Back to work – for a day or so, anyway

I was able to get some work done yesterday and today on both “Hog Valley” and “Twisted Key”. “Hog Valley” is strictly editing and rephrasing for clarity. I could deliver the MS tomorrow, but since it has to wait until the end of September, I might as well go through it one more time.

“Twisted Key” is still in development. I’ve got a hundred pages done, and before I move on to page 101, I am doing a first round of rewrites (that’s very alliterative, isn’t it?).

The providers of one of the applications I use every day sent me an add for “System Mechanic” by IOLO. It’s one of those “do everything” tools that promises to improve your system speed and reliability. In other words, it’s a collection of utilities with some common support and reporting tools. System Mechanic has been around for a few years, and this is Version 9. something.

I installed and ran it. I downloaded a 30-day trial of the fully functioning application from Cnet (, instead of a ‘dumbed-down’ version. So far, I like it. I’d just run Advanced System Care (by IObit)a few minutes earlier, so I ran System Mechanic as soon as it installed. And, by George, it found a few Registry errors and one or two other things that ASC failed to pick up on its scan of my system.

That’s not unusual, by the way. All of these tools look for the same sorts of errors, but since they’re not all written by the same programmers, they will find a few more or less errors. Just find a tool you like, and stay with it. You’ll be okay. I don’t know if it’s any better or worse than Advanced System Care, but that’s what the 30-day trial is all about, isn’t it? I’ll let you know if I still like it in another 29 days.

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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