Effing Feline gets replaced #wewriwa

I, Effing Feline I, Twiggles the Dog, am writing this weex Weekend Writing Warriors post ‘cuz Effing’s in the dog house. He’s bin nasty about me the last 2 weex an I don’t deserve it. Im not as litterary as Effing — I don’t use litter at all — but Im a nicer person.

Once again, today’s snippet is from Ed’s Valentine’s Day sci fi romance, Constellation XXI. We continue with Sienna Dukelsky’s predicament. The young starship pilot is facing disaster when her ship’s lights, power, and artificial gravity all die.

She fumbled through tarry blackness to click a compartment open. She moved her hand toward the left . . .

There! Pressing the end of the torch, she was rewarded with light, blessed light. The beam cast sharp shadows that transformed the bridge into a grotesque parody of safety, but she could see, and as long as she could see, she could do . . . something.

But what?

She’d spent the last three years memorizing procedures for troubleshooting every component of this ship, but all the procedures required power — and there was no procedure for recovering from a total shutdown. No procedure for dealing with a tyrannosaurus rex materializing in the mess hall, either. No need; both were impossible.

Yeah, right. Impossible

Effing Feline Twiggles the Dog here again. I’m smart at doggie stuff but I don’t lick writing. I hope my great lord an master, Ed — the bestest man in the hole whirled! — lets Effing do this next week. Or maybe my cuzzin Sadie, a Lab from Toronto. She’s so smart she has her own Instagram page!

My Canadian cuzzin, Sadie

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Constellation XXI

Rediscovering Love at the Worst Possible Time

When her tugship inexplicably loses power while aimed straight at her space station home, Sienna Dukelsky tries frantically to get her ship working in time. But can she cooperate with Crispin Hunt, a former lover she’d once betrayed, to create a way to regain control before the ship kills thousands — while also burdened with an alien about to give birth?

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  1. I liked the comparison at the end. I wonder how she will get out of this mess.

    1. One thing I look for in a snippet is a punchy ending. Hence the T-Rex.

  2. I was wondering why you were using the illustration of the tyrannosaurus…!

    Sadie looks very smart. Perhaps she could show Effing a thing or two.

    1. While I love Sadie (she’s son number three’s dog) I think Twiggles is fine just as she is.

  3. A t-rex in the mess hall? *smashes pre-order button* I must know more.

    If my decades of watching Star Trek has taught me anything, it’s that you need procedures for the impossible.

    1. Yes, but if there really are procedures for the impossible where would the drama be?

  4. Smiling here in New York. Never missing one syllable and I’ve learned so much from you. Thanks a bunch, Ed.

    1. And I’m smiling here in Tucson from your kind words.

  5. I love the littery pun.
    Is there a T rex nearby?

    1. Sometimes I have to think about these things. Other time they just emerge intact from my fingertips. This was one of the latter.

  6. Author Jessica E. Subject · · Reply

    Sienna is in quite the predicament, but I’m sure with a little calmness, she can figure her way out of this situation.

    1. Ah, but when surrounded with an amorous blast from the past and bullying marine, where will she find calmness?

  7. nancygideon · · Reply

    I just love your way with comparisons – they’re so spot on, surprising and make me laugh. Our heroine is certainly in a prehistoric mess but I have faith that you’ll be there to offer an assist.

    1. Me, assist Sienna? I’m the one who lies awake nights trying to make things worse for her!

  8. I loved the way the T Rex became relevant, well played indeed. Kind of poor lack of forethought on the part of someone though, not to have a procedure for total loss of power! Enjoyed the excerpt, love the character’s ‘voice’.

    1. Yes, it’s lack of forethought, aka technological arrogance. Even NASA, as careful a bunch of nerds as you’ll find, slipped up on their assumptions about something as simple as O-rings.

  9. Both events were supposed to be impossible … but I guess awkward empirical facts have to take priority 🙂

    1. Yeah, minor details like facts can bite you in the rear at the worst possible times.

  10. If she’s only watched Lesley Ann Warren in Cinderella, she’d have known there’s no such thing as “Impossible”.

    I was distracted by Twiggles taking over and Effing being in the dog-box. lolol

    I admit, I am a dog-person. It did sort of, kind of, make me smile to see Effing get his comeuppance.

    1. Effing does need to get put in his place from time to time.

  11. Great snippet, and doggies!!! 😀

    1. You like doggies, I take it.

  12. Diane Burton · · Reply

    Twiggles sounds like such a sweet pet. Sorry, Effing, but I’m a dog person. 🙂 I like how she first refers to the manual. A by-the-book pilot. Now, it looks like the manual won’t help. What’s a girl supposed to do??? Good snippet.

    1. What’s a girl to do? Learn to function beyond what the manuals say. That’s the life lesson she needs to learn.

  13. So the situation calls for some creative thinking. If there’s not procedure for full power loss, create one! I believe Sienna is smart enough to make it work.

    1. Sienna ends up saying almost this exact same thing . . . but it takes her over a hundred pages to get around to it.

  14. Elaine Cantrell · · Reply

    Puppy did well! I wonder how she’s going to get out of this mess? Nice snippet.

    1. Fist step; find out what’s causing the power outage. Once she find out, fixing it is fairly easy.

  15. Great snippet. I look forward to finding out how Sienna will get out of this predicament.

    Twiggles did a great job. His use of the word ‘litterary’ made me chuckle. 🙂

    1. Yeah, that was pretty good — especially since Twiggles never uses litter.

  16. What a crazy thing to overlook! A T-Rex could show up anytime. 🙂 Well, if she survives this, she can update the procedures.

    1. If she has any reason to do so. The cause of this shutdown is quite extraordinary.


    1. Likewise, Lisa!

  18. Is the T-Rex the cause of the shutdown? That would REALLY be outside the scope of the manuals!

    1. Alas, the T-Rex is but a metaphorical dinosaur.

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