Sodaro's Stories

January 20, 2017

End of a road…

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I find myself standing at the end of a road…I decided in May of last year that my teaching career needed to come to a close. I had been questioned about my integrity one too many times because my percentage of adults who didn’t pass my course was too high…the implication being that I am a “bad teacher” when the truth is in fact I am a very good one…one who feels the sting of every single “F” I have ever given out…did I not do enough? Could I have pushed harder? Did I push too hard?

I have cried at every graduation I have been to…every graduation except the one I attended last year…last year I just felt numb. My 20 years in the field have put me through every emotion possible…every emotion except numb. I have never been numb…and to feel it at one of the greatest days of the year in the education world…I knew there was a problem.

The world of education is changing. It has changed over my 2 decades in the field, of course, but the changes I see now are not ones I can bend toward, as I have done for countless other changes.

12/31/17 will be my last day as Ms. Sodaro, my last day as a “teacher,” my last day in this role I have played for twenty years of my life.

Last month I self-published my 6th novel. I am going to self-publish 4 more this year. Clearing projects off my plate. Making room for new ones.

I don’t know yet how I will pay my bills in 2018…I know I will have a job. I know that it will be 40hours a week. Clock in. Do my job. Clock out. Go home and work on what makes me feel alive. One day I will pay my bills with my books…and until then I will do whatever I have to do.

January 16, 2017

Dreams and goals

Filed under: Writer's thoughts — michelle sodaro @ 3:24 pm

Trust me, Dr. Martin Luther King, jr…I know the power of a dream. I know what it is to picture something that others might not see…or might think “That sounds nice, but it’s not very realistic now is it” and while my dream is not as universal as yours…it’s still all-encompassing and what keeps me going.

I am making solid plans for my dreams. I am making those dreams into goals. I am taking steps every day in the direction of my dreams. I believe in everything I am working toward…some people believe right along side me. Some people want to, but can’t quite see it, and they believe in me if they don’t necessarily believe in my dream. Some people can’t wait to see me fail because they are unhappy in their own lives and who am I to get what I want. I just keep working toward my dream…keep putting one foot in front of the other even though I am beyond exhausted…I am just going to keep taking one more step and one more step and we will see where I am in a year.

Maybe my dream comes true and maybe I accomplish every goal I have. Maybe my goals change and I alter my path…I don’t know…all I do know is that this is my life…and I’m going to live it the best way I know how…I don’t want any “I wish I would have’s” later on..I have a dream!

January 9, 2017

Quizzical Queries

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So I love the process of self-publishing, and I will continue to self-publish regardless of anything else that happens. I am also querying agents to check out the traditional publishing route. Anything that puts my books in more reader’s hands, I am a fan of and am going to try. Count on it.

The querying process is dizzying. Why can’t there be one standard thing that agents are looking for. Query letter should have this, this, and this. Synopsis includes this, this, this and not this. Never do this. Always do this. AND….send.

But no…there isn’t agreement in what should be in a query letter..what should be included in a synopsis (chapter by chapter? Overall? 3 pages? One page?) Send the first 30 pages. Send the first 3 chapters. Send a picture of a goat enjoying your novel. Now put a tiara on the goat. And send…but only on the second Tuesday of the month when the moon is a full moon, not a new moon…that is no good.

It is maddening when I just want to scream out READ MY BOOK AND LOVE ME!!!!!! And if that book doesn’t work for you, tell me what you need…I bet I have one started. Have you seen my project quilt? It has something for everyone.

Like I said, I will continue to self-publish regardless of if I get an agent or not. I would love the networking opportunities that would come along with that, but more than anything else, I want to get my books out there for people to read. There are characters I can’t wait for everyone to meet!!!

January 4, 2017

And then there were six…

fd-paperbackSo yesterday my 6th paperback came in the mail. To say I was distracted while at work, is an understatement, but I still did my job to the best of my ability, so my present and my future are getting along currently.

I am excited about this novel…as I am for all of my ‘babies’ but this one is the first in a 3-part series, which means I get to play with my characters for two more novels…even better, those novels are written, so now it is just editing and polishing things up so that they can join their first one in the PUBLISHED category (moving up from the EDITING category, which then makes room for some new projects to join the WRITING category)…the assembly line in my head is as chaotic as you are probably imagining. ..but it’s fun. Just watch out for the unicorns.

All Josh Matthews ever wanted to do was hang out with his friends and be the quarterback of the Kansas City Chiefs. He didn’t put any faith in the superstitions of his teammates and really played for the love of the game. When he sees a fan holding up a sign during the first regular season game, he decides to put the team’s superstitions to the test. Upon meeting Dillon Winters, and her daughter Lilly, everything changes, including his belief in Lucky Charms. Could this star quarterback find something even more important to him than football?

Dillon is a single mom who knows all too well the high price of fame. Her ex-husband taught her to avoid stars that were only shiny from a distance. She has been raising her daughter and working at her bar and doing just fine on her own. Can she get past
her fears and experiences to believe in love again?

First Down is available on Amazon in both paperback and ebook format. Nook updates to be coming soon.

January 1, 2017

Hello, 2017

Filed under: Uncategorized — michelle sodaro @ 8:58 pm

This year is going to be my best one yet. I said that last year, and it was true…it will also be true this year, because I will work my ass off to make it true…as I did in 2016. 

I am going to get 4 books published in 2017. They are all done as first drafts and are in editing mode. Well, three of the four are in edit mode. The last of the four needs to be finished in its first draft, but there is time. 

I want to be braver in 2017. I dabbled in this in 2016…I tried three new foods. I want to try new foods. I want to try new experiences. I want to date new people and meet new people. I want to stop being afraid and stop hiding from things. 

This is going to be the year that changes everything. 

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