Sodaro's Stories

January 27, 2015

Making Changes

So last week I gave up pop and started online dating (again). I am making some changes in my life because it’s time to do so. Every time I write the year, 2015, it pops into my head that I was born in 1975, and while I am not a math person, even I can do that math. I have taught for 18 years now and while I have found a school I love teaching for, I also made a rather large change in my life in 2011, when I published Whatever you Make of It, and then again in 2012 when I published Arianna’s Honor, and yup, you guessed it, last year when I published Ari’s sequel, Arianna’s Destiny. My life is not the same as it once was, and the more things change, the more I never want them to go back to what they were.

I gave up pop (or soda if you prefer…or sodapop if you are undecided) to be healthier. I have many plans for my life and I need to be the healthiest me I can possibly get to…I am going to get on the treadmill more and more often because I need to and, more importantly, because I want to. Today is day of no pop and thanks to flavored water (and caffeinated MIO) I am drinking more and more water and not really missing my CocaCola…it’s only been 8 days, and on the same page, it’s already been 8 days, if you catch my drift.

Online dating I am trying again because I need to make some changes in my personal life as well. I am finally ready to share my author life with someone. It’s past time and I need to put myself back out there again. It has been far too long…and of course, if it fails…I have that much more “research” for my novels (which will probably happen regardless).

It feels good to be taking some control of things in my life and making some changes as I continue to find the constant, fragile balance between teacher me and author me.


January 26, 2015

Keeping it Real

Filed under: Writer's thoughts — michelle sodaro @ 1:18 am
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So today, on page 3 of Chapter 28 of Driven West, I dropped the F-Bomb. Those of you who know me, should realize how huge this is…for those of you who don’t know me, it’s kind of a big deal…big enough to mention it here at least…it’s the first time I have put it in a novel, and while it is not the last time I will use it, to be sure, as I have so many more novels left to write, but the first time for each new thing is definitely noteworthy.

One thing I have learned as an author is that I have to be true to my character and my stories. If that means writing a sex scene, then I write a sex scene. If that means swearing, I swear. It has always been a frustration of mine when an author writes something that doesn’t seem natural with how that character acts. I don’t like superfluous swearing or sex…just as in real life, I like for both to mean something.

So the line in Driven West was Madison telling Nathaniel that he, not his father was the coward, and I hesitated after I wrote the line, “She lifted her chin. ‘You’re the fucking coward. From where I stand, you are the coward, Nathaniel.'” After I wrote it, I looked at it for a minute to see if the F-bomb was necessary or superfluous. Was I swearing just to swear? Was it out of character for Madison (or whatever her name ends up being) to say? I tried the sentence without the adjective. For the intensity of the scene, it sounded weak without it…so it stays…because I really am all about keeping it real for my characters and my novels…and sometimes, in fiction, just as in real life, the F-bomb is necessary.

January 20, 2015

Living Alone

Filed under: Writer's thoughts — michelle sodaro @ 1:23 pm

Last night a sinus migraine knocked me down and I was in bed by 8 p.m. (It’s a painful, but small price to pay for 60 degree weather in January — and I’m not at all complaining about the warmth or the sunshine — Please Mr. Sunshine, don’t leave us!!!) My migraine medicine finally erased all of the misery and I woke up at 4:00 ready to write a bit before logging in for my workday. As I went downstairs to make the pop-tart and coffee for my writing time, I realized that A) I have a tendency to turn on lights as I go, and B) it’s a really good thing that I currently live alone as lights tend to wake other people as does the smell of toasted pop-tarts and yummy, yummy coffee.

Right now I can (with the exception of teaching responsibilities) write whenever the mood strikes me in addition to my daily writing time that is already on the schedule (I have novels and projects to finish and without scheduled, daily writing time, those projects can’t be finished). I wish I could make myself schedule (and stick to) daily exercise time instead of the sporadic feeble attempts I currently do, but baby steps.

I appreciate the fact that I live alone, that I can get up at 4:00 in the morning to write with lights on (I do turn off the unnecessary ones as I walk up to my office), coffee made and pop-tart “cooked.” I also know that I won’t live alone forever — that I will share my space and my life with someone again and will have to be considerate of his not wanting to be awake at 4 in the morning…but for today, it was the perfect way to start the day. Yeah writing time!

January 12, 2015

So much to do…

Filed under: Writer's thoughts — michelle sodaro @ 2:07 pm
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“Where’s the fire, what’s the hurry about?
You better cool it off before you burn it out
You got so much to do and only
So many hours in a day”

“Vienna” by Billy Joel

I love having multiple projects. I love that it keeps my mind alert and sharp. I can be thinking about one project and have ideas for another project that pop into my mind and keep me busy. I constantly have ideas bouncing around in my head like a bunch of ping pong balls, which is a delightful image. Or, if you prefer, think of a Bingo ball picker…all those ideas going round and round and round…which one is going to fall into the slot??? I rub my hands together in excitement as I wait to see which one it is.

The problem with this is that my mind is very seldom quiet, which makes for a very interesting conclusion to any attempts at sleep or meditation or peaceful calm, but I am so used to the chaos in my mind it worries me when it is too quiet in my mind.

Having so much to do is a blessing, of course. It means my projects are making progress and I am getting closer and closer to my goals. Constant motion forward is the solution to my dreams. My author life becomes more and more real with every chapter I finish, every page I write, and every novel I publish.

But Billy Joel is right…I need to take some time so I don’t burn out. Thanks, Billy…you have never led me wrong.

January 5, 2015


Filed under: Writer's thoughts — michelle sodaro @ 2:17 pm
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So, recently I finished the first draft of First Down (and the crowd inside my head went wild). My goal was to have the novel written before the end of 2014 and I got it done with three days to spare and it was an amazing feeling, as it has been with the completion of my other first drafts. Now comes the editing, polishing, and publishing. (The goal currently is the end of February/beginning of March).

A friend of mine, while congratulating me on the completion of my draft, said “it must feel good to be done writing,” and I just looked at him for a minute. Now I consider myself to have a pretty good vocabulary, but this word “done” that he mentioned threw me for a minute. Done. Hmm…nope…searched my mental dictionary. I have no clue.

I have taught for 18 1/2 years now, and at every teaching job I have ever had, including the one I have and enjoy now, we don’t actually have a “done” with our work…there is just ‘done for today’ or ‘done for now,’ because we know there is always tomorrow to do more, and likely new things to add to the list of things to do. It is kind of a running joke among teachers. “Done” never means completely finished. Tomorrow’s another day to make a dent in my to-do pile.

On the creative side of my life, writing, also, is never completely “done.” The first draft of First Down is written, so the writing portion is “done” by there is still a lot of work to do on that novel, but even more so, there is always more writing to do 😀 which makes sense as this is my future.

And the beautiful cycle of this author’s life continues. Love it.

January 2, 2015

Looking forward

Filed under: Uncategorized — michelle sodaro @ 1:34 am
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There is something amazing about a new year…a sense of excitement and promise. Getting to put that new calendar up and open up that new journal…resolutions are new..and TODAY is a gift of that undeniable hope that THIS year is going to be the best one yet.
I am very excited about 2015…my 40th year on this planet…and the goals I have for this year are going to put me more solidly on the path to being a full-time author. I live the direction I am headed. I am solid on my footing and my path is not clear of obstacles, but it is indeed clear. I know where I am heading.
Lucky Charms will greet the world this year…my hope is that Broken and Redeeming Trust will also see the world…FINALLY
My blog will grow this year.
My poetry will grow this year.
I will write some articles this year to add to my publishing credits.
I will read more books and more blogs this year. I know what my future holds…and the vision I see is breathtaking.

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