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May 10, 2017

Less…

Filed under: Writer's thoughts — michelle sodaro @ 3:17 pm
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Just as there are things I need to do more of, there are just as certainly things I need to do less as well…

**Worrying — turns out it doesn’t help the situation in any way, shape, or form. Things always have a way of working themselves out, so worrying is wasted energy.

**Spending money — I don’t have my teacher salary anymore. Time to really stick to the budget…that’s the only way this works. And I’m not going to get into what teachers should be paid…that dead horse doesn’t need any more kicks.

**Eating out by myself — See above. Though I do this sometimes as a break to write outside of my office, but it needs, again, to stick with the budget. It is more important to me to have the rest of the year to write (and work 2nd job) than it is to have yet another Chipolte bowl.

**Beating myself up for wasted time — Relationships that didn’t go anywhere, time I could have been writing, exercising, cleaning, etc. , things I should have/could have done, friendships I never thought would have ended which ended all the same, etc. etc. etc. Time to let go and move on.

**Double work. I need to streamline some processes, consolidate some parts of the way I do things. Find what works and what can be improved.

**Mindless snacking — actually, not having any grading to do should alleviate this on its own. When I am writing (since there are very few things I can do/eat left-handed) I tend to forget to eat.

**Hiding from the world. No more un-faced fears. No more letting fear win.

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June 11, 2014

Letting Go…

“Letting Go” by Jessica Harp came on Pandora this afternoon…and while it’s literal meaning is very powerful that the past is the past…what I needed to hear was that it’s okay to let go.
Those of you who have been right along with me through this journey, have experienced this part of being an author twice now…and I can honestly tell you that it hasn’t gotten easier yet, and I think it is one of those things that never will get easier.
I need to let go of Arianna’s Destiny. (yes, I can hear those of you who are screaming at me that it is well past time). I need to click send and put her out into the world…sword and all. She’s ready…she’s been ready…and like a nervous mother of a girl going off to prom, I am fussing over her…making sure her hair is fixed (as much as she will let me as she insists on the braid) and her clothes are clean (well, at least mostly blood-free) and she is going to play nicely with the other kids…(well, not maim any of them) and just like all of us when we were the ones getting fussed over, we wish our parents would just stop and let us go already.
When I was ready to click send on Whatever You Make of It I thought I was going to throw up the instant I clicked send…I wanted an “unsend” button, but none exists and for good reason. When I got ready to send Arianna’s Honor the nervous feeling was just as intense, but as the world had not blown up when I published my first novel, I felt pretty safe that my publishing my second one would not destroy the world either…what will be allowed to happen is that people will get to learn about Arianna’s continued adventure…they will get to love her as much as I do…and she’s ready.
What also will happen when I let go…is I can then work on my Lucky Charms series, which has patiently waited its turn…

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