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May 8, 2017

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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.

September 1, 2016

Book Signing

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I am having a book signing on 16 September from 7-9pm at Bead Boutique (508 NW Englewood Rd Kansas City, MO 64118).

I will be selling copies of these five beautiful books and will be more than happy to autograph them.

In 2011, someone I love said to me “you have wanted to be an author since I met you…so do it. BE an author.” And that set this all in motion. He is gone now…but there is not a day I don’t feel him with me as I write. I know he is celebrating with me and watching over me at all times.

It is so surreal to think that I published my first book in 2011. Looking at what I knew then compared to what I know now and I am amazed at how much personal growth can occur in a 5-year time span.

These books have changed my life. The writing of them…the editing of them…the publishing of them. Every time I see my name on the beautiful covers, I smile. They are the starting gate to my future…and by the end of next year, my stack of books will be doubled. (First Down will be out in October 2016, Stealing Second in December 2016, Hat Trick in March 2017 and then Driven West in June of 2017 and Dear Teaching: I want a Divorce in December 2017).

Please come out to my book signing if you can make it. I would love to see you there.

*Cash or debit/credit cards accepted*

 

August 25, 2016

Revisiting: Broken Trust

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Broken Trust Final

Continuing on my Throwback Thursday…my 4th fictional child. She came out last year and her sequel, Redeeming Trust is now out as well. This story started as a dream. It grew into two novels through a conversation over French fries. From the start, I pictured the talented and awkward Sam, and of course I pictured the colorful and full of life, Ali. I pictured Ben, though his picture became more clear later on…mostly…for me, this story was always about two best friends. After all, where would any of us be without our best friends.

Sam is an artist (her painting is depicted on the beautiful covers for both Broken Trust and Redeeming Trust, both designed by the Amazing Amanda Fugate). She uses her art to deal with all that has happened in her. This introduces her to Ben, an architect who is so focused on his future plans, he almost misses out on an amazing opportunity to have more than he’s every dreamed of. And Ali…Ali (Ben’s sister) owns a music store and wants to avoid love for as long as she possibly can. The three of them, in each other, find friendships and love that improve all of their lives and make them all stronger.

 

August 23, 2016

Project Quilt

Filed under: Writer's thoughts — michelle sodaro @ 1:07 pm
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project quilt

SO a few years ago, I had all my “current” projects up on my wall…and it reminded me that I needed to quit playing World of Warcraft and get to work on these projects. After a few moves and updates to the project list, it is finally back on my wall where it belongs. That’s a lot of color in one picture…it is even more so in real life 😀 But I was careful to not have the pink paper visible on the pink paint or the green paper visible on the green paint. That and not having the same color side by side or directly on top or bottom…was all I allowed my OCD to have a say in this. There was no real order to the projects. I didn’t do alphabetical or color coded…See…I am making progress on controlling my OCD…but not to the point that I obsess about it (see what I did there 😉 haha)

45…there are 45 of them on my wall. In order to be seen as “current” they have to have at least an outline or at least 3 chapters written. Yes, I know this is too many toys to have out of the toy box at one time. I’m working on having more focus and actually finishing things. Turns out I really get a kick out of holding the finished products all shiny in their covers. SO I am working on finishing more things…which will then of course leave room on my wall for new posters and new ideas that have not yet met the self-imposed “current” criteria.

 

August 18, 2016

Revisiting: Arianna’s Destiny

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Continuing my Throwback Thursday bit…my third book (first sequel). Sodaro_AriannaDestiny_EBOOKsizeReq (1)Arianna was supposed to wait her turn in line. Arianna’s Honor came out in 2012 and then there were other books that were ‘next.’ But then my girl, Ari, was rather insistent that her sequel be next. The characters in my other novels happily stepped aside to let her pass. I am pretty sure it was not her sword that motivated them to let her cut in line, though I am sure her sword and her skill with said sword did cross their fictional minds. But whatever the reason, Arianna’s Destiny became my 3rd published book. Her birth date was 2014 (and yes that gap will bother me forever…I have a 2011, a 2012, a 2014, and a 2015…so far I have one 2016…but will have two more before year’s end, so maybe then the gap won’t matter to me as much).

Arianna’s sequel was hard to write. I wanted to do her justice. She was this amazing epitome of strength. She was loyal to a fault; if you are among her friends and family, there is nothing she won’t do to protect you, usually without regard to her personal health. She is a fighter and she spends a lot of time in an emotional state that is not my comfort zone. But she draws strength from her anger, so I channeled it for her. I understand anger, I just don’t live there for the damage it does. But for Ari…I will channel it.

There have been inklings for a third one…I have started hearing my muse plotting…but not for a bit yet. Ari needs to rest and heal and the other books have been patient long enough. But soon…I will revisit my girl, Ari.

August 11, 2016

Revisiting Arianna’s Honor

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So, doing a Throw Back Thursday again, with my second book, Arianna’s Honor.

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Arianna is my favorite. I know. I know…I am supposed to love them all the same. I have heard parents say the same thing. I have said the same thing as a teacher…but Ari is my favorite. With everything she has been through, everything she has become…she is my hero. When I am tired, she reminds me to keep fighting. Her fights were more of the physical, sword-wielding type where as mine tend to be more spiritual/emotional (though on a very small level, it pushes me harder to work out regardless of my knee pain.), and she reminds me to push harder, keep going.

August 4, 2016

Revisiting Whatever you Make of It

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So in honor of Throwback Thursday, I thought I would revisit my first “born,” Whatever you make of It. (Published 2011 and available on amazon.com)

I was so clueless about so many things with this one. Fumbling and worrying at every stage…all part of the new parent package, or so I am told.

So Whatever you Make of It is the story of Jac and Jyn (or Johnathon and Rebecca, depending on your viewpoint). Jac and Jyn live in a book, but they don’t know this until they hear Johnathon’s voice.

Johnathon is obsessed with making partner at his law firm, no matter the cost. His relationship with his girlfriend is strained; his relationship with his parents, almost non-existent. He starts to read a book willed to him by his grandma and as he speaks his thoughts out loud, he struggles with the idea that the characters can not only hear him, but can talk to him as well.

As the book progresses, Johnathon learns a bit from Jac and Jyn…and they, in turn, learn a thing or two from him as well.

This book was so much fun to write. Who hasn’t read a book and wished they could talk to the characters?

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July 29, 2016

Ink Therapy

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So normally I am talking about pen to paper time when I talk about ink therapy, but today, it is all about celebrating the fact that my 5th book is out.

Five years ago when I published Whatever You Make of It, I started this tattoo on my right shoulder blade to represent my first five books. I intentionally only had the bottom one filled in because I didn’t want to A) jinx it that I would never publish another book or B) publish them in a different order than they were on my back (and my OCD could not have handled that permanent reminder). Arianna’s Honor was next, as was always the game plan, but then Arianna’s Destiny cut in line to be my 3rd book published and this would have most definitely not have been the order I imagined at the time of getting the tattoo.

Last year, I took Arianna’s Honor and Arianna’s Destiny  to get the 2nd and 3rd books filled in.

Friday I took the beautiful Broken Trust and Redeeming Trust in to my favorite tattoo artist to get the tattoo I started five years ago one step closer to finished. The books are colored in and then titles may be added later.

This is exciting for a couple reasons: A)It means I have five books out (YAY!!! GO ME!!)  and B) My tattoo is almost FINISHED and I do like to finish things, as many of you may know.tatt of booksAs it first existed.

As it exists now. 

July 25, 2016

Doing better at this author thing

Filed under: Writer's thoughts — michelle sodaro @ 4:59 pm
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I have been doing a lot of thinking of where I was both physically and “authorily” a year ago compared to where I am now. (Without a doubt, I am in all ways measurable in a better place now).

The advancements I have made as an author are really the most tangible (and those steps I have taken are the direct result of all that has happened in the past year.)

I now have my 5th book out. Redeeming Trust  was originally promised out last September, but I had some people to meet and experiences to go through before she was truly ready for her close up to the world.

I have my three-book series, Lucky Charms, on deck (pun intended). The game plans is October for First Down, December for Stealing Second, and March for Hat Trick.

I now have a Post Office box. I have, for the first time in my life, some actual roots to a city. Baby steps, I know, but I finally feel at home somewhere.

I have started the initial planning for my 2nd book signing. Details to follow.

I am restocking the shelves of my various novels. Turns out, it is harder to sell them if I don’t have any on-hand.

As much as I have enjoyed my full-time teaching career, I am actually making some plans to be able to see an end in sight (525) to be an author full-time.

Yeah, I am in a much better place in every aspect of my life and looking forward to where I will be another year from now.

July 13, 2016

Pieces and Parts

Filed under: Writer's thoughts — michelle sodaro @ 1:24 pm
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So sometime in my younger time (younger time being any time before now) that was the joke about McDonald’s chicken McNuggets…that they were “pieces and parts” of chicken (it may be true, I have no knowledge one way or the other)…that is just what I thought of with my blog title.

I mentioned on Monday that I put too much on my to-do list and that it is easy for me to get overwhelmed. This is absolute truth. I was thinking last week of the things I want to get done this year (2 more books out, NaNo, blogs, etc.etc.etc.) and I started to feel like a better idea was to rock myself quietly in a corner somewhere.

So over the weekend, I took the HUGE things (getting two more novels out and NaNo) and broke them down into pieces and parts. I don’t have to get EVERYTHING done in July…but I do have to get SOME things done in July so that I can get SOME things done in August, etc. etc.etc.

So now I have a month-by-month list further broken down to week-by-week and this has made a world of difference in my anxiety level. What do ya know…Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott wins again.

Get things done, Sodaro.

 

 

 

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