Life Changes


It's been almost two weeks since my son was born. Since then, I've barely had sleep, worked a few days, and had seven migraines in just over a week. Among all this, I've also hit 500 pages on The Faithful.

Now that I've hit that mark, I'm looking back at the last sixty pages of the novel, trying to remember where everyone had landed before some of the bigger events happened. Going back through, I've found that most of my characters ended up doing odd things that aren't in their character so that I can get them to another place. Every time this has happened, I get stuck and have to force out the words to clean up and solve these issues. Honestly, I've been stuck for over a month around page 497, unable to force out those few extra pages for some reason, despite having the scene entirely played out in my head.

Regardless to say, I have a good amount of stuff to rewrite, to fix. All this between changing diapers, feeding my son, making sure he's warm in a frigid house, and cleaning. The migraines don't help either.

I recently saw my doctor, who tried to give me advice on getting Graham on a sleep schedule to help with my migraines, but as soon as I told him he'd spent a week in the NICU, he threw all that out the window, told me I'd have to suffer, and scheduled our next appointment in three months. A lot of help, let me tell you.

For the moment, I'm going to write while I can, despite the migraine pressing behind my eyes.


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.