Monthly Archives: May 2019

I’d Become A Nihilist, But I’m Not A Joiner

Kage Baker subscribed, personally, to the famed quote by Groucho Marx: “ I don’t care to belong to any club that would have me as a member.” Mind you, there were qroups to which she wanted to belong. Not many, … Continue reading

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Same Song, New Verse. Damn It.

Kage Baker, in her final few weeks, told me to take her dying as a learning experience. She told me it would be useful, if I let it – that I would have learned new and vastly important things, things … Continue reading

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Inspiration

Kage Baker began writing only about the things she personally liked. That may seem self-evident as a writing gambit, but few writers have the self-control (I guess you’d call it) to stick to the tiny personal stuff. Real writing is … Continue reading

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PSA II

Kage Baker was never on Face Book. However, it is one the main places where I post these blogs. Now that I am on a new computer, Face Book is being cranky about notifications – when you, Dear Readers, leave … Continue reading

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PSA I

Kage Baker had a keen appreciation of the ways social media enhanced communication. You could easily corner a vast audience without ever having to hire a hall, or find someone to make decent cookies and vol au vent pastries. You … Continue reading

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Soft Spring Evening In A Hard Time

Kage Baker kept a sharp, albeit distant, eye on the world. Writers have to, unless they are solely writing fan fiction or some niche genre completely unrelated to human behaviour. Pony parties, maybe. Illustrative parables concerning drywall. The history of … Continue reading

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Hath not an Aspie hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions?

Kage Baker had Asperger’s Syndrome. She was what is usually called “high-functioning”, a label that incensed her. It was her opinion that she was always high-functioning, no matter what she was – and for the rest of the world to … Continue reading

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Joys and Perils of Eating the Past

Kage Baker was an avid historian. She was also a good cook. At the intersection of these two passions were the period recipes she liked to recreate and serve t0 her friends. The main goals were curiosity and attention to … Continue reading

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Pupae

Kage Baker always said she could feel her blood thinning in the Spring, thickening in the Fall. I always said that was nice poetry but lousy biology; but as Kage also believed for most of her life that raw potatoes … Continue reading

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