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Emily Dickinson... & What Makes Writing Interesting?

Carina Sitkus

Prompted in part by my finishing Californication via Netflix a few weeks ago, I've been thinking a lot about what makes some writers more interesting than others (ICYMI: I also wrote about whether or not you can be happy and be a writer). The main character in Californication,  Hank Moody, did a lot of drugs, had a lot of sex, woke up in a lot of strange places (you get the idea). But his writing was worth reading. 

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My Trip to Meet Margaret Atwood and Visit Medium in San Francisco

Carina Sitkus

If you cool cats have been using your precious curiosity to wonder why I haven’t blogged, the answer is I found myself on an impromptu overnight trip to San Francisco after winning a Medium writing prompt contest. More on that in a bit. 

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Passionella and Other Stories

Carina Sitkus

It’s a great feeling to pick up a new book that becomes an old favorite. I came across Passionella and other stories by Jules Feiffer in a used bookshop, decided not to buy it, had second thoughts, and then found myself on a hunt to find a reasonably priced copy after revisiting the same bookshop only to discover it had closed. Lesson learned: you'll only regret the books you don't buy!

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Reflections on Virginia Woolf

Carina Sitkus

Last week was one of those perspective-shifting, drop-everything-and-evaluate-what’s-important kind of weeks. My mother unexpectedly had a heart episode/attack that landed her in the hospital waiting for open heart surgery.  I had visited my parents only the Saturday before so we could all go to a local music festival together and enjoy one of the last nice summer weekends as a family.  The night before she went to the hospital, she had been texting me, and everything was normal.  What they say about how “life happens when you’re busy making other plans” is painfully accurate. A moment is long enough to change anything and everything.  

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An Interview With the Author of Mistakes I Made at Work, Jessica Bacal!

Carina Sitkus

The Curious Cat Project is all about connecting and inspiring writers. Personally, I love reading interviews with writers about their own stories and work. It's energizing and motivating!  In an effort to help spread that feeling to my fellow writers, I am thrilled this month to introduce you to Jessica Bacal, who has a really cool story and impressive background. 

Jessica directs the Wurtele Center for Work & Life at Smith College, an independent women’s college in Massachusetts.

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Talk is Cheap. The Written Word, Priceless.

Carina Sitkus

Over my two-week vacation in July, I not only got to read, but I also got to spend much needed time with family. One of our favorite things to do is to visit historical sites-- museums, the homes of former presidents, sites of wars, etc. This time, we visited the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

Wherever we visit, I always like to envision what the place was actually like during its hustle and bustle-- when it was at the peak of its existence, or when it was functioning at its busiest, most productive point in time.

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Writing Wisdom Wednesday

Carina Sitkus


 

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Writing Wisdom Wednesday

Carina Sitkus

These quotes double as writing advice/inspiration. If you want to read more, I took my snippets from here today. 

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