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What Keeps People From Collaborating?

What Keeps People From Collaborating?

Mar 27, 20247 min read

It’s true that collaboration isn’t for everyone — but if you’re reading these words, you’re probably at least curious about whether you’d enjoy collaborating. If you had a partner, you could be more prolific. Ship more often. Attract an audience…

10 Questions I Ask Myself to Stay Invested in Tomorrow

10 Questions I Ask Myself to Stay Invested in Tomorrow

Mar 26, 20243 min read

Embracing long-term decisions over short-term gratification is like buying shares of stock in yourself. Over the last ten years of building Sterling & Stone, this has been our biggest and most constant battle. But if we keep winning (focusing on…

The Day I Became a Storytelling Entrepreneur

The Day I Became a Storytelling Entrepreneur

Mar 25, 20245 min read

I was five years old, bored out of my mind, and just old enough to instinctively grasp a truth I would cling to like treasure for the rest of my life: that the only cure for boredom is curiosity.  The…

Sunday Story Time: Infinite Pieces

Sunday Story Time: Infinite Pieces

Mar 24, 20242 min read

I love writing novels, and after having written over two-hundred of them, my affection for the format clearly runs deep. That expansive canvas allows me ample space to explore ideas in depth from multiple perspectives, taking readers on emotional journeys…

What We Can Learn From the Timeless Genius of the Mad Men Pilot

What We Can Learn From the Timeless Genius of the Mad Men Pilot

Mar 23, 20245 min read

Don Draper is my favorite TV character of all time. His way with language transforms every pitch into a poem, cutting through verbal clutter to deliver lines that linger long after the screen fades to black. He’s an infuriating human,…

Writer Dad

Writer Dad

Mar 22, 20245 min read

More than the name of my first book, Writer Dad was also the name of my first blog. I had no idea what I was doing back then, so I did it with all of my heart. Cindy and I…

Are You Doing the Thing You’re Doing?

Are You Doing the Thing You’re Doing?

Mar 21, 20244 min read

Most of my family probably has ADD, or maybe ADHD. None of us have ever been diagnosed, either individually or as a group, but the tendencies are obvious in me and my wife. Our children both display the documented behaviors…

Why Collaborate?

Why Collaborate?

Mar 20, 20245 min read

Collaboration is Sterling & Stone’s biggest buzzword, and the studio’s most powerful catalyst for success. We like to say that in the right collaboration, 1+1=11.  Beyond the obvious perks of teaming up — accelerated project completion, increased revenue, the joy…

How to Turn Your Fear into Frontier

How to Turn Your Fear into Frontier

Mar 19, 20244 min read

The older I get, the more conscious I become of the bricks on my road to self-fulfillment. I care less about milestones than moving toward the most authentic version of myself along the way. Every opportunity missed or embraced shapes…

Life So Far: Beyond the Memoir

Life So Far: Beyond the Memoir

Mar 18, 20243 min read

Every story has a beginning, a middle, and an end. But what if the story is your own, and the chapters are the days of your life? The term “memoir” used to make me uneasy, at least regarding myself. That…