Never a dull moment

So now it’s Saturday, the 15th of May. I’ve got my surgery scheduled in Gainesville and I’ve made arrangements for a place to stay following the surgery and I’ve even got the post-surgery check-up with the doc arranged for the next day. So, other than the doing on the 27th of this month, that’s done.

Today I’ll be at Well Loved Books on Blanding Blvd here in Orange Park for a book signing, between 2 and 5 pm. The owner has handled most of the advertising, though I’ve done a bit, too. I hope to see you there, if you live in the area.

There is a branch of the Florida Writer’s Guild which meets once a month in the Fleming Island Library. I’m looking forward to that, a lot. Nobody writes well when they write alone. I’m not referring to the actual writing – having folks around when I write is a royal pain – you can’t get into the ‘groove’ if you’re constantly bombarded by external stimuli. But it is important to connect with others in the same profession. They know lots of stuff you don’t.

On software: I recently signed on with MOZY ( Mozy is an on-line backup provider. I keep all of my important stuff stored on line. I’ve worked with computers since 1971, and I can not tell you how much data I’ve lost over the years to crashes. It’s just plain embarrassing. Now this is with backup tapes, saving to CD’s, emailing files to myself, you name it and I’ve done it. So I store all of my important files on-line.

What’s nice about Mozy is that they provide you with a downloadable tool that allows you to set up automated backups of up to 2 gigabytes of your data for free. That’s spelled: FREE. You do need a broadband connection of some sort, but any sort of cable connection will qualify. It may be slower than they wish, but they will work with what you’ve got as long as it fits the description of ‘Broadband”  Check out their site – look for the home user link and look for the free backup offer.

You just can’t beat that price.

And no, nobody pays me for these endorsements. I have used and professionally tested software for over twenty years, so I do have some reason to consider myself as something of an expert when it comes to use-ability and dependability of software products.

About Gary Showalter

Gary Showalter was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. He lived in Aruba, Florida and the Panama Canal Zone before joining the U.S. Army during the 1960s. Following his discharge from the Army, Mr. Showalter picked cotton in East Texas, baled hay in Ardmore Oklahoma, sold light bulbs in Los Angeles, California, and built cattle pens in Fallon, Nevada (during a blizzard, of course). After settling in Atlanta, Georgia, Mr. Showalter worked as a professional gardener before turning his hand to furniture making. In 1981, he moved to Israel, married, and raised four children while working as a furniture maker, silversmith, goldsmith, and ornamental wood turner. He served in the Israel Defense Forces Reserves for sixteen years, and when not on active duty he worked in government and private security. He has also served in senior management positions in two software development companies in Israel. During his time in Israel, Mr. Showalter published articles dealing with international terror and the Israel-Arab conflict in the Jerusalem Post, Israel national News and several political science web sites. Mr. Showalter returned to the United States in the fall of 2003, to care for an elderly parent. He published his first novel, “The Big Bend”, in the fall of 2008. His second novel, “Hog Valley”, is now in print. Mr. Showalter's third novel, “Twisted Key”, was published in the fall of 2011, and his fourth novel, "Lonesome Cove" is now available in Kindle format and should be published in paper near the end of 2012. Those words were written a few years ago. Frankly speaking, the literary well has dried up. I now live in Dunnellon, Fl, where I amworking as the caretaker on a horse farm and looking to build a workshop here on the property where I can get back to building furniture. With any luck I will be sinking piers some time early in November and hope to have the floor joists ready for flooring by the end of the month. I'll get back to you on that.
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