Geraldine Evans

From Geraldine's Desk: "I am a British writer, born in London, England, and brought up on a south London Council estate, the youngest of four children of Irish Catholic working class parents. Alas, one of life's late developers, and, at that time, more interested in playing marbles than studying for, and taking exams, I failed the 11+ examination, which was the exam that decided the standard of the rest of your education (and usually the standard of the rest of your Iife...). Like my older siblings, I left school in my mid-teens and started work - mostly a series of tedious dead-end jobs. Though, funnily enough, the first job I had, when I left school at sixteen, was as an assistant in a public library, with the perks (at that time, I don't know if such perks still exist) of being able to borrow as many books as I liked and never having to pay any fines. Ye Gods! Couldn't I do with such perks now! My fines from the library are awe-inspiring! You know what it's like - you take books out for research, keep them for months and always forget to renew them. Even though, nowadays, I do some of my research on the internet, nothing really replaces the book held in the hand, with all the bibliographic information at the rear. (Read more on Geraldine's website at"
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T'was the Night Before Christmas... 

 (With apologies to Clement Clarke Moore, may he forgive my doggerel...)

...and all through the shop,
all we minions were working,
   until ready to drop.

The ebooks were flying,
the covers were spare,
The edits were crazy,
   with "one more thing I must share!"

We waited for Santa,
'Cuz we love old Saint Nick,
But Hitch made us work,
   Waving 'round an old stick!

So slave we all did,
And made all your books,
So that Hitch would say now,
   that we're off the hook.

Come today we're off,
to rest up our fingers,
Our hats we will doff,
   No books they do linger.

But we'll all be back,
Don't give it a thought,
for like all wage slaves,
   we're easily bought.

We'll be back on the fifth,
all eager and fresh,
All ready for you,
   after a well-deserved rest.

So Hitch wants to say,
very strongly and loud,
  you're the best type of crowd.

Indy and Len and Hitch and the gang,
will be back on the 5th,
to do books with a BANG!

In the meantime don't worry,
if you're in a hurry,
'cuz some poor guy got stuck
   sitting here like a duck.

Your emails we'll receive,
so no need to grieve.
We'll be a bit slow,
but we're raring to go.

Your books will be worked on,
your edits still made,
we're just resting a bit,
   before we all fade.

So please excuse the delays;
It won't be for days;
we'll jump on your queries,
   for your wondrous new series.

We waited for Santa,
'Cuz we love old St. Nick,
And sure 'nuff he came,
   It wasn't a trick.

And as he rode off,
into the night,
I could swear I heard Hitch yell,
   "That Edit's Not Right!"


We'll be back on the morning of January 5th; we'll be here parttime between now and then, thanks.