Effing Feline sits on Buddha’s lap #wewriwa

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I, Effing Feline, love the extra laps that Christmas brings. Ed’s children have come home for Christmas from Toronto (2 of them) and Amsterdam, traveling over 10,000 miles one way just to let me sit on their laps. I heartily approved — and I’m a connoisseur of the very finest of human laps!

Today is the next to last snippet from Ed’s recently released sci fi romance novel, Escapee. 

The lone army survivor of an enemy invasion, Captain Dukelsky, wants Catt to fly her airship to the far side of the moon to attack the enemy’s base. To avoid this suicide mission, she jettisons the cannon he planned to use for the attack. The man of action has no actions left, and thus no purpose. He withdraws into himself — and that affects her deeply. But during the middle of the night, he finally opens up about his deeper reason for wanting to fight the invaders. (Edited slightly from the published version.)

“I need to strike a meaningful blow against the enemy, because this is something I’ve wanted for years now without quite realizing it.”

She answered slowly, not sure she could bear to hear this: “What was it you wanted?”

“A righteous war.”

“I don’t understand.” Why’d she say that? She didn’t want to know, didn’t want to learn about him so he became more than a stick figure, a symbol of every patroon who had made her family’s life miserable.

“My parents and grandparents and great-grandparents were all soldiers, and along with my mother’s milk, I drank in the glory of duty. But the thing is, duty isn’t all glory. When you’re a soldier, the cause you serve is chosen by politicians and senior officers for reasons of policy, not morality. Until the Proxies invaded, I was supporting Banff’s big mining companies, not defending the homeland or fighting for good over evil.”

Effing Feline here again. I’ve gotta hurry away now. So many laps to purr on, so little time!

Be sure to check out the other great writers in Weekend Writing Warriors and Snippet Sunday.

Effing Feline’s holiday wishes to one and all:

“Merry Christmas and bah humbug.
Now get this stupid hat off me!” 




  1. Author Jessica E. Subject · · Reply

    Yes, war isn’t often for righteous reasons. A great snippet!

    Enjoy the holidays with your family!

    1. I hope your enjoy your holidays as well, Jessica.

  2. Those are some very true words. Soldiers never choose the cause they’re sent to fight for.

    Have a great holiday season!

    1. Thanks Carrie-Anne. And yes, soldiers do what their told or get court martialed.

  3. Happy holidays to you, Effing, and all the people who are dedicated to keeping you happy!

    1. Thanks so much, Lisabet. Same to you!

  4. A righteous war…she might not want to know more but I do.

    Enjoy the family, Ed! And the many laps Effing. Happy holidays! ❤️

    On Sun, Dec 23, 2018, 02:31 Ed Hoornaert (Mr. Valentine) Ed Hoornaert posted: ” I, Effing Feline, love the extra laps that > Christmas brings. Ed’s children have come home for Christmas from Toronto > (2 of them) and Amsterdam, traveling over 10,000 miles one way just to let > me sit on their laps. I heartily approved — and I’m a ” >

    1. He wants to feel like he’s fighting for the right reasons, such as fighting back against an enemy that invaded a peaceful mining moon with no provocation.

  5. Happy Holidays to you and your family, Ed! Oh, and you too, Effing.

    1. And the same to you, Mary!

  6. Diane Burton · · Reply

    A righteous war? Is there such a thing? I understand her feelings. She can’t let herself care about him. If she does, she might go along with his crazy plan. Have a great time with your family, Ed. (and you, too, Effing). How wonderful your son from Amsterdam came.

    1. You pose a great question, Diane. Even wars that start out for a good cause always degenerate into mayhem, hatred and atrocities. And wars chew up the men and women who fight them and then spit out the tattered remains. In the US, 20 vets kill themselves every day. So terrible.

  7. Cathy Brockman · · Reply

    But he looks adorable in his hat!

    1. I haven’t asked him, but I’m sure Effing would say he looks adorable without the hat, too.

  8. Well he’s wrestling with some weighty issues and a crisis of conscience all right! Enjoyed the snippet 🙂

    1. Catt has her own crisis of conscience over destroying his canon. They’re both undergoing the same sort of angst.

  9. Ah – Maybe they have some common interests.
    Fun picture of the cat on the statue. Our two dogs and two cats are enjoying extra laps and even sleeping next to our older son.
    Happy Christmas!

    1. Our dog remembers our sons even though it’s been a year since they visited. Yesterday Twiggles was plastered against Scott’s side as he napped on the couch.

  10. Ah, yes, motivations are so important to explore in the story. I sense that she might get dragged into his battle yet.

    1. More than most of my books, Escapee has a message: be prepared to fight to the end against evil but eschew the military; it’s about power, not right and wrong.

  11. nancygideon · · Reply

    I soldiers got to choose, how many troops would there be? Nice scene, Ed. He’s about to destroy her indifferent front with his integrity.

    My cats share Efffing’s disdain for fa-lalala-darol. Have a great time with the family!

    1. I am indeed having a great time. Judi and I and all four (adult) children are going out for pizza any minute now, so this is the last comment I can leave for right now.

  12. What a fantastic line – with my mother’s milk I drank the glory of duty.
    Have a happy holiday – enjoy your family.

    1. I’m glad you like that line. If you want the truth, I don’t even remember writing it.

  13. I know Effing is get spoiled by all the at all the attention I am glad your family is with you this year.
    Your characters are in a dilemma in this story. As a history buff, I hate war. I grew up in the ’70s and ’80s. I am a firm believer in peace through strength. As a former Navy wife, I appreciate the sacrifice our men and women in uniform endure. My heart goes to them and their families, especially this time of year. I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

    1. Effing was already spoiled — he didn’t need more. And I appreciate individual’s sacrifices too; I’m just not sure about the institution they sacrifice for.

  14. That can be a pretty earth-shaking realization for a soldier. And here Effing has nothing more to worry about than which lap to sit on next!

    1. Yep, he has a BIG character arc to work through.

  15. Elaine Cantrell · · Reply

    We’ve learned a lot about his character here. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

    1. I hope what you learn works. I had some trepidation about putting my non-military musings into a soldier’s mouth.

  16. I loved her line “She didn’t want to know, didn’t want to learn anything about him so that he became more than a stick figure.” We have to keep people at a distance if we want to be able to not care about them, not be persuaded by them, and be able to do what we need to do without feeling guilty about ignoring them or their feelings..Great way to describe that just in the term “stick figure.” Hope you have a very Merry Christmas, Ed and Effing! Enjoy your laps!

    1. What a thorough and wonderful compliment, Jenna — thank you! I hope you have a great Christmas!

  17. Enjoyed the snippet. Soldiers don’t choose the cause they fight for, do they?
    Hope you have a wonderful holiday. Love cat photos!

    1. Soldiers don’t, but Superman does!

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