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A Ferrari joke...

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A Ferrari joke...

On August 14th, 1988, Enzo Anselmo Ferrari, after living a rich, full life of 90 years, passed away, barely a week before Austrian driver Gerhard Berger would lead Italian driver Michele Alboreto home to a Ferrari 1-2 win at the Italian Grand Prix Formula One race. Upon his arrival in heaven, Saint Peter offered to act as his guide, a courtesy that Enzo gladly accepted. Eventually, they came to a modest little cottage with a Ferrari logo displayed prominently on the door mat. "This house is yours for all eternity, Enzo," said Saint Peter with a smile. "This is quite rare, very few get a house up here." Enzo felt very special indeed, and wa

Dancing queen (a brief excerpt from The Dragon)

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Dancing queen (a brief excerpt from The Dragon)

    He slid behind the massive wooden desk and turned on the banker's light, making the room slightly less dark and gloomy. He sat down and put his feet up on the desk, the wooden office chair that was nearly forty years his senior creaking in protest as he tilted it all the way back. Chloe sat down in another wooden chair, one without wheels, but featuring a thick cushion on the seat.      “So what did you want to talk about?” she asked as the muted music switched to an even more aggressive beat.    Jacques smiled and raised his hand, “Give it a moment.”    Chloe frowned, thinking that the music was loud enough t

Dancing queen (a brief excerpt from The Dragon)

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Dancing queen (a brief excerpt from The Dragon)

    He slid behind the massive wooden desk and turned on the banker's light, making the room slightly less dark and gloomy. He sat down and put his feet up on the desk, the wooden office chair that was nearly forty years his senior creaking in protest as he tilted it all the way back. Chloe sat down in another wooden chair, one without wheels, but featuring a thick cushion on the seat.      “So what did you want to talk about?” she asked as the muted music switched to an even more aggressive beat.    Jacques smiled and raised his hand, “Give it a moment.”    Chloe frowned, thinking that the music was loud enough t

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

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

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

Snow

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Snow

An excerpt from Book III of "The Kentauride" Breath billowing in a cloudy vapor, she galloped over the rise and reacted instantly as she sensed the threat, bare moments before she actually saw it. Instinct taking control, she veered sharply to her left, kicking up the freshly fallen snow. It was still light and fluffy, and fell back down like heavy dust. She notched an arrow and let fly before the red dot managed to swing around and find her, hitting her target in the throat and knocking him backwards. Smiling to herself, she charged through the woods as quietly as she could, searching for tracks in the snow and listening for any sounds of m

Pour un instant...

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Pour un instant...

As Jacques entered the old train station, he could hear the tinkling twang of a classical guitar playing softly from the massive vintage stereo speakers he had brought from his apartment in Montreal a few weeks earlier. He hung up his coat and was startled to find Tanita sprawled on the floor of the main hall, hidden by the big sofa they'd recently bought at a local thrift shop. She'd dragged the old gym mat in front of the antique cast iron stove, and adjusted the air vent to obtain the maximum amount of heat. She lay on her side, her upper torso flat on the mat and her hair spread all around her head like a walnut crest as she stared at the
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Tease

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Tease

Tanita's phone rang, waking her, and she reached for it without getting up. Pulling the big, orange, nineteen-sixties era handset under the blankets, she purred sleepily, “Mm'low?” “Wow that's sexy,” came the voice from the phone, along with the encryption beeps. “Mark?” she asked, becoming more alert. “Yeah,” he replied, “did I wake you?” “What time is it?” “It's about seven-thirty. In the morning. I couldn't reach Chloe, but she said she'd be with you.” “Chloe?” Tanita said loudly. “Jimmy? Anybody?” She lowered her voice and sai
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The Kentauride - Hors Serie

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The Kentauride - Hors Serie

Anik arrived home from school, removed her winter coat and boots and went straight upstairs to her room.  She turned on her laptop computer, checked her email, and then logged into her school website to do her homework.  An 'A' student, she finished her French and English lessons quickly.  Math took a little longer, but in less than an hour she was done and submitting her homework for evaluation.  After checking for a confirmation email that all of her assignments had been submitted and were 100% correct, she logged into art (https://www.deviantart.com/art) DeviantArt.  Her last deviation, a picture she had taken of he
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Therapy (an extract from The Centaur)

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Therapy (an extract from The Centaur)

The two attorneys, at opposite ends of the table in the captain's chairs, nodded to each other. Chloe left the bus to give them privacy, and William Emerson opened the discussion. “Thank you for meeting us here, I understand this is irregular, but since neither of our offices are accessible to Miss Gaines, this seemed like the most appropriate location. I believe you have a revised offer for us?”   The aide opened her briefcase and took out three copies of a legal size document around thirty pages thick. She handed one to her boss and the other two to Tanita and her attorney. They began to read in silence, Tanita frowning in conce

Soul searching - an excerpt from The Centaur

Artist // Hobbyist // Varied
My Bio
"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 some time in the foreseeable future...

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

Favourite Visual Artist
Ernst Fuchs (Living) / William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905) / Patrick Nagel
Favourite Movies
The first Star Wars, where Han Solo shoots first
Favourite TV Shows
Babylon 5, Hill Street Blues, Soap, Baa Baa Black Sheep, Firefly, Veronica Mars, The Blacklist
Favourite Bands / Musical Artists
Rush, BNL, Matchbox 20, too many to pick a favorite
Favourite Books
WorldWar Series-Turtledove, Perdido Street Station-China Miéville, Red Storm Rising-Clancy, The Amtrak Wars series-Patrick Tilly
Favourite Writers
China Miéville, Harry Turtledove, Lilith Saintcrow, Douglas Adams, how can I pick just one?
Favourite Games
Avalon Hill games
Favourite Gaming Platform
An aircooled Porsche 911; the volume control is the pedal on the right.
Tools of the Trade
Coffee, lots of it
Other Interests
Trains, planes and automobiles. Also music, reading, writing and photography.
My new favourite meme: It helps if you imagine autocorrect as a tiny little elf in your phone who’s trying so very hard to be helpful, but is in fact quite drunk...
Recently overheard in a fast food restaurant in North Carolina: “Come November, no one will even remember what Quid Pro Quo even means.”

Overdue update / random gibberish part II

Overdue update / random gibberish part II

I originally wrote this in September 2018, with the intent of posting it before the first of October. Like much of my writing, it got stuffed in a drawer and forgotten until I needed the memory card it was stored on. I haven't touched the book since I wrote this. Hopefully it's still relevant.   There are some situations in life that we spend significant time planing for, either expecting or dreading, and occasionally, a combination of both. Some of these situations may be inevitable (such as death and taxes), and some may turn out to have been avoidable in hindsight. My intent is not to wallow in self-pity (though after rereading the next pa

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ferruhProfessional Interface Designer
Nice gallery (:)
914fourHobbyist General Artist

Thanks!

ferruhProfessional Interface Designer
You re welcome dear (:)
Well hi. Thanks for the faves. :-)
914fourHobbyist General Artist

Thanks for sharing your art :-)

Caveman1aHobbyist Photographer
Thank You for the favorites! :)