Effing Feline is rich

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

I, Effing Feline, am rich.  My pet human, Ed Hoornaert, gave me another blog post to write and paid me eighteen cents! Do you have the foggiest notion how many millions eighteen cents is in cat money? I’m now the richest cat in the whole state!

I’m skipping ahead to the next turning point of Escapee. In The African Queen, Humphrey Bogart gets drunk because he’s angry at Kate Hepburn for wanting to go on to attack the enemy, even after experiencing river rapids. In Escapee, Catt is angry at Hector for wanting to go on to attack the enemy, even after flying through a volcanic eruption.

Does Catt get drunk? Nothing that tame! While her airship has landed for the night, she sneaks out of the cabin and into the cargo hold, where she uses a forklift to pick up a crate holding the cannon Dukelsky needed for his attack.  (Her ship delivered military supplies, if you remember.)  She’s going to dump the weapon off a cliff.

Or is she?

But as she drove the forklift over the bumpy rocks, her mind betrayed her. This was wrong. Dukelsky was right to fight against the invaders who had destroyed her world. She paused, looking around as though she’d never seen the looming bulk of Escapee before.

The seat of the forklift vibrated as the old machine idled, while she debated right and wrong on the barren, hostile crags of an uninhabitable world. If she debated long enough, the motor would run out of oxygen and its power would die of asphyxiation. Then she wouldn’t have to decide at all. Would that be better than committing the grossest act of mulishness in a life filled with stubbornness?

Uphill from her, the airlock opened — Dukelsky!

She gunned the motor.

Effing Feline here again. Looks like stubbornness is overruling Catt’s sense of right and wrong.

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The African Queen in Outer Space

Catt Sayer just wants to survive.  The working-class fugitive delivers military supplies on her decrepit airship, but her hard-won livelihood vanishes when invaders overrun her harsh moon. And now an idealistic, upper-class officer wants her to risk her life on a hopeless voyage to attack enemy headquarters – manned by 10,000 soldiers.

Edward Hoornaert’s romantic space opera, Escapee, continues the saga of the Dukelsky family (begun in The Guardian Angel of Farflung Station).  If you like The African Queen and the thrill of underdogs finding love while battling a hostile environment, you’ll love Escapee.

Don’t let this rousing tale escape youPre-order Escapee today.

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  1. Watch out Effing, people will want to take out a loan with you!

    You can just feel the war going on in Catt between self preservation and doing the right thing. Excellent snippet, as always, Ed.

    1. For her, survival has always been the right thing. The only thing. With all the conflicts between them, perhaps the deepest is that he’s an idealist and she’s never been able to afford ideals.

  2. Oh no! It seems she knows what’s right but her stubborness might get her into more trouble than what it’s worth. Great snippet, Ed! And yay for Effing being rich :p

    1. What’s this? A story character who causes her own problems? Unheard of! (Uh…not unheard of in my books.)

  3. I can picture her on that forklift. 🙂

    1. Well, take off the hardhat in your image. She’s wearing a biosuit helmet to allow her to breathe — rather like a spacesuit helmet.

  4. “…the grossest act of mulishness in a life of stubbornness…” Now that’s great writing, Ed.

    1. Why, because I understand stubbornness from the inside?

  5. I just pre-ordered my copy of Escapee!

    1. You will be rewarded in heaven for this act of grace, Paula!

  6. Now if Effing can figure out how to spend money without opposable thumbs… 🙂

    Fun snippet, and can’t wait to see whether the plan with the forklift is successful.

    1. Yep, that brings up something even I’ve wondered about. What’s he going to spend his money on?

  7. Author Jessica E. Subject · · Reply

    Yikes! She’s caught. Now, she’ll have to decide. Great snippet! 🙂

    1. The act of being caught will, in this instance, help her decide.

  8. Love the momentum in this piece…this may be the most exciting forklift scene ever!

    1. I can’t decide whether that forklift comment is a compliment, or sarcasm.

  9. nancygideon · · Reply

    So much going on while that motor idles!! Great job, Ed!

    1. I’m glad you feel the story isn’t on idle.

  10. “the grossest act of mulishness in a life filled with stubbornness?” Love this. It also describes my life pretty well.

    Congrats to Effing! That’s quite a pile of cash. I always refer to mine as the “idle rich,” but I probably need to give them money for that to actually be true.

    1. I suggest you go for it. As you can see, you don’t have to give them much money.

  11. Call it a bit of delicious-ness going on today. Love everything about this, Ed.

    1. Thanks very much, Charmaine.

  12. Personal animosity against common sense – always a dangerous division! Something tells me this won’t end well…

    1. It ended well for me, leading up to probably my favorite scene in the book — which unfortunately doesn’t lend itself to 10-sentence fragments.

  13. Not a fan of mulish stubbornness but I do appreciate that she’s trying to have an inner dialogue and understand herself. Interesting snippet!

    1. In real life, no. But in a storybook character, mulish stubbornness can be a GREAT trait, leading to wonderful plot complications.

  14. Uh-oh! I think she was about to make one decision, but getting caught might force her into another!

    1. Very shrewd reading, Caitlin.

  15. I enjoyed her internal debate, and what a great place to end the snippet. Can’t wait to see how it plays out.

    1. It took me a while, but I’ve come to the realization that a great snippet is one that ends with a zinger.

  16. That was a great snippet Ed, I am enjoying this book very much!! Release day is coming!

    1. All of a sudden, release is galloping toward me … and I’m NOT READY. Help!

  17. Ha! Way to take the bull by the horns, Catt. But love how she waffles with the cannon hoisted in the forklift.

    1. “cannon hoisted in the forklift” … I like the way you phrased that, Rose.

  18. So many great things going on in this snippet. Has it occurred to her that unless she destroys the invaders she’s going to be out of a livelihood?

    And congrats to Effing on now being a professional blogger!

    1. Now that I think about it, Effing has made more money blogging than I have!

  19. Interesting that you say her mind betrayed her, as if changing her mind would be traitorous to her own future. Or perhaps it will? I have pre-ordered the book and look forward to reading it.

    1. Catt had built herself a confined, straightforward life that didn’t require a lot of second thoughts. With Dukelsky on board, she’s in new waters.

  20. Gunned the motor right at him! Haha!

    1. At least it isn’t a gun she gunned.

  21. Great Effing scene, Ed!–Book Bling Blogger

    1. By which you mean, of course, a great scene with Effing in it, not a great f***ing scene … right? 😉

  22. If a box from Acme arrives any time soon, I suggest you inspect it for invisibility cream or bat wings. Fun snippet. Her internal struggle, while somewhat irrational, is totally believable.

    1. How many struggles about morality are ever rational? Morality isn’t a rational concept.

  23. Karen Michelle Nutt · · Reply

    Loved the stubborn lass’ inner debate to fully understand herself. Enjoyed the snippet.

    1. Thanks, Karen.

  24. Nooo! You can’t leave us there! Great snippet that shows a lot about her. I’m curious to see how he responds.

    1. Sorry, but I have to leave you there. Ten sentence limit, remember? 😉

  25. elainecsc2013 · · Reply

    You ended on a nice little cliffhanger. good excerpt.

    1. Literally, eh?

  26. LOL! That was awesome! You pause for a few minutes while Catt takes readers along for a thoughtful interlude, then gun the motor in a shock of fright! Can’t wait to see what happens next week!


    1. Being caught in the act, even though you’re having second thoughts, makes you look totally guilty.

  27. Loved her indecision–at such a moment! These are really fun snippets. Can’t wait to read more.

    1. Her indecision kicked in when she got beyond the point of just registering a protest, so to speak, and actually committing the sabotage.

  28. So hard to try and know the right thing to do – indecision can make for great plot lines 🙂

    1. Shakespeare made a whole play out of indecision.

  29. Great writing! Intense to max. Your 18 cents line had me laughing. Very cute!

    1. Unfortunately, any joke about how little writers get paid really hurts, as well as provokes laughs.

      1. I know the feeling all to well Ed! Don’t worry, one day we’ll sell tons and have a huge following!

  30. At least she’s thinking in the moment! 😀

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Amy!

  31. I agree with Effing, she is being too stubborn for her own good. Luckily I don’t think Dukelsky is going to leave her alone until she sees the light.

    1. Unless, of course, she sabotages the cannon before he can reach her.

  32. Stubbornness sometimes overrides my sense of right and wrong too. Hopefully Dukelsky can talk sense into her. Congrats on being the richest cat in the state, Effing.

    1. It’s too bad for Catt that Dukelsky appeared before she’d reached a final decision on right vs wrong.

  33. Ack! More! Don’t stop there. 🙂

    I hope Effing invests his money wisely and in a safe place. We don’t want a “cat” burgler to steal it. 🙂

    1. ‘Cat burglar’ … ooh, what an idea. Thanks Teresa!

  34. Oh she is quite torn, isn’t she? Still, if she knows the entire mission could just be suicide and by the sounds of it she’s just barely gotten out of a few scrapes already, I would be thinking to foil Dulesky as well.

    1. Yes, there are arguments either way.

  35. chellecordero · · Reply

    Her struggle and getting caught could lead to an accidental decision being made, uh-oh.

    And Effing, use the money wisely, be careful where you invest… and read up on those states that are upping the minimum wages (sorry Ed)

    1. Chelle, 18 cents IS the minimum wage for cats. I thought everybody knew that!

      1. chellecordero · ·

        sorry Ed, my cats, the 3 of them, have unionized and have me up to a quarter.

      2. Good for them. Unions are the working man’s only real defense against the predations of the 1%. (Although I hope Effing doesn’t catch wind of this trend…)

  36. Stubbornness can be vicious. Nice cliffhanger.

    1. As I said before about a snippet in which Catt is planning to dump the crate off a cliff — you ended with a very appropriate phrase.

  37. So much fun! I love the picture of her debating as the forklift idles. Captures the sense of her indecision very well. Look forward to reading more!

    1. In hindsight, I wish I’d better captured the sense of the machine vibrating and shaking her whole body.

      1. Ah, hindsight…. 😊

  38. Great snippet. I can’t wait to read what happens next!

    1. You won’t have to wait long, because the next week’s snippet is already up.

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