500 Words a Day, Just Not on the Letterpress

Letterpress printing has been a fascination of mine since I made our wedding invitations six and a half years ago.  After reading in the Wall Street Journal about a Twitter executive who had an old press in her house and handmade note cards and stationery which she used for correspondence (yes, via snail mail) and to welcome every new Twitter employee, I was inspired to finally take a class and try my hand at it.  You can read the article here.

I took the class at the San Francisco Center for the Book.  It was about as cool – or uncool, depending on your perspective – as you’d expect it to be.  For the record, it was cool in my book.  I got to blend rubber inks, ink up a Vandercook press, run some prints, set type, run more prints, and bind up my prints as covers on little notebooks.

Anticipation of this class prompted me to try again to write, something that off and on I do or don’t do, but mostly I don’t do.  Following the class, I continued to write.  And the inspiration also morphed into digital forms.  Hence the blog and the about.me page.

As for the writing, it’s work on the book about my dad’s life and my journey around North America in 2002 to learn about him.  Will I make significant progress on it?  I’ll try to write at least 500 words a day – on my computer.  Just don’t expect to see those words lined up for a Vandercook press run anytime soon.


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