The Prepper’s Workbook is now available and shipping from Amazon and other online retailers, and should be in stock in most Barnes & Noble stores as well as other bookstores.
If you are a blogger or website owner who has requested a review copy, you will be getting it as soon as the publicity office at Ulysses Press receives their shipment of marketing copies to mail out. The way the book distribution system works, the booksellers often have their copies before the publisher does, and that is the case here. Once those copies are available, there will be plenty to go around so if you have a related site or blog and wish to be added to this list please contact me directly.
Also, for those of you who entered the Goodreads book giveaway for a copy of this book, thank you for your interest and participation. The ten lucky winners have been selected and those copies will soon be on their way as well.
The Prepper’s Workbook will be shipping from the printer and into various book distribution channels in a matter of days now. The publisher is sponsoring a giveaway of 10 free copies on Goodreads, ending on March 18. All you have to do is enter to win, and there is no obligation to review the book. You can enter by clicking on the link below. Good luck!
I just returned from sixteen days in the south Florida sun, fourteen of which were spent mostly on my knees working on recaulking and sanding the teak decks of a Viking 72 Sport Cruiser motor yacht. It was a great escape from an unusually cold winter here in Mississippi, and the opportunity to do some hands-on work keeping my yacht carpentry skills sharp was refreshing.
I’ve done teak deck work, both repair and new installation off and on occasionally since 2001, when I first met David Halladay of Boatsmith, Inc. while cruising south Florida on my sailboat. Before that, I’d been building boats since 1994 and doing custom residential carpentry even longer, finding it a great way to fund further adventures upon return from my long distance kayak trips. I love the challenges of working with wood, and especially high-end woods like teak. Doing any kind of work on yachts costing well in excess of a million dollars requires care and attention to detail, and I’ve missed boat work in general since selling the last boat I built in 2012.
The first photo below is a view of the stern of the Viking 72, showing the teak on the swim platform. There is also teak in the cockpit, on the side decks, the flybridge and all the steps leading between the various levels. To do this job in fourteen days, I had a crew of five every day and somedays two to five extra helpers. The work involved removing every inch of black caulking from the seams between the teak planks, sanding and cleaning the grooves, recaulking with pneumatic caulk guns and then sanding all the decks to new wood. I will post a more detailed explanation of the process on my Scott’s Boat Pages blog.
Here is the finished result. The teak will only stay this color for a few weeks before the subtropical sun bleaches it gray again.
I’ve always found woodwork and carpentry to be a good creative complement to writing. For the past year or two, I’ve been so bogged down in book contracts my tools have gathered dust. This year I plan to find more of a balance between crafting with words and wood. This job was a good place to start and the change of scenery, latitude and pace will surely be beneficial as I dive back into work on the current novel.