WWII Sea Monster Book and January Update

(WWII Sea Monster Book is not the official title)

Looks like this will be my next project while I work on putting together the plot and such for West of Prehistoric Book 4. My goal is to finish both of the books by the end of the year… that’s my self imposed deadline.

I feel the need to round out my catalogue of books a bit. I don’t want to be a one trick pony with a single series. I’d like to put a few more irons in the fire, and see what I can come up with. I’d like to ‘diversify’ if you will.

And I’ve had this WWII Sea Monster Book idea bouncing around in my brain for a couple years now. The plot has been written, it just needs to be fleshed out.

I’m pretty excited, and so far I’m a couple thousand words in and it’s looking good.

In other news, I’ve gotten into tropical fish again.

I used to keep them a lot when I was little, although I think I stopped around the time I graduated HS. At one point I had a large blue gill named ‘JJ’ or Jaws Junior that I told my little brother I was going to feed his cat to. I had that one for a long time before letting him go in the river to be free and eat/terrorize swimmers.

This time around, I’ve gotten into a Betta (Siamese Fighting Fish) kick.

I won’t go into the ‘fish serial killer’ time I had with a ‘death tank’ that killed around a dozen fish before I figured out that chemicals had leeched into the rubber seals in the tank and was poisoning the water… long sad story.

I’ve got two different tanks now. One in the kitchen, because my wife and kids rather enjoy it, and one in the basement. The Betta upstairs is named ‘Thor’ and the Betta in the tank beside my writing desk is called ‘Zoolander’.

This is the Mighty Thor. He’s a ‘dragonscale’ betta, and when I told my daughter he needed a dragon name, she came up with Thor. And it stuck. He’s pretty typical of what you get from the pet stores.

This is how Zoolander showed up after being quarantined for two weeks, then overnighted from California to NC. His colors are pale, his fins are clamped, and he has stress streaks down his side.

This is him after a few days of warm water, lots of space, and some relaxation while being spoiled by me. Still not fully recovered, but he’s a stud.

The reason for his name, Zoolander, is because he’s a ‘Steel Blue’ alien betta. And in the movie, ‘Blue Steel’ was Zoolander’s signature look. 😉

Just thought I’d share.

And lastly, ‘Jed’ is home from the fall hunt my wife and I went on. (Write up is linked below)

I Went Hunting With The Wife

Continuing our tradition of naming the dead animals we mount on our walls, our Corsican Ram is named ‘Jed’ because he… looks like one.

And since my wife will only allow ONE animal head upstairs, this one is in my writing nook.

Welcome to the wall, Jed.

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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