Effing Feline yawns

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

I, Effing Feline, got excited when Ed Hoornaert, my pet human, said today was the start of a new year. Wow, I thought. None of the same old same old cat food — fresh salmon every day. A new bed — with a built-in radiator. And most importantly, no more Twiggles the dog!flipping-the-bird

But no.  To dumb humans, ‘New Year’ means nothing more than flipping a calendar page.  It’s enough to make a cat yawn with boredom! If Mr Valentine (as Ed is known) would only let me out of the house, I’d catch a bird and flip that at him.

Oh well.  A new calendar page,  a new book from which I pull snippets. Ed recently signed a contract for a third book in his Repelling the Invasion series.  Constellation XXI is set on two spaceships, one of which is eponymous. (I know some fancy words, don’t I?)

Here’s the book’s opening.

Have you heard about that idiot, DukelskyOn her first solo flight — the first one! — the dumb Cherry ruined one of our newest, most expensive tugships.

That’s what people would say, and the truth wouldn’t dent their gossip.

“No,” Sienna Dukelsky growled into the darkness that had  invaded every nook of the ship, a blackness blacker than outer space because there were no stars.  The overhead lights on the bridge were dead; emergency power had failed; no glimmers came from the open hatch leading to the rest of the ship; screens and readouts gave no information about speed or course or possible collisions with space junk.  The vibrations she’d learned to ignore no longer teased her feet with a faint reassurance of technological life.

Dead.  All dead.

Although she’d done nothing to cause the spaceship to shut down, she was the captain.  She was responsible.

Effing Feline here again. I’ve been ordered to wish you humans a Happy New Year.  Enjoy flipping your stupid calendar page (yawn).

Be sure to visit the other Weekend Writing Warriors and Snippet Sunday posts.

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The first two books in the Repelling the Invasion series are:
theguardianangeloffarflungstation--thumbnailThe Guardian Angel of Farflung Station

Farflung Space Station is the first line of defense against vicious space pirates. They haven’t counted on Sandrina, who knows so many of Farflung’s secrets that she’s the most powerful person on the entire station…though nobody knows it yet.

They’re about to find out.

Escapeeescapee smaller

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. 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.



  1. Oops! Lost in space? Is this the beta version of the new ship?

    1. It’d be easier on poor Sienna if it were.

  2. Congrats on your contract. Happy New Year.

    1. The contract gives me something to look forward to in the new year. Yay!

  3. angelicadawson · · Reply

    Great opening incident. High stakes and engaging.

    1. Thanks. Actually, my wife picked this out of chapter 5, where it had been buried, as a gripping hook.

  4. More excitement in outer space! Just how much can this little old earthling take? Major congratulations, my friend on all you’ve accomplished except Don’t Fall Down!

    1. I have more experience than most at falling — I ran (and tripped over) the high hurdles back in university — so you’d think I’d be good at it, rather than dangerous.

  5. Now that is a pickle. A dead ship on the ocean, not good but survivable; a dead ship in space, you are royally SOL. I hope this intrepid captain can pull out a miracle, or at least figure out what the heck is going on! Congrats on the contract and Happy New Year, Ed and Effing!

    1. Intrepid, perhaps, but she’s also a rookie on her first solo mission. It’s quite a challenge for her.

  6. Ooh! This is a great way to start a story!

    1. I’ll pass the compliment on to my wife. After beta reading reading the MS she wrote in big letters “Start with chapter 5!” It wouldn’t have worked to omit the first four chapters, but I moved the first couple pages of chapter 5 here at the very beginning and then return to the story as originally written. I’ve never used this technique before, but I’m aware of it from numerous novels. Robert J Sawyer has used it successfully and recommended the technique.

  7. Andrea R Huelsenbeck · · Reply

    Oh, yeah. That feeling when things go bad, and you know you’re going to have to answer for it…

    1. Especially if you aren’t really to blame.

  8. Dramatic moment, not sure I’d be thinking at all about what people would *say*. More important to survive. I wasn’t sure about the relationship of Cherry to her? Is that a slang term then? But it’s a very exciting snippet and certainly does leave the reader wanting to know a whole lot more and fast! Happy New Year to you…

    1. The ‘cherry’ slang is explained later; it’s spacer slang for a ‘virgin’ pilot.

  9. Serious bummer. Excellent job of portraying the dead ship. Does your wife hire herself out as a beta reader? She’s got good instincts.

    1. Sorry, but Judi is my own private beta reader, and I don’t share my wife with anyone. 😉

  10. Karen Michelle Nutt · · Reply

    Well, that can’t be good. lol Great imagery. Congrats on signing a new contract. Always exciting news.

    1. Signing a contract is definitely better than getting a rejection slip!

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