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!


Fire, Ice & Memory: Talking YA Fantasy with Sarah J. Maas & Alexandra Bracken

The road to publication is paved with much weirdness and starry-eyed surprises, this is both of these things. I am honored/stunned/thrilled to be part of Odyssey Bookshop‘s panel series to talk about YA fantasy at Jones Library in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Fire, Air, & Memory: A Young Adult Author Panel with Sarah J. Maas, Alexandra Bracken and Dawn Metcalf

Odyssey Lineup

This is me: O_O

Because this is real and happening with my favorite local indie bookstore with some pretty Big Deal people where we get to talk about fantasy, writing, book love and meet fans from all over New England! Wow. Pinch me. OW! Okay, stop pinching.

The truth is, I knew Alexandra Bracken back when we were both debuting novels back in 2010 as part of the Tenners with Brightly Woven and she’s gone on to write tons of amazing books. This may be the first time we’ve seen each other in person since BEA back in 2011.

I haven’t met Sarah J. Maas (yet) but we’ve been paired up before, most notably when BOTH our books were featured on USA Today! I have been following her and the Throne of Glass series ever since and am excited/nervous/fangirl-giddy to get the chance to meet her at last!

This will be an amazing event and I hope if you’re within driving-at-the-speed-limit distance, you’ll come join us for good food, good conversation and a great chat! Books will be available for signing & if you want to save a seat, RSVP by emailing, on facebook page or call the store directly at 413-534-7307.

Wow. W-O-W!


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