Monthly Archives: October 2010

Scary Monsters II-A

Kage Baker had a heart murmur most of her life. We always assumed it was a side effect from a memorable multi-stage measles attack in early childhood – which turned out some years later to have been and/or included rheumatic … Continue reading

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Scary Monsters II

Kage Baker loved Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi. I mean really, in a familial, beloved-elder-relative sort of way.They permeated part of our childhood. Especially Kage’s, giving her a life-long affection for conflicted villains and noble anti-heroes. Decades later, her version … Continue reading

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Scary Monsters I

Kage Baker was fond of monsters. There are 7 definitions of “monster” that  I can think of off-hand, ranging from  the ancient “omen” to  the rather vulgarly modern “highly successful”; undoubtedly more when one starts peering into the darkened halls … Continue reading

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How Large Is A Fox Terrier?

Kage Baker was my sister and my friend. Probably my best friend, at least from the ages of 14 and 15 – that was high school. That’s where she realized she was funny, in a way that would haunt her … Continue reading

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Deco

Kage Baker liked anticipation. She liked run-ups to events, the count-down to the The Day, the pre-celebration rituals to be observed. No holiday was a one-off with her. She said it made any given holiday last longer – which it … Continue reading

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Saturday, In A Cloud

Kage Baker liked grey Saturdays. Like so many people, she loved the excuse to sleep late on a morning when you basically can’t tell it is morning. She liked lolling about in her sweats, hair barely confined in a Gordian … Continue reading

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How To Dream

Kage Baker was a firm believer in dreams. Not in symbolism or hidden  meanings – she took dreams pretty literally, assuming her sleeping mind had something to say to her. She listened. She also assumed her mind meant what it … Continue reading

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Autumn Flames

Kage Baker was a fire-chaser. A rather timid one – she’d jump up and crane out the window when fire engines sounded in the streets, complaining if she couldn’t see where they were going. If they came to a stop … Continue reading

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At Liberty In The Park

Kage Baker went to Immaculate Heart High School, at the intersection of Western and Franklin Avenues in Hollywood. The dear old pile – which bore a strong resemblance to Ghormanghast when Kage and I (and a couple other of our … Continue reading

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Not Today

Kage Baker is not with me today. No faintest hint of her – not though I crank up her favourite music, or stare desperately through all the palantiri on the desktop. I think she’s out roaming the October hills. There’s … Continue reading

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