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Visiting the Emily Dickinson Exhibit at the Morgan Library Museum

Carina Sitkus

*I originally wrote about my visit in this email, and am reposting here for all you poets out there! This version has more pictures.

This past weekend we braved what was supposed to be a NYC monsoon, but was actually just a rainy day, to schlep to the Morgan Library Museum to see the Emily Dickinson exhibit.

I had done a little investigative work and watched some videos by the ModPo UPenn online class before going. (If you enroll in the class, you can access them. It's free to do so.) The videos talk about the meaning behind a couple of Dickinson's poems. Because many of the poems were published posthumously, her drafts show multiple options for word choice, so the editors (mainly her brother's mistress, Mabel Loomis Todd) used the words they think Dickinson most likely would have picked. 

The only authenticated picture of Dickinson shows her with dark hair. It was actually auburn. This pictures shows a lock of it that she had sent to a friend...

It was amazing to see her handwriting in person, on the paper she actually used to write the poems we know so well today. 

Her handwriting became more spaced out and blocky towards the end of her life. 


I'm nobody: Who are you?

This poem is displayed on a replica of the wallpaper that would have been in her room.

This poem is displayed on a replica of the wallpaper that would have been in her room.

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Your New Year’s Resolutions Are Setting You Up for Failure

Carina Sitkus

This morning I was watching the Kathie Lee & Hoda show (vacation), and they had a segment all about the food you need to eat before you start eating well on New Year’s day. Here’s why it bothered me and why it should bother you: The moment you give yourself permission to put something off, what you’re really telling yourself is that it’s not important.

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On Tidying

Carina Sitkus

It’s no secret I believe in living small, especially if you're a writer. 

Marie Kondo’s new book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, caught my attention at the bookstore, so when a colleague said she was reading it, I decided to as well.

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When was the Last Time you Looked at Your New Year's Goals?

Carina Sitkus

It's hard to believe that next week we're already in MAY. 

January February March April MAY June July August September October November December............

We're five months in, with just seven more months to go before it's time to make our New Year's Resolutions... again.

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ICYMI: How Blogging Led to My Book

Carina Sitkus

It's been snowing here in Rhode Island (a lot), which has created the perfect conditions for writing and reflecting. And cabin fever. I've never been one for poo-pooing winter snow in favor of woo-hooing summer humidity, but I might be getting there... 

Anyway, last week I published a reflective piece on Medium that detailed how one blog post helped me get over 11K views, which then led to getting reposted on popular sites like Business Insider and securing a contract for an ebook that will be published via Thought Catalog books this spring. 

I'll continue to share my experiences, and I encourage you to do the same as part of our community. I'm particularly interested in hearing from those of you who have published in literary journals!  Email if you'd like to share.

PS. For those of you interested in getting feedback on your work and joining our small writing groups, the deadline to apply is this Friday. Request an application here (it's really more of a survey and takes <8 minutes to complete). 

Check out the snow, below! 

The "lovely" view from my kitchen table.&nbsp;

The "lovely" view from my kitchen table. 

This is what a plowed road looks like in snowy New England these days. At least it's beautiful!

This is what a plowed road looks like in snowy New England these days. At least it's beautiful!

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The Italian Man at Barnes & Noble

Carina Sitkus

This weekend, I went to Barnes & Noble with a friend to put in some NaNoWriMo writing time (if you're reading this, B, "hi!").

About an hour in to our session, an older gentleman came up to our table.

"Would you be able to do me a favor? Mine went dead, but I'll give you a little something for your trouble," he said, waving in the general direction of what I assumed to be his computer and cracking open his wallet to peer inside.  

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