Saturday, June 5, 2010

Beach Scene Blogfest

Good grief! I forgot I signed up for this one. Rachel Bateman is hosting. Here is the link to the other entrants.

Ok, I had good intentions when I signed up, but life has been too crazy. None of my current wips have beaches. I planned to write a scene just for today, but never got around to it. Luckily, I posted something on my family blog last year that I can post. It is just my random thoughts after a family vacation to the beach. Nothing fancy, but it's how I felt on the drive home. And, after the long dream sequence from yesterday, this one is short.  Enjoy!

There is something therapeutic in a visit to the ocean. The feel of the warm sand in your toes, the way your leg muscles have to work harder for each step, forcing you to slow down and take a deep breath. Salty breezes with that faint seaweed and fishiness to it that wakes you up and brings things back into focus. The sound of the waves stumbling over each other in their dance up the sand and back out to sea, punctuated by the cries of the sea birds. The only soundtrack you need.

Something about jumping into the waves and coming up to taste the salt on your lips makes you feel young again. And when the wave breaks earlier than you thought it would, taking you by surprise and knocking you over, you can't help but laugh right along with your children. Yes, therapy is sitting on the beach with your feet in the surf, letting the wind, sand and water scour away your troubles and wash them out to sea.

I just checked email and...
"Your story has been accepted for web publication by 365 Tomorrows. It will appear on the front page and will be archived within the site under the name you submitted with it. Thank you for your submission, and we hope that you contribute to 365 again in the future."

I'll let you know when they post it! I'm really excited because I think what I sent them is smut. It's a good idea that I have, but I threw something together months ago for Laurel's Microfiction Challenge. (See side bar under contests for the link to more information.) I think I can improve it quite a bit now. The nice thing about 365 Tomorrows is they have a forum where people will critique your story. VERY HONESTLY. It might be (most likely will be) painful. But that's good and I'm ready. 


  1. Hey, congrats on getting your story published!!!

    And great beach scene!!! Gave me a nice, calm feeling... and made me smile.

  2. Sweet!!! I'm so excited for you Charity! Congrats on getting your story published.

    I love the beach scene. It reminds me of our trip we took last year. I love the beach! =)

  3. Hi,

    Congats are in order, and loved spending time at your beach ;)


  4. OMG, that was lovely!


    YAY, congrats! I want to know the minute it goes live!!

    *hugs tightly*

  5. Congrats on getting published! Can't wait to read it!

    And I love your beach scene - I feel the same way about the beach and it made me want to leave finals behind and go find an ocean!

  6. Yay! Thanks so much for playing even though you didn't think you had a scene.

    I love what you posted! I feel the exact same way about the beach and the ocean. There really is nothing else that revives me the way the ocean does. You captured it so perfectly here.

    Congrats on getting the story accepted!

  7. You really captured the essence of the beach. And it is definitely therapeutic. Lovely.

    And congrats on your story being accepted! What great news!

  8. Congrats on getting your story accepted. Can't wait to see it. :) And thanks for the beach scene. It's lovely.

  9. Congrats on getting your story accepted. Exciting.
    Loved the beach scene. Love the beach...)

  10. Nice beach description and congrats!

  11. Congrats, and I like the beach description too!

  12. Congratulations, that's so amazing!

    And your beach description is gorgeous.

  13. ooo Congratulations!

    True about the ocean being therapeutic. The paragraphs were a quick read but relateable material.

  14. Yay! Thank you everyone. This little entry was straight from my journal. It wasn't attempting to be anything other than my thoughts. I love the beach, and hope we make it back this year.

  15. That is SO how I feel about the beach. I LOVE it SO much. I wish I was back there right now. *sigh*

    And congrats on the 365 posting! Good luck!

  16. Congrats on getting the story published and thanks for sharing your scene(I'm so glad I got to it!), this is how I feel about the beach to. Just very well written.


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