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:bulletred: :bulletred: :bulletred: is GONE to the RACES! :bulletred: :bulletred: :bulletred:

:bulletgreen:The T-shirt with Tanita's picture on it was won by loyal reader :iconrureddyjoe86:, congratulations Joe!

:bulletblue:Quote of the week: "Here kitty, kitty, kitty!" - Tony Stewart, chasing down Kevin Harvick for the lead in the Allstate 400 (NASCAR) race.

Thanks for visiting! If you didn't find what you were looking for, just ask below on the right. Perhaps one of the cats has it.

Tanita the Kentauride

:bulletblue: The cover artwork for my book, "The Kentauride," now available on the Amazon Kindle Store www.amazon.com/dp/B00CLDQ92W.
Artwork by Ileana Hunter, cover layout and composition by Guylaine Régimbald:
The Kentauride by IleanaHunter

:bulletblue: This is the original by Ileana Hunter, the artwork she created for the book:
Tanita by IleanaHunter

:bulletblue: A closer look, I love the emotion in her eyes, and these scans really do not do the original justice:
Tanita - detail by IleanaHunter
Ileana has agreed to do the artwork for "The Centaur" as well. Keep an eye out for it in the next couple of months.

Some of my Favorite Quotes

:bulletgreen: "Never underestimate the bandwidth of a station wagon full of mag tapes hurtling down the highway." - Andrew S. Tanenbaum

:bulletblack: "Authors from whom others steal should not complain, but rejoice. Where there is no game there are no poachers." - Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

:bulletblack: "Don’t expect, in fact, to make more than you would have made from flipping burgers part-time for the same number of hours of work for your first novel." - Holly Lisle

:bulletblack: "Every human being is entitled to courtesy and consideration. Constructive criticism is not only to be expected but sought." - Margaret Chase Smith

:bulletblack: “If you can change your mind, you can change your life.” - William James

:bulletblack: "There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs." - John Rogers

:bulletblack:"Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it's worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains." - Steve Jobs

:bulletblack: "A person is a fool to become a writer. His only compensation is absolute freedom. " - Roald Dahl

:bulletblack:"Alas, all too often, Enzos end up illustrating what happens when too much money, too much car, and too little talent arrive at the same place at the same time." - Mike Sheehan

:bulletblack:"If one cannot state a matter clearly enough so that even an intelligent twelve-year-old can understand it, one should remain within the cloistered walls of the university and laboratory until one gets a better grasp of one's subject matter." - Margaret Mead

:bulletblack:"We are stuck with technology when what we really want is just stuff that works." - Douglas Adams

:bulletblack:"There are many intelligent species in the universe. They are all owned by cats." - Anonymous

:bulletblack:"Ford," he said, "you're turning into a penguin. Stop it." - Douglas Adams (from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy)

:bulletblack:"[He] died of a lethal overdose of brick wall, taken while under the influence of a Ferrari and a bottle of tequila." Douglas Adams (from The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul, 1988)

:bulletblack:"Of all God's creatures there is only one that cannot be made the slave of the leash. That one is the cat. If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve man, but it would deteriorate the cat." - Mark Twain Notebook, 1894

:bulletblack:"Porsches are like children, you won't truly understand until you have had one." - Nicole Galarneau

:bulletblack:"There is, incidentally, no way of talking about cats that enables one to come off as a sane person." - Dan Greenberg

:bulletblack:"Committees are, by nature, timid. They are based on the premise of safety in numbers; content to survive inconspicuously, rather than take risks and move independently ahead. Without independence, without the freedom for new ideas to be tried, to fail, and to ultimately succeed, the world will not move ahead, but rather live in fear of it's own potential" - Ferdinand Anton Ernst Porsche

:bulletblack:"Be thankful for problems. If they were less difficult, someone with less ability might have your job." - James A. Lovell

:bulletblack: "Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great." - Mark Twain

:bulletblack:"Yes, it was an act of God. But which God?" - Douglas Adams

:bulletblack: "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness." - Mark Twain

:bulletblack:“The surest way to kill a man is to pay him to do nothing.” - Félix Leclerc

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:bulletgreen: :bulletgreen: :bulletgreen: :bulletgreen: U P D A T E June 29th :bulletgreen: :bulletgreen: :bulletgreen: :bulletgreen:
I'm back, and noticed that we got our first positive review on Amazon.com, awesome!
I went to a funeral in Montreal :-( and slept at my mom's, and happened to snap this pic of her wearing a Tanita t-shirt :-) 
Mom by 914four
Maybe some day I can convince her to write a review...
Note: There is still a chance to win one of these shirts (2XL) with the impossible car quiz elsewhere in my journals.

:bulletgreen: :bulletgreen: :bulletgreen: :bulletgreen: U P D A T E June 24th :bulletgreen: :bulletgreen: :bulletgreen: :bulletgreen:

Cover art for The Centaur by 914four Available at: www.amazon.com/Centaur-Kentaur…

:bulletgreen: :bulletgreen: :bulletgreen: :bulletgreen: U P D A T E June 23rd :bulletgreen: :bulletgreen: :bulletgreen: :bulletgreen:
Good news, the folks at Library and Archives Canada CISS beat their stated mandate of a three day turnaround by two and a half days. I wrote my new password down so this doesn't happen again! :-)
Screen Shot 2014-06-23 at 11.03.59 PM by 914four
Amazon says 12 to 48 hours to release!
Thank you, everyone, for your patience.

:bulletgreen: :bulletgreen: :bulletgreen: :bulletgreen: U P D A T E June 23rd :bulletgreen: :bulletgreen: :bulletgreen: :bulletgreen:
Oh yeah, since 20% of you refused to answer, the overwhelming majority (20%) recommended that the book be priced at $3.99; who am I to blow against the wind? :D

:bulletgreen: :bulletgreen: :bulletgreen: :bulletgreen: U P D A T E June 23rd :bulletgreen: :bulletgreen: :bulletgreen: :bulletgreen:
I guess someone didn't like the first book, every positive review on Amazon.com has had a "not useful" tagged to it except for one. If any of you know who that was, please let them know they missed one. ("The Kentauride" was offered for $0 this weekend, and exactly 178 copies were "sold" worldwide, bringing the total to about 1400 copies in all. We also made it into the "top 100 free" books on Saturday)

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For those of you who logged onto Amazon on Saturday morning expecting to find "The Centaur" for sale, I sincerely apologize. If it's any consolation, I too, was desperately anxious to see the book there on time. Unfortunately, a series of incidents cascaded and we are currently stuck at the "submission" stage.
KDP Screen Shot by 914four
I won't bore you with the gory details, but suffice to say that the last week has been "interesting" (Old Chinese curse: May you live in interesting times). The major events include a death in the family, my five-year-old finding a thriving wasps nest in the back yard, and lastly and probably most relevant here, I must have messed up my password because I got locked out of the CISS web portal. Since the 24th is a major holiday in Quebec, I am not likely to hear back from them until the 25th, and I need that access to retrieve the ISBN number for the book. So for now, it seems like the earliest release date is probably the 26th, as the Kindle folks take a day or two before they will release the eBook. Since I have to attend a funeral in Montreal on the 26th, I am hoping that everything will fall into place before I have to leave and it will go live without my intervention.
So once again, I apologize profusely if I spoiled your weekend in any way, and thank you for understanding.

As an aside, he was stung four times, but two of the stings caused massive infections (golf-ball sized) and he had to be taken to emergency, and is now receiving serious antibiotics four times a day (40 doses in all, the pharmacist phoned the doctor about the size of the dose). I knew that some people are allergic to wasp or bee stings, but he was fine the day it happened, it was only the following day that he began to swell up. I'd never heard of a wasp sting becoming infected, but I thought I should warn all of you to be careful of wasps.
  • Mood: Joy
  • Listening to: Shaka Rock by Jet
  • Reading: legal documents
  • Watching: Amazon.com
  • Drinking: Microbrewery Root Beer

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Martin
Artist | Hobbyist | Varied
Canada
"I don't have all the answers, but I certainly have a lot of questions." - me

Current Residence: :flagcanada: Canada, eh?
Why am I here? I joined :devart: because it kept coming up in Google searches for the words "Centaur" and "Kentauride." Since I'm currently in the process of writing a trilogy that features a young Kentauride in a modern setting, this seemed to be the place to hang out. :typerhappy:
Fortune by 914four

The first book in the series is available at Amazon in Kindle form, with a printed version expected late summer 2014.
Book two is scheduled for June 21, 2014.

Tanita and Tanus, both Centaurs, are my OCs, as are Mark, David and Chloe who are all "normal," meaning that they buy shoes one pair at a time...

I'm also an avid transportation fanatic, do motorsports photography :firelite-photo:, ferroequinology photography, some basic photography (animals and landscapes mostly) and some freehand sketching on occasion. All of my submissions have ratings, some are free for you to do as you please with, others I'd rather not be used for commercial purposes because they may have trademarks or such that I cannot grant you rights for:skull:, and lastly some are personal and are shared simply because someone asked:idea:. I would respectfully request that you heed the rating as they are posted for each submission; just because one image is free for you to use doesn't mean that all are. I have several hundred thousand images stored on UDO and DDS media. Unfortunately the database linking to these images was lost due to bit rot (data corruption), so it is not a simple task to find anything; if I have promised to find an image for you, please be patient, as it can be very time consuming and I do have a day job. Lastly, I do not Photoshop any of my images, what you see is what I shot, unless otherwise indicated. Thanks. :-)

I am very open to comments and critiques, and encourage constructive criticism. If you didn't like it, tell me why, and I'll try and do better next time. I make every attempt to be fair and constructive in my comments, I appreciate it when others to do the same. I tend to use a lot of quotes in my posts, I collect quotes and use them liberally.

Also, if I should die, please do not let my wife sell my diecast or model train collections for what she thinks I paid for them.

Operating System: OSX, Solaris 10, Mint Linux, WinXP
MP3 player of choice: antique iPod, sometimes my MacBook Pro
Shell of choice: Bourne (or BASH)
Wallpaper of choice: It would take too much room to explain... =p
Skin of choice: Pirelli P-Zero... wait, is that skin or skins?
Favourite cartoon character: Rubine, also Taarna (from the original Heavy Metal)
Dumbest thing I can remember doing: Getting completely airborne in an '87 VW Fox
Smartest thing I can remember doing: Convincing my then girlfriend to move in with me
Strangest thing I can remember doing: Reading the entire "Mission Earth" series by L. Ron Hubbard.
Greatest accomplishment: My son
Personal Quote: You should never attempt to teach a pig to sing. It wastes your time and it annoys the pig.
Iconoclasm: I've thought of myself as an iconoclast ever since I first looked up the definition, some time ago. When I say iconoclast, I mean it in the nonconformist way, not one who destroys church property. I've always challenged the status quo, and nothing annoys me more than "That's the way we've always done it," with the possible exception of "That's not my job."
The boss: Intense by 914four
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Leothomas1 Featured By Owner 2 days ago
I remember as a kid growing up here in Florida having encounters with wasps a lot. One thing I learned was wearing bright colored clothing particularly bright reds and oranges seem to attract them to you especially if they are disturbed. So when outside during the wasp and bee season avoid those colors.
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914four Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Interesting, I know that the hummingbirds are really attracted to red, I almost swatted one the other day when it came up to my shoulder (I was wearing a red t-shirt, and I thought it was a horse fly; usually they won't come anywhere near us).  I'll have to keep an eye out for wasps. There was a an all-black wasp trying to get into the decoy nest I hung up on our front porch the other day; not sure if it was lost or trying to pick a fight :-)
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SharkHarrington Featured By Owner 3 days ago   Photographer
Did you attend the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix at Mosport?  
I'm waking up to the re-broadcast this morning.  :lolly:

~Shark 8-)
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914four Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
We were there, but missed the actual race.
DNF by 914four
You are lucky, Bell dropped SPEED when it became Fox Sports, so no replay available for me :-( The SCCA race on Saturday made it worth the trip though, some real racing action. Will upload some pics soon, including GT3 cup race and the Lambo track day...
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SharkHarrington Featured By Owner 2 days ago   Photographer
Bummer!  That's just bad luck, plain and simple.  I imagine it will be a long time before you will get another opportunity to see some good sportscar action again.  

The SCCA National Championship Runoffs are coming to Laguna Seca in October.  Lucky for me again.  I think that event travels to different tracks each year, right?
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914four Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Such is life when you drive a 37 year old truck :-) It does as far as I know. I can still drive up to Calabogie, and Tremblant is barely five hours away :-)
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Starfox2o12 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014
Thanks for the fave and watch.
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914four Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I am remiss, I thought I had been watching you already!
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Starfox2o12 Featured By Owner 5 days ago
Oh, haha, no worries. It is quite alright. Thanks for the watch. ^v^
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DarkGoddessofAgony Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Student Writer
Thank you for the favourite! <3
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