Wednesday, January 9, 2013

So many ideas, so little time...

I usually bring back a story idea from every trip I take, and Hawaii was no exception. After spending all of Christmas Eve Day at Pearl Harbor, I jotted down these notes:

  • Setting:  small town, Texas, 1994
  • Protagonist:  recent nursing graduate, female
  • grandmother was a nurse at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, gives her a piece broken window glass from her living quarters
  • conversation leads to younger woman taking trip to Hawaii before starting first job
  • tours Pearl Harbor, recalls grandmother's memories of death and destruction
  • meets a Japanese American girl  her own age, also a nurse
  • meets the girl's family who was interned on the island after Pearl Harbor because of their Japanese ancestry
  • both fascinated and saddened by the story of their experiences
  • makes impulsive decision to take job opening in local hospital and stay in Hawaii for a year
  • Enter love interest: the Japanese-American girl's older brother, mysteriously estranged from his family, who has come back to Hawaii in search of something...perhaps himself.
So will it fly? Will I even have time to write it? Who knows?

I'll definitely have to work in "eternity beach" which I saw on a bus tour of the island of Oahu--the beach where Burt Lancaster and  Deborah Kerr heated up the sand and sea in From Here to Eternity. It was a spectacular view, even without the movie stars!

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