Sodaro's Stories

October 28, 2013

NaNoWrMo 2nd attempt

well, my calendar says it’s November again at the end of the week, and you know what that means…National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo for short). Last year, my first attempt at the challenge, I worked on Redeeming Trust, my sequel to Breaking Trust (whose name I have tweaked because a Broken Trust novel already exists and also changed because I really like Parallelism).
I made steady progress on Redeeming Trust and then, because I was more focused on the goal than on my system…I hit a wall. I should always trust my system. It NEVER fails me. My system is to have a primary project, but I also have a back-up (or two or three or as many as needed) in case I get a case of writer’s block (which in honesty I get very rarely as it is very difficult for my muse and I to be blocked on multiple stories simultaneously).
So luckily, my second time around, my Primary Goal will be to finish Arianna’s Destiny — the editing of which is amazing, by the way. I love this story. Let me try that again. I LOVE THIS STORY and I can’t wait to see her on my bookshelf…cannot wait until she is completed and ready for everyone who is waiting patiently (and not so patiently, which I absolutely love!!!) to read her second set of adventures.
SO my NaNoWriMo goal will be to get First Down as close to 50k in 30days as I possibly can. The challenge of NaNoWriMo is a challenging one, especially with editing Arianna’s Destiny and working a full-time job, but I am up for the challenge…and every word I write gets me closer to another first draft done…this one which will be in the Lucky Charms series, with First Down, Stealing Second, and Hat Trick. (The last of which is written.
So wish me luck and I will keep you appraised of my progress with the challenge.

October 20, 2013

Game Plan

So those of you who have “known” me for a minute or two, know that one of my favorite things is to have a game plan, most often taking the form of a list or twelve. I love making lists…I love completing tasks on my lists, and I love love love to mark things off the list. Sometimes I will add something to my to-do list just so I can mark it off. Being a visual person, it calms me to have a game plan…to have a list…to know what my goals are and to know the steps I need to take to accomplish that goal.
I published Whatever you Make of It in 2011 and holding my first book changed my life forever. I knew at that moment, that never again would writing take a back seat to the rest of the things in my life. I was an author.
I published Arianna’s Honor in 2012 and it was just as amazing and breathtaking to hold my 2nd book as it was to hold my first one. The rest of my characters looked on and all wanted to be NEXT.
Sometimes life gets in the way of things…sometimes life works out just the way it is meant to, even if we don’t see it at the time. I will have Arianna’s Destiny out before the end of 2013 and then it is completely my game plan to have 2014 start off time of kicking things up a notch and publish more than one novel a year. I have things I need to finish and that is what the rest of 2013 will be…First and foremost it is finishing Arianna’s sequel. It will also be editing the two books in the Trust series. I will also be participating in the National Novel Writing Month with First Down which starts off my Lucky Charms series.
The best thing about a game plan is that it keeps me focused. It keeps me motivated and it keeps me on track. I have a list of things I need to accomplish for Arianna…and I am making progress on my list daily. I also have a list for what I need to do for my other projects and for the rest of 2013. Seasonal Affective is strong…but giving a list to someone with slight Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and the darkness of winter can’t possibly win.

October 14, 2013

Finishing frame of mind

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So it always happens this time of year…when there is less of the year left, when leaves start to change color and fall off the trees, when there is far too little daylight for my liking (I fervently believe I  am solar powered)…that I start thinking about the new year. This year is no different, although I must say I am looking at a much more positive end of 2013 that 2012 (since this time last year I was licking my wounds from being fired for the first time in my life) and this year I have a job I love.
I find myself in a finishing frame of mind. I want to finish Arianna’s Destiny, most definitely. It will be done before year’s end, though November may have been a bit lofty. Her tale is not yet done, and I refuse to let her (or any of my characters) out into the world before they are ready. It will be before 2014; I have a book with a publication date of 2011, one with 2012, and I will have one with 2013.
I want to finish off some other projects I have started, want to clear the decks, if you will, for the new year.
I don’t plan to start any new projects at current, though I have been wrong about that before.
I want to finish things. Get them out in the world. Get them ready. This means Arianna’s Destiny, this means Broken Trust, and this means Redeeming Trust.
This means finishing my website.
This means focusing and not getting distracted.
I can completely do this. I’m not afraid of finishing things, not anymore. I just hold my two books, and those fears dissipate. So no, despite what some think, my not getting another book out yet is not fear of success out any such thing. It is more  attention deficit thing…but I am focused. I am ready. I and finishing.

October 3, 2013

Inspiring Insight

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The number of people who swear that they know me well always baffles me a bit because I know that there are really only a small number of people who actually do…and I’m perfectly okay with that.
About a month or so ago, an inspired insight came to me from an ex-coworker that I had always wished I had gotten to know better but hadn’t had the chance because life does what it always does, it shifted and we were no longer coworkers.
He said that he could tell I would continue to publish my novels whether I should 10 copies or 10,000. While I would much prefer the latter, I have to admit he is right. As he said, I just want my stories out in the world. I want people to meet the characters that are so real in my head I have ordered meals for them at restaurants, poured beverages for them at home, and had countless conversations with them in public. I’m not a crazy person…I’m am author.
He really was right. I love when people talk to me about Arianna’s. I love when they cheered with her and I love when they cried for her. I love when people root for Jac and Jun in Whatever you make of it. And I can’t wait for everyone to meet all of the rest of the crew in my stories.
Do I want to make a living as an author? Of course I do. Do I love the idea of continuing to teach until that happens?? Again, of course I do.
For those of you who have met my characters, stick around…there are more friends to come. For those of you who haven’t met them, pull up a chair and let them entertain you.

October 1, 2013

Switching Gears

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So, I recently went on a writing retreat and it was amazing. All the reasons I love being a writer plus room service. On this weekend away from the world, I started to edit Arianna’s Destiny. I love this story more and more, but then how could I not…it is Arianna after all.
I have 6 first drafts done…two that go together, two that start a series, one that ends a series, and Air. That is a lot of first drafts!!! And I really need to make those into novels. Especially since the two that go together have covers designed already.
I decided that the rest of 2013 is going to be devoted to editing. I will still write, of course, for the safety of everyone I come into contact with, I had better keep putting pen to paper. I don’t know if any of you have been around me when I haven’t gotten any writing for, but it’s a pretty scary sight.
And of course, November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWrMo.com) so I have to try that for a 2nd year in a row. The novel I will work on this year will be First Down, which will be the first one in the series which I have the 3rd one in the series written…come on now…when have I done things in the traditional way…
But primarily, I will be editing. First and foremost, I will edit Arianna’s Destiny. Then I will edit Broken Trust, followed quickly by Redeeming Trust. And then we will go from there.
It was a wonderful retreat…and it made me realize I need to get books finished and out in the world to join Whatever you make of it and Arianna’s Honor.
Wish me luck!!

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