Me as an bewildered infant.
It must be the Libra Effect.
Though a day ahead of me, guess who also put up pictures from the past on their blog.
The number of synchronicities between me and Charles and Lana Gramlich have become so numerous as to be almost predictable. Makes me glad we write different forms of fantasy.
Seems our industry is susceptible to strange coincidences. Agents often report receiving a dozen queries with the same plot twists all in one week. If one considers that authors produce MSS at vastly different speeds, that arrival time-frame strikes one as peculiar.
Of course, coincidence is a reliable literary device -- acceptable without much suspension of disbelief -- because we've all experienced strange coincidences. In fact, we often enjoy the mystery of them in real life. Many fictional plots might not be possible with them.
But if one could de-construct the main factors involved, probably many so-called coincidences might not seem so remarkable.
I was puzzled when someone nailed me for what they considered an over-the-top coincidence in the current MS. Seems the fact that a character happened to have a relationship connection with a particular property -- that it was built by his grandfather's cousin -- struck the reader as just too neat and tidy.
I was confounded by the charge, until I realized that my reader might not have had much experience in living in a small town, especially an old established town. A good half the stable population is often related. The same is true of any rural area settled for a century or so. So what we have is natural, logical, and inevitable connection, not coincidence.
In spite of what Nero Wolf said about a world primarily composed of cause and effect, not all coincidences are suspect.