Category: SWS News

Back in Action + Link Round-up: Drink Up Edition

Parenthood is a very strange thing. It feels like it’s only been a week since our special delivery arrived, and yet it feels like our little Pipsqueak has been around for ages. Life is kind of like that anyway, but having a kiddo around really drives the point home.

Poolside Nap, by Elizabeth Ditty

In any case, it’s been three months, and that means it’s time to get the show back on the road in this space.  I won’t be posting as frequently as I was before — three times a week is a bit too much for me to handle on top of my freelance load and our ever-evolving mini-caveman — but I’m planning to bring you fresh content every Tuesday.

For now, let me leave you with some fresh links!

Link Round-up: Drink Up Edition

The Naked Grape, by Elizabeth DittyHaving given them up for 9+ months, I have a newfound appreciation for coffee and wine. Luckily, both come with health bonuses as well as simple enjoyment!

Speaking of coffee, Starbucks is raising their prices today.  Here are a bunch of different ways to make coffee at home.

Joss Whedon offers some great advice on how to be prolific.

How to daydream.

Have a great week!

Special Delivery

A quick note to say the blog will be on hiatus for a few weeks due to a new, super big (well, 8 pounds & 12 oz. anyway) project that arrived March 21st.

Pippin

Meet Pippin Augustus Tiberius Dittmann-Bruns! (We hope he’ll forgive us some day.)

Welcome to SWS! (aka, Why I’m Here & What I Do)

SWS Business CardTelling stories has long been a part of who I want to be and how I want to give back to this world.  I was first bitten by the writing bug in elementary school, and it’s a condition I’ve never been able to leave behind.  I dabbled with some other ideas for careers in high school but eventually settled on getting my degree in journalism with a minor in public relations.

University-Honed Skills

At university, I learned how to get to the core of a story and make it relatable for a target audience.  I discovered the power going viral when one of my editorials became the talk of the campus one week.  And I learned how to work with people — both my fellow reporters and editors as well as my sources — to craft the best (i.e., the most effective, powerful, informative and engaging) version of a story possible.

I also honed my editing skills.  After having developed a reputation for being a bit of a — how do I put this nicely? — grammar nazi (yes, that was the nice way of putting it), I was asked one question during my interview to be copy editor of the newspaper: “Do you have strong eyes?”  After a few months of editing page after page after page of copy, I became a life-long glasses wearer.  And it was as an editor that I learned how to help people find their own stories and how best to tell them.

Transitioning Into the Real World

After graduation, I began using my writing and editing skills whenever I could, and I’m proud to say my oldest client and I go back seven years.  After several years of inconsistent, one-off projects here and there, in 2012, I had the opportunity to focus on taking my work from hobby to business.  This year, I want to do even more to help both individuals and business owners discover their stories and communicate them to the world.

From Here to Eternity — Or Somewhere Thereabouts

SWS is all about helping you find both your story and the best way to tell it.  If you own a business, that means having an effective blog, an active social media presence, and a rocking (and informative!) website.  If you’re an individual with a story to tell (and who doesn’t?), that means finally getting a grip on what that story is and how to form it into a narrative to share with others.

I’ll be telling you more about how I can help you do that in the coming weeks, but for now, hop over to my Services page to see exactly how I can help you, and if you’re still aching to know more about what drives SWS — and me — then check out my About page, where you can read a little more about me as well as my manifesto for SWS.  Thanks for stopping by, and I look forward to getting to know you all in 2013!