Coasting and the Ideals of Writing

Coasting and the Ideals of Writing

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.

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Personal Resurrection

Personal Resurrection

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.

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New Dubious Consumers Episode

The next Dubious Consumers podcast is now available!

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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.

Dubious Upbringing

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.

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July Goals / Collected Works #1

July Goals / Collected Works #1

Welcome to Collected Works, where I break down my goals and challenges for the week, whether writing related or just surviving the daily grind! It's also a great way for you to share your own goals on your blog through the linkup below. If you want to join me, just throw your link down below and be sure to visit another great post! This is an amazing way to get to know your community as well as establish some accountability and motivation!

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