Monthly Archives: December 2020

The Empty Days

Kage Baker always shut down as far as she could for the days between Christmas and New Year’s. She felt that that week should be a buffer, a waiting period, a comfortable domestic hermitage. The jobs we held while we … Continue reading

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Christmas Eve, 2020

Kage Baker was wont to sing (along with John Lennon): So now it is Christmas, la la la la la … At which point she’d stop and look rather disgusted and remark “Really, Johnny, this song has stupid vapid lyrics.” … Continue reading

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Christmas Eve Eve

Kage Baker referred to December 23rd this way; she got it from me, I fear. It can be carried to as absurd an extreme as one would like, until you find yourself referencing an endless chain of Christmas Eves, all … Continue reading

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Conjunctions and Configurations

Kage Baker read her horoscope every day. That’s because, she said, it was right there on the L A Times funny pages with the other daily nonsense. Had she had to search for it, I doubt she would have bothered. … Continue reading

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The Season of Winding Up (And Down)

Kage Baker called this last week before Christmas the home stretch – as, indeed, most people probably do. Except those of us who have been reduced to drooling babbling by this point … However, despite the very real and huge … Continue reading

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Tomorrow – The Tree

Kage Baker had a method for getting through the holidays without losing her mind. She did everything on a strict schedule; many portions of the holidays were things she always did, always the same way – they settled obediently into … Continue reading

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Saturday Night, Alas

Kage Baker loved Saturday nights. Not because she was mad party girl, revving up to bar-hop half the night; not because she liked to go out and dance. For her, they were a big King’s X in time. What she … Continue reading

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Coming Back To Life; Or, An Abrupt Change of Subject

Kage Baker had a peculiar conviction that the Bible – Testaments Old and New – was full of zombie stories. This is no way interfered with her religious faith. Kage considered herself a Christian, probably a Catholic; but also a … Continue reading

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December 10, 2020

Kage Baker liked this time of the Christmas season; it was peaceful, she said, between the first burst of decorating and the mad whirl of Christmas Eve and The Day Itself. Right now, she could sit at her desk in … Continue reading

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