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                   --Lee Pound

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Day 58 Story - Meeting in Moscow

This story (365 Stories in a Year blog) is a very short vignette from a trip my wife and I took to Moscow years ago.

It is a great example of how you can take a very short piece and make a story out of it with a lesson attached.

I was looking for short items to do this morning and this was the first that popped into my mind so I went with it.

Day 57 Story - Use the News to Find Stories

This story (365 Stories in a Year blog) was inspired by the Chilean mine collapse and rescue. I wanted to explore the emotions that might arise in such conditions without specifically mentioning the news story itself.

Creating fiction this way allows the writer to explore the emotions that would be universal in such a situation.

This is one case where an idea you might not like to explore simply clamors for attention. I gave in and this story is the result.

Day 56 Story - Ignoring a Problem Can Be Fatal

We’ve seen it way too often. A seemingly healthy man or woman has a heart attack or stroke with no obvious symptoms. Afterward, when we check their history, we find signs that something was wrong all along.

People are so good at talking themselves out of the idea that they have a problem that for many the first inkling of trouble is death. If they are lucky, they will get help early but many do not.

This story (365 Stories in a Year blog) started with a phrase “what’s eating Harry” and eventually morphed in a story on the theme of ignoring the obvious and why we do it. It’s a cautionary tale that I urge all to pay attention to.

Day 55 - When the Music Stops

As a seminar producer, I’ve experienced the last moments of an event many times. It is always a nostalgic time, looking back at what happened, the people we met, the ones we didn’t, and the learning that took place.

This story (365 Stories in a Year blog) is a look at the end of one such event, inspired by BlogWorld in Las Vegas last weekend but also inspired by all the events I’ve been to that eventually faded away in the past.

We can only live in the moment and cannot recapture the past. No matter how much we might want an event to continue on and on, we must at some point take what we learned back to the real world and make use of it in the best way we can.

This is my salute to BlogWorld, Speak Your Way to Wealth, and to all the other events that teach and inspire attendees to better at what they do.

Day 54 Story - Finding Easy Story Ideas

I have to admit I didn’t feel much like writing a story today. I drove almost 300 miles this morning coming home from Las Vegas after the BlogWorld conference and had a client meeting and lots of catching up to do.

In this situation, of course, I’m going to write a story, somehow. Some of the best ideas come from interesting experiences like travel so I thought back to my trip to Alaska when I was young. One of the strongest memories of that trip was the mosquitoes and with that a story was born (365 Stories in aYear blog). I’m not saying it’s one of my best but it will give you a new perspective on what it is like to travel to Alaska in July.

The point here is that no matter how little time you have, you can come up with a story by using a familiar idea that you know well and don’t have to think about too much.

Day 53 Story - A Story About a Crowd

I’m still at Blogworld in Las Vegas so this story was inspired by sitting down in the lounge and watching the crowds mill about. What would happen to someone was wasn’t good in crowds in such a situation? This story (365 Stories in a Year blog) is the result.

It’s over today so tomorrow’s story will be about something different. This is just a great example of how to use an event you are attending to get new ideas for stories or to write about a point you care a lot about.

Day 52 Story - Implement, Implement

I’m here at Blogworld in Las Vegas today and tomorrow so it is not odd that the idea for today’s story (365 Stories in a Year blog) comes from the idea that lots of people attend such events and never act on what they learn.

I’ve seen this happen to so many people both in the events I’ve put on and in events I’ve attended.

The important idea of this story is that if you go to an event you’ve paid good money for and spent good time on, use the material you learn as soon as you get home.

Day 51 Story - A Surprise Place to Stay

This story (365 Stories in a Year blog) came from a trip to France my wife and I took shortly after we were married. It recounts one of those serendipitous incidents that happen from time to time.

A trip like this can be the source of many great story ideas. This one is absolutely true but again as with any story, you can add or subtract detail as needed.

This story as it happened contained a lot more incidents that were not germaine to the story itself in this context. Some of the items I left out this time may show up in future stories.

Day 50 Story - Breaking the Rules

This story (365 Stories in a Year blog) is all about independence and breaking the rules. The idea came from thinking back to the trip my family took to Alaska by car and trailer back in the 1950s. My dad was never one to follow warmings if he thought they didn’t apply to him.

In this case, they did apply, and they didn’t. Read the story to see what happened and tell me about any times you’ve broken a rule and gotten away with it.

Day 49 Story - The Loss of Innocence

Most people have repressed some of the scarier moments of childhood and early adulthood. These repressed memories can have a very damaging effect on their lives. In virtually all cases, facing these repressed memories can help people get their lives moving again.

Others, when they come face to face with their past, flee back to the boring present and continue to do what hasn’t worked for them in the past. This story (365 Stories in a Day blog) is about one of those unhappy people. In this story, I decided to look at what happens when all doesn’t go right and if that is necessarily a bad thing.

The idea came from the thought that most of us are nostalgic for something. The twist came from the possibility that the nostalgia we feel could either be misplaced or dead wrong.

Let me know what you think of the way the twist works.