Effing Feline anticipates a visit

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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 expecting a visit — my cousin Lee is coming on Tuesday. Although I’ve never met him, my daddy always spoke of Lee with tremendous respect. I’m sure we’ll have great fun.  I scattered all my toys over the living room floor for him, and I clawed open a new bag of cat food. Such excitement!

More exciting even than this week’s snippet. That’s not to knock Escapee,  my pet human’s science fiction romance that will finally be released the same day Lee arrives (April 19) … but come on already. It’s just a book. And you know what books are, right?

Scratching posts.

After Catt sabotaged the cannon (called a sing-sing) Hector planned to use to attack enemy headquarters, they didn’t talk to each other all day. It was a dark and stormy night when they bared their souls and started to understand each other.

She had to get these words out, had to.

“Sorry.” The word was a breathy whisper blown to oblivion by a loud gust; she cleared her throat and tried again. “I’m sorry I sabotaged your artillery.”

“It doesn’t matter.”

“Of course it matters.”

“No, because it wouldn’t have worked. A sing-sing is a brute-force weapon in a situation where stealth is needed. I worked so hard ignoring reality, and the only explanation I can think of is I wanted to die. I guess that’s why I dreamed up such a suicidal plan.”

Effing Feline here again. Sounds like Catt did Hector a favor by forcing him to face reality.

My reality is that while you were reading, I knocked all Mrs V’s Hummel figurines off the south-facing windowsill so Cousin Lee will be able to nap in the sun. Oh, I can’t wait for him to arrive. In the meantime, I suppose you might as well read the snippets by other great weekend writing warriors and Sunday Snippets folks.

Sunday Snippets

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Available this comming Tuesday — 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 from you.  Pre-order Escapee today at:

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  1. I love how he constantly challenges her preconceptions. He never quite reacts like she expects.

    Good luck for the release. Please post links so I can broadcast! I will Tweet and Google and all those good things.

    1. Very true about her preconceptions. She’s never met anyone like him.

  2. Congratulations on the release!
    Nice snippet today, I like the (thought evoking) conversations between the two.

    1. I’m interested in my character’s psychology, so I try to have them reflect on the action in somewhat unusual ways.

  3. Good luck for the release, Ed, and I hope it takes off – it should do. The relationship between Catt and Hector seems intriguing and complicated.

    1. Intriguing and complex — that’s what I aim for.

  4. Congratulations on the upcoming release! Condolences to the wife’s Hummels. Effing cat might want to rethink the napping spot if any is to be had. I like how her apology turned into her ruining his plan was doing him a favor.

    1. Even with his world having fallen apart, Hector manages to look on the bright side.

  5. Love good interactions between characters, and this one is right up there. Good snippet…will have to check out the book when it comes out this week.

    1. Thanks for the kind words about the interactions between Catt and Hector. Hope you enjoy the book!

  6. I like the description of her trying to speak over the noise of the wind. Captures the feeling of how hard it can sometimes be to get the words out. Good luck for the release!

    1. The passage leading up to this uses the storm a lot. Catt is lying in her hammack, thinking about all the people she knew who died when the enemy attacked this moon, and that segues into thinking about her dead father. The sound of the storm becomes the voices of the dead. It’s probably my favourite passage, but unfortunately it doesn’t fit into a ten-sentence chunk.

      1. I’d like to read the whole thing! I’ve really enjoyed all the snippets from this story, and I know its hard creating something powerful in such short segments of writing. Will keep an eye out for how to get hold of the book when it’s out 🙂

  7. Author Jessica E. Subject · · Reply

    Sounds like a bleak moment, yet so much emotion involved. Wonderful snippet! And all the best with your upcoming release!! 🙂

    1. Actually, the bleakiest moment has ended once she starts talking to him.

  8. Wonderful developing storyline between those two, Ed. Best of luck on your release, I’m sure it’ll do well since you’re a super writer! And try not to be mad at Effing, he means well 😉


    1. Hmm. So you think cats actually mean well? I mean, I love ’em, but …

  9. I hope Effing has lots of cat fun with Lee. Many congrats on your release

    1. I know I’m going to have fun with Lee. I already know what my next couple of Effing posts are going to be about.

  10. I love his realism and how he doesn’t play mind games. You’ve really hooked me with their developing relationship. I’ll be getting a copy on Tuesday! 🙂

    Enjoy your visit with Lee, Effing!

    1. Thanks for planning to capture Escapee, Joyce.. You’re a fantastic human being with impeccable taste.

  11. Great snippet packed with emotion! Best of luck on your release!

    1. Thanks, Sara — I try to evoke as much emotion as I can without being melodramatic.

  12. Oho! So she did him a favor without knowing it. Wonder how she feels about that!

    1. Primarily surprised. He keeps upending her expectations.

  13. I love the sentence ‘The word was a breathy whisper blown to oblivion by a loud gust.’ Great description. It sounds like she did him a favour, anyway. Looking forward to receiving my copy.

    1. I enjoyed writing that sentence, Rachel.

  14. Sounds like they’re both starting to be honest with each other, leading to a few surprises. Tell Effing that books are also wonderful chewing gum. It’s so much fun to scatter the tiny bits of saliva-logged paper everywhere. Actually, don’t tell him. 🙂 Hope you survive the cousin-visit!

    1. This bit about chewing gum sounds like it comes from experience, Christina — and that intrigues me.

      1. Let’s just say I had a cat who loved the taste and texture of paper, the older the better. All of my books on the lowest shelf had torn corners and teeth marks in them, with soggy little bits scattered nearby. Fortunately, only my little paperbacks fit on that shelf. 😀

      2. Your cats sound like a budgie Judi and I had when we were first married. It chewed a big chunk off the leather cover of a 19th century copy of The Three Musketeers, in French, that had been handed down from my grandmother’s family. Sigh.

  15. Serendipitous…or just plain fortuitous, either way, she saved his hide. 🙂 Well done, Ed!

    1. Serendipitous in the Jungian sense. They may not recognize it — yet — but these two are good for each other.

  16. I love that his reaction isn’t at all what she (or I) expected. Great snippet, Ed!

    1. A wise writing coach (Michael Hauge) says that fictional act of falling in love is a matter of glimpsing a person’s essence through obscuring layers of social identity. Catt is glimpsing Hector’s essence rather than the stereotypical expectations life has given her.

  17. So I enjoyed reading Effing’s narration as much as the snippet. 🙂

    1. Glad to hear it. His ego will swell even more.

  18. Have fun with the visitor, Effing! Wonderful snippet. I like that she found the courage to apologize, but he also found it to say that he’d been wrong.

    1. They’re managing to be honest with each other. The darkness of night helps such confession come out, I think.

  19. Enjoy the visiting cuz, Effing! Great snippet as always. Her tension over the “I’m sorry” is palpable here, and his reaction that it wouldn’t have worked anyway was quite revealing.

    1. I’m glad you could sense how hard it was for her apologize.

  20. chellecordero · · Reply

    Congrats on the release!
    Good luck, Effing, with your visit…
    I like how Hector keeps her always off-balance by not quite saying what she expects, great snippet.

    1. The thing is, he isn’t trying to keep her off balance. He’s just being himself — and the real him is very different that her stereotype of an arrogant patroon.

  21. Congrats on the up and coming release. A lot of great tension between these two.

    1. Thank you, Tweety Bird!

  22. That’s good. Come on, you both want to live–so try to think up a plan where you survive!

    1. Such a plan, which would involve attacking the headquarters of 10,000 enemy soldier, could be very difficult to come up with. But they’ll work on it.

  23. elainecsc2013 · · Reply

    Good luck with your release. There’s a lot of well-done tension in this snippet.

    1. Thanks for the good wishes, Elaine.

  24. I love that she’s big enough to say I’m sorry. She sounded sincere, too. I think they’re about to start trusting one another. Love this story!

    1. Part of her internal dialogue leading up to this passage was that since escaping to this moon from an abusive relationship had been the dream that kept her alive, she understands the importance of dreams — and she’s killed his dream of revenge against the enemy. So yes, she’s sincere.

  25. They obviously need each other to balance out the crazies. Great moment between them. But what are you doing cluttering up a perfectly good windowsill with figurines? Where are your priorities, Ed?

    1. What figurines? There are no figurines on the windowsill. Not anymore, at least.

  26. I like her “breathy whisper” that begins this snippet. Very nice scene with emotions shown through actions.

    1. I’m glad you feel I succeeded at what I was trying to do.

  27. Oh that naughty cat! Of course it’s good Catt saved him by mistake!

    1. Naughty cat, good Catt. Interesting juxtaposition.

  28. Congrats on your release, really enjoyed this snippet.

    1. Thanks. A new book is a big deal to us writers, isn’t it?

  29. Karen Michelle Nutt · · Reply

    I have a feeling he’s good for her and visa versa. I’m enjoying the snippets.

    Thanks for the congrats with RONE awards. Congrats to you also. Message me or email me when your book is up to vote for and I’ll gladly cast my vote. 🙂 email me at kmnbooks@yahoo.com
    Good luck!

    1. Hey, this makes us (c)ronies, eh?

  30. I’ve missed a few of these in my crazy writing month, but I like what I’m reading here. Happy release day, and I hope Effing enjoys Cousin Lee! =)

    Boldly Going Through the Alphabet!
    Part-Time Minion for Holton’s Heroes
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    1. I’m delighted you’re trying to catch up — I missed you. Thanks for stopping by.

  31. I remember this part. I’ll have your review by the end of the week. 😉

    1. ‘Honest review’. You forgot that important adjective. I really do want people’s honest opinions.

  32. Congrats on the release.

    Loved this snippet — loved him admitting that his plan was suicidal. (And now I’m waiting to hear his next suicidal plan.)

    1. As you would learn if I had more than 10 sentences, his ‘it wouldn’t work’ meant it wouldn’t inflict damage, not that they wouldn’t survive. Any attack by two people against 10,000 soldiers is, by definition, suicidal.

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