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Kickoff to NaNoWriMo
 Tomorrow kicks off the 16th annual National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), the month when hundreds of thousands of people all over the world commit to writing 50,000 words— an entire book— in the month of November. Like marathon training, writing a book is hard. It requires long hours and constant inspiration. Whether you’re committing to NaNoWriMo this year, or just thinking about doing it maybe someday, these books will help fuel you to the finish line.
Paul Perkins The Art of Creating Laura Roberts — A Cheater's Guide to NaNoWriMo: Tips, Tricks & Hacks for Winning This November Tyler Ward — The First Forty Donald Miller — How To Tell A Story
Charlotte Rains — Dixon Set The Words Free Shawn Smucker, Andi Cumbo-Floyd, and Ed Cyzewski — The Working Writer's Companion Allison Vesterfelt — Writing To Find Yourself Jeff Goins — You Are A Writer
Will’s Weekend Wrap-Up
Happy Halloween, NoiseTraders! May you find your trick-or-treat bags rock-less and your Halloween TV specials free of weird, fever-dream World War I flying ace montages. I’ve taken special care to craft this seasonal-spiced edition of my Weekend Wrap-Up in hopes that I might add a little sonic zest to your All Hallows brouhaha. With music and book recommendations dealing with ghosts, witches, and the very holiday itself, consider these picks as a bag-filling bounty of Halloween (or Fall Festival) candy for your ears and eyes. Alrighty, get into all the things! – WILL HODGE, NoiseTrade Music Editor/Community Manager
Noah Gundersen — Carry the Ghost Primer
Noah Gundersen
Carry the Ghost Primer
Noah Gundersen released his achingly inviting Carry the Ghost album this past August and if you haven’t found your perfect fall soundtrack yet, this is the one for which you’ve been waiting. Ahead of the album’s release, Gundersen offered up the 6-track Carry the Ghost Primer here on NoiseTrade and if you missed out the first time around, it’s still available. The sampler starts off with two brand new tracks from Carry the Ghost: the pleading piano ballad “Slow Dancer” and the heartland burn of “Jealous Love.” The rest of the release features four songs from Gundersen’s equally intimate Twenty-Something EP. Of that gorgeous batch, “Bag of Glass” and “Heartbreaker” seriously can’t be beat.
All Them Witches — Dying Surfer Meets His Maker (Bonus Bundle)
All Them Witches
Dying Surfer Meets His Maker(Bonus Bundle)
Like Gundersen, Nashville’s hypnotic psych-rockers All Them Witches are celebrating a new album with an exclusive NoiseTrade release featuring two new songs and an earlier catalog album. Their new album Dying Surfer Meets His Maker released yesterday and the two songs featured here – “Dirt Preachers” and “Open Passageways” – are both thump-and-warble stunners. Also included here is their 8-song Lightning at the Door album from 2014 that Brooklyn Vegan described as “a heady brew of swirling tones and heavy blue-eyed blues rock.” These 10 tracks will give you a really wonderful taste of the heavy, psychedelic sounds created when All Them Witches get going.
J Crutch — This is Halloween [EP]
J Crutch
This is Halloween [EP]

There's been a staggering amount of good music that's resulted from the combination of Danny Elfman's music in Tim Burton's films. "This is Halloween" from The Nightmare Before Christmas is unquestionably one of the higher highlights. This is Halloween is a remix EP from J Crutch that features four techno-industrial takes on the cinematic-themed classic and each variation focuses on different elements of the song's whimsical genius. Plus, they're all instrumentals, so instant Halloween karaoke party!
 James Zahn — Death Walks the Streets #1: A New Marshall Fall (Halloween) (eBook)
James Zahn
Death Walks the Streets #1:
A New Marshall Fall (Halloween)
James Zahn’s Death Walks the Streets is a graphic novel – emphasis on the word “graphic” – that tracks characters Michael, Malcolm, and Danielle as they traverse a slightly, nay extremely, violent Halloween night in the town of New Marshall. Ain’t It Cool News praised Death Walks the Streets by saying “there’s something beneath the surface and just off in the periphery that oozes evil” and The Pull Box warns to “leave your horror story stereotypes at the comic book shop door.” If creepy comics are your thing, this one’s for you!
When writer Will Hodge (@will_hodge) isn’t plotting to kidnap the Sandy Claws, you can find him running off at the keyboard about music, concerts, and vinyl at My So-Called Soundtrack

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