Kage Baker did not do perky. Or cute. Winsome, darling, anything requiring the head tilted to one side and the suggestion of dimples: anathema to her. This despite the fact that as a small child her hair was a mass of copper ringlets and Momma favoured ruffles on little girls – aside from a congenital weakness for cool shoes, Kage was having none of it.

Consider the look on her baby portrait’s face. That was not a twee kid.

I have been known to try for a stiff upper lip; even to stagger along with a bored fox in my tunic, complaining that it wants down. Sometimes one just does not want to admit one has reached a stopping point. But this morning … well, I don’t think I’ve managed to reach a starting point.

I’ve made coffe (and am drinking it) and I even have a load of laundry in. But my bed still looks like a major migration went through it. Something besides me seems to have slept in my hair, and possibly in my mouth. My head is filling up like a balloon with mucous. I hope  it’s mucous – could be custard. Could be an invasion of squids. Could be my brain dissolving into primal ooze. But there is no perky in me.

This blog may be the intellectual high point of my day. I will write, working on Marswife: despite a suspicion that whatever I write will also be snot, and have to be wiped up and redone later. Mostly, though, I am going to emulate the great and wise Kage Baker- who chose to be a whiny invertebrate on days like this, lest her zombie state communicate itself too much to the work … it’s time for movies. Books. Knitting. Whinging.

I don’t do perky either.

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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6 Responses to Anti-perky

  1. Margaret says:

    You mention movies: Do you have or can you get hold of either The Valley of Gwangi (world’s first and perhaps only dinosaur Western) or When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth (excellent ripoff of One Million BC, and even funnier). They have often overcome even rotten health for me, at least temporarily. The Giant Gila Monster is also good.
    Rx by Dr.Margaret


  2. Kate says:

    Margaret – yep, own ’em both! Good suggestion.


  3. Tom says:

    Might have been Nora Roberts (some similar giant of pop pub, if not) who said, “I can fix a bad page. I can’t fix a blank page.” Write on, sistuh.

    I’ve wrassled with a stubborn old laundry room water heater so far today, and with the brand new washing machine that won’t open its valves for hot water. ML is ill. My enthusiasm for driving up into West L.A. to greet The Scalzi and buy his FUZZY NATION is diminishing by the minute. Nor will I go into the west valley to shake the hand of Lawrence Block, also here this weekend, even though WHEN THE SACRED GIN MILL CLOSES is one of my dozen favorite books.

    Pfui. It’ll get better.


  4. Kate says:

    Tom – yep, we’ll all get better. It’s just a grey, slow, comatose Saturday.

    BTW – Fuzzy Nation is very entertaining. I just finished it, and liked it a lot.


  5. mary lynn says:

    K, I liken the snot/nose-crud-whatever to someone has filled my head with condensed cream of mushroom soup, arguably the ickiest stuff on Earth and/or Mars.

    The doctor is now recommending I wash out my sinuses. Looks a lot like water-boarding to me.


  6. Kate says:

    Oh, dear me – nasal irrigation does work well, I am told (a sister, a niece and several friends use various forms) but it looks like water boarding to me, too. If you essay it, you are a braver person than I am.


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