Thoughts on the Craft

Thoughts on the Craft

There are times where I question whether or not I'm a writer.

After some analysis, it's obvious I am. Recently, at PAX South, I found myself repeatedly standing in line with my manuscript draped over one arm, a set of three pens settled precariously between my mouth and hands, editing the last 100 pages of The Faithful. I'd done that multiple times, but no one asked me about (I guess not that strange) and, at some point during the conference, started having a personal crisis as to whether or not I was a "writer." Only after some reflection that I realized that of course I was, but since I wasn't writing at that point, it felt like I was living a charade.

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State of the Herd Dynasty

State of the Herd Dynasty

It's been awhile since I've sat down and told you about my writing journey. In the months since I last updated you, I finished a complete revision of The Faithful and, at the end of that journey, added twenty thousand words to the manuscript. I also cut six thousand from the opening of the novel to really up the punch. It's definitely changed how certain characters interact with each other, as well as build relationships that my betas didn't quite buy.

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The Liebster Award: 10 Question Blog Hop

The Liebster Award: 10 Question Blog Hop

Looks like my oh-so-talented wife tagged me in this blog hop. You should totally check out her amazing blog, as well as follow her on Twitter to get the most out of her current exploding career as a writer!

How does this work? Well, Kathryn supplied me and a few others with the questions and we answer them, then give some of our own. The blog hop continues and spins around, all magical like. Once you're done here, be sure to check out my compatriots: Maria Ann GreenMarisa MohiConstance Burris and Mari Farthing for their responses, as well as Kathleen S. Allen's original post that captured my lovely wife's attention!

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Writing Process Blog Tour

Writing Process Blog Tour

I recently joined this amazing group that is for authors that are out and about, querying to their heart's content! While I'm relatively new to this group, I was able to join in on this great blog tour about authors and their writing processes! Karen Mahara tagged me as a part of this and now you'll get to revel in my unnecessarily complicated writing process!

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Dropping a Little Magic

Dropping a Little Magic

I can hardly believe it, but last week I finished The Magician. As for my monthly goals, I didn't quite hit 60k, but I tend to expand with revision, then aggressively cull. The Faithful, for instance, started at 67k, dropped to 54k, and, over the last several revisions, worked its way up to 85k. At one point, the novel was split into two but that's a different story. One that I'm pretty sure I've gone into in the past. If not, just let me know and I'll regale you with a tale.

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Not Much in the Barrel

First of all, I wanted to thank the Authoress for allowing me to be a part of the Blog Critique Tour! All the critiques will be a huge help as soon as I delve back into The Faithful's edits. I'm still playing around with ideas for The Magician, though I'm stuck on the same scene I've spent the last month on... honestly, maybe even longer. The Emotion Exchange is also sitting pretty at this moment, waiting on a fresh outlook on the story.

All in all, I'm still at the same impasse I was at a little over a year ago, when I first started toying with The Magician. There are so many possibilities when it comes to this story and I'm just not at all comfortable with any which direction. The writing comes in fits and starts. I got an idea three or four days ago that I could play with, but I haven't found time to put it down. It doesn't help that my last few days off have been interrupted - some by work, some by necessary house duties. It's part of the life, but when you're trying to be a "WRITER," it does put a damper on your plans.

That's it for now. Nothing much to report other than I'm kind of stuck and hoping for the best.

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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.