Sodaro's Stories

September 21, 2018

Favorites

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When I taught, students always wanted to know who my favorite student was, and I of course never let them know who and tried really hard to not actually have any favorites. (Well, I tried…)

At the book signings this summer, I was asked which book I had written was my favorite. Um…each of them? All of them? How could I even begin to say that. Each of them holds a separate place in my heart, each of them is special to me, and each of them is my favorite.

So, I thought I would look at why each of them is my favorite, over the course of the next few days. And I know that the more books that come out, the more favorites I will have. And all of them will be my favorites. And that doesn’t make any of them less my favorite.

Now, as an English teacher, I know what I am saying is not grammatically correct. Favorite is superlative, as in “there can be only one,” and for me to have multiples is not how I am “supposed” to express it…but maybe you haven’t heard… I am not an English teacher anymore…

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February 29, 2016

Reflection on February

Filed under: Writer's thoughts — michelle sodaro @ 12:41 pm
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And we put another February to bed…almost everyone I talked to said this was an odd month…just odd. Maybe February has Napoleon’s “little man syndrome” (and yes a story idea is forming where the different months are personified…if that surprises you, you really don’t know me all that well, haha.)

I started exercising this month, with the idea that being more active will help my knees, bot the one that has osteoarthritis and the one that hasn’t been checked yet…it would also help my energy levels and the depression I am keeping at bay (just barely some days, but I’m counting it as a win, nonetheless).

I have 3 chapters left of Redeeming Trust let to type and then my reader FINALLY gets it. Fix any plot holes she mentions…then final read through out loud and then publish (I haven’t worked out the paying for this part yet, but at least it will be ready).

I have made tiny dents in the pile of debt, nothing significant, but enough dents and the pile will crumble.

I have only read 4 books so far this year and really need to kick this up a notch. Especially books by people I know so I can review them and help the cycle.

I have put myself out there socially, enough to be rejected, but it’s more than I did last month and most of last year, so again, counting it as a win.

I have done some intense soul searching and reflection and have started the process of healing.

I am on the right path and I may be going slowly, but I am still moving forward.

Not too bad.

 

November 14, 2015

30 Days of Author Gratitude: Books to Read

Filed under: Writer's thoughts — michelle sodaro @ 5:29 pm
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Reading is such an inherent part of writing and I lost all respect for an author who said in an interview she didn’t have time to read because it it is by reading that we find out what works and what doesn’t…we increase our play with words…and we get to meet the characters who existed only in other people’s heads…and since, as an author, I spend an awful lot of time with characters that exist in my head, it is nice to branch out and spend time with other people’s creations from time to time.

I love it when my writer friends either recommend a book to me. I get a glimpse at how well they know me that this is something they recommend to me…(on a side note, recommending a book to me has always worked out better than the times people have tried to set up a date for me, which usually has me wondering if this person really knows me at all…or secretly hates me).

I also love it when my writer friends hand me something they have written. Wowza…yes indeed, I would love to read this and give you feedback and post a review online…because as an author, I know how important both of those things are. They are our lifeblood as independent authors and I try to help out fellow authors as much as I can.

I love that I will never get through my “to be read” list because there is always more to find and more to read.

I love that I now am perfectly okay with not finishing every book I start and that some books serve only to make me think “I can do better” and go back to work on my own novels.

I love that there are some books that I want to read over again as soon as I finish them.

So grateful for books to read…and also that I create books for other people to read as well 😀

October 8, 2015

My Author to-do list

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It is rather easy to get overwhelmed by all of the things I need to do as an author, especially since I am still loving and doing the full-time teacher gig (actually full-time plus since I’ve picked up a class at my old stomping grounds, but I know I need to do these things:
1. Webpage– I need one. I even have a domain (I think) it’s michelledsodaro.com
I need to face my techno fears and just get this done.
2. POBox — there will come a day when it’s not okay for my fans to have my home address.
3. Goodreads– I am a Goodreads author now, so that is a good start, but I need to do more with this as well as support my fellow authors.
4. Swag– I need some. I have none in real life (haha) but I do need swag for my books. Including something I can sign for my ereaders (a request from my reader that I haven’t forgotten).
5. Networking– I do this some, though certainly not consistently or often enough. I am expanding my circle of writers, but not as actively as I could/should.
6. Non-fiction projects– need to finish these and get them out (probably will mostly be ebooks ar least for now) but will get my name out there more.
7. Contests– I need to have them and I need to join them for the books I have out.
8. Book signings– my first I’ve was amazing, but I need more exposure…also need more copies of my books.
9. Combo deal– I need to combine teaching and writing more. My two passions working together
10. Efficiency– I need to make my process more efficient to get more done. It would probably help to work I only or project at a time, but let’s not get crazy here.

October 22, 2014

Lost…

Filed under: Writer's thoughts — michelle sodaro @ 10:31 pm
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So as many of you know, my sense of direction is a little, well creative…I could go for a drive and end up in Kentucky. (Thanks to Google Maps, I end up where I mean to be much more frequently and I have even come to terms with this “Big Brother” necessity).

I have realized in recent days, that I approach my author life much like I approach my car trips and while, yes, I do eventually get where I need to go, I think I rack up extra miles unnecessarily. As with everything, it is a process and in writing as in driving, I always make sure I have extra gas in the tank.

I am proud of and happy with the three books I have published. Whatever you Make of It, Arianna’s Honor, and Arianna’s Destiny  are beautiful and worth every step in the journey, every mile in the travel…and with each book, the process has gotten simpler, the route more direct, if I may keep the metaphor going.

Reflecting on the unnecessary detours I have taken, which have still added to my craft as an author and made me more aware of the process as a whole, I can unequivocally say that publishing a book is not for those people who can’t handle every step of the process. It is not for the weak or faint of heart. There are road blocks and u-turns and detours and circling back…you get the picture.

I have learned that I want to publish more of my books and to get more effective in doing so. I have learned that the destination is beautiful and amazing and more than I ever could have dreamed of…I have learned that every turn and step in the process from the idea to writing to editing to revising to publishing…every step is stressful and beautiful at the same time.

It is definitely a road I plan to travel for quite some time to come; I have many many more novels to share with the world. I hope you will stay with me as I travel down this Author road. 😀

March 17, 2013

That settles it

Filed under: Writer's thoughts — michelle sodaro @ 6:02 pm
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I had my very first book signing over the weekend and all I can say is WOW!!!! It was nerve-wracking and amazing and so much fun!!! That settles it. I want the author’s life. I want to write my books and publish them and have signings so I can talk to people about them. Yup. That’s the life I want. Not that there was a lot of question before Saturday…but now, there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that I want to write and publish and be an author, with everything that comes with it.
It was truly an amazing feeling to have people holding Whatever you Make of It and Arianna’s Honor either that they brought with them or that they purchased right there. It was just so exciting to see people holding my “children” and loving them. People who had read the books prior to coming talked to me about Jac and Jyn and Johnathon and offered opinions on whether the book is solid as it currently exists or if there needed to be a series. People who had met Arianna were thrilled to see a sequel listed on my sheet about upcoming projects. I just soaked it all in and loved every minute of it. I want to talk to people about my books all the time. It also inspired me to get busy and get another book ready to introduce to the world…Let’s do this, Sodaro!!!!
Thank you to everyone who supported me by coming out and/or by believing in me! Every page I write is done with your support and love.

March 6, 2013

Booksigning Benchmark

Filed under: Writer's thoughts — michelle sodaro @ 4:13 pm
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In 2011, I had a benchmark as an author. I held my first book in book format…more beautiful than it ever existed in my head.
In 2012, I had a second benchmark as I held my second book and realized that it was amazing to hold them both side by side.
2013 I am having my first book signing. If you are in the Kansas City area on March 16, you should join me at Southwood Church of Christ from 2-4.
Parts of this journey are very surreal. Every time someone talks to me about my characters that used to exist only in my mind and now exist in the minds of my readers as well, I smile and just dance inside. It is wonderful to be able to share Arianna and Nick with the world…for the world to care for Jake as much as I do…for people to have met Jac and Jyn in my first book and understand both their friendship and their frustrations. I love sharing people who live in my head with people who live in the real world.
It is still a wonderment that people are excited about my autograph. I get a thrill every time someone asks me for one…because it is really the coolest feeling in the world.
As I continue with my benchmarks as an author (and 2013 is early yet…) I know that I will continue on my journey in a constant state of wonderment and gratitude.

August 4, 2012

64 much needed kicks in the ass

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So, my life has been under a fair amount of stress lately…and it is safe to say that the stress has been winning…and then a question last night caused me to look into something I had been avoiding…A student asked how many books I had sold. How many copies of Whatever you Make of It had been sold. Well, I told him 40 because I suddenly found it very, very odd that I didn’t know…hadn’t been paying attention…had honestly been a little scared to look. This morning…I looked. And the numbers are only current through March so far, but as of March, there are 64 copies of my book in this world. How shiny is that!!!! 64 people (or more, if they shared their copy with a friend as Rebecca does in the book) have met Jac and Jyn and Johnathon and Rebecca. 64 people have met some of my favorite fictional people. They may have loved them, they may have hated them, but the point is that they have met my characters.

I feel motivated. I feel energized. I am so close to everything I have wanted…and I have been letting stress win for far too long. This is ridiculous. I need to do my jobs, yes, to the best of my ability. I need to take care of things as I am able. I need to work on my doc. Yes, yes, yes. Of course I need to do these things. They are a part of life…but I need to make sure that EVERY DAY I am making moves toward my goal of getting my other characters out there in the world for people to know. So let’s go, Mich. Do this. You can’t fix everything in your life right now. You can however get your books finished and out in the world.

Lately it has felt that I have been kicked in the teeth everytime I turn around…learning that 64 people (at least) have met my fictional friends…yeah, that’s a much needed kick in the ass.

June 21, 2012

Hold steady…

Filed under: Writer's thoughts — michelle sodaro @ 1:22 pm
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I hate it when things are all chaotic and swirly…because it is so easy to lose focus and get caught up in the drama and the chaos…and then when I am chaotic and swirly, I don’t function well and even more, I don’t write…which causes me to function even less well (I know…painful to read, and I apologize…poetic license and all that).
My friends are amazing…they help talk me out of my swirl and even when I don’t want to hear what they have to say, their words still penetrate my thick skull and their meaning gets through loud and clear.
People have been asking me A LOT lately…what I want to do…this is due in large part to my whiny “I don’t know what I should do.”
My answer is simple. I want to complete my PhD. I want to write my books and poems and screenplays. Period. That is all. How I pay my bills right now is not as essential to me as the simple fact that they get paid so that I may finish the PhD and write. I’m good at teaching. I know this and I don’t state this to be vain. If you’ve done something and studied said thing for a decade and a half, you pick up a trick or two. And I will continue to teach if that is what the powers that be want me to do. Similarly, if the powers that be decide that I could take a break from teaching people what a thesis statement is, what an essay should look like, and how to do references…I would be okay with that as well. Right now, as I said, I just need a means to an end. Which is not to say I don’t care about my students, because of course I do…but I also care about my PhD and my writing. And I just need to hold my course steady and continue on toward my goals and not let any swirly chaotic bumps knock me off my path.

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