"The universe is made of stories, not of atoms."
—Muriel Rukeyser

Steve Alten on Your California Life

Enjoy an underwater adventure like no other with sharks, sea monsters and thrills all included. Aubrey Aquino chat swith Steve Alten about this new virtual stay under the sea! 

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Ken's Weekly Book Recommendation: Medusa: Heroines of Classical Greece Book Series by Scot Hines


In one of the most compelling tales from classical Greece since Mary Renault's Bull from the Sea and Fire from Heaven, author Scot Hines retells the legend of Medusa in a way that makes her feel like a contemporary millennial girl with very special problems.

Award winning writer/ director/ producer, Nicole Conn on KFXM Radio Talks about her New Lesbian Dating Show!

Nicole Conn... Few people are immune to the blush of new love. It’s a primary driver for all of humanity. But what does it feel like for a woman the first time she’s with another woman? What does our Lead’s first kiss with a woman feel like? First Date? First Dance? Viewers get to share in our Lead’s elation and confusion, lust and distrust, and everything in between as she discovers her authentic self and identity. And between two women, romance can multiply tenfold, creating endless scenarios for fun, mischief and romance. It’s about finding true love during a life altering transition that ups the ante.

Listen to "Radio Show 11-07-2020 with guest Nicole Conn and the Lesbian Dating Show" on Spreaker.

Pulp Today 01: The Tall Dolores

 David Avallone introduces, and reads the first pages of, his father Michael Avallone's classic 1953 novel THE TALL DOLORES.

Enter Ed Noon on the world scene. The tallest burlesque queen in the universe hires Noon to find her even taller lover, who has vanished under strange circumstances. He turns up stabbed and dead on the steps of the Museum of Natural History, and sets Noon on a twisted murderous missing diamond-encrusted trail that ultimately leads to the Statue of Liberty. Noon meets Lt. Mike Monks of NY’s Homicide Dept who will become not only a Captain, but also Noon’s greatest ally and friend over the next four decades.

Want to read the rest of the book? Available on Amazon

Steve Alten on Into Everything with Pete & Kels Podcast

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In this episode they sit down with New York Times bestselling author of the MEG series, Steve Alten! They talk about his books and his new interactive website! 

In this episode we discuss:

  • The Meg - both the book and the movie
  • The Loch and other novels
  • Steve's involvement in education/literacy for teens
  • Sea Monsters Cove
  • What's coming out next

Guest Bio:

Steve Alten is a New York Times and internationally best selling author. He has written more than 20 novels and is most well known for his MEG series, The Loch, and the Domain trilogy. He is part of the Adopt-An-Author teen-reading program used across the US.

Check out his new interactive website:
You can also find Steve at:
Instagram: @stevealtenofficial
Twitter: @meg82159

Q&A Session with Career Change Coach Dr. Ken Atchity

Dr. Ken Atchity, son of a war vet, has seen the rocky adjustment some troops face when transitioning to civilian life. He is a Fulbright professor of American culture, a story editor, and career consultant who has helped get over 260+ stories published. He has also produced over 30+ feature films and television shows, and written 20+ books. 

Dr. Atchity focuses on helping veterans find “fulfilling” post-service careers. He offers strategies and tactics to help you find your right career path, ready to coach you into whatever career you would love to be doing. He believes stories change the world and wants to offer all veterans a free opportunity to benefit from his experience


Help, we're stressed out! Election stress and anxiety in America

 Feeling a little stressed? Anxious? So are we!

Psychologist Meg Van Deusen on understanding existential stress and anxiety and how to deal with it.

Seattle's Meg Van Deusen, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist, mindfulness practitioner, and the author of Stressed in the US: Twelve Tools to Tackle Anxiety, Loneliness, Tech-Addiction and More helps us deal with our feelings of stress and anxiety around the election, the pandemic ... everything!

She also fills us in on how stress is impacting different parts of the population and what role technology might play.

Stressed in the US Book Cover

Stressed in the US: Twelve Tools to Tackle Anxiety, Loneliness, Tech-Addiction and More

Stressed in the US addresses the relevant cultural phenomena that are contributing to stress in the US since the turn of the millennium, such as tech addiction, loneliness and anxiety. Meg Van Deusen talks about what we can do to mitigate this pervasive problem.

“In this compelling book, Meg Van Deusen delivers on her promise of sharing effective navigational tools to help us make our way safely across the troubled waters of our times.”

 Dr. Vincent Atchity, President and CEO, Mental Health Colorado

About the Book

Seventy-five percent of Americans are moderately stressed. Seventy-five percent of Americans are lonely. More than 33 percent of us sleep less than six hours a night. In addition, 77 percent of us use social media daily and 81 percent of us own a smartphone. Why are these statistics important? Because loneliness, sleep-deprivation, social media use, tech use, and even gut-imbalance—which the Huffington Post refers to as “the modern plague”—are all causes and results of stress. Stress is the reason for at least 75 percent of today’s doctor’s visits, costing the US billions per year in employee absenteeism, accidents, and illnesses. 

9/11, climate change, a historic economic crisis, numerous mass shootings, an inordinate amount of school lockdowns, a foreign attack on our election, a politically divided country, tech-induced anxiety and addiction, and information overload: since 2000, these unique-to-our-time phenomena have created a petri dish of stress in the US, causing a host of emotional and physical ailments.

Here’s the problem: while the well-researched, psychological theory on attachment tells us that secure attachments to each other and to our nation create resilience to stress, our current American culture is creating barriers, not pathways, to human trust and closeness. Stressed in the US: Twelve Tools to Tackle Anxiety, Loneliness, Tech-Addiction and More investigates current, cultural phenomena that are causing a convergence of increased stress with decreased interpersonal connection from an attachment theory perspective.

Dr. Van Deusen explains why and how our relationships are breaking down at a time when we need them the most. The good news? As a clinical psychologist, psychotherapist, and mindfulness practitioner, she offers insights and solutions to a complex, pervasive problem.

• Restorative practices protect us
• Nature calms us
• Mindfulness connects us 

Dealing With Your Type-C Creative Mind: Anxiety


For all storytellers—novelists, screenwriters, journalists, nonfiction writers, and children’s book writers.⁠

Learn more about One-on-one coaching to help understand a Type-C personality and equip you with practical tools to make yourself more productive and less frustrated with storytelling.⁠⁠