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:bulletblue:Quote of the week: “Oh my god, oh my goodness, Matt just got more fans than he’s ever got in his whole life, right there. That’s awesome.” - Crew chief Chad Knaus radio call to Jimmy Johnson, on Matt Kenseth wrecking Joey Logano at Martinsville.

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

Don't disturb by 914four

:bulletblue: The cover artwork for my book, "The Kentauride," now available on the Amazon Kindle Store
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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Nos prières vont à toutes les victimes des attentats de Paris, qui sont morts à cause des actions d'extrémistes qui n'ont absolument aucune notion de ce que leur propre religion enseigne...
Boogey-cat by 914four
Beware what lurks in darkened closets...
Quote of the week:
“Oh my god, oh my goodness, Matt just got more fans than he’s ever got in his whole life, right there. That’s awesome.” - Crew chief Chad Knaus radio call to Jimmy Johnson, on Matt Kenseth wrecking Joey Logano at Martinsville.
A McStake by 914four
A McStake
Because, like, everyone needs more ning, right?

My apologies if it's hard to read, but I took this from a moving car in the middle of the night.
Update November 3rd, 2015: Apparently this is NOT a typo, but McDonald's new add campaign. A friend claims that they had the same "more ning" on a printed poster inside, but she could not remember what the add was for.
Turbo by 914four
This little guy was trying to get across the service road at the track, so Dan picked him up and carried him across to avoid any potential mishaps. Funny thing is, he never retracted into his shell all the time Dan had him in the air, and kept his body straight the whole time, as if he was thought he was moving under his own power. "Look Ma, I got airborne!"
Our good deed done for the day, we proceeded to consume lots of Smithwicks, Guinness and Boddingtons and enjoy the races. 
Rent-a-Racer Take II? by 914four
Rent-a-Racer Take II?
Back in the mid-to-late nineteen-sixties, you could rent a Mustang Shelby GT-350H from Hertz, most of them painted just like this (without the Hertz and IMSA banners,) and the marketing actually encouraged people to race the cars. I've heard that this program may be making a comeback, could this be an example?
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, 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

Journal History


Artist | Hobbyist | Varied
"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

Save the BC Wolves!

If I offered a copy of "The Centaur" for free, would you write an honest review on Amazon in exchange? Most who have read it found it to be better than "The Kentauride," the first book in the series. 

7 deviants said Sure, where do I sign up?
2 deviants said Nope, I don't write reviews.
2 deviants said I refuse to answer on the grounds that I may incriminate myself.
1 deviant said Maybe, but only if it doesn't suck (it won't, I assure you).
1 deviant said I have another opinion, which I will share below.


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MightyRaptor Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Holla Hello!
914four Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Bonjour! :-)
CapnSkusting Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thanks from the Cap'n by CapnSkusting
914four Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
SanguineWinds Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015   Photographer
Mmmm, so who are you? :icondragonspif:
914four Featured By Owner Edited Oct 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I am a father, a husband, a brother and an author working part-time for a multi-national technology company. Sixty hours a week is all they get, the rest is reserved for my family and friends. My hobbies include photography, cycling, motor sports and ferroequinology. I was born in the year of the dragon, am a bilingual Canadian, and my favorite ice cream flavour is French vanilla.
hankypanky68 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
The custom Hotwheels version of the Ferrari 250 GT.
914four Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I like it
Elyv Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much for the :+fav:!~ :hug: I really appreciate it :heart:
914four Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for sharing it with us :-)
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