Catherine Magree

Catherine Magree lives in Melbourne, Australia, where she works as a freelance editor and web copywriter. Having tried her hand at articles, poetry, short stories, blogging, reviews, reports, theses and copywriting, she has finally written a book! Catherine did the hard yards for three years as a rural and suburban journalist. She has worked in publicity, writing and editing positions in community organisations. She has a Masters degree in literature from the University of Melbourne and a Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing from RMIT. When Catherine ?graduated' from a 12-step program in 2003 she no longer had her addiction - but she was clueless when it came to shopping. Over a five-year period she combined the lessons learned in the program with the use of intuition and the ancient Buddhist practice of mindfulness to become a highly skilled ?precision' shopper. The result was Inspired Shopping. A dedicated bargain hunter and cut-price fashionista, Catherine combines an interest in personal growth with a love of literature and a concern for social justice issues. She lives near ?Chaddy' (Chadstone Shopping Centre), reputed to be the largest shopping mall in the Southern Hemisphere, and has a love-hate relationship with it. Catherine's hobbies include yoga, reading and puppy wrangling. Her arts writing can be viewed at her blog, MelbArts. She is currently working on her memoir, tentatively titled School Teacher's Daughter.

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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.