Explosive Brain Tissue

My Migraine by Cereal 199

My Migraine by Cereal 199

For anyone that has picked up on my sporadic postings throughout the years, you'll know that I suffer from chronic migraines. Part of the fun of this comes with my warning indicator: I lose a significant portion of my vision. Always the left side, always a curve that leaves me searching the area around me.

This makes writing interesting when these migraines strike me.

Conventional wisdom dictates that I need to hide in a dark room, set a cool rag over my eyes, and go to bed. I spent years doing this. The trouble is that the urge to write becomes overwhelming at this point.

I spent a considerable amount of time nursing my migraines in the dark, eyes closed, writing thousands of words without even looking at the screen but knowing exactly what was being printed. It wasn't the best stuff. I have hard enough of a time articulating myself with my brain exploding, the words slipping away as I try to reclaim them.

I guess what it comes down to is this: while these migraines are a curse that brings my life to a screeching halt most of the time, there are moments were inspiration comes tearing from them and I'm all the better for it.


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.