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Good morning! I need your help.

Please vote on your favorite cover and title for the Wild Man book. Or, if you’re feeling creative…go ahead and make up your own title to submit!



Title Options:

  1. Luther’s Tall Tales: Mostly True Stories of a Missouri Cattleman
  2. Wild Man: A Mostly True Memoir of a Missouri Cattleman
  3. Wild Man: A Mostly True Memoir of an Old-Time Cattleman
  4. Never Thought I’d Live this Long: Stories from Luther “Papa” Angell
  5. I Always Wanted to go to Ash Grove: A Collection of Stories by one Missouri Cattleman

The Story on the Covers

The covers were designed by Sioux Falls, South Dakota graphic designer Tim Murry of Paperback. Oddly enough, Tim grew up in central Missouri, just like me. His grandparents even had cattle near the old Columbia Livestock Auction where Luther spent the majority of his working life. I love when the world seems small!

Cover A PhotoWild_Man_cover_concepts_medicine-missouri

I found these two photos several years ago in my Uncle Jon’s scanned collection. From the beginning, I loved the one of Luther casually lying on the couch. The photo was taken at the Columbia Livestock Auction. The rounding belly, the hat, the tucked-in boots, his oh-so-relaxed attitude and the DTN machine off to the side all seemed to perfectly sum up the stories in this book. I believe this photo was taken in 1991, the year I was born.

Cover B PhotoWild_Man_cover_concepts_missouri

The second photo is another favorite of mine. I believe it was also taken at the Columbia Livestock Auction. Here I think we see a slightly more serious side of Luther “Papa” Angell. I believe this photo was taken earlier, maybe in the 70s or 80s. I imagine when this photo was taken, Luther was pondering the price on seven-weight heifers or cull cows. Don’t you think?

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  1. Jayci

    I vote Cover A and Title 3…without name or state it seems like it might reach a broader audience. Great work!!!

  2. Casey

    Title 3 and cover B. I like them both though!!

  3. Kathy

    I like any of the three with the ‘mostly true’ words in the title. I love the first cover in that I know Luther and anyone who knows him personally will love that one, but I think the second cover might speak to a more general audience. Agree with what Jayci said on making it more general, makes it more marketable. I hope its a best seller! Can’t wait to read it! :)

  4. Nancy

    Cover A!! Fab

  5. Julie

    I really can’t decide they are both so neat!! Good luck deciding.

  6. Derina Shelton

    Cover A bc it might catch people’s eyes that there could be humor in the book. And I like the saying never thought Id live this long but that is just a favorite saying of his. I would have to say number 2 for a title.

  7. Judy Stowers

    Hi Sierra,
    Gary and I vote for cover A. We so enjoy your weekly emails. I sometimes print them to share with your Papa and Mamoo when we have dinner with them on Saturday evenings. They are very homesick for you and are anxiously awaiting their first “great grandchild”. You are looking lovely as always and I really like your new hair cut. You will like it even more after the baby comes. Take care.


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Hey, I’m Sierra Shea! I am so glad you are here. 

Where do I start with writing to introduce this blog? At the beginning, I suppose: I’ve been writing on various platforms online since 2013. I started blogging shortly after moving to South Dakota.

I am a mother and a maker at heart. I’m so grateful to be married to John and mother of three: Joslyn, J.D. and Jesse.

I am a self-taught decorator and designer. I am a brand new shepherdess and a Spiritual Director.

I love living in South Dakota, even though the winters & the wind can be a near-daily struggle.

Blogging is a grounding force in my life and it helps get me out of my head, unstuck and moving in the directions I always hoped I’d be going!