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Listen to the Book: Announcing the Norton’s Ghost Podcast!

I’m thrilled to finally be able to announce the podiobook version of the novel Norton’s Ghost. There are three episodes available now from the get-go to get people started. I plan to update with a new episode every Monday, starting Monday, November 9th (since you have three already, of course). You’ll find the files here on the site, via iTunes, and hopefully soon at

It felt great to do something else creative while helping to make the novel available to more people in more ways.

This is still very much a learning experience for me. I hope that people will stick with the podcast and give the story a chance.

Comments are welcomed and encouraged. Thanks!

Book Release Delayed Until Mid-October

I’ve hit a few delays along the way. Some were unexpected (like having vast plumbing problems in the old apartment and an unplanned move to another place) and some were voluntary. I’m reluctant to postpone the book any longer, but I decided to change the way I’m doing things a bit. No use in cutting corners so late in the game. Things are shaping up better than I anticipated and it will be well worth the wait.

There are a lot of exicting things coming up. It’s too early to announce anything yet, but I will post here and let everyone know as things develop.

Release Date

Things should be shaping up for a late September release. Earlier is always better, of course, but I’m trying not to rush myself or hedge my bets.

Another Early Review

Norton’s Ghost is about discovery. It’s about really experiencing life. Any story about life on the road will talk about the pleasure of eating a meal or taking a shower when such basics are difficult to come by. This is something that Kyle describes, but it isn’t glorified or elaborated on at length. It simply is there as a fact of such a life. This book left me not with the desire to hitchhike around California, but with the desire to really live life, not to just float through it with my mind always elsewhere. Kyle’s journey is one that anyone can understand and relate to.

Read more: Review of Norton’s Ghost by R. Canepa

An Early Review

A friend of mine had a chance to read a preview copy of the book and was kind enough to write and post a review:

Upon reading Norton’s Ghost I was more than pleasantly surprised.

I find myself using the word captivating over and over for this book, and there truly is no better word for it. This story is completely captivating. Set in California, it introduces us to a whole new view on hitchiking and travelling. Dropping all responsibilities and leaving behind all ties, a young college student named Kyle sets out on the road with a backpack, and finds a world of adventures waiting for him, nearly at his own doorstep. Through his eyes, we discover a world of varied people, some lost, others finding themselves, and most serving as teachers along the way.

Read More (including excerpts): Dragonfly Adventures: Norton’s Ghost Review

I hope this and other comments on the story will help answer the question I always get: “So, what’s it about?”

It’s hard to explain what a story is about without reciting the plot or falling into philosophical nonsense. I think it’s because an author is essentially inside of the story–has lived there for who knows how long–and just doesn’t have the same perspective as a normal reader. The view always looks much different from the outside.

For more excerpts, see Excerpts or use the link in the navigation.

It’s a Start

This site will be a convenient place to gather up all the available information about the book: content-wise (excerpts and such), reviews / feedback, and information on how to get the book.

Thank you for your interest.