Sodaro's Stories

January 12, 2018

Finally…they are all together

CreatespaceSo, back in November, when I moved, I had a blog about how I felt better when all my stuff was in the same place. Well finally, all of my books are in the same place.

I started out with iUniverse and self-published Whatever you Make of It and Arianna’s Honor there.

Then I went to BookBaby, where I self-published Arianna’s Destiny Broken Trust, Redeeming Trust, and First Down.

Then I learned about Createspace. After I got past the unproductive self-lashing for money wasted, I researched what it would take to bring all my babies home.

I edited the ridiculous amounts of grammatical errors in Whatever you Make of It.

I made Arianna’s Honor the same size as all the other books (something which had bothered me every single time I looked at her beautiful cover.

And now…all my babies are home. Shades of Blue  is my upcoming poetry book…not out yet, but the cover is uploaded…a good reminder for me to get to editing those poems.

And there is peace. All 9 of my babies in one home.

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October 21, 2015

Still all day to Play

It happens every year about this time…it starts getting darker sooner, hoodies replace t-shirts (but it’s the Kansas City area, so you might need that t-shirt tomorrow)…but in my mind it’s like a sign goes up that says “Closed until Spring — come back later.”

I am in the process of making a lot of changes in my life and those changes include my mentality of shutting down for the winter. I have things I need to get done this year and I am not allowed to take the winter off. I am making strides toward having a stronger author life (while still embracing my teacher life) and just as I teach year-round, I need to write and edit and publish all year-round as well…as hard as it is to do so with limited sunshine…and to fight my natural inclination to hibernate (I am a true Bears and Cubbies fan, after all).

I definitely have plans to publish one more novel this year. (Redeeming Trust, my sequel to Broken Trust). I also need to publish the short story “Chance Meeting” which is an alternate first meeting for Sam and Ali. I will have it at the beginning of Redeeming Trust and will also likely post it here, as well as trying for magazines and such. I also want to have a non-fiction book out (right now I am leaning toward Words to Write to with the second possibility being A-Z of the Writing Process.) But that makes 4 publishing credits for 2015, bringing my grand total to 9 (two poems in separate collections, Whatever you Make of ItArianna’s Honor, and Arianna’s Destiny).

I have my plans for what I want to publish in 2016, including my Lucky Charms series with First DownStealing Second, and Hat Trick as well as a non-fiction project or two. In order to get all of this done and keep my full-time job and possibly my part-time job, I can’t afford to take off from end of October to end of March because of lack of daylight. I need to play year-round. So, put me back in, Coach. I’m ready.

October 1, 2015

Ahhh…October

So I am now allergic to all apples and I don’t like pumpkin-flavored anything…so in some ways fall is wasted on me where food is concerned.

Even though it is now the 10th month of the year, and I’ve not yet completed enough of the plans I had made for 2015, I’m very grateful that September is over and done with as it was rather busy, and not the kind of busy that I prefer. I didn’t write enough, edit enough, make enough progress on any of my projects…but I have learned to let that go and not beat myself up for what I didn’t do yesterday, but to make today as productive as it can be.

So for this 10th month of 2015, I need to refocus and regroup on Redeeming Trust first and foremost. I just want it to be done, but I also want it to be right. Ali deserves a story as amazing as she is.

I need to keep making progress on Stealing Second so that my Lucky Charms series is solid and ready for 2016.

I need to get Don’t Let Go ready for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) because oh, hey…um, yeah, that November thing is NEXT month.

I have to get my non-fiction projects (A-Z of the Writing Process and Words to Write to) ready to go…It’s going to be a busy couple of months, but I am up for the challenge and excited about the new chapter of my life.

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