I, Effing Feline, am dizzy with travel. After spending a week in Toronto we flew to London and from London to Amsterdam. As I write this, we’re in Bruges, Belgium, Mr V’s ancestral homeland and the best-preserved medieval city in Europe. WTF?  We spent hours inside rattling tin cans for this? From a cat’s POV, rooms here are just […]

I, Effing Feline, am in Toronto, where it’s cold. Mr Valentine’s son says it isn’t cold yet — up to 72 degrees Fahrenheit one day — but I’m a Southern Arizona cat, and anything under 90 is cold! Another excerpt today from Newborn, Mr V’s upcoming science fiction romance. Jo Beaverpaw was born alone in a forest moments […]

Effing Feline reporting from Toronto, where my pet human, Ed Hoornaert, has brought me inside his computer. Before we left home, Twiggles the dog tried to scare me by saying that the only pets allowed in Canada were wolves, killer whales, and cateaters, which Twiggles claimed were like yuge anteaters. She had me almost afraid to go. […]

I, Effing Feline, am leaving. I mean it! My pet human, Ed, is soon flying to visit two of his sons — and he’s taking me along.  We’re flying first to Toronto, in some place called Canada, and then Amsterdam in The Netherlands. He says that since I can travel inside his computer, I won’t […]

Grammar is credibility “Grammar is credibility. If you’re not taking care of the small things, people assume you’re not taking care of the big things.” Amanda Sturgill (Associate Prof of Communications at Elon University) Right on, Dr. Sturgill!  Every independent author should post this quotation above their desks. At this year’s RWA conference, I received a […]

SFR Brigade showcase

A New-Born Book I have a new science fiction romance coming available around the end of October, and I’m particularly happy with it. I enjoy stories with action and the stirrings of love and, especially, with characters who have psychological depth. Before you scream in horror at the thought of a boring literary character study, my main […]

I, Effing Feline, have been enjoying a cartoon that my pet human, Ed Hoornaert, reads daily — Garfield. The intrepid puss teases Odie, a dumb dog.  It’s encouraged me to tease Mr V’s dog, Twiggles, about her lack of a tail. A tailless dog — ridiculous! Want the truth, though? I’m jealous. You see, Twiggles appears in Newborn, […]

The prince and princess in Kelowna during the 1986 royal tour. (Photo courtesty Canadian Press.)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Catherine have been touring Canada. While reading about the tour, I learned that they visited Carcross, in the Yukon. I daresay none of you had heard of Carcross before the royal tour.  There’s no reason you should have. The settlement is home to fewer than 500 people, […]

I, Effing Feline, have been madly shredding paper this week.  It’s part of the free document shredding service I discussed last week. I have ten boxes of paper to shred, so business is looking good … sort of. I have to find some cats willing to pay me to claw the papers to shreds. That’s the […]

I, Effing Feline, believes that if at first you don’t succeed, try one more time and then quit. Last week’s manuscript evaluation service garnered no nibbles, so I’m changing the focus slightly. It’s now a document shredding service. It’ll be FREE! Which means, of course, that I shall get rich! New tale today. Sort of new; I […]