A busy week ahead


Being sick – with whatever it was – is a bummer. Getting better isn’t much of an improvement, because you have to run twice as fast just to catch up to where you should have been. And there you are, all tired and worn down from being sick, putting yourself into deadly danger by all that running and worrying, knowing your bills are coming up fast behind and waiting in ambush up ahead.

Life just ain’t fair, I tell yah.

So I don’t do that. I admit that I used to, but not any more. I prefer to maintain a slow and stately progress through life. I get bit on the butt by an especially aggressive bill or two, and I may blunder into an ambush set by an especially devious bill lurking somewhere up ahead, but for the most part I get to where I’m supposed to be, more or less intact, and not all sweaty and wiped out from all that running twice as fast business.

Actually, if I just absolutely, positively, had to be sick, last week was an particularly good time for it. I didn’t have any events scheduled, you see.

But I do this week. In fact, I have three events scheduled in the next ten days. I’ll be speaking at Rasmussen College in Ocala on Wednesday, December 8, and signing books at the Fleming Island Winter Festival on Saturday, December 11 and at the Middleburg Winter Festival at the Middleburg Elementary School on December 18. That last is a benefit for a young man afflicted with a serious disease. I will be donating a few signed copies to the event promoters for their auction.

The Post Office just delivered a book order this morning. I usually get such deliveries well within a week of placing the order. Now, with the holidays closing in on us, this particular order took well over two weeks to arrive. Not good.

I’m working hard on “Twisted Key”, the third novel in the Terry Rankin series, and I just started a new, non-fiction project that is still very much in the research and organization phase of its young life. But it is looking good.


I hope you all have a very 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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