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September 21, 2018

Favorites

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When I taught, students always wanted to know who my favorite student was, and I of course never let them know who and tried really hard to not actually have any favorites. (Well, I tried…)

At the book signings this summer, I was asked which book I had written was my favorite. Um…each of them? All of them? How could I even begin to say that. Each of them holds a separate place in my heart, each of them is special to me, and each of them is my favorite.

So, I thought I would look at why each of them is my favorite, over the course of the next few days. And I know that the more books that come out, the more favorites I will have. And all of them will be my favorites. And that doesn’t make any of them less my favorite.

Now, as an English teacher, I know what I am saying is not grammatically correct. Favorite is superlative, as in “there can be only one,” and for me to have multiples is not how I am “supposed” to express it…but maybe you haven’t heard… I am not an English teacher anymore…

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August 1, 2018

Booksigning part 2

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Okay, KS, it is your turn!!! Come out this Saturday at the Starbucks at Corporate Woods. Buy some books, meet two amazing authors, and have some coffee and conversation.

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July 26, 2018

Dear Teaching

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Dear Teaching,

          You knew my weakness. I mean, how could you not. It was always about them. It didn’t matter how old they got, it was always about the kids…and you knew exactly how to keep me under your thumb. “The kids need you. What will they do without you?” And I would stay another year…

That is an excerpt from the Bonding chapter of Dear Teaching: I want a Divorce. This book has made me a stronger writer, to be sure, a stronger person, and has taken me on every roller coaster of emotions which could exist. I am making progress on it, yes, and will have it out as soon as it is ready…but I work on it for a bit and then I have to go play with something light. (Quarter Finals is perfect for this.)

It is amazing to look back at 2 decades of your life and wonder what your life would be like if, at any point, you had made a different choice, and knowing at the very core of  you, that you wouldn’t change anything on the off chance that there would be people you couldn’t have met if you had done even one thing differently.

July 10, 2018

Book Signing

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I am very excited to have this book signing scheduled with my friend and fellow author, Lucas Coon. If you are in the area a week from Friday, you should definitely come check it out. I have 10 books out and will have Dear Teaching for pre-order. Lucas has 3 books out and will be promoting his 4th one as well. Come out and support local authors and buy a book or two.

There will be a book signing on 8/4 as well, located at the Corporate Woods Starbucks. More details to follow on that one.

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April 2, 2018

It happens every time…

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So I just clicked send on my 10th novel last week, and as it has happened nine other times now…after my novel is done, I feel the tiniest bit lost. This novel has been my sole focus for a few months now (okay, when I say sole focus, it’s not “entirely” true that I didn’t work on any other project, but my MAIN project was this one). I used to not finish anything, which is why I have drafts all over the place and in various stages of “done.”

In 2011 when I held Whatever you Make of It for the very first time, I knew that I needed to finish each of  my projects and I needed to focus my poor “too many tabs open” brain on one project at a time (well, again, one MAIN project. If I seriously just work on one project, writer’s block becomes a thing, and that’s not okay…I learned my lesson NaNoWriMo 2013).

Each time I have clicked send, there is a patch of time, usually a week or two, where I feel unmotivated and almost listless. (This is not meaning I am without my lists, hahaha, I crack myself up). Where I want to start working on my next project, but I’m not quite “there” and I want to read books, but not quite “there” either.  Friends who have tiny humans relate it to post-partum…and that seems an accurate analogy as I usually feel “fine” again after I have my book in my hands. Maybe that it is it entirely…maybe I click send and then don’t get to see my child for a couple of weeks and I don’t really know what exactly to do.

 

March 18, 2018

Check this out at Amazon.com

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3/18 and 3/19 the first book in the Lucky Charms series is free on Kindle.

First Down (Lucky Charms Book 1) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0714NR5JT/ref=cm_sw_r_other_apa_imLRAbRSWWGMG

March 12, 2018

Limbo…

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So normally I hate limbo. I hate not knowing an answer or solution. I like to know what it going on so I know what I need to do to deal with things.

The ONE exception to this…and it is where I am right now.

I sent off my 10# novel to my wonderful reader. And now I am in the most blissful of limbos…She is reading it as she can…just as my life doesn’t get to have a pause button to write, hers doesn’t have one so she can read…but already my phone has received some texts about things…which I love.

The only time I can wait is when she’s reading my novel. I know she will guide me to any plot holes or problems and then I can do my final read-through, and then get my #10th book out into the world. I love having my book almost ready to go. I hope you all love Driven West as much as I do.

February 26, 2018

Pause Button

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Okay, I know why I don’t get one…and that if I had one, everyone should get to have one, and then where would we be…in some constant state of pause either from our own button or someone else’s. Every horrible and not so horrible (though still mind-twisting) time travel novel and movie comes into mind and I know the end result would be horrible. Imagine you are in the middle of a conversation…or other activity…and they push pause. Um…hello?? I’ll just see myself out, then.

I also know why I don’t get one…with as little self control as I have with ice cream, I think we all know I would over use my pause button…didn’t get enough sleep…PAUSE…didn’t understand what someone said; need another minute to process…PAUSE…didn’t rehearse my food order (even though I always get the same thing)…PAUSE…and of course, right now, with work to do for both jobs and work to do for Driven West…PAUSE…PAUSE… PAUSE…

February 19, 2018

Names…

Filed under: Writer's thoughts — michelle sodaro @ 3:11 pm
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So, I have never had tiny humans of my own, but I have had many many many fictional characters who I created (who all came into existence without any bodily fluids or screaming) and names are…well sometimes they are the hardest part of a novel. Just kidding, but it does come in close sometimes.

In Arianna’s Honor, the prince changed his name four times. Four. Arianna started off by introducing herself. “Hello, dear author. I am Arianna Collins. This is my sword…and this is Prince Whatshisname who you are going to make me keep alive.”

In my other books, Ali was always Ali, Sam was always Sam. Dillon for a while was something else for a while and her daughter, before announcing she was Lilly and telling me I was silly, was Jamie. The other characters have kept their names for the entirety of the series, for which I am extremely grateful because keeping track of that crew was chore enough.

The novel I am revising now was my NaNo in 2014, so three years ago. The names of the characters have been set in my mind for three and a half years…well, the female protagonist had to convince me her name was Madison, but I am pretty comfortable with it now. Ironically, one of the key character’s names is the name of a friend I made in May of last year (and her uncle’s name is the same as her fictional brother’s name…weird). My male protagonist’s name, I had no connection to one way or another, but it fit him…and now I know someone with his name and I can’t say I am a fan of this person at all…but I do like my fictional person quite well…so the name stays if I can make it through…

Naming people is tough business…I give parents kudos…well, the ones who think it through…the ones who don’t think it through, I hope they are setting aside money for their kid’s therapy sessions. After 20 years of teaching, there are some names I will never ever use. After however many years of dating, the same applies…or at least I will be very careful which novels those names appear in…both categories may come in handy when I write one of my serial killer novels.

February 6, 2018

DeJa Vu

Filed under: Writer's thoughts — michelle sodaro @ 4:11 pm
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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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