Effing Feline #wewriwa

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I, Effing Feline, need to sharpen my claws. My manicure is in a frightful state, and I don’t mean Texas. Give me five minutes on a good scratching post, though, and I’ll be as good as new.

Speaking of good as new, Alien Contact for an Enhanced Nutcracker is Ed’s new Christmas novella and the 6th installment of the Alien Contact for Idiots series. Holly Jansen has been hired by the alien king of Kwadra Island to conduct a performance of The Nutcacker ballet as a surprise Christmas present for his American wife. She wants to let her brother know she arrived safely on Kwadra, only to learn that telephones are scarce. She finds one, though.

The telephone sat on a side table in a small, windowless room, and a man sat in an office chair near the phone. She approached hesitantly, because he was formidable. His sleeveless shirt showed impressive biceps, but it was his face that made her hang back. He seemed to be . . . elsewhere; using his implant, perhaps, or merely thinking.

Dark, glacial eyes focused on something beyond the walls of the room, while his determined chin and sharp nose hinted at a ferocious sense of purpose that would be undeterred by anything she might do. That expression was far more alien than his features, which were Native American.

And, oh yeah — he was also handsome, in an intimidating, alpha sort of way. For an instant she wondered if he were the king, but on TV Tro Eaglesbrood had an easygoing, everyman quality this man lacked.

She stepped as close as she dared, because his extended legs, crossed at the ankles, blocked access to the phone. “Excuse me.”

“You are excused; the toilet is down the hall to your left.”

Effing Feline here again. Anybody out there have a good scratching post I can borrow?

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Alien Contact for an Enhanced Nutcracker

The Nutcracker ballet performed for and by aliens?!?

Holly Jansen, a young orchestra conductor down on her luck, is secretly hired by an alien king to conduct The Nutcracker on Kwadra Island as a Christmas present for his American wife. This big break seems like a Christmas miracle, but after she meets the lead dancer, she wonders if it’s a curse, instead . . .

. . . because the Kwadran queen has secretly ordered superstar dancer Rafael Sekwa to produce a potlatch dance honoring her husband’s ancestors — on the same date, time, and stage as The Nutcracker. The stubborn genius is determined to do so, no matter what, and Holly finds her ambition melting in the face of her growing admiration . . . and love.

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NanoWrimo update

To help keep myself on track this November, I’m going to try to post my progress. Lately I’ve been on fire.

After 16 days — 48840 words



  1. Okay, Ed. I got a copy because I have to know what happens. This guy makes a fascinating first impression.

    1. You are a woman of refined and impeccable taste!

  2. What a conversation almost! What happens next? Kind of frightening.

    1. I was going for intimidating, but I guess frightening works, too.

  3. haha, sounds like nobody ever ask for the phone.

    1. Being aliens from the future of an alternate earth, they have little need for our technology, including phones. They have their own technology.

  4. Well that was a non sequitor…she’s going to be even more flustered now, I predict! Enjoyed the snippet and how it did not go the way she (or I) expected!

    1. Her expectations were based on her culture’s assumptions. He makes different assumptions.

  5. You painted quite the picture. If I were her I might just go the bathroom and come back later, hoping he’d moved on!

    1. That alternative never occurred to me, Alexis. My mindset was ‘she needs to have her first confrontation with the hero.’

  6. Elaine Cantrell · · Reply

    That didn’t go exactly as planned, LOL.

    1. Do you think she should give up?

  7. Diane Burton · · Reply

    What a first impression. His last line is hilarious.

    1. Thanks. I’m trying for humor in this work, so I’m glad to hear you think this worked.

  8. Hywela Lyn · · Reply

    I like this guy! Coincidentally I’ve just started reading this and just got past this snippet in the actual book. (See I just couldn’t keep my promise to self to wait to read it until Christmas, your snippets were just too enticing! 🙂 )

    1. It sounds like the snippets are doing their job!

  9. Hywela Lyn · · Reply

    P.S. Forgot to register on the WeWriWar site this week. Mine’s up at the usual https://hywelalyn.blogspot.com

    1. I left a comment. Thanks for stopping by, Lyn.

  10. What a first impression. lol I love the last line. 🙂

    1. Heroes should make a strong impression, right?

  11. That last line made me laugh! Liked the description of him.

    1. The key to a good snippet, IMHO, is to end it with a zinger of some sort.

  12. Oh, he’s going to be fun in an “intimidating, alpha sort of way.” Congrats on your NaNo word count, Ed. You are on fire.

    1. If I’m on fire, am I in danger of burning out?

  13. Well, his response was a little more civil than I had expected from her impression of him. She’s going to be properly flustered now.

    1. Yes, she is. And things will get worse for her, once she’s on the line to her brother.

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