Sodaro's Stories

October 23, 2017

Preparing for NaNo

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So…did you look at your calendar, realize November is NEXT week and squeal like I did? November means warm clothes and football and hot cocoa and all those good things…but to some writers…November means NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo (or NaNo) is National Novel Writing Month. The challenge is 50K in 30D (that’s 50,000 words in 30 days…which averages out to about 1667 a day). It is a beautiful, exhausting, exhilarating, challenge and I have participated in it since 2012 when I had Redeeming Trust as my novel challenge. I did not let myself even think about any other projects and the end result was a writer’s block around chapter 12 that I could not break and lost all kinds of time.

2013 was First Down which started off my Lucky Charms series. I let myself play with other things and focused primarily on my novel about Josh and Dillon and, of course, Lilly. It was a good time and I had a lot of success with it.

2014 was Driven West which is my first branch into the mystery genre. It is the novel I am now editing and will have out (hopefully) by the end of the year.

2015 was Don’t Let Go, a story inspired by a trip to visit my dad and step-mom in Florida which had 2 young girls holding hands and jumping in the deep end of the pool.

2016 was Dear Teaching: I want a Divorce. This one was a challenge because it was non-fiction and I was still teaching, so it was too hard to write about leaving when I hadn’t yet left. I got about halfway through the challenge, but some of the scars were too fresh and tears were still too close. It will be out in 2018.

And then this year. It will be a story I didn’t know I wanted to write until I knew I had to write it. Quarterfinals will finish out the Lucky Charms series and give JD, the Super Fan who started it all…his own story…with a soccer player.

NaNo starts next week. I need to get my outline ready!!!! I need to find my wrist brace. I need to figure out why I thought it was a good idea to move November 3rd…

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October 16, 2017

Keep Coming Back

So far in my author life, I have self-published a single (Whatever you Make of It), a double (Arianna’s Honor and Arianna’s Destiny), another double (Broken Trust and  Redeeming Trust), and a trilogy (Lucky Charms: First Down, Stealing Second, and Hat Trick). I have potential ideas for a 2nd Whatever, a 3rd Arianna and a 4th Lucky Charms: Quarterfinals. I don’t currently have any ideas for a 3rd in the Trust books, though I cannot imagine my time with Sam and Ali is really done.

One one hand, I love these characters–I know them and love them, in fact have known and loved them for years now. They are my friends, and now that they are published, they are my readers’ friends as well. People have asked me for more. More Jac and Jyn (Whatever), more Ari, more Sam and Ali, more Lilly and the Lucky Charms crew. I love that they want more. I love that my characters have become real to my readers…and that my readers want more. I want to give them more, because that means I get to play with my old friends more.

On the other hand, there is this…

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And if I keep revisiting old friends, how will I ever make progress with new friends? It’s the same as going back to the same ex…the same memories…rather than starting over with something new. There is comfort in the familiar, but there is also the promise of something you have never experienced before…

October 11, 2017

Closure

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Yesterday, I was standing in a classroom at a university…which at a time not too long ago, was the ultimate dream…to get my PhD and teach future teachers…pass the torch and help those who came after me…that was the goal for such a long time…until it wasn’t.

When I quit teaching in April, I felt good about my decision to focus on being an author. I felt a peace about my decision, which always lets me know I am on the right path…but there was a small part of me that wondered, if I was misreading the signals, making a mistake, if I would have regrets.

Yesterday, I stood in the classroom and waited for 3rd and 4th grade tiny humans to come for their sessions about poetry…and I also waited for that tiniest of twinges that I was supposed to be back in a classroom, and all I felt was that I was an author, about to talk to (and hopefully inspire) future authors. There was no longing, no love lost sickness, no ‘how could I walk away from this,’ in fact there was nothing but closure. That chapter of my life is closed…and my soul is at peace.

October 10, 2017

Talking Poetry to Kids

Filed under: Writer's thoughts — michelle sodaro @ 11:41 am
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A few weeks ago, a friend from high school asked me if I would be interested in talking to groups of kiddos about poetry. She had remembered how much she had enjoyed my poetry when we were in school (and what a compliment that was, for someone to remember enjoying something I wrote over 20 years later).

I told her I would love to do that. I didn’t even hesitate. Is it outside of my comfort zone. Yes…very far, in fact…but what an amazing opportunity.

And also, what a not so subtle reminder, that I need to work on my poetry again. For too long I have avoided feeling too much and my writing has suffered…and my poetry writing has been reduced to little bits of lines here and there, captured on bits of paper or added to my ColorNotes in my phone…all waiting for “someday” when I will write them.

It’s time to do poetry again. It’s time to work on Shades of Blue. It’s time to open those doors….and what better way than talking to groups of kiddos.

 

October 2, 2017

Stacks o’books

Filed under: Uncategorized — michelle sodaro @ 1:47 pm

My book count is up to 8…the goal is to have two more out by the end of this year…but as I turned the calendar page to October, I wonder if that is feasible. Have to say though…this stack of books always makes me smile. It makes me remember why I am doing things. Why I am making my life more difficult…it is for this stack of books and how I want it to grow.

I remember in 2011, when I held Whatever you Make of It for the first time with its beautiful green cover…all of the projects in my head gathered around and collectively gasped…they each wondered when it was there turn…and I knew then what I wanted to do when I grew up.

Now the stack is 8 books high…and I am still just as giddy when I hold each new one for the first time. And there is still the collective gasp of future projects. Each will get your turn, dear projects, I promise you that.

All of my books are available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle format. I am working on audio books as well.

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