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World-building is a delight, but it can also be something of a black hole of “writing adjacent” activity.

Case in point: Around the beginning of the year, I spent some time (I don’t want to admit how much) on a fictional expansion of the National Football League.

I have a new science fiction/romance series starting up this year. It’s set in the near future and kicks off with a group of reality show contestants entering a domed habitat in the Arizona desert to compete for seats on the first corporate-sponsored colony ship to Mars. …

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Writing, by Sara.

Last month at Orycon, I had the privilege of sitting on a panel about increasing writing output. My fellow panelists included Tina Connolly, Caroline M. Yoachim, Tori Centanni, and our moderator, Dale Ivan Smith.

The discussion was excellent! We had great questions from the attendees and a helpful exchange of ideas on what we’ve been using to help us focus and be more productive when it comes to writing work. …

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Aaron Rodgers gets sacked. (Seattle vs. Green Bay • December 27, 2009 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin.) Photo by Mike Morbeck.

I’ve had some more thoughts about the Green Bay Packers since watching their game against the Chicago Bears this past Sunday. More specifically, I had insomnia again this morning, and that’s when my brain gets plenty active to fill the void left by lack of sleep; this time, my thoughts turned to football.

I was impressed by Aaron Rodgers’s performance in this game. Sure, he’s a heck of a player even on his off days, and it’s always a treat to watch this future Hall-of-Famer out on the field. But he’s been hurting lately. He’s been dealing with a left hamstring injury, and then word came down that he’d hurt his right calf, too. …


Jennifer Willis

Writer, editor, thinker — who occasionally has something half-way coherent on her mind. Author of the Valhalla urban fantasy series.

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