Effing Feline’s favorite things

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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, was listening to Mrs V’s music, and it got me thinking. It was from The Sound of Music, and this is the line that got me thinking.

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
these are a few of my favorite things.

The song’s unimportant, but what is important are my favorite things.

  1. salmon
  2. naps
  3. tuna
  4. naps
  5. cat treats
  6. naps
  7. teasing Twiggles the dog

And now, a snippet from Ed’s sci fi romance, Escapee. In the middle of a confrontation between army Captain Hector and supply ship captain Catt, we learn why people tolerate the ugly, lizard-like skoots rather than glorious cats.

“—and in any case, what was I supposed to think when the men were so fervently and furtively looking forward to your arrival, Miss Sayer?”

“That’s Captain Sayer to you, and for your information they looked forward because they liked me and because I smuggled goodies for them.”

For a moment, there was silence except for the gentle creaking of the ship in the wind. Her face remained impassive except for a slight tremor of her lips. He wondered if she wished she hadn’t admitted her guilt. Even he regretted the confession, because it would have to go on his report, if they survived this mission.

The skoot lumbered off the couch and edged toward them, its usual exuberance subdued by distress. People put up with skoots because they sympathized with human moods. It nudged his hand, and when that got no response it nudged Sayer’s knee, as though trying to get the two of them to kiss and make up.

To banish the vivid imagery of kissing Sayer, Hector banished all emotion from his voice. “So, you’re a smuggler: liquor or drugs?”

Effing Feline here again. I remember more of my favorite things: catnip, dead mice, and live birds too crippled to fly. Hey, I’m a cat!

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The African Queen in Outer Space

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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 world, you’ll love Escapee.




  1. Author Jessica E. Subject · · Reply

    Oh, so very much like a therapy dog. Very interesting. 🙂

    1. I hadn’t made that comparison, but I can see the similarity. Any kind of pet provides some level of therapy.

  2. Somehow I don’t think she smuggled contraband. More like Twinkies or Mars Bars, i’m guessing. Will that have to go in his report? Is Effing ecstatic because you have a character named Catt? 🙂 Great snippet!

    1. Her big sellers were underwear (because military issue for enlisted men has rough cloth, to reinforce their culture’s class structure) and comm sticks (because the army restricts the number of communications with family and friends per month.

  3. Can just here the attitude in – That’s Captain Sayer to you. 🙂

    1. Catt has a strong need to defend herself.

  4. nancygideon · · Reply

    I think we’re talking a different kind of goody here. An empathetic pet. Aren’t they all? Even Effing would have to agree.

    1. Yes, Effing thinks that I, as his pet, empathize with him.

  5. Effing does like his naps! Enjoyed the excerpt and I’m guessing along with others that whatever she smuggled won’t be exactly the contraband he’s thinking of.

    1. She makes a point to tell him she didn’t smuggle illegal items, but the little luxuries that make life worthwhile and the army refuses to supply. There is, after all, no PX in a tiny base on a horridly remote and inhospitable moon. But although she tries to follow the rules, she is a fugitive from the law.

  6. Great snippet. I hope the scoot makes things better, not worse…

  7. Sounds like Effing likes naps almost as much as my little dog (who is currently buried under several blankets after coming back from his walk!) I love the idea of the skoots being empathic and I have to agree with everyone else – I reckon she’ssmuggling something quite different to what he’s thinking of!

    1. Eating and sleeping are Effing’s favorite hobbies.

  8. A therapy skoot- love it! He should listen to his skoot and not his overly suspicious thoughts.

    1. Underneath that reptilian snout lurks the soul of a therapy dog.

  9. An empathetic skoot and an non-empathetic Captain Hector. Maybe the skoot isn’t so bad after all.

    1. LOL. I love this comparison.

  10. Great snippet! 😀

  11. Skoots seem more like dogs than cats, although some cats are sympathetic to their people’s moods.

    1. I think that’s a fair statement, Aurora.

  12. Diane Burton · · Reply

    I’m with Effing about naps. I liked Hector’s thinking about kissing her. I’ll bet that won’t go in his report. 🙂

    1. I stayed up too late last night formatting this book for paperback, so a nap sounds good to me, too.

  13. Enjoyed the excerpt, and I’m not sure what she’s smuggling.

    1. Neither is anyone else, apparently — but for a straight-arrow officer like Dukelsky, it should be enough that she was circumventing regulations. Except that now he’s gotten to know and respect her (love is still on the distant horizon), so he’s faced with a moral choice.

  14. Great use of adjectives in this snippet. Love the fervently and furtively.

    1. Thank you greatly, he says gratefully.

  15. I don’t thin he’s going to get the answer he expects. Poor Skoot, it loves everyone, but it’s not getting love back.

    1. Yep — it seems the skoot’s destiny is to be misunderstood.

  16. Karen Michelle Nutt · · Reply

    I do love Effings list. lol Enjoyed the excerpt and I’m curious to know what she’s smuggling.

    1. The dead mice, too? Do you like his dead mice, too?

  17. I’m not sure she’d go with the “kiss and make up” scenario either.

    Effing, you’d like my dogs. Their favorite things are naps and snacks, too. And they’re nice and warm for you to curl up on.

    1. Effing wouldn’t go with ‘kiss and make up’ either — with a dog.

  18. The other day, there was a dead mouse in one of the cat food dishes. Effing might like that – but Squeak and Ami probably won’t share!

    This is a vivid snippet – and I want to learn more of these characters.

    1. You feed your cats well, Shan!

      1. I think they fed themselves!

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