Jennifer Pickrell

YA Writer

The Beach


Use the Crane Kick, Jenny-san

On Sunday there was a thunderstorm and storms remind me of the beach.  No clue why.  The closest I’ve come to that whole Point Break standing on the shores while the killer waves crash around me is being in Asbury Park, NJ in the drizzle.

But anyway,

I started thinking about the beach.

The first time I ever went was when I was 21.

Seriously, I had never been to the beach before.

Of course I picked November to go, so no swimming, but I did reenact some Karate Kid moments. 

Fast-forward to the summer

Yay, I'm on my way to get some motion sickness!

I floated in the ocean for the first time.  I got motion sick, which came as a surprise to:


Because rocking chairs and 3-D movies and pretty much everything in existence makes me motion sick.

And also, the ocean smells like sewage and the salt caked and dried in my hair and it looked like I had mega dandruff.  And my friend and I almost got eaten by seagulls because we ignored the signs and fed them anyway.

Plus that whole Jaws fear.

So why the hell do I love the beach?

Maybe not so much during the day when it’s all crowded and loud, but I’ve walked along the shore at night and it made me feel all communal with nature and artsy and like I have this huge special secret.

I think the thing that scares me the most about the ocean is also the thing I love the most.

That vastness, that unknown space.

Like I could get lost at sea and never be found or I could discover this whole amazing new creature below the surface.

Mother Nature, you kick some serious ass.


Author: Jennifer Pickrell

I write YA contemporary filled w/ romance, angst & family drama. Things I like: cats, snacks, baseball, green tea, taking pictures of trees & movies so bad, they’re good.

5 thoughts on “The Beach

  1. Jennifer,

    I’m not a huge fan of the beach in the typical way either! I love it when nobody’s there. When I was in high school, I used to drive out to Cocoa beach at night with a couple of friends just to see the waves in the moonlight. It’s pretty cool.

  2. I’m not a big fan of the beach because I have to slather myself with sunscreen, which then makes all the sand stick to me. If I go I prefer to sit in a chair and read.

  3. I love the beach during strange times too. At night or in the winter. Something about the heat and all of the bodies lying on the hot and sticky beach during the summer makes it less magical.

  4. Love the crane-kick pic. I love the beach but am seriously paranoid about sharks.

  5. Glad to know I’m not the only one that likes the beach at night!

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