Effing Feline sneezes at Covid 19 #wewriwa

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I, Effing Feline, am enjoying watching humans panic over catching the covid19 virus. Call me selfish (though of course I’m not), but if you ask “can I catch the virus from my cat?” you’re asking the wrong question.

What’s the right question? I’ll tell you after this word from our sponsor, TSGA (pronounced tuh sugga), aka The Solid Gold Aliens.

So far in The Solid Gold Aliens, we’ve been following Tresky Buffrum’s thread. Not today. We’re going to switch for a while to the POV of a policeman with problems. What those problems are should be somewhat apparent after today’s snippet.

“Stealin’ a private squinty at the beast, eh?”

Major MacKay Rullitch froze with a hand on the doorknob of the Golden Sloth exhibit room. Caught in the act, like a five-year-old stealing a cookie before dinner! He could’ve sworn the spaceport lobby was empty.

Without warning, Rullitch’s chagrin exploded into an angry clamor of voices that ricocheted through his skull and down his neck, filling his body with echoes that pounded the inside of his skin like prisoners trying to batter through the walls of a jail.

A subordinate is spying on you, one voice screamed, trying to discredit you.

A second voice whined, What you’re doing isn’t illegal. So you find the golden Sloth fascinating; so what?

Rullitch stared at his outstretched hand, surprised bumps weren’t visible where the voices struck from the inside.

Does the spy know you’ve come here every night after closing for the last week; know you gawk at the exhibit; pray to it, even?

Effing Feline here again. What is the right question? Obviously, it’s “can your cat catch covid19 from you?” That’s what you should be worried about.

The answer, by the way, seems to be “no“.

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The Solid Gold Aliens

For 500 years, the aliens were no threat. But they were just waiting . . .

All Tresky Buffrum wants is a taste of adventure before resigning himself to the life of a shepherd.  What he gets instead is a mysterious wife, fiercely chaste, who drags him to the Midas Crater, where hundreds of the planet’s intelligent natives have been transformed into gold.

Everyone on the caravan has an ulterior motive — except Tresky, who just wants to make love to his wife. Spies are everywhere. An Offworlder hero runs mad and murders people. A grim policewoman becomes attracted to Tresky while struggling to capture the psychotic sniper.

Observing this bizarre trek across the desert is an old, mute, lion-like alien. After befriending Tresky despite stern taboos, Virtrillica seeks a reason for her people to spare humans from a blast of extinction. Can the two of them save humankind and defeat the interplanetary conspirators who seek to destroy the Midas Crater and its sinister yet liberating secret?



  1. Author Jessica E. Subject · · Reply

    Sounds like the sloths are getting back at him for getting too close.

    1. Maybe. Or maybe it’s something else entirely. (Heh, heh, heh)

  2. Cara Hartley · · Reply

    Was he able to maintain a poker face while having that unpleasant internal dialogue, or does his face show his distress?
    ~cie from team netherworld~

    1. The scene is in his deep POV, and since he can’t see his own face, we may never know the answer to this question.

  3. Hmm…can the sloths do that, or is he having auditory hallucinations–is he schizophrenic? Good snippet, Ed. 🙂

    1. One of those three hypotheses is correct, Teresa.

  4. Actually, there is at least one case of a dog getting COVID-19.

    Of course, dogs are inferior creatures, right, Effing?

    1. Calling dogs inferior is the second best way to Effing’s heart — the first being salmon.

  5. Cant wait to find out what the gawking at the golden sloths is all about. Interesting snippet Ed.

    1. I’m glad to hear that, Iris.

  6. Ed, you are amazing. Week after week you keep me either laughing or worried. Yippee!

    1. Hopefully you’re worried about Major Rullitch’s mental state, rather than laughing at it.

  7. Gawking at and praying to the exhibit. Now I’m intrigued with the golden sloths and what makes them so special. We met a sloth once in a snippet, but I can’t remember what made them unique?

    1. It’s hard to encapsulate an entire book in 10-sentence snippets. Sloths are the intelligent natives of this planet, and they’ve restricted human settlements to a small segment of the planet.

  8. Ooh, now I have a (figurative) headache – all those angry voices in his head! Really well done snippet and makes me wonder why he’s so uptight and what will happen next.

    1. Have you tried some figurative aspirin?

  9. Yet another weird happening on this crazy planet!

    1. Despite its deliberately prosaic name, Planet Jones is filled with oddities.

  10. Cathy Brockman · · Reply

    Great snippet. Good thing to know the cats are safe lol

    1. Effing agrees with you.

  11. I’m so curious to know what is going on. Is he really praying to the exhibit? Can the sloths really speak or is it all in his head? So many questions!

    1. There’s a lot to be curious about.

  12. Sounds like he has a serious sloth problem. Very intriguing situation!

    1. You assume sloths are doing this, eh? Interesting.

  13. So, what do you say? The truth, or a well constructed lie?

    1. Well, since this is my own book, I say it’s a very well constructed lie!

  14. Yeah, it seems like there’s too many people in his head! Not sure who he should listen to–maybe all of them! Waiting to find out what’s going on! 🙂 Nice snippet!

    1. Or none of them.

  15. Elaine Cantrell · · Reply

    Hallucinations? Manipulation from the sloths? Loved the description of the voices and how they affected him.

    1. Several of my sci fi books have dealt with madness. I wonder what that says about me?

  16. I like how you set up your story with questions. Motivated me to continue reading to see what happens, answer-wise.

    Keep smiling,

    1. “Readerly questions” , as I called them for a workshop several years ago, are crucial, so thanks for this observation!

  17. Anonymous · · Reply

    Concerned of Human and their beloved animals. Best to stay quarentined and limit contact with othes human or otherwise. Hope you all stay well and keep eveything disenfected. New spy story sounds so excitng. I am using this time to catch up on my author friends.

    1. Personally, I have a HUGE TBR pile awaiting me . . .

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