Sodaro's Stories

April 21, 2011

What’s a girl to play with???

Filed under: Writer's thoughts — michelle sodaro @ 2:17 pm

So Monday…I finished the final chapter and epilogue of novel number 4 (which is in the same series as novel number 3, for those of you keeping score at home). I told myself that I would have Arianna as my next project to finish (and there was much rejoicing) and that I would start that up in May to give myself some serious doctorate paper time…(I also came up with a schedule to completion of paper #3…I do love my lists). I also know that if I am going to do that much academic writing, I will need to play with something creatively so that my muse doesn’t get bored…
This presents a bit of a quandary for me…what do I work on? Now of course, there are gobs of stories that I could work on…any one of them would be great fun and would undoubtedly keep my beautiful muse twirling and flitting about…but I’ve already decided that Arianna is going be my next project to bring to completion…and if I start playing with any one project then I will want that to be the one I finish next and I’m pretty sure if I put Ari off one more time, it will be me she wants to run through with the sword and not the prince she is protecting…
I could work on poetry…that would be one possibility. I could also focus on the random prompts from the 2 versions of Judy Reeves’ Writer’s Book of Days which is always fun to play with…and short and sweet. This is also nice because it helps with the poetry and flushes out some possible scenes for my different stories.
An update on Whatever You Make of It…it is in the editing process for the next couple weeks (another reason it is vital for me to have a project to work on).

April 17, 2011

While you’re waiting…

Filed under: Writer's thoughts — michelle sodaro @ 11:46 pm

So I have read this advice from both academic and creative sources, and have practiced it enough times to know that it is the truth. As we all know, I am not the world’s most patient person. I am not good at waiting, and all too often will lose interest if I am forced to wait for anything for too long. My attention will be diverted to something more shiny and immediate. It is probably one of the many reasons why I have not married…but I digress.
The advice is this…while you are waiting for the next stage of something, begin working on something else. Case in point, while I was waiting for the approval and submission of each of my Doctorate papers that I have completed, I worked on my subsequent paper. Now, my first novel is in the editing process at iUniverse…and so I work on my 4th novel. It is almost done…perhaps just a chapter or even just an epilogue left to write. And yes, I have already decided what will be the next novel to finish…Arianna’s turn has finally come.
It is horrible to wait. It is horrible to have something out of your control. Yes, I acknowledge that this causes me problems once in a while…ahem…but having an actual new task to focus on while I wait…makes waiting seem less like waiting and more like being productive and efficient. I do like being productive and efficient…yes, indeed I do.
Plus I have goals for 2011…and I’m not where I need to be yet…but I’m closer than I was. And I’ll get there. I have limited the amount of distractions in my life and have worked to have more balance. And I even have plans to get healthier physically!!! Now if I could improve my financial health while I was productively waiting…I would indeed have it all. But I have what I need to get this done…and while I’m waiting, I will move more projects closer to my goals.

April 11, 2011

Planning my pages

Filed under: Writer's thoughts — michelle sodaro @ 2:19 pm

So more from the information from the webinar…I need to create my bio for my webpage…so much I want to include, as well as many things that I cannot include. It is exciting to be planning this. I have looked at a variety of author’s websites to get an idea of what I want and what I don’t want. I also have to take care to not let this new “toy” distract me too much. Yes, I want my website started and up and running. I also want my grading of my classes to be current, my doctorate paper to be completed, my newest novel to be finished (first draft), and my ‘first-born’ to be edited and polished. I learned that I don’t have to have my cover art done…that I can send my novel off and add the rest later. Oh how exciting. I will click send when I get to work today, I think…having two of my closest friends along side of me will help me immensely.
The author that did the webinar also talked about the importance of a newsletter and let us know about a free site that helped with that. I like free. Huge fan of it, in fact. So I will work to set that up as well. That way I can keep people updated about what’s coming up!!!!
This is all so new and yet it’s something I have wanted forever. I don’t remember the first time I picked up a pen and said…’ah yes, this is what was missing from my hand’ but it is there. It is ingrained in me and will always be a source of comfort. There is a feeling of a good pen that is indescribable to anyone that doesn’t write…but it has to feel like a hammer to a carpenter, a microphone to a performer, a car to a racer…whatever is an extension of one’s self.
So I will work on my website…adding it in (in small doses so as to not over-tip the precariously balanced full plate in front of me) to my to do list…so exciting…and so very very nerve-wracking…as is anything that has never been done before. Luckily there are enough other people who believe I can do this…that I am not alone on this ledge.

April 7, 2011

Filed under: Writer's thoughts — michelle sodaro @ 7:41 pm

I attended a webinar from Writer’s Digest that was about having a successful writer website. She talked about the importance of blogging (yeah!!! I love it when I get it right without knowing it) and using WordPress for the blog (and I’m 2 for 2!!!), She talked about using Facebook and Twitter (okay, here I was 1 for 2…but have since created a Twitter account).
And she talked about claiming your domain. Her suggestion was to use as it was reasonably priced and user-friendly. So I am now the proud owner of
I haven’t done much with it…have the home page started but not published…but it has a place holder…if you go and visit it, you can see that it says “coming soon” how fun!!! How welcoming!!!
Now I work on my bio and my book ideas and begin to develop my webpage.
I am excited about this next step to my journey. I am excited that there is a placeholder right now that will be the home of my website where people can learn about me, if they wish to…but most certainly can learn about my books and my characters.
I am also excited that this is something I can do on my own. Later, when there more initials after my name, one of my very best friends and I will turn things into a joint effort…but until then, this is mine, and it feels good to know that even with my technical knowledge that is so lacking (ironic given where I teach, I know…) I can do this and when it is a team effort, I have some small experience in what we might want to try.
So check out and know that it is indeed coming soon.

April 6, 2011


Filed under: Writer's thoughts — michelle sodaro @ 1:27 pm

Those of you that know me, know that without a doubt the worst four-letter word you could throw at me is the W-bomb…”Wait” is a word that despite my strong vernacular, is not in my vocabulary at all. I don’t do it well…I don’t like it…I don’t want to learn how to do this….I would rather…not wait. I would rather have my answers now, my next step now, my next thing…well, now. I like now. If I have things now, then I know what I need to do next…but when WAIT is the word people and life keep tossing at me I am unsure of what to do.
And of course I have things I NEED to do…I have classes to prep for and papers to grade and my coursework to do and my paper to write…and of course there is the novel that I am almost finished with (which is my 4th first draft and the 2nd one in a series)…there are other stories I could pick up and the new one that I have chapter one solid on (and as a proud nod to my fickle muse…she was more than willing to finish chapter one, but then we really need to get back to this one which is on Chapter 24 and almost done…I’m so proud of my muse!!!! Turns out she likes finishing projects…who knew?)
SO of course I have things I NEED to do while I suffer through the worst 4-letter word in the history of the world. And these “need-to’s” will keep me occupied until what I WANT to do becomes possible. I WANT to continue making progress with Whatever you Make of It but I am waiting until it is my turn to play with it again. I hate waiting. With all the things I have had to wait for, you’d think I’d be better at it…

April 3, 2011

A walk in the park

Filed under: Writer's thoughts — michelle sodaro @ 3:08 pm

So, it’s amazing how something so simple as a walk in the park can make things clear…can resharpen the focus…can bring the soul peace…a simple walk in the park with a good friend…her two beautiful children laughing…can bring back a sense of innocence and peace to a soul that is sometimes jaded by the events of the world. I was so wrapped up in my own world…so wrapped up in my to do list, that I almost didn’t take the invitation of my friend to join her and her girls in celebrating one of the first nice days we have had this year…but I went…one thing I have learned about my friend is that she sometimes knows me better than I know myself and while that should scare me, it does not…for she is not the only one to know me this well…that path was tread a couple of years ago by a very protective growly bear that loves me and keeps me on solid ground…These two friends know when I am starting to spiral out of control and they firmly and lovingly put me back on the right path.
And yesterday, a simple walk in the park which reminded me of another walk in the park that is never quite forgotten…a time when I believed in positive, beautiful things that have since grown thorns and rough edges…it reminded me of a time when I believed in love and would never have settled for less than love…something I have done time and time again since then. I need to believe in love to keep it real in my stories. I need to believe in love to keep it real in my heart. I need to get back to the point where I won’t settle for less than all that I deserve. And if I have learned anything from the destroying of my elephant…I have learned that I deserve greatness in all aspects of my life.
So thank you, to my friend, and her two, beautiful beautiful girls…who each held my hand at some point in the walk and made me smile…thank you for the lessons learned from a simple walk in the park.

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