“I decided that like in other things I have done if I was going to fail, I wanted it to be spectacular.” Wayne McFarland
Everyone has a story to tell and many choose to tell their stories by writing biographies and memoirs. But how do you make sure you create a sensory experience for everyone that gets to read the story of your life? Our guest today, Wayne McFarland, chose to go the unconventional way to present his memoir, Tales From The Day; https://amzn.to/3zreUVj, in a very unique and interesting manner.
Wayne McFarland wandered away from a small, mid-western town some years ago. With no planning at all, his history is one of stumbling into one bog after another from the Dakotas to California, from Pamplona to Paris. His main claim to fame is mostly and surprisingly not being dead, plus getting involved with a lot of strange stuff, usually unwillingly or by accident. Yeah, this indeed is a memoir of sorts, if shark fishing in one’s underwear, roping a bear, getting drunk with your grandfather, or losing ten grand at the Hollywood Sign is a memoir. The Day Johnny Cash Hit On My Wife is on the roster as well, for the only name drop in all the stories. There’s also a thing about getting shot in Arkansas and a road trip with a monkey. I can’t deny these were life-shaping events, but truth be told they all happened under the heading of “oops.”
In today’s episode, we get to hear Wayne discusses the reasons why he chose to pen down his memoir in the manner that he did. We will also get to have from him the firsthand account of some of the stories in his memoir.
- My wife and I sold a business we were running. [2:39]
- I have always loved to read biographies and memoirs and so I started reading a whole bunch of them and I can tell you by and large they suck. [2:48]
- Those kinds of books only look good or fall off that way in retrospect. [3:14]
- So I decided to write a memoir about how things happen and the weird stuff you get involved with just by willing to get out there and live. [3:27]
- I took it to the publishers and I got published but their initial reaction was that I had to have a narrative art. [3:40]
- But I decided that like in other things I have done if I was going to fail, I wanted it to be spectacular. [4:07]
- So, we put it out there and turns out that it struck a code. [4:14]
- The riot story in North Dakota goes back a long way to when I was going to school and afterward, I needed money. [5:49]
- A friend and I started a little business to throw rock and roll dances and we started with tracking through recorded music and ended up bringing in National Bands. [6:09]
- I was then introduced to the world of people being stoned and falling asleep on the bass drum before the music started. [6:26]
- One day we brought in a band which was receded in the midst of time. [6:36]
- On the night of the concert, 10,000 kids showed up and were shouting and screaming. [7:28]
- We hired a bunch of our friends who were letting in people through the doors for cash and thought that maybe were saving for us but it wasn’t so. [8:14]
- That night is still whispered about in the far North Dakota. [9:32]
- Commercial Break. [10:57]
- It was really fun to take the time to put my stories down on paper. [12:41]
- The story of pitching to loan sharks happened in Las Vegas. [13:07]
- We decided to go sell a cash advertising contract to Big Jim’s Bail Bonds. [15:02]
- We got a deal of one year of advertising with cash paid up-front. [17:26]
- A study was done by Harvard Medical School where people who were in their 80s were interviewed and wrote a paper on it. [19:55]
- What they expected to hear were ruminations of what regrets these people had on what they had done. [20:10]
- What they heard instead was the not one person regretted the things they had done, but all of them expressed regret for the things they did not do. [20:20]
- If you get a chance to do something, take a swing at it. [20:40]
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