This is where I hope to chronicle my process of continuing the work of my late sister, Kage Baker. It was one of the last things she told me to do – use her notes, her plots, the thousands of drives up and down I-5 with her telling me stories, and keep those stories rolling out to the world. And that’s what I intend to do.
First, though, all thanks to our brilliant, staunch and invaluable friend, Neassa Skold. Neassa was our buddy for years, companion in all manner of historical recreation nonsense and delight. She saw us through Kage’s final illness, keeping me company in waiting rooms and helping me smuggle goodies in. She let us stay in her family’s house when we needed a place to shelter while Kage had surgery. She came to help me clean out the house when Kage died, and kept me sane for the month it took. And she set up this blog and is enabling me to follow through on this project.
Praise her with great praise!
Now: I’ve been working since February 2010 on the sequel to The Women of Nell Gwynn’s. The going has been tough, but it’s getting easier. Last night, I had a dream – Kage, directing my view out a window to a river full of islands, all thickly grown with flowering reeds. As we watched, the river began to rise and the islands began to float. They broke up like ice floes, and all rushed forward; people appeared in the flood, and began to stack the free islands into a causeway. I asked Kage if the causeway would not get too wide and block the river – but she said: ” No, they’re taken off again at the further edge and the river runs free. And it can’t run free unless the islands are moved and stacked: so get to it, kiddo.”
Sure seems obvious to me …
Tomorrow: a first glimpse of how one takes up the reins on a writer’s hobby horse: the soundtrack