― What a month July was - not one but two beach vacations! Two novels nearing publication, so a lot of polishing instead of forward writing progress. And today my son begins first grade! (Do you know how many school supplies he's asked to bring and how specific are the types of folders he needs - green, plastic, with pockets and prongs!) ∙ Every month, I set writing goals, and I'm sorry to admit that July was shot! With two children running around the house and with a whole beachful of fun [...].