Play Video

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

Twins, soulmates, doppelgängers, and multiple personalities inhabit Two Spirits, the third book in Ian Blake Newhem’s A Million Words Away project. A collection of eight interpenetrating novellas, intercut with an unproduced screenplay, it explores myths, modern and ancient. Its cast – a 10-year-old gunshot victim, an expat widower, a social media influencer, a rebellious tribal elder, yeshiva students; cancer patients, a Jewish rapper, randy teens, all have in common an indissoluble link to the fictional Kittakwa Native American reservation in upstate New York. The psychospiritual shadow of “The Rez” looms huge in all their lives, even if they’ve trundled far away.

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. 

 Now it’s finally our time to share my fiction—a million words of it. Are you in? If you are, you can support me on Patreon here.

Tune in to
my podcast.

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

Media Appearances

Listen to me on KABC Radio...

Still scrolling? Cool.
Join me on Patreon.

Weekly Updates

Get updates on my health, the books, and my life.

All 12 Books

Get full access to all 12 books,

Short Stories, Scripts, & Flash-Fiction

Get access to spin-offs, sequels, and other supplemental writings.


Want to chat? Drop me a line.