An apology, and some Warm Fuzzies


Please accept my apologies for not posting at the beginning of this week (along with most other weeks). I try to get these posts out on Monday or Tuesday, but Life, working on my book projects and small interruptions tend to get in my way. Bedsides, I just love the sound of deadlines as they go wooshing by.

I’m scheduled to be at a charity benefit at the Middleburg Elementary School scheduled for tomorrow, December 18, and because this is one of Jacksonville’s damper seasons I have been keeping a close eye on the weather. Naturally, there is a 60% chance of showers and the odd thunder storm. But I’ll be there, smiling, rain or no rain. In my tent. With the sides down, sipping hot coffee. Cold, and probably somewhat damp.

But I’ll be there.

I had a phone call from one of my customers who purchased “The Big Bend” for his wife about a month ago. He wanted to know how he could purchase “Hog Valley” for her because she enjoyed “The Big Bend” so much.

This is a charity event to raise money for a young man with Hodgkins Lymphoma, and I’ve committed to providing a few signed copies for the fund raiser auction.

On the 17th of January I’ll be at “All Booked Up” on Bichara Blvd in The Villages between Leesburg and Ocala for a signing, and in Ocala.

If you’re in the area of either event, please stop by and say hello.

On another note entirely, my CD drive gave up the ghost. It’s been reluctant to accept some of the CD’s I’ve tried to access, and finally the cup holder wouldn’t even slide out when I pushed the Eject button. So I ordered a new one, along with a PCI graphics card with 512 MB RAM on board. I might have mentioned an earlier attempt to order a PCI graphics card; that time I would up with a PCIE card. Needless to say, it didn’t fit any of the three PCI slots on the motherboard…

Wish me better luck this time.

I purchased Serif’s DrawPlus X4. That’s one of the CD’s my CD drive refused to recognize, so I couldn’t install the software and test it out. Or report on it. But I will, as soon as the new CD drive arrives. And I get it installed. And install the new graphics card. Which, if all goes well, shouldn’t take more than twenty minutes.

I’ll be sure to tell you all about that, too.

Have a great weekend. Mine will be somewhat damp and a bit on the chilly side, but if you’re anywhere near Middleburg, Florida on Saturday, be sure to stop by the event at the elementary school on Blanding Blvd. Spend some money, help that young man, and stop by my tent and visit for a bit.

Bring hot coffee. I take mine with cream and sugar.


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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