I've got to learn how to write contemporary fiction. So I can use everyday life events. Like when the toddler gives the dog a Skittle.
Or when I can't find the time to run with the dog so the Universe does it--the wind is blowing a basketball around the backyard and she is LOVING the game!
Wait! I'd bet they had both basketballs and backyards 100 years ago. I'll try to work that in! ;)