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The Curious Cat Blog is all about writing, for writers, by a writer.

 

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Sunday "Read These" Round-Up

Carina Sitkus

It's been awhile since I posted a "Read These" Round-Up, which is just as well because this week's is jam-packed with tons of interesting pieces. I'm taking a break from Storify because for some reason it doesn't embed in the emails I send to subscribers. Just a heads up in case you are thinking about using it for your own blog. 

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10+ Out-of-the-Box, Inexpensive Gift Ideas for the Writers and Readers in Your Lives

Carina Sitkus

Honestly, the best gift you can give an avid reader or writer is a gift card to his or her favorite bookstore. This will always be the best option, but many people don't feel comfortable giving gift cards because it seems thoughtless (trust me, your recipient actually wants to hug and kiss you and dance around in circles). If you're on a budget, though, gift cards are tricky because it's tough to pick an amount that says you care about someone without making you dread the day your credit card statement posts. 

That's why I've put together a gift guide for the writers and readers in your lives, curious cat approved. There are a range of prices* and even some ideas for the DIY crafty person (aka super budget friendly).

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Current Writing Obsession

Carina Sitkus

Lately I’ve been obsessed with Medium.com

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An Interview with Freelance Writer Jay E. Valusek, M.S., M.Ed.

Carina Sitkus

Many writers out there dream of freelancing full time or on the side, but there are very few who are able to fully realize that dream, either because they are too scared to "take the plunge," or they really don't know how to get started. 

Meet Jay E. Valusek. 

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An Interview with Writer Jason Smith

Carina Sitkus

I came across Jason Smith's writing for the first time on Medium.com. He had written a piece called, "Putting Pen to Paper Does Not Make You a Writer: It Makes You a Primate." Not only was it catchy and entertaining, but it was also honest, simple, and beautifully written. His post, "Heroin in the Foothills" just made Medium's "Top 100" posts of August list.   

After chatting and learning more about his background, it was clear that his interview needed to be on the site.

Spoiler alert: Jason landed a three part series on heroin addition in his local newspaper after simply walking into the office and making his pitch. They even put it on the front page.

Jason is interesting for a variety of other reasons, too, but I'll let his story speak for itself. 

Let's get to it. 

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Sunday "Read These" Round-Up

Carina Sitkus

This week's round-up is worth the wait, I promise.

Let's get to it:

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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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