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Happy Unbirthday, Catrina

by on February 11, 2013

I was going to do a normal Catrina story today, as I’ve been doing for the last couple Mondays, but then I became aware of the date. Today is February 11th, which is exactly one month after January 11th, which is the two-year anniversary of Catrina’s very first adventure, A Princess StoryOf course, back then our heroine was named Caitlin; she got retconned into her current name by the magical sword Continuityslicer. It was all Susan’s fault. Catrina was very upset. Of course, she’s also a bit upset at me, since my birthday post about her is a whole month late. To make it up to her, I’m going to do a giveaway, because one’s supposed to give things to people on birthdays. So, starting tomorrow and going through the end of Wednesday, you will be able to download a free e-book copy of Catrina in Space, her first novel adventure (but by no means her last). It’s also Valentine’s Day this week, so if you’re looking for a gift for your significant other, and your significant other has a Kindle or PC and likes wacky random fiction, well, hey. You now have a gift idea. You’re welcome. 🙂

So, as it’s Catrina’s one-month-late second birthday (which, I supposed, would make it her unbirthday), I suppose I should share a few reminisces. I still remember the first time I ever wrote about her. I was participating in a weekly writing challenge then, and the prompt for that week was chosen by Trisha., who has her own blog that continues to this day. The prompt that week was, “The truth behind the smile”. So I wrote a short little piece about a princess named Caitlin who was being courted by a knight named Charles, and she smiled at him. Only it turned out that Charles was an assassin sent by Vladimir the Marauder to kill her, but he failed because it also turned out that Caitlin had a few tricks off her own. Mainly, she was really good with a sword, and Charles was distracted by monologuing. I liked Caitlin so much I used her in another story, and then I sent her off to fight Vladimir to avenge the death of her mother, and then she got killed and went off to Character Heaven, whereupon she left there and started the Zombie Penguin Apocalypse, after which she got sent to Character Hell and met her arch-nemesis Susan….and the rest, as they say, is history.

Catrina would say a few words at this point, but she’s busy on her current quest to find Mlrning (the Shovel of Thor!) and rescue her love interest Perry the Assistant-Librarian. In the meantime, I leave you with one of my favorite Catrina speeches. Actually, this comes from the tiny angel that lives on her shoulder. Enjoy!

“The cookies of the light-side are fat free and yet still tasty! The dark side’s cookies are but mere imitations, made with the rotten eggs of treachery, eggs which then give you the salmonella poisoning of doubt and despair!”

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