Thursday, October 10, 2019

Yes, That Really Happened! By Patti Jo Moore

As writers, we know that story ideas are everywhere. People-watching can often send our minds into overdrive, and we start playing the “what if” game in our thoughts. What if that man patiently accompanying his wife in the grocery store is actually a spy?

We can also use incidents in our own lives to add an interesting twist in our stories. Has something unbelievable happened to you? Maybe something so crazy that later you find yourself thinking, I can’t believe I did that! Or Did that really happen?

Since I recently returned from attending the American Christian Fiction Writers’ conference in San Antonio, Texas, I’ve been reflecting on what I learned, the friends I saw, and yes—even some zany things that happened. 😉 It occurred to me a few days ago that some of these happenings might find their way into my future stories.

Because I’m not a seasoned traveler, I was a bit nervous as I prepared to board my flight at the Atlanta airport. *Side note: For those of you who’ve never been in my hometown airport, it gets CRAZY!* As I headed along the jetway to board the plane, I glanced behind me to see if I was the last passenger. The line ahead suddenly stopped, sending me plowing into the woman ahead of me. Cringing, I profusely apologized, preparing to be met with a glare. Instead, the woman laughed and joked about not having her brake lights on! I had no idea who she was, but I liked her right away. 😊 A few hours later, I was leaving the registration table at the writers’ conference when a woman approached me, smiling as she introduced herself. She was the same woman I’d bumped into, and also a Hallmark author whose books and movies I love! I gushed like a crazy fangirl, but she was so sweet and since then we’ve visited and emailed. I have a new friend!

When I checked into the hotel, the kind employee smiled and handed me a bookmark with a Bible verse on it, along with my room key. As I stepped away from the counter to join a friend, I glanced down at my room number. Room 666. Seriously? At a Christian conference? For a minute I thought it must be a joke. ☹ The woman who’d helped me was now busy with another guest, so I went to a different desk clerk. When he saw my room number, he shook his head and exclaimed, “I told her not to give anyone this room!” He completely understood my reason for wanting a different room, and happily assigned me to a new room on a different floor. 😊

I could go on and on…but you get the idea. Those clumsy moments we might have, or something that we can later laugh about can all become part of our stories. Even something that might seem unbelievable to others—yet really happened to us—can all find their way onto the pages of our stories. If you’re too embarrassed to admit an incident really happened, no worries. You’re a writer, so folks will just think you made it up. 😉

A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance. Proverbs 15:13

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After being deceived by her beau the previous year, library worker Sadie Perkins feels she’s meant to remain single and serve as a missionary to orphans in Africa. Her plan is to return home to Riverview after a year, and open an orphanage in a lovely house she’s admired since childhood. She didn’t plan on losing her heart to someone who intends to demolish the house.Widower Shaun O’Leary of Savannah yearns to make his father proud, and hopes to accomplish that by overseeing a hotel project in the town of Riverview. But first he must have a house demolished before hotel construction can begin. After meeting lovely Sadie Perkins in Riverview, he’s puzzled why she seems upset when he mentions his plans. He’s also saddened that she’s leaving for Africa soon, because he’s fallen in love with her. As Sadie prepares to board a ship, she finally has peace and realizes what she should do, yet still feels sad that the house she loves is to be demolished. When Shaun suddenly has an idea to save the house Sadie loves, he rushes to the Savannah port to tell her, but the ship has sailed. When things seem hopeless, can dreams still come true?

Patti Jo Moore is a former kindergarten teacher who now writes full-time. Her “Sweet, Southern Stories” feature characters who face realistic struggles and challenging situations but always have a happily-ever-after ending.

Patti Jo loves Jesus, her family, cats, and coffee. When not writing, she loves spending time with her family—especially her precious grandbaby. She enjoys connecting with readers and can be found on Facebook at Author Patti Jo Moore. You can also visit her blog at http://catmomscorner.blogspot.com

She has three contemporary stories and one historical, all with Forget-Me-Not Romances


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12 comments:

  1. Our family motto is "It's Always A Story with The Henderson's" and our daily life provides plenty of topics for my stories. haha!

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    1. Oh Melissa, it sounds as though your family is not dull, LOL! How helpful that you don't have to look far for ideas, and how kind of your family to help you. ;)
      Thanks for commenting!
      Blessings, Patti Jo

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  2. Love this, Patti Jo. How fun to meet someone you admired, in such a memorable way! Stories and inspiration everywhere. Thank you for the reminder.

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    1. Thank you, Laura! Yes, meeting that author was a highlight of my trip. In one of her emails, she even told me that she was glad I'd bumped into her (literally, LOL) and said we were "meant to meet" - - so that really helped me not feel so embarrassed and clumsy! ;)
      Thanks for stopping by, sweet friend.
      Hugs, Patti Jo

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  3. What a fun post, Patti Jo! Your experiences sound like something that would happen to me. Ever since I unexpectedly ran into a male friend from college (not literally, but my mom rescued a Hummel in my hand) on the third floor of a clock shop in Lucerne, Switzerland (my all-time "small world" story), I don't know why I'm still surprised when things like this happen. So glad you made friends with the author you admire! Being given the bookmark by the hotel clerk is wonderful, and the room number...oh my! LOL. I'm thankful they were so accommodating and understanding. Sounds like you had a great conference all the way around! Blessings and thanks for sharing!

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    1. Hi JoAnn, WOW!! Your small world story sounds amazing! That really does sound like something that would happen in a Hallmark movie or a fascinating novel.

      Before long I'm going to write down all the "crazy" things that happened to me on this trip - - the list is pretty long, LOL. ;) But thankfully, I can now laugh about all of them!

      Thank you for commenting!
      Blessings, Patti Jo

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  4. Oh, Patti Jo! What interesting situations you encountered in your travels. To meet an admired author who was so gracious was certainly a blessing. As was the helpful clerk who understood immediately why that room would not be a good choice!

    We had a highway near us which was originally called Route 666. (What were they thinking?) People were wary of driving along this road, so the name was changed, thankfully.

    Thanks for your thoughts on finding our story ideas in so many places. Blessings!

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    1. Hi Sherida, Oh my! I wouldn't ever want to travel on a highway with that number! Thankfully it was changed.

      This recent trip provided lots of interesting story ideas for me, LOL. Maybe I should travel more often! ;)

      Thank you for stopping by and always being so supportive - - you are wonderful!
      Hugs, Patti Jo

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  5. Thanks for sharing your crazy experiences, Patti Jo! How fun that the woman you ran into at the airport is also an author. Sounds like a God-thing to me!

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    1. Hi Dawn, I agree with you - - running into that author (and later actually meeting her at the conference) was definitely a God-thing! He blesses me in so many ways--even when I'm clumsy. :)
      Thank you for commenting!
      Blessings, Patti Jo

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  6. What fun. Thanks for sharing it with us. "You can't make this stuff up" always holds true. The hotel room story made me cringe. I once saw a car with that license number. I told my husband I would stay home forever if we ever got that number.

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  7. Hi Cindy! Yes, when I saw my original room number, I couldn't believe it. It was a relief when a hotel desk clerk was so understanding and agreed that he wouldn't want that room number either!

    If I had shared all the crazy experiences I had, my post would've been way too long, LOL, but I do hope to use at least some of them in stories. :)

    Thanks so much for stopping by, sweet friend!
    Hugs, Patti Jo

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