Sodaro's Stories

August 4, 2017

Kansas City

Filed under: Uncategorized — michelle sodaro @ 3:07 pm

So, people who know me, know that I am a die hard Chicago fan. I love my Bears, my Bulls, my Blackhawks, and my Cubbies (no, I am not a White Sox fan). My love for Chicago teams is strong…even though I have lived in the Kansas City area for quite some time. (I fully support KC teams…as long as they are not playing my boys).

When I decided to write my Lucky Charms series (as well as when I decided to write Broken Trust and Redeeming Trust), I at first started with the Chicago area because it made sense to write about the teams who had my truest loyalty…and then I switched to writing about Kansas City, because though my sport’s heart still beats for Chicago, my heart is in the Kansas City area. I love living here…the small towns, the sprawling city that spans two states, the beauty of the different areas of Kansas City (downtown, Westport, Overland Park, Legends, Union Station, the WWI museum, etc. etc. etc.). I wanted to celebrate the area which has been my home for most of my life. I love being KC proud…except on game days, where I cheer on KC teams, but am usually wearing the wrong colors.

First Down and Stealing Second (as well as Broken Trust and Redeeming Trust) are available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle formats.

August 1, 2017

Check this out at Amazon.com

Filed under: Uncategorized — michelle sodaro @ 3:03 pm

Stealing Second: Book Two of the Lucky Charms series https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0711VQPYP/ref=cm_sw_r_other_apa_nEjGzbMW2HX85

July 23, 2017

Broken Trust

Filed under: Uncategorized — michelle sodaro @ 11:31 am

Broken Trust https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0731FGJSZ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_6s3CzbMVAP4HK

This is on sale for a short time. I recently re-read (and fixed a few minor edits) and every time I read my book, I still laugh and cry at the same parts. I live these characters and hope you do too. And their sequel is Redeeming Trust, also available on Amazon

June 29, 2017

First Down

Filed under: Uncategorized — michelle sodaro @ 11:54 am

fd-paperback(Kindle version on sale for a limited time)

Having a book that you know from the start is a part of a series, is an amazing feeling. Having the first book and second book out in the world and being deeply into the editing stage of the third book in the series, is an even more amazing feeling. I know and love the group of characters who have grown and evolved from the first moment I knew I had to write this story.

This entire series started at a hockey game. I was fascinated by this Super Fan, who got the whole crowd energized. He became JD. As soon as I knew JD’s character, he “introduced me” to the rest of the crew. I took furious notes during that hockey game using Color Notes on my phone.

It has been so interesting to get to watch these characters over the course of multiple books. First Down is where we meet most of the crew with some additions in future books. This group of friends know the meaning of absolute loyalty and are all people I would be proud to know in real life.

June 28, 2017

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First Down (Lucky Charms Book 1) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0714NR5JT/ref=cm_sw_r_other_apa_kU5uzbKMRYQGQ

June 6, 2017

To my students…

Filed under: Uncategorized — michelle sodaro @ 12:00 pm

Top 10 things I wish all of my students knew:

1) your past does not define you

2) you can accomplish anything that you put your mind to

3) when I say I believe in you I’m not blowing smoke up your ass 

4) my life is better having known you

 5) when you tell me about the things that happen in your life I want to hear about them no matter how many years it’s been since you were in my class

6) I took it personally every single time a student failed an assignment because I should have done more

7)  I hated it when you would give up and it made me want to shake you and just say keep going 

8) I know I’m a weirdo thank you for putting up with my quirks

9) I know you hate writing. Thank you for writing for me. 

 10) I will never ever ever stop cheering you on and being in your corner

May 10, 2017

Less…

Filed under: Writer's thoughts — michelle sodaro @ 3:17 pm
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Just as there are things I need to do more of, there are just as certainly things I need to do less as well…

**Worrying — turns out it doesn’t help the situation in any way, shape, or form. Things always have a way of working themselves out, so worrying is wasted energy.

**Spending money — I don’t have my teacher salary anymore. Time to really stick to the budget…that’s the only way this works. And I’m not going to get into what teachers should be paid…that dead horse doesn’t need any more kicks.

**Eating out by myself — See above. Though I do this sometimes as a break to write outside of my office, but it needs, again, to stick with the budget. It is more important to me to have the rest of the year to write (and work 2nd job) than it is to have yet another Chipolte bowl.

**Beating myself up for wasted time — Relationships that didn’t go anywhere, time I could have been writing, exercising, cleaning, etc. , things I should have/could have done, friendships I never thought would have ended which ended all the same, etc. etc. etc. Time to let go and move on.

**Double work. I need to streamline some processes, consolidate some parts of the way I do things. Find what works and what can be improved.

**Mindless snacking — actually, not having any grading to do should alleviate this on its own. When I am writing (since there are very few things I can do/eat left-handed) I tend to forget to eat.

**Hiding from the world. No more un-faced fears. No more letting fear win.

May 8, 2017

More…

Filed under: Writer's thoughts — michelle sodaro @ 3:16 pm
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So, as I am adjusting to the teacher-free life, I am realizing there are things I want to do and have more of…

** Writing (obviously, as this what was the driving force behind this career change). It will be amazing to have actual scheduled chunks of time to write every day rather than stolen moments between grading and meetings.

**Reading — there is so much I want to read and haven’t had time to. Suggestions are always welcome.

**Publishing, promoting, and all the other parts of the business side of authoring. These have all been woefully neglected.

**Relaxing — I have heard of this an am excited to check this out.

**Netflix…though as not to take away from writing or reading, but again, suggestions are always welcome. I have finally seen How I met your Mother from start to finish (and it made a lot more sense than the random episode I would catch here and there) and am in the middle of season 3 of Blue Bloods.

**Dating — It’s probably time. It will help, I think, when I am not getting lied to on a regular basis as to why work was not done. Just tell me you didn’t have time. I was always good with that. But it has affected how I see people when every day there was a different excuse, a bunch of which were not true.

**Exercising — it’s way past time. Time to stop hiding from the world.

**Smiling and laughing — though I have to admit, I did a lot of this as a teacher as well, as it is just a part of my personality.

I am sure this list will grow…but this is a mighty fine start.

May 5, 2017

Career — Author

Filed under: Writer's thoughts — michelle sodaro @ 3:14 pm
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Wow…okay…this is getting real. The first items on my to-do list this morning are to update my profession on Linked In, Facebook, and to revamp my resume. I need to put end dates on my teaching career (and I need to do this mentally as well as on my resume, as I keep thinking I have to be at school next week).  There are people who keep hoping it is just over for now, not forever…and I don’t know how to answer that. All I know is that right now I am considering it a permanent change.

I was a teacher.

I am an author.

I gave teaching 20 years of my life (not counting the schooling to get there).

I want to give my author career more than 20 years…I certainly have more than enough projects to accomplish that goal.

Hello New Career!

 

May 3, 2017

Brave

Filed under: Writer's thoughts — michelle sodaro @ 3:05 pm
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Walking away from teaching is very much like walking away from a 20-year marriage. I say that as someone who has not ever been married…but who has sacrificed and has been loyal and has devoted my whole life (at the cost of my writing and any kind of a personal life) to teaching.

A lot of people are telling me I am “so brave” to walk away from my full-time teaching career to more fully pursue my author career.

To me, it’s not about being brave, nor did it really require any kind of courage, per se. (Of course it is still very new and shiny, so maybe when it sinks in — you know, in a couple of weeks when I don’t get that teacher paycheck). I didn’t do it to be brave; it was just something I felt like I had to do.

I have lived very deliberately to not have any regrets and with the possible exception of some guys I have dated- I can honestly say I have no regrets.  (Let’s just call those fellas research, shall we?)

I have taught countless students (many of whom have become treasured friends). I have written curriculum and lesson plans to help challenge students and accomplish their goals. I have made friends at every school I have been at — friends I cannot imagine my life without knowing.

My life has been shaped (for better or worse) by every class, every student I have taught. And I have given my all to that profession. And now, I am giving my all to my writing, which has been on the back burner for far too long. So to me, it’s not about being brave at all. It’s about doing what I had to, to be true to who I am now. Something I think we should all do. What makes you feel alive? Do that. Pursue that.

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