Countdown to INVISIBLE! News! Tours! Shenanigans!

It’s official.

30 days from right now, INVISIBLE will be on the shelves.

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Between then and now, there’s *SO* much going on and I wanted to let you in on all of it!

Odyssey Lineup

My first personal appearance will be at The Jones Library in Amherst Massachusetts on Saturday, September 6th for the Fire, Air & Memory YA Panel hosted by my favorite local indie, Odyssey Bookshop and I’m thrilled/humbled/boggle-eyed to be on a YA fantasy panel with Sarah J. Maas & Alexandra Bracken! We’ll be discussing world-building, research, writing insights and a few questions about our own YA fantasy series. For more information, you can check out the event’s Facebook page.

It would be *amazing* if you could be there! Consider this an official invite.

The very next day, I’m the keynote speaker for the CISV Annual to talk about the important of diversity in kid’s literature, later meeting up with MORE fabulous authors at the Chapter By Chapter Book Rave at FunFuzion New Roc City, and then I begin the library tour…well, hey, there’s a lot coming up! If you want to know the where and whens, just check out my News page on the website: www.dawnmetcalf.com/news.

Online it’s the INVISIBLE Book Blog Tour will be happening September 15th-26th. Follow the tour for knowledge, wonder, insider exclusives and–oh yeah–a chance to win the Grand Prize Pack!:

Monday, September 15th Fiktshun
Wednesday, September 17th Istyria Book Blog
Friday, September 19th Refracted Light Reviews
Monday, September 22nd Books and Things
Wednesday, September 24th A Book and a Latte
Friday, September 26th Addicted Readers

Look for these banners at participating blogs (or snap them up if you like!):

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And tomorrow, I will be releasing the official book trailer for INVISIBLE! (Look for an associated giveaway contest to celebrate!) So, yeah, there’s a lot going on and this is the place to find out more.

Summer’s over, the countdown’s begun & we can start freaking out now!

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Fun Film Friday: Slimtime

One of my summer “resolutions” this year was to take better care of myself. After the accidents and the injuries, the roller coaster of depression and anxiety, I thought about flying safety basics 101 which says that if there is ever an emergency, I’m supposed to put an oxygen mask over my own face before helping others, even my family and kids. This is because if I fall over, there will BE no one to help my family and kids, let alone slap the mask on my face and smack me upside the head. Therefore, when I’m not writing, I’m training.

I have been going to workout classes nearly every day (six days a week, including karate classes) and then staying for an extra 45 minutes to an hour to do weights or core conditioning. I’ve lost 17 lbs so far but the numbers don’t matter as much as I *feel* better and clothes fit better and I have more energy than I did lying broken on a couch. (Go fig!)

Still, the “workout culture” isn’t one that I enjoy, especially how it’s geared to women. As a body image and self-esteem educator, I’m highly aware of the crazy images and expectations as well as biases and tiny killjoys that happen in the gym. It’s something I balance as one of the costs to getting where I need to be right now, but underscores just how awesome it is to be part of a dojo rather than a gym. But I digress. The point of this is that some of the women’s classes reminded me of this video by a French animation team directed by Bertrand Avril, Pierre Chomarat, David Dangin & Thea Matland. It’s silly and brightly-colored with delicate “ahhs” and giggles that give it the feminine “ooh la la” vibe while simultaneously poking fun at the entire weight loss industry because, let’s face it, the guy still loves his girl no matter what. Go positive body image!

Enjoy your weekend!

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