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drjanik

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Where in the world are you located just now, Scott?  I've never known anyone like you who travels so fluidly and constantly, with eyes so wide open to the world. 
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Well, Dan, there is a lot of Greece and Rome in the story about Cleopatra X. In fact, much of it is a retelling of Helen of Troy, but moved to the first century A.D, as Cleopatra X is kidnapped by her cousin, Pollio, and spends much of her time in Rome. Also told is the tsory of the rise of the Christian Church as a background subplot.

ANy chance I Could submit CLEOPATRA VICTORIOUS to Aignos?
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I don't know if you know that I fancy myself an amateur astronomer. Maybe it comes with age. Maybe with the constant desire to know and understand this incredibly rich world we live on for a short while. This morning I pointed my telescope at the single brightest constant light in the sky and enjoyed an awe-inspiring view of Jupiter and it's four moons. There's something quieting in my author's soul when I view another planet and reflect back on our own little marble flying through the universe. 
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Tell us a bit more about the second in your Cleopatra series, "Cleopatra Victorious." For example, why CLEOPATRA UNCONQUERED (Savant 2015) for the first, and now "Cleopatra Victorious?" Would the world really have changed if Cleopatra and Antony had not ended up dying as a consequence of the Battle of Actium? 
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We're in Pittsburgh now.

Do you write everyday, Dr.Janik? I used to. Now it's just for each book or musical, but have that muscle to flip it on any moment, songs lately.

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This is Helen' Dad. It was good chatting with you yesterday about all the technological and other changes going on in the world today. As I told you I encountered a social media graduate while test driving a Tesla in jackson, WY last month and this young woman shared that the techniques that worked in 2015 no longer work. As we discussed most business comes from relationships and can not be fast forwarded by technology. Your phone can talk to you stove, but neither can build a friendship with you or read a book, at least not yet.

Can you tell us how the merger of the 2 companies progresses. I almost said is progressing but my deceased English teacher Dad hated the passive voice.
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CLEOPATTRA VICTORIOUs picks up where CLEOPATRA UNCONQUERED left off. Told in the voice of the famous queen of Egypt, this novel instead imagines her and Antony ruling over a vast empire. Egypt retains its independence and is a junior partner with the coalition of Rome.  Cleopatra focuses on hte lives of her children, arranging advtangeous matches for them and, like her famous ancestor, Alexander the Great, struggles with divding up her empire among her children. Selene, her daughter, will become Cleopatra VIII Of Egypt. Her eldert son, Caesarion, will follow Antony as IMperator of Rome. Her three other children will also make great matches, but not without tradegy or cost.
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It's proving interesting being an author and at the same time, the husband of an author. My life and competition dance partner, Setsuko Tsuchiya, just had her book, IN SEARCH OF SOMATIC THERAPY (Savant 2017) released. It appeared for the first time in the Savant Bookstore Honolulu and created quite a stir. Everyone kept asking, "What is somatic therapy?" and I kept pointing them to the back cover synopsis. Her book may be one of our most examined/handled books so far. 

Setsuko Tsuchiya's IN SEARCH OF SOMATIC THERAPY (Savant 2017) is a popularized version of her academic thesis submitted in fulfillment of five years of work towards a Master's Degree in Somatic Therapy. The back cover synopsis: "What is somatic therapy? Is it about somatic therapy (psychological "talk therapy" that surrounds somatic stimulation) or somatic therapy (the somatic stimulation itself)? Do the different forms of somatic experience, e.g. massage, dance, singing, acupuncture, acupressure and biofeedback have anything in common other than talking about the experience? The author, a registered Hawaii massage therapist who comes from Japan, documents her journey in search of somatic therapy and reports the surprising answers that reveal themselves along the way."

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It was just released less than a week ago, and has already taken multiple Amazon sites by storm. 

Watching her make the transition from writer to author makes me remember my own process, and how challenging it was (and still is, frankly). 
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Pittsburg, Scott? I hear it's the most "up and coming" city in USA right now. Do you find lots of inspiration for your varied interests? 

What's your next book(s)? Are you working on some?
Plays? What comes after "Moon Over the Mangroves?"
Song writing? Hey, many song lyrics are actually poems. Maybe submit some for our 2018 Savant Poetry Anthology?
Travel? Where next? I'm still wishing I'd hopped the old Continental Airlines cargo "puddle jumper" and visited all the South Pacific Islands possible. Maybe I'll find time to catch a tramp steamer (if there are any left) and just do it!
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Your next in the Cleopatra series sound more than intriguing. Since CLEOPATRA UNCONQUERED (Savant 2015) came out, what have you been doing to further research the series. Didn't you recently travel to the Middle East? 
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Somatic therapy falls under the burgeoning field of epigenetics or how environmental inputs and experiences actually alter how one's DNA is expressed and also how therapies like somatic therapy have more holistic health effects than we ever imagined. I look forward to reading this book.
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Heading out...be well. Scott Mastro aka tenderbastard


Mr. Emm's Bucket from Blood Money ~ Tales from Two Continents

One particularly memorable Monday morning, a bleary-eyed, blood-shot sun dragged itself up and over the nagging Camden Town horizon of London's Metro, spreading its meager, lemon-curd warmth on the prematurely-balding pate of Mr. Emm, a middle-aged, mid-level advertising manager at the firm of Chilblains and Doolap. Plopping into the bright yellow breakfast nook of his compact brownstone, he was anticipating his regularly-scheduled tea and muffins in his, as the French would say, normally bien existence.

            Having woken in his usual manner at his usual time, he'd rolled back the sheets and, like a good homo sapiens, sat upright to find a bucket where his head should be. As to the who, what, when and why of how it came to be there, he was at a loss, but as to its where, he could, with the solid determination of a seasoned cartographer, say it was definitely on his head. Being of a normally cheery disposition, he noted that the bucket was snug, but not uncomfortably so and summed the situation thusly: "If a bloke's got to go around with a bucket on his head, it should bloody-well fit like a glove."


In August 2016 Scott's stage play Moon Over Mangroves was selected for The NYC Thespis Festival. Here is a half hour radio cast interview with host Charlie Lyttle, on WNYU –

. Interview highlights can be heard at17:43-17:50 / 24:20-24:4 / 4:20-4:30 / 12:25-13:20 / 14:07-15:33.

His musical You Can't Be Too Careful These Days and the other plays in his repertory are currently being considered by IATI Theater - NYC, and Moon Over Mangroves by London's National Theatre and Theater of Edinburgh, Scotland.

tenderastard@gmail.com

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Just a couple of words to let you know I am watching the comments etc. I am still on the sick list but I can still read.
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Aloha Mike,

Welcome!  Yes, I enjoyed talking with you the other day. The "merger" (actually an acquisition) progresses well. :-) We've got the two production lines going and are successfully sharing resources. With three new Aignos books in process, namely

SADDAM'S PARROT (Aignos, in prolishing) by Jim Currie - author of IN DIRE STRAITS (Savant 2011), a healing memoir about the challenges of coping with and recovering from an incapacitating rheumatoid disease - SADDAM's PARROT is about a smart and rebellious African Gray Parrot lands on the shoulder of a San Francisco waitress and begins spouting about the Bush White House and Saddam Hussein, soon provoking a madcap blackmail attempt to liberate abused elephants.

CHANG THE MAGIC CAT (Aignos, in polishing) by A. G. Hayes - author of both Savant's highly successful Koski and Falk series (WHO'S KILLING ALL THE LAWYERS? / IMMINENT DANGER / THE JUDAS LIST / THE CHEMICAL FACTOR / QUANTUM DEATH) and Kate Keenan Special Assignment Series (FINDING KATE / QUANTUM DEATH) with THE SOLAR TRIANGLE (Savant, in production) - CHANG THE MAGIC CAT is an adventurous screenplay-novel about Chang the magic cat and friends as they search to discover the rightful heir to Briersly Manor.

BENEATH THEM (Aignos, in polishing) by Natalie Roers - It wasn’t something he’d have ever thought to do on his own, but damn it if it didn’t seem like the house was inviting him in...Derek Fisher is a teenage vagrant with a troubled past. The Scotts are a well-to-do suburban family. Their worlds couldn't seem any further apart, but when Derek takes refuge from the streets and secretly moves into the crawl space under the Scott's home their paths are set on an explosive predestined collision course.

and several manuscripts in consideration, the "new" Aignos Publishing LLC - an imprint of Savant Books and Publications is well-launched. 

Love to talk again over the phone, Mike. 

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I will add a quick blurb about the 08/21/2017 total solar eclipse. Casper, WY is a prime location to observe it at 11:42 am for 146 seconds. We expect to add 100,000 tourists to our city of 60,000 and host an astronomy conference and solar eclipse the week before. This eclipse will cross the entire USA and likely be the most observed eclipse in human history. It will be an event to remember.
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