Doctor In The House

Kage Baker obsessed about things. She knew that, admitted it cheerfully and without guilt, and found many interesting ways to turn her obsessions into personal virtue. And she was faithful to her obsessions, just as much as she was to her morals and ethics.

She was a very complicated and evolved person. And I am discovering that obsession is a virtue, one to be cultivated with all energy by the hopeful writer. You just have to balance them a little. Today I need to switch several around …

I have been writing. But in 32 minutes, the new season of Dr. Who begins. The last Christmas special is now playing on BBC America, to urge those of us waiting for the new episode into higher and higher fits of hysteria. I am listening to it while I try to write, and as my family giggles and roars and gasps at the action in the living room …

I bet most of you are doing the same thing, Dear Readers. Which is good; you ought to be doing that. I like the image of so many of my friends all sitting down at the same time, following the Doctor into a new season of wonder. Me, I am about to gather up some indulgence or other (smoke, chocolate, knitting, beer – there are so many!) and repair to the living room myself. There I will wind up the new skein of yarn I just got, preparatory to making a phone case out of it.

It’s half wool, one quarter silk – and one quarter JADE. Yes, Dear Readers, someone has found a way to spin a fibre out of jade, and I am going to knit with it. Semi-precious stones are cool – I knit with jade now.

Life is an unending wonder. And that is coolest of all.

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 Doctor In The House

  1. Neassa says:

    Jade? Too cool!


    • Kate says:

      Neassa – it’s a nice DK weight yarn, with a smooth hand; no fuzziness, which I think is good considering it’ll be a phone case. The jade thread is reputed to give it an extra bit of gloss, and to impart some antibiotic properties. With an item that will be in and out of my hands, pockets and purse a lot, I think that is advantageous. Besides, the idea is just so keen!

      Oh, and BBC showed a commercial for the next season of Copper, against a background of “Hard Times” playing! Mike and I burst into song, to the amusement of Kimberly and Ray – we’ve learned all the words from the Brass Farthing CD.


  2. They used to paint with lapis lazuli, why not? I’ve had the Doctor on behind me all day and still gotten a good deal done.

    And actually, it’s 2 hours and counting. Starts at 8pm…. Ah, you have the other BBC America feed!


  3. Kate says:

    Maggie – yes, we do have BBC America. And so I will not drop any spoilers for those who did not just watch it. I’ll be happily watching it again at 8, anyway! I will say that it was so cool I only got three rows done on my phone case!


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