The Incomparable Cate
Here and there in recent blog posts I’ve tangentially mentioned Cate () as having been a visitor at my house. Here she gets her own post.
I met Cate years and years ago via , who simply said to the two of us, "You need to meet." We began reading and of course then commenting on each other’s journals, and eventually that led not just to conversation but to swapping manuscripts. Cate is featured frequently in the acknowledgment sections of my books, giving me some of the best critiques I get on my fiction. She even has a cameo in Double Blind as part of the fun of last year’s NaNoWriMo—Canada Cate is real! The only part that’s not true is she says she really doesn’t do well at poker.
Last year I made several nudges that Cate should come and visit, and low and behold, she took me up on it: on August 4 she came, and she stayed until the 15th. Our plans got befuddled a bit by weather, floods, and my usual body stuff, but we managed to take a trip, introduce her to the locals, go to the pool, see a few local sites, and watch a lot of The Daily Show, Colbert Report, and Rachel Maddow Show. We even got to do one "write-in" at my dining room table.
Cate is hands-down one of my favorite people. I was a bit off my game while she was here (more on that in the next post), but I adore her and absolutely loved having her here. Cate is one of those people who is quite simply beautiful. Photos don’t quite do it justice, but she has this air about her that reminds me of Eleanor Roosevelt. Grace, beauty, intellegence, patience, quiet charm: being with Cate simply puts you at ease. God knows my daughter fell in love with her. Anna is STILL mourning the departure of Cate—well, we all are, but no one quite as acutely as Anna, who has declared her "my first adult best friend."
It was such a pleasure to have Cate here. I hope she had as good a time here as we had having her, and I hope, quite ferverently, that she comes again. She is and will always be an honorary Cullinan.
(Message from Anna: TANGLE KELP!)