Things I Dig
Welcome to my page of resources! Here’s where I’ve compiled “stuff” that I’ve personally found helpful in various areas of my life. Whether you’re a writer banging out your first draft, brushing up on art history or you’re curious about cryptocurrency — I’ve linked to books / products below that I’ve personally used (and I think you might like as well).
*Full disclosure: some of the links below are “affiliate” links, which means if you click on a link and you end up purchasing that item (or using their service), I might receive some sort of compensation from that (and in some cases, you might also get a better deal too!). Oh — and none of this is to be taken as “investment advice” (I’m just a dude!)
Creativity + Productivity
You might cringe at this idea, but getting up early has been great for my creative routine. This short book drives that home.
Backed by a ton of science, this illuminating book has changed how I approach goals (and has definitely helped me stick to them).
Break through creative resistance with this awesome book.
Short & sweet, this manifesto will inspire you to get off your hiney.
Perhaps the most accessible book on creativity — get it — you’ll thank me later.
Book Two in the series, Austin encourages you to get your stuff out there.
Book Three might be the most subversive yet; you need this book.
An eye-opening peek into the magic of Pixar (spoiler alert: it’s not magic, just a ton of hard work and courage).
Chuck may be the saltiest, funniest & smartest writing teacher you’ll ever have.
Want to write a novel? You need to know about structure. Read this book.
Want to write a screenplay? Let Blake help give you a framework to start with, so that you can then subvert it.
Do you have 3 weeks? Then you can write a screenplay. Stop making excuses.
Fan of musical theater and you’ve got the itch to make your own production? This is the best book in town.
This app blocks the internet on your devices so you can get stuff done. It’s splendid.
An elegant and minimal writing app for most everything.
If you’re writing scripts of any kind, this app will be your new best friend. (I would love to see this on iOS someday.)
Notion is my brain; pretty much everything (outside of my manuscript drafts) goes in here, and it’s so flexible — it’s like working with “legos (if legos were designed by The New York Times)”.
If you want to nuke distractions, grab the Freewrite Traveler. It’s a typewriter that syncs to the cloud (and that’s it). Brilliant!
The King Kong of art books. Get it and savor each page.
A beautiful dive into awesome female visual artists laid out chronologically.
A gorgeous book that walks you through the rockstars of the art world.
Provocative & insightful; pick this up.
Ever wonder why everything in Japan is so … beautiful? Unlock the ancient secrets of this astute culture with this wonderfully-researched book.
Bitcoin made incredibly easy, fun and transparent. Get it!
Have some bitcoin but want to trade it for other lesser-known coins? You can find (just about) any alt-coin on this venerable exchange.
Earn free bitcoin while shopping online.
Have a computer? Want to put it to work to mine cryptocurrency (and earn free $)? Check out Honeyminer!
Bought some crypto and you’d like to earn serious interest on it? This high-yield interest-bearing account is backed by Gemini (a highly regulated exchange).
A sizzling, well-researched read on the riveting origin story of cryptocurrency.
Why is bitcoin important? This is a fine place to start to learn about this revolution in economics.