I believe it was the day before yesterday, Tuesday, 28 February, that I actually started writing the story. I started with an unexplained explosion just off the shore of the island named “New Juan Atoll” (No One At All). The young woman on the island swims out and rescues a man about to drown because of the explosion. She then goes back to where she is staying, changes into something more appropriate, and has breakfast as the guy she rescued recovers on the beach from his ordeal.
In the process of writing that much, it really amount to about half a page of text when I fill in all the details, I chose a name “Alexie” for the young woman. It is a derivation of Alexandra which means “helper and defender of man”. I figured it was appropriate because she does save the guy from drowning. She saves him, as well, from a life as a scoundrel.
This morning, Thursday, I asked the manager of the coffee shop I frequent if she would object to my using her name in my short story. Her name is Alexie. She said it was fine as long as the character didn’t behave badly. I shared that there was a part in the story where the woman goes for a swim wearing a nightgown that becomes virtually see-through when it gets wet, but she quickly changes out of it into something more appropriate. She laughed. I have promised a copy of the story to her when it’s done.
In contemplating the name situation more thoroughly, I came to the decision to use the name of Jake for the guy. Jake can be taken as a short form for both Jacob and John. Jacob means basically “swindler”. After his stay on the island with Alexie, he changes his name from Jake to Jack. Jack is a short form for John. John means “GOD’S Gracious Gift”. The name change is an interesting way of showing the change in the guy’s life as a result of his time with Alexie on “No One At All”.
So now I have gotten off to a start. I still have details to work out, but things are progressing.