Sodaro's Stories

January 8, 2018

Keep it short…

Filed under: Writer's thoughts — michelle sodaro @ 3:13 pm
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One of my resolutions this year was to continually break out of my comfort zone…I want to do this in as many ways as I can as an author and a person.

Short stories has always been an elusive thing for me. I admire people who can do it well. Mine always never get off the ground or turn into a larger project.

Ourwritingtherapy.com has a list of 52 short story prompts. So I am trying it.

Last week’s short story tied directly into Dear Teaching…but this week, I am going to definitely try to get this to be a stand alone short story. I hope.

Wish me luck. I’m going in.

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January 1, 2018

Happy New Year!!

Filed under: Writer's thoughts — michelle sodaro @ 3:30 pm
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There is something magical about a new year. New fresh calendars, new journals, new goals. Like we get a fresh start, a clean slate, a tabula rasa.

This year I am going to get 4 books out. Last year the goal was 4, but the before, during, and after of a move had me changing plans to maintain some semblance of sanity.

I also plan to conquer my trepidations about making audio books and have my novels having that third format to join the paperback and kindle formats.

I plan to read, review, and promote more of my author friends.

I plan to let go of all crushes I held on to…fresh slate. Distraction free.

I plan to have more fun…as soon as I figure out what they means.

Make this year amazing. Climb your personal mountain. Fight your personal demon.

December 28, 2017

Check this out at Amazon.com

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December 26, 2017

J, O, Q, U, V, X, Y, Z

Filed under: Writer's thoughts — michelle sodaro @ 4:09 pm
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Definitely one of my more unique blog titles…but I was looking through my projects (organizing and making notes), and I realized that the 8 letters listed above are the only ones I don’t have a title for…And there is enough OCD left in me (I really have tried to get rid of most of my obsessives, but sometimes my control issues make this impossible…a little joke) for it to bother me that I don’t have all of the letters of the alphabet represented by a novel or non-fiction project.

I don’t know if this remedy-able. I also don’t know if that is a word…but I am going to claim poetic license and use it  anyway.  Some of those letters are easier to play with than others, but unless I write about Zamboni Zombies (hmmmm….no). or Quilted Quiche Quickies…(again, no) I will have to get creative…and X…so many times we cheat and use an “EX” word, which would just be another “E” project and not an “X” project… Xylophone? X-Ray? Xenophobe? sigh…

 

December 22, 2017

Unpacking for the New Year

Filed under: Writer's thoughts — michelle sodaro @ 1:47 pm
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Okay, yes, I moved at the beginning of November, and maybe I should be unpacked by now…and I am, well, mostly…except where I am not. And those boxes I haven’t been able to unpack are more metaphorical than literal (In all honesty, I have about 3 actual boxes from the move which are odds and ends and haven’t found a place yet in my new home…but they fit nicely in the closet).

The boxes I am unpacking are my memories, my struggles, my fears, my setbacks, my illusions, my heartbreak, my mistakes, my disappointments in myself and others, my crushes, my questions, my negative energy, my negative self-esteem..basically everything which has been holding me back from being all I can be. Anything which is making me not grow, not change, not embrace my new life…is carefully documented so I can still use it for novels and non-fiction projects (I did not do all that research for nothing)…but is going to be left behind as I move into 2018. I want to be the author, the friend, the lover, the woman I want to be without all of my old boxes dragging me down and holding me back.

December 1, 2017

Buy One Get One

Filed under: Writer's thoughts — michelle sodaro @ 9:45 pm
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For the month of December, I am selling my books as Buy one Get One. If you are interested, please send me a message. Books are $15 for the first one and the second one is free

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.

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