Linda Maye Adams

Monthly Archives: March, 2013

Communication: Easy to screw up and hard to get right


I’m wandering over to Unleaded: Fuel for Writers this week with a post on communication: For the last few weeks I’ve been taking a free philosophy course over at Coursea.  I’ve never taken the subject before, and I thought it would be useful for my writing.  This week, though, I dropped it because of bad …

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Accessibility for Writing Websites and Why It Helps You as a Writer


I’m doing a guest post over on Jami Gold’s blog today on making your website accessible to disabled readers. When I was growing up, it was common for my father to ask me to check the color of the bands on a resistor.  He was colorblind and couldn’t tell what the colors were.  I always …

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Photo of soldier girl from Desert Storm


I was cleaning up and ran across this photo of me taken in November, 1990.  We had gone to see President Bush speak, and there were thousands of soldiers.  The belt is the gas mask, more properly known as a “protective mask.”  I later wore it more like a purse because it kept pulling down …

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I’m participating in The A to Z Challenge


Okay, I’m probably crazy, but I’m going to participate in the A to Z Challenge in April.  The challenge is to have blog posts for each letter of the alphabet, sort of like Sue Grafton’s mystery alphabet series (i.e., is A is for Alibi).  I tried the challenge last year and got to the last …

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When You Hate to Research


That’s me, by the way.  I don’t really enjoy research and am never going to get lost in it and forget to write a novel.  In fact, what Advanced Fiction Writing says is absolutely true: If you hate research, then [you] are probably not doing enough of it and your fiction writing is going to …

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Not Shooting Yourself in the Foot With Your Online Image


I have a confession: I’ve been going to science fiction conventions since 1976.  My goal for many of those cons were to see actors.  Some of them were nice people and others I wouldn’t want to know.  One I became friends with.  He was always a gentleman and very aware of his image he presented …

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How Many Women Characters Are in Your Book?


March is Women’s History Month, though I actually don’t like these types of events.  They exist because history and even present doesn’t always recognize people outside of a select group.  I remember one time, when I was in the military I was talking to one of of the NCOs.  He was African-American, and he lamented …

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The Frugal Novel Researcher


How many research horror stories do you have?  I’ve bought books that I’ve never used, made copies of magazines for scenes that ended up being jettisoned from the story, and had to research topics multiple times because of my bad note taking abilities.  Yet, as the sequestration looms on Washington, DC, I may be furloughed. …

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Linda – 0; Seagulls -1


It’s about three weeks until spring comes in Washington, DC. I can already see signs of it. Tiny buds are popping up on barren tree branches, and the music of the birds in the morning that wake me up earlier than I want. But the surprise was the seagull spotting I had at the local …

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The Journey of a Jigsaw Puzzle


Every time I build a jigsaw puzzle, I think of my grandfather Jack.  We would go visit my grandparents in Morro Bay, California, at least several times a year.  They had a small two bedroom house with hardwood floors that creaked when bare feet walked on them. There was a hallway closet, too — a …

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