Thank You, Thank You, Kerouac Project

“I felt like lying down by the side of the trail and remembering it all.”
Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums

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I’m tempted say this is all beyond my wildest, but I suppose that would be trite, given that I dreamed wildly enough to apply in the first place. I dream wildly. That’s one thing I do well. As it so happens, one of my wilder good-dreams just came true.

And I kind of want to lay down by the side of the trail to take it all in.

This September, I’ll be heading down to Orlando as the Kerouac Project’s Fall 2013 Writer in Residence — three months of  creative freedom to live and work in the house where Jack Kerouac wrote The Dharma Bums. A dear friend brought to my attention that my nickname, Caro, fits nicely with a Kero- fate. I’m a sucker for wordplay and fantasy, so I could believe that my muses may have whispered Carowacky hints in the selection committee’s collective ear. Given the passage below, however, I absolutely believe that my years of research on skywalk-y themes found their match, the most nurturing home imaginable to help bring these stories to life. I’m so grateful, so excited and so looking forward to sharing those stories with you.

Thank you, thank you, Kerouac Project. I’ll see you in September.

“I felt like lying down by the side of the trail and remembering it all. The woods do that to you, they always look familiar, long lost, like the face of a long-dead relative, like an old dream, like a piece of forgotten song drifting across the water, most of all like golden eternities of past childhood or past manhood and all the living and the dying and the heartbreak that went on a million years ago and the clouds as they pass overhead seem to testify (by their own lonesome familiarity) to this feeling.”
– Jack Kerouac,
The Dharma Bums

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