Personal Resurrection

Rising from the Grave  by Fotis Aradas

Rising from the Grave by Fotis Aradas

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. Through it all I've remained optimistic, quickly picking up a job in the insurance industry as many writers have before. If you're a Dubious Consumers listener, you've gotten some glimpses of this, but for the most part I've remained mum on it, trying to figure out a new path for my life.

In October, I attended NerdCON 2015 in Minneapolis. It was bittersweet in a way, because it was AWP in the same conference where the first dominoes that ended my marriage began. My ex-wife and I left AWP dissatisfied with writers conferences as a whole, after being hit over the head repeatedly how genre writers were subpar and that you need to have a MFA to do anything. OWFI 2015 helped a little bit, but once again we were struck by how these conferences were not for us. Shortly thereafter, the marriage fell apart for a myriad of reasons, but one of the final nails came when I found out that our writing journeys, as well as our marriage, were irreparably damaged over time.

Enter NerdCON. It was billed as a Book Conference for Nerds. It was also likened to PAX (Penny Arcade EXPO), but I was surprised at how intimate and amazing the conference was. It totally restored my faith in the writing community. I wrote pages of notes on the sequel to The Faithful, but shortly thereafter my work schedule took over. The podcast suffered, my writing suffered, but I am making the effort to change that.

Right now, I'm about 40% through edits on The Emotion Exchange. As with everything else I'm doing, I'm scheduling time to work on it as opposed to when the feeling overtakes me. My goal is to have a final draft compiled by the end of February, with the book possibly coming out after the first quarter. I am working with Nathan and Schuyler to return the Dubious Consumers to a more regular schedule, though honestly that's been more me than them.

I realize over the past year I've neglected the site as I've worked to rebuild my life, but let me assure you that is not the end but merely a transition.


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.