A Little Bit Of Everything

The eye surgery on Thursday of last week went splendidly, thank you very much. I was in surgery for about thirty minutes in the morning, and ready to get over to the motel in Gainesville and lay down the minute the nurse allowed me to stand up in the recovery room. No wussy boy, I insisted on walking out of the hospital on my very own two feet all by myself. Well, I did lean on her a little bit. Once my sister and I got into the motel room, I headed straight for bed and stayed there about four hours. I woke up hungry, got on the phone and ordered a pizza.

My eye itched, but since it was under a bandage I couldn’t get at it. The itching lasted for about three days, which is all it took for the stitches to dissolve. My sight is very much better, though there is a lingering grey spot right in the center of my vision in the left eye. I think that is a bit of phototoxicity and will resolve itself in another month or so. We’ll see.

I got back to work today. I drove to Staples and picked up fifty bookmarks I’d ordered last week. Not cheap. In fact, too damn expensive to give away, but that’s what I had them printed for. They look okay, but I do have to find a less expensive way to produce them.

Today saw me in Green Cove Springs in the afternoon, speaking with another author, Joyce Davidson. Joyce runs the Historic Grounds Bookstore on Walnut Street, in Green Cove. She will be carrying my books from now on. I’ll be making arrangements with her for a book signing in November.

I wish you all a very profitable, enjoyable and safe week.

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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. He currently lives in Deland, Fl, where he is co-authoring "A Silent Star" with Tony Attanasio. "A Silent Star" is the true tale (though novelized, with names changed for security reasons) about the 4-person covert action team sent into Yemen to capture Osama Bin laden immediately after the bombing of the USS Cole in the Aden harbor in Yemen in October of 2000.
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