Welcome to 2023!

Happy New Year to you all.

2022 was kind of bleh and ended with us putting one of our dogs, Misty, to sleep on the 31st. But I’m a firm believer that everything good has a place in heaven, so I look forward to petting her again.

Misty is the black lab between our English and Bull Mastiff’s.

Which, btw, the English Mastiff on the left, Bear, is who Carbine is based on in the books. He’s loveable but so obnoxious at times!

All that sadness aside, I’m looking forward to a new year and what it holds in store for us all. I hope it’s all good things. (Realistically, it’s probably going to be a mixed bag.) But let’s aim high and hope for the best!

On the writing front, I wrote Raiding Prehistoric in 340 days last year. Which is the shortest time span yet. I’d like to build off that and try to get maybe a book and a half finished this year. There are of course a lot of factors, we have a VERY stressful life/home/family/etc. And I refuse to let the quality of my writing deteriorate to get more product out faster. So we’ll see how this plays out. But the writing continues, not sure what the title of the book will be yet, but it’s in the West of Prehistoric universe. I don’t want to say anything else yet until Raiding Prehistoric comes out and you’ve had a chance to see how it ends.

As for new Years resolutions, well…..

I’m going to focus on getting back in shape. I used to be in pretty good shape running Spartan obstacle courses and lifting constantly, then I had my brain damage of 2019 and it’s been downhill physically ever since. So, time to stop whining and get back in shape. So long Writer’s Gut!

Second, well, I already talked about goals for writing.

Third, I plan on getting closer to God as I’ve slacked on that some recently. And I plan on working harder at being a better father, husband, son, and brother. (Although, honestly, I think I do a pretty good job… mostly.)

Fourth, floss my teeth more.

Fifth, push harder for that goal of letting my wife be a stay at home mom, at least part time for now. Which means, sell more books, cut more expenses, and pick up a promotion/new job. (I LOVE my job and current team, but I also want to progress my career and not stagnate)

If you guys have any good resolutions, slap them in the comments section. And good luck to us all on this glorious new year!

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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