Sodaro's Stories

May 8, 2017


Filed under: Writer's thoughts — michelle sodaro @ 3:16 pm
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So, as I am adjusting to the teacher-free life, I am realizing there are things I want to do and have more of…

** Writing (obviously, as this what was the driving force behind this career change). It will be amazing to have actual scheduled chunks of time to write every day rather than stolen moments between grading and meetings.

**Reading — there is so much I want to read and haven’t had time to. Suggestions are always welcome.

**Publishing, promoting, and all the other parts of the business side of authoring. These have all been woefully neglected.

**Relaxing — I have heard of this an am excited to check this out.

**Netflix…though as not to take away from writing or reading, but again, suggestions are always welcome. I have finally seen How I met your Mother from start to finish (and it made a lot more sense than the random episode I would catch here and there) and am in the middle of season 3 of Blue Bloods.

**Dating — It’s probably time. It will help, I think, when I am not getting lied to on a regular basis as to why work was not done. Just tell me you didn’t have time. I was always good with that. But it has affected how I see people when every day there was a different excuse, a bunch of which were not true.

**Exercising — it’s way past time. Time to stop hiding from the world.

**Smiling and laughing — though I have to admit, I did a lot of this as a teacher as well, as it is just a part of my personality.

I am sure this list will grow…but this is a mighty fine start.


June 22, 2016

30 Days of Blogs: Author things — Smiles

Filed under: Writer's thoughts — michelle sodaro @ 5:57 pm
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It is a fascination of mine to smile at people and watch their reaction…which of course then gets put in my notes for a future book.

Tiny humans are usually the best at smiling back…and they smile unabashedly and clap their hands (often with food in the tiny hands which makes a mess they also don’t care about). Research notes that mashed potatoes are especially effective in this.

With teens, I usually have to put more work into getting a smile back…it’s evidently universally and historically impossible for a teenager to express enjoyment of anything, so my smiles to teens are usually more dramatic…it’s really difficult to be growly around someone acting like a fool…and usually the smile is a “wow, what an idiot” but I’m still counting it and recording it for when I write teens.

Adults are in general the toughest to figure out on smiles. So I need to watch that in my books. I like to laugh and smile, so  I use “he laughed.” and “he smiled” a lot as opposed to “he said.” Looking through a draft of mine would make someone crazy…no one laughs and smiles at EVERYTHING. So I watch people as I smile at that. That person frowned. hmmm…this one smiled back…okay…yikes, this person winked…don’t know what to do with that exactly.


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