The status of the “Contemplating on ‘New Juan Atoll'” story

I have had some interesting times of late. A Mid-March storm allowing for an Ides of March snow job, having to finish an interview, dental problems requiring my getting filled twice, and other issues like trying to find a place that still develops film have kept me from doing any significant writing of the story.

To bring you up to speed, Alexie saved Jake from drowning when his boat exploded. She then dragged him up the beach and left him in the sand as she dressed for company. Then there was a flashback taking the reader through a bad year at Alexie’s job, her arrival on the atoll, crying her eyes out Friday morning, having a nice afternoon, and finishing with a good night.

Then Jake awakened on the beach, remembered what little he could of what happened, found his way to Alexie, learned how he actually got to the beach, and was offered a late breakfast. He has yet to share his name, or learn Alexie’s name.

Yet to come, they share names, they talk about what’s going on in their lives, they talk over the meanings of “Alexie” and “Jake”, and go to sleep separately, of course. The next day, Sunday, Jake shares he’s changing his name to Jack, they talk over the meaning of “Jack”, and have an increasingly romantic day together.

It ends with a romantic dance in the sand followed by Alexie leaving for home in the middle of the night while Jack is sleeping. Jack contacts Harbor Patrol and gets rescued, and all’s well that ends well.

The majority of what’s left will be heavy with dialogue, and I’m terrible at dialogue. Then there is the increasingly romantic day that has to remain platonic, work in Alexie’s heart to draw her closer to her husband and kids, and make Jack confirm his decision to no longer behave in a rakish manner. I’m in for a rough time figuring out how to write the rest of the story. Hopefully, I can get it all written by the end of the week. We will have to see.

Hang in there folks. I think we’re on the final lap at this point. Let me know what you think.

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