May Update

Sheesh, is this month almost over already?

I’m well overdue for a blog post.

I started a new job with a new company. It’s going very well, I’m really enjoying it so far. It’s been stressful and by the time I get home, my brain feels pretty fried from trying to absorb so much new knowledge. Not going to lie, it’s really killing my writing productivity. But there is still progress happening, as you’ll see below.

Our new dog swallowed an entire glove. Yes, a glove. She’s like a hungry hippo for socks and apparently that includes small cloth kid gloves as well. Which lead to a thousand dollar vet trip to have her stomach and intestines cut open and the glove removed. Then she was forced to wear a cone for a week and eat rice/boiled chicken the entire time. Her habitual ‘hungry hippoing’ is so bad, that we were told by the Vet to get a basket muzzle for her until we can train her out of it. But we are thrilled she’s still alive.

The sequel… so… I changed the title. I had this bright idea a long time ago to go with the directional book titles, “West of Prehistoric”, “East of Prehistoric”, and the third book I’m working on now was going to be “North of Prehistoric”… but after getting the cover back and thinking about it – I decided it would creatively box me in and I didn’t think the directional ‘directions’ of the books were obvious enough. Basically, I had a plan, but I didn’t think anyone would understand the naming except myself. So, after conferring with the publisher, we renamed the book ‘Enter Prehistoric’, which makes much more sense.

Also, I’ve got the sequel back from the editor with changes. I took yesterday off for some appointments and managed to get about 60% of the way through. This step basically involves me reading the entire book, sentence by sentence, looking at errors the editor may have found, or anything that simply bothers me and needs fixing. It’s pretty much my last chance to make any changes before it gets formatted/printed. I’m anxious to get this sucker turned around and in people’s hands. It’s awesome. You’re gonna love it.

Lastly, I dug my ’01 Jeep Wrangler TJ out of the garage. I’ve had this Jeep since 2005 and for many years it was my money put. (When I had any spare money that is.) Then I got married, got a family, got a career, etc and basically money and time was always in short supply. Now, it’s simply time that’s in VERY short supply. To show you how much of a back burner this Jeep has been on, I bought a new $650 set of catalytic convertors over a year ago to have installed. Then I bought a set of Savvy Offroad aluminum rocker guards(very sexy)… they also have yet to be installed. In the last four years, I’ve probably put 15 miles on it. That includes moving it from the old house to the new house. BUT, the work begins on Monday. I’m having the converters installed and the inspection(always fingers crossed when it comes to that). After that, it’s time to pay the devil their dues, and by that I mean a couple years of back taxes on it, then I’m going to start driving it again. But, alas, this is not a Jeep blog, and this paragraph has gone on for far too long.

So, summed up.

Book Two almost in print. Expect by July.

Author: Erik 'Tracer' Testerman

Erik Testerman is a Marine Corps grunt, a competitive shooter, and an admirer of fine arms and armaments. He lives in the mountains of North Carolina with his lovely wife, two rambunctious children, and a slobbery English Mastiff. To learn more about Erik Testerman and read samples of his work, visit http://GunPowderAndInk.blog

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