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Weekly Update

Have not yet entered BEWITCHED in the RITA contest, but have instead submitted workshop proposals for the 2009 RWA National Conference. Sarah Frantz has put together an academic panel so we can introduce our research in romance to the romance writers’ community (and show them that academics are not necessary teh eeeeebil) (really, we aren’t, even if some of us style themselves Horror-Something). I’ve also submitted a proposal for a workshop on research — I got some nice feedback for “No iPods for Regency Rakes” and decided I’d give it a try and see whether the RWA Powers That Be like it, too. Fingers crossed! πŸ™‚

Speaking of Horror-Somethings, I’m so no Horror-Anything: I even feel bad about being mean to the characters in Animal Crossing. (Duh.) Still, hitting them over the head with your butterfly catcher and watching them freak out is sort of fun… *GGG*

Watched the first two episodes of series seven of SPOOKS and drooled over Richard Armitage (naturally). Though you can’t help wanting to feed the poor guy some chocolate cake to fatten him up. Or cookies. πŸ˜‰

Spent my Saturday afternoon preparing one of my Monday classes and it turned out that we’re not going to have so much of a discussion about North & South, but about the British bookmarket and technological improvements in the 19th century. Ah well, they should hear this at least once during their studies. It certainly won’t hurt them.

The Horror Schwab is Back!

I saw this on Carolyn Jewel’s blog — didn’t I tell you I’m the Horror Schwab? *g* Besides, parts of these past few weeks did resemble a horror film (I’m thinking of this semester’s registration day — uh-oh).

Your result for How Long Would you Survive in a Horror Film?…

The Killer

68% chance of survival!

You would think the hero/heroine would out survive the villain, but that’s rarely the reality in a horror film. Sure, when they tossed your body through that meat grinder and cooked your severed head in battery acid it looked like you were done for good, but the chances of the killer staying dead forever are extremely slim. Ok, so you’ll probably be stabbed, shot, burned, run over and even exorcised at some point but as the star of the movie, you’ll always find a way to come back.

Congratulations! This is the highest score you could have gotten!

Some villains you should look to for inspiration: Pinhead from the Hellraiser series; Pennywise, IT; The Firefly Family, House of 1000 Corpses; Krug, Junior, Weasel and Sadie, Last House on the Left; and Angela Baker, Sleepaway Camp

All possible results:

Jock/Cheerleader

The Black Guy

The Horror Aficionado

The Hero/Heroine

The Killer

Please remember to rate, but more importantly, please message me if you’ve found any blatant errors (especially with the results page and links). Thanks!

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This and that and a review

Two years or so ago I already mentioned the computer games up on Orisinal: Morning Sunshine. But as they are so very sweet, it’s worth mentioning them again. In fact, these are the sweetest computer games I know of and each is accompanied by uplifting little melodies, so the whole package never fails to bring a smile to my face.

I love the Ladybug game, where you let a little girl jump up and down and make dozens of colorful ladybugs fly away.

And the game where you let a little bunny jump from silver bell to silver bell is just wonderfully Christmasy (and indeed, it was added some time around Christmas).

And that keek-sound the little star-gatherer makes when she jumps always, always make me smile. Not to forget the eeeek the piggies emit when they land on top of each other! That’s always worth a giggle! *g*

Now there’s a new game called Sunny Day Sky, in which you make some sort of little animal open an umbrella and fly across cars. Have I mentioned the music? Totally love the music! πŸ™‚

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Today a new review of BEWITCHED went online on ParaNormalRomance and the reviewer, Chere Gruver had lovely things to say about my novel:

BEWITCHED is a funny, adventurous paranormal romance. Sandra Schwab has definitely done her research before she ever started on this story, and it shows. With her descriptions of the balls and clothes and events during the “season” in London to the foggy Fenlands, Sandra Schwab vividly transported me to each and every place. The secondary characters are all as wonderful as the hero and heroine as well. I really loved Fox’s niece and his valet. We watch as Amy grows from a young woman playing with her magic to an adult doing what she must to keep the people she loves safe. And our hero isn’t left alone either, he must learn to deal with his step-father’s abuse, the fact he’s a bastard and come to terms with realizing there is magic in his world. All in all, this is a very entertaining and delightful story and well worth the time spent reading it.

It’s always nice to end your day with a “Wheeee!” πŸ™‚

Bedtime Stories :-)

After a day spent with Mr. Thackeray’s non-heroine Becky Sharp — delightful as she might be — I think I deserve a very special bedtime story. (I blame this all of this on the people who talked me into watching NORTH AND SOUTH — eeeeeeebhul people! *ggg*)

And another one:

Night, night. πŸ™‚

Remember Rafe?

Those of you who subscribe to my newsletter might remember the story of Freagar the Dark, the terrible Viking (friends call him Rafe), of which I posted the first part in the Members Section of my website.

I finished writing the story and gave it to AAR as a present for their 10th anniversary. You can now read the whole gripping tale of Freagar, his fierce crew, the unfortunate pig, and the beautiful Rosa on AAR:

Enjoy!