September 3rd

Kage Baker would still be glowering at the new month today- it’s only 3 days old, it hasn’t mellowed into fall yet. She’d still be howling with despair at the crepe myrtles, gaudy exhibitionists advertising the end of summer. There are probably Halloween displays up already in some stores, but most of them are still cruelly flaunting college-lined notebook paper and backpacks …

Despite which, today the weather has decided to preview fall most delightfully. It’s cooler but not cold; there is a faint wind; and the light has the crystalline quality that hints at the coming of frost. Northern light, Kage always called it; a trace of ice in the light, if not the air, giving a crispness and sharpness to all the distances. By the end of this weekend, it’s supposed to be back into the 90’s in parts of Los Angeles – especially the Hollywood Hills, Kage’s ancestral hunting ground – but right now it is a perfect autumn day.

It’s also International Bacon Day, the celebration of which is simply obvious: EAT A LOT OF BACON. It’s my spiritual duty, and I feel a definite mood of ecstaticism coming over me. Eat your heart out, John of the Cross; Teresa de Avila, I’ll give you a run for your money.

When not eating bacon, I can indulge my native Welsh depression by reading The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows. ( This creatively dark tome will make your head implode – just suck in on itself until you look like a week-old jack o’lantern in a hot October, zshwuuuppp. If you’re one of those folks who enjoys a bit of nihilistic mournfulness at the turning of the year, check this out. It’s a definite autumnal kind of book. And if you cannot press your inner Shirley Temple flat under it, you’ll find it hilarious.

So what happened today? Lots of horrible things in WWII and the American Civil War. On the other hand, Frederick Douglas escaped from slavery. In Sweden, the entire country changed from driving on the left to driving on the right – overnight. Must have been exciting.

Historically, today was a bad day for Britain. It’s the anniversary of the crowning of Richard Coeur d’lion and (in a later year) the appointment of Richard Cromwell as Protector of England after Oliver Cromwell died. September 3rd is the first date the American flag was flown in battle, and the date the truce was signed between the nascent USA and Great Britain. And it’s Independence Day in Qatar, which broke from the UK in 1971. And in 1666, the Royal Exchange burned down in the Great Fire of London.

Oh, and in Canada it’s Merchant Navy Remembrance Day. In case you forgot them …

Not an exciting day, really, save for watching the weather decide what season it belongs to. While September makes up its mind I am going to go indulge in some low-level jalopia. And eat bacon.

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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