Effing Feline holds his nose #wewriwa

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I, Effing Feline, am holding my nose. That’s because I’m about to write about an unpleasant subject, one that I’ve avoided for months and months. Namely, the other animal in this house — Twiggles the Dog.

I’ll try not to make fun of her, because poor Twiggles not only has no tail (!) she’s getting old (!!). Notice all the grey hair? That proves she old, old, old — unlike young, vigorous me. Nyah nyah nyah, Twiggles has no tail!

Oops. I said I wouldn’t do that. My bad.

Back to The Saint of Quarantine Island. After young Billy jumps off the cliff, the boat’s driver decides Janet has to haul Billy into the dinghy and row him to his floathouse.

Realizing she’d stopped pulling the rope, she resumed hauling the boy in. He was almost to the dinghy, thanks as much to his swimming as to her efforts.

“It’ll be okay, Billy,” the driver called. “I brought a mom to take care of you.”

“What!” Janet dropped the rope then scrambled to pick it up again. “What did you say?”

The driver grinned at her. “Bye, lady.”

Fingers appeared over the side of the dinghy, followed by a hand and a wet, half-drowned head covered in matted hair so long it almost looked like a beast’s.

And a few more:

Janet took his hand and pulled, but he didn’t need much help. He hauled himself into the dinghy with an efficiency that spoke of practice. He shook himself like a dog, splattering her with frigid seawater, then lay on his side, coughing. Billy Seaweed smelled briny, like his name.

Effing Feline here again. You know, folks, I really hate that Ed has opposable thumbs for opening cans. It means I have to do what he wants (sometimes).

Right now he wants me to point out that Twiggles is a schnauzer/poodle mix, or schnoodle (what a ridiculous name!). She gets the grey from her schnauzer ancestors, not because she’s old. He also says Twiggles is younger than I am, but I’m not going to tell you that.

Uh . . . oops again!

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The Saint of Quarantine Island



  1. C’mon, Effing – you have to admit that Twiggles is kind of cute – even without a tail.

    Happy Sunday!

    1. Lisabet, I strongly suggest you don’t hold your breath waiting for Effing to admit any such thing. Yes, happy Sunday, and have a glorious rest of the week.

  2. Author Jessica E. Subject · · Reply

    I don’t think Janet was expecting that, but I’m sure Billy can help her with her mission.

    1. She came to the island to write, NOT become a foster mom.

  3. nancygideon · · Reply

    “Mom!” Just the job she was looking for!

  4. Lord, no wonder she dropped the rope! I’m sure that’s not the job she was looking for on Quarantine Island. But I really can’t fathom why the boat captain abandoned her like that. Did I miss something?

    1. Maybe that part didn’t make a snippet. The driver is worried about catching the virus, so he can’t personally rescue Billy. Since Janet wants to get it, he’s delegating Janet to take Billy home.

  5. Charmaine Gordon July 19, 2020-noon today
    As always, Ed, you are the best when it comes to fun. Best always, my friend.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Charmaine.

  6. Many complications ahead no doubt. She’s getting more than she bargained for all right!

    1. Throwing in another complication also makes it harder for readers to know what’ll happen.+

  7. Will Janet have to mother Billy? He doesn’t seem to need or want help.

    1. You are so right about that. Let’s just say the two of them have a period of adjustment ahead of them.

  8. It seems like a comedy of manners, or a battle of wills, is about to begin.

    1. But Billy has no manners!

  9. She is to mother Billy? This should prove interesting.
    I loved the way Billy shook off the water. Twiggles would be proud. Love the photo. She’s adorable.

    1. Hmm. I hadn’t thought of the kinship between Billy and Twiggles, but maybe you’re right.

  10. haha, nothing like a bit of a surprise while rescuing someone … nice twist.

    1. In some cultures, if you save a person’s life you then become partly responsible for them. That isn’t the case in Kwakiutl culture, but this is a special case.

  11. Cathy Brockman · · Reply

    Twigged is adorable. Imagine poor Molly surrounded by 4 felines lol.
    Seems the lady is getting more than she bargained for by going to the island!

    1. One problem with becoming his ‘mother’ — he hasn’t signed on to this agreement. Nor has she, really.

  12. Seems he’s bringing more than supplies to this island. And just why did he say, ‘good-bye’ just now?

    And Twiggles may be younger… but cats live longer Effing. You have the edge.

    1. Yes, he also brings in people who want to increase their creativity — the 21st century equivalents of the romantic creatives who gloried in suffering for their art. and with Billy being a member of the same tribe (Kwakiutl), he does what little he can to look after the boy.

  13. This scene is so good. Part of me thinks she is a little wacky so she’ll blend right in. I like Billy’s character.

    Effing, stop acting like a second-grader! Poor Twiggles…

    1. Oh yes, she’s more than a little wacky, as even she acknowledges at one point. One of the big themes of this book is mental illness and its relationship with creativity. She comes to realize that there’s something in her that resonates with the Bipolar(ish) form of mental illness on this island. The same is true for me. I’m not mentally ill, but if I were to go over the edge, I suspect I’d land on Gilford.

  14. Your descriptions are great (as always). P.S. Twiggles is a cutie.

    1. Thanks from me, and a quick lick of the face from Twiggles.

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