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 ┬álist 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 ┬áto 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.


May 10, 2012

A little flip

In the movie, The Cutting Edge, the beautiful and talented Miora Kelly and the absolutely gorgeous D.B. Sweeney are chatting and she makes the analogy of magnets where you try to push things together, but it doesn’t work and you get frustrated, when all you needed was “a little flip” and suddenly everything fits together. Now, before I get side tracked with thinking about fitting together with the likes of D.B. Sweeney (Drool), let me stay on point.
I have been trying so hard to figure out the Universe’s plan to find a way to afford my FINAL two quarters before my PhD Dissertation. It has affected my sleep; it has affected my health, and it has affected my writing (which as you know is the true issue — nobody puts my Muse in a corner). I was at my wits’ end. In fact I had borrowed someone else’s wits and had used up all of those as well.
And then the Universe stepped in, as it does, and made a little flip, and everything lined up exactly as it needed to. You’d think there was a plan or something…
So now, my Muse is no longer pouting, which is always a good thing, but because of the stress of the last two months, she now wants to catch up on EVERY creative and academic project I have at the same time.
Picture a child’s room with toys put away and organized. Now picture the child pulling out every single toy to play with simultaneously while I try to put a few things back so as to still attempt to have some semblance of sanity…yup, all I needed was a little flip.
Now I will spend some time thinking about D.B. Sweeney…:)

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