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Hello ladies and gentlemen, fillies and gentlecolts (you'll see later why I used these last two words).


Accounts & Promotions



First off, I have now a Twitter account: twitter.com/rivers_melodie
where I post not only announcements of my art, but also promote the art of many artists from DA. 

I also created a Wattpad account here: www.wattpad.com/user/riversmel…;
where I have posted, and will continue to post my stories.

If you like my work, it will mean alot to me if you would support me there. And on Wattpad, artwork is judged and promoted by the number of stars that it has; so again, if you like my work, it would mean alot if you could star a stor(ies) of your choice there. :heart:

I also have a website: Elysian Mark
where PDF versions of my stories, and high-definition versions of my pictures, will soon be available freely for download, under Creative Commons copyright. I'll keep you posted both here and on Twitter when this will be available. 

Also, I will post inteviews and promotions for any artist whose art represent the idea behind Elysian Mark. If you agree with the Elysian Mark belief, and wish to be promoted, or if you believe an artist here should deserve promotion, please reply hee or send me a Note. I'll be glad to consider your request. :heart:

Speaking of promotions, I wish to direct your attention to these two very talented artists, :iconcharcoalfeather:  and :iconcalmality:

:iconcharcoalfeather: is a drawer and author of a very thought-provoking, mildly politic, and sweet graphic novel about a simple family trying to get through hard life. You can find the entire stories here and in her Tumblr account (more details in her Gallery): charcoalfeather.deviantart.com…
I have myself not completely finished it, but from what I have read, it is a simple amazing story.

:iconcalmality: is an illustrator and writer, and she has published three beautiful children books with acclaimed reviews. You can visit her website here: www.farynhughes.com/
Her first two books are available here:

Bubba Heard A Mouse: www.amazon.com/Bubba-Heard-Mou…

Penelope's Pizza: www.amazon.com/Penelopes-Perfe…  &  www.barnesandnoble.com/w/penel…

And her newly released third book, The Boy Who Answered, can be found at her website, and if you are one of the first hundred buyers, you will receive a first-edition version of her book. See her Journal for more details:

New Books!After waiting years to announce this, I'm proud to say the first children’s book I ever worked on is finally published. I started The Boy Who Answered in 2011 when I was just a sophomore in college and even though I’ve grown a lot as an artist since this project was completed, I am still immensely proud of it. It’s a story of a young boy on a journey away from home who learns to push, give, and answer whenever it is asked of him. I can’t wait to share this beautiful, philosophical fable- written by the incredibly talented Hamilton Chu- with everyone who has been so supportive of my career thus far!
I have 100 first-edition copies available. They are jacket-wrapped, canvas hardcover at $23 each, shipping included (U.S). Please message me here or on my Website if you’re interested!
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In addition, the book that I worked on over this past


And don't forget to take a look at my good friend :iconaura-dawn: first children book, Don't Step On A Yellow Oak Leaf, available at Amazon:

www.amazon.ca/Dont-Step-Yellow…

Its a wonderful moral story, with incredible 3D illustrations that not only the children, but also the parents will be marveled by.



Literature


The Arkesyyan Chronicles - Short Story Compilation


I'm very soon ready to publish my first book, which will be a short story collection comprising these following stories:


The Arkesyyan Chronicles refers to my fictional historical chronicle that encompass all the major events and worlds relating to the fictional world of my novel series The Shadow Paradigm. So it will be sort of an interlude before my novel's timeline.
Since English is not my native language though, I would need some help with the grammar checking and editing of the short stories mentioned above; so I would greatly appreciate if any of you would have free time and be willing to help me out. :heart:


The Shadow Paradigm - Doomsday


The famous novel that I keep talking about. :)  Well, I am proud to say that you can already start to read the first 22 chapters starting from here:

The Shadow Paradigm: Doomsday - Prelude


Jerusalem
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August 7, 1099 A.D.








The sun was setting behind the glowing Dome of the Rock, its dusky orange light combined with the intense gleam of the gold tiles suffusing the monument's entranceway. An old, cracked wooden table sat in that light, making it the perfect place for reading maps (like the one laying on the said table, showing the Near East territories) and letters such as the one it now held. The seal holding the letter shut had already been broken open, which only its intended recipient would dare to do, considering it was the seal of the greatest power on Earth: the Roman Catholic Church. The man to whom it was addressed was still smiling broadly, almost giggling to himself as he read once again the Decree contained on the parchment; even after an hundred readings, it still made him feel giddy.
"By the power vested in us


Complete list: 

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I am really looking forward to your thoughts about my novel, for its a 10 year old work in progress, and I would really like to know how you guys like it. :)


Finally… Drawing!


So, about a week ago, I became tired of seeing so many amazing animes, and seeing that its something I could definitively do in the future... and not knowing how to draw. The daunting prospect of going through all the training was terrifying for a newbie like me, so I started thinking. My drawing goals is not to draw realistically... at least, not for the near future. I don't want to do portraits or realist work. I just want to be good enough at drawing to draw the relatively simple-looking anime characters in Last Exile, Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood, Attack on Titan, etc. And... it hit me. I could actually start by trying to draw a scene, or a character. I would need to start simple, of course, but as I draw harder and more complex characters and details, I will learn all the necessities such as proportions, details, etc. And I do mean drawing from a scene, trying to copy eyes-to-hand a scene to paper, not just cheating and calquing a paper on top of a screen and copy directly the lines. Beside, I wouldn't have been able, the image of my tablet can't pass through a simple Letter paper.

So, all I needed was to find a simple enough yet relatively challenging template to start my learning. I needed something simpler than human beings, but more complex than objects. 
And... I'm unfortunately a relative fan of My Little Pony. I'm afraid the fault lies in the stubborness of my brother to watch it, and in the presence of the actor of our favourite Star Trek character, Q's John de Lancie. 
But, such an unfortunate liking of the show resulted in my finding an absolutely perfect template to start drawing. The ponies are simple to draw by themselves, but proportions can be tricky to get right, so its a perfect learning tool to proportions. And as if it wasn't enough, Ponyville's fashion designer Rarity has fabulous clothings for her friends, and such delicate yet complex clothings gives me the perfect template for learning to draw details.
And the style is not unlike anime, so I'm basically learning to draw everything that I'll need to become an anime artist in the future. :D
And after I'm done with ponies and zebra and dragon... and Discord... I am moving to try and draw Last Exile characters and style… most probably Dio Eraclea and Captain Alex Rowe as my first tests. ;) 

So, all in all, without further ado, I would like to proudly, yet nervously, present to you my very first seven drawings from My Little Pony (in order of creation), all done in the last week (about two per days, in some days); I am quite aware they are not perfect, and you can click on them to see in their descriptions what I found wrong or flawed, but I really enjoyed drawing them and I am proud of certain things, so I hope you agree so too. As for you many awesome guys who have already seen them, thank you for your kindness and generousity, and most of all your support.

 Fluttershy by clara-01  Rainbow Dash by clara-01  
 Rarity by clara-01  Twilight Sparkle by clara-01  
 Applejack by clara-01  Pinkie Pie by clara-01

        Rarity Gala by clara-01





And that is about everything I needed to say for the beginning of 2017. I'm looking forward to yet another great year here on DA, getting better at literature, perhaps finally finishing my novel and finally publishing my first book, finally putting my hooves down at drawing, and most of all, spending time with all my friends and getting to know new ones.

Have a great day, you'all!!

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Hello friends and watchers. I know I have been completely offline for about a whole month, and I'm sorry, but my holiday didn't let me have one single instant on the Internet to do properly anything... :( :(

Anyho, I am now officially back, and later today or tomorrow I'll write another Journal to promote some things, both mine and others, as well as start posting new stuff that I was working on during the holiday.

:iconsteve-c2:, :icondhheiii:, :iconcurvy-tribal:, :iconaura-dawn: and :iconstarfall-glow:, I'm sorry for taking so long to reply to all of you, I just never got a chance to. Not to mention that last week, when I did succeeded to copy your messages offline and reply to them offline in my tablet, the said idiotic tablet deleted for some idiotic reason my text file, and I lost all replies, yours and mine... :( :(
So, I should be able to reply later this day, or tomorrow. :)

See you guys later!

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Samantha Silver SkieSwanne
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I am a Canadian writer on the verge of publishing an anthology of sci-fi and fantasy short stories, and a trilogy sci-fi novel.

These stories and books will be free, open-source, and free of all copyright. The only thing I ask is that you credit me if you do share and copy my works, and that no modifications is done to the stories.

A big fan of Tolkien, Asimov, and Doctor Who, I try to make my stories as hopeful and light as possible, with always a spot of light shining through the growing darkness. I believe the world needs to hope again, and I hope I can help spread those naive and foolish hopes and dreams of mine.

Beside being a writer, I am also slowly learning photo-manipulation.

Now on Twitter! Follow me for news and update: mobile.twitter.com/rivers_melo…
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Steve-C2 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2017
Hello!

I finished reading Nightfall recently and wanted to share it with you.  The premise of the book is that there is a planet that never sees darkness because there are 6 suns.  The old religious books say that there is a "Year of Godliness" in which there is absolute darkness for a day and even the stars come out, and religious leaders make statements that the day is coming, and even announce when it will be.  

Separately, the scientific community notices some aberrations in the movement of the planet and find that there are some things that can't be explained about their planet's orbit unless there's something else out there.  Through some research they realize there's another planet out there.  Side note - they realize that the second planet will pass along the orbit of the first, and cause an eclipse on the day when the planet only has one sun shining.  Guess when they realize this will be?

That aside.

I stumbled across this online today.  It was talking about how some planets in the solar system have some interesting features that couldn't be explained unless - you guessed it - there was another force that we didn't see.  Here's the article.
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clara-01 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Hello again! I'm saying "again", because I already wrote that a week ago... until my tablet bugged and deleted the text file... :( :(

Anyho...

The book you mention sounds very interesting, and sort of familiar. I'm sure I saw the title somewhere... But the story itself sounds very intriguing, I'll put it on my reading list.

As for Planet X, and the theories surrounding it, I'm quite familiar with it, for in the conspiracy circles its called either Planet 9 or Nibiru, and was infamously dreaded as the bringer of the End of the World the 21 December 2012...  Eye Roll   We both know how that turned out... :D :lol:

Now, for its real identity... I'm lukewarm about it. Obviously, I don't think its Nibiru, nor does the "Annunaki" live on it... :D :D
The hypothetical existence of Planet X exists since 1894; and since then, they haven't once succeeded to prove its existence. Most of the quirks in the planets' orbits and axis have been successfully proven by either the presence of new satellites, asteroids of the Kuiper Belt, or dwarf planets such as Eris and Sedna.

Finally, most of the leftovers quirks were also proven to be the result of Lagrangian Points (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lagrangi…)

Now, its true that there is the mystery of the Kuiper Cliff, which is a complete (or almost) lack of 100 Km radius objects after 50 AU, right after the Kuiper Belt. Scientists are not sure what caused it, and there is one University that proposed it was a result of a Earth-mass planet, but others also believe that its a natural drop-out, since the Sun's gravitational attraction is too far to attract objects. After all, space is big... really big. And it stands to reason that without a big enough gravitational attraction, the space objects are more spaced between one another than in the Kuiper Belt and the Solar System.

So, I honestly am lukewarm about that news. If they finally find it, great, if not, its not a huge shock. :D  One thing's for sure... there ain't weirdo gorgeous blond haired blue eyed 12 feet tall aliens on it. :D :D

How have you been the last month? Are things allright back home? (if you don't mind me asking)
And finally, were you able to take a look at my novel?

BTW, I think you'll be happy to know that my Crusade story put me into the final finalists list for the last Round of the Writing contest!!! Now, I have to write... comedy!!!! NO!!!!! What in the world am I supposed to write?! I can't do comedy!! :crying:
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LittleAmeba Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the llama! Have a nice day :D
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clara-01 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
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HopeCvon Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
:icontightllamahug: Thanks love!
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clara-01 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome! :heart:
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Steve-C2 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2016
I finished reading Azazel.  You were right, it was funny.

I'm currently reading The Ugly Little Boy  I'm getting feels from it - feels, I say! - before page 28.  Lovely book.

Both being added to my wish list. :)
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clara-01 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Oops... I cannot honestly remember what was Azazel. :D  So many things happened in the last few months, I sort of lost track with what I suggested to people. :D

Not to mention you got me hooked to watch more animes... :(  I finished Fullmetal Alchemist Bortherhood, which was simply awesome (even the villains had depths; I seriously can't help but cringe nowadays when I see Western villains... they're so rubbish in comparison).

But good for you. :)
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Steve-C2 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2016
Azazel was something that you suggested some time ago and I saw it; if I recall you said it was pretty funny.  It's about a person who has a small creature - either a demon or an interdimensional creature - who will do favors for his friends, but not for him, and when he does favors the results are quite unexpected.  The demon thing had me scratching my head so I put it off until recently, didn't realize just how funny it could be.

It's such a shame that I haven't seen Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood.  I might put it on my "just going to get the DVD" list. :D
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clara-01 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Damn... It rings a bell, but I honestly just can't remember the story... How can I forget a story?! I never forget stories... :( :( :(

I wasn't sure that I should suggest Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood, since it had some... un-Christian themes at some points, with homunculus, beings representative of the Deadly Sins, with a God that isn't quite what we Westerner think of, and with in some moments, with rather... violent and bloody scenes (well, about 80% less violent and bloody than Quentin Tarantino's movies; lets say its about 25% more than Soul Eater). But otherwise, if it wouldn't bother you, I would wholeheartedly recommend it, its simply amazing. The characters development, especially on the side of the villains, which not many shows or movies do, the storyline. Its really in-between Last Exile and Soul Eater, with then its own style. 
And the comedic moments help very much to lighten the mood. The character Alex Armstrong (you'll easily recognize him, its the really tall and big guy with one single blond hair strand, and a big mustache) is quite the clown; and he particularly enjoys taking off his shirt and show-off his muscles... during really awkward times. :D :D  
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