Monthly Archives: October 2011

Down and Out In My Bedroom

Kage Baker would tell me to go back to bed. I don’t feel sick, exactly – nothing hurts – but I’m dizzy and light-headed and my ears are ringing. And I’m running a fever of 100 degrees. My doctor, too, … Continue reading

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Life Is A Game of Mad Libs

Kage Baker, when faced with the necessity of fashioning a segue where none easily presented itself, would usually remark, “Speaking of camels …” I don’t remember why. At some point, it must have been something that cracked us up, because … Continue reading

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Maintenance Day

Kage Baker assigned me all the IT tasks in our household. And the garbage, and the baking. She did the rest of the cooking, the beds and stubborn stains. Plumbing and other utility disasters were mine; bugs and spiders were … Continue reading

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St. Crispin’s Day & Other Heroes

Kage Baker loved Shakespeare, and England, and archeology, and heroes and sailors. She also loved staying warm, and was a devout believer in instant cocooning in the face on inclement temperature – which, for her, was anything below 70 degrees … Continue reading

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Autumn Transformations

Kage Baker’s favourite season was undoubtedly summer – for sheer personal pleasure, for warmth and freedom and endless hours of light. But she had special remembrances for all seasons, and took their progression and suitable rituals quite seriously. It was … Continue reading

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Colour

Kage Baker lived on colour. She associated everything with a colour of its own; she assigned temperments, tastes, scents, weather, and moods with specific colours. There were “green bottle dawns” and “blue days” and “saffron black nights”. She understood Homer’s … Continue reading

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Brief Note

Kage Baker finally has a Best Of compilation coming out from Subterranean Press – 489 pages of assorted goodness, several novellas and lots of short stories. The stories range from her very first sale, “Noble Mold”, which appeared in Asimov’s … Continue reading

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Friday

Kage Baker would have called for early closing tonight. I’m going to do that, too. Saw the oncologist this afternoon, for another attempt at a biopsy. Very nice doctor, deft and careful and considerate – she was, however, defeated by … Continue reading

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Sic Semper Evello Mortem Tyranis

Kage Baker was a keen observer of history. She said there was nothing quite as true as the statement Those who will not learn from history are doomed to repeat it – although, in her grimmer moments, she also said … Continue reading

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On Masks

Kage Baker, as all you Dear Readers know by now, loved Halloween. She loved the build-up, she loved the ancillary activities, she loved the deep philosophical questions of what to be that year. Even in those years where she spent … Continue reading

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