10/23/16 Jack Kerouac, Halloween Traditions, and NaNoWriMo 2016

This week, forty-seven years ago, Jack Kerouac, author of On the Road and Dharma Bums among many other works, had his years of heavy drinking catch up with him. It’s a notable anniversary because Jack was 47 years old when he died on October 21 back in 1969.

This piece of literary history was especially relevant to me this week. My editor suggested I read On the Road and members of a writing group I attend compared scenes in The Crossing with this iconic novel. My novel’s blurb even compares the two.

I’ve been reading it and I’ve been surprised at how many points of interest are repeated in The Crossing – moments in Colorado, San Francisco, all feel familiar. It’s different, but The Crossing was certainly born from the same collective American consciousness as On the Road.

Speaking of The Crossing…

This week was also excited because The Crossing showed up for sale on Amazon, Barnes & Nobel, and a few other online retailers. What a surreal feeling that was!

Michael Doane's The Crossing on Amazon.com

It’s $15 for the paperback, and $8 for the Kindle version. Quick note: if you buy the paperback, you get the ebook free. I’m also leaving the link to pre-order from Gumroad live for 24 more hours. This is your final chance to get a signed copy of the book for just $10. It’s a steal.

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

No, I’m not going Christmas shopping yet. It’s Halloween next week! Tonight, my wife and I will be carving pumpkins and watching Hocus Pocus. It’s a yearly tradition we have.

Hocus Pocus movie poster

Tradition is such a wonderful thing. It gives you a sense of consistency in an inconsistent world. It reminds you to step back and enjoy what you have and the people that surround you.

NaNoWriMo Is Fast Approaching

Another yearly tradition follows Halloween: National Novel Writing Month, or as most know it, NaNoWriMo. I’ll be participating again, though I haven’t quite figured out what I’ll be writing. It’ll probably be a patchwork of articles, poetry, and short fiction this year.

If you’re a writer too, please consider participating. It’s such a strong community that inspires you to make writing a daily habit. Win or lose, you’ll come away from the experience a stronger writer with a larger social network of other authors.

What’s Your Favorite Halloween Movie?

My list has grown too long, but Hocus Pocus is definitely at the top of best Halloween movies. I also love Sleepy Hallow and Coraline. What about you?