Quote of the Week

A couple of friends recently pointed out that as the owner of Sycamore Street Press, I do a lot of writing. They're right. Between this blog, the copy for our website, the monthly email newsletter, promotional materials, the constant barrage of emails, etc... I actually spend more time writing than I do making illustrations for SSP.

It's a sobering thought.

I didn't major in English or communications or journalism or anything like that. I majored in visual art. Printmaking to be exact. But as the owner of a small business, I find myself doing many things that I never went to school for: marketing, PR, keeping track of finances, being a salesman, taking photographs, etc...

Of all these tasks, writing is the most intimidating -- if I let myself think about it. But I don't have the luxury to spend time agonizing over every word or phrase. So, for the most part, I just tap away at the keyboard and call it good. Although I'd like to be a "real" writer, I'm not there yet.

I'm lucky to have an ace up my sleeve, though. Her name is Amy Shaffer, and she's a terrifically talented professional writer who also happens to be an SSP contributor. She writes the clever one liners for our Lark line, such as "Great job on that thing you did. Really super", and "I would trade two of my other friends for you". I can't tell you how many people I've seen crack up after reading one of her lines. She's got a gift, and she works hard. I suppose that's what it takes to be great at anything, right? So easy to explain, but so difficult to achieve...