Sodaro's Stories

March 28, 2013

Sweet Agony

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“There is not greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” Maya Angelou
It is indeed the sweetest agony in the world to have a story inside you that needs to be put on paper, needs to be told, needs to be shared with the world. To have it inside your heart, your mind, your soul and to finally be able to share it in whatever medium works.
Some people share their stories through painting or fashion, ceramics or graffiti…some share it through poetry, short stories, novels, music, dance…it doesn’t matter the medium…all that matters is that you take the story that exists in your soul and you release it. Share it in a journal or share it with the world, but the release is needed for your peace of mind.
I write because I want to…but more to the point, I write because I have to. I need that release as much (if not more) than I need oxygen, sleep, food…I exaggerate, of course…but not by much. And the release, the pen to paper, the filling of the pages with the story or poem is so freeing, so exilerating, so renewing…it amazes me each and every time. It is magic in the purest form and it is as much a part of me as the ink on my skin.

March 25, 2013

Moving right along

At my book signing last week, one of my closest friends, and fellow writers, asked me how many projects I work on at any given time. The answer I gave was 4, because that is currently how many novels I am playing with on a regular basis. There is Redeeming Trust, Breaking Point, Crusin for Love, and First Down. And it really does work well for me to have those four as my primary. Any other thoughts that occur to me on my 20+ other novels that have been started, are lovingly written down and kept with their respective novels. Can’t have those ideas bouncing around my head like random ping-pong balls…they might escape and then where would I be?
The next book I want to publish is Broken Trust, which has its first draft created and is waiting for me to sit down and go through its first edit, where I add and change and delete as needed and make it ready for me to look at publishing. This book is also the one that comes before Redeeming, which will be the one I publish early next year. It is helpful to have the sequel have 21 chapters written, and I will probably try to get the first draft of it done before I edit its predecessor so that I know where I want to end up with the first one to perfectly set up the second one. The book signing really lit the fire under my fingers to get and keep writing as a priority, and if I continue my current writing progress, I should have the first draft of Redeeming done by end of April (it may be moved to mid-May due to work commitments, but I think I can do April if I stick to my schedule).
This would put my next book out in the fall of 2013 with its sequel out in the following spring. If I can keep up that pace, I would love to have a book out each fall and then the following spring. That puts about 6 months between books. My current living situation allows for me to enjoy my family and have some solid hours of writing time every day, then teaching at night. Best of all worlds.
So far the writing has flowed out of me and onto the paper through whichever pen I pick up…and I know there will be blocks again in my path, but then I will pick up one of my other three, to keep making progress and to break the block and stay on course. I am moving right along and loving every minute of it.

March 20, 2013

Break my Stride

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“Ain’t nothing gonna break my stride
Nobody’s gonna slow me down, oh no
I’ve got to keep on moving.
Ain’t nothing gonna break my stride
I’m running and I won’t touch ground,
Oh no, I’ve got to keep on moving.”
“Break my Stride” by Matthew Wilder
Strangely I feel the need to apologize for the double negatives and for the use of the word “ain’t” in my shiny blog…but the message of the chorus of this 80’s hit has been running through my mind since my book signing, so I thought perhaps if I put the song in my blog, it might leave my subconscious…on the other hand, I don’t really mind the chorus as it makes my muse dance and is exactly how I am feeling at the moment.
I have been asked by numerous people if I am going to slow down now, take some time to enjoy and relax…um…enjoy yes…relax, not in the way people think I need to…slow down…oh no…I’ve got to keep on moving.
Talking to people about my books has lit a fire under me to get more of my books out there, so that I can have more conversations about my books…and cycle, rinse, repeat…this is my life now, and I love every minute of it. I love that people are asking when my next book signing is because they couldn’t make it to the first one.
Nothing will break my stride or slow me down…I’m having way too much fun to slow down.

March 17, 2013

That settles it

Filed under: Writer's thoughts — michelle sodaro @ 6:02 pm
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I had my very first book signing over the weekend and all I can say is WOW!!!! It was nerve-wracking and amazing and so much fun!!! That settles it. I want the author’s life. I want to write my books and publish them and have signings so I can talk to people about them. Yup. That’s the life I want. Not that there was a lot of question before Saturday…but now, there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that I want to write and publish and be an author, with everything that comes with it.
It was truly an amazing feeling to have people holding Whatever you Make of It and Arianna’s Honor either that they brought with them or that they purchased right there. It was just so exciting to see people holding my “children” and loving them. People who had read the books prior to coming talked to me about Jac and Jyn and Johnathon and offered opinions on whether the book is solid as it currently exists or if there needed to be a series. People who had met Arianna were thrilled to see a sequel listed on my sheet about upcoming projects. I just soaked it all in and loved every minute of it. I want to talk to people about my books all the time. It also inspired me to get busy and get another book ready to introduce to the world…Let’s do this, Sodaro!!!!
Thank you to everyone who supported me by coming out and/or by believing in me! Every page I write is done with your support and love.

March 6, 2013

Booksigning Benchmark

Filed under: Writer's thoughts — michelle sodaro @ 4:13 pm
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In 2011, I had a benchmark as an author. I held my first book in book format…more beautiful than it ever existed in my head.
In 2012, I had a second benchmark as I held my second book and realized that it was amazing to hold them both side by side.
2013 I am having my first book signing. If you are in the Kansas City area on March 16, you should join me at Southwood Church of Christ from 2-4.
Parts of this journey are very surreal. Every time someone talks to me about my characters that used to exist only in my mind and now exist in the minds of my readers as well, I smile and just dance inside. It is wonderful to be able to share Arianna and Nick with the world…for the world to care for Jake as much as I do…for people to have met Jac and Jyn in my first book and understand both their friendship and their frustrations. I love sharing people who live in my head with people who live in the real world.
It is still a wonderment that people are excited about my autograph. I get a thrill every time someone asks me for one…because it is really the coolest feeling in the world.
As I continue with my benchmarks as an author (and 2013 is early yet…) I know that I will continue on my journey in a constant state of wonderment and gratitude.

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