Well, Thanksgiving is behind us

So is another short war in the Middle East. Nobody is sure which side won, so let’s call it a draw. Even before Israel started to build up troops along the Gaza border fence phone calls and emissaries were to-ing and fro-ing, voices were rising in protest and Israel was being labeled as the aggressor by the world press. All because the people of Israel just got fed up with having Hamas’ rockets dropping by the dozens onto their heads and were determined to fight back. I truly hate the stink of hypocrisy in the morning, and there is plenty of hypocrisy to go ‘round on this one.

You’re probably highly incensed with me right now. This is supposed to be a blog about writing, and the business of writing, and even the writing business on occasion. I know that. But I did warn you that I would occasionally break down and blurt out my opinions on politics and other truly obscene things people do to one another. This IS my blog, after all (some of the voices in the back of my head were screaming to have their say, and I just could not continue to ignore them).

So what else has happened recently? Retailers here in the States have broken the “Black Friday” barrier; this year they started their big sales period the very minute folks got up from their turkey dinners Thursday evening (it’s being called “Grey Thursday”). Retailers are very happy with the results, but the turkeys are extremely disappointed.

Big Labor is almost as disappointed as the turkeys. Wal-Mart should have been crippled by strikers and protestors outside their doors on Black Friday. It seems that many of the folks who should have been striking and protesting decided to take advantage of all the bargains inside. Good for Wal-Mart; for now, anyway. Some day soon the unions will win and Wal-Mart as we know it will disappear. Wal-Mart’s business plan depends of low wages and inexpensive goods (most but not all of which are produced in China); when the low wages are raised to union levels the company will effectively disappear. So will lots and lots of jobs (about 1.35 million jobs).

But Big Labor did have one incredible win recently; they managed to utterly destroy Hostess Cakes and move another 18,000 workers (a mixture of Union and non-union workers) out of their jobs and onto the public dole. Actually, even Big Labor couldn’t call that one a win; that’s 18,000 people who will never be paying dues to the unions, and untold numbers of Twinkies the labor bosses (or anyone else, for that matter) won’t be enjoying with their coffee and baloney sandwiches during their lunch breaks. Not that I believe a single union boss ever ate a boloney sandwich; or ever took a lunch break unless someone else was buying.

Personally, I never liked Twinkies. The Hostess chocolate cupcakes with the vanilla filling were okay, though. And their white bread was pretty good.

I did manage to get my little rose primer published recently. It is available on Amazon (www.amazon.com) in Kindle format only, at $2.99:


In December I will be doing a one-day free download promo for it, so do check back if you’re interested in growing roses. Lots of great information in a short little book. If you do take advantage of the promo deal, please write a review for me.

We still have the rest of this year to get through; let’s try to do that quietly, if you don’t mind. I’m working out some details on my next novel in preparation for January (right after the New Year celebrations are over) when I have to begin writing. That’s a year with my head down over the keyboard, barring interruptions, of course.





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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