Effing Feline Gets Fat

Space cat-8 sentence

I, Fart-Fueled Flying Feline (Effing for short) feel fat. For a mere human, ‘fat’ might be a bad feeling, but for superior beings like cats, it is satisfying, delightful, and wonderful–almost a religious experience.

I’m feeling fat because Mr. V (Ed Hoornaert) is so happy about signing a book contract for a new science fiction romance that he’s feeding me extra. May you sell lots of books, Mr. V!

Here’s selection from the new book, Escapee, which is scheduled to be released early next year. It’s a sequel to The Guardian Angel of Farflung Station, in that it features the brother of Angel’s hero.

In these eight sentences, our heroine, a supply ship captain named Catteroon Sayer (Catt for short–love that name) is about to rescue the hero, who is the lone survivor of an enemy attack on Castle Mountain fortress.

Never before had Catt gotten to Castle Mountain ahead of schedule. Of course, never before had her last stop, Rundle City, been reduced to bloody rubble.

For the last two hundred miles, she’d hidden under the cloud cover, taking advantage of rare calm weather. Now she fought the unresponsive command box to lift Escapee into the clear upper air. When they were free of the clouds, she hesitated before issuing her next command, afraid of what she might see.

“Amplify Castle Mountain.”

“Amplifying Castle Mountain visual,” Lance responded.

Seconds later, after the viewscreen flickered to life, she stared at devastation. She swallowed hard, hoping her lunch would stay down.

 Not only is the heroine named Catt, but the book features a kitten, too. I’m gonna love this story!

Be sure to visit the other writers who’ve posted snippets for eight sentence Sunday. Maybe some of them will write about cats, too. If they do, leave me a comment to let me know, eh?



  1. Congratulations Ed that is magnificent news!
    Looking forward to read more of this piece. I really enjoy the uncluttered lines you write.

    1. Thanks, Kim. That means a lot to me, as I admire perspicuous prose and aim for it in my own writing.

  2. Congrats on the book deal- that’s great news!

    It looks like poor Catt (haha) however, is having a very bad day.

    1. A bad day for Catt, but a good day for cat.

  3. Awesome 8, Ed! I could feel myself in Catt’s seat overlooking the devastation. Now I’m worried about her. Keep feeding Effing Feline extras. Might I suggest Bluefin Tuna?

    I’m following in your contrails and signed up for #8sunday. A nice lesson in honing your writerly points, indeed.

    And, Supercongrats on the sale!

    1. Paula, I like your image of writing leaving a contrail in the sky…an ephemeral thing that you have to look up from your daily life to notice, and that then dissipates in the heavens, leaving no trace but in the mind. Thanks for stopping by, Paula. It’s always great to hear from you.

  4. elainecsc2013 · · Reply

    Wonderful news. Congratulations. The excerpt is great.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Elaine.

  5. Great job showing the contrast of the rare calm weather to the devastated visual of what lies ahead. Now I want to read more. Congrats on the book!

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Lorien!

  6. Congratulations on your good news! Enjoyed the excerpt, highly dramatic and leaves me wanting to know a lot more about the entire situation.

    1. Thanks! However, I probably won’t be posted too much from this book until closer to the release date; I have another release between now and then, so I’ll be switching to that MS in a few weeks. Until then, I’ll tell Effing to go back to Alien Contact for Idiots.

  7. chellecordero · · Reply

    Kudos on your good news.
    I really liked your description on the setting, I was able to feel as if I was there right along with Catt. Well done.

    1. Thanks, Chelle, and thanks also for stopping by!

  8. Love this! Great snippet and congrats on the book deal.

    1. When I called my son in Vancouver for our weekly conversation, would you believe I FORGOT to tell him about the book contract until my wife reminded me? That’s how it goes for book #12, I guess.

  9. Congrats, Ed!

    Good snippet. It’s easy to get my head into the scene. 🙂

    Have you written any stories with Effing as the MC? I always look forward to the intro to your wewriwa post. Effing is one of my favorite characters 🙂 !

  10. I do not, though I’m thinking about it. He’s an accident who just happened without planning. You could say he’s the literary equivalent of a leaky condom.

    1. I really hope you do. I’ll be first in line to read that story!

  11. Congrats! I like how Catt tries to keep some distance in the way she relates the destruction she’s seen, but we can feel how that’s just a front.

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