Working Titles

Planning. I’m not very good at it. I’m working on that though.  Starting right now!

Books I will one day write:

A knight retires to take a life of baking.  When the kingdom is threatened, he must take up arms once more and use his new skills in the kitchen to save the day.  Working title Honor Roll.

A shipping and logistics manager is looking for a new home.  Along the way, he learns a thing or two about life, love and true happiness.  Working title; Where House?

Terrance is a con man.  Hard rock, hard liquor, hard life; his motto.  He’s grown tired of the life though.  One last score and he can leave it all behind.  Working title Highway to Sell

A mad scientist, alone in a secluded forest just south of the Canadian border has created life.  His creation, part onion like plant, part bird, is reproducing out of control.  He has just a week to stop his creation before all is lost.  Working title Peak Leek Beak

A slapstick comedy featuring Erin and Aaron discovering new ways to make tunnels through mountains.  Nothing seems to go well or right, but the duo have a zany adventure and discover some truth along the way. Working title TNTeeHee.

 

I have some writing to do.

Thanks for reading!

General Update Post For the Win!

Time for the ol’ obligatory marketing post.  Part of the ol’ blogger thing that helps fund the ol’ website and helps me learn ways to calling everything the ol’ something or other.

All day today May 15, enjoy 20% of everything at my Society6 page: https://society6.com/shawnwritesstuff.  Coffee mugs, shirts, phone cases, all the fun stuff that’s print on demand friendly.

Chapter 2 of Quincy and the West is now live on Jukepop.  Check it out. We meet Deputy Varge, the orc with a investigative mind.

People on the Highway received a 5 star review some time ago, but I’m only now noticing.  Check out the book for yourself on Amazon and see what two whole people (one of whom I’m not related to!) have given five yellow stars to.

Free stuff is available at Barnes and Noble too.  Here’s a link: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/%22Shawn%20Cowling%22?Ntk=P_key_Contributor_List&Ns=P_Sales_Rank&Ntx=mode+matchall

Alrighty, the marketing post for the quarter is done.  Thanks for reading.  I very much appreciate it.

 

Broken Mouse

Some time ago my mouse broke.

“Your what?!” the mouse above asks.

My computer mouse.  That was a little hard to interpret what with a mouse picture being front and center and not giving a modifier to the word.  Kinda like how we now say ‘acoustic guitar’, when people didn’t have to modify their statement prior to the electric guitar coming into existence.  Anyway, Mouse, I apologize.

My computer mouse was destroyed due to my own negligence.  My laptop sat perched on the arm of the couch, my toddler was allowed within 40 miles of the couch, the laptop, gravity and the toddler had a discussion and I found a shattered dongle sitting on the floor.

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My New Series Now on Jukepop!

Jukepop Serials is the site that got me started on this whole internet writing thing.  Wren, the all too long and poorly planned superhero serial, was my first web based serial and the experience was wildly fun.  The book was ‘meh’, but…meh.  If/when I get back to it, I’ll edit it down and use words and plot that are…better.  Goodness this intro got away from me.

Now on Jukepop…Quincy and the West

A steampunk tale with goblins, a town with a history, a sheriff trying to keep the peace and plenty of trouble ahead.

Head to chapter one right here:  http://www.jukepop.com/home/read/10029?chapter=1

Current synopsis:

A small town’s reputation expands well beyond its borders and Quincy is the one to handle it, for better or worse.
Hot shot pilots, goblins, and a town full of people unsure of their place in an ever growing world, Quincy and the West is a steampunk tale of adventure and mystery alike.

 

I am terrible at writing blurbs.  The future of the story holds orcs and dwarfs and mining towns and is wildly influenced by Eureka. Should be fun.

 

There are lots of really great works on Jukepop too.  I’m going to be reading “Lar Breaxface: Werewolf in Space” for the foreseeable future.

Thanks for reading!

Writing Lessons from Bad Movies

I’m months behind popular cinema.  I think by July I’ll have seen Rogue One.  My brother is kindly helping my wife and I catch up though.  I don’t know if I should thank him for our most recent viewing; Suicide Squad.

Good golly.

I see why there were so many opinions.  The movie sucked.  But, silver lining and what not, there are great take aways available.
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Coffee Cup Down

coffee-1030971_1920“Come take a look at this!”

Coffee cup down.

“We need to talk.”

Coffee cup down.

“Meeting. Five minutes.”

Coffee cup down.

“Everyone, stop what you’re doing and follow me.”

Coffee cup down.

 

 

*The cup is a metaphor for actually trying to accomplish your goals.  The world will stop you.

**Wowsa! Dark. Go out and try stuff.

***But recognize that your efforts are futile.

****Yeesh. That above point is wildly untrue.  Go try, do, build, make, learn. Better yourself and those around you.  Life is grand.

*****But, you know, brace for failure.

******Sweet googly moogly what sort of week has this been?

*******A typical one.

********Harsh.

*********Reality.

**********We can make our own reality by trying to succeed!

***********Do or do not, homie. There is no try.

************That’s my entire point.

*************Well played.

**************Optimism wins the day!

Need a mug?

I am a coffee person.  I tried once to abandon caffeine and discovered that self improvement is not a hobby I support.

I do support humorous, historically themed coffee mugs.  Society6 is currently holding a 15% off of everything sale.  You do have to click this link to get the sale applied to your purchase.  https://society6.com/shawnwritesstuff?promo=FPCFWZ37HRYV

Click, copy/paste, whatever you wish.  Cheap(er) funny mugs at waiting for you.  Sale ends February 12, 2017 at midnight Pacific Time.

A sampling of available designs (there are 12 total! Some even look nice!)

Capone Liquor

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