Effing Feline needs help! #wewriwa

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I, Effing Feline, do NOT need help, no matter what the title of this post says. I am perfect as is, or as close to perfection as you humans will ever hear purr. But Ed . . .

Let me tell you, that man needs help. Seriously. He’s written a whole book but he doesn’t have a title! Whoever heard of a book titled Untitled? Even a cat knows that’s sick, man, sick.

But you can help the poor schlub. Read the opening, then help him with a title:

The woman currently calling herself Lou wanted to gawk, but she didn’t dare slow her footsteps. Dawdling in this crowd would draw attention. Attention meant peril.

Back home, space stations were cramped, dingy cargo-transfer depots, painted institutional grey and smelling of industrial-strength cleaners. Farflung Station, though, was a city dancing through the Black. This downtown business corridor was wide, graceful, and ornamented with murals and artwork. The high ceiling held sculptures incorporating everyday objects like circuit cubes, hyperspace coils, and airlock valves. Colored lights turned the sculptures into an overhead fairyland that sent ever-changing hues scurrying over her creamy white blouse in time to an upbeat dance tune.

These people had turned Farflung into a place of beauty she could fall in love with — except that they were her enemies. Minor details . . .

Effing Feline here again. Since most of you are writers rather than psychiatrists, the best way to help my poor dum-dum pet is to vote on one of his proposed titles. Or suggest a title of your own in a comment.

He’s looking for the most salable title, so don’t worry too much about knowing the book (although there is a blurb available).

Vote here. Pretty please with a purr on top?

Be sure to visit the other great writers contributing to Weekend Writing Warriors and Snippet Sunday.




  1. I love the twist in the last paragraph! Farflung sounds like a beautiful space station, like some of the train stations of bygone years.

    1. Leave it to you, Carrie-Anne, to harken back to golden past of the last century.

  2. Author Jessica E. Subject · · Reply

    Great description of Farflung Station! Off to vote!

    1. Since a city-sized space station is so different from ordinary experience, and since the whole book is set on the station, it’s important for readers to have some idea what it’s like.

  3. That last line . . . Boom! Great set up for her character and situation, Ed. Happy Father’s Day!

    1. Yep, can’t let readers get too comfortable admiring the scenery.

  4. Ahh, Farflung Station. Love it or how about, Keep your shorts on, you fool.

    1. This is the third book set all or partly on Farflung. It almost feels like home to me. But as for your suggestion, “Keep your shorts on” . . . Well for a romance that goes beyond kissing, it’s kinda a doomed title, ’cause they won’t.

  5. Well it’s a terrific snippet! Wow, loved the image you conjured up…

    1. [Spoiler ahead, though not much of one, seeing that this is a romance] — Since Lou will end up falling in love and living on Farflung, I felt it important to make the place appealing.

  6. Great opening. I’m already invested in the place and worried about what she’s up to.

    1. Tension and wondering are great responses.

  7. My first thought after reading the snippet was Farflung Station, but I also like Farflung Hearts from your poll. You won’t have to worry about another title similar to yours with Keep Your Shorts on, You Fool ❤ as Charmaine posted. 🙂 Happy Father's Day!

    1. I considered Farflung Hearts for the first book in this series, too.

  8. I really enjoyed the vivid description in the snippet. I usually dread thinking of titles. Always find it difficult.

    1. Occasionally, the perfect title has leaped into my mind — Alien Contact for Idiots; Rescuing Prince Charming. More often, coming up with a title is so damned hard.

  9. Yep – teaser! What about Farflung Enemy?

    1. Hmm. I’ll add that one to my list, Aurora.

  10. Cathy Brockman · · Reply

    Good luck on the title!

    1. The voting is pretty hot and heavy . . . enough so to surprise me. I did this once before and I got like 20 votes. Not so this time!

  11. julieevelynjoyce · · Reply

    Wow, I think I’d like to live there. Great opening! Just voted! Oh, and happy Father’s Day! 🙂

    1. And congratulations to you on the Raptors’ championship.

  12. I like the opening – sense of urgency – what does she want to gawk at – why can’t she spare the time. Good set up for a story 🙂
    I had a book for 2 years(??) called the book with no name – because I couldn’t think of a title.

    1. Also, who is she really, and why is she using an assumed name? I tried to pack as many questions as I could into the opening.

  13. My first thought for a title was your phrase “dancing through the black,” but I see from the polling I’m in the minority. I still think with the right background that would work, but I will bow to superior numbers. 🙂 The description is fantastic. And the last line a killer. Well done!

    1. Everyone has their favorites, it’s true. If I had one killer name that I felt was perfect, I wouldn’t be running this poll.

  14. Elaine Cantrell · · Reply

    The description of the station is great, and I love that last line.

    1. This is close to the last description the reader will get of the place, so I hope it lingers.

  15. Diane Burton · · Reply

    I voted for Farflung Hearts. Double meaning. It conjures up the other stories that take place on Farflung Station, but also suggests hearts that are so far apart they can’t be reunited. Or can they? Love the description of the station from her pov. Even to an enemy, it feels like a good place. Happy Father’s Day!

    1. Thanks for the detailed vote, Diane, and for the Father’s Day wishes.

  16. Love the imagery of the place. Maybe she can learn to like her enemies. lol


    1. Or maybe even . . . learn to love one of them?

  17. Interesting opening !

    Oh, and there was a German band in the 80s that had a song called “?”, which I suppose is similar to untitled 😉

    1. And the 70s Canadian band Guess Who was named after a contest they ran in a Winnipeg newspapers. The contest was supposed to choose a name, but the contest was so popular than its name stuck.

  18. Voted! Titles are always the hardest things.

    On Sun, Jun 16, 2019, 03:55 Ed Hoornaert (Mr. Valentine) wrote:

    > Ed Hoornaert posted: ” I, Effing Feline, do NOT need help, no matter what > the title of this post says. I am perfect as is, or as close to perfection > as you humans will ever hear purr. But Ed . . . Let me tell you, that man > needs help. Seriously. He’s written a whole ” >

    1. Sometimes titles are easy. Other times (like for this book), they’re murder.

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