Sodaro's Stories

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.

November 13, 2015

30 Days of Author Gratitude: Non-fiction ideas

Filed under: Writer's thoughts — michelle sodaro @ 2:48 pm
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So this year has been amazing for me expanding the world of my author life and I have been embracing some nonfiction ideas to work on, in addition to my novels, short stories, and poems…I have wanted to incorporate my experiences in education and writing and life in general. As with everything else, when I start thinking about a new thing, all of a sudden the flood gates open and suddenly I see ideas everywhere, which let me tell you, is a lot less creepy and more exciting than seeing dead people.

Education — I really feel I have learned a thing or two about teaching and adult learners with my Bachelor’s, Master’s, and (almost) my PhD in education, not to mention the almost two decades “in the field.” And some things have changed and then there are things that remain the same regardless of any changes that occur in education. So I am grateful for the 10-15 pieces that are in my current “to be worked on” pile and for any ideas which grow from what currently exists.

Writing — I can’t remember a time in my life when I wasn’t writing. Through my trial and error (which so much of writing is–finding what works and doesn’t work for you) I have developed a system that maybe will help other writers or maybe just be a point of reference. So I am grateful for the 10-15 nonfiction projects in this category as well.

Life in general — I have learned a thing or two about life in the 40 years I have been around and maybe my life lessons could help someone else — or maybe they only help me and put my Master’s Thesis into practice and that’s okay too. So thank you for the 10-15 ideas here too.

It’s good to know that between my fiction and nonfiction ideas, I will stay pretty busy for a while. So grateful.

June 11, 2014

Faith…

Filed under: Writer's thoughts — michelle sodaro @ 12:18 am
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John Hiatt sang for people to “have a little faith in me” and this song plays in my head quite often. Any time I start to question my path, I hear that song like a whisper in my head and I am back where I am supposed to be.
I have been told that I will accomplish everything I set my mind to…and I have been told this by multiple people, who did not always mean it as a compliment, but I took it as one, just the same. I am going to accomplish everything I set my mind to…because I don’t give myself another option.
I set out to be a great teacher. I have studied and gotten degrees in education. I will finish my PhD in Adult Education because I have truly found my niche in adult education. There are far too many adults who need people to believe in them, to guide them and help them believe in themselves…and I love doing this job. According to my students, I do it well enough to keep going.
I have a goal to be a best selling author. You can bet I will put forth everything I have to accomplish this goal. I don’t quit. I don’t give up. I work for what I want and I don’t settle for less than that. People who have read my stories, again, think I do it well enough to keep going.
For the times when I question…when the road seems too long, if I ever mention to you that I don’t think I have what it takes…just sing a long with me, my friends, and “have a little faith in me.”

June 30, 2013

Reflecting Reflection

I was thinking about this month as I woke up this morning…it’s had a lot of writing packed in 30 little days. I am on chapter 17 of Arianna’s Destiny and that is moving along quite nicely. It has a strong edit/rewrite of Broken Trust which has been a long time coming. It has had notes made on existing projects as well as notes started on projects that do not yet exist. As per a friend’s invite to the 30 Days of Blog, it has had (almost) daily blogging (I think I missed 3 days throughout the course of the month) which has been a fantastic way to find new friends and writers to talk with.
I have enjoyed working on my full-time author gig and it is my absolute goal to enjoy this particular “job” for as long as it is possible for me to do so. I have been job searching, of course…I don’t know what the Universe’s entire plan for me is, but I know it involves me working on my novels, and I have a really strong feeling that while my role may change, my time spent with education is not over yet, which is good…because I am not ready to leave that area quite yet.
I need to read more. I need to have more balance in that aspect of my life. There are so many books that I want to read, so many I need to read…there are friends who have asked me for feedback/editing on their projects and I have just been so absorbed by having free time to write, that I have put things on the back burner. For this I do apologize…I also offer up the information with a smile that for the first time in far too long, I am making the progress as a full-time author that I have wanted to make all along. But it is good to have balance in all things…and my time needs to be spent in writing AND reading AND helping others.
I have also exercised more in this month than I have in previous months…and that will most definitely continue. I want it to become the daily habit that writing is…where I feel off if I haven’t exercised on a given day…it surely makes me twitchy when I go a day without putting pen to paper. It should get the same way when I haven’t read or exercised as well. It is a gradual process, but one I intend on improving.
For future months, I may or may not blog every day…some days I just don’t have a lot to say outside of my novels. I will write every day. I will promote my writing and make new friends and writer-connection. I will have the goal to read and exercise every day. So…I will continue, every day, to make progress on turning the life I want in to the life I have.

October 10, 2012

Re-Roll…

Filed under: Writer's thoughts — michelle sodaro @ 1:56 pm
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I feel like I have been given the gift of a re-roll…as if everything I thought about jobs and education and relationships and life…that I get a chance to pick up the dice and re-roll. Tabula Rasa…a blank slate…an empty canvas. And it is beyond exciting…it’s exhilerating to live in my head right now…well, it’s crowded as well, but that is something every author gets accustomed to…
I have taken jobs because I thought I should. I have taken jobs because I had the experience and education to do them, and do them well. I have taken jobs and done them to the best of my ability and poured myself into them and given everything I had as often as I could. I have taken jobs because of other people’s opinion (Freud was a whack-job about some things, but he, like a broken clock that is right twice a day, still had some ideas about why we do certain things).
After this re-roll, I am done taking jobs for any other reason than they fulfill me (and pay me, of course).
Education…ahh education…I feel and have always felt that I married education…I have almost 3 degrees in it…I have 16 years experience in it. It is all I have known, all I have allowed myself to pursue. I am going to take this re-roll as an opportunity to see if I still love/am in love with it…and if I am, then I will continue to teach…and if I’m not in love with it anymore? Then I will figure out what to do next. Regardless, I will most likely finish my PhD as I do hate to leave things unfinished.
Relationships…yes, this re-roll will be a clean slate for those as well. I am no longer willing to wait for a friend to call dibs, or mourn the loss of a love, or settle for anything less than everything. It’s affecting my views in my stories, and that just won’t do.
The one thing I know with this re-roll…is that absolutely, my writing comes first. If the job doesn’t allow me to write, it is not the job for me…if education hampers my writing time, then it will not do so for long. And if the relationship doesn’t support and believe in my writing, well…I think you get the picture. 😉
Wish me luck…I’m picking up the dice and giving them a kiss for good luck!!!

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