Hello hello!! I’m Catherine and I’m @Saberlane’s assistant on the office side of Ackerly Green! I help out with everything from making sure emails get answered and shop orders go out to keeping an eye on the forums and working with Sabes on marketing and editorial stuff for the books, so you could say this is my magiqal job!
Fun story that I don’t know if we’ve told here yet, but when I was applying for this job, I did a bunch of research to catch up on everything TMP related (this was before the books were out too, so it was a deep dive into Deirdre’s blogs and the Basecamp weekly recaps), which of course included taking the Guide to Magiq. I went back and forth over whether or not to include my guild in my cover letter, thinking it was going to be really cheesy/obviously sucking up if I did, but I went for it anyway. I think I tried to be casual about it and said something along the lines of “As a Flinterforge, the need to take charge and create things runs deeper than merely a professional interest,” or something equally cheesy. It wasn’t until much later that I learned I was the only applicant who mentioned their guild in their cover letter, so I guess owning my Flinterness paid off in the end!
I only took the Guide once, because I knew I was exactly where I was supposed to be (although as an avid reader, there’s definitely some Thornmouth in me). I love working with my hands, whether it’s writing by hand or typing, knitting, puzzling, cooking, playing piano, etc., I love feeling like I’m actively working to create something, and often feel like I’m wasting time if I’m not physically busy with something.
Also I think a lot about what my username would have been if I didn’t have to be easily recognizable as AGP staff, but haven’t landed on anything I’m happy with so open to suggestions!! For inspiration/comic relief, my 8th grade AIM username was kitcatgirl137