You’re the editor for Cardstore… What’s that mean?
It means I’m the “word guy.” I wear a lot of hats here, but all of them are word hats. I make sure our collection of cards covers all the things that people might want to say, and I actually get to write a lot of them, too. On top of that, I also do some writing for the website.
Did you always know you’d make greeting cards when you grew up?
Ha! Nope, but once, when I was a kid, I remember making a birthday card for my sister and drawing an American Greetings rose on the back of it.
Truthfully, I didn’t even know it was a viable career choice until about a month before I got the job. I have a master’s degree in English Lit, and I always thought I’d be a teacher, but it turns out I hate grading papers. After grad school, I ended up getting a job as a bill collector. It wasn’t an intrinsically evil job, but I treat every day I get to spend as a card-maker as an opportunity to do something that makes people smile, and make up for those months of my life.
Tell us five quick things to describe yourself.
1. Food Nerd
2. Star Wars Nerd
3. Word Nerd
4. Nerd Nerd
So, it’s safe to say that those are the things you’re into, outside of Cardstore…
Definitely. One of the biggest things you should know about me is that I love food. I love cooking it, I love sharing it, and I love how it brings people together. I love that there are so many kinds of it, and that every culture has a take on it. Growing up in Cleveland, I’ve always loved getting a literal “taste” of all the different cultures that settled here, and as a first generation Filipino-American, food is one of the biggest – and most delicious – connections I have with the culture my parents brought over with them.
Besides food, I love anything that tells a story. Books, movies, TV shows, music, video games, poetry, cereal boxes. I’m often disappointed at restaurants when a waiter takes away my menu before I’ve finished reading the “about us” blurb.
Speaking of stories, I’m currently working with my wife on a children’s book about our dog. She’s a designer and illustrator, and I’m a writer, so we’re a pretty awesome match. She likes to point out that my imagination never really stops, so it’s really cool that we’ve created a place for some of those ideas to come out and live in.
I’m also really into music – ALL kinds. I play bass in a cover band – we just played our first regional, out-of-town gig – and I write and record my own music on the side.
You mentioned that you’re writing a book about your dog. Tell us about him.
He’s a 7-year-old Shiba Inu named Yogi, and he’s very photogenic, so you’ll probably see him on here a lot. He was a rescue, and he definitely came with some issues, but I was able to train him out of most of them. He’s completely chill, quiet, well-mannered and very, very sweet. …except when it thunderstorms.
What’s your favorite story?
Star Wars. In fact, I’m such a huge fan that my wife and I got married on the unofficial Star Wars Day, “May the 4th.” (It was totally her idea, and I love her even more for it.) For one of my birthdays, she actually took three secretive days to make me the greatest Jabba the Hutt cake of all time.
To me, Star Wars has everything a good story could have: tension in all the right spots, action, adventure, and even a really sweet love story. To top it all off (spoiler alert!), the whole thing just kind of ends up being about the love of a dad for his kids.
*snorts. *adjust glasses.
If that doesn’t put you in the mood to make greeting cards, I don’t know WHAT will.