Love is in the air!

The days are getting longer and the outdoors call to those of us who live in the northern hemisphere.

Be sure to keep a book handy. You still need quiet time and what better way to fill it than with a book?

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Home Schooling Nanny

Sounds like an excellent title for an erotica, doesn't it? (I'll have to remember it just in case I decide to write one.)

However, this blog is not about that, it is about how I, in my dotage, have become a grandmother who is homeschooling three grands.

It is fun and invigorating, but it also eats up a great deal of energy.

We visit the library an average of three times a week. That's three times a week for the children, my own personal trips add another three visits a week. My library is only open five days, one of them is Saturday, and I don't go on Saturday and usually not on Fridays, so yes, I spend a lot of time there.


We also travel into Boston to attend art classes at the Museum of Fine Arts, we have skating every other week, and weekly park days, which are about to become twice a week. 


We do not lack socializing opportunities.

We have organic classes in the car, at Starbucks, or walking on the beach.


The children are happier and learning things they would never get in school.


And best of all, I get to spend a lot of time with three wonderful children.

And occasionally I get to write.

Do you, or have you ever considered, home schooling?

Sunday, February 5, 2017

RIRW Retreat

Hello friends. Welcome back to Liberty's Spell Room.

I just arrived home from the Rhode Island Romance Writers Retreat. I would like to say it was the best retreat EVER, but that would be immodest since I organized it with the assistance of Christine Donovan.


The retreat began in the 90s and was organized by Blanche Marriott, author of April's Fool.


We used to go to our regular February meeting and then retire to a local hotel or bed and breakfast and do writerly stuff. 

After some time had passed other people took over the running of our "unofficial" retreat.

Eight years ago the baton was passed to me. I continued the Saturday night party for a few years, but I always dreamed of a retreat that lasted a weekend.

I approached the group and gently suggested the change. We now have a retreat that starts Friday evening and ends on Sunday. We have great food, wonderful speakers, and lots of writerly stuff.

Saturday night we had a Murder Mystery Bash written by our very own Jennilee Brown. She set it up perfectly, we all participated, and it was a great deal of fun. (If you would like Jennilee to write a Murder Mystery Bash for you, let me know and I will hook you up.)

So it is with a great deal of sadness, relief, and joy that I put Retreat 2017, The Magical Mystery Bash to bed.

Time to start planning for 2018.