Linda Maye Adams

Monthly Archives: July, 2011

Characterizing a Queen


I ran across a discussion recently (sorry, could not find it again) that mentioned how royalty is often presented in books.  The king or queen is often corrupt, arrogant, or haughty.  This was something I picked up on when I was reading fantasy books, and I wanted to steer clear of it.  I’m in Washington, …

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If you had magic, what would you do with it?


The main character in my story Miasma has magic.  He tries not to use it because it often causes more problems than it’s worth.  Bad if people witness it, given that comes with armed people wanting to kill him.  And bad if it messes things up, which is most of the time. But some of …

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3 Differences Between Omniscient Viewpoint and Third Person


I’ve been writing in omniscient viewpoint now for at least a couple of years, and it’s been a real learning experience.  When I started Miasma, there were some things I didn’t know, mainly because the information isn’t available, or worse, just plain wrong.  When I a search on the viewpoint, I got a lot of …

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Right Brain Organizing: Using Color


Being right-brained can make it difficult to organize a book — or for that matter, anything — because the process just doesn’t work the same way.  But one of the best tips I’ve run across is simple: Color code.  Right-brainers tend to be more visual, so color is ideal for instant recognition.  Instead of having …

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Pirates and Rain Forests


I went to the Smithsonian’s Museum of American History recently and saw the exhibit America on the Move.  It’s a large exhibit consisting of two sections — wheeled transportation like cars and ships.  In the ships’ section, they had a display on pirates.  Did you know …? Real pirates never said “Aargh!”  Especially problematic because …

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Magic not Volcanoes


When I visited Hawaii in the 1980s, one of the places I went to was Devastation Trail.  The photo (PhotoBucket: tpilews) looks pretty desolate, and that’s the way the place looked.  During a volcanic eruption, lava rained down on the trees and destroyed the area.  Nature is slowly recovering, but the image is still haunting.   …

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Magic Systems and the Nazis


When I first started Miasma, I really wasn’t thinking much about magic systems.  A magic system is essentially how the magic works:  What does the character need to do to create his magic?  What is the cost when he uses his magic?  Instead, I was thinking more about the effect of magic.  Since I wanted …

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Why I Chose Omniscient Viewpoint


When I first started my contemporary fantasy Miasma, it was in a traditional third person.  I’d written most of my stories in third, so I went with because that was what I knew.  But as I writing the first fifty pages, something didn’t feel right.  I couldn’t quite identify what it was, except that it …

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Treasure Hunting Magic


Many, many years ago, I discovered this bookstore that sold a surprising thing: Treasure hunting magazines.  There were probably about four different magazines, each done on really cheap paper.  Inside, it was about using a metal detector find find, well, treasure.  In this case, it was primarily things like old coins, Civil War buckles, minies …

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One of My Settings


For Miasma, I used Hawaii as a basis for my fictional country — culture, religion, setting, everything.  I went there in the 1980s, so I was definitely enjoying the research.    I started with the tour books and went through not only the ones for the Big Island, but also the other islands.  In one …

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