“If you write, you’re a writer. And no one can take that away from you.”

–Brian Koppelman

 

What I’m Reading

Rogue Heroes: The History of the SAS, Britain’s Secret Special Forces Unit That Sabotaged the Nazis and Changed the Nature of War by Ben Macintyre — “This book is about courage,” Macintyre writes in the introduction. I was expecting to nerd-out on some military history and got so much more. This book is about strategy, problem-solving, adversity, and how to influence people who aren’t ready for your vision of the future. If you’re into WWII you’ll love this book, but I’d also recommend it to founders, freelancers, and entrepreneurs. It’s basically the story of a military startup.

So Good They Can’t Ignore: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love You By Cal Newport  — As with Rogue Heroes, the long subtitle sums this one up nicely. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in finding work they love. It challenges the “passion mindset” with the “craftsman’s mindset.” The former focuses on what your work can do for you, the latter is about what you can offer the world through your work.

“What Happened After Jonestown?” — A nauseating look at the cleanup and controversy that followed the worst mass suicide in recent times. Not something to read over lunch.

Sam Shepard’s letters and a collection of his interviews.

Brian Koppelman’s Tweets — Just what the doctor ordered when you’re struggling with your creative work.

 

What I’m Listening To

“Jonestown” The Last Podcast on the Left — A five-part deep dive into Jim Jones, his cult, and their mass suicide. Listener discretion is advised, especially if you can’t take sick jokes.

What I’m Watching

Liz Wellington on House Hunters International — My friend, the travel writer and content strategist, Liz Wellington was featured on House Hunters International as she and her boyfriend search for an apartment in Madrid.

Kent William’s advice to aspiring artists — Two and a half minutes of awesomeness from a talented and successful painter.

What I’m Writing

Drafting some Medium posts in my free time after my fiction, nonfiction, and freelancing work are done for the day.

The Title Capitalization Tool — I found this handy site while trying to figure out how to capitalize the headline for this post. Plug in your title or headline and it will automatically convert it to the correct format in  AP, APA, or Chicago style.

 

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