Mad Monday

Kage Baker would have rolled her eyes, flapped her hands and written off today. It’s been a bitch.

I have a head ache, a stomach ache, fever chills and cramps in all my arms and legs. I have no idea what the matter is, but I feel like road kill looks. Bizarre accidents have been plaguing me – the foam on my headphones shredded away in my hands like a bad special effect, I mixed up knit and pearl stitches in a stockinette pattern, I can’t write. The East Coast is washing away and the new broadcasts are horrific.

I want to sit quietly and craft prose like tiny little jewel-encrusted toys, but all I can produce is lumpy macaroni necklaces.

Tomorrow will be better. At least it will be different. The Halloween candy is in definite jeopardy …

Gonna go read a Stephen King novel, and take comfort in the fact that there are no vampires in my basement. See ya later, Dear Readers.

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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3 Responses to Mad Monday

  1. No vampires is good. You heard the HMS Bounty sank in this terrible storm? The Captain literally went down with his ship, and his wife with him, though most of the crew have been found, from what I see on their Facebook page.. I suppose if he had to choose between that any of many terrible ways to die that don’t include painless in the night at home, it might have been his preference.

    ~singing: Always look on the bright side of life!


    • Mark says:

      Weird coincidence… Haven’t been on the HMS Bounty for over two decades, since a West Coast tour in the late 1980s… But I remember discussing work shanties with one of the crew, and doing a brake-pump shanty with him (“New York Girls”) that I’d learned from Simeon. We discussed the fact they ought to have one rigged like the original ship doubtless had…but they had gone to electric bilge pumps.

      Today I heard about the sinking on NPR, and a tall ship sailor they interviewed made the chilling comment that they *had* no mechanical pumps on board…and when they lost electrical power, “it was no longer if they would sink, but when.” I guess that an old subtle mistake came back to haunt the current crew.

      Eternal Father, strong to save,
      Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
      Who bidd’st the mighty ocean deep
      Its own appointed limits keep;
      Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
      For those in peril on the sea!
      – William Whiting


  2. Kate says:

    Yes, I heard about the Bounty and her captain. I can hear Kage in my mind, saying solemly “Worse thing happen at sea, and this is what they mean.” And then reciting:

    We therefore commit their body to the deep, looking for the general Resurrection in the last day, and the life of the world to come, through our Lord Jesus Christ; at whose second coming in glorious majesty to judge the world, the sea shall give up her dead; and the corruptible bodies of those who sleep in him shall be changed, and made like unto his glorious body; according to the mighty working whereby he is able to subdue all things unto himself.


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