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March 2013 Newsletter

Dear Readers:

As I type this update, I'm wondering what it will be like one day to send you an update that includes the names of the cast and director for MEG and THE LOCH. That newsletter may be coming soon. . .followed by behind-the-scenes info and photos of the production... followed in the years to come by the actual release of these movies. I want you to be part of that journey with me. And the producers and I will be planning some opportunities to include you.


Until then .....Enjoy your update!

--Steve Alten

And this - giant eels found in depths...well, I TOLD YOU THAT BACK IN 2007.



One spot remains in my WRITING COACH PROGRAM. This is for storytellers who have always dreamed of being published (not self-published -- the real deal). In the last eight years, I've selected only 14 clients in the program. Four have already been published, with more to follow very soon. Cost of the program is $3,700, (REG. $4500 AND half what I paid 17 years ago to edit MEG) which commits me to working with you from start to finish, plus assisting in getting the final manuscript to an agent/publisher.  We'll develop your story, edit the chapters, then I'll help you write a query letter to agents and publishers. If you think you have what it takes...


STEP 1: E-MAIL me a synopsis of your story at [email protected]   


STEP 2: I will offer feedback (free). If I see potential, I will arrange a phone call where we brainstorm the idea. These calls are always exciting as they flesh out the idea (no charge).

STEP 3: If we both agree to move forward, I send you a commitment letter that commits my services to your project.



  1. Choose a time early in the morning or late at night when you know there will be no interruptions.
  2. You should either sit on the ground or in a chair with your back and head straight.
  3. Lift your shoulders and relax, repeat, taking deep breaths as you do.
  4. Think - go into a quiet place in your mind.
  5. Physically make and notice each part of your body relaxing; your feet, shins, thighs, bottom, stomach, arms, hands, all the way up to the top of your head.
  6. Deeply breathe in through your nose, deep into your diaphragm so that your stomach moves outwards.  Breathe out through your nose.  Repeat.
  7. Keep deep breathing in and out slowly through your nose, expanding your diaphragm, and consciously listen to your breathing as you are doing this.  "Hear" your breathing. Only breath in and out of your nose, deeply.
  8. It's ok if things pop in and out of your mind, just push your attention back to the "sound" of your breathing."Listen" to your breathing.
  9. If something keeps coming back to your mind, imagine putting that thought on to a white cloud and watching it move away from you into the sky. Then, go back to focusing on and "hearing" your breathing.
Do this for 10 minutes daily for a week, then increase weekly by 5 more minutes until you are meditating for 30 minutes. You will notice that your mind becomes clear and you can accomplish things you didn't think possible. Ultimately, you will become a much more relaxed and happy person feeling absolutely wonderful. Information provided by: Dr. Emile Allen
Recommended reading - THE COMPLETE IDIOT'S GUIDE TO T'AI CHI & QiGong
 In this fourth edition of The Complete Idiot's Guide to T'ai Chi & QiGong, the authors have streamlined the book, giving it a clearer how-to focus. Helpful video content that complements the 300 illustrations in the book by demonstrating a complete T'ai Chi exercise will be available exclusively to the readers through the authors' website.

 Pick up your copy now...
Joke of the Month: 


Joke of the month
A married Irishman went into the confessional and said to his priest, "I almost had an affair with another woman." The priest said, "What do you mean, almost?" The Irishman said, "Well, we got undressed and rubbed together, but then I stopped." The priest said, "Rubbing together is the same as putting it in. You're not to see that woman again. For your penance, say five Hail Mary's and put $50 in the poor box."

The Irishman left the confessional, said his prayers, and then walked over to the poor box.  He paused for a moment and then started to leave. The priest, who was watching, quickly ran over to him saying, "I saw that. You didn't put any money in the poor box!"
The Irishman replied, "Yeah, but I rubbed the $50 on the box, and according to you that's the same as putting it in!"

IF YOU HAVE A JOKE YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE, please e-mail to me at [email protected]

Put JOKE in the subject line.
Recipe of the Month: Italian Delight

1 box of spaghetti noodles (1 lb)

5 cloves of fresh garlic chopped

2 packages of beef sausage or kielbasa (optional) sliced

Olive oil


Boil the spaghetti noodles in salted water for however long package says (usually 8-10 minutes).  Remove the noodles from the heat, but leave them in the water for a minute or two.  Remove 1/2 cup of the pasta water and set aside. At the same time, when there is 3-5 minutes left on the timer, heat 3 Tablespoons of olive oil in pan over medium heat, then put the chopped garlic in and continue to stir so the garlic doesn't burn. Once the garlic has turned opaque, drain the noodles, then add the pasta water and pasta to the pan and stir until evenly coated. In a separate pot, heat about 5 tablespoons of olive oil and then add the sliced sausage or kielbasa and cook thoroughly. Once sausage or kielbasa is completely cooked, turn off the heat and remove it from the pot using a slotted spoon.  Add the cooked sausage or kielbasa to the noodles and mix thoroughly and enjoy!


Thanks to Linda Achatz


IF YOU HAVE A RECIPE YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE, please e-mail to me at [email protected]
Put RECIPE in the subject line.
Stay well, stay safe... and know this author really appreciates you. 


 -Steve Alten, Ed.D.