In his book, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, Donald Miller says an inciting incident is walking through a doorway by which you cannot return. It creates a plot. It forces you to live a good story. For Don it was flippantly suggesting to a girl he liked that they hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. She said yes. The story began.
A couple weeks ago I offered to cook dinner for an event our chapel is hosting. That wasn't the inciting incident.
Yesterday I learned that the guest list is at least 60 people, including some very distinguished visitors.
And today I visited Cherry Tree Butchers in Mildenhall where the butcher hoisted half a cow onto the counter. I ordered 15 kilos. I walked through the door.
A smarter woman would not serve a three-course plated dinner featuring beef bourguignon to what will likely be 75 guests. The story begins.
I hope it will not be a tragedy.