Dubious Upbringing

So, from the looks of this website, I have gone completely underground since not being chosen for #PitchWars. In reality, having two kids, holding down a full time job, and getting matched up with a critique partner through the always amazing Lara Willard, I've been doing a lot of behind the scenes work.

I haven't posted it on the front page here, though I might start including them on the front page, but I've officially started my general media podcast, the Dubious Consumers. It's been a lot of fun, even though there have been some technical difficulties. I'm looking at starting a podcast centering around writing, but, beyond that, I'm really pleased with the group we've put together for the Dubious Consumers. We've got a Facebook page, we're on iTunes . . . and our next cast will be about the greatly anticipated Interstellar (which I've gone into media blackout for).

On the writing front, I've been paired up with the indispensable M. Weisberg. She's definitely helped me streamline the opening of The Faithful and, hopefully, I've given her some things to think about with her own novel. As a result, most of my time has been spent with my nose to the grindstone while cleaning up my novel for requests, as well as hard editing her novel (which she specifically asked me not to do, but I'm nothing if not persistent).

Over the last few days, I've also switched to a new (but similar) template, taken off Between the Shadows from the site, since, after my brief foray into editing it, I realized that it's beyond saving (with my current ideologies toward editing). If I'm going to use that idea, I need to start over with Convert35.

I'd like to say I'm going to be as voracious on this site as I have been in the past, but NaNoWriMo starts Saturday and I'm going to try to delve into that, even as the holidays rapidly approach. Anyone who has worked retail knows that this a death sentence for personal life, even more so as a store manager.

So, if you're up for some explicit ramblings about movies, games, and books, check out the latest episode of the Dubious Consumers.

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Justin D. Herd

Justin D. Herd is a purveyor of the weird and strange. He occasionally squawks at friends and family, but does so only under the cover of night. Okay, that's not true. He squawks in full daylight. Drinking games have been built around his peculiarities, but the truth of it is this: he is a loving husband, with two wonderful dem--children. One growls at things he likes, including pretty women. The other has started to learn hand-eye coordination. Neither had made it to the tender age of three. From there, things will only get more interesting. He spends most of his writing time either at a coffee shop or sitting at one of his many desks around his house. Any other place makes it nearly impossible for him to write. He uses horror movies and rock music to help get the juices flowing. His favorite authors are Jeremy Robert Johnson, Alan Campbell, Terry Pratchett, Justin Cronin, and Patrick Rothfuss. He consumes most of his books through audiobooks, but still loves his personal library and getting lost in the printed word.