Monthly Archives: January 2011

Down Day: Diagnosis Bleah

Kage Baker hated weather like this. So do I. Nothing is getting done today … everything I write is dreck, and if I go back over what I’ve done lately I will discover it too has miraculously turned into crap. … Continue reading

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Improvisation In Daily LIfe

Kage Baker was diagnosed with uterine cancer in May of 2009. Her chemo and radiation therapies started in August of that year. The changes in our life were not great at first, as neither of these therapies is especially onerous … Continue reading

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Kaleidoscopes

Kage Baker loved kaleidoscopes. Between her fondness for coloured glass and a love of symmetrical patterns, there was no way she couldn’t. And yet she didn’t own a lot of them. Usually just one, small and cheap and made of … Continue reading

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New Year Miracles

Kage Baker had the most fabulous and unique skill, as I have previously mentioned, of making things happen. Or maybe it was a magnetic quality of some sort; some capacity as a nexus-generator – her gaze on a subject, her … Continue reading

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Holiday Food

Kage Baker always held that the holiday (whatever holiday was currently “It”) wasn’t over until the leftovers were gone. For instance, you might be munching cold spareribs for a couple days after 4th of July, while setting off the last … Continue reading

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Twelfth Night

Kage Baker looked up once a few years ago on 12th Night and commented, inapropos: “Twelfth Night – 12 letters and only 2 vowels. Ought to be Welsh.” She could say things like that, being descended from some Welsh folks. … Continue reading

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Stairs

Kage Baker and I lived for the last 4 years in an upstairs apartment in Pismo Beach. It was a delightful eyrie, full of light and air and with a broad view of the sea. We could – and often … Continue reading

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Apples and Alchemy

Kage Baker never thought much of Isaac Newton. As one of the fathers of modern Western science, his is a name known and revered by most science fiction writers. But as someone whose first love was not science but history, … Continue reading

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January 3rd

Kage Baker was a veteran of Catholic school – an all girls’ high school, in particular. She and I, Anne and Kimberly (and eventually Anne’s daughter Annie, too) all went to Immaculate Heart High School. Kage used to tell people … Continue reading

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Starvation Moon (2 of 2)

Kage Baker, despite being a totally solar sort of person, liked the idea of measuring the year in full moons. She said it was elegant; also, it just works better. The Moon is subject to all sorts of highly visible … Continue reading

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