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:bulletblue:Quote of the week: "The next best thing to being clever is being able to quote someone who is." - Mary Pettibone Poole

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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
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:"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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There is a new picture of Newton on the "Contact" page at
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Let me know if you think it should be here on dA as well.
The downside of new capabilities by 914four
The downside of new capabilities
Or, when too much information is a bad thing. Ever wonder why it takes so long for a package mailed in the US to arrive in Canada?
I had a package shipped from Phoenix (Az) a couple of weeks ago. This is what the USPS Mobile App* reported when I followed up this afternoon. I think I liked it better when I thought the package was sitting a warehouse somewhere, waiting to be processed.
“I know there's a proverb which that says 'To err is human,' but a human error is nothing to what a computer can do if it tries.” ― Agatha Christie

* Since I have no idea what the rights are for the USPS tracking app, I am going to call this satire, but I hope you will understand the lack of a CC License.
Trains are for Kings by 914four
Trains are for Kings
N scale graffiti; the one on the left was done by hand with an ink pen and the one on the right is straight out of the box from Micro-Trains, part of their "weathered" series. For decals, see: X789 by 914four and for another example of ink pens, see: Redneck Rules by 914four
And yes, that's true, honest to goodness 100% real dust on top of the CSX car.
Redneck Rules by 914four
Redneck Rules
N scale graffiti, for someone who politely requested it :-) Drawn with ink pens long before you could find cars with graffiti from the manufacturer, and a time when graffiti decals were nigh impossible to obtain (at least here in Canada) and Consolidated Rail Corporation was still a going concern. The design is from a picture of a car I took on a trip to California, not Conrail, but a closed hopper. I remember choosing this car because the side were smooth and the paint was rough enough to hold the ink from the Pentel Hybrid Gel Roller pens.
Here is an example of decals:X789 by 914four
X789 by 914four
X789, former Burlington Northern baggage car, attached to the Hylonome (see: Hylonome by 914four)
Still a WIP, the X789 has had graffiti and fuel tanks added. Both cars still need to be weathered, but I have to finish detailing them first. The fuel tanks are to run the generator, which supplies head end power if the pair are behind a freight train, as well as the pair of conventional freezers in the baggage car.

These N scale models represent the railroad cars that appear in the yet-to-be-released third novel of "The Kentauride" series, and are a form of procrastination :-)

Taken with my Canon 60mm EF-S macro lens and a Yongnuo LED Macro Light.
If you are in the US or the UK, both books are discounted on Amazon this week; sale is on until the 14th of February, 2015.
Ostfront by 914four
I've been reading again...
In his book, “Aftermath: The Remnants of War, From Landmines to Chemical Warfare - The Devastating Effects of Modern Combat,” Donovan Webster describes his visit to the tundra near the former town of Peschanka (now part of Volgograd), with Russian guide Valery Shtrykov.
Volgograd is a city in Russia, once known as Tsaritsyn, but most famously known as Stalingrad. Stalingrad has been described by historians as the site of the battle that became the turning point in the Second World War, and the biggest defeat in the history of the German Army. 
Near Volgograd is a site that is purported to have been a massive bone field, over thirty miles square. In the early 1990s, Walter Seledec of the Austrian Television Network visited Volgagrad to see where the fifty thousand Austrian members of the destroyed German 6th Army had died and were buried. Seledec described the horror: “There you are, standing beside an open field, and you are confronted with things you cannot believe, things you have never seen in your life, things you would not think possible in this day and age. There, in the open fields, all the way to the horizon, are the skeletons of human beings, just lying there in the open fields. I don’t mean a few. There are hundreds, thousands, tens of thousands...Human remains lying in the fields. Human skeletons as far as the eye can see.
Efforts have been ongoing to repatriate and give proper burial to these fallen soldiers. There are some who claim that these fields never existed, and that they are a pure fabrication. I don’t personally know if there is any worth to either camp’s argument (I suspect the “real” truth lies somewhere in the middle), but I was inspired by this story to stage this photograph. What do you think?
Or, My life with deviantART.
In 1992, at my employer's beckoning, I took a technical writing course to learn how to be a better writer when describing technical glitches in computer systems, or writing instructions on how to resolve issues that could be read by non-technical people. As part of this course, one of the assignments was to write a short (20 to 30 pages) fictitious story about something that interested us. I wrote the story (I think it rated an A-) and promptly forgot about it.
When I was searching through a stack of old DDS backup tapes for a document in late 2007, I found the assignment and saved it to a USB key just for fun. A few months later, I changed jobs and we got pregnant. Finding myself stuck with my little Asus EeePC in a waiting room while my wife underwent some tests (I wasn't allowed in), I decided to add to the story. Doing some Google searches on Centaurs and Kentaurides brought me to dA, where I lurked for a while. Eventually, driven by the need to ask questions about artwork, I joined dA to be able to post samples of my work. I quickly realized that photos of my cats made others laugh, so dA became a place to upload some of the thousands of photos I take every year. I've since commissioned several artists and purchased art from various artists, and even sold a photo or two!
Below are the covers of the two novels I've written with the help of the :devart: community. The artwork was commissioned by me and drawn by the incomparable :iconileanahunter:, truly one of my all-time favorite artists here on :devart:, and the layout was created by a friend who has yet to create a presence here.
The Kentauride by IleanaHunter

Cover art for The Centaur by 914four

The next is a piece I wrote for a contest in a group here on dA, the first I participated in, and that won me the artwork by talented cartoonist :icongwennafran: which you see below.

This fourth piece is another story I wrote, illustrated by another talented artist, :iconmissingpixiesticks:

And lastly, this piece, one of the first I commissioned, drawn by the tough and vivacious :iconarchristol:, who showed incredible patience with me as I learned the process. This and a few other examples of her artwork are included in "The Kentauride."
Tanita dressing by 914four

Honorable mention, this amazing clay model of Tanita, the title character in "The Kentauride," was created by :icongirlfoxgirl: and now sits on my desk. Tanita checking out my 'to read' shelf by 914four
And finally one for the cat lovers:
Intense by 914four

It's been three years since I joined :dalogo:, but it's unlikely I'll be leaving anytime soon. Be it the writing community, the cat people, the car, train or plane people, or even the lurkers who I don't know, I have made many friends and had many interesting debates in my tenure here. Someone I greatly respect once called Linked-In "Facebook for Adults;" if that is the case, then deviantART is truly the Linked-In for connoisseurs.
  • Mood: Hungry
  • Listening to: Save Me, San Francisco, by Train
  • Reading: The Decline and Fall of IBM:EndofanAmerican Icon?
  • Eating: nothing yet...
  • Drinking: Jones' Root Beer

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!

In the third book of the Kentauride, there are several scenes that take place around a rail yard. Should this be a fictitious yard off of a real railroad, or can it be part of a fictitious short-line I once began building a model railroad around?(CZRR) 

7 deviants said Hey, it's your world, you can do what you want.
2 deviants said It has to be on a real railroad or you're going too far into fantasyland.
1 deviant said I refuse to answer because, as an employee of that railroad, I am bound by a non-disclosure agreement.
No deviants said What about a fictitious short-line that has been bought out by a real railroad and operated by a bunch of fictitious people who drive real locomotives?
No deviants said I have no idea what you're on about, I just want to see more car / cat / train / aircraft pictures...
No deviants said I have another opinion, which I will share below.
No deviants said Eh?
No deviants said I refuse to answer on the grounds that I may incriminate myself.


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wolftraz Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks Martin. :)
914four Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for looking, and for all the faves!
comicfam Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015
:) (Smile) 
hankypanky68 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Dodge Racing Daytona #71 is done! Was kinda fired up so made a couple more...hope you don't mind! :D
914four Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Very cool; I gotta find some time to peruse your gallery, it's been a while since I have.
hankypanky68 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! Haven't posted the other two yet but here's a bonus photo.
914four Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks :-)
railguy365 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the fave!
914four Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for sharing.
railguy365 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
It is my pleasure!
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