“Hog Valley” goes to press -finally

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“Hog Valley” will go to press at the end of next week. I don’t have an availability date yet, but it should be the end of September. The sooner, the better, to my way of thinking.

I have to large events ahead. On 25 September I will be at the Florida Heritage Book Festival in St. Augustine, in the Virginia Room on the 2nd floor of the Ringhaver Student Center at Flagler College. That’s at the corner of Sevilla and King streets. Hours are 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

On October 16th and 17th I will be at the Orange Park Fall Festival. That will be at 2042 Park Avenue, in the Town Hall. Saturday the 16th 9:30am till 6:00pm. with Opening Ceremonies beginning at 9:30am. Sunday the 17th from 9:30am till 5:00pm.

I am partnering with Lydia Hawkes at both events. She is a a writer of Civil War stories and a great writer. By the way, one of her novels is now a movie…

Today was spent catching up on stuff I managed to put off all week long. I spent a few hours with Adobe’s Photoshop Elements 8, making up 3” x 5” cards featuring the cover art for both “The Big Bend” and “Hog Valley”, along with a few reader comments and the web site address.

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It took me about an hour, once I had the two covers resized. Photoshop takes a bit of getting used to because the ‘how-to’ is not always clear, but once you figure out how to do something one way, you just naturally figure out other ways to do the same job. There is plenty of on-line help with this product, so there is no need to hesitate. If you’re unsure how to do something, save your work space and go find out ‘how-to’.

The UI has a dark charcoal background so as not to distract you from your work space. All of the tools are easily available and unambiguous. Even with the limited RAM on my computer, Photoshop Elements works like a charm.

Download the trial version and play with it. It’s fully featured and you’ll have plenty of time to put out some nice work. You’ll probably wind up buying it.


Have a great weekend.


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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