Sodaro's Stories

April 28, 2017

Writer’s conference

Filed under: Writer's thoughts — michelle sodaro @ 12:28 pm
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Today starts my 2nd time attending Pikes Peak Writer’s conference (which is celebrating its 25th anniversary!!).

Last year I was so nervous before the conference started, not knowing what to expect or where to go or if I even belonged here. (I had self-published 4 books and still felt like I was playing at being an author…which was mostly due to how much time proportionately I spent writing, as compared to what I spent teaching).

Then I made myself leave my hotel room and go down among the other authors…and I found my people. The writers, the dreamers, the poets. I was among my people. *With the exception of sitting next to the guy I refer to as “butter boy” because he grabbed the butter pat from the dish with his hands…and spread it on the roll…ALSO with his hands*

This year I am about to self-publish my 7th novel. I have quit my teaching career to have the time to ardently pursue my author career. I have fully embraced the fact that I AM AN AUTHOR!!!!! *Those of you who hoped it was just a phase, sorry boutcha’*

I am going to have an amazing time. I am going to talk writing to other writers. I am going to soak in as much as I can. I am going to watch people…and I am going to be careful who I sit by at lunch 😀

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April 16, 2017

At last…

Filed under: Writer's thoughts — michelle sodaro @ 8:40 pm
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So Easter is hard for me…too many thoughts of my favorite Easter and breaking confetti-filled eggs over heads…and too many thoughts of what came next…so while all of my coworkers and friends discussed Easter plans and food and gatherings, I knew, the best way to celebrate was to finish my novel. Those were our plans, after all…and now they are all mine…and that thought used to terrify me, but right now, with the end of my teaching career a mere 10 days away, I find myself exhilarated to see happening, the plans you put into place.

“You have wanted to be a writer since I have known you, Mich. So do it. Be a writer.” And I did. And I am. And it all started with you. Wonderful, beautiful you. So, how I celebrated Easter was to get Stealing Second to my reader. To get me one step closer to the author life we planned.

I have been all over the place lately…tying up an amazing teaching career, making sure my students finish their course strong as I finish up my time as a teacher, as strong as I can. Getting things ready for my writer’s conference. Getting things ready for my new life. Getting myself ready to let go…I’m ready to let go of teaching…as hard as it is, it’s time to let go.

I can think of no better way to do that than to get my 7th novel ready to get published. The cover is done, saved and waiting at Bookbaby.com

The book is done…now safely in the hands of my reader…then it’s final read through and send.

Happy Easter, Babe…I hope there are plenty of confetti-filled eggs up there.

April 3, 2017

Plot Twist…

Filed under: Writer's thoughts — michelle sodaro @ 3:11 pm
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So the game plan 7 years ago (wow…7 years…) was to quit teaching and work at a job where I could focus on my writing…the other part of the game plan was to get married and see if he could turn the “Maybe” of having kids, to a “yes” (if there was ever a man that could get me to a yes on having tiny humans, it was Trav). Then everything changed, and in one moment, the wind was knocked out of me, and I was alone with all of our plans…and no idea how to make those plans still happen…so I put them on the back burner for awhile and I found a new teaching job and just told myself “some day.”

I tried to do both, because I couldn’t figure out how to do the game plan of not teaching…not without him…what was the point…so I played at being an author, stealing bits of time between grading and meetings. My list of projects just kept getting longer, as did the  list of author things I was not getting done…website, networking, writer’s conferences, promoting, getting more than one project out a year, audio books, my nonfiction projects, my poetry, and the list goes on and on. All things I would get to “some day.”

23 days.

The end of my teaching career. Forever? Maybe…I know right now I need a clean break. No subbing, no adjunct teaching, no connection to education. That may change. The love of teaching is still there, but the teacher in me has been kicked so many times and my projects have just been patiently waiting. For some day.

23 days.

7 years ago we had a plan…but it wasn’t the right plan. There were people I had yet to meet…project ideas I had yet to meet as well…and I needed the various teaching jobs to get  to meet those people and those ideas. So the plans I had turned in to “some day” plans.

And now that “some day” is happening this month. THIS MONTH. And I know Trav is watching me and I know he is proud of me for making it happen.

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