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Day 26 of Gratitude: Hugs

Nov 26, 2017 by Michelle Denise Sodaro
I know what some of you are thinking...has she been kidnapped?? She has personal space issues and tends to freeze awkwardly when people come in for a hug...and that is true...but I'm working on it.

The truth is I love hugs...not from everyone I meet, but from people who I enjoy the company of...people who don't send off creepy know...non-sociopathic people.

In the last few weeks, I have seen a few people who I haven't seen in years...and without hesitation, I hugged them...and it reminded me how much I am grateful for hugs.

So next time you see me...if you are not a creepy vibe sender...feel free to hug me...but not so tightly that I can't escape if I need steps,...

Day 21 of Gratitude: Crushes

Nov 21, 2017 by Michelle Denise Sodaro
Crushes are fun. They remind me what it feels like to be alive. They make it easier to be alone in things.

Sometimes I like to talk to guys I don't actually have a chance with in actual dating....not as an insult to me...just that we are too different, want different things, like different things, etc...but it's nice to talk to them. Be reminded to smile. And of course...the most important...they help my writing. I have stayed hidden for so long I fear it has hurt my writing, so I peek my head out of my shell, catch some crush-y feelings and use it to fuel my writing until I find something real again.

So to my crushes out there, those who...

Day 20 of Gratitude: NaNo 2017

Nov 20, 2017 by Michelle Denise Sodaro
So...the month (and NaNo) are 2/3rds over. I am currently 1/5th of the way to the 50,000 word count goal. So if I am 1/5th and then 2/3rds...carry the 5 and subtract purple....yup...I have a long way to go.

Day 19 of Gratitude: Change

Nov 19, 2017 by Michelle Denise Sodaro
So I think I have a fear of a stagnant where there is no change, no growth. A life where everything is the same...and nothing challenges me and I get...shudder...bored. I can't think of a scarier word actually.

This year, I have quit a career, started writing a non-fiction book and a mystery, and moved. All of these things were out of my comfort zone. I taught poetry to tiny humans. I started swimming. I decorated a pumpkin. Again...all outside of my comfort zone. And I have loved every single bit of change I have brought into my life. I didn't do them without fear. I did them in spite of my fear...because change is beautiful.

I don't want to just...

Gratitude Day 18: Help

Nov 18, 2017 by Michelle Denise Sodaro
I had two friends who helped me move and bring all of my stuff up to my new apartment. Helped me put stufd together. Helped me make it a home. I had other friends who helped me have stuff I was needing for my home. I was and am very blessed to have help.

Sometimes I forget I have osteoarthritis. I forget I have no cartilage in my knees, and my stubbornness of "I can do this all by myself" and "I got this" changes to "I can't do this without help" and "I don't got this at all." It's a humbling reminder that it's okay to depend on others for help and to return the favor when you can.

Throughout my...

Day 17 of Gratitude: Writing utensils

Day 17 of Gratitude: Writing utensils
Nov 17, 2017 by Michelle Denise Sodaro
I tend to use up pens and pencils on a fairly regular basis. I think of them as my soldiers in my battle against the blank their all to get the novel written. *I really like those pens and pencils where I can see if there is enough ink or lead for me to finish my chapter...because while I have gotten rid of some of my OCDs (I no longer have to start down stairs on my left foot- I can just go with which ever do it's turn it is) I can't have a chapter half blue and half black...and if a pen or pencil gives its all mid-chapter, I have to finish with an ink or lead...

Day 14 of Gratitude: my schedule

Nov 14, 2017 by Michelle Denise Sodaro
I think one of the difficulties I had with teaching was that I do my best writing first thing in the morning. My subconscious mind has had a chance to rest and I write best when it's first thing in the morning and there are no interruptions for a couple hours.

Between writing, my full-time job and my part-time job, it works out perfectly if I write when I first get up...then I need to add a workout I to my day. Then part- time job. Then full-time job. Cycle, rinse, repeat. Ad nauseam.

My life is busy right now. But my schedule is perfect. And I am so grateful for my writing and my jobs...and I will keep this up until...

Day 12 of Gratitude: Cooking shows

Nov 12, 2017 by Michelle Denise Sodaro
I love watching people follow their passions. I love watching their faces when they have created or done something that pushed them outside their comfort zones and helped them grow. It inspires me to work harder on my books...on my projects. It makes my comfort zone not quite so comfortable.

My current obsession is called the Great British Baking Show or something like that. Not a very clever title, but I love to watch the bakers try to appeal to and impress the judges. Love watching them bake. There is something breathtakingly beautiful about watching someone light up as they talk about and do their passion.

I am grateful for other people following their passions...because it pushes me to follow mine.

Day 10 of Gratitude: NaNo

Nov 10, 2017 by Michelle Denise Sodaro
So NaNo 2017 is 1/3rd of the way through. Sadly, I am not one-third of the way to the 50k...but today, In an glad to say I made it back to writing.

Last week I moved and this week was beyond crazy with both jobs...I was getting swirly because all my things are not under the same roof and all of those things were making writing rather difficult. *note to self, don't pack in October to move at the beginning of NaNo.*

Tonight...I put it all away. I got work done for my jobs and I picked up my pen and finished Chapter 3...and will start Chapter 4 when I finish this blog. I am back on task with my will...

Day 9 of Gratitude: Smiles

Nov 09, 2017 by Michelle Denise Sodaro
There are a few vanities that I have...I love my hair and my blue eyes...and I love my smile. Actually, I love most everyone's smile. Smiles are one of the simplest ways we can affect those around us in a positive way. Just a smile.

Some people only ever see my genuine smile. Some people only ever see my fake smile...but I try to smile every day. I try to smile at people...even those who don't smile back. I love smiles.

It's really one of the first things I find attractive in a person (my unhealthy obsession about male biceps, not withstanding).

Day 8 of Gratitude: Bravery

Nov 08, 2017 by Michelle Denise Sodaro
So last week, a not un-cute boy started talking to me in a coffee shop. He had heard a friend of mine and I talking about education and was also a part of that world. We chatted for a bit until we both went back to our respective computer screens.

I pondered for a minute and got up and gave not un-cute boy my business card. Told him if he wanted to talk more about education or whatever, he should email me.

Did I think he was going, not really...though there might be a story that has that beginning of a thing.

The point isn't that he didn't email me. The point is...I found him very not un-cute...and I gave him my...

Day 7 of Gratitude: Goals

Nov 07, 2017 by Michelle Denise Sodaro
There are people who believe in my goals right along side me. You know who you are...

There are people who believe in my goals sometimes even more than I do...I know who you are and am thankful for you every day.

There are also those who think my goals are a pipe dream. You know who you are...and so do I...and I forget a lot of things...but I will remember where you stood when it mattered.

I love my goals. I love that my books are going to pay the bills one day...that I am going to have worldwide book tours...that I am going to make it...that I am going to win an Oscar for best original screenplay.

Just in case you don't...

Day 6 of Gratitute: My things

Nov 06, 2017 by Michelle Denise Sodaro
Quiet Man with John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara is one of my all-time favorite movies, for a thousand reasons, but one of them is when she doesn't feel at home without her things around her. As I was moving, and my things were here and there, I felt discontent...and now, with most of my things under one roof, I feel grateful for having "my things about me." *I would have all of my things, but I am old and my back and my knees are not doing great with the stairs and the cold...but by week's end, I should be all settled.

It's odd, the things we find comfort in, but I love to have my projects all under one roof,...

Day 5 Gratitude: The kits

Day 5 Gratitude: The kits
Nov 05, 2017 by Michelle Denise Sodaro
I couldn't say this on Friday when they had the torture and inhumanity of being forced to being locked up in prison cells (carriers) and transported to their new home. I couldn't even really say this yesterday when they were still traumatized from their Friday. *sarcasm font*

But today...I am once more (and always) grateful for the kits.

4th day of Gratitude: Friends

Nov 04, 2017 by Michelle Denise Sodaro
Sometimes, I am absolutely amazed I have friends. Every day, I am absolutely amazed by my friends. I have friends who accept and love my quirks, friends who love and support my goals, friends who don't outwardly bash my goals, and friends who do all of the above and so much more.

If I count you among my friends, and if you count me among your group...just know that I am grateful for you every day.

3rd day of gratitude: moving day

Nov 03, 2017 by Michelle Denise Sodaro
When you have been putting things in boxes for over a month, it is a great relief when you finally get to take things out of boxes and start to figure out where it makes sense to put things.

I always forget how much I hate moving my cats until the time comes to shove them in carriers and zip them in as fast as I can. The Siamese didn't catch on quickly enough to fight me. The tabby...always the tabby...hid under the bed until I moved the bed. Hid under the dresser until I moved that too. He verbally protested and thrashed about. Then on the drive, the tabby sulked quietly while the Siamese acted as if I was torturing...

Day 2 of Gratitude: Sleep

Nov 02, 2017 by Michelle Denise Sodaro
So there is a lot going on in my mind and world at current. Today, and every day it happens...I am grateful for restful sleep. It's not an every day thing...even on the best of days. Being a writer is sometimes a challenge to restful anything...but between my move and my job and my other job and NaNo (which I only got 700 words on today, but that is okay...progress is progress)...I am definitely grateful for restful sleep.


Day one of Gratitude: NaNo start

Nov 01, 2017 by Michelle Denise Sodaro
So, I am going to do this again this year, and hopefully I make it all 30. There is just a lot going on, but all of that is something to be grateful for, so I should be just fine.

I move on Friday. I am working a full-time job and a part-time job. I also am planning on getting 2 more projects finished before 2017 sees its closing. No one has ever said I was sane or realistic. So, of course, to add to the NaNoWriMo (or NaNo) 50,000 words in 30 days.

I woke up this morning at 2, with an idea for a perfect way to start chapter one...but my muse was sleeping, so I put it in...

Preparing for NaNo

Oct 23, 2017 by Michelle Denise Sodaro
So...did you look at your calendar, realize November is NEXT week and squeal like I did? November means warm clothes and football and hot cocoa and all those good things...but to some writers...November means NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo (or NaNo) is National Novel Writing Month. The challenge is 50K in 30D (that's 50,000 words in 30 days...which averages out to about 1667 a day). It is a beautiful, exhausting, exhilarating, challenge and I have participated in it since 2012 when I had Redeeming Trust as my novel challenge. I did not let myself even think about any other projects and the end result was a writer's block around chapter 12 that I could not break and lost all kinds of time.

2013 was First Down ...

Keep Coming Back

Keep Coming Back
Oct 16, 2017 by Michelle Denise Sodaro
So far in my author life, I have self-published a single (Whatever you Make of It), a double (Arianna's Honor and Arianna's Destiny), another double (Broken Trust and  Redeeming Trust), and a trilogy (Lucky Charms: First Down, Stealing Second, and Hat Trick). I have potential ideas for a 2nd Whatever, a 3rd Arianna and a 4th Lucky Charms: Quarterfinals. I don't currently have any ideas for a 3rd in the Trust books, though I cannot imagine my time with Sam and Ali is really done.

One one hand, I love these characters--I know them and love them, in fact have known and loved them for years now. They are my friends, and now that they are published, they are my readers' friends as well. People have asked me...