Sodaro's Stories

January 1, 2016

Looking Forward to 2016

Filed under: Uncategorized — michelle sodaro @ 6:51 pm
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This is going to be my BEST YEAR YET!! (Just like last year, and if not this year, then 2017 is just going to be mind-blowing).
We hear this enough for it to be a bit comical, but the truth is life responds to us: our attitude…our output…so if we go into a year’s start thinking it’s going to be our Best Year Ever, then work toward making that come true — then 2016 will be pretty amazing indeed. (the trick is to maintain that positive energy to keep it amazing).
For me – I want to be peaceful, productive, and positive. These three things (in addition to having a nice alliteration) encompass all of my 2016 Resolutions.
Peaceful: Some of you have been around me when I get all swirly, and no, I don’t even want to be around me when I am swirly, so I don’t blame you for walking away from me…I only wish I could walk away from me too. So since I can’t ever leave me, I had to, instead, learn to de-swirl and to do it as quickly into the swirl as possible for optimal results. I take deep breaths, audibly or mentally list the things I am grateful for, do some pen-to-paper therapy and get back my inner peace for the safety of everyone around me.
Productive — I have got to FINISH things before my very full plate shatters (and with 83 separate projects, that would be one hell of a mess to clean up…all kinds of weird combinations. I picture serial killers walking around messing things up in my romances, education essay topics hanging out in my mysteries, “human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria” (Ghostbusters). So best that I get some of these projects off my plate before I invent a new genre of writing.
Positive — I will never understand people who choose to be negative all the time. Who likes being miserable?  I am not saying be Suzie Sunshine and live with your rose-colored glasses on, avoiding reality…I am just saying, smile once in a while. Find something positive in every day. Be  grateful. Stop getting offended by every little thing. If you don’t like your life…change what you can or at least shut up about it so those of us who like our lives can enjoy them without your negativity oozing all over the place. Watch a funny movie. Hang out with a friend. Take a class. Learn a skill. DO something with your life and stop being such a Negative Nancy. Life is much better when you are positive and putting out positive energy (what you give out really does come back).
SO I am going to do these things and keep my self-fulfilling prophecy of 2016 being my best year ever as truth. It’s in my hands to make that happen…so I got this.
Happy New Year


July 27, 2015

Peaceful easy feeling

Filed under: Writer's thoughts — michelle sodaro @ 5:49 pm
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“Cause I’ve got a peaceful, easy feeling, And I know you won’t let me down…” Eagles, “Peaceful, Easy Feeling”

It never ceases to amaze me — no matter how much chaos is in my life — no matter how swirly I get (and those of you who know me — know I can get full-on tornado) after five minutes of writing, I am peaceful and calm and absolutely easy breezy. It is magical and fascinating and works 100% of the time. There is nothing else I have found that works with absolute certainty with that perfect of a track record. (Not even my friend, Jack. Mr. Daniels is good to me, but not as good as writing and I can’t visit him daily.)

If I ever questioned my calling of being an author (and I don’t now, I’ve come too far…but in the beginning, questions were everywhere)…all I would have to think about is this complete and total peace that spreads through me and fills me from my long hair to my toes. I feel stronger and brave and calmer and just 100% more ME than I did before I started my writing time…and it works regardless of the type of stress I am feeling or the amount of stress I am under — writing never ceases to calm me and bring me blessed peace.

People ask me if I am ever going to get bored when all I do is write every day. Who could get bored of feeling peaceful and whole? Who could find absolute freedom boring or ‘same ole, same ole.’ Plus, if I ever get “bored” I will just work on another story or project until I’m not bored anymore.

I am always grateful for the peace inside my soul as the ink (or lead) flows from my mind and heart and onto the paper and forms letters and words. I am always thankful and I express my gratitude today and every other day. I absolutely love this peaceful easy feeling, and I know it won’t ever let me down…because it never has.

June 10, 2013


Filed under: Writer's thoughts — michelle sodaro @ 3:25 pm
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“Writing is more than anything a compulsion, like some people wash their hands 30 times a day for fear of awful consequences if they do not.” Julie Burchill
A friend asked me once if I did my OCD-eccentricities because of a fear of the consequences if I did not, for instance, start on my right foot to go down the stairs, have any random marks on my board before starting class, had a hanger facing the other way, ate my M&M’s in random order, or didn’t finish a pattern. Of course not…most likely…maybe…but better safe than sorry, perhaps.
What if I ate my M&M’s out of color order and Hugh Jackman never took his shirt off in another movie? How could I live with myself? It’s just not worth the risk.
Writing is a compulsion for me, but it’s not exactly the same as my M&M’s or the fact that I need to have things end in a 5 or 0. Writing every day is a compulsion for me because it is my balance, my “easy like a Sunday morning,” my calm breath of fresh air, my find your center. Writing fills me with positive energy so I can then send that positive back into the universe. Writing everyday keeps the demons I battle from ever getting a chance to win.
It keeps me fighting the good fight, having faith in humanity, believing in true love…all the therapy I could ever need flows from my shiny pen to my paper and as the words appear on the page, my rage lessens, my confusion clears, my hope grows and my faith strengthens.
I used to be okay as long as I wrote once a month — then once every other week — then every week — then a couple days a week. Now I HAVE to write every day — it is the favorite of all of my compulsive behaviors. The more I write; the more I need to…and I don’t mind that at all.
And in case you were unaware…the correct order to eat M&M’s is Brown, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Red.

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