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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:"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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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)
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This was written well before I divided the book into three sections, and it was at one time going to be in book II. Eventually, it got edited out and pushed to book III. I was working on the later today, and have been considering cutting it out altogether.
I'm of two minds about this, as it neatly answers the question "Why did Chloe begin calling Tanita a Kentauride?" and gives us a bit of insight into Chloe's personality, yet at the same time, it shows Tanita in a way that I'd like to think she's evolved beyond. The thought here is not romantic, but simply about friendship. What do you think? Should I keep trying to fix this, or just cut it out altogether? And if the former, wouldn't Chloe have assembled her IKEA dresser on her own? Any other comments are always greatly appreciated.



Don't disturb by 914four



 

    Tanita deposited the cardboard box on the bed and Chloe ripped off the tape. She began removing personal objects, a pair of bookends shaped like library lions, a rubber penguin stress-ball, and a white plaster statuette that looked like a five legged horse.

    “What's that?” Tanita asked as Chloe placed it reverently atop the black IKEA dresser Jimmy had assembled for her just that morning.

    "It's a miniature of Rodin's "Centauresse."

    "Who's Rodin? Have I met him?"

    "You're kidding right?"

    "Uhm, no...” She chewed on her lower lip. “Why?"

    Chloe sighed. “Rodin was a famous sculptor. He created this over a hundred and twenty years ago.”

    "Where did he find a model?"

    "He... Look, it's art, it doesn't need a model, OK?"

    Tanita picked up the plaster statue and studied it closely.

    "What's she doing? Why is she pulling on that pole?” she demanded, her voice getting strident [What if I replaced this word with "angry"?]. “Is she trapped? I don't think I like this Chloe, she's stuck on something!"

    “Calm down, calm down! She's just trying to pull herself up an incline.”

    “That's just stupid,” she announced, putting the statuette back. “She wouldn't be pulling herself like that.”

    “Yeah, well, I doubt Rodin had much contact with many of your brethren.”

    “Then why did he do it?”

    “I don't know. Why does anyone do anything? Maybe he just liked Centaurs.”

    “But this is a Kentauride...”

    “Well, he called her a Centaurette.”

    “But you told me...”

    “I know, I know,” Chloe interrupted, covering her eyes with her hand. “I told you that to build your confidence. I figured associating you with fierce warriors would help you think more of yourself, make you less fidgety. When I first met you, your lower-heart-rate would skyrocket if your bathwater was too warm; I had to find some way to calm you down. Besides, it worked, didn't it?”

    Tanita was about to argue when she suddenly stopped and went silent. She looked down, and, careful not to trod on her foot, took a quick step forward and grabbed Chloe in a bear hug.

    She whispered, “Thank you, Chloe. I love you.”

    Chloe was about to make a snide comment about getting romantically involved with her patients, but she caught her tongue in time and simply returned the hug, whispering, “I love you too Tani. I love you too.”

Look, it's art, it doesn't need a model, OK?
The Kentauride by IleanaHunter and Cover art for The Centaur by 914four are available on Amazon Kindle. Go to www.thekentauride.com for direct links.

Update 1: I may have found a way to fix it; what if I replace the word "strident" by "angry"?

Update 2: I took this picture about three or four years after I wrote the above. Rodin's Centauresse by 914four
Rodin made several variations of this piece, and several brass castings were made as well. Not all of them have the pole.
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Oddball by 914four
Oddball
Which way is "forward" ?
This little guy once moved cars around at the Hershey Chocolate factory in Smith's Falls, Ontario, and is now on display at the railway museum in the same town.
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Get the Message by 914four
Get the Message
Don't text and drive... expecially from a Ferrari. You know, if everyone just drove a Porsche 934, 427 Cobra, 250GTO, or some other widowmaker, no one would even think about texting while driving and the problem would simply go away :-)
Taken at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, July 2014.
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Ice on the mountain by 914four
Ice on the mountain
Our furnace failed this week, flooding our basement, when it was minus 30 outside and I was in another city. I have tried several times to get a picture of the icicles on the Mont Royale in Montréal, but am never able to be there when the light is right and the icicles are present. This is a failed attempt to capture their incredible beauty, but after this week, the timing seemed right. I probably could have used software to clean it up a bit, but that would have been cheating :-) If you get a chance to visit Montréal in the winter, make sure to bring long underwear and your Kanuk parka, and spend a few hours exploring the regal mountain.
Just north of six thousand dollars later, we now have a new high-efficiency furnace, the temperature inside is a solid 21 degrees Celsius, and I am torturing myself, listening to Pat Boone's version of "Smoke on the Water."
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Optimism test by 914four
Optimism test
Newton and the optimism test; is the tent half-full or half-empty?
(Is he half-in or half-out of the toy tent?) The outstretched paw with claws extended says: "Disturb me at your peril."
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"The next best thing to being clever is being able to quote someone who is." - Mary Pettibone Poole 
Drinking and driving by 914four
Drinking and driving
"I'll :censored: drink when and where I :censored: want to!"
My son, 18 months here, driving the most popular car in North America. I think this image is funny, but some of you probably won't. Believe it or not, I remember people actually making statements like this and no one stepping up to challenge them. My uncle, my mother's youngest brother, was killed by a drunk driver before I ever got to meet him. Perhaps that is the root of why I have never refused to be the designated driver.
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Quote of the week: "Where does incompetence end and criminality begin?" - Bethman Holdwig
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.
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  • Listening to: Save Me, San Francisco, by Train
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  • Eating: nothing yet...
  • Drinking: Jones' 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 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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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) 

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

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ArgiPhoto Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much for the favourite!:)
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914four Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for sharing. There was a time when I had a pair of pet snails :-)
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BlueCaroline Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Merci Martin & Joyeuses Fêtes!

Snowflake Snowflake Snowflake Snowflake  :snowman:  Snowflake Snowflake Snowflake Snowflake 
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914four Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Merci Caroline, et a toi aussi :-)
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ben569 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2014
Merry Christmas !
Joyeux Noël !
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914four Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Merci, et a toi aussi!
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wolvesone Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014
thanks for the fave
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914four Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for sharing your artwork with us. What I found most interesting about that image is that the ditch lights are off, but the rear headlights are on. I wonder if they mightn't have been working on the coupling between the engine and the train?
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wolvesone Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014
they had done some switching and were waiting for the green light from norfolk southern to proceed across their tracks back to home rails to michigan the rear lights are always on when the headlights come on and act like a marker
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914four Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmm. must be a new rule, or perhaps it's a local rule. When I lived in Montreal, our second story bedroom was right at cab level of both CN and CP mainlines, and I've never seen the rear headlights come on unless they were backing a defective car onto the siding down the street. They normally keep one of the markers lit (there are three different coloured ones on each side, including a white one), but I've never seen the headlights on like that.
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