The Benny Book

Created by John Pointer

Yesterday Was Weird started as a simple post that went viral and helped millions of people cope with the grief of a loss, and remember the love that outshines it. It is now an illustrated hardcover book for anyone who has to face “weird days” of their own. There are three versions of the book: plain, paw-stamped, and stamped & signed. If you would like me to write anything special in the stamped & signed version, just send me a message and I’ll be happy to customize it for you, a friend, or a loved one. As you scroll through the other items in the store, there are still about 50 shirts available, but not in all designs, sizes, styles, or colors. Most of them are charcoal gray, but there are some in black and a very few left in baby blue. If you can’t seem to find what you want, email me and I’ll let you know if I have one. Please note: I am a one-man operation and will be out of the country, performing in Dubai from January 22nd through February 2nd. I can ship orders again starting Feb 3rd. If you have any questions, just send me an email:

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Several steps closer...
over 2 years ago – Mon, Aug 21, 2017 at 03:10:56 PM

Turns out, it's terrifying to face your fears. At least, it is for me. That's part of the news about where we are today. I realized that the closer we got to the finish line, the more fearful I was of making a mistake.

After I printed the test copy, I went into emotional paralysis. Admitting it was the first step, so now that I'm aware, I'm walking through the fear. In the end, all I can do is my best.

I contacted the designers today to knock out the last few steps:

  • Adding "Pro Bene Publishing, 1712 E Riverside Dr #201, Austin, TX 78741" to the credits page 
  • Adding an ISBN (need to find out if I have to buy it or if the printer will assign it) 
  • Desaturating the artwork - it's too vibrant for how sad the story is 

As you can see, that remaining punch list is really, really short, so that's good news.

Even better news: I selected a printing company! They will send me all the information next week for setting up the artwork for their machines. I'll also find out if I need to supply an ISBN or if they will provide one (step two, above).

I also hired a research assistant to find contact information for the various national veterinary offices, veterinary associations, pet stores, online communities, and pet grief organizations. I need to know if any of them want copies before I go to press. *Important note: I will not delay the process. I will simply add their numbers to the order if they submit them in time.*

As always, thank you for your support. Your patience has not gone unnoticed and I'm going to make sure it is rewarded with the best book possible. And remember, this is the only time I'll do this myself, so it will become collectible the instant it reaches your hands.

Benny's Person, John

p.s. if you want to update your mailing address, payment information, or order, you can do so at You can also download your rough draft copy of the eBook there! 

p.p.s. spread the word and let your friends know that they still have a little time to order their own copy at

Click here to tune in to the Live Broadcast
over 2 years ago – Sat, Aug 05, 2017 at 04:34:05 PM

If you want to see the live update tomorrow, just click here:

You can also click that link to submit questions beforehand. 

During the live stream, everyone can participate in a group chat, ask questions, send selfie GIFs and more!

If you can't tune in it will post to the page shortly after we finish and you can watch it for the next 48 hours.

Spread the word and I'll see you tomorrow!

Live Video Walk-through Tomorrow, Aug 6th
over 2 years ago – Sat, Aug 05, 2017 at 01:21:06 AM

It's been a while and I just wanted to let you know where everything stands.

As you know, I printed the first physical copy of the book to see how it would look. There were a couple of tweaks to be made, but now the artwork and text are done. I had to create a publishing company (Pro Bene Publishing) and bought the ISBN (unique book ID number).

Next steps: I'm going to meet with the designers one more time to talk about paper stock, paper coating, and potentially desaturating the colors a little. As I've sat with it, I think it feels too vibrant for the mood of the story.

Because it's taken so long, I'm getting new printing quotes. Once I finalize the printer choice, they'll send their template for the designers to lay out the pages so that it'll all come out correctly when it's cut and assembled.

I'll do a live video walk-through tomorrow, August 6th, at noon Eastern Daylight Time (GMT/UTC-4) so you can see how it all looks so far and talk about what's next. Send me your questions and I'll answer them in person.

Also, please let me know if you received the rough draft as a PDF. I sent it out through BackerKit in mid-June. If not, tell me and I'll email it directly to you. I'm going to send the final draft the same way, and want to make sure it's working.

Thanks again for your patience and support through this process. See you tomorrow!

Ladies and gentlmen... we have a printout!
almost 3 years ago – Thu, Jun 22, 2017 at 10:29:39 PM

We still have to make a couple of tiny tweaks (adding ISBN number, UPC code, and one or two other details), but... feast your eyes!

When they gave me the first page as a test, my heart skipped a beat. If I had a tail, it would be wagging. I tried to record some video, but I just couldn't hold myself together. The show tonight will be real test of my abilities to channel feelings into music. Everything is as fresh as January 29th, 2016. It's equal parts beauty and heartbreak.

Thank you so much for your faith and support through this whole process.

Benny, we all love you buddy. ❤️

Another step closer!
almost 3 years ago – Sat, Jun 10, 2017 at 06:23:29 PM

On Thursday I got the second revision of the layout. Here's where we are:

  • I created a punch list which should be the last one! It's just little things like "move this comma," "compress this sentence," and "let's add a blank page there..." In other words, we're really down to the minutiae.
  • We been in touch with a few printers for paper selection and new price quotes.
  • We will be meeting on the 23rd to (cross your fingers)... finalize everything!
  • that means... you may get your electronic copies as soon as that day!

I get nervous saying that because there have been so many little surprises. That's why I've always tried to lay things out as steps rather than dates, but at the very least, I will send you the iteration we have then, even if there's one or two small tweaks left!

Related: I took a hiatus from performing my solo concerts back in September so I could focus my energy on this. Although I wanted my "return" concert to be at the potluck/performance/packing party when we get the materials back from the printer, I got an offer to perform at Riverbend Centre in Austin on June 22nd, and I just couldn't refuse it.

We should know at that meeting on the 23rd what the actual printing timeline will look like and I will let you know as soon as I do. That means we can start planning the final steps: packing party and shipping!

This has been a huge learning process for me and has been humbling, to say the least. I have supported other projects that took a long time and I know it can be frustrating, especially when the creator's communication is not completely open. I really appreciate your support and patience, and I hope that you have felt like I'm doing my best not just to produce the book, but to keep you posted with honesty and transparency.

I am always here to answer questions if you have them.

Thank you so much.