Effing Feline, NaNoWriMo #4

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Fart-Fueled Flying Feline, Effing for short, writes the Weekend Writing Warrior posts on Mr. V’s behalf

I, Effing Feline, am delighted that NaNoWriMo is over. I may get the petting I deserve, now that my pet human, Ed Hoornaert, finished the draft of Alien Contact for Heroines — all 69,472 words of it.

I have chosen another selection from Heroines. The hero, Reese, has just kissed the heroine, Dusty, for the first … unaware that someone has posted a huge bounty for Reese’s capture.

“Dusty,” he said as he took a deep breath, “I—”

A cat’s screech interrupted them.  Priscilla sprinted underneath their bench and across the open space.

Reese shot to his feet.  “What the—”

He didn’t finish.  Three men with hooded faces sprang from the darkness of a nearby street and threw a huge net over him.

Dusty screamed.  She reached toward the nearest assailant, her hands bent into claws, wishing she didn’t trim her nails in order to type better because longer nails would let her dig them deep into the man’s neck and face.

 But then a net landed hard on her head. 

Effing Feline again. This is the third appearance of the book’s true heroine, the cat, Priscilla. The stupid human characters don’t realize in time that Priscilla is warning them. Humph!

Mr Valentine (aka Ed) wants me to tell you he may be a bit tardier than usual in commenting on other warriors’ posts. He’s playing two concerts this weekend, both out of town, and isn’t sure how much computer time he’ll get.

Make sure you read the snippets by other great weekend writing warriors.

Alien Contact for Kid SistersAlien Contact for Heroines will be Book 4 in the Alien Contact for Idiots series. Reese and a couple of other characters also appeared in Alien Contact for Kid Sisters.

“Fleeing bloodthirsty rebels, the queen’s sister finds a hero to save her … or is he kidnapping her, instead?”



  1. Thank you for holding the fort down Effing!
    Silly humans for not picking up on the warning!
    Um, Ed, how do you wish musicians well for a performance? Wishing them a broken limb seems inappropriate?

    1. A broken limb wouldn’t be a nice wish. Even worse (for an oboist, at least) would be to wish me a broken reed!

      1. Then i wish for you a bout of extreme musicality!

  2. Short fingernails are great for typing and playing piano. Not so great for scratching out villainous eyeballs. I have faith that Priscilla can get them out of this mess.

    1. Priscilla’s moment of heroism doesn’t happen quite yet … although it will come.

  3. Go Priscilla! I’m sure we haven’t seen the last of her! Though I worry what may happen to Reese and Dusty in the meantime 😛

    1. Kidnappers are gonna happen. More than one sets of kidnappers, too!

  4. Intriguing title “Alien contact for heroines”

    1. Thanks. I haven’t decided on the title for certain, though. Previous books in the series are Alien Contact for Idiots and Alien Contact for Kid Sisters.

  5. daezarkian · · Reply

    Terrific action and detail!

    1. Thanks very much!

  6. Now they’re both in trouble. Should have listened to the cat. Congrats on finishing NaNo! 69K is awesome.

    1. 69K is the most I’ve written during a NaNo. I’m happy about the total.

  7. Just when you thought it was safe to go into the water. . .Lots of action and no romance.

    1. This snippet comes from the middle of the manuscript. At a workshop with Michael Hauge, he said that the middle of the book represents a point of no return, from which the heroes can’t back out — and if they’re kidnapped (which they are), they can’t simply back out. But he also said that in a romance, the middle if often the point at which the hero and heroine either kiss or make love for the first time. For fun, then, I decided to follow his observation … but they made love in chapter two. So I made sure they hadn’t kissed yet, so I could have them kiss at the middle.

  8. She needs a cat’s claws!

    1. Everyone needs a cat’s claw — they’re scrumptious. (A pastry, if you must know, smaller version of a bear’s claw.)

  9. Dramatic scene, loved the timing of the kiss and then the attack! I can’t wait to read more of this…

    1. Effing does a good job of picking out the dramatic scenes.

  10. Oy! They snared Dusty too. I ‘m loving the addition of Priscilla. Enjoy your concerts, Ed!

    1. Effing loves the addition of Priscilla, too!

  11. Silly slow human reflexes… A net, huh? Interesting choice, but pretty effective, looks like.

    1. In a second draft I may work out something more high tech to snare them, but a net works, as well, so I may leave it in. This set of kidnappers (there are multiple sets) are pretty incompetent, so they wouldn’t use anything too efficient.

      1. No, I like it! You get people tangled up, you have enough time to shove them in a car or something. No evidence like a stun gun, less risk than a drug, and you don’t need perfect aim.

  12. chellecordero · · Reply

    Yay Priscella for trying to warn those dumb humans. Kudos to your pet human for his word count, wow.
    Intriguing snippet, lots of danger/

    1. The kidnapping sets up the entire second half of the book.

  13. Oh, the agony. Trimming your nails to be able to type and then needing them for real life adventuring. Hope she gets to use them eventually.

    1. A bunch of writers can identify with the short nails, eh?

  14. Karen Michelle Nutt · · Reply

    How inconvenient to be captured when they’ve finally kissed. lol Can’t wait to find out more. Great action scene.

    1. I wouldn’t be surprised if Effing chooses something from the scenes where Priscilla becomes a heroine and saves them from shape-shifting aliens. It’d be just like him.

  15. First – congrats on finishing Nano.
    Second – hope the concerts were a success.
    Third – great post as usual. I’m think a net landing hard on the head is not a good thing.

  16. elainecsc2013 · · Reply

    I have great faith in Priscilla.

    1. So does Effing, I’m sure!

  17. Great tension.

    And congratulations on finishing NaNo.

    1. All I can say about finishing NaNo is … whew!

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