i have been writing poetry since i was 8, and saving most of what i have written since 7th grade. i started the collection of predominantly loose-leaf notebook paper (with the odd napkin or legal pad page) in a black 3 ring binder. by the time i got into high school, it was pretty thick. i would let friends, and a few teachers, borrow and read it. sometime during high school it got dubbed the 'blackbook', as in, "hey, chris. can i take the blackbook home over the weekend? i wanna read some more in it."
the only rule to borrowing it was that if i let you, you had to share any thoughts or comments; right there on the paper the poem was written on...most writers want to know what, if any, impact there writing has on the reader.
so i grew up (at least physically), and graduated from loose-leaf and spirals to composition books. then, early in 2007 (i thinks) i was corresponding with a friend of mine i hadn't seen in a long time. she recalled the times she browsed through the blackbook and suggested i check out this website called deviantart where she posted some of her photography ( danisan
, tho she is now deactivated ). so i did...and i realized almost instantly that i was looking at: a digital, world-accessible blackbook.
so i started my first account ( praytell
) , and met some amazing artists in both the written and visual worlds. it would take too much space to name them all here, but look at my collaborators section, or my friends list and you will see most of those original people there. that is when i fell in love with collaboration. i was part of a poetry group, enlightened-poets
, and PrettyCrazy
), before dA started groups. i also had a joint account with blue-roses-to-dust
for our collaborations (she was one of my first collaborators), theinfiniteabyss
. but most importantly i met PrettyCrazy
...more on that below.
so in late 2009 i got into a DEEEEP funk and wasn't writing and deactivated my praytell
account. suffice to say, by early 2010 i got de-funked and i was writing again and decided to sign back up as "mrnakes" ; i got back in contact with my old friends, and started posting again. it was then that the relationship between PrettyCrazy
and i developed from a friendship into something more substantial (even though there was an ocean between us...me being in the u.s. at the time and her in belgium). after just over a year ofthe long distance thing, and much soul-searching, i moved over here to belgium, changed my handle to deinktvis
, and PrettyCrazy
and i are now husband and wife.
for the rest of my dA story...read my gallery; it is all in there
love you all, my dA friends and fambly (you all know who you are!)
BTW: i hates me some mudkips.
my icon: Lyekka
my stamp: art by Lyekka
, stamp work by 8manderz8
my lit tag by almcdermid