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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.

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My Grandma's Funeral

Journal Entry: Wed Jul 10, 2019, 9:01 PM
  • Listening to: Love, Me ~ Collin Raye


Today was the day of my grandma's funeral (as if you couldn't tell from the title), and while I'm glad it's over, it's a surreal feeling, too. Maybe it's just the night settling down around me, or maybe the fact that all of my grandparents really are gone is beginning to sink in. We passed by their old neighborhood on the way to the cemetery, and I found myself turning my head in that direction and half-expecting them to still be at their house.

No one knows what's going to happen to the house right now. One of my uncles has taken charge of it, and the place, given how old it is (it's been in the family for at least 50 years), is in serious need of some remodeling. My side of the family is planning to take at least some of the furniture, like one of the couches, since our old couch (thanks to my younger siblings) is completely wrecked.

The funeral itself was nice, as far as funerals go.

It was both nice and surreal to see the family again after only 18 days; that's got to be a new record. There was an even bigger turnout for Grandma, since some of the family couldn't quite make it to Grandpa's funeral; one of my cousins and his family had been on a cruise at the time.

It's also surreal to know that both my grandparents died on holidays. Grandpa died on Father's Day, and Grandma died on the Fourth of July. Given how patriotic Grandma had always been (she was really big on politics and the Constitution and stuff like that), we commented how it was oddly fitting that she should pass away on Independence Day. It even gives a new meaning to the words: "Independence Day."

Like I said, the funeral itself was nice; it provided some closure, my work was nice enough to give me the day off, and it's gratifying to know Grandma is no longer suffering, that she and Grandpa didn't have to be separated for long, and that Dad was there to greet them (I hope).

Still, it's hard to let go. It's hard to accept the fact that both sets of grandparents on both sides are gone, that one more chapter in my life has closed.

Like Dad, Grandma and Grandpa were the kind of people you just naturally expected to always be there. But even if they were still living, it was only downhill from here. Both of them were so old, so weak, so sick, and in so much pain. I felt like we were in the movie Old Yeller, when Old Yeller is infected with rabies, and Travis's mother brings the gun and solemnly proclaims, "There's no hope for him now. He's suffering." And even though Travis knows it's the right thing to do, you can still see his hands shaking and the tears swimming in his eyes as he pulls the trigger.

That's how it is for me. It's wrong of me to wish Grandma and Grandpa were still here. Death was a mercy for them both, and they had been married for more than 70 years (it would have been 71 in November), so it was only fitting that they only spent a short time apart.

Besides, they get to be where Dad is now, and they're reunited with all the rest of their family on the other side.

But I still miss them.

Mom misses them both something awful. They were her foundation pretty much all her life, and even more so after Dad passed away. She still has her siblings and a few good friends, and me, but it's not the same, for obvious reasons.

It's just hard to be left behind. I imagine them going into another room and the door closes, and I'm still on the other side of that door.

This really brings my own mortality into sharp focus, too. I never really thought about dying old or young, and while I do hope I live to a decent age, and I get to accomplish certain goals first, no one really knows how long they'll live and that's kind of what makes life so special in the first place.

You just have to make the most of what time you do have, and make the most of the people while they're there.

I tell myself that over and over, but it still hurts and that slightly cold dread still creeps over me. I suppose that's a normal feeling, too.

This is the price we pay for love, and it's well worth the price.

I'll see you later, Grandma, however later that is, and be sure to give Dad and Grandpa extra hugs and kisses for me.


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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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My Grandma's Funeral

Journal Entry: Wed Jul 10, 2019, 9:01 PM
  • Listening to: Love, Me ~ Collin Raye


Today was the day of my grandma's funeral (as if you couldn't tell from the title), and while I'm glad it's over, it's a surreal feeling, too. Maybe it's just the night settling down around me, or maybe the fact that all of my grandparents really are gone is beginning to sink in. We passed by their old neighborhood on the way to the cemetery, and I found myself turning my head in that direction and half-expecting them to still be at their house.

No one knows what's going to happen to the house right now. One of my uncles has taken charge of it, and the place, given how old it is (it's been in the family for at least 50 years), is in serious need of some remodeling. My side of the family is planning to take at least some of the furniture, like one of the couches, since our old couch (thanks to my younger siblings) is completely wrecked.

The funeral itself was nice, as far as funerals go.

It was both nice and surreal to see the family again after only 18 days; that's got to be a new record. There was an even bigger turnout for Grandma, since some of the family couldn't quite make it to Grandpa's funeral; one of my cousins and his family had been on a cruise at the time.

It's also surreal to know that both my grandparents died on holidays. Grandpa died on Father's Day, and Grandma died on the Fourth of July. Given how patriotic Grandma had always been (she was really big on politics and the Constitution and stuff like that), we commented how it was oddly fitting that she should pass away on Independence Day. It even gives a new meaning to the words: "Independence Day."

Like I said, the funeral itself was nice; it provided some closure, my work was nice enough to give me the day off, and it's gratifying to know Grandma is no longer suffering, that she and Grandpa didn't have to be separated for long, and that Dad was there to greet them (I hope).

Still, it's hard to let go. It's hard to accept the fact that both sets of grandparents on both sides are gone, that one more chapter in my life has closed.

Like Dad, Grandma and Grandpa were the kind of people you just naturally expected to always be there. But even if they were still living, it was only downhill from here. Both of them were so old, so weak, so sick, and in so much pain. I felt like we were in the movie Old Yeller, when Old Yeller is infected with rabies, and Travis's mother brings the gun and solemnly proclaims, "There's no hope for him now. He's suffering." And even though Travis knows it's the right thing to do, you can still see his hands shaking and the tears swimming in his eyes as he pulls the trigger.

That's how it is for me. It's wrong of me to wish Grandma and Grandpa were still here. Death was a mercy for them both, and they had been married for more than 70 years (it would have been 71 in November), so it was only fitting that they only spent a short time apart.

Besides, they get to be where Dad is now, and they're reunited with all the rest of their family on the other side.

But I still miss them.

Mom misses them both something awful. They were her foundation pretty much all her life, and even more so after Dad passed away. She still has her siblings and a few good friends, and me, but it's not the same, for obvious reasons.

It's just hard to be left behind. I imagine them going into another room and the door closes, and I'm still on the other side of that door.

This really brings my own mortality into sharp focus, too. I never really thought about dying old or young, and while I do hope I live to a decent age, and I get to accomplish certain goals first, no one really knows how long they'll live and that's kind of what makes life so special in the first place.

You just have to make the most of what time you do have, and make the most of the people while they're there.

I tell myself that over and over, but it still hurts and that slightly cold dread still creeps over me. I suppose that's a normal feeling, too.

This is the price we pay for love, and it's well worth the price.

I'll see you later, Grandma, however later that is, and be sure to give Dad and Grandpa extra hugs and kisses for me.


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Tallis Hugs Kyla PIP
By far, Tallis's noblest trait is his treatment of women.

He's very chivalrous, without any chauvinism, and one of the surefire ways to get on his bad side in a snap is mistreatment of a woman. On the other hand, he's wise enough to know when a woman is a jerk by herself and when a situation is her fault. As you saw from my previous images, he truly adores his nieces, he's 100% faithful to his wife (infidelity never once crossed his mind, despite all the women trying to put the moves on him), and he will scold Tyrell for fooling around with girls, though his ways of actual discipline are still weak.

Besides his utter devotion to his wife, he's also utterly devoted to Kyla...as a sibling, of course. Having lost his only biological sister long ago, Kyla will never replace her but Tallis is still happy about having somebody to call "sister" after all. Contrary to his wife, he doesn't care one jot about where Kyla came from; he pays no mind to where they stand on the social ladder.

The one and only time he lost his temper with Ann, with top-volume shouting and everything, was when she did something to Kyla that was quite cruel, even for her:


What's more, it was his idea to have Romulus marry her in the first place. Well, Romulus and Kyla had struggled with each other's true feelings for some time, and Romulus was determined to keep their relationship strictly platonic, but Tallis was the one to give them that "nudge." He was the one to actually vocalize the idea of a wedding and he was truly elated at the results:





Years later, Romulus and Kyla both agree that was the best thing Tallis could have done for either of them. At last, Romulus had something to make him truly happy (given how unhappy his childhood had been), and the gesture was especially meaningful to Kyla because she was the only one left in her family, and she never had a sibling before.

Now she has a husband, three lovely children of her own, a handful of nephews, and two siblings.

Despite all the grief Ann gives her (and Tyrell, too), Kyla can't say she regrets having Tallis in her life. They almost never bother with the "in-law" part, and on the few occasions when they get into a quarrel, Kyla has to admit afterward, "This just means I really am part of the family now. Now I know what it's really like to have a brother."

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The King's Nephew PIP
My first time showing Tallis interacting with Ren, but yes, they get along well, too. Ann's relationship with the boy is neutral; most of the time, they simply let each other be.

Ren's the kind of kid that just naturally fits in with everybody. He's got a little more of that "cool factor" than Reid's got, and he's quite easygoing.

Even Tyrell can't pick on him that much. Sometimes he'll even "invite" Ren to hang out with him now and then, but Ren has made it clear his interest in joining Tyrell's crowd is nil.

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Tracy Hugging Tallis PIP
Some of you may have seen this picture before, and now it's just been cleaned up a bit.

I don't show Tallis interacting that much with his nieces or nephew, but you can bet he loves them something fierce. All three of them will agree in a heartbeat that, while he may not be a great king (or even a great father), he is a wonderful uncle. And they're much more drawn to him than they're drawn to their aunt, for rather glaring reasons.

His relationship with Tracy is especially noteworthy. They may not be quite like Reid and Romulus but there's still something special between them. For one thing, Tallis was over the moon about having someone to call him "Uncle" for the first time, and Tracy takes after her father in many ways, which (ironically) is one of the reasons she and Aunt Ann don't get along so well. Tallis could always tell the girl was a spitting image of his dear brother, while retaining her own beautifully unique character, and that's good enough for him.

For another thing, Tracy was the first girl born into the Lactantius family after the heartbreaking death of Tallis and Romulus's baby sister, Marena. Kyla and Ann filled in those empty female roles rather nicely, but to have a young girl underfoot again was a real healing balm. Even better, that young girl got to grow up to be a very fine young woman.

Since Tallis never had any daughters of his own, his nieces became the next best thing. So his heart just couldn't help but reach out to Tracy and Opal, and Reid sometimes got a little jealous that his dad paid more attention to the girls than to him. Even Ren got noticed more because Tallis had a bit more in common with him and could connect with him a bit better.

Tallis might not have had his priorities in the right order, but at the very least, his heart was in the right place.

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It’s over. Grandma died about an hour ago. She is finally free of her pain and misery, and she has reunited with my grandpa and my dad once more. So I’m both sad and relieved.

Terence's birthday is this week (and mine next week)! What unicorn movie should I watch? 

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You are, without a doubt, one of the best dA artists around and with even less of a doubt, the best friend on dA anyone could ask for!
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I just have to say your art is amazing and I'm glad you're one of my watchers. Didn't realize that until I decided to see who watches me. I feel special. <3
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[link] Mandi loves Mel and Terence! Happy Birthdays!!!!!
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unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you kindly! :D
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You're welcome
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unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Much obliged! :glomp:
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Nuwame Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2019
Happy Birthday Mel, hope it's a good one, :cake:, :party:, and :airborne:
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unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It really was, all things considered. I made the most of it, anyway.
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Good I'm glad and that is all you can do.
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unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm actually dealing with the loss of my grandpa better than I thought I would. Maybe it was because I knew this was coming for a while and I know he's not hurting anymore and he has joined up with my dad on the other side.

Mom, on the other hand, is struggling rather badly.
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Happy Birthday! I hope you are having a wonderful birthday and I hope there is lots of delicious cake! :hug:
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The cake was about as chocolatey and fudgy as you could get. It was perfect! :D
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