I’m running out of options


I almost put pen to paper this morning. I was standing in the living room, alone, looking at the television (which was turned off at the time), thinking about flipping through the desert of morning TV channels, thinking about picking up a book to read, thinking about defragging my computer (again), thinking about installing some new software to test, thinking about damn near anything but writing new material in “Twisted Key”.

Don’t get me wrong. I want to write new material for the novel. I just don’t want to do it right now. Because before I can do that I have to re-read what I’ve already got and lay out two or three new scenes and figure out where I ant to go with the story, and so on.

That’s what I’m putting off. It’s like cleaning up the kitchen before you can start to cook another meal. It’s like weeding the garden before you can stick new bedding plants into the ground. It’s prep work. It’s drudgery, and I just don’t want to start in on it.

Not right now, anyway.

But I’m getting there. I know how good that story is going to be. To tell the truth, it’s always like this for me when I haven’t been writing new material for a while. I have to work my way back into that place called ‘Zone’, where all I think about is what I’m writing and what I’m going to be writing, about what the characters are up to in their lives.

And where I can – no, where I have a legitimate reason to – ignore the world around for for a month or two. It’s where I can ignore the foul politics of today, where I can forget about the great sucking sound our economy is making as it goes down the tubes.

There isn’t much I can do about the politics of today, and I certainly can’t fix our morbid economy. But I can write a very interesting story in spite of it all.


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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