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:bulletred: Like everyone else on DA, I retain the right to draw (and write) whatever I please, so long as I remain within certain boundaries. On that account, don't go around telling me what I can and can't draw. I don't tell YOU people what to draw. If you don't like my art (or my stories), no one said you had to watch me in the first place.

:bulletred: I accept constructive criticism on my work. But I do NOT tolerate flames. It's just a waste of your time, and it does no one any good. I can handle being told where improvement could be used and how the piece could be better, but don't just trash me and my art, saying "oh, this sucks" or "you have no talent". Like the saying goes, if you can't say something nice, don't bother saying anything at all.

:bulletred: Lately, people have been asking me if it's okay that they draw my OC, Terence. I have no objection to anyone drawing (or writing about) my unicorn/human character, or any of my original characters. I love receiving gift art. The only rules are that you credit me (I'm a nice person, for the most part; but stealing my art is a surefire way to get on my bad side!), that you show me what you've done so I can check it out, and you do not (I repeat, do NOT) try to make any money off my character behind my back. Dishonesty is not worth the few measly dollars you manage to scrounge from it.

:bulletred: I am a very spiritual person, and I am not afraid to show it. I am not trying to be overly preachy, or make anybody look bad. I am only sharing what I personally believe in; whether or not you agree with me is your decision, not mine. I don't expect you to agree with me, but I do expect you to be kind and considerate of me. Even if we don't share the same beliefs, we can still be polite to each other. Respect me, and I'll respect you.

:bulletred: I don't mind making art for other people. But once I get a little more caught up with my projects, I'm going to take a little vacation from free requests. I don't want to make more promises than I can deliver, don't want to do more than I have the time and strength to do. I may be generous, but I don't want to develop an ulcer. If you want something from me, don't just come right up in my face and demand "draw this, draw that". Ask me nicely, and I may consider it. I'll be doing trades as well, and commissions are now available.

:bulletred: The prices of the commissions vary. You'll have to talk to me, and we'll settle on a reasonable price. It will depend on how many characters you want, and how detailed you want it. For every picture, no matter who is in it or how complex it is, it will cost you $5 extra for full color. I refuse to do any characters that are already copyrighted to someone else, without prior consent. I'll be more than happy to do your own OC, or even include Terence in the mix.

:bulletred: Whether I'm doing commissions, trades, or requests, the standard is the same: I refuse to draw anything involving sex (I don't mind some kissing, but NO French kissing or necking), nudity, excessive gore, or anything that promotes hate or shames another individual or country.

:bulletred: And one more thing: Terence and Tumnus are NOT homosexual. Yes, they love each other, but in a purely brotherly manner. They are not gay, in any way.

Journal History

Old Friends Are the Best Friends

Journal Entry: Thu May 25, 2017, 10:56 PM


I got a rare opportunity to meet with a couple of high school chums today. These friends of mine are aspiring writers, too.

I had the day off, so we got together at Barnes & Noble (the same store I once worked for) and spent the next hour and a half in the cafe. It was me, a guy named Trent and his wife, a guy named Paul and his brother Andrew, and some other nice guy whose name I can't remember. (^^;)

Trent was nice enough to give me a ride (the rest of my family was out for the evening), and I figured the least I could do was reimburse him for gas money, so I gave him ten dollars. His missus said I didn't have to do this and I cleverly countered that they didn't have to do this for me. I won out.

I'd already had dinner but I still felt like grabbing a snack. We all decided to have a little nibble and so we went Dutch at the cash register. I got myself a yummy "Melted S'more Bundt Cake" and I had a hard time deciding between a strawberry and banana smoothie or a chocolate and banana smoothie. I ended up settling for chocolate and banana.

Trent's wife expressed her surprise that I had such a tiny plate; she needed a much bigger plate for her bundt cake because she was making such a mess. Somehow, I only spilled a few crumbs, and the smoothie was very refreshing.

Our meeting wasn't anything fancy. It's a writing group still in the very early stages, so we discussed how we could make this group a bit more refined and how we can better critique each other's work. I did show a few pictures and a few excerpts through my phone, and Paul and Trent said they remembered Terence's story. I came up with the idea clear back in 2005 (when I was 17) and everyone was amazed that such a project is still going strong.

I was told that I did great with dialogue, which is what I was also told in college. My professors and classmates complimented my use of dialogue more than anything else. What I could work on more, they said, is the "info dump"; my pacing is pretty brisk but I need to be careful not to reveal so much to the readers at one time.

I also remember being praised for my character development in a piece of writing I submitted to a contest, even though I didn't win. Under "Character Development," the judges gave me an 8 out of 10.

And since we were at Barnes & Noble, it was only natural that we did a bit of shopping before heading home. I meant to purchase only a writing journal but I couldn't help myself and ended up taking home three super-thick hardcover books along with two writing journals, including a "writing prompt" journal.

What were these hardcover books?

The Story of King Arthur and His Knights by Howard Pyle.

The Iliad and the Odyssey by Homer.

And a collection of stories by H.P. Lovecraft; my buddy Ahzeya recommended him to me.

Fortunately, these books weren't too expensive and I opted for a membership card, which gave me a 10% discount. I had some spare cash with me and ended up spending only three dollars on my debit card.

Then Paul and Andrew offered us all a final treat in the parking lot, "courtesy of our mother."

My family beat me home and I managed to "smuggle" my new books into the house, meaning I got them safely to my room before my mom saw them. She doesn't disapprove of me hoarding books but she is starting to question where I'm gonna put them all.

I can't help it! I don't have too many books; I need a bigger bookshelf! I'll read them all, eventually, one day or another! And there are worse things to be obsessed with, right?

Trent even said there was nothing wrong with being a bookworm.

We also talked about which kinds of books we like best, and I mentioned that what appeals to me the most are fairy tales and mythology. My mates recommended Brandon Mull's Fablehaven and Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series, which I intend to check out anyway. I still have my order of the entire Fablehaven collection--still in its plastic wrap! (:blush:)

Paul and Andrew are more of the sci-fi type, and when they rambled for almost twenty minutes about an immortal character (at first, I thought Andrew said "amoral" and that sent everybody into quite a fit of laughter and wisecracks) in space and something about dwarf planets and the sun blowing up and what happens when something gets sucked into a black hole, I couldn't help saying, "Boy, all this science talk is making my brain hurt. This is why I prefer fantasy; you get to make up your own laws of physics!"

Overall, it was a pretty enjoyable night. I don't get to socialize that much and it's always good to hook up with people you used to share a classroom with.

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Mel Mather
Artist | Hobbyist | Traditional Art
United States
:bulletpurple: Born and raised Utah girl

:bulletblue: Lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

:bulletgreen: Certified chocoholic and French fry addict

:bulletyellow: Aspiring writer and artist

:bulletorange: Terence's creator/slave driver

:bulletred: 68% dreamy, 16% artistic, 14% caring and 2% crazy














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Old Friends Are the Best Friends

Journal Entry: Thu May 25, 2017, 10:56 PM


I got a rare opportunity to meet with a couple of high school chums today. These friends of mine are aspiring writers, too.

I had the day off, so we got together at Barnes & Noble (the same store I once worked for) and spent the next hour and a half in the cafe. It was me, a guy named Trent and his wife, a guy named Paul and his brother Andrew, and some other nice guy whose name I can't remember. (^^;)

Trent was nice enough to give me a ride (the rest of my family was out for the evening), and I figured the least I could do was reimburse him for gas money, so I gave him ten dollars. His missus said I didn't have to do this and I cleverly countered that they didn't have to do this for me. I won out.

I'd already had dinner but I still felt like grabbing a snack. We all decided to have a little nibble and so we went Dutch at the cash register. I got myself a yummy "Melted S'more Bundt Cake" and I had a hard time deciding between a strawberry and banana smoothie or a chocolate and banana smoothie. I ended up settling for chocolate and banana.

Trent's wife expressed her surprise that I had such a tiny plate; she needed a much bigger plate for her bundt cake because she was making such a mess. Somehow, I only spilled a few crumbs, and the smoothie was very refreshing.

Our meeting wasn't anything fancy. It's a writing group still in the very early stages, so we discussed how we could make this group a bit more refined and how we can better critique each other's work. I did show a few pictures and a few excerpts through my phone, and Paul and Trent said they remembered Terence's story. I came up with the idea clear back in 2005 (when I was 17) and everyone was amazed that such a project is still going strong.

I was told that I did great with dialogue, which is what I was also told in college. My professors and classmates complimented my use of dialogue more than anything else. What I could work on more, they said, is the "info dump"; my pacing is pretty brisk but I need to be careful not to reveal so much to the readers at one time.

I also remember being praised for my character development in a piece of writing I submitted to a contest, even though I didn't win. Under "Character Development," the judges gave me an 8 out of 10.

And since we were at Barnes & Noble, it was only natural that we did a bit of shopping before heading home. I meant to purchase only a writing journal but I couldn't help myself and ended up taking home three super-thick hardcover books along with two writing journals, including a "writing prompt" journal.

What were these hardcover books?

The Story of King Arthur and His Knights by Howard Pyle.

The Iliad and the Odyssey by Homer.

And a collection of stories by H.P. Lovecraft; my buddy Ahzeya recommended him to me.

Fortunately, these books weren't too expensive and I opted for a membership card, which gave me a 10% discount. I had some spare cash with me and ended up spending only three dollars on my debit card.

Then Paul and Andrew offered us all a final treat in the parking lot, "courtesy of our mother."

My family beat me home and I managed to "smuggle" my new books into the house, meaning I got them safely to my room before my mom saw them. She doesn't disapprove of me hoarding books but she is starting to question where I'm gonna put them all.

I can't help it! I don't have too many books; I need a bigger bookshelf! I'll read them all, eventually, one day or another! And there are worse things to be obsessed with, right?

Trent even said there was nothing wrong with being a bookworm.

We also talked about which kinds of books we like best, and I mentioned that what appeals to me the most are fairy tales and mythology. My mates recommended Brandon Mull's Fablehaven and Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series, which I intend to check out anyway. I still have my order of the entire Fablehaven collection--still in its plastic wrap! (:blush:)

Paul and Andrew are more of the sci-fi type, and when they rambled for almost twenty minutes about an immortal character (at first, I thought Andrew said "amoral" and that sent everybody into quite a fit of laughter and wisecracks) in space and something about dwarf planets and the sun blowing up and what happens when something gets sucked into a black hole, I couldn't help saying, "Boy, all this science talk is making my brain hurt. This is why I prefer fantasy; you get to make up your own laws of physics!"

Overall, it was a pretty enjoyable night. I don't get to socialize that much and it's always good to hook up with people you used to share a classroom with.

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The True Meaning of Religious Freedom

Journal Entry: Mon May 22, 2017, 11:10 PM


By now, I'm sure most of you have already heard about the ghastly terror attack in Manchester, England, the one that took place just after Ariana Grande's concert.

And, as usual, I'm seeing the hate toward Muslims and religion flaring up anew.

One person on Facebook wrote (and this is the way they really wrote it): "BAN ALL RELIGIONS!"

I don't think people truly understand what they're saying when they propose we eliminate religion.

As anyone who's done their history knows, countless people have fled to other countries in pursuit of religious liberty. That's how we ended up here in the States in the first place.

Do the Pilgrims ring any bells? The Puritans? The Mormons?

According to this article I found, "
Religious freedom is more than just the freedom to believe what you want. It’s also the freedom to talk about and act on your core beliefs without interference from government or others, except when necessary to protect health and safety. It also allows people with similar beliefs to form religious organizations that govern their own affairs."

Along with the freedom to believe what you want comes the freedom NOT to believe what you want.

So people are proposing that we also throw away their freedom NOT to participate in any organized group or adopt any particular mindset.

They're saying that if a person shouldn't have to believe in God, a person shouldn't have to NOT believe in God, either.

It's like a teenager saying that there shouldn't be any "rules." By that logic, this teenager is saying a difference between right and wrong should never exist.

Meaning nobody could do anything wrong or right.

Meaning our entire existence here is completely pointless.

And what good has religion done for us all this time, others ask? That's like asking what good soap has done for us all this time. I mean, we're always getting dirty, and we'll always keep getting dirty. So what's the point in having soap?

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Don't you find it ironic that we live in a day of so-called "tolerance," and yet when anyone dares to disagree with us, no matter how civilly, we instantly become rabid tigers?

What law dictates that another person has to be just like you before you can like them? We're as unique in mind as we are in body, and that's the way it's supposed to be. Like I'm so fond of saying, if the good Lord had meant for us to be exactly alike in every way, He would have used a glorified copy machine.

You agree with me. I agree with you. You disagree with me. I disagree with you. You're as entitled to your opinion as I am to mine, and even when we do disagree, we can do so like cool, mature, responsible adults.

And really, in the grand scheme of things, is it worth getting THAT angry? Is it truly gonna matter the next day, or a year from now, or ten years from now, or a full millennium later?

Prayer List (Updated)

Journal Entry: Mon Jun 13, 2011, 8:22 PM


"Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you will receive it, and it will be yours."
~ Mark 11:24 (NIV)


I thought I'd take a leaf out of mouselady's book and make a little prayer list all my own. Like the old saying goes, you can never have too many prayers. This will be updated on a fairly regular basis, depending on how many requests I get. If you know anyone who could use a bit of heavenly aid, don't hesitate to let me know.

:bulletblue: :bulletblue: :bulletblue: 2017 UPDATE :bulletblue: :bulletblue: :bulletblue: With some exceptions, I removed the old prayer requests in order to make room for the new ones. As always, I'm open to requests of any kind, whatever the situation. Just say the word.

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Pray for those who have been affected in all the ghastly terror attacks and natural disasters of 2015 and 2016, and prior to 2015. You know what they are.

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Please pray for the souls of the victims of the Sandy Hook massacre on December 14, 2012, along with their families and friends who were left behind. A complete list of the names and ages can be found here: unicorn-skydancer08.deviantart…

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I, myself, request a few prayers if you'd be so kind. My dad passed away, there's been a betrayal in the family, and just so many other things in my life seem so bound and determined to go wrong.

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sonicfighter just lost his dad.

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@moonlitinuyasha1985 is worried sick about her dad because he was just diagnosed with leukemia...and this isn't the first time he's dealt with cancer, either.

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:star: Winged-Horse, formerly known as Z1ven :star:

Sadly, Ziven is no longer with us. Please pray for the repose of his soul and for the comfort and healing of his friends and family. He was an inspiration and a good friend to those who knew him, and he will be dearly missed.

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:star: Vallhund-Abstraktion :star:

Another dear friend who has passed on. She was a sweet, spunky girl, a rare flower whose season was all too brief. Pray that she may rest in peace, and that her loved ones will be strengthened.

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All hell has broken loose in her life and she simply gets hammered with one severe blow after another. I'm worried about her.

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Her dad just died and she misses him something fierce.

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She has a mass on her spine that may be cancerous, and if surgery goes wrong, she could become a paraplegic.

**UPDATE** It turns out she does indeed have cancer: B-cell lymphoma, a type of non-Hodgkin's. That's the same kind my mom and grandma got. It's treatable, even curable, but as we all know, cancer is always a serious deal and even when people do recover, it doesn't happen in a hurry and it's not pretty.

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As if she didn't have enough to deal with, her dad has just been placed in hospice, and she already lost her mom quite recently.

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Her dad started chemo treatment.

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She recently lost her grandmother and now her mother may not be around for much longer.

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She has received a grim diagnosis: You really really need to read this

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His dad is knocking on death's front door. It's just a matter of time now

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There comes a time...

Journal Entry: Fri May 19, 2017, 7:44 PM


...when you no longer care how much you're getting paid or if you get paid overtime.

You just want to get out and go HOME already.

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Wanna chat on Facebook?
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Not now. I have work.
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Oops. Sorry.
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And tonight was a nightmare. It was just me and two other people, and dang, we were run ragged.
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Can we chat on Facebook?
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Sorry, Jess. I'm at work right now.
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OK.
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Nothing personal.
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I hope the Lilo and Stitch stories with Pinocchio come in. It's been years for waiting for them.
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Excuse me?
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