Steve Alten July Newsletter
To my readers:
 
These are the dog-days of summer turned cruel… a time usually reserved for trips to the beach and tent-pole movies, baseball and fireworks and NFL players reporting to camp. Sadly, while the rest of the world begins to return to something just east of normal (kudos to New Zealanders), here in the States our country remains anything but united, the Covoid-19 epidemic having inexplicably turned inside out and political. The reality is that the virus is real and we are all in this together, and while there are some among us who physically cannot wear a mask – for the rest of us, think of it as a seatbelt that protects your fellow drivers. This includes the most frail among us like my 85 year old mother, who I have not seen in months since she fell and broke her hip. Now she finds herself marooned in a forever lockdown in the medical wing of her retirement home, unable to see her loved ones. Many of you have suffered through worse, losing a family member, friend, or co-worker to the virus under similar conditions… unable to provide comfort… 125,000 + dead, and the tally rising. I realize many of you adamantly refute the pandemic’s existence, comparing it with the annual death toll of the flu, but the flu doesn’t take over entire ICUs. To these deniers, I implore you to listen to former VP Dick Cheney and Moscow Mitch McConnell (you may never see those words again on this newsletter) and please wear a mask in public when social distancing is not possible.

On to other business…
As you read this a dedicated and talented team of actors, producers, and directors are in France filming Episode 1 of WHERE SEA MONSTERS ROAM, the original TV series I wrote. Meanwhile, another crew are in Texas under the direction of the amazing creator of Jurassic Fight Club filming segments we call AQUARIUM VISITS. Once all are completed, our special effects team will add the prehistoric sharks and other toothy critters to complete the effect. Meanwhile, a talented computer programmer is hard at work designing an addictive video game, while our resident shark expert/museum curator is developing an educational program… while my dedicated and tireless editor, Barbara Becker continues creating all-new Special Editions of my novels (enhanced with dozens of color images) for the Steve Alten private library – everyone readying for opening day of SeaMonsterCove.com sometime in August (yes, next month).

Be sure to register your email to reserve a VIP discount and receive special privileges at www.SeaMonsterCove.com !
Stay safe and please – unless it is physically impossible – for the sake of all of us wear your mask (sorry, but I’d like my mother to be able to see her family again.)
--Steve Alten
Steve Alten to open Virtual SharkCon 2020
From the director of SharkCon - Spencer Steward: SharkCon wanted to bring you a fun, educational, and SAFE event for 2020. As such, we are having SharkCon VirtualCon. There will be seven evenings of presentations starting July 27 through August 2 for just $10. The event will have 2 Live presentations each evening followed by an interactive Q&A where you can ask questions you have always wanted to ask of our special guests. Our lineup starts with the author of the MEG series, Steve Alten and the cast of the web series Where Sea Monsters Roam, followed by the crew of OCEARCH (Chris Fischer and Brett McBride), Air Jaws' Chris Fallows, Dr. Greg Skomal, Joe Romeiro, Lindsay Graff, Dr. Tracy Fanara, Keith Cowley (hey, I know that dude!), Jim Abernethy, April Boyle, Dr. Heather Blackall, Krill Carson, and How to Draw a Shark with Peppermint Narwhal. In addition, we will have shark trivia, clips from Steve Alten's new prehistoric sea monster virtual theme park project, features from our shark themed vendors, and tons of giveaways. To purchase a ticket click here.

This year's event is presented by Steve Alten's new web series Where Sea Monsters Roam and 360 VR experience Sea Monster Cove both available at www.seamonstercove.com In addition, the event is supported by OCEARCH and Clearwater Marine Aquarium.
New Park Teaser: Meet Barkley
If you go to www.SeaMonsterCove.com you'll see two videos on the hold page. The albino prehistoric Mako is Snowflake. The bioluminescent creature featured at the end of the MEET BARKLEY video is a sneak peek at Snowflake's sibling, Layla. Enjoy the teaser, please spread it around, and be sure to enter your email at the website to have a shot at securing a V.I.P. membership when the park opens later this summer.
Wanted: Social Media Gurus
Does your youtube channel have tens of thousands of followers?

Do you know the ins and outs of Facebook? Instagram?

We're putting together a team of social pros to bring SeaMonsterCove.com to the world.

High earning ceiling, lots of perks... plus we'll let you swim with the critters.

Email your name, contact info, and links to your sites to Steve at MEG82159@aol.com SUBJECT: Social Media Gurus
Giant Squid washes ashore
Only 2 years old… imagine the adults. Thanks to Al Spere for sharing.

July schedule for The Steve Alten Project:
New at TSAP private library: A special edition of The MEG will be added to our other color-enhanced editions of SHARKMAN, MEG: Angel of Death 1.1. SURVIVAL, UNDISCLOSED, and GOLIATH 2020 – all are available for FREE to members of TheSteveAltenProject.com.
July 10: Changeover Day: This month’s never-before-seen Steve Alten project is HOUSE of BABEL, a TV bible for an original reality series that won 1st place at Scriptapalooza.
July 19 LIVE with Steve Alten on ZOOM 3-4pm est. (new members please contact Kelly Rollyson at kellyrollyson2020@gmail.com
Living Tips: The Amazing Benefits of Fasting
Fasting produces some amazing benefits,, including BDNF = Brain Derived Nootropic Factor which helps our brain to grow. Fasting also resets the immune system - white cells die, replaced.
Music Video of the month:
Under Pressure by Queen & David Bowie
“It's the terror of knowing what this world is about...Watching some good friends scream, LET ME OUT...“

Can't we give ourselves one more chance? Why can't we give love that one more chance?"
Laughs of the Month (warning PG-17):
A man goes to a $10 prostitute and contracts crabs. When he goes back to complain, the hooker shrugs it off. "What did you expect for ten dollars? Lobster?"
What's the difference between an oral and a rectal thermometer? The taste. (eck)
What's long, green, and smells like bacon?
Kermit The Frog's fingers! (eck again…. Come on, Alten!)
A man and a woman started to have sex in the middle of a dark forest. After about 15 minutes, the man finally gets up and says, "Damn, I wish I had a flashlight!" The woman says, "Me too, you've been eating grass for the past ten minutes!" (okay, eck but funny)

IF YOU HAVE A JOKE YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE, please e-mail to me at MEG82159@aol.com Put JOKE in the subject line.
Recipe of the Month:
Parmalet Crisp Parmesan Omelet
I was attempting to achieve a crispy, inside-out Parmesan omelet--and it worked! The caramelized cheese formed a thin but protective layer and, since the eggs had never directly touched the pan, they were moist and tender. This will also work whether you use one or three eggs, depending on the texture you're going for. Using a single egg is kind of a cool trick, since the cheese layer is almost as thick, and you can really appreciate the crispness even more.
Ingredients:
2 Eggs
Teaspoon Water
1 Teaspoon Of Olive Oil
1 Oz. Freashly Grated Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese
Kosher Salt & Pepper To Taste
Directions
Step 1 Crack eggs into a mixing bowl. Add 1/4 teaspoon water. Whisk together until just beaten (do not over mix).
Step 2 Drizzle olive oil into 8-inch nonstick skillet. Brush evenly over the bottom of the pan. Evenly grate cheese into the skillet approximately 1/2-inch deep (or just shy of 1 ounce).
Step 3 Place pan over medium-high heat. Cheese will slowly start to melt. When cheese starts to bubble and turn golden brown, about 4 minutes, pour eggs evenly over cheese. Reduce heat to low. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and cayenne. Cover and let eggs cook on low until they are set, checking after the first 30 seconds. For 2 eggs, this should take about 1 minute, total cooking time. Remove pan from heat. Carefully use a spatula to fold "parmalet" in half.

*IF YOU HAVE A RECIPE YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE, please e-mail to me at MEG82159@aol.com Put RECIPE in the subject line.
Finally…
Your monthly dosage of smiles, brought to you once again by the 3 wise men… I mean, 3 wise guys. (Don’t you dare hit me in the head…. you know I’m not normal.)
Thanks again for supporting my work, be sure to register your email to reserve a VIP discount at www.SeaMonsterCove.com!

Steve Alten, Ed.D.
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