This is a big month. We’re days away from finishing my dad’s memoir, I’ve started a daily blogging challenge over on Medium, and I’m taking more pictures and learning the basics of photo editing as I travel.

Here’s what’s inspiring me lately.

What I’m Reading

Beruit Rules: The murder of a CIA station chief and Hezbollah’s war against America by Fred Burton and Samuel M. Katz–

The true story that inspired Syriana. It reads like a thriller. Large portions are redacted and blacked out. I’d recommend this to anyone interested in the Middle East, foreign policy, and espionage. No matter what your views are re: policy in that region, this book is bound to make you uncomfortable. Spoiler alert: it doesn’t have a happy ending.

“If you Only Read a Few Books in 2019, Read These” — Like all of Ryan Holiday’s reading lists, this one is mostly books you might not have heard of otherwise and definitely aren’t going to find on anyone else’s list.

“Say NO Unless a Project has at Least 2 of these 3 Things…” — Vital career advice for freelancers and creatives of all stripes from Chase Jarvis. I find that his argument helps put the “is it ever okay to work for free?” debate to bed.  Basically, Jarvis says you should only do work that fulfills two out of these three requirements:

  1. Pays well.
  2. Helps you build your portfolio.
  3. Builds a relationship.

What I’m Watching

Breslin and Hamill: Deadline Artists — A fascinating portrait of two of the greatest local journalists of all time, and a heartbreaking look back at old New York. My brother, Michael Daly, who delivered Breslin’s eulogy, is in it.

What I’m Writing

Since February has 28 days, it’s the perfect month to do “28 to Make” a creativity challenge from Creative Live.

Participants make and share a quick sketch every day for 28 days. I’m doing the same but with words.

Each day in February, I’ll set a timer for 20 minutes and write a “sketch” inspired by the prompt for the day.

Here’s what I’ve sketched so far:

“Beverages”

“Houseplant”

“Album Art”

“What’s in Your Bag”

“Receipt”

“People Watching Mad Lib”

Stay tuned for more.

 

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