Monthly Archives: July 2013

Three Years and 800 Essays

Kage Baker never wrote about her illness. She meant to – a thousand peculiar and fascinating things happened during her year-long journey through cancer. But she never had the energy and the time simultaneously. As the time grew shorter and … Continue reading

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Three Days In Cedars

Kage Baker often said I needed a keeper. She worried about it a lot in her final illness. How was I going to survive my tendency to get lost everywhere? Who would remind me to take my pills? Or eat? … Continue reading

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Life Is Happening

_Kage Baker subscribed firmly to the idea that life is what happens when you’re making other plans. I had planned to go to a standard checkup with my cardiologist today. Then I planned to go home. However … My heart … Continue reading

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Blinded By The Light (7/18 Entry 2)

Kage Baker wore reading glasses. That is, she wore them to read notes and scripts at convention events; to watch television (but not at the movies); and to actually read books least of all. That was because she found it … Continue reading

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By Request PSA (7/18 Entry 1)

Kage Baker is having a pretty good publishing year, especially for a writer who is, you know, dead. I’ve been asked to keep you up to date on what’s coming when, Dear Readers. So here is a PSA to present … Continue reading

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Science!

Kage Baker was cautiously interested by science. It’s kind of a requisite for a science fiction writer. Luckily, there all sorts of studies that qualify as science – it’s not all the hard stuff like physics or engineering. Even though … Continue reading

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Time Off

Kage Baker liked sabbaticals. The dictionary definition includes the classical meaning of a year off granted to a teacher, for study and/or travel – usually every 7 years. Kage liked the ritual sound of that, as if (she said) you … Continue reading

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Rain

Kage Baker was fascinated by weather. She was eternally intrigued by the apparatus of  detecting weather; the cunning artifacts that described it, forecast it, recorded it. Whether it was algorithms that sent updates to her computer, or an old fashioned … Continue reading

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Don’t Pick The Banana

Kage Baker was seldom in hospital, until the last year or so of her life.  She rapidly formed a low opinion of the amenities available to the medical frequent flyer. The food, the gowns, the furniture – all completely devoid … Continue reading

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Becalmed

Kage Baker once commented that “becalmed” was a freakin’ stupid word for the condition it actually described. She knew what it really meant, of course. To be “becalmed” is to be stranded at sea with no wind. A ship becalmed … Continue reading

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