Effing Feline confesses #wewriwa

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I, Effing Feline, have a confession to make, something I’ve never told anyone except a few thousand of my closest online fans. I come from a broken home. I never knew my father — he skipped out on my mother before I was born. He never even paid kitten-support. I think that explains why I sniff so much catnip, don’t you?

Those of you who have real fathers who taught you to cough up fur balls and eat mice, be thankful for him. Also be thankful if your father doesn’t look like this cool tom, who looks like something out of a Star Trek episode. What do you think his kittens look like?


.Our heroine, beautiful Janet Davis, is approaching the quarantine  after bribing a supply boat driver to smuggle her onto the island. She arrives just in time to see Billy Seaweed leap off a cliff. In the final lines from last week, the boat driver said, “Please, lady, let me take you back. You don’t want to die like that crazy nut, eh?”

Janet trembled, yet strangely, the suicide calmed her. “I’ll die anyway; we all die.”

Words tumbled out of her. “This way, there’s at least a chance my death will be meaningful. Back in college I dreamed of being a writer, a great writer — or at least a published one. “But then I met Franklin, and I’ve always…”

She stroked her cheeks. “This face.” She ran her hands down to cup her breasts, not caring if she gave him ideas. “This body…”

(two more)

Swallowing hard, she lowered her hands. “I always settled for what they brought to my feet, like offerings . . . but they were always the easy things, the second-best things.”

Effing Feline here again. The cat in that picture I showed you is just as weird as someone like Janet Davis who chooses to get smuggled into a quarantine, don’t you think?

Read about the cat’s kittens here. And also, here’s a pic from the Star Trek episode I referred to:

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

The Saint of Quarantine Island

Maybe you’ve read about viruses that turn people into zombies. But how about a virus that turns people into madmen, some of whom become creative geniuses?

The Saint of Quarantine Island escapes from its pre-sale quarantine on July 1, 2020. Until then, it’s available at a special reduced price. Don’t wait — the price will be rising as surely as Billy Seaweed’s mania.



  1. very intense, and sad, outlook of life. i hope someone will change her thinking.

    1. At the beginning of the book, she definitely feels hopeless. But she has a character arc, and i leave it to you to guess where that arc is leading her/

  2. Author Jessica E. Subject · · Reply

    I think she should heed the warnings. What good is having a published book if you’re not able to enjoy that accomplishment after?

    1. Spoken with eminent common sense . . . which Janet’s impulsiveness has completely overridden.

  3. So sad. Hopefully some improvements in her life and mood are in the near future.

    I couldn’t here from the WWW link. You pop up in my email so I clicked here that way.

    1. That’s two weeks in a row this has happened, even though I’ve done nothing different. ‘Tis a mystery . . .

  4. You can feel the sadness in her words. I’m sad about Billy, too.

    1. This book definitely isn’t one of my romantic comedies. There are flashes of humor, but this one is serious and sometimes dark by comparison.

  5. I think she is already feeling the influence of the island.
    Does Billy rise again? This story sounds crazy and fun.

    1. Indeed she is anticipating the emotions of Gilford Island. As for Billy, rest easy. The next chapter is about his rescue.

  6. Diane Burton · · Reply

    Such a sad commentary on her life. I remember that ST episode. Roddenberry always had a way of taking present day topics into the future where we could accept and learn. Happy Father’s Day, Ed.

    1. That’s one of my favorite episodes, too. I want to say Frank Gorshin played one of the two-toned aliens, but I could be wrong.

  7. nancygideon · · Reply

    Ooooh, I so want her backstory!

    1. You learn her backstory in little fragments scattered through the book, so there’s no 10 sentence summary suitable for these snippets. I hope, though, that you feel you really know her by the end of the book.

  8. Sounds like there’s a lot of background here to bring her to this path she’s chosen.

    BTW, the linky link from WWW didn’t work for me this week. No idea why.

    1. That’s two weeks in a row the link hasn’t worked, and I’m not doing anything different. Grr!

  9. Cathy Brockman · · Reply

    Seems like a sad book but I bet it perks up. It has a very intriguing premise.

    1. Some sadness is appropriate, I guess, for a book that explores the relationship between mental illness and creativity.

  10. I hope her depressing mood will lift soon, though it’s hard to climb out of a pit of sadness overnight.

    1. She will, but it isn’t easy.

  11. Elaine Cantrell · · Reply

    Nice excerpt. We learned something about her.

    1. The sex object awakens to what she might have been!

  12. I well remember that Star Trek episode. “Let That Be Your Last Battlefield” I’m pretty sure. And yes, Frank Gorshin was one of the the two-toned characters.:) Big Trekkie here.

    I hope life on the island will change her despair before it’s too late. And glad to hear Billy makes a comeback!

    Happy Father’s Day, Ed!

    1. I’ve recently started watching the original Star Trek from episode 1, and I find I remember almost nothing of it. The only two episodes I remember well are the one you mentioned and The Trouble with Tribbles.

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