Shelley Gillespie

Formerly a confirmed Couch Potato, author Shelley Gillespie became a hiker due to her husband's "gentle prodding." The Gillespies have since hiked or walked on both US coasts and many other scenic locations. Now, she actually likes hiking! An award-winning journalist and public relations consultant, she lives in Arizona where hiking in the summer can sometimes be accomplished in an air-conditioned, two-story shopping mall or outside early in the morning before temperatures exceed 100+ degrees. She is currently senior staff writer for The Communicator/copanews.com, an independent local newspaper. Shelley Gillespie was part of the founding board of Friends of the Library when Maricopa incorporated and later served as president of the organization. She also co-produced the opening day events of Maricopa's Public Library in 2009. Gillespie has presented several book readings at the Maricopa Public Library, featuring Horton Hatches the Egg. Senior staff writer for The Communicator, she recently received a journalism award from the Arizona Newspapers Association.
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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,
THANKS ALL YOU GUYS,
  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.