I am somewhat confused about a few things

 

And I am a day late in posting this, too. Sorry about that. Part of that confusion I mentioned above, I suppose. Lately people have been telling me to focus more. My web site is way too diverse, and so are my blog posts.

Frankly, I know the web site needs a redo, and I have been putting it off since I am not a web site designer and absolutely refuse to pay someone who is to take the job on. I’m a writer with more than a passing acquaintance with computers and internet technology. Enough experience, in fact to have a pretty good idea of what I don’t know when it comes to designing web sites. And I don’t really want to take the time to learn all that stuff.

So I will be redesigning my web site some day real soon now. I promise.

This blog started out with the goal of writing about writing, and to me that includes writing about the software I use and the problems I face in using it and the solutions (if any) to those problems. And I’ve heard from several people over the last few weeks that I have to focus like a laser on writing – maybe included excerpts from the novel I’m writing and invite comments and suggestions. That sort of thing.

But I should stick to writing about writing and avoid computer stuff and furniture and restoration and stuff.

Well, maybe, but then again, maybe not. I am a writer with a very broad background, and all of that experience – in computers, and furniture making and restoration and silver and gold smithing and grounds maintenance and half a dozen other lines of work are all a part of yours truly, and that experience influences my novels no end.

I’m not going to start a blog just about furniture making for the same reasons I’m not going to start a blog about gold smithing or stone setting. Simply put, I don’t make a penny from these posts, but I do make a living (well, sort of) from my novels. So I spend much of my valuable (to me) time writing those novels and put in about an hour a week on this blog and checking out FaceBook and LinkedIn and the other social media sites where I have a presence.

And I will probably continue to write about computers and software and the problems they give me because I know good and well those same problems are ticking other folks off just as much as the do me. And some of those folks are writers and a lot of them are readers, too.

About the only things I will promise you I will never, ever cover in these blog posts are religion and politics. There are a few other subjects, but they’re not worth mentioning. In any case I’ll never discuss them, so who cares.

About a week ago I released “Collected Essays & Articles Written in Israel During 2001”, in Kindle format on Amazon.  I moved to Israel in 1981 and left to return to the States at the end of 2003, so I had some familiarity with Israel, Israelis and Israeli politics in the year 2001. In fact I knew a few of the Movers and Shakers in those days.  I admired many of them and couldn’t stand to be in the same room with the rest.

Everything in the collection has been published.

Here’s the link to the collection:

http://www.amazon.com/Collected-Essays-Articles-Written-ebook/dp/B004ZGOKVA/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2&s=digital-text&qid=1305063089&sr=1-4

The articles in this collection cover cover Israeli politics and Muslim terror, and I don’t pull any punches with either subject. Some of the material is valuable for its historical value but most of it is still relevant to the world we find ourselves in today.

These articles are not the “I’ve got the answers to the world’s problems!” sort of things. They are a very direct, no-holds-barred, concise explanation of the who, what, when where, why and how of many of the problems Israel faces today and what American should expe4ct to face tomorrow and next year and the year after that.

Let me know what you think.

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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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