Yesterday night on the train I moved seats to let a family be closer to the tv I wasn’t watching. So, there I was hauling my crap up and down the aisle trying to decide what seat would be the best of the remaining options. ie: a spacious seat where I wouldn’t get stuck next to a chatty neighbor.
On my second trip up the aisle a young woman pounding away on her IBook saw me and moved her books to offer the seat next to her. That made the decision easier.
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And you know what? We did end up chatting and I couldn’t have had a better seatmate. She told me all about her hometown in Alaska and I took notes because there was story written all over it. Then she showed me pics off her computer. I ended up giving her my purse copy of Sand in My Bra. Definitely a fair trade if you ask me.
You just never know where your next story idea is going to come from. My problem is that I find stories in everyone. But that’s my problem, not yours. Get resourceful! Get writing. Get pitching. Get bylines.