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26 December 2001

Hello everyone!

We, here at and, want to wish all of you a very special Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. This has been a very trying and heart breaking year for many of you. And I just want all of you to know that we send our prayers and best wishes that January 1, 2002 brings you the beginning of the very best years of your life.

Someone once said, "That the greatest thing in the whole world is just to love, and be loved in return." I definitely agree. I have worked my ass off my entire life to overcome my issues and create something meaningful in this world after some very big ups and downs. I have discovered the only thing that is truly meaningful is the love I have given and received along the way. We all get so caught up in stuff! The stuff that clutters and obscures what is most important to us all. I love this time of year because it really pushes me to stop the car, get off the road and reconnect to my soul, heart and spirit and more importantly to my good friends and family. Sure, it can be depressing at times because we have to face and come to terms with some of our unresolved issues, but I have come to welcome this particularly stressful period because it gives me the opportunity to address, resolve and let go of the bullshit that I will no longer except in my life. Life is too short to hold grudges, to constantly do battle and war with the many inequities in our lives. Too short to spend one more moment wasting valuable energy on that which we canít change or alter directly.

As a result of my epiphany, I have come to value the proverbial moment; because it is the only thing I truly have control over. I have come to the revelation that each and every moment in my life is an opportunity for me to make new choices on what I will except, create or reject in my life; on what I will focus my energy, talents and abilities on. I can only live in the moment now because I am tired of living in the past and tired of fearing the future. You see, I have painfully discovered that the degree of energy, commitment, heart and love that I give to each moment impacts and shapes the next moment for good or for bad -- and eventually creates my tomorrow, which in time obviously becomes my past. Therefore, I have learned to live each moment fully, sucking the marrow out of life as it were; no longer waiting for my ship to come in or to reach the goal line because the present moments in my life have become filled with excitement, adventure and a hell of a lot more fun and fulfillment than I have could have ever dreamed of. Well, my New Year's sermon is over. What words of wisdom do you guys have to share? Any words, quotes or inspiration will be appreciated. And just maybe weíll print it on this page. Try to keep it short and to the point, but communicate it from your heart, not just your mind.

By the way, the latest inside news on Battlestar Galactica is that itís still alive and in pre-production. Theyíre still searching for a new director and television network, but will most likely be making some announcements in January 2002. So keep your fingers crossed and continue to communicate your support for the show. I will be attending some new Sci-Fi conventions in the coming year and will be playing the completed trailer for my new Sci-Fi project entitled Magellan in addition to the Battlestar Galactica: The Second Coming trailer. We have been working almost two years on this; my team and I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. I have also completed the script and bible for the series, and Iím looking forward to sharing this with all of you in the coming year. Iíve discovered that although I love acting in projects that are challenging and impacting, I really have a compelling need to express myself through writing, directing and producing. There is such joy to bringing people together to create something amazing.

In addition to working on Battlestar Galactica and Magellan Iím also going to be teaching and lecturing around the country this year on "Mastering Fear and Turning Adversity into Success Fulfillment and Happiness." Iíll be sharing my own personal story and journey to rebuild my life after almost losing everything. So continue to check out this and my own personal web site for updates and information on where, how and when to attend.

My fourth Battlestar Galactica novel, "Rebellion," will be out in June or July 2002. We will be promoting it shortly. If you havenít found any copies of my last Battlestar Galactica novel, "Resurrection," in your area, be advised that we only have a limited number of books left. If youíre interested in getting yours, please do it soon. I also want to apologize to a few of you because of the late delivery of your special gold signed, limited edition of my Battlestar Galactica novel via The events of September 11 have created havoc with the mail, but things are finally getting back to normal -- and the rest of you will be receiving your orders on-time.

Additionally, please check out our new The Great War of Magellan web site ( soon as weíll be streaming some clips from the new Magellan trailer. Talk about living what I preach! What a ride this project has been. I wish you all the incredible experience of bringing a group of dedicated people together to create something from your heart. Itís the only way I want to live my life from now on. I wish you all the courage to go out there and live your dream. Keep the faith and share your love and unique gifts and talents with the world. The world is missing you.

Well, thatís it for now. Once again, my team and I just want to thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for hanging in there with us and giving Battlestar Galactica and your very own Battlestar Galactica web site all your love and support. My special thanks to Chris, Shawn and numerous others for giving so much of their valuable time to create their own Battlestar Galactica sites, and especially to my good friend and compatriot, Michael Faries, for his tireless and unswerving dedication to bringing Battlestar Galactica back to the recognition it deserves. You guys are the best. To the rest of you, all my love.

Richard Hatch


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