In an effort to improve my story telling, I’m leaving this link here as a reference for my future self. I’m a big fan of #19: Coincidences to get characters into trouble are great; coincidences to get them out of it are cheating.
I’ve always hated stories that fall back on deus ex machina. I don’t want to write like that. There’s also come really good stuff in hear that I want to try out.