Kage Baker’s career is not over. This is both interesting and nice in all sorts of way, both for me and for you, Dear Readers. But it … well, it can get in the way, you know?
The sequel to Nell Gwynne is safely with the publisher; I am awaiting the manuscript for requested revisions, but it’s out of my hands and hair at the moment. “Marswife”, though, needs daily work, as it is for an already planned and partially constructed collection. There is also a “Best of” volume in the works, and so at intervals I get requests for electronic copies of various stories – these kinds of books get put together like jigsaw puzzles, and during the decision process various stories get moved, inserted inside out, lost … recycled twice and used for fire starters, for all I know.
Just two days ago, an idea was proposed to me of hawking some of Kage’s work over in the UK again. Her very first novel was actually published first over there, under the title At the Edge of the West. It had an hysterically funny bodice-ripper cover, and was in fact marketed as a romance. They declined Sky Coyote, however, telling Kage that no one in England was interested in Indians … however, she does have quite a following Over the Pond, and all her books are in print over there; the Tor versions, mostly.
It has been suggested that a publisher might be interested in publishing some of her novellas, two at a time – like the old Ace Doubles, which were a hallmark of our childhood, she and I … books with B sides! Two for the price of one! And in those days, even an Ace Double cost only 50 cents, so they were quite a bargain. The project has some nostalgic value for me, thereby.
But it’s complicated! I am going through the novellas, checking to see which ones have been published a lot and which ones are still relatively unknown; trying various combos to see if they go well together. Does “Angel In The Darkness” go better with “Dark Earth” – both family stories – or should it be paired with “Hanuman”, in that they are both essentially tragic? Can “Maid On The Shore” carry the lesser-known “Or Else My Lady Keeps The Key?” Is “The Queen In Yellow” just too weird to repeat, or too peculiar not to?
On top of these authorial concerns (and they take considerable Kage-channeling, I tell ya), life staggers one. The dryer is dying – time to put up the clothesline, which we have left late this summer. And Harry has chewed up most of the clothespins for toys. We can’t find a spice cake mix anywhere – someone has decided they are seasonal or something.
And there are the summer movies! Broke down today and went to a matinee of Captain America. Oh, Dear Readers, this one is every bit as good as you could hope for! If you’re a comic fan, a Marvel fan or even just an antique car fan – see it. It’s grand. And I only found one egregious anachronism! Go, see it: the romantic ingenous are very pretty and can even act; Tommy Lee Jones would be a delight reading the freaking phone book, and Hugo Weaving chews up the scenery admirably as the Red Skull.
Anyway: it’s been a busy day. It will be busy days for a little while now. Thank you for your patience, and I will endeavour to give you something better than just my To Do List tomorrow.