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The Beach is Free

The Beach is Free

Like Billy Bragg says, the beach is free. So what better way to spend a gorgeous July day?

On the beach, July 5, 2008
On the beach, July 5, 2008
On the beach, July 5, 2008

Getting your beach reading sandy is par for the course.

Skin Deep by E.M. Crane on the beach, July 5, 2008

But the sand's a big part of the fun and there's also plenty of inspiration to be had, like the below image which desperately makes me want to write another summer YA novel:


I swear there has to be a book in there somewhere! It can't be an accident that it's the best shot I got today (and nope, these weren't our slushees—I discovered them abandoned just like this). The novel I'm writing at the moment is set in the middle of winter (brrrr) but maybe some cold day in February I'll look back on this picture, get that warm summer feeling and be inspired to start something new.

For now, though, I don't even want to think about February. Probably some of the best advice you'll hear this summer is: “Just turn around and come on down, the beach is free.”

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