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November 27, 2017

Day 26 of Gratitude: Hugs

Filed under: Writer's thoughts — michelle sodaro @ 3:36 am

I know what some of you are thinking…has she been kidnapped?? She has personal space issues and tends to freeze awkwardly when people come in for a hug…and that is true…but I’m working on it.

The truth is I love hugs…not from everyone I meet, but from people who I enjoy the company of…people who don’t send off creepy vibes…you know…non-sociopathic people.

In the last few weeks, I have seen a few people who I haven’t seen in years…and without hesitation, I hugged them…and it reminded me how much I am grateful for hugs.

So next time you see me…if you are not a creepy vibe sender…feel free to hug me…but not so tightly that I can’t escape if I need to….baby steps, people.


November 22, 2017

Day 21 of Gratitude: Crushes

Filed under: Writer's thoughts — michelle sodaro @ 4:10 am

Crushes are fun. They remind me what it feels like to be alive. They make it easier to be alone in things.

Sometimes I like to talk to guys I don’t actually have a chance with in actual dating….not as an insult to me…just that we are too different, want different things, like different things, etc…but it’s nice to talk to them. Be reminded to smile. And of course…the most important…they help my writing. I have stayed hidden for so long I fear it has hurt my writing, so I peek my head out of my shell, catch some crush-y feelings and use it to fuel my writing until I find something real again.

So to my crushes out there, those who know I have a crush…and those who will never know. Thank you!!!

November 21, 2017

Day 20 of Gratitude: NaNo 2017

Filed under: Writer's thoughts — michelle sodaro @ 2:43 am

So…the month (and NaNo) are 2/3rds over. I am currently 1/5th of the way to the 50,000 word count goal. So if I am 1/5th and then 2/3rds…carry the 5 and subtract purple….yup…I have a long way to go.

November 19, 2017

Day 19 of Gratitude: Change

Filed under: Writer's thoughts — michelle sodaro @ 11:24 pm
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So I think I have a fear of a stagnant life…one where there is no change, no growth. A life where everything is the same…and nothing challenges me and I get…shudder…bored. I can’t think of a scarier word actually.

This year, I have quit a career, started writing a non-fiction book and a mystery, and moved. All of these things were out of my comfort zone. I taught poetry to tiny humans. I started swimming. I decorated a pumpkin. Again…all outside of my comfort zone. And I have loved every single bit of change I have brought into my life. I didn’t do them without fear. I did them in spite of my fear…because change is beautiful.

I don’t want to just go through the motions in my life. I don’t want to settle. I don’t want things to just be fine…I want to live my life out loud. I want to feel. I want to live. I want to date. I want to fall in love again. I want to be free. Comfort zones are deceptively cozy…and before you know it, you are in a cage…trapped.

I won’t be caged. I won’t be trapped. I won’t have the same life replaying over and over again.

Gratitude Day 18: Help

Filed under: Writer's thoughts — michelle sodaro @ 3:32 am

I had two friends who helped me move and bring all of my stuff up to my new apartment. Helped me put stufd together. Helped me make it a home. I had other friends who helped me have stuff I was needing for my home. I was and am very blessed to have help.

Sometimes I forget I have osteoarthritis. I forget I have no cartilage in my knees, and my stubbornness of “I can do this all by myself” and “I got this” changes to “I can’t do this without help” and “I don’t got this at all.” It’s a humbling reminder that it’s okay to depend on others for help and to return the favor when you can.

Throughout my life, some friends and family have been invaluable in their willingness and ability to help me…and I am grateful. So very grateful.

May I never take people for granted who come and help. The world is a better place with helpers!!

November 17, 2017

Day 17 of Gratitude: Writing utensils

Filed under: Writer's thoughts — michelle sodaro @ 2:09 pm
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I tend to use up pens and pencils on a fairly regular basis. I think of them as my soldiers in my battle against the blank page…giving their all to get the novel written. *I really like those pens and pencils where I can see if there is enough ink or lead for me to finish my chapter…because while I have gotten rid of some of my OCDs (I no longer have to start down stairs on my left foot- I can just go with which ever do it’s turn it is) I can’t have a chapter half blue and half black…and if a pen or pencil gives its all mid-chapter, I have to finish with an ink or lead that is the same color and thickness so that it looks like it blends together.

After I have used up all the ink or lead, and yes I know I could buy those ink replacements and packages of lead, I don’t want to a transplant to prolong life. This noble writing utensil has given its all…it deserves the rest. I say a little ceremonial thank you for its sacrifice and throw it away to its final resting place.

November 15, 2017

Day 14 of Gratitude: my schedule

Filed under: Writer's thoughts — michelle sodaro @ 4:23 am

I think one of the difficulties I had with teaching was that I do my best writing first thing in the morning. My subconscious mind has had a chance to rest and I write best when it’s first thing in the morning and there are no interruptions for a couple hours.

Between writing, my full-time job and my part-time job, it works out perfectly if I write when I first get up…then I need to add a workout I to my day. Then part- time job. Then full-time job. Cycle, rinse, repeat. Ad nauseam.

My life is busy right now. But my schedule is perfect. And I am so grateful for my writing and my jobs…and I will keep this up until writing brings in the money of one or both of my jobs.

November 13, 2017

Day 12 of Gratitude: Cooking shows

Filed under: Writer's thoughts — michelle sodaro @ 2:13 am

I love watching people follow their passions. I love watching their faces when they have created or done something that pushed them outside their comfort zones and helped them grow. It inspires me to work harder on my books…on my projects. It makes my comfort zone not quite so comfortable.

My current obsession is called the Great British Baking Show or something like that. Not a very clever title, but I love to watch the bakers try to appeal to and impress the judges. Love watching them bake. There is something breathtakingly beautiful about watching someone light up as they talk about and do their passion.

I am grateful for other people following their passions…because it pushes me to follow mine.

November 11, 2017

Day 10 of Gratitude: NaNo

Filed under: Writer's thoughts — michelle sodaro @ 2:32 am

So NaNo 2017 is 1/3rd of the way through. Sadly, I am not one-third of the way to the 50k…but today, In an glad to say I made it back to writing.

Last week I moved and this week was beyond crazy with both jobs…I was getting swirly because all my things are not under the same roof and all of those things were making writing rather difficult. *note to self, don’t pack in October to move at the beginning of NaNo.*

Tonight…I put it all away. I got work done for my jobs and I picked up my pen and finished Chapter 3…and will start Chapter 4 when I finish this blog. I am back on task with my NaNo…it will take some major writing, but it is still *possible* for me to hit 50k in the 20 days remaining.

Wish me luck…

November 10, 2017

Day 9 of Gratitude: Smiles

Filed under: Writer's thoughts — michelle sodaro @ 4:02 am

There are a few vanities that I have…I love my hair and my blue eyes…and I love my smile. Actually, I love most everyone’s smile. Smiles are one of the simplest ways we can affect those around us in a positive way. Just a smile.

Some people only ever see my genuine smile. Some people only ever see my fake smile…but I try to smile every day. I try to smile at people…even those who don’t smile back. I love smiles.

It’s really one of the first things I find attractive in a person (my unhealthy obsession about male biceps, not withstanding).

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