Monthly Archives: August 2010

The Unities

Kage Baker had a  vast superstitious respect for the Aristotelian unities. Those are the classic precepts of how to tell a story, derived from The Poetics of Aristotle (whose did you expect?). These are the unities of action, place and … Continue reading

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Five and Forty Ways. Approximately.

Kage Baker loved to write – except when she didn’t. She said the only way to be a writer was to sit still and freaking write -except when you couldn’t. She laid a geas upon me to write very single … Continue reading

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Writing Fiction Doesn’t Mean Making It Up

Kage Baker was honest to a fault. In fact, she is the illustration for that phrase – “to a fault” – in my mind; I didn’t understand it at all until I realized that Kage would tell the truth no … Continue reading

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There’s Something In the Way

Kage Baker, like all writers, occasionally suffered from writer’s block. It’s a curious and agonizing disease. You don’t just revert to the non-writer’s frame of mind, oh no – you want to write, you need to write, and you simply … Continue reading

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Brass Cogs and Other Delights

Kage Baker was a fan of steampunk before it even had a name. She was fascinated by clockwork.  Brass  brightwork and beveled glass delighted her eyes. She liked machines that clicked and struck gongs, rather than purred. She loved complex … Continue reading

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Kettleman City At Midnight

Kage Baker taught Elizabethan English (also known as Language I when we had time for lots of classes) for the performers at the Renaissance Pleasure Faire. She taught it for most of 30 years; we team-taught at workshops, she and … Continue reading

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The Left Brain Is What’s Left

Kage Baker was left-handed. Not aggressively so – ordinary scissors didn’t disable her. She never wanted any of those cunning isomer-tools made for the sinister to use. We had left-handed refrigerators from time to time (due to the shape of … Continue reading

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Apports and Letters From The Dead

Kage Baker left me boxes and envelopes and Peechee folders and plastic bags and old purses full of writing. Manuscripts, some of them; others are single pages and torn scraps of same, tucked into books all over the house. I … Continue reading

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The Borders

Kage Baker liked to explore ruins. She loved history, and the pieces left behind from it in the abandoned lots of time. One of the things she wished she had done with her life was archeology – or one of … Continue reading

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We Interrupt This Program …

… to announce that I am taking the day off. I have a belly-ache and other GI distractions. It may indeed be true that one must suffer to create – I’ve never been sure; when I am engrossed in one, … Continue reading

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