Life in the ’Cosm

ID: Life in the ’Cosm as a paperback and an ebook that (shown on an e-reader and cellphone). Book cover: Purple, blue, and teal nebulae behind a ringed planet. Hurtling through space is Splot, an alien resembling a fried egg. Text reads: Life in the ’Cosm, by Cait Gordon

Available now from Renaissance PressAmazon, and Barnes & Noble. It’s also in the Ottawa Public Library!

What happens when boy meets girl but girl doesn’t notice boy because she shares a body with another boy?

When he’s not gorging on desserts, calming his hypochondriacal mum, or getting bone-crunching hugs from his warrior dads, Virj Ofreesin spends his time writing a fantasy novel about Frayda, the elegant half of the two-headed Dwa. Life is adequately mediocre until he learns the Dwa are gravely ill, and a mystical cure grows on a planet between two infamously warring worlds. Ignoring all warnings of danger, Virj embarks on the journey to be Frayda’s real-life hero, armed only with his stylus, and a boingy-haired nuisance who decides to tag along.

“This book was a delight from start to finish, but it’s the last third that shines, keeping me glued to the page. Honestly, if you’re looking for a light, funny story with equal parts sass and romance, this is most definitely the book for you.”

~ S.M. Carrière, author of Skylark (and a host of awesome books)

“Such a hilarious book. Between the zany characters, the plot and just the way Cait turns a phrase, I found several laugh out loud moments in the book.”

~ John Haas, author of The Reluctant Barbarian

Even a very short review on Goodreads and online bookseller pages such as Amazon means so much to us authors! Thanks to all who have already left reviews. ❤

Some history of LITC

In the 90s, I created a comic strip about a broody character named Virj Ofreesin (yes, it is pronounced verge of reason), Splot—his gelatinous pet who resembles a fried egg, and sentient daisy homemaker, Sonny.  Around 1998, I also started writing a story about Virj trying to write a story. I got about a chapter and a half done and set it aside while I let my life get in the way.

'Cosm sketch
ID: A more recent drawing of Sonny the sentient daisy holding up a cartoon sign that makes Splot (the egg-like alien) look like he’s sticking out his tongue. (Splot doesn’t have a mouth.) Splot says, “Look, Virj, I’m emojis!” Virj, a pleasantly plump green alien with a large snout says to the reader, “Flatmates.”

In May 2014, I began again, but completely from scratch. The characters are much more than I originally scribbled in a simple comic strip, and they have come to life in a whole new way. I even imagine their appearance differently now.

Life in the ’Cosm is about Virj’s microcosm: his humdrum job and introverted bachelor life, his insatiable appetite for anything sweet; the constant coddling by a fretting hypochondriacal mum and his gay dads; and his obsession with the oh-so-unattainable Frayda, who sits beside him at work.

First book of three . . . or maybe four. Yeah, three and a prequel.

After I came up with the ending for ‘Cosm, I realized I needed to write another book. Then three chapters into the second book, I decided how to end that story. Now I accept that I’ll need a third book. And maybe a Xax and Viv prequel. I think I’ll be nice and busy well through my golden years.

Update: I did indeed write the prequel about the origin story of Xax and Viv! It’s called The Stealth Lovers, and will be published in the fall of 2019! Whee!