Trade shows

Few things coax me to waste my time and money. I’m typically a rational and thrifty person. The exemption to this are trade shows. In January, NAMM is my jam, and in June, I follow the E3 Expo. I grew up playing guitars and video games, and engaged with a ton of tech surrounding both …

The Boards

I’ve been thinking a ton about how teams can thrive in remote settings. In my experience, something important in the creative process couldn’t be emulated. This interview with Argo and Star Wars screenwriter, Chris Terrio, helped me understand and articulate a bit better. So we actually started with just a whiteboard. At Bad Robot, there …

Dress for tomorrow

My wife is better than me. She gets up every morning at 5AM for a 5:30 workout class that’s a good fifteen minutes away. I struggle to get out of bed and crack open my laptop to write daily. It’s no secret how she does it, she already shared the key. She dresses for tomorrow. …

Less is more

Been keeping my eye my social circle’s resolutions. Read more. Write more. Speak more. Accomplish X goal. I’ve been there. I am there. We all want to “do more.” It’s in more that we produce value, ship things, earn dough, provide for ourselves and our loved ones. But I’m discovering this year that I’ve accomplished …

Crumbs #001 (01/12/2020)

First full week of the new year! Read a ton. Finished Deep Work, The War of Art, and Building a StoryBrand this year. Also, listened to Measure What Matters (with intent to finish the actual book, too.) Finally, wrapped up Spirit Tracks on Nintendo DS. I started this game in 2017 and put it down …

Should You Share It?

Sharing creative work is tricky. On one hand, it’s important to open a feedback loop and get some validation that you’re heading in the right direction. On the other hand, family and friends are infamous for telling you what you want to hear. I’m 3.1% into a new project and I already shared it. Should …

Finish it First

Is it better to have multiple “irons in the fire?” In my case, multiple projects in flight? Is it okay to be simultaneously reading three or more books? Playing through multiple video games at once? Writing two novels? Watching a bunch of TV series at once? I’ve been leaning towards a “finish it first before …

The Lap of the Gods

I believe in God. On two occasions, recently, I’ve stumbled upon a few quotes that reveal how God (or “the gods”) influence great creative works. Sam Mendes, on shooting 1917: “By the end of the first shooting day, we were behind, because we didn’t shoot anything,” he admitted. “The weather wasn’t right. By the end …