In My Room

Kage Baker was a fiercely dedicated writer. She wrote almost all the time, even when she didn’t want to – because, she said, you might only get a few hundred words done, but those few hundred will move you that much closer to the place where you suddenly find you can write 2,000.

To which end, I’ve added a few thousand to “Pareidolia”. today. Completely rewrote the beginning, trying for less happy Joseph and more Show, Not Tell. I’m going to do some more tonight, before I fall asleep to the sound of the waves 100 feet away.

Despite being  a well-behaved writer, it’s been a lovely day. There were otters floating tranquilly in the deadly high tide this morning; there is a pigeon next outside my window, with sweetly courting rock doves in it. I have chocolate chip cookies for a late night snack. Neassa is wonderful company – we’ve been trading observations and writing conundrums as we work (Who took out the Sumerians? Do you remember?)

The moon rose, full and glorious, and its silvered road has been dancing on the waves all night. And the coast of Monterey is simply one of the most beautiful places to be at any time, for any reason. Its especially easy to enjoy it through a window when the window is the paned casement windows in the renovated  Victorian B & B where I happen to be staying …

My publisher called me on the road yestreday, to ask politely if any of my writing weekend was to be spent on his stuff. Ad yes it is, and I’d better get back to it. Jacob is a wonderfully nice man, and he did ask so hopefully and politely …

Back to Constantinople!

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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5 Responses to In My Room

  1. Luisa Puig Duchaineau says:

    Monterey Bay & Pacific Grove! Definitely a slice of heaven there. Enjoy the moonlit beach and say ‘hi’ to the Monarch Butterflies for me.


  2. johnbrownson says:

    That may have been a rhetorical question, Kate, but just in case: it was the Akkadians, under Sargon, around 2300 BCE. You already knew that though, didn’t you? Just seeing if we’re awake.


    • Kate says:

      Well, yeah – it was rhetorical. But it wasn’t, until l looked it up last night. i’d forgotten all about the Akkadians – can you believe that? I must be getting old. Why, I can’t even complete a simple Visigoth metaphor ….


  3. Miz Kizzle says:

    That’s the ticket. More show, not tell.
    I’m looking forward to reading more about Joseph (and Lewis, I hope.)


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