I have grown and failed time and time again.
There are different levels of failure and most of them are on display for everyone to see.Read More
Back at the first NerdCon:Stories (2015), I attended a panel where Patrick Rothfuss commented that he's found with new writers, especially if their work is good, that it usually leads to breakdowns in their life, usually resulting in divorce. When he reads an exception first book, he does what he can to find that author's contact info and call them up to ask, "Hey. Are you okay?"
I never got a call like that.
However, I can't help but recognize that occurrence in my life. It's something that's stuck with me, and it's been easier to coast off that ideal in the year plus since my divorce and the release of my first book.Read More
For the majority of the year, I have remained fairly silent. Obviously, the podcast has been ongoing, but, as a professional writer, this past year has been stagnant. I've toyed with ideas, I've started working on the ideas for the sequel to The Faithful. Despite all this time put into the ideas of the sequels, little to no writing has been put to the page.Read More
There's a thrill, a rush, that comes when brainstorming a novel. One of my favorite things about the process is when all the thoughts you've had swirling around in your head start really taking shape, mingling with each other, and become these solid storylines that have yet to be written, but are already so visceral to you.Read More
Not to seem maudlin or anything like that, but my last couple trips have had a weird but of nostalgia mixed with resilience.
As I noted in my past post, I'm divorced now. It was a shock: I found out there was a very real problem then two weeks later we were discussing terms of divorce, despite my protests.Read More
It's been far too long since I've made an actual post. My last bit of any real news, other than the release of Of Gods and Madness: The Faithful, came around AWP 2015. Unfortunately, that's where everything began to spiral out of control. In the past nine months, I've gone through a divorce, sold my house, lost a host of friends, even lost my job the day before my novel came out.Read More
The personal and professional blog of Fantasy Noir author, Justin D. Herd. The site contains short stories, anecdotes, personal recollections, and sections of his current novels. He's sincerely transparent about his life and what's going on in his career.
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