Effing Feline dreams big #WEWRIWA

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I’m continuing with a hook from the third and final book in the Passion Island trilogy, Triple Wedding.

Several people expressed interest in the idea of growing houses, so I’m skipping ahead to a passage with more information about it.

Before she (Teegan) could leave to meet Sterling, though, she had to get rid of a customer, Villiams, who’d insisted on a personal tour of her facilities before he made the down payment on his house. She led him along a narrow aisle between stacks of completed building blocks. Most of them were four feet long and one-and-a-half feet high, yet even she could pick them up with ease.

Villiams made a production of covering his mouth and nose with his sleeve to block the earthy smells of sawdust and fungi that dominated her warehouse, Vaguely insulted, she stopped at the end of the aisle and swept her arm toward the end of her warehouse. It was piled to the ceiling with building blocks behind a glasteel wall. Sterling, she was sure, wouldn’t be bothered by the mild smell of her warehouse. His elks undoubtedly smelled much worse.

“How long will it take to make my house’s blocks?” Villiams asked.

“After I make the molds, a week is usually enough, but unlike some of my competitors, I leave the molds an extra three days, in case the mycelium missed some spots. The extra time also provides superior bonding. Channels for wiring and plumbing are, of course, grown right into the blocks.”

Effing Feline here again. Why does the idea of growing house make my daydreams explode in size? Well, just imagine — a whole house made of scratching posts!

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Triple Wedding

Triple Wedding – All three of Teegan Dayle’s sisters are getting married at the same time. On top of that, one sister just had a baby and two have gotten medals for bravery. To maintain her image as the most successful sister, Teegan simply must have a great date for the triple wedding — someone who’s loving, gorgeous, rich…and a good actor. Anyone, in other words, but the man Cupid has picked out for her.

22 comments

  1. Diane Burton · · Reply

    Love that Cupid has screwed up again. Or has he? Can’t wait to read this one.

    1. That’s a very astute question that figures into the climax of the trilogy’s meta-story involving the Project and the Cupids.

  2. Author Jessica E. Subject · · Reply

    The idea of growing houses is such a fascinating concept! Love it!

  3. So she grows blocks of which the houses are then built? Fascinating. I especially liked that the grooves for the wiring and cables are grown into the blocks! Such a neat concept! Great snippet! Tweeted.

    1. See the link in my answer to the previous comment.

  4. Interesting technology going on here. Thanks for sharing more of the “how”. I enjoyed all the details! Great snippet.

    1. You’re more than welcome.

  5. Interesting idea of using fungi to grow a house.

    1. I agree, which is why I went into so much detail about it.

  6. Growing a house. An intriguing idea. Hopefully someday it will become a reality.
    Tweeted.

    1. And she’s proud of having dragged herself to the peak of her profession.

  7. Love this! Sounds like your fungi is a member of the Ganoderma spp.

    Fascinating what fungi can do, and how important it is to the environment. Molds/moulds are amazing fodder for scifi writing. And the horrific ways they acquire their ‘nutrition’ is frighteningly real.

    Love that your book explores this avenue!

    1. I’ve been inspired by reading about Suzanne Simard. Perhaps you’ve heard of her — a forest ecologist who’s big on the shared intelligence and interdependence of trees? She’s from Nelson, BC, where I went to university, which was the first thing that drew her to my attention — nothing to do with her work.

  8. I’m with Effing. The idea of growing houses makes me imagine so many fantastic possibilities!

    1. Kind of gives new meaning to the phrase “tree house.”

  9. Elaine Cantrell · · Reply

    Now that’s the way to get a house! Love it.

    1. Yes . . . but you’ll have to travel to planet Addoray, the setting for this book, to get the house.

  10. So interesting about growing houses. Loved the detail.
    Thanks for sharing the link to know more.

    1. You know, my beta readers agreed–don’t have so much detail about growing houses, it slows down the action. Maybe I need different readers.

  11. Interesting way to build a house.

    1. This is science fiction, so I have to have some nifty technology, even if it isn’t a spaceship.

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