Posts by: Robert

Affinity for film…Robert Raker

My first vivid memory of film involves Alfred Hitchcock and the film North by Northwest, with Cary Grant.  The scene is where Grant retrieves the knife from the back of a gentleman who works at the United Nations.  Not long after I was obsessed with watching films, often with my late father, everything from silent films to subtitled films.  It became such an escape for me, a way to disappear into another world and become someone else.  I was encouraged to start telling my…
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“I work with animal rescues, non-profit and no-kill shelters…”

What I do... I work with many animal rescues, non-profit and no-kill shelters throughout Eastern Pennsylvania. Recently a customer found a three-week-old kitten in the street and brought her into us. She was malnourished, dirty and had an eye infection. I bottle-fed her for two weeks and progressed her care. Penelope's Progress: Penelope is currently eating dry food and finds her way around courageously. She has regained her full eyesight and the use of her back legs. Affinity with animals... I've always…
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Muse…

I have a close friend who is so intense and beautiful that she makes me feel insignificant in the world.  It's emotionally difficult to get someone to look at you differently than they do or that you may want them to...to see you as you know you are, compassionate, driven, loyal, intelligent, sexy.  She is the kind of rare woman to me who is transcendent, intelligent, gorgeous and ethereal.  I understand that I will never be closer to her than…
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Editing Process

When I originally began Entropy, I alternated between all four of the major characters one chapter at a time.  An associate suggested that I tell the story of each of the characters individually as to not confuse the reader. With what I believe is such an emotionally dense and complicated plot I agreed.  I never had an ending point in mind really for any of the characters only the order I believed their respective stories should be told.  In its…
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My Writing Method…

The most valuable piece in creating this work was a micro cassette recorder. When I began early notes for the book I composed my ideas by hand;  rough outlines of characters and where I believed I wanted them to go. As I worked on each story individually, I used the recorder to flesh out those characters, give them direction, dialogue and how I believed they would react to their respective situations. I even took the recorder with me when I…
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Entropy – The Artwork for the Digital Cover

I love the cover that my Publisher has come up with for Entropy. It captures the sense of isolation and hopelessness.  Emotions that are portrayed by the characters in the narrative. The landscapes are barren as are the wishes and emotions of the relationships, the marriages. As with the expansive field, the stories portray the distance to me, vacancy instead of compression. It's a beautiful, haunting image.  Please let me know what you think of the digital book cover.  
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Creative Expression: Writing

Writing has always been an escape for me, giving me the platform to express my voice.  A voice that no one has been able to hear previously.  We may all have something that we need to escape into such as writing, photography, painting, sculpture...  Creative expression that provides us with an opportunity to be appreciated, understood for who we are, heard for the wonderful things that we have to say, especially when no one is listening...
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