I’m Lauren, though around here people call me Silver. I’ve been lurking around DA pretty much forever – I was twelve or thirteen when I found the site, bub didn’t get an account of my own until much later. I began simply as a collector, finding cool stuff and adding them to my favorites, but gradually began to branch out as I found a voice through writing. Thanks to my early fixation on six word stories, I trained myself into writing with brevity and concision, which is fantastic for the poet I’ve become.
I often find myself returning to the same themes or images in my work – age, seasons, space, loss, routine. It’s like excavating a mine shaft; I find a vein and keep digging until there’s nothing left. My professor friend once told me that my process is like filling a glass: whether the stream is quick or slow is irrelevant – the glass isn’t full until it’s full. The spill is just the last step.
Lately, I’ve found myself drawn more and more towards what’s called ergodic literature – literature that requires nontrivial effort to traverse the text. I’ve been reading and researching into the genre a lot, with the intention to eventually create some sort of nonlinear, puzzle narrative, the mechanics of which I’ve yet to figure out. Ideally, I would love to completely erase the line between literature and video game to create and entirely new genre (if you’re having trouble imagining this, pretend someone made House of Leaves into a video game). I love the idea of making the reader a part of the experience – and isn’t that what any artist wants to do?
waters worry the pristine
sand, washing blank paper
into a bevy of tidepools.
The hush of the surge whispers
its song into conch shells;
the tinge of brine mingles
with coconut milk and dried
seaweed clumping the beach.
Hermit crabs dot the strand
like constellations, waiting
for soothsayers to read meaning
into their trails before the waves
wash them away like comets.
- by SilverInkblot
I stopped using his full title
because it started sounding too formal,
and it’s hard to be standoffish with someone
who swaps albums and memories so generously,
who loves German chocolate but hates the smell of oranges,
who knows me by my boneless,
drowsy form on the couch and by my words.
And maybe one day he’ll ask
me to drop the title altogether and call him Brad,
but I won’t.
Because it sounds too much like dad,
and I’m afraid of slipping up.
- by SilverInkblot
paint drips in rivers
along the wood grain
of a newly hewn fence.
Faint birdsong and distant wind
chimes accompany the clink
of empty china teacups
alongside biscuit crumbs
stuck in drizzled honey.
The cotton tablecloth
sweeps at her legs
with the wind, wrinkled
with age, stained with memory.
- by SilverInkblot
Deviousness Award Winner
A pillar of the literature community, SilverInkblot has taken it upon herself to spearhead several amazing initiatives for the DeviantArt literature community. From leading DailyLitRecognition for many years to creating TheTitlePage, which has inspired many wonderful deviations, this self-described traditionalist handwrites journals that she gives away, in the hopes it will inspire others. A champion of the community, she both routinely promotes the work of others and provides honest, friendly, feedback. We are delighted to award Deviousness to SilverInkblot for July 2017.
There are so many wonderful things about Lauren, I would be hard pressed to know where to begin. I have been privileged to know her since my years as a Community Volunteer here (2008-2010) on DeviantART. Every interaction with her within the Literature community has been encouraging. She has been a positive light here for many years and is an excellent writer, dabbling beautifully in both poetry and prose- writing with a genuine heart and accessibility to her readers that make her unforgettable. She has served our beloved community well in various ways, including as an administrator for DailyLitDeviations and it’s re-vamped sister group, DailyLitRecognition. Both of these groups were known for their innovative features, enjoyed by many, who have at one time, I am sure, interacted with them. In her spare time behind the scenes, Lauren does a multitude of other creative things, including making beautiful literary bookmarks. I myself have been overjoyed to have received quite a few of them for my personal collection. She is a true community influence and I always see her inspiring others to be involved, whether it is in writing a sprinkling of helpful articles, hosting contests, encouraging valid discussions, critiques and more. A fellow Literature community spirit, I am beyond honored to know her, call her friend and recognize her for deviousness today. Congratulations to the lovely SilverInkblot you have earned it!”
I got to know Lauren in April 2014. After the closure of the literature group "Daily Literature Deviation", she united a bunch of writers around her to save this concept. She was the founder of @DailyLiteratureRecognition. We had a lot of fun working together in this group. Lauren has a good organizational talent, but with the time she had to pass on the group into other hands. I never stopped keeping contact to her nor following her. Her journals are interesting to read about her life, her family, her pets, her surroundings. She has a big heart and shares with all. SilverInkblot is one of the greatest "Ladies of Lit" here and she has set milestones for other writers.”
Lauren is great at getting her point across with very few words, such as with Apocalypse. In fact, her shortest pieces have a way of putting a (metaphorical) dagger in your heart, not even allowing the reader time to think before it’s over, and you’re left there, wondering what just happened. I love literature like that!”
Her most recent DD The Third Sibling truly struck a chord with me. I was moved by her ability to convey grief and innocence in such a powerful, tangible, and relatable way. Congratulations, SilverInkblot! This recognition is very well-deserved, and I look forward to your future work.”
Lauren has been a force to be reckoned with in the literature community for as long as I can remember. She’s spearheaded some of my favorite projects, such as TheTitlePage, from which many excellent pieces of literature have sprung. Her own work is beautifully written, nuanced, and a true pleasure to read. On top of running groups, challenges, and contests she leaves great feedback for those looking for it. I can’t think of anyone more deserving of the Deviousness award!”
In such a busy social media environment, it is hard these days to find people who have the time for you. Lauren is one of these genuine people who takes the time and effort for anyone. Her investment into the literature community has not gone unnoticed and her warm presence is felt when she gets involved. Aside from this, her dedication in supporting the CVs in finding decent DDs is astounding, it is always a pleasure to receive a note from her! Thank you Lauren, you are a superstar and this is a MUCH deserved deviousness award!”
SilverInkblot was one of the first artists I started watching on DA and her work has never failed to amaze me. The quality of her writing, and her general willingness to help people, is inspirational. I hope to one day write as well as her and have at least one tenth of her skills. On a personal level she never misses a birthday or Christmas, at least not since I’ve been watching, and I often get bookmarks from her stunning collection included in with a card wishing me for whatever. She really is a creative soul and a dear, dear person.”
Lauren is an incredible part of the community and always willing to lend a helping hand or to leave a kind word! I’ve followed her work for a few years now and her personality is as infectious as her writing; the way she tells stories and writes poetry feels as though she is talking straight to you as a friend. She is in the habit of always trying many new and interesting things with her work, but it always ends up sounding distinctly like her. Her kind heart and talent is unmistakable and she is so very deserving of this distinction!”
Lauren is a powerhouse of creativity, kindness, and community. It’s not surprising if you see her goodwill scattered about the Literature Community, and the DA Community, in the form of points donated, a suggested DD, a snail-mail letter, a useful critique, or a gifted handmade item by her. Of course, if that isn’t enough Lauren is also a phenomenal writer; her gallery is full of powerful pieces. I’m thrilled Lauren is receiving Deviousness, she’s more than deserving.”
SilverInkblot is an inspiring writer. I always look forward to her work in my message center! In addition to her work, she is also an admirable and helpful community member. She has a radiating personality and it shows through her activity on DA. Congratulations, SilverInkblot! Deviousness well-deserved!