The Flu Is At The Door

Kage Baker caught the flu every year. She usually caught it at Dickens Fair, in the seething crowd of happy travellers. Also, in the damp, warm depths of the Cow Palace, which is an incubator of joy, delight and unknown micro-organisms.

Kage always lamented the inevitability of her respiratory defeat.

But modern medicine has risen to the challenge. These last few years, I have religiously gotten my flu shot, and have thus been spared Kage’s annual bout with lung rot.

The only problem is that I am extremely sensitive to the vaccine. It’s only for a day or so, but during the hours right after my flu shit, I am a mess. And tonight’s the night, Dear Readers!

It’s not as bad as having influenza. By tomorrow, I will be fine. It’s an extra strong vaccine this year, though and so tonight … tonight I feel like a stepped-on snail.

I shall now retire and watch The Masked Singer. That show goes well with a fever.

Contemplate the good old nursery rhyme from 1918, Dear Readers, and have a good night.

This tired world is sighing now;

The flu is at the door.

And many folks are dying now,

Who never died before.

Not me, though.



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 The Flu Is At The Door

  1. I approve your implied plans for longevity.


  2. Sefi Ituarte says:

    I know it’s not November yet, but I am inspired!
    I sat down this afternoon & got 2240 words down!
    Not really sure what I’m actually gonna do with it, but
    it was like it HAD to come out. It all just flowed right
    through me. Thank you for the inspiration!
    The flu has arrived here, too. My first winter here,
    2017/18, I had it twice! Last year not at all. Hoping my
    luck holds out!


  3. Kate says:

    Congratulations! That’s the way it works best – just sit down and write. Sometimes you have to kick away the weights on your feet before you write – sometimes they fall away as you write, and lo! You’re soaring.


  4. Genevieve Baker says:

    🙏for your flu to disappear completely!


  5. Brad Campbell says:

    Nothing to do with topic other than I hope you & all are well.
    In email today, ABE Books sent list of 50 ESSENTIAL Fantasy books. In The Garden of Iden is there, with 49 other wonderful books….Narnia, Lord Foul, Hobbit, Name of the wind, A Wrinkle in Time. Such good company. I mean, ESSENTIAL!


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