Monthly Archives: December 2015

Solstice Night

Kage Baker always observed the quarter days. They’re old, old,¬†old holidays, the solstices and equinoxes; originally of practical use in establishing when to plant and harvest crops, or when we can expect expect the glaciers to move back up the … Continue reading

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The Last Night

Kage Baker would be ready, by tonight, to start shutting down for the year. It’s Winter’s Eve, the night before the Solstice. It’s less than a week to Christmas, it’s about the time most offices start closing down for a … Continue reading

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Two Days To Winter

Kage Baker found California’s peculiar weather jarring for any climatic traditionalist. She was raised reading English stories – from Five Children and It to the Volland Edition of Mother Goose; the Matter of Britain from Geoffrey of Monmouth to T.H. … Continue reading

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Tell Me, Where Is Fancy Bred?

Kage Baker carefully gathered and stored story ideas. One of the first things she did when she began to pursue a career as a writer, was to establish her story file. That was originally a pile of paper, cardboard and … Continue reading

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Changes

Kage Baker disliked change. Oh, everybody claims to dislike change, I know. Except the ones who claim to thrive on it. In actual fact, though, most people just kind of thrash helplessly in the competing currents of change and inertia, … Continue reading

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What Beverage Goes Best With Writer’s Block?

Kage Baker was an serious accessorizer. She liked to compile whole suites of clothes, music, foods, scents. She arranged and re-arranged lares and penates, fetishes and souveniers, in order to create just the right atmosphere for any given project. The … Continue reading

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Lights In The Dark Heart of Winter

Kage Baker¬† was a fervent advocate of Christmas lights. We had a strict schedule – they went up on December 1st, in all colours; then the similarly-lit tree went up on December 15th. The tree came down on January 1st, … Continue reading

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Monkey Day

Kage Baker invented holidays when she felt like it. There were never enough, in her opinion; festive observances were never out of place, so she invented many and stuck them into her personal calendar of events. Some times of year … Continue reading

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