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A Coming to Plot Moment.

Carina Sitkus

I'm changing as a writer. It happened gradually, but I know it happened because of my interactions with other writers. I've learned what not to do by reading other writers' work that sounds like mine. If it sounds like me, but I still can't get into it, then I know I'm doing something wrong in my own writing. That sounds negative, but really I'm just trying to be honest about the way my own work has grown. 

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Making a Book

Carina Sitkus

Writing a book and making a book, it turns out, are two different things. Before I get into the excuses for why I've been MIA, I'll share what I mean. 

This year my blogging turned into an idea for a book. This was the first year I actually sat my butt down in the chair with regularity and wrote, and blogging was a great way to start that routine. This is also the first year that I made an intentional effort to seek out feedback and connect with other writers, both online and (occasionally) in person. "Becoming a writer" by doing all of these things was the first step, really, in writing the book. Makes sense.  

But here's what doesn't make sense. I've always edited while I wrote. I'm the writer who makes sure the first sentence is THE sentence before moving on to the rest of the story. Editing, I've always thought, is easier than writing. That was until I tried editing my own book. They say cutting stuff out is the hard part, but I struggled with wanting to cut all of it out. I wanted the book to say something new. To provide something new. More honestly, I wanted to read the book and not feel annoyed with myself and with my voice. Pretty low standards, huh?

But seriously, editing was the hardest part of the whole process because it's when you start to think about your reader and what they are going to find interesting. You're also thinking a whole lot about the people who are going to buy the book and run into you in the grocery story a month from now. About your friends and family. Your words are something you want to be proud of. 

Despite my feeling that more editing can always make something better, I'm proud to say I'm proud. This book is something I'm ready to share with you, my writing friends, my colleagues, and my family. 

Here it is, available on Amazon, iBooks, Kobo, Google Play and Barnes & Noble (although B&N, I'm told, might take longer to get up and running--I couldn't wait until it was up to share the release with you).  

The book shares a bunch of tiny life lessons I've learned in my short 26 years. Because I haven't been here all that long, the book is also short, which you busy people will appreciate. 

If you do happen to buy a copy, many thanks. I'm really excited to know what you think! Take a second to shoot me a note or, if you have 2 more minutes, to leave a review on Amazon. Your support is appreciated.

Also feel free to comment below with your own questions about the writing and editing process-- or maybe you even have your own tip or two to share.

Ok, so now for my excuses. I've been MIA because I recently moved and started a new job. Over the past two weeks I also struggled through some very bad vertigo (for the first time ever), and really didn't know what hit me. I'm looking forward to responding to your #BookforaBook inquiries and meetup applications and getting back into the groove.

As always, stay curious!

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How I Became a HelloGiggles Contributor

Carina Sitkus

Life is busy this month-- I'm moving, starting a new job, editing my book, and trying to keep up with my other writing/blogging at the same time. It's powerful to write about huge life events as they're happening, but it's usually during times like these that we don't find the time to write. I'm hoping to make the time. Things always look clearer and easier when you look back on them, so it's nice to capture the reality of (and in) the moment. 

Anyway, I was recently invited to become a contributor to HelloGiggles-- if you haven't heard of the site, check it out. It was co-founded by actress Zooey Deschanel. You can learn more about how to become a contributor here

I sent them my bio and a few articles that I published on Medium (along with my stats), and they requested that I send along a few pitches. Once you get an article (what they call "From Our Readers" pieces) under your belt, you have a better shot at being invited to be a contributor. Be prepared to hustle. And pitch. A lot. Don't get discouraged-- it took a lot of rejections to get the feel for the kind of pieces they're looking for. What helped me was also asking if they needed extra capacity covering a specific topic. 

I'll post my article when it goes live (teaser: it's about inventions I wish would happen already). 

Updated 12/23/15: 

Check out some of my published pieces below:

Are you a contributor to any blogs you think the Curious Cat Project community should know about? Share in the comments. And wish me luck with the move... I need it! ;)

The curious cat is looking forward to his new digs... although he seems to like piles of mess just fine.

The curious cat is looking forward to his new digs... although he seems to like piles of mess just fine.

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Interview with Scottie Mom, the Creator of

Carina Sitkus

There are blogs, and then there are brands. Started in 2012, "Scottie Mom" has grown to successfully be both. With its own store, over 2,270 Facebook likes, 2,000 Twitter followers, and thousands of people visiting the website daily, the message is clear: people can't get enough of their furry friends!

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Current Writing Obsession

Carina Sitkus

Lately I’ve been obsessed with

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