Effing Feline belches #wewriwa

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I, Effing Feline, sometimes despair of my pet human, Ed. He’s a writer, a word person, who worked hard this week on a blurb for his latest WIP, The Seven Foot Cupid. But he got it all wrong! What he wrote (shown at the end of this blog) isn’t even close to a blurb. The Feline Dixionary of Human Foibles makes that quite clear, don’t you think?.


  • Color key:
  • Red = The first ten sentences
  • Brown = A few more, which you can skip if you’re bored

Ember took a deep breath and submerged her fears under a veneer of professionalism. Senior encros like her could handle the toughest, most dangerous situations this planet could throw at her, right?

At least she had been capable. Was she still, after the accident that made her a stranger? That was her personal reason for being here, over and above her orders. To find out if she still had what it takes.

She crept forward and parted tall grasses for a better look at the blasphemy-inducing scene. Although she observed for ten long minutes, no dangers appeared. Wind slithered down the dead volcano’s gentle slope, starting greenish-brown waves in a sea of grass. Thick clouds hid the sun and combined with the high altitude to make the breeze cool enough that she turned up the collar of her vest. A solitary insect — a corn-wallower, freshly hatched inside a kernel — landed on her hand. She shook it off. Addoray didn’t have many insects, but those it had bit hard.

To escape the bug, she stood and turned in a cautious circle. Still no visible dangers, so she edged warily down the bank toward the mystery in the middle of the wash.

Effing Feline here again. The Feline Dixionary of Human Foibles, 6th Edition, clearly states on page 187 that a blurb is:

a noise made by air released from the stomach through the mouth; a belch

The Dixionary couldn’t possibly be wrong, right?

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The Seven Foot Cupid

Book One in the Passion Island Trilogy
A locked-in-a-room romance

Ember prides herself on handling anything her newly colonized planet can throw at her. After a head injury shakes her confidence, she’s determined to prove herself again. She gets her chance when she’s ordered to explore a mysterious new cave.

Tyler, an explorer from a rival town, is given the same task. Like Ember, he’d been in an accident – – but his entire team died, leaving him drowning in survivor’s guilt. When he meets Ember, he’s drawn not only to her beauty and toughness, but by how well she deals with her accident.

Booker, a naïve Apprentice Cupid for a secret organization, receives his first assignment: get Ember and Tyler together. His strategy: lock them in an abandoned cabin together so they get to know each other.

He doesn’t realize he’s locked them in with . . . something else. Something dangerous. Something no human has ever seen.

24 comments

  1. Oh, good bite-y bugs. Is it in the desert? She’s tough, they won’t bother her. Something no human has ever seen, tho? Worse than bugs, usually.

    Effing is right about blurbs. Give that feline a treat.

    1. Hmm. This comments makes me wonder what your blurbs read like. Are you sure you don’t write burps, instead?

  2. Really good descriptions in today’s snippet. nice read.

    1. Wow. Thanks, Iris.

  3. Bored – never bored with your excerpts – but I like the colour coded idea.

    Bugs that bite hard – on the side of a volcano – checking out a mysterious thing — what could possibly go wrong.
    Tweeted.

    1. When list out all the possible dangers, I guess it does seem that there are one or two possible problems..

  4. You do nice a job os building tension in this scene, and after I read the burp–I mean the blurb, I want to read this. 🙂

    Effing, keep using that dixionary. Life will be much more amusing! lol

    No post for me this week. I was away last week and just didn’t get it done. 🙂

    1. How much more amusing can Effing’s life get, I wonder?

  5. Bugs that bite. Definitely to be avoided! But I’m wondering what it is she’s seeing there.

    1. I’ve been teasing readers by not telling what she sees. In the book, I tease for a little two pages. That’s quite a few snippets, though.

  6. Really enjoyed the snippet, full of scene setting details like the bug. I’m all tense now, waiting to find out what she’s going to look at and what’s going to happen next. Knowing you, it could be anything LOL! You’re so good at unexpected plot twists…

    1. When you’re on a new colony planet you can expect the unexpected.

  7. You did such a great job of setting the scene, I really don’t want her to move. I know as soon as she does something’s going to leap out of that tall grass!

    1. Hmm. So you think that’s the direction the danger will come from. We’ll see.

  8. Author Jessica E. Subject · · Reply

    Wonderful description in this snippet! I wanted to shake that bug of, too. And I’m as intrigued about what’s ahead as this character.

    1. I just threw together the bug’s name — corn wallower — and then it came to me that it could hatch inside a kernel of corn. I must admit, I like that little detail.

  9. Cathy Brockman · · Reply

    Interesting story

    1. Glad you think so, Cathy!

  10. I am still highly interested in her accident. The one that made her a stranger. Amnesia? Trying to live up to past successes must be difficult, especially if one has a fear or lack of remembering them if that be the case.

    1. You won’t find the explanation of her accident until the end of chapter two. Sorry about that.

  11. Eek! I don’t care for bugs. I do like this scene, though. It’s very descriptive. I can almost hear the wind rustling through the tall grass.
    ~Cie from Naughty Netherworld Press and Readers Roost~

    1. Although I don’t care for real bugs, I like that this particular bug hatches inside a corn kernel, hence is a corn ‘wallower.’ It’s a tiny detail, but I enjoy it.

  12. I love the addition of an “apprentice cupid.”

    1. You gotta learn how to do this love-arrow thing. Taking classes. Maybe pass a test or something. Get a professional certificate.

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