It’s Monday all over again

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I got back to Orange Park on Saturday morning. Doing back-to-back book signings make a lot of sense economically, but it sure is a drag have to do all of that driving in two days. I was about as close to being wiped out as I ever want to be.

The event in Gainesville netted me one sale. On the surface that does not come anywhere close to paying for the gas to get there, but I did get to meet and speak with some very nice people. they may not buy right then and there, but they might next week, or the week after. You never know.

The even at “All About Art” in Belleview was a chromatically variant equine entirely. First of all, it took place in a very unique gallery filled with really neat stuff. There were paintings, as you might imagine, and wood carvings, and stained glass, and clothing and books and incense and art classes and yoga classes. Who’d a thought?

And at least one of the owners is a very good cook. We – the authors – had our tables set up in an exercise room, and the we sat around, introduced ourselves and chatted. About books, of course, and the business of being writers. Lynn Abbey was there – she co-authors with folks like Piers Paul Anthony and does a lot of her own writing as well, and Allan Ansorge – he writes mysteries set up north, and Lydia Hawke, she writes historical fiction set in Florida, and several others whose names I can’t for the life of me recall.

The ladies who set up the evening served as a very nice supper.

Visitors started to arrive right at seven and kept arriving until the event ended at nine. I sold six copies and wound up taking one home. But that’s okay, because my sister had it sold long before I got back to orange Park.

There were a lot of very nice people – authors and visitors alike – at that evening. I feel lucky to have been invited.

Now on to software. I will be writing more about Photoshop Elements 8 by Adobe over the next week or so, with comments about the User Interface this time. I really like this tool.

I’ve been using Intuit’s SimpleStart free version of Quickbooks to control and account for my financing, and I am not all that happy with it. So I started looking around to see what else is available. I found an OpenSource product called TurboCash4 at SourceForge.

OpenSource is freeware all grown up. OpenSource is the Matterhorn of freeware.

You will be reading a good bit about TurboCash4 over the next few weeks.

Stay Tuned.

I wish you all a good week.


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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