January 31st

Kage Baker died a year ago today – January 31st, at 1:15 in the morning.

I haven’t said all I need to say about her, not by a long shot – but the worst year of my life is over; I can put off my mourning black and wear cheerful purple instead. I can look back to a year ago and see something – anything! – besides Kage’s death.  I made it.

Also, at 1:13 in the morning this morning, I finished Nell Gwynne II; Or, Who We Did On Our Summer Holiday. It is done. Today I’ll do some necessary clean up and spell-checking, and send it off to Linn-the-agent, the most patient woman in the world.

It’s a nice little steampunk romance, set in the semi-tropical splendour of Torquay, Devon. Even the Ladies of Nell Gwynne go on holiday … Boy meets girls, boy loves girls, girls sink boy’s fiendish submersible gun platform in the cold, cold sea. Boy runs off to Australia to sulk, girls return home to their high-class London brothel with a bucket of seashells and a new fox terrier. Ta-da!

I hope and pray this will not disgrace the name of Kage Baker. I don’t think it will.

Now off to correct my execrable spelling – now, that was one of the pains of her life …

About Kate

I am Kage Baker's sister. Kage was/is a well-known science fiction writer, who died on January 31, 2010. She told me to keep her work going - I'm doing that. This blog will document the process.
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8 Responses to January 31st

  1. Luisa Puig Duchaineau says:

    Thank you, Kathleen, for illuminating the passage of Kage so well. What a task, challenge and, ultimately, an inspiration.

    The old year is over.

    Happy New Year to you.

    Hugs, etc. *L*

  2. Meagan Rettinhouse says:

    Can’t wait to read your book Kathleen! I have a feeling that it is going to be awesome!

  3. Meagan Rettinhouse says:

    P.S. Purple is a great color!

  4. Margaret says:

    Excellent and tempting plot summary. I suppose it’s too soon to get in line to buy the book? I’ve been so impressed with your expressive skills in this blog that I’m sure you’ve done your sister (and the Ladies) proud. I do look forward to this book and all future ones. Can we hope to hear more about Lord Ermenwyr, too?

  5. Kate says:

    Meagan – you must check with your parents before you read any of the Ladies stories. And possibly have one or two more birthdays. The purple cover is awfully keen, though, I agree.

  6. Kate says:

    Margaret – thank you. I hope it will please – first the publisher who requested it, and then any readers of Kage’s work.

    I have several more story ideas to work on, that Kage outlined and left me. In fact, I am under geas to try and write them. And yes, one or two are about the adorable Lord Ermenwyr. He was one of Kage’s favourite characters.

  7. Tom says:

    So this is how it looks when you come out the other side, then; blue skies, brisk temperatures, and a wind to put the lungs in ya.
    And a polish job to go on a first draft. Brrrrr! Shiverrrr!
    Much affection, many hugs, Kathleen. You did it.

  8. PJ says:

    What a generous journey you have taken us on this last year. Thank you for that.

    And I am so looking forward to more of Nell Gwynne’s ladies.

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