Sodaro's Stories

February 6, 2018

DeJa Vu

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So around this part of the last novel…and the one before that…and the one before that…etc. I get to a point where I hit a wall…sometimes I hit the wall at full speed and sometimes, like this time, I run into the wall in slow motion. It’s always there…this wall, and it stops me every time.

Next month I will have my 10th book out. (Even hitting the wall, that is still my goal). 10. Double digits. Wow…that’s pretty crazy. And this wall has happened every single time,(well, to be honest, even more than 10 times…I have 6 first drafts that are just sitting at the wall waiting for me to pick them up and finish them.) every time I get near the ending.

I know the endings. I know the chapter that comes right before THE END. I have known it for a while now…and the story leading up to that chapter is solid…with the exception of about 5-8 chapters…those 5-8 chapters are the problem each and every time, each and every novel. With this novel being my first mystery, those 5-8 chapters are even more crucial because I have to make sure I am leading people down a path for the whodunit, and then I have to make sure the actual whodunit makes sense when it’s all said and done.  My goal…every mystery’s goal, I would imagine, is to have the reader so sure they have it figured out and then when it’s revealed, for them to go back and read the novel to see what they missed.

I know I what I need to do. I need to do the same thing I’ve done to finish my other novels. I need to focus on other things for a bit…play with other projects, and let these 5-8 chapters work themselves out in my subconscious. It has worked every time. It will work this time. This deja vu is all part of the process…albeit not my favorite part.

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February 1, 2018

Accountability

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Every night, when I do my workout, I text a couple of my friends to tell them what I accomplished in that workout and they cheer me on as friends do. Also, those nights where my spirit is willing, but my knees say no, they show me grace and remind me to do the same. For the first time in my life, there have been times where my body was ready for the workout but my soul was exhausted…for which, given my hectic schedule, I need rest more than I can fight.

I am grateful for my friends who hold me accountable. They keep me motivated and I have started to see slight changes in how my clothing fits, which is also a cheerleader I have never known before.

I sent out a newsletter a couple of weeks ago and in it I said that Driven West was coming out in March. And it will…the cover is coming along, and I am playing with the words at a rate consistent with getting it done. And it was going great…and then I woke up this morning and it was February…January, February, March…hmmm…suddenly I woke up and March is NEXT month…goodness.

But I put the dates for each of my books in my newsletter for accountability. Hold me to it, friends.

January 22, 2018

PPWC: Pikes Peak Writer’s Conference

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https://www.pikespeakwriters.com/ppwc/

Three years ago, I went to the Pikes Peak Writer’s Conference for the first time (as opposed to the two years prior when I had registered and chickened out…after all, who was I to go to a writer’s conference).

And then I went in April of 2016…and it was amazing, and as it turned out…I had every right to be at a writer’s conference, because I am, and have been…a writer. And for 3 days, I wasn’t a teacher…I wasn’t a hyphen (a teacher-author)…I was just…amazingly, an author. I was among my people. MY PEOPLE. People who understand the highs and lows of this calling and who wouldn’t choose any other path. (This is not in any way downplaying the role of my amazing support system. You guys are my rock and I couldn’t do this day after day without you.)

April 2017. I went for my second time and I no longer felt like I was lost. I felt like I belonged for the first time in my life…me, Michelle Sodaro. It was like coming home. I got to be among writers, eating with writers, talking writing with writers, absorbing everything I possibly could from everyone I possibly could.

So this year, I go back for my 3rd conference. I go back to be around my people. To totally dive in to the author world, and for a few days, forget reality, forget jobs, forget bills, forget responsibilities, and just breathe.

January 12, 2018

Finally…they are all together

CreatespaceSo, back in November, when I moved, I had a blog about how I felt better when all my stuff was in the same place. Well finally, all of my books are in the same place.

I started out with iUniverse and self-published Whatever you Make of It and Arianna’s Honor there.

Then I went to BookBaby, where I self-published Arianna’s Destiny Broken Trust, Redeeming Trust, and First Down.

Then I learned about Createspace. After I got past the unproductive self-lashing for money wasted, I researched what it would take to bring all my babies home.

I edited the ridiculous amounts of grammatical errors in Whatever you Make of It.

I made Arianna’s Honor the same size as all the other books (something which had bothered me every single time I looked at her beautiful cover.

And now…all my babies are home. Shades of Blue  is my upcoming poetry book…not out yet, but the cover is uploaded…a good reminder for me to get to editing those poems.

And there is peace. All 9 of my babies in one home.

January 9, 2018

Online dating

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So, in a made up statistic, I love being single about 93.7% of the time. I don’t have to explain why I’m still “not done writing” (is there such a thing??) or why, “yes, I do need that package of pens, can’t you see it says the word NEW on it?” I don’t have to explain why school supply season is my favorite season. I love being single…most of the time. For that 6.3% of the time (look at me, doing math…) when I don’t love being single, I think online dating is a good idea, because really, where do people even meet people anymore??

Things that bug me about online dating:

Profile pics which are too close up, taken in the bathroom, taken at an odd angle so you get a lot of forehead or you get the joy of looking up someone’s nose. Profile pictures that could also double as a mug shot…maybe you should, I don’t know, smile…you know, meeting the love of your life and all that…it is supposed to be a happy time…so why do you look pissed off at the whole world?

Separated. Okay…if you are separated and you happen to meet someone and that person helps get you motivated to make that separated a more legally-single thing, that is one thing, but to be proactively looking for someone new when you are not entirely sure you want to be divorced yet? Talk about checking out the grass on the other side of the fence…Maybe it’s just me, but nothing makes me click on the no faster than seeing Separated as a status, though smoking is a close second. I do appreciate the honesty though, so one kudo point to you for that.

I don’t know…maybe online dating is not for me…except for fodder for books, though I would think I have enough stories about actual dating to fill my books…like I said, most of the time, I love being single…it’s just that darn 6.3% of the time which is so loud sometimes.

January 8, 2018

Keep it short…

Filed under: Writer's thoughts — michelle sodaro @ 3:13 pm
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One of my resolutions this year was to continually break out of my comfort zone…I want to do this in as many ways as I can as an author and a person.

Short stories has always been an elusive thing for me. I admire people who can do it well. Mine always never get off the ground or turn into a larger project.

Ourwritingtherapy.com has a list of 52 short story prompts. So I am trying it.

Last week’s short story tied directly into Dear Teaching…but this week, I am going to definitely try to get this to be a stand alone short story. I hope.

Wish me luck. I’m going in.

January 1, 2018

Happy New Year!!

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There is something magical about a new year. New fresh calendars, new journals, new goals. Like we get a fresh start, a clean slate, a tabula rasa.

This year I am going to get 4 books out. Last year the goal was 4, but the before, during, and after of a move had me changing plans to maintain some semblance of sanity.

I also plan to conquer my trepidations about making audio books and have my novels having that third format to join the paperback and kindle formats.

I plan to read, review, and promote more of my author friends.

I plan to let go of all crushes I held on to…fresh slate. Distraction free.

I plan to have more fun…as soon as I figure out what they means.

Make this year amazing. Climb your personal mountain. Fight your personal demon.

December 28, 2017

Check this out at Amazon.com

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December 26, 2017

J, O, Q, U, V, X, Y, Z

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Definitely one of my more unique blog titles…but I was looking through my projects (organizing and making notes), and I realized that the 8 letters listed above are the only ones I don’t have a title for…And there is enough OCD left in me (I really have tried to get rid of most of my obsessives, but sometimes my control issues make this impossible…a little joke) for it to bother me that I don’t have all of the letters of the alphabet represented by a novel or non-fiction project.

I don’t know if this remedy-able. I also don’t know if that is a word…but I am going to claim poetic license and use it  anyway.  Some of those letters are easier to play with than others, but unless I write about Zamboni Zombies (hmmmm….no). or Quilted Quiche Quickies…(again, no) I will have to get creative…and X…so many times we cheat and use an “EX” word, which would just be another “E” project and not an “X” project… Xylophone? X-Ray? Xenophobe? sigh…

 

December 22, 2017

Unpacking for the New Year

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Okay, yes, I moved at the beginning of November, and maybe I should be unpacked by now…and I am, well, mostly…except where I am not. And those boxes I haven’t been able to unpack are more metaphorical than literal (In all honesty, I have about 3 actual boxes from the move which are odds and ends and haven’t found a place yet in my new home…but they fit nicely in the closet).

The boxes I am unpacking are my memories, my struggles, my fears, my setbacks, my illusions, my heartbreak, my mistakes, my disappointments in myself and others, my crushes, my questions, my negative energy, my negative self-esteem..basically everything which has been holding me back from being all I can be. Anything which is making me not grow, not change, not embrace my new life…is carefully documented so I can still use it for novels and non-fiction projects (I did not do all that research for nothing)…but is going to be left behind as I move into 2018. I want to be the author, the friend, the lover, the woman I want to be without all of my old boxes dragging me down and holding me back.

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