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Damon L. Wakes
Artist | Student | Literature
United Kingdom
Damon L. Wakes writes just about anything that springs to mind, producing both novels and short stories. As well as promoting his own books, he makes an effort to share the work of those who are under-read, under-appreciated, or just plain awesome.

Author of OCR is Not the Only Font, Red Herring, Bionic Punchline and Face of Glass.

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1: How long have you been on DeviantArt?
Three years, according to my page. Three years and a couple of months, digging a little deeper. I recall that I signed up just before the start of Flash Fiction Month 2012, so it was actually June that year.

2: What does your username mean?
It means that I took the funny squiggles from my drivers' license and typed those same funny squiggles into the username box when I signed up. :stare:

3: Describe yourself in three words.
Banana banana banana.

4: Are you left or right handed?

Right handed, but I possess the amazing ability to type with both.

5: What was your first deviation?

Inhuman Resources: Chapter 1Cloud Computing
"You ready?"
"Yeah, Dobe," I replied. "Start it up."
The portable generator chugged hollowly for a moment before finally rumbling into life, a brief green flicker from the computer bank announcing its success. A curl of exhaust issued forth, and to my nose seemed to fill the whole office block with its petroleum stench. Even this, however, was nothing compared to the sensation that accompanied it; subtle, but far more potent.
The computer had not been switched on for some time, and a number of scheduled tasks had accumulated. In my mind's eye, I perceived them, though the screen lay cracked and broken on the floor: toppled, no doubt, during the evacuation all those years ago. Nevertheless, though mute, though silent, the computer spoke, and I listened. Almost imperceptible beneath the heady drone of data streaming through the air, I could feel a faint whirr from within my ribcage and a dull warmth from the cable running up through my neck. The machine had begun its work

My first deviation was the first chapter of Inhuman Resources, a novel that long-time watchers might remember. Three years and four totally unrelated books on, having promised to get the thing wrapped up and published for everyone to read back in 2012, I'm still working on it. ^^; Sorry about that. The story has already grown longer than I ever expected, and it attracted interest from an agent at the Winchester Writers' Festival earlier this year, so although it's now been delayed for a ridiculously long time, it's not for lack of progress. You can be assured that when it's finally finished, the novel will be better for the wait.

6: What is your favourite type of art to create?
I particularly enjoy putting together a short story. Not flash fiction, but something 2,000-5,000 words long. That might come as a surprise given my enthusiasm for Flash Fiction Month, but I tend to prefer having a little more elbow room when writing. For flash fiction, there's a definite limit to how much you can include and that's a huge part of the appeal, but it's a different experience to coming up with a plot and characters and letting them run on for however long they need to.

7: If you could instantly master a different art style, what would it be?
I'd love to be able to draw or paint. Probably digitally, just because you get all the tools and colours you want without having to pay for them individually. As it is, that's a really slow skill to develop and I just don't have the time to dedicate to it.

8: What was your first favourite?
Men and Monsters"Why can't serial murderers kill like normal people?"
I paused for a moment, shooting Detective Rattigan a sideways glance before I finished lighting my cigarette.  "What?"
"You know," Rat said.  "With a quick stab.  Or a gun.  Like a normal person."
"I'm a little disturbed by your apparent belief that it's normal for people to kill each other.  Maybe you've been working this job a little too long," I said, kneeling to examine the bloody corpse that lay in front of me.
"I'm just saying that there are easier ways to kill someone, that's all.  Quick knife blade in between the ribs, that's all it takes."
"Rat?  Do me a favor and stop talking."
That man frightens me sometimes.  John Rattigan has been my partner for almost 4 years, and I still haven't gotten used to his... eccentricities.  Still, he's smart and reliable enough, and a good cop.  I looked back at the body, taking a drag from my

Men and Monsters by snarknight. An all-round good story, as I remember.

9: What type of art do you tend to favourite the most?
Probably flash fiction. I'm ludicrously stingy with favourites--I have to really love something before I'll think to hit the fave button--and very short stories are the ones most likely to make an impression. There are lots of longer pieces I enjoy, and I'll often get really invested in an entire novel, but flash fiction is more of a love/meh thing. If you like one aspect of it, there's usually not a lot of room left for things to not like.

10: Who is your all-time favourite deviant artist?
This is a really tough call, and I've seen a bunch of people just list names. I'm going to go ahead and ignore a whole range of equally amazing writers by picking SCFrankles. Her six word stories feel so complete that you can easily forget they're written to use precisely six words. I've never come across anyone else who can do that quite so well, and certainly not so consistently.

11: If you could meet anyone on DeviantArt in person, who would it be?
I've already met people from deviantART in person on more than one occasion, thanks in part to my habit of getting involved in any project going. If I was just meeting someone for the sake of it, I'd probably choose joe-wright, since we write fairly similar things and I'd be curious to find out what sort of person does that.

12: How has a fellow deviant impacted your life?
MillieBee had a hand in getting me onto the Creative Writing MA I'm currently studying for. She vouched for the course when I was in two minds about it initially, and gave me some advice when it came to actually applying for a place. My BA was in a different subject at another university, so getting started wasn't as straightforward as it could have been. It wouldn't have been impossible without her, but the help made quite a difference.

13: What are your preferred tools to create art?
I rely on computers quite a bit, both for writing stories in the first place and for turning them into books, CDs or games. If I don't have the hardware I need to produce something, I can always put the files together on my computer and take/send them to someone who does. However, I think I prefer working with hand tools. Having been making chainmail jewellery for just about as long as I've been writing--and more recently discovering that I can turn a profit by selling it--I've built up quite a selection of pliers, cutters, mandrels, knives, saws, drills, files, that sort of thing. It's nice to have the right tool for the job, even if you spend a lot of time weaving chain with the same two pairs of plain old pliers.

14: What is the most inspirational place for you to create art?
I don't tend to work in inspirational places. I tend to work where there's light, heat, and electricity. At Christmas I spent three days making jewellery in a gazebo outside McDonalds, which had at best two of those things. Hardly "inspirational," but good fun nonetheless.

15: What is your favourite DeviantArt memory?
Flash Fiction Month 2012. Picking something that broad probably doesn't make for a great answer, but during that month a lot of good things happened. I got my first Daily Deviation, my first Daily Literature Deviation, and I participated in my first Write Off which in turn prompted my first Alterworld story. There were a lot of firsts that month, as well as it just generally being a fun 31 days of writing tons of stuff. Also it put me in touch with several of my favourite writers.

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gnoscobrown Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
LLAMA!!! Okay -- now to read more of your work . . .
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bloedzuigerbloed Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the llama! :icongoingdownplz:
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KitaMikichi Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2015  Student General Artist
Thank you for the llama!
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TheWarOfTheRing Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2015
Hey, thanks for the Lama glama (that's actually it's legit scientific name, I'm not making this up) :D
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DamonWakes Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2015  Student Writer
Hey, that's news to me! :D Sounds glamaous.
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GlitchyDuck Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the llama :D
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cptredder Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Ty for llama!
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UsamaSaeed Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you for your cattle, mister. Have some cattle from me too.
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DamonWakes Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015  Student Writer
:omg: Llamageddon! (Or possibly the alpacalypse.)
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UsamaSaeed Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
More like Llamamass. :giggle: Or Llamass. :noes:
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