Linda Maye Adams

Monthly Archives: May, 2013

Week 4 of 10 Weeks of 10 Stories


Story #4’s idea started with a book on cats published in the 1920s.  There was a short blurb about a painting of a cat with eyes that followed you.  Those eyes supposedly drove the owners to commit suicide.  I tried to do it as a story, but I couldn’t figure out really how to resolve …

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Tidbits from Balticon


This weekend I went to a science fiction convention in Baltimore, Maryland, called Balticon.  Every con has its own personality, and Balticon is more for the small press publishers.  These were some of the tidbits I picked up. Social Media is Indirect Marketing One of the points a panel brought up was that social media …

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What makes you put down a book?


I’m over on Unleaded today with a post on what makes you put down a book.  Here’s a snippet: I was thinking about that after reading Judy Hedlund’s post Top 7 Reasons I Stop Reading a Novel.   A lot of times you get writers together about what makes you put a book down, and it’s …

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The Beauty of Omniscient Viewpoint


Ever since I’ve been writing I’ve read over and over that omniscient viewpoint is old-fashioned, no longer used, that publishers won’t take it, too distant, etc. It’s not true. I found that out when I took on viewpoint. At the time, I felt like the viewpoint for Miasma was not right (it was in third), …

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Week 3: 10 Weeks of 10 Stories


Photo from ClipArt.com — If I tried something like this it would be all dark. Story #3’s electrons are merrily winging their way on submission, finished a few days earlier than I expected.  The story started with a theme of “strangers.”  I wondered what the heck I was going to do with that, because strangers …

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Things People Get Wrong About Washington, DC (and Photos!)


Washington, DC, turns up in a lot of books and TV shows. We can see stock shots on NCIS, Covert Affairs, and Bones.  None of the shows are filmed here.   There are some books where I’ve wonder if the author at least Googled the city because of the things they do get wrong. The …

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Week 2: 10 Weeks of 10 Stories


10 Weeks of 10 Stories Story #2 is off to a magazine for their May 31 deadline.  It was a steampunk story, set in an alternate universe for the Civil War. I made use of a trip to the Manassas National Battlefield Park a few years ago, plus some research for a shelved Civil War …

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Photos: Inspiration in Color in Washington DC


I’ve discovered I’m a visual spatial learner It means I need pictures to understand information.  So when Rabia Gale posted this writing prompt: A favorite or inspiring piece of art (could be a statue, a painting, a musical composition, even performance art) The first thing I thought was color And during spring and summer in …

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5 tools to help prepare for pitch sessions


I’m over at Unleaded, Fuel for Writers today with a post for writer’s conference season, which is in the spring. — The first time I went to a pitch session … I was so nervous I was surprised the agent didn’t mark me down for babbling. In a way, it’s like a job interview.  The …

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10 Weeks of 10 Short Stories


For the next 10 weeks, I’m going to write a short story a week, and submit it to a magazine. This will be in addition to working on my novel. Story #1 / May 7-11 The first story I started on May 7 and finished on May 11.  It was a fantasy, with a woman …

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