, The Centrifugal Eye, Rio Grande Review, BLIP, Istanbul Literary Review, DIAGRAM, Pif Magazine, Now Culture, Blue Fifth Review, and Whale Sound.

He is one of the poetry editors of THIS Literary Magazine. He lives in Illinois.

Bill has answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Bill's work here on Pure Slush:

• Agra Road  and  Bare Ruined Palace  -  April 2012  (n/f)

Bill answers The Hue Questionnaire:


What is your favourite colour? Why?

Green. Green becomes me.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Yes. Every day of the year except on March 15.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Happiness.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Infertility.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since August 1996.

 

When does it work best?

Late afternoons.

 

When does it not work for you?

When I'm under water.

 

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

I am a photosynthetic personality.

There are moments when we are inseparable.

 

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Kathryn Yuen

Kathryn Yuen is a footy-widow, long-term wife and mother of four. She has been both traumatised and enriched by love (of a bloke, family, theatre, books, screen, dance, carbohydrates, living …)

Her vices / qualities include a lovely and sordid imagination, denial, distraction, and being an enabler to stories. She has formal accounting, legal, and counselling qualifications from her pre-writing days.

She thinks poets and playwrights are rockstars.

She started writing in 2011 after she had to be pushed onto a comedy stage. Since then, she’s relished both laughing and killing characters on a regular basis in print, on-line and on stage.

She also does theatre reviews for print and radio, writes short and long stories, and has performed as a storyteller.

She has been published by Otoliths, ZineWest, WA Poets poetry d’Amour, Hypallage, ABC Open What's Your Story, Chrysanthemum, and has had plays performed at Short+Sweet, PlayWritingAustralia, and the New Theatre in Sydney.

She has work upcoming in Clockwise Cat, Papercuts/Desi Writers Lounge, Danse Macabre, and Open pen/little pen UK.

She like words and silences… and the pictures they paint.

Kathryn answers The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Kathryn's work here on Pure Slush:

the memories of water  -  November 2013

Kathryn answers The Hue Questionnaire

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Purple. I’m told it’s the colour of passion. However if we are talking people or fruit and veges, I don’t have a favourite.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

Sometimes.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

A dark crimson or aubergine full-length coat. And I’m on my way to the opera even though it’s a cold night.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

A sunny day when I’m cleaning the pool or gardening.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since my daughter told me it was the colour of passion, and I bought her a purple pillow.

 

When does it work best?

When I’m trying to hide size.

 

When does it not work for you?

When there’s a stain.

 

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

I’m of Asian extraction. However, I was lucky enough to have been born in Australia. While I don’t really like the communist dark blues, browns, and greys when it comes to attire, I have been told I overdo black (as if I’m of Mediterranean ethnicity and in mourning!) so I guess purple or crimson is a bit of a compromise.

 

Please note these answers were offered up in seconds like continuous writing ... no editing ... or rewriting, etc. Should answers sound a little like verbal incontinence or worse, be happy it’s only words. ;-) 

 

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Erin Zulkoski

Erin Zulkoski hates writing about herself, because speaking in the third person is very unnatural.

She lives in the great state of Nebraska with her dog, Blue, and when not writing, she works with people's hearts in a cardiology clinic.

Erin answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll down).

Read Erin's work here on Pure Slush:

Eyes Shut  -  March 2011 

 Bright Shiny Boxes  -  April 2011  (n/f)

Met is also part of obit.

Thirteen  -  March 2014 

Erin answers The Hue Questionnaire

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

--Red; it is a powerful, passionate color. Plus, it works well with my skin tone.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

--I wear red, but not very often, probably once a week, if that. When I do wear it, I usually want to be noticed by others, as red isn't a color to be ignored; that's why stop signs are red. It's the "hey, look at me!" factor.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

--Red suggests sensuality and passion.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

--Submission

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

--For as long as I can remember, really. It is such a brilliant hue, that it's hard not to like it.

 

When does it work best?

--Red works best when you are seeking attention, or want to feel like a sex goddess.  Put on a low cut red top, and BAM! You feel like you have sensuality oozing out of your pores.

 

When does it not work for you?

--It does not work when I'm feeling like keeping a low profile, or when I want to draw attention away from myself.

 

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

--Red relates to my adventerous, out-going side. Like I said, a person wearing red wants attention and thrives on it. I hadn't really thought about it, but I am this color. I crave attention, I want to be noticed. 

 

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