Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Stay-work-ations are best! by Cathy Ace

Summer's almost done! How did you spend your summer vacation? Or did you even take one?

 A bit of the garden in August
I travel a lot. There’s hardly a month in the year when I don’t get handed a series of boarding passes, all of which seem to have me placed in group Z, so I’m in the last little band of stragglers trailing onto the plane without even a glimmer of hope of finding an inch or two in the overhead bins. It’s why I don’t use wheelie-bags, just a tote that I can stuff under the seat in front of me.

Even sat on new deck seats!
The result is that MY summer vacation is to be at home for about six weeks without having to so much as enter an airport. It’s weird, I thought my “former life” – owning and running a business that meant I had to travel the world for nine or ten months of the year – was behind me. But I’ve discovered that this writing life involves a good deal of flitting about the place too…if that’s what you want to, and can, do. I’m lucky I can do it, and have met people at conventions and conferences I know I would keep in touch with even if I never wrote another word, or had another book published. I’m so grateful for that; camaraderie can spring up in all sorts of places. 

Probably the last bouquet from the garden
Thus, as I eye my brand new suitcase (CostCo special offer!) ahead of flying to New Orleans for Bouchercon in less than a couple of weeks, I have about six weeks behind me of “stay-work-cation” that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed. I’ve had a chance to work in, and enjoy, the garden…as well as working on edits for Cait Morgan Mystery #8 THE CORPSE WITH THE RUBY LIPS, which will be published in October, and on the edits for the WISE Enquiries Agency Mysteries #3, which will be published in the UK in November, and in the US and Canada in March 2017. 

With fellow CWC authors at Black Bond Books, Maple Ridge
I also took over as Board Chair for Crime Writers of Canada at the end of May this year, so I’ve been hard at work getting up to speed with all that entails, as well as attending various Board and committee meetings. I also organised and participated in a four-event CAROUSEL OF CRIME for CWC members at Black Bond Bookstores around the Lower Mainland in BC. That was great fun. On September 1st – yes, tomorrow – the CWC Arthur Ellis Awards for excellence in Canadian crime writing open for submissions for the 2017 cycle…for works published in 2016…and that’s been a lot of effort (not just on my part) too. (Photo: L to R - Allan J Emerson, Sam Wiebe, me, Marty Allen, Katherine Prairie, Eileen Cook.)

Gabby & Poppy like having me at home
But it’s good to be at home. For the past couple of years I’ve visited Mum in Wales during August. This year I was in Wales in May and stayed with her before, then again after, the weekend I attended CrimeFest in Bristol. I have to be honest, I’ve missed my summer trip to Wales, but to be here with the dogs and my husband has been super (yes, I thought about the order, there!). 

Cathy Ace writes the WISE Enquiries Agency Mysteries (book #2 THE CASE OF THE MISSING MORRIS DANCER will be available in trade paperback on August 31st in the UK, and in November in the US/Canada, and the Cait Morgan Mysteries (book #7 THE CORPSE WITH THE GARNET FACE was published in paperback in April). Find out more about Cathy and her work, and sign up for her newsletter at   


Art Taylor said...

Thanks for the post and the fun pictures, Cathy. We haven't traveled as widely as you have, but our summer has also been busy--mostly with writing events, though with mini-vacations (if you could call it that) tacked on. I'd enjoy a staycation myself! See you in New Orleans. (And another trip to NC on my calendar between now and then!)

Cathy Ace said...

Thanks for chipping in, Art - yes, looking forward to seeing you in New Orleans! :-)

Unknown said...

(comments don't post from iPhone, it seems! - they just ... disappear)

Thanks for the post about your whirlwind life, Cathy! I can't imagine how you do it.

Looks like EVERYBODY's going to Bouchercon New Orleans 2016! Sounds like it'll be wild fun :) Happy travels!

Cathy Ace said...

Thanks, Rae - sorry you won't be at Bouchercon :-(

Susan C Shea said...

I used to love traveling. Now, not so much. But you're right - there's lots of it for authors with books to promote and others to research, and writing friends to see and be inspired by. See you in NOLA, Cathy!

Allan J. Emerson said...

You must have 8 billion air miles by now, Cathy--probably enough to buy a jet for your exclusive use :)

Cathy Ace said...

See you in Nola, Susan, and you're right, Allan - I'm picking out a jet for my Christmas present right now.... ;-)