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Richard Cowen
Artist | Literature
United Kingdom
This deviantArt page is intended as an online portfolio of my written work. It also features photographs, usually of painted miniatures; I tend to do a lot of roleplaying and wargaming in my free time.

Mostly though, I write. I'm currently working on a fantasy novel, itself based on an unpublished roleplaying game I developed a few years back. I also dabble in side-projects, such as helping run Aeon Horror's live-action roleplaying events (www.aeonhorror.com/) or whatever freelance writing projects catch my eye.
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21
Irem's pillars stand,
Or will one day, or never;
Time fears to touch them.


22
The Abbey Rock nuns:
Their unyielding faith as strong
As their silvered blades.


23
We bodysnatchers
Sell our goods at Station III;
We fear to ask why.


24
"Port Cecil plays chess,"
I was told, and it is true:
There, everything plays.


25
Wisdom is a jail
From which no tunnel is dug;
The unwise man drowns.
I finished Smog & Mirrors a few months ago, redrafted it, sent it out to proofreaders, revised it again, and now it's ready for sending out to agents.

This is... scary.

It shouldn't be though. Submission is just a couple of letters, a couple of synopses, tailored to each agency's requirements, plus the first three chapters or fifty pages or however much of the manuscript each one wants to see in the first instance. There's no valid reason why that should scary, other than that success or failure at this stage may well dictate the entire future course of my life.

Silly, really.
16
The drowned dead gather
To form the Fathomking's court;
I will not join them.


17
Mount Palmerston growls,
And billows sulphurous clouds;
I hear damned souls cry.


18
One sister gives strength;
Two fills the house with laughter;
Three brings fiery death.


19
Day twenty-one brings
The meat lottery anew;
I draw the shortest.


20
No ship sails over
The far eastern horizon;
There is nothing there.
NaPoWriMo 2015: Eat Your Crew (part four)
Days 16-20 of my NaPoWriMo project.

I'll be re-ordering these haiku once the month's over, to put together some sort of chronology, or at least an escalation of the theme of despair.
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11
Caught in a blizzard,
Men drown, blown over the rail.
How can this be snow?


12
No doves, so send bats,
To seek the sea god's mercy;
No olive branch found.


13
Avid Horizon:
Gateway to heaven, but I
Freeze at the threshold.


14
I sell boxed daylight.
It's not magic, but a trick
Performed with mirrors.


15
What mind dares create
A shark snared in iron bands
Just to set it free?
6
Your chief engineer
Invites you to the gun deck;
Bring your own pillow.


7
Out of politeness,
Take tea with the deviless;
Give away your soul.


8
Earth-tasting coffee,
Ground one mile beneath the ground;
A Viennese treat.


9
The mighty dreadnought;
Unsinkable, but it lacks
Fuel, supplies or hope.


10
Public Decency
Demands that romantic words
Be heavily taxed.
NaPoWriMo 2015: Eat Your Crew (part two)
Another five haiku from my 2015 NaPoWriMo collection, based on the video game Sunless Sea.

I'm probably going to re-order these to give it some kind of narrative, or at least a thematic progression, before I put them in their full order. Until the end of the month, I'm posting them up in blocks of five, while publishing each one (more or less) daily on Twitter at richard_Cowen
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I finished Smog & Mirrors a few months ago, redrafted it, sent it out to proofreaders, revised it again, and now it's ready for sending out to agents.

This is... scary.

It shouldn't be though. Submission is just a couple of letters, a couple of synopses, tailored to each agency's requirements, plus the first three chapters or fifty pages or however much of the manuscript each one wants to see in the first instance. There's no valid reason why that should scary, other than that success or failure at this stage may well dictate the entire future course of my life.

Silly, really.

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