Linda Maye Adams

Monthly Archives: November, 2012

Nancy Drew’s Influence on my Action-Adventure Life


I have a guest post over at Sherry Issac’s blog on the influence of Nancy Drew on me when I was growing up.  Here’s a taste of it: In Tamora Pierce’s book Squire, Kel is the first girl to become a knight in the realm.  When she jousts, the other girls — future knights — …

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Guest Post: Liv Rancourt on Five Tips For Writing Fight Scenes


Today, Liv Rancourt is going to be guest blogging on Soldier, Storyteller.  Liv was in the same blogging class, We Are Not Alone, that was I in, and she has a  great book called The Santa Drag out just in time for Christmas.  An excerpt is at the end of this post.  Liv was also …

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Thanksgiving During War


We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.  ~Thornton Wilder I always think it’s strange to have a sit down Thanksgiving indoors.  When I was growing up in Southern California, our neighbor had a potluck outside — yes, outside!  We’d haul out the lawn …

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What it’s like on a military post?


My next stop on my military tour of duty is at what life is like for a soldier living on a military post.  It is always referred to as a post, by the way — not a fort or a base.  It’s actually a little difficult to get around, especially if you don’t have a …

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Thinking smarter and managing writing time


So much is being asked out of writers today.  We not only have to research and write a book, but publishers expect us to blog and use Twitter to help promote it.  But no one talks about how to manage the time for all of these, and the last place you want to be in …

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Veteran’s Day: A Thousand Voices, and One Connection


After I got home from Desert Storm, I visited the Vietnam war memorial in Olympia, Washington.  I’d gone there before the war, but I felt the need to revisit it.  The picture below is from Flickr and taken by George Berend. Screen readers:  The memorial is a green granite wall with etched columns with lists …

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The GI Party — No, it’s not what you just thought


I bet you had an immediate image of a soldiers out there partying things up.  The term G.I. party comes from World War II.  Then it was an intensive cleanup of the barracks on Friday evening (!) for an inspection on Saturday morning.  Ours was done during the week, and we didn’t have a choice …

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Basic Training on Military Culture for Writers


Lesson one is posted on Forward Motion!  Drop on it and ask questions.  If you’ve never been to the site before, you’ll need to register, but beyond that, it is free.  Here’s the first lesson’s agenda: Lesson 1: Overview of the Military. This topic will include research tips and common myths about military. We’ll also …

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Life as a Single Soldier


Since I’m going to be teaching a class on Forward Motion called “Basic Training on Military Culture” starting November 5 (tomorrow!), I thought it would be appropriate to have a military theme for this month.  So drag off the combat boots and join us for a spell to learn about the military. If a soldier …

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November: Military Theme


Since I’m doing”Basic Training on Military Culture” over at Forward Motion’s Back to School for Busy Writers starting November 5, I thought I’d do a military theme for the month for anyone interested in more information. This is a quick look at the theme’s topics: Life as a Single Soldier The G.I. Party – No, …

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