Monthly Archives: August 2010

Dinner in the Mansion of Memory

Kage Baker was a great cook. Really. She never appeared to listen when Momma demonstrated her own native Southern cooking; but once we were out on our own, it appeared she had absorbed everything unconsciously. Maybe supra-consciously. Or meta-consciously. Or … Continue reading

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What The Vinters Drink

And much as Wine has played the Infidel And robbed me of my robe of Honour, well … I often wonder what the vintners buy One half so precious as the stuff they sell Kage Baker was an avid reader. … Continue reading

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Side Tracks & Recreations

Kage Baker was an artist as well as a writer. She painted in water colours and inks, often illuminating manuscript pages – sometimes her own, sometimes poems and songs that caught her fancy. It was something she did for fun, … Continue reading

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The Unities

Kage Baker had a  vast superstitious respect for the Aristotelian unities. Those are the classic precepts of how to tell a story, derived from The Poetics of Aristotle (whose did you expect?). These are the unities of action, place and … Continue reading

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Five and Forty Ways. Approximately.

Kage Baker loved to write – except when she didn’t. She said the only way to be a writer was to sit still and freaking write -except when you couldn’t. She laid a geas upon me to write very single … Continue reading

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Writing Fiction Doesn’t Mean Making It Up

Kage Baker was honest to a fault. In fact, she is the illustration for that phrase – “to a fault” – in my mind; I didn’t understand it at all until I realized that Kage would tell the truth no … Continue reading

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There’s Something In the Way

Kage Baker, like all writers, occasionally suffered from writer’s block. It’s a curious and agonizing disease. You don’t just revert to the non-writer’s frame of mind, oh no – you want to write, you need to write, and you simply … Continue reading

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