Monthly Archives: January 2013

Miscellaneous Spanners in the Works

Kage Baker. (That’s not a spanner; that’s my classic opening line). Frost, wind storms, reactions to flu shots. Possible flu anyway. Power fluctuations due to the lines freezing and/or being blown down. Political dingbats yelling loudly in every medium, about … Continue reading

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Don’t Like The Weather? Just Wait …

Kage Baker intensely disliked cold weather – despite which, she spent half her life in Central and Northern California, where frost is common and snow is not unknown. The light, she said, was better – and one can always add … Continue reading

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The Halcyon Days

Kage Baker always said that one of the worst doldrum periods in the year was the first fortnight of January. She herself tried to hibernate through it. However, deadlines being what they were and increasing every year, she tended to … Continue reading

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Seasonal Variations of Light

Kage Baker and I always observed the full 12 days of Christmas. Partly because it was an old custom, and Kage liked those; partly also to stretch out the season of Yule. After the buildup to Christmas Day, she found … Continue reading

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L’esprit de l’escalier

Kage Baker always maintained that one of the reasons she wrote books was an overwhelming case of  l’esprit de l’escalier – that formulation of the scathing retort only after you have left the party or argument or debate. The perfect … Continue reading

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January 1, 2013

Kage Baker felt that the first weeks or so of every new January were not just for new starts – they were for planning. Contemplation. A quiet mustering of forces, preparatory to taking on the world yet again. For one … Continue reading

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