Sodaro's Stories

December 31, 2016

Saying goodbye to 2016

Wow. What to say about this year…in some ways, it feels like I had just said hello to it…and in other ways it feels like it lasted about 17 centuries.

We lost a lot of people in the entertainment industry…which I imagine happened when our parents were our age as well. Of course there wasn’t Facebook to give us minute by minute and post after post…and it’s sad. It’s always sad to lose positive energy and bits of our childhood. But as with any loss, the memory remains and that is ours to keep forever.

I published two books this year. That is a first for me. I now have Whatever you Make of It 2011, Arianna’s Honor 2012, Arianna’s Destiny 2013, Broken Trust 2015, and Redeemng Trust and First Down 2016. I was cutting it a bit close with  First Down having a 2016 birthdate, but I got it done, and that is what counts. I was a bit stalled in November on…well just about everything. Exhaustion and looking at how far I had yet to go had me shutting down…until one random wrong phone call and an email from a stranger changed it all and kept me going.

I didn’t read enough…but I tried. I didn’t exercise enough, but I did more this year than I have in years past, so I am still counting it progress.

I achieved clarity for my future. I may not know exactly what I am going to be doing, but I know what I won’t be doing, and that that is a step in the right direction. I trust the Universe.

I have let go of people I never thought I would let go of. I have become friends with people I never thought I would come to care about. (I am learning to end sentences with prepositions, like normal people do).

All in all, it was a great year. And I know, beyond any question or doubt or hesitation, that 2017 is going to unbelievably busy…unbelievably exhausting…and mostly…unbelievably freeing.

December 28, 2016


Filed under: Writer's thoughts — michelle sodaro @ 1:24 pm
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Some of the best advice I have ever heard about writing was to work on something new immediately after finishing something, and I have to be honest, this has never been a problem for me as I was always starting new projects (much to the dismay of my current projects and the prospect of actually finishing anything).

The past year and a half I have devoted to finishing projects I have had “done” for a while. Case in point…First Down was published this month and I had originally started the series on the first day of 2012. One one hand, I need things to percolate a bit…on the other hand, get it together, Michelle.

So I am in editing mode for the next two books of Lucky Charms and that is great. Stealing Second  will be out in March to kick off baseball season, and Hat Trick will be out in June and keep all things moving right along. After those two are edited, I will be editing Driven West, which was my National Novel Writing Month project for 2015. This is due out in September 2017.

I love having these projects in editing mode. I love having them closer and closer to ready to be out in the world. It is so exciting to know that at the end of 2017, I will have 10 books out (with Dear Teaching, my NaNo for this year, finishing out the set).

Having so many projects in edit mode though, has me a bit restless. The idea behind beginning a new project immediately upon clicking send is to keep the excitement up…like a new crush after a breakup…just reminds you that you are alive and you don’t spend all of your time worrying and wondering about what you just finished up. Being in editing mode is more work than writing…almost like breaking up with someone and starting up with someone new 6 months into a relationship…if I may continue the metaphor).

So I am just a little bit restless…but will brainstorm and freewrite about future projects to keep the energy alive.

December 26, 2016

First Down

Filed under: Writer's thoughts — michelle sodaro @ 2:33 pm
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On December 20, 2016 at 12:13AM, my 6th novel was born. I sent her off to the fabulous people at Bookbaby so they could check her over and format her and get all shiny for the world.

She is already out on Kindle.

She will be coming out on Nook in the coming weeks.

She will be on my doorstep, in paperback format, on January 5th.

As the first in the Lucky Charms series, she leads the way for the other two books, Stealing Second, due out in March 2017, and Hat Trick, due out in June 2017.

This entire series started at a hockey game on New Year’s Eve, 2011,  with one Missouri Maverick’s super fan who danced around in the stands to get the crowds riled up and cheering. One guy, who I’ll likely never meet, started the whole series. He became JD…and the rest of the crew introduced themselves from there.



December 13, 2016

Making Changes

Filed under: Writer's thoughts — michelle sodaro @ 1:52 pm

2017 is going to be a BIG year for me. I don’t mean in the “new year, new me” thing we all say every year, but in the…okay…it’s time to do this…wait, let me try this again…


That’s a little better.

I am cleaning out my closets, metaphorically and literally. I am letting go of things and people which no longer fit in with where my life is headed. I am not going to hold on to them just because I have for so long…Just this morning I went through my gmail and deleted every message I could get rid of. Tackling my hotmail mess will be next on the list.

I am letting go of things that weigh me down and people that hold me back. I will have a total of six books out by the end of this year. (I am clicking send on First Down on Monday December 19, 2016.) By this time next year, I will have be clicking send on my 10th book, which will be my first non-fiction book. 10 books. TEN. Books. With my name on the spine. A sight that never ever ever gets old.

I am ready. Did you hear me universe? I. AM. READY.

I am paring down my friends list to people who are really on my side. You don’t have to read my books or like them to stay in my circle…you just have to support me in the pursuit of my goals. If you don’t support me…then I’m doing us both a favor and cutting the ties. One of the hardest things I have to realize is that some people claim to be in your corner, but are really rooting for you to get KO’d…and that is horrible way to live life. Why can’t we all just support one another? I don’t get it…but I’m cutting ties with those people in my life who have shown their true colors. My books are going to pay my bills one day with or without you and my tolerance for drama has completely run dry.

I am going to stop doing things just because I’m good at it, or because I have always done them. If it doesn’t support my future, I’m done with it.


December 2, 2016

Christmas Songs

Filed under: Uncategorized — michelle sodaro @ 3:58 pm

Okay…It is December. NOW it is okay for there to be Christmas songs. Some of my favorites:

1. My Grown-up Christmas list

2. So, This is Christmas

3. Baby, it’s cold Outside

4. Grinch’s song

5. Where are you, Christmas?

6. Do you see what I see (for some reason I used to sing this one to my brother??)

7. I’ll be Home for Christmas

8. Please, Christmas, don’t be Late (Alvin and the Chipmunks song)

9. Last Christmas 

10. Anything by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra

December 1, 2016

December goals

Filed under: Writer's thoughts — michelle sodaro @ 1:26 pm

Ah December…how is it even possible that you are the calendar page I see…

So I have some things I need to accomplish before December turns its page…

First Down needs to come out. I have received two very powerful messages…one in a missed call that was logically a wrong answer, but struck me to my core regardless and two in an email from someone I have never met who told me I had a great future in writing…well okay then, let’s do this.

I have two favors (one from an ex-coworker and one from an ex-student) to work on…writing a bit for each of those.

My NaNo project…I need to continue to explore my life over these past two decades.

A friend told me I need to embrace my dorkiness and just let it show…so that is on the list.

Need to make resolutions for 2017…On the list, of course, is to publish four books, bringing my total to 10…need to get more tattoos…since they are connected to the books. Need to figure out what things mean and who Michelle Sodaro, author is, and what she wants.

Time to get busy, Sodaro.




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