Category Archives: Fun And Games

Boston Meetup

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RedHeadedGirl and Amanda are hosting a Boston Area meetup on Saturday, December 6th! We will be at the Bestseller’s Cafe in Historic Medford Square, 24 High Street, Medford, MA 02155, from 3-5pm, and we hope to see the New England contingent of the Bitchery there! If you don’t own a car, like many of us in the Boston metro area, the cafe is accessible by the 94, 95, 96, 101, and 134 bus lines. Bestseller’s…

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Romance Chairs. Literally, Romance Chairs.

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I received a most excellent email from a librarian named Amy at the Dubuque Carnegie-Stout Library in Iowa. It seems they have a Chair-ity fundraiser, and one of this year's entries was completely awesome: My library is holding a chair-ity fundraiser and enlisted one of my co-workers to create a chair for the auction.  The final result is a chair I think the Bitchery would enjoy.  A…what? I had to ask – what is a chair-ity…

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Knitting Pattern: Smart Bitches Last Minute Neck Warmer

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The holiday season is tough for me because I work in logistics, which means from October 1st to December 22nd, my life is a blur of chaos and two a.m. phone calls to make sure Wal-Mart gets their goddamned Dora the Explorer sheets on-time. If you get a Christmas present from me it’s either purchased in September or it's an Amazon gift card. And it doesn’t matter if you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, Winter Solstice…

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Knitting Pattern: Smart Bitches Outlandish Arm Warmers

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So the bad news is you have to wait until April 4th for a new episode of Outlander. The good news is, you don’t have to wait any longer for another Smart Bitches Outlandish knitting pattern! This time we’re doing arm warmers inspired by the awesome ones Claire and Mrs. Fitz wear.   This pattern is knit flat and is exceptionally easy because if I’m about one thing, it’s being easy… Wait, no. Just in…

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New Book Flu: An Illustration by Vicky Scott

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Time for another illustration from Vicky Scott, a fine, fine artist, about book and reading terms that are familiar to us all. First, we did “Abibliophobia:”      And then, “Comfort Reading”   And now:     Have you ever had New Book Flu, and taken a day off to read a new book you were so excited about? Which book? (We won't tell anyone! Promise!) 

Romance Novel Reader Workout XVII

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The recent flood of articles about romance that can best be described as “dubious” means there is even MORE opportunity for working out. Here are MORE exercises based on those elements so frequently found in sketchy examinations of romance. Extra points if you do each exercise while holding one eyebrow up, AND giving the side-eye.  Like the previous workouts, you can do all these exercises with a mat and your own bodyweight. No additional weights are…

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Romance Novel Reader Workout XVI

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There's been a veritible cornucopia of articles about romance that raise a stunning amount of eyebrows, induce side eye, and create a wave of eyerolling. But look, eyerolling does not burn enough calories. We can do better. And though the writers of these articles don't seem to be working too hard to reach accuracy, or anything in the same metro area as accuracy, that doesn't mean we get to take it easy. We can take…

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Happy April Fools, 2014!

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Howdy! Are you sad that Bitchster isn't a real thing? I sort of am, yes. I wish I had the programming skillz to make it happen! This is our tenth year of April Foolery, and it gets more fun every year. Here's a look back at the horrible splash pages we've inflicted upon you, going back in time, and also increasing in offensiveness the farther back you go. Ah, time and maturity. I have more…

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Romance Novel Reader Workout XV

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Ready for this week's heaving, throbbing workout? Grab your purplest of purple prose, because it's time for Romance Novel Reader Workout #15! Purple prose is most often found in older historical romances with fuchsia and teal on the covers, and possibly a foil hologram at the top. Or some mullets – those, too. Like the previous workouts, can do all these exercises with a mat and your own bodyweight. No additional weights are needed unless…

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Romance Novel Reader Workout XIV

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The best thing to do with purple prose, aside from laughing and rolling one's eyes, is to employ it for a crushing workout. A quivering workout, even. Possibly a throbbing workout! Time for Romance Novel Reader Workout #14!  Like the previous workouts, can do all these exercises with a mat and your own bodyweight. No handweights are needed unless you want to use some. For this one, you'll need to grab a romance with as…

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Happy Valentine’s Day: Conversation Hearts of Awesome II and Other Fun Stuff

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Hey! It's Valentine's Day! That means the chocolate is on sale tomorrow (woo!), there's lot of people wearing red today (which, woo, because I like red), and there's glancing coverage of romance. I said this earlier in the collection of links on Wednesday, and had it made into graphic form just for fun:    Happy Valentine's Day to us!  AND ON THAT NOTE. It's time for Conversation Hearts of Awesome II: The Desolation of Smaug! Theresa Romain…

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Romance Novel Reader Workout XIII

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If you made a fitness resolution for 2014, we here at the Hot Pink Palace are here for you. Remember last year's romance reader workouts? We are BACK. With MORE WORKOUTS. You ready? Because it's time to get booky and sweaty! Like the previous workouts, can do all these exercises with a mat and your own body. No handweights are needed unless you want to use some. Grab your latest romance and prepare to work!…

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Giveaway: If Wishes Were Earls…One Might Win an iPad!

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Avon contacted me and asked if I'd like to host a giveaway to celebrate the release of Elizabeth Boyle's new book, If Wishes Were Earls, and to celebrate Ms. Boyle's birthday, which is today! Happy birthday, ma'am!. I like birthdays (CAKE) and I like celebrations (CAKE) and I like giveaways (NO CAKE — SORRY. SHIPPING CAKE WOULD BE GROSS) so I agreed. Ready for some fun?  Have a look-see at the cover below:    Help complete…

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Time Out For the Plagiarism Workout

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It's been a rather eventful morning of Hey Look More Plagiarism as discovered by Excellent Sharp-Eyed Readers. Reader Ari discovered similarities between Shey Stahl's For the Summer and fanfics, including Dusty by YellowBella. The comments at GoodReads follow a similar and, dare I say, familiar path: Stahl denied it, her fans defended her, then down went her Facebook page, and her books are no longer for sale at Amazon and BN. As Jane pointed out in her news…

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Romance Novel Reader Workout XII

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Time for another romance reader workout! You ready? Because it's weres weres everywheres! If you like shapeshifter heroes, it's time to get your workout in. If you were worrying about the post-RWA weight gain, there are now 12 complete workouts to try, so have fun! Like the last few workouts, can do all these exercises with a mat and your own body. No handweights are needed unless you want to use some. Grab your latest…

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