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So, This Old Lady Walks Into A Bar …

Kage Baker didn’t attend Dickens Fair consistently the last few years of her life. She was beginning to be at constant demand for her work, and sometimes found it easier to write when her noisy roommates (me and Harry), were … Continue reading

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New Year’s Day, 2021

Kage Baker. An acknowledgement of the import of the date. A few references to obscure, eccentric and/or amusing customs in other lands and times. A genial well-wishing to my patient Dear Readers. That is the basic structure of any of … Continue reading

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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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