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                   --Lee Pound

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Day 68 Story - A Bowl of Chili Gets Famous

Food is one of the most common sources of story ideas. In this story, (365 Stories in a Year blog) I took the old tale of the chili cook0ff and added a twist to it. Of course Bill and the chili and Mama never existed although there are several counties south of Fort Worth, Texas that might harbor excellent chili.

I had a bit of fun with this one because chili has always had the aura of the fabulous around it. Of course nobody knows what the best bowl of chili tastes like because it is such an individual taste. Hot is great for some, mild for others. Some pile on the beans, others think beans are taboo.

As for Mama’s secret ingredient, I expect the entire chili cooking world will want to know what it is. Sorry, I made up the story and I made up the secret ingredient, and I’m not telling what it was.

Of course, how could I? I made it up and I never named it so I don’t have a clue. And to make the story work, I don’t have to have a clue. Enjoy!

Day 67 Story - Kids, Ghosts, and the Innocence of Youth

This story (365 Stories in a Year blog) is completely fictional although I set it in a real house in a real neighborhood when I was growing up. Last time I was there that house still existed. It was actually a home to a young family but the in eyes of the neighborhood kids that house, standing dark and isolated, took on an eerie quality late at night.

Since it’s Halloween tomorrow, this story seemed a natural. It’s also a quick foray into the innocence of youth where reality and the unreal have not yet separated themselves. Read as a bunch of kids turn mundane reality into something truly eerie.

Day 66 Story - Disaster on the SS President Hoover

This story (365 Stories in a Year blog) was one of my Dad’s favorites because it involved his first adventures as a ship’s photographer in the 1930s.

I’ve heard the tales a lot so I researched it tonight to get the exact dates. You can read all the details of these incidents of you Google the SS President Hoover. It was fascinating to read the news stories about the events I’d heard my Dad talk about when I was young and to know that he was actually there in a very historic time and place.

A quick clue: My Dad always started by saying he was a jinx…

Day 65 Story - We Attempt to Recreate a French Delicacy

This is another story from our trip to France in 1996. As you can see, one trip can produce a load of ideas. If I worked this hard enough, I might even be able to get a book out of just this one trip.

This time we are in Aurillac visiting a very welcoming French family and were served a wonderful French delicacy that we attempted to recreate when we got back home to Irvine.

This story (365 Stories in a Year blog) shows you just how far we got. Enjoy!

Day 64 Story - A New Home for a Very Private Cat

This story (365 Stories in a Year blog) is about my mother’s cat, who my wife and I adopted after she passed away. It’s a cute story about how the assumptions we make can be entirely wrong.

Virtually everything anyone believed about this cat turned out to be false. It’s only because in the end my wife and I decided to go against all the experts that the cat found a home with us and our already existing animals.

Sometimes the experts don’t know everything and it’s best to go with your gut feeling.

Day 63 Story - Trapped in Austin With a Puppy

This story (365 Stories in a Year blog) is about the time we brought our dog home from Mexico by air.

This was one of th0se cases where everything that could have gone wrong did go wrong, from a thunderstorm, to late planes and closed airports. At the middle of it was a six-week old puppy that just wanted to get to her new home as quickly as possible.

It’s amazing how many stories are right there, close at hand, just like this one.

Day 62 Story - A Russian Adventure

Our trip to Russia ten years ago was full of adventures, as you can see from the number of stories I’ve included about it so far.

In this story (365 Stories in a Year blog) I tell about our flight from Moscow to Rostov.

There is not much to say about it except that it was the most unusual airplane flight I have ever had. Enjoy!

Day 61 Story - The Product Launch Formula Event

This story (365 Stories in a Year blog) is my personal reaction to the event I attended this weekend in Scottsdale Arizona, Jeff Walker’s Product Launch Formula event.

To me this event was so powerful that I couldn’t conceive of writing about anything else today. I’ve heard stories of events like this but to experience it was an inspirational high.

Yes, these are marketers and yes they do want to sell you something. The point is that the more we pay attention to what they do and how they do it, the more our own businesses will benefit.

After all, everyone is a marketer in everything that they do.

Day 60 Story - Taking Advantage of Opportunity

This is one of those very busy days that many writers would allow to interfere with their writing. I am in Scottsdale, Arizona for Jeff Walker’s Product Launch Formula live event and got home late after a Mastermind meeting.

I could have just said, no story today, too tired. However, I didn’t. This story (365 Stories in a Year blog) is short and is a non-fiction story from the beginning  of my writing business. I can’t say it’s perfect or great but it’s written and that’s the important thing.

We’ll return to fiction and longer stories when I get back home.

Day 59 Story - Chance Encounters Change Lives

This story (365 Stories in a Year blog) comes from an incident many years ago when I found some long sought information by a chance look at a certain index.

This is just one of many such incidents that have happened to me over the years. If you think back over your life, you may find such incidents as well.

The lesson here is to be ready when these serendipitous moments arise so you can take advantage of them.