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Had to laugh...

May 06, 2011 by Michelle Denise Sodaro
I am reading a fantastic book called Take Joy: A Writer's guide to loving the craft, by Jane Yolen and she has some amazing insights into writing and how much fun it can be while at the same time being challenging and different than any other occupation. And I am enjoying reading about someone else that truly loves writing and would write even if she didn't get paid for it...but isn't it nice that she does as that is a goal of mine as well. But it is nice to hear from another writer that writes because she would feel like something was missing in her life if she didn't sit down to write every day. There was a part...

Back on Track...

May 01, 2011 by Michelle Denise Sodaro
Ironically...the name of the series for which book 1 and book 2 practically wrote themselves is Back on Track...and with this being the beginning of a new month, I felt an overwhelming urge to get things in my writing life back on track as well as my doctorate life and my actual life. All of the these things tend to fall by the wayside as other things take priority or as emotionally I fall down once again. One year ago this weekend, I watched one of the best people I have ever known pass on to the other side of life...and I know he is watching over me. I feel his presence in every thing that I do. He is...

What's a girl to play with???

Apr 21, 2011 by Michelle Denise Sodaro
So Monday...I finished the final chapter and epilogue of novel number 4 (which is in the same series as novel number 3, for those of you keeping score at home). I told myself that I would have Arianna as my next project to finish (and there was much rejoicing) and that I would start that up in May to give myself some serious doctorate paper time...(I also came up with a schedule to completion of paper #3...I do love my lists). I also know that if I am going to do that much academic writing, I will need to play with something creatively so that my muse doesn't get bored... This presents a bit of a quandary for me...what do I...

While you're waiting...

Apr 17, 2011 by Michelle Denise Sodaro
So I have read this advice from both academic and creative sources, and have practiced it enough times to know that it is the truth. As we all know, I am not the world's most patient person. I am not good at waiting, and all too often will lose interest if I am forced to wait for anything for too long. My attention will be diverted to something more shiny and immediate. It is probably one of the many reasons why I have not married...but I digress. The advice is this...while you are waiting for the next stage of something, begin working on something else. Case in point, while I was waiting for the approval and submission of each of...

Planning my pages

Apr 11, 2011 by Michelle Denise Sodaro
So more from the information from the webinar...I need to create my bio for my webpage...so much I want to include, as well as many things that I cannot include. It is exciting to be planning this. I have looked at a variety of author's websites to get an idea of what I want and what I don't want. I also have to take care to not let this new "toy" distract me too much. Yes, I want my website started and up and running. I also want my grading of my classes to be current, my doctorate paper to be completed, my newest novel to be finished (first draft), and my 'first-born' to be edited and polished. I learned...

MichelleSodaro.com

Apr 07, 2011 by Michelle Denise Sodaro
I attended a webinar from Writer's Digest that was about having a successful writer website. She talked about the importance of blogging (yeah!!! I love it when I get it right without knowing it) and using WordPress for the blog (and I'm 2 for 2!!!), She talked about using Facebook and Twitter (okay, here I was 1 for 2...but have since created a Twitter account). And she talked about claiming your domain. Her suggestion was to use GoDaddy.com as it was reasonably priced and user-friendly. So I am now the proud owner of michellesodaro.com I haven't done much with it...have the home page started but not published...but it has a place holder...if you go and visit it, you can see that...

Ready...Set...WAIT...

Apr 06, 2011 by Michelle Denise Sodaro
Those of you that know me, know that without a doubt the worst four-letter word you could throw at me is the W-bomb..."Wait" is a word that despite my strong vernacular, is not in my vocabulary at all. I don't do it well...I don't like it...I don't want to learn how to do this....I would rather...not wait. I would rather have my answers now, my next step now, my next thing...well, now. I like now. If I have things now, then I know what I need to do next...but when WAIT is the word people and life keep tossing at me I am unsure of what to do. And of course I have things I NEED to do...I have classes to...

A walk in the park

Apr 03, 2011 by Michelle Denise Sodaro
So, it's amazing how something so simple as a walk in the park can make things clear...can resharpen the focus...can bring the soul peace...a simple walk in the park with a good friend...her two beautiful children laughing...can bring back a sense of innocence and peace to a soul that is sometimes jaded by the events of the world. I was so wrapped up in my own world...so wrapped up in my to do list, that I almost didn't take the invitation of my friend to join her and her girls in celebrating one of the first nice days we have had this year...but I went...one thing I have learned about my friend is that she sometimes knows me better than...

Busy busy me...

Mar 30, 2011 by Michelle Denise Sodaro
So I talked to my doctorate advisor yesterday and we came up with a game plan that will get me done with everything except my dissertation by the end of 2011. It's do-able...but it is a really good thing that I am single, have no children (other than the kittens), and have no plans of having much of a social life between now and then. This quarter I am working on a class and a set of papers...next quarter I will have a set of papers and a residency (where I write the prospectus for my dissertation!!!! )...September quarter I will have my last class and will start my last set of papers...December quarter final residency and finish up papers....

Whatever you Make of it...

Mar 29, 2011 by Michelle Denise Sodaro
So enough people have asked me...what is your book about, that I thought it would be good to blog about... Picture Johnathon, a young lawyer wanting to make partner at the expense of everything and everyone in his life. He doesn't have time for life lessons or family...or even his girlfriend, Rebecca. In fact he thinks most things that are not job-related are, in general, a waste of time. He is given a book by his late grandmother who tells him this is all he needs to fix his life. He starts to read the book and he expresses all of his thoughts out loud. The characters in the book, the fabulous Jac and Jyn, hear his spoken thoughts and respond...

So close...

Mar 28, 2011 by Michelle Denise Sodaro
"Have you heard the news? I'm doing what I said I would. So now you say... I always knew you could" "You did your best to keep me down Tried to make my soul give in But now I'm here to make a big, big sound It's your turn to lose and it's my time to win" Richard Marx, "Nothing you can do about it" I always like quotes, as you know...and I was listening to my mp3 player this morning and this song came on and it made me realize that I am so close now to what I always said I was going to do...am so close to my dreams coming true...and it made me think of the people that have waited for me to...

And so it begins!!!

Mar 24, 2011 by Michelle Denise Sodaro
I called iUniverse today and talked to people who are very much in love with books...and they were excited to have me join them...and they were excited about my book...and they were excited and caring and warm and friendly and I just knew I had made the perfect decision for my books...that this would be a place where they would be safe and loved!!!! The person who started me out was kind and fun and wanted to make sure I understood the different options for my book. I put down a small payment (OH MY GODDDDDD!!!! I am doing this...I am really doing this...no more "somedays" and "maybes" and "I'm going to's") to hold the sale price of 50% off...

Did she just say goats???

Mar 23, 2011 by Michelle Denise Sodaro
So recently, I was in a room full of my colleagues...fellow teachers that know me in a wide variety of levels...some of them know me in passing...they talk to me at school but might not recognize me in public...all the way to people that I consider as closest and dearest to me in my life. We had had to pair up and then share about what the other person did to keep students interested...I went on and on about how my friend was enthusiastic and made Comp seem like something amazing...she simply uttered one sentence to describe me: She talks about goats. Did she say goats? Why would Michelle Sodaro talk about goats? What? Goats? Really? Taken out of context...it...

Ready or not...here I come.

Mar 20, 2011 by Michelle Denise Sodaro
For several days after my first book was published, I carried it about in my pocket, and took surreptitious peeks at it to make sure the ink had not faded.” James Barrie I am certain that after I receive the first finished copy of Whatever you Make of It, I will do exactly what James Barrie spoke of in this quote. How could I not? I have dreamt of this and talked about this and hoped for this and planned for this...I have wanted this more than I have wanted anyone or anything...and once I hold that book in my hands for the first time...not as a draft...not as pages printed off my computer...or the flash drive that I carry with...

And I am in awe of the universe...

Mar 16, 2011 by Michelle Denise Sodaro
Sometimes it all comes together...sometimes, you just let go and the universe breathes a sigh of relief and says "finally...you're going to let me drive" and it takes all of your plans and all of your things, and it puts things in the right places. And things come together in more beautiful and wonderful ways than you could ever have imagined. I decided to publish Whatever you make of It at the end of this month...will be calling iUniverse tomorrow to know what I need to do next, how long it will take from my clicking send to them saying "here is your book," How much my books will cost on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc., and such things that...

Hmm...a book signing...how fancy!!!

Mar 14, 2011 by Michelle Denise Sodaro
When I told the director at the school where I teach about my upcoming publishing plans for Whatever you Make of It, his initial and immediate response was "you should have the book signing here" and I laughed. A book signing...how fancy...that's something that Stephen King or Nora Roberts or someone that is already completely "there"...someone who has "made it"...someone where people already know what he/she does and doesn't ask..."a writer, hey? So what do you do for work?" That isn't for the likes of me...is it? Or is it? I mean....why not. Have a book signing for my first book here in Kansas City...where I have lived and loved for the past 2 decades...I've made friends...I have a fan...

Oh my....

Mar 09, 2011 by Michelle Denise Sodaro
So I am reading this book called Mortification by Robin Robertson and it is a collection of authors sharing times in their careers where they were, as the title might indicate, mortified. As I read through the stories, I A) can't wait to be among their number, B) am learning some vital tidbits (don't get drunk before a reading, for example), and C) am now aware that book tours are horrible, horrible events. Yes, yes they are necessary and I will count my lucky stars when I get to go on one...but seriously...Murphey's Law has a special kind of fun with authors and that fun is called a book tour...weird storms that keeps everyone in their homes and away from...

Feeling at home

Mar 07, 2011 by Michelle Denise Sodaro
This weekend I moved again. (I have to stay one step ahead of the stalkers...) and I watched the kittens wander around and explore this new place...checking out the rooms and the windows...it is very important to know where you will be napping in life. As the kittens went from room to room, I could feel my muse do the same. My muse has been hiding here for the past couple of weeks...with the ending of the Doc quarter and things at school getting hectic...plus I was restless as were the kittens in my old place with boxes all about...I wasn't worried she was gone for good this time though...I could tell she was there, peeking in from time to...

Close your eyes....and JUMP

Mar 02, 2011 by Michelle Denise Sodaro
There comes a time, in everyone's life...that defining moment of "okay, here it is...you've said you're going to do it...so do it..." where there are no more excuses, no more justifications, no more second guesses...where no reason you could think of sounds viable anymore...and even the kittens are telling you to poop or get out of the litter box. So here it goes...at the end of this month, I will be sending Whatever you Make of It off to iUniverse to self-publish. EEEEEEEK....WOW...deep breath...OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD...WHAT AM I DOING...followed quickly by a WHAT HAVE I DONE!!!!! This of course will be followed by a loud thud as I slam the door to the world...

Fantastic compliment

Feb 28, 2011 by Michelle Denise Sodaro
So recently I handed over Whatever you make of It to a dear and trusted friend who was looking for something to read. Handing over my 308-page "first born" was not at all nerve-wracking and scary when I saw the look on my friend's face. She knew what she held and what it meant to me. She was not at all like the highly competent, yet fairly callous Post Office worker who, when I handed her the first three chapters and query letter to send off to the cruel cruel world, unknowingly tossed my "first born" into a bin full of bills and other bits of letters and such, causing my heart to break and my breath to catch in...