A Million Words Away
Howdy, I’m Blake, a 50-year old writer who got diagnosed with an oligodendroglioma – nicknamed “Ollie” – a brain tumor sitting on the language processing center of my left frontal lobe—oops!
Sooner or later, Ollie will erode my ability to write. Before that happens, I vow to write 12 books of fiction in 12 months. This might be my best chance to leave a legacy. Are you in?
Book Three: Two Spirits
Read more about Two Spirits, here.
The brain behind the words
Before I lose my language ability, I need to get 12 books of fiction – one a month – to you, my beloved reader. I’ll write the books in numerous genres & formats, with various world-class collaborators, using multiple different writing gurus to advise me.
I must complete these books or my life will not have been worth living; I will not have lived up to the blessing of my brain, the gift of my consciousness. I’ve spent my whole life writing for, editing, advising, & serving others: my students as a professor; my author-clients as a ghost; other writers as a National Writers Union contract adviser; & my fellow citizens as a volunteer firefighter.
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I’ll chronicle the process of writing each book, following a different writing guru’s editorial counsel. Together, we’ll put the world’s greatest writing advice to the test in the real world, under life and death – write or die – conditions.
Author and New York Times bestselling ghostwriter Ian “Blake” Newhem joins KTLA live to discuss his pledge to publish 12 books in one year. In 2017, Newhem was diagnosed with a brain tumor that sits immediately next to the brain’s language expression. A surgery removed 80% of the tumor, but doctors told him it would likely return, removing his ability to speak and write. See more on KTLA.