2021

When do we give up on the year that 2020 began drinking? I guess an obvious choice is to drink along with it. I could follow Hemingway’s advice. Write drunk, edit sober. (I’ll save it for another project.)

As I finally grow closer to the end of my current project, I can’t help but start reflecting on which project should gain my focus. Perhaps I’ll begin my typical rotation of multiple projects at one time, at least for the time being.

Demons and killers and monsters, oh my! So many choices. I’m beginning to doubt that I’ll ever catch up with my growing list of ideas. Perhaps I mix up my plan of release depending on the story since not every story needs to be a novel. Right?

With less twelve thousand words left to finish this current and writing a thousand words a night, I hope my next update does offer some light into what I’m working on next. A wonderful and safe year to you all!

Raymond Newsome

October

So I love October and Halloween and everything spooky and creepy. For some that season ends with November first, however, in my head and life it never does. I’ve studied the supernatural, the occult, serial killers, and any horrifying instance available. It’s been a fascination since I was a kid. Naturally, I would want to write about these things.

Write what you know. Write what you would want to read.

“If I killed them, you know, they couldn’t reject me as a man. It was more or less making a doll out of a human being . . . and carrying out my fantasies with a doll, a living human doll.” – Edmund Kemper

“We serial killers are your sons, we are your husbands, we are everywhere. And there will be more of your children dead tomorrow” – Ted Bundy

Since the governments are in the pockets of businesses, who’s going to control this most powerful institution? Business is more powerful than politics, and it’s more powerful than religion. So it’s going to have to be the vigilante consumer. – Anita Roddick

A lot of these types of films – the vigilante or revenge drama – were so popular in the ’70s because there was a feeling in the culture of loss of control. – James Wan

Popular culture no longer craves archangels and new dawns. Pop culture traffics in vampires and deads of night. – James Wolcott

Have a wonderful and safe haunting season!

Raymond

The Fall of 2020

Oh tis the year of Covid and riots and pure chaos. I’ve witnessed rise of so many emotions that I have trouble processing everything as an individual. There is so much heartache, anger, and pain I can only hope the light at the end of the tunnel is not a train.

As a healthcare worker, I became essential to the area where I live. I’m thankful for being able to continue working, but there’s a lot pressure placed on your shoulders to keep those around you healthy and safe.

It became a struggle to write. My anxiety reached an all-time high. I thought what sanity I have was slipping through my fingers. But I’m recovering, the world is trying to recover. Well, most of the world.

In light of the craziness of 2020, I created a new beginning for myself as author and with my books. I will update everything soon. Thanks everyone!

Love and light,

Raymond

Memorial Day

As  everyone hopes to loved ones and sharing stories of those we miss, my personal wish is that everyone stays safe while everything reopens during the pandemic. I’ve been quiet for several months trying to write, support family, and work my day job (healthcare). It’s not been easy.

My stress and depression have reached new levels. I had to reach out for help, but I’m getting there. I’m easing the push to finish my current projects on any certain schedule right now. It’s a day-to-day process.

On the positive side, audiobooks for my current releases are in the works. I released new versions of I am Brian, Rise of the Fallen, and The Adventures of Pipsqueak and Bob. They’re available through expanded distribution, including Apple, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, etc. New paperbacks are coming for those three as well!

You’re all beautiful!

Love and light,

Raymond

Children’s Books and Other Adventures

It has been a busy and stressful time in the last few months. I feel like I’m trapped in a constant spiral of projects slowly tightening around my neck. Despite the stress of life, I will be publishing my next children’s book, The Adventures of Pipsqueak and Bob: Return to the Dark Forest, by the end of March.

The children face their biggest adventure in a battle for the Dark Forest with their new friend, Silver, and the challenge of growing up.

In other news, I’ve been reading more. Since the beginning of the year, I finished Doctor Sleep by Stephen King and American Gods and Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman. I’m currently reading my third book by John Douglas. This one is titled, Journey into Darkness. It’s an informative read for anyone interested in True Crime.

I continue working on other writing projects and will try to update more! You are all beautiful!

Love and Light,

Raymond

Rise of the Fallen: The Complete Saga

To follow up the release of Harbor of Lost Souls, I present to you, Rise of the Fallen: The Complete Saga. I created this edition for readers who prefer box sets and the opportunity to read an entire series in succession.

Thank you all so much for the support I’ve received. Next year is shaping up to be an exciting time! I’m planning public appearances that I cannot wait to share when they’re solidified! I hope you enjoy the new novel! Thank you!

Raymond

Mid-July

Here we are over halfway through the month when I expected to have this crazy book finished. I’m working hard and nearing the end. It’s just not at the speed I hope. C’est la vie. I can say I have three chapters left after my current.

While I chop away at the remaining scenes, someone let me know what they thing about the planned charge on Area 51. I have other plans for the month, including going back to school and continuing with other projects.

Here’s to the hope I’ll have more news soon!

Love and light,

Raymond

Where Were We?

I can’t even remember the last time I wrote on this page. The world spins faster than we can react. The next thing I know I’m staring June in the face with an unfinished first draft to book four. I’ve struggled with my current chapter for about a month now.

I want to explain. It’s not from putting as much heart and soul into this book as the others. I have had less time to focus on my work. I’m getting there though! I hope to be back on time and finish the first draft by the beginning of July!

What has everyone else been struggling with? Any comments?

Love and light,

Raymond