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Tanita the Kentauride

Don't disturb by 914four


: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: "The next best thing to being clever is being able to quote someone who is." - Mary Pettibone Poole

:bulletblack: "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:"It's what non-car people don't get. They see all cars as just tonne-and-a-half, two-tonnes of wires, glass, metal and rubber. That's all they see. People like you or I know, we have an unshakable belief that cars are living entities. You can develop a relationship with a car. And that's just what non-car people don't get." -Jeremy Clarkson

:bulletblack:"When you see the tree you're about to hit, it's called understeer. When you can only hear and feel it, it's oversteer." - Walter Rohrl

: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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WC 70 Tonner by 914four
WC 70 Tonner
Speaking of BCRail, here is a picture of Waterloo Central 1556, a GE 70 tonner built in 1950 as Pacific Great Eastern Railway #556 (the PGE became BCR in 1972). It is in regular active service pulling passenger excursions on the Waterloo Spur. Tickets and schedule can be found here: waterloocentralrailway.com/
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Continental drift by 914four
Continental drift
OK, maybe not the right title, but it was all I could come up with; they do move occasionally! I promised someone this pic a while back, but I forgot who. This was taken this summer at an undisclosed location along highway 7. :-)
UPDATE July 10, 2015, dateline the Tim Hortons in Madoc, Ontario: Drove by earlier and the three cars are definitely gone, as is everything except an old MOW-orange van. I thing the owner either moved or moved on, we can only hope that these timeless classics were sent to a good home.
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CP 3901 by 914four
CP 3901
BC Rail GE B39-8E (actually an Atlas Dash 8-40B) repaint is Canadian Pacific 3901, a fictitious engine as to my knowledge it is currently owned and operated by Canadian National. Here it is hauling a military special to the tank school in Shilo Manitoba for some scheduled "training" (pun intended :-) ). I did not paint this engine, I just wanted a Dash 8B to take apart and determine its potential for kitbashing into an MLW M420, and got it on the cheap on eBay. It looks pretty sharp though, I may just leave it like this.
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CP 9125 by 914four
CP 9125
An N Scale Kato SD90/43MAC, Canadian Pacific #9125 helps with a consist of auto parts on its way to the GM plant in Oshawa Ontario.
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CR #9122 by 914four
CR #9122
An N Scale Kato SD90/43MAC, Canadian Pacific #9122 leads a consist of auto parts to the GM plant in Oshawa Ontario.
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CP 9138 by 914four
CP 9138
An N Scale Kato SD90/43MAC, Canadian Pacific #9138 is the third unit bringing a consist of auto parts to the GM plant in Oshawa Ontario.
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CPRail-SD90s by 914four
CPRail-SD90s
For :iconstarfox2o12:, a lashup of my three Kato N Scale SD90/43MACs.
Leading is Canadian Pacific #9122, followed by 9125, with 9138 bringing up the rear. I have individual pictures to post as well. An interesting feature of these 1:160 scale marvels is that they have working ditchlights
A pair of these enormous behemoths appeared in the as yet unreleased third book of "The Kentauride," but I had to edit them out as they are no longer rostered by CP, and I don't want to mess with the timeline. I think I replaced them with GE EVOs, but they aren't as long which makes the scene just a bit less impressive IMHO. Maybe I can be coerced into uploading it and you can judge for yourself :-)
See: CR #9122 by 914four, CP 9125 by 914four, and CP 9138 by 914four

Incidentally, those articulated cars in the background are Athearn N scale automobile carriers. There was a big fuss made over some of these cars being stored at the Beech Grove Amtrak facility (Amtrak uses them as part of their AutoTrain service) a few years ago. Someone took video of them claiming that they were actually designed as prison cars to carry political prisoners, and that the Beech Grove facility was being converted into a concentration camp. This prompted me to consider what other uses could be found for these giant cars, of which I have several undecorated examples. I'd originally had the idea of painting them in Southern Pacific Daylight colours (the Morning Daylight had articulated passenger cars) as part of a "what if" scenario of the SP still running passenger trains and offering automobile services. Another idea was for sneaking those huge propeller blades into areas where people are opposed to windmills. Then I got to thinking, what about a bowling alley, or even a skateboard park? And since they're bi-level, maybe condos or mobile motels for major events? Imagine a few dozen of these puppies parked outside Martinsville or Daytona the week of a race. :D
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So I’ve been somewhat out of touch lately, catching up on a few notes here and there and posting stuff that has been in my STASH for way too long, but not as present as I would normally like to be. This is mainly the fallout of a significant project I’ve been working on as part of my day job, the one that pays my bills and allows me to write in my spare time. As a result, I’ve been working long, twelve-hour-plus days and most weekends, including holidays (like Victoria Day and Canada Day) and barely keeping up with my family obligations, much less my dA stuff.
Back in December, my little sister came to live with us with her four children (aged 2 to 8) for six months, and we’ve been trying to get the household back to a semblance of normal since their departure. Having extra people in the house overloaded our water filtration systems, and we have had to replace most of them, as well as the furnace that died in January and the clothes dryer that died in December. Add to this my mother-in-law being hospitalized (she’s fine now, but we were worried for while), more family visiting, and a few other minor disasters that shall remain nameless, and you could quite easily conclude that I have been, as the old Chinese curse goes, living in interesting times. Being one of those writers who will never settle for ten words when one-hundred will suffice, all this was to say that various distractions and calamities have made the odds of “The Dragon” being published in September about on par with Milli Vanilli making a massive comeback and winning their Grammy back. The good news is that my techno-muse*, Dan, is currently in Ottawa for the week, visiting various friends that have made the big move away from Montreal. This weekend, we are going to the-track-formerly-known-as-Mosport for the only Canadian TUDOR championship event, and I am hoping that he will help me sort the wheat** from the chaff and get me back on track. Will it be ready for November? Doubtful. But hey, stranger things have happened, and I usually write 15 to 20 k words during the three day weekend, assuming the beer is cold and they don’t fill the intermissions with too much interesting stuff that begs to be photographed.
Dan’s challenge will be to extract the good ideas from the literally hundreds of short one-to-two paragraph subplots and digressions I’ve managed to accumulate over the past year. Ether there needs to be some serious editing (not that I haven’t used the scythe on the manuscript a few times already) or this may turn out to be a five-book-trilogy (there is precedence for such a thing, but I digress). In any case, your humble servant is still hard at work and is doing what he can to finish the series. I could tell you that someone will die in book three, but that might spoil the suspense and no one would read it, so I won’t.
As to people reading the books, the first two in the series had been doing reasonably OK for quite some time, not stellar, but at least 5-6 books a month (with a couple of peaks) since last year, and suddenly there hasn’t been a sale since early June. If you’ve read one of the books, a review on Amazon, Bookbub, Goodreads or any other site would be most appreciated, as apparently people actually do read them, and it would seem that volume of reviews actually plays some minor part in reader book selection. To make matters worse, “The Centaurhas fallen outside the infamous top one million on Amazon.com, which is a sure sign that no one has bought a copy in at least a month. This is the first time ever that one of my books has had a seven-digit ranking on Amazon, and it’s hit me quite a bit harder than I thought it would. Please excuse me while I collect myself. On that note, isn’t it just amazing where sleep-deprivation will take your thought processes? I think I need an alcoholic beverage…

Moving along to the international front, a recent CBC article bore the wildly sensationalist title, “One-third of American 8th graders think Canada is a dictatorship, report reveals.” I just wanted to reassure all my American friends that we are still actively planning to overthrow Mr. Harper in a National Coup, scheduled for October 19th, 2015, but we want it to be a surprise so please don’t tell him! All the anti-Justin adds are kinda making me want to vote for Trudeau.

Lastly, the reason most of you still come here I suspect, are the cats. Newton has gotten over my two-year-old nephew’s disappearance, but still isn’t quite his old self. In some ways, he’s matured and become a lot more aloof. Nikolai, on the other hand, has become much bolder and more people-friendly, and he’s no longer afraid to jump up on the table and steal an asparagus shoot when no one is looking, despite knowing he’ll get scolded for it. Fewer children in the house have meant fewer pieces of broccoli and such to scavenge off the floor for our vegetarian pussycat, so he has been improvising. On the other hand, he now knows how to ask for the laser pointer. Many cats get frustrated when their humans don’t understand what they’re saying, and simply give up on us, but Neko has made the leap to communicating with humans; perhaps Newton has been training him. As to Pixel, well, he’s still hiding under the bed…

*   Not to be confused with a techno-mage
** Sorry Jessica, I know you’re badly allergic
  • Mood: Shitty
  • Listening to: Speedball Tucker by Jim Croce
  • Reading: Endless proposal drafts
  • Drinking: coffee; lots of it
So I’ve been somewhat out of touch lately, catching up on a few notes here and there and posting stuff that has been in my STASH for way too long, but not as present as I would normally like to be. This is mainly the fallout of a significant project I’ve been working on as part of my day job, the one that pays my bills and allows me to write in my spare time. As a result, I’ve been working long, twelve-hour-plus days and most weekends, including holidays (like Victoria Day and Canada Day) and barely keeping up with my family obligations, much less my dA stuff.
Back in December, my little sister came to live with us with her four children (aged 2 to 8) for six months, and we’ve been trying to get the household back to a semblance of normal since their departure. Having extra people in the house overloaded our water filtration systems, and we have had to replace most of them, as well as the furnace that died in January and the clothes dryer that died in December. Add to this my mother-in-law being hospitalized (she’s fine now, but we were worried for while), more family visiting, and a few other minor disasters that shall remain nameless, and you could quite easily conclude that I have been, as the old Chinese curse goes, living in interesting times. Being one of those writers who will never settle for ten words when one-hundred will suffice, all this was to say that various distractions and calamities have made the odds of “The Dragon” being published in September about on par with Milli Vanilli making a massive comeback and winning their Grammy back. The good news is that my techno-muse*, Dan, is currently in Ottawa for the week, visiting various friends that have made the big move away from Montreal. This weekend, we are going to the-track-formerly-known-as-Mosport for the only Canadian TUDOR championship event, and I am hoping that he will help me sort the wheat** from the chaff and get me back on track. Will it be ready for November? Doubtful. But hey, stranger things have happened, and I usually write 15 to 20 k words during the three day weekend, assuming the beer is cold and they don’t fill the intermissions with too much interesting stuff that begs to be photographed.
Dan’s challenge will be to extract the good ideas from the literally hundreds of short one-to-two paragraph subplots and digressions I’ve managed to accumulate over the past year. Ether there needs to be some serious editing (not that I haven’t used the scythe on the manuscript a few times already) or this may turn out to be a five-book-trilogy (there is precedence for such a thing, but I digress). In any case, your humble servant is still hard at work and is doing what he can to finish the series. I could tell you that someone will die in book three, but that might spoil the suspense and no one would read it, so I won’t.
As to people reading the books, the first two in the series had been doing reasonably OK for quite some time, not stellar, but at least 5-6 books a month (with a couple of peaks) since last year, and suddenly there hasn’t been a sale since early June. If you’ve read one of the books, a review on Amazon, Bookbub, Goodreads or any other site would be most appreciated, as apparently people actually do read them, and it would seem that volume of reviews actually plays some minor part in reader book selection. To make matters worse, “The Centaurhas fallen outside the infamous top one million on Amazon.com, which is a sure sign that no one has bought a copy in at least a month. This is the first time ever that one of my books has had a seven-digit ranking on Amazon, and it’s hit me quite a bit harder than I thought it would. Please excuse me while I collect myself. On that note, isn’t it just amazing where sleep-deprivation will take your thought processes? I think I need an alcoholic beverage…

Moving along to the international front, a recent CBC article bore the wildly sensationalist title, “One-third of American 8th graders think Canada is a dictatorship, report reveals.” I just wanted to reassure all my American friends that we are still actively planning to overthrow Mr. Harper in a National Coup, scheduled for October 19th, 2015, but we want it to be a surprise so please don’t tell him! All the anti-Justin adds are kinda making me want to vote for Trudeau.

Lastly, the reason most of you still come here I suspect, are the cats. Newton has gotten over my two-year-old nephew’s disappearance, but still isn’t quite his old self. In some ways, he’s matured and become a lot more aloof. Nikolai, on the other hand, has become much bolder and more people-friendly, and he’s no longer afraid to jump up on the table and steal an asparagus shoot when no one is looking, despite knowing he’ll get scolded for it. Fewer children in the house have meant fewer pieces of broccoli and such to scavenge off the floor for our vegetarian pussycat, so he has been improvising. On the other hand, he now knows how to ask for the laser pointer. Many cats get frustrated when their humans don’t understand what they’re saying, and simply give up on us, but Neko has made the leap to communicating with humans; perhaps Newton has been training him. As to Pixel, well, he’s still hiding under the bed…

*   Not to be confused with a techno-mage
** Sorry Jessica, I know you’re badly allergic
  • Mood: Shitty
  • Listening to: Speedball Tucker by Jim Croce
  • Reading: Endless proposal drafts
  • Drinking: coffee; lots of it

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Martin
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"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 two books in the series are available at Amazon in Kindle form, with printed versions expected late summer 2014 soon.
Book three is scheduled for late 2015.

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
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" and "Do you know who I am?" In my opinion, everyone deserves respect; some may have earned a bit more, but those who demand it deserve it just a bit less.
The boss: Intense by 914four
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Thanks for faving stone cold reaper :ahoy:
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914four Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for sharing it with us :-)
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:ahoy:
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Thanks for your llama support!Llama jump 
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I owe all of my admittedly somewhat limited knowledge of :devart: llama etiquette training to :icontaka67: :-)
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La la la la 
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Thanks for the faves!
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Thank you for sharing your art!
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Thank you for the faves :)
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Thanks for sharing your images!
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