(Baltimore, MD) – After a careful examination of Presidential documents and records found in the archives of the Library of Congress as well as the Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Illinois, Dr. Howard McGee of Johns Hopkins University has proven definitively that had Lincoln not been shot, he would have been dead by now anyway.
A white sail pushed a small, silent boat into the sand of an island somewhere far away. An older man with skin that matched the night sky and hair that matched the white sail climbed out of the boat and into the sand. He began to walk up the beach but stopped after six steps. He gazed at the sand, felt his pockets, then walked back to the boat. He pulled something out, tucked it under his arm, and again wobbled up the sand towards the palm trees. His knees creaked as he sat on a familiar, wide rock near a sleeping boy.
Tina unfolded her hands. She sat back in the pew. She planted a foot and wanted to stand but couldn’t. She drew both knees up into a fetal position, hoping it would soften the pain, but it didn’t help. It was a dark, rustic chapel where men, women, and children might have prayed over 300 years prior. Today, she was the only one asking for help.
Another chapter in present day. We learn more about Jem, now 13-years old, and we learn more about his mother, Tina. Also, Jem has some interactions with friends. I guess we can call them that.
My daughter recently came to me and said, “Hey, Dad, I have an idea for a story.”
Two things: It’s a joy to know your kid is thinking creatively. And it’s not just creatively but almost identical to how I go about things. I can’t say what she said because it would give away the story.
What she didn’t know was that I had been thinking of something very similar to her idea except that something was missing in my idea. What she suggested was exactly what I needed to finish my idea.
When you last left Tina and Hank at the Caribbean resort, Tina was drinking with Jeannie at the bar and talking about Hank’s role in the fashion company, a role that Tina will need to start accepting if she’s going to have a life with Hank.
The boy’s uncles takes him on a boating and fishing trip, but it unexpectedly turns into something a little bit more. Meanwhile, the boy on the island takes a big chance.
Tina and Hank take what seems like a little celebratory vacation in the Caribbean. However, she starts to learn that this is not what she thought it was going to be. Her naiveté is more apparent than before.
To be a good writer, one needs to keep reading. Here are five more books that I have recently read in the order I tackled them. I try to keep a good mix because it’s boring to read the same type or genre of book over and over again.
Chapter 3 – in which we learn more about the family structure involving Tina, Hank, and their son Jem. Yes, I changed his name from Jim to Jem. You’ll eventually find out why it makes sense.
An explanation of how Tina and Hank met, when they began a relationship, and what their relationship is going to be like. Some backstory, but only 1/2 a chapter of that. Promise.