Split Focus

Occupied by Steven Russell Black

Occupied by Steven Russell Black

Well the last few days have been my own little version of hell. I've had migraines or variations on the migraine theme multiple times over the last few days. A month or so ago I had my car broken into. They didn't take money laying around or my two checkbooks in the console. Instead, they took a $25 giftcard and all my migraine meds. Needless to say, I still haven't recovered them.

Luckily, I hhad managed to go by my doctor on Monday and get another prescription for some pain pills.

It might seem a bit odd that I wouldn't just lock myself up in extreme darkness and try to let the world slip by.

Unfortunately, I've found that it just makes things worse. I focus on the darkness, the hot and cold flashes, certain phrases or actions play in a constant loop, only amplifying the pulsing pain in my head. It's not a good deal.

So, instead, I turn to something a bit more concrete.

Most of the time I try to write, but since I've been trying to rework this site, I've spent a good deal of time over the last three days cleaning up some problems I've had with the site's coding or spacing issues. I did not realize how much you can do with CSS. So the site isn't finished yet, but a great deal of my problems have been taken care of.

Current Stats

The Faithful Queries

24 Sent Out
14 Still Out
6 Rejections
4 Partials - 2 Rejected

2 Queries w/ Indie Presses

Thanks to #PitMad, the last two occurred. #PitMad is a crazy flurry of 140 character pitches that devolves into pure chaos. You can literally post every other minute in here with different pitches, though they recommend you attempt a more respectable every hour or more. No agents were interested in my various pitches, but I figured I'd give those Indie Presses a try.


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.