Sodaro's Stories

September 22, 2013

Underground

Filed under: Writer's thoughts — michelle sodaro @ 5:05 pm
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This is, of course, not literal as I hate dirt, have some claustrophobia, love sunlight, and really don’t like bugs or worms.
I am very close to finishing Arianna’s Destiny, sequel to Arianna’s Honor, and it is completely my goal to have it published in November so that it is available for Christmas, 2014. That is my goal…
In order to reach that goal…I need to hide away a bit. I teach full time, and am loving every minute of my new job. I absolutely love it.
I need to finish the last few chapters and give Ari a solid ending that is worthy of her story and won’t result in her attacking me with her sword. I need to edit and polish and get her cover created. It’s going to be a busy couple of months, to be sure.
I try very hard, a lot of the time, to try to be out in the world and to be a good friend…right now, thought, I need to be away from everyone and focusing just on what I need to get done.
So metaphorically, I am going underground…as much as it is possible for me to do so while keeping my job and also keeping my friends and promoting Ari…it’s an interesting balancing game…but I have made a goal, and that is one thing you can count on with OCD folks…if it’s on a to-do list…it will get done.
I thank you in advance for your support and patience with me. 🙂

September 12, 2013

Ribbons and bows

Filed under: Uncategorized — michelle sodaro @ 2:21 am
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Ha! Some of you are thinking right now…what could I possibly have to say about ribbons and bows, and you would be accurate in your question. I am not, by nature, a ribbons and bows kind of gal. Especially when it comes to books, more specifically, the endings of books.
I feel cheated when a book, which I have loved all along (for I learned a while ago that there are too many books I want to read to waste time finishing a bad book) and I get best the end. As a reader, there is (hopefully) a bit if surprise, a bittersweet sense of the end of a story with characters I have come to love. There it is…the last chapter….and, oh…what did they do…bad author. Bad. Very very bad.
They took all their loose ends, and, yup, you guessed the metaphor, they tied all their loose ends up in a bow.
Nooooooooooo!!!!!!
I mention this because, as a reader, it is one of my biggest pet peeves. I mention this also because I am close to the end of Arianna’s Destiny. I try for 30 chapters for my first drafts. I am finishing chapter 29, and unless I use the ribbons and bows technique, I have a bit more work to do for Arianna to truly be finished in a way that is worthy of her journey. So, I pick up my pen and get to work. Maybe the first draft well have 35 chapters as that would be the next increment my OCD would find acceptable, though it would prefer 40…

Ribbons and bows

Filed under: Uncategorized — michelle sodaro @ 2:21 am
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Ha! Some of you are thinking right now…what could I possibly have to say about ribbons and bows, and you would be accurate in your question. I am not, by nature, a ribbons and bows kind of gal. Especially when it comes to books, more specifically, the endings of books.
I feel cheated when a book, which I have loved all along (for I learned a while ago that there are too many books I want to read to waste time finishing a bad book) and I get best the end. As a reader, there is (hopefully) a bit if surprise, a bittersweet sense of the end of a story with characters I have come to love. There it is…the last chapter….and, oh…what did they do…bad author. Bad. Very very bad.
They took all their loose ends, and, yup, you guessed the metaphor, they tied all their loose ends up in a bow.
Nooooooooooo!!!!!!
I mention this because, as a reader, it is one of my biggest pet peeves. I mention this also because I am close to the end of Arianna’s Destiny. I try for 30 chapters for my first drafts. I am finishing chapter 29, and unless I use the ribbons and bows technique, I have a bit more work to do for Arianna to truly be finished in a way that is worthy of her journey. So, I pick up my pen and get to work. Maybe the first draft well have 35 chapters as that would be the next increment my OCD would find acceptable, though it would prefer 40…

September 10, 2013

Finding balance

Filed under: Uncategorized — michelle sodaro @ 2:45 am
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So I recently made a shift in employment. I am teaching full-time now at a new school and loving every minute of it. The shift has been going from barely employed to full-time employed. The shift, of course, occurring with the amount of free time I have to write, to read, and to research.
I made a promise to my muse, as I drove to my interview…I promised her that we wouldn’t lose momentum on Arianna’s Destiny or Broken Trust or Redeeming Trust or any of our other projects. I had to promise that what happened w the last two full-time jobs would not happen again.
To be honest, I was not entirely sure I could keep that promise, but I was going to do my absolute best to make it happen. And the most amazing thing happened. I am in love with my new job. I love teaching and with that renewed love comes an energy that is more than sufficient to continue getting my novels to publication.
What’s more…I am excited about finishing my PhD. Actually excited about it…not going through the motions, not finishing it because I have to…but genuinely excited to get my doctorate in adult education.
It’s all about finding balance. I put in my hours at my job and I also put in my time with pen and paper. I also have been doing p90x workouts for about a month now. I am getting much healthier in every way possible and I am loving every minute of it

September 1, 2013

And another…and another…and another

Filed under: Writer's thoughts — michelle sodaro @ 10:14 pm
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“You know what I did after I wrote my first novel? I shut up and wrote twenty-three more.” Michael Collins
As I get closer to finishing the first draft of Arianna’s Destiny, I am starting to think of what my next primary project will be. I would love to say what my next project would be, focusing on just one at a time, but I know quite well how poorly I do when I only have one project going at a time. I have learned that is a guaranteed invitation for writer’s block if I am only working on one novel at any given time. (Remember what happened when I did NANOWRMO this past November and I got stuck on Chapter 16 of Redeeming Trust and didn’t write for a week and a half because I was so bound and determined to work on just one novel for the competition. SHUDDER)
So anyway, as I near the end of the first draft of Arianna’s Destiny I find myself pondering what I will write next. Of course, I always make these plans and then my muse decides on something else entirely and well, I’ve learned it’s best to just go along with her plans. I am going to admit she is right sooner or later, so I might as well not waste time.
Of course some would beg me to edit the 6 first drafts that I have done so that I can get them out. And trust me, that is on my agenda. I want Arianna’s Destiny out in November and I want Broken Trust and Redeeming Trust out shortly thereafter as well. I promise promise promise that this is my goal.
But I know me well enough to know that I need to write as well. I get REALLY weird (bad weird not my “normal” weird) if I have written and knowing this about me, I need to make sure that I still write every day, and edit every day…and get things done.
I love Collins’ quote. And it is so completely true.

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