Linda Maye Adams

Monthly Archives: July, 2016

The short of it: When the book runs too short


Anne Allen has a post up about when your book runs too short or too long.  I have a long history of books running too short.  In fact, it was very discouraging and frustrating for me.  Publishers would require something like 80K-90K, and I was hitting at 40-50K. The craft books were no help.  They …

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Gratuitous Volcano Pictures


Volcanoes are one of those cool things that make for a great action story (real life, not so much).  There’s nothing like a character trying to escape as the volcano is rumbling and shaking and vents are opening up. These are some awesome photos of the Kilauea Volcano spilling lava into the sea. 

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Take a peak inside my family’s historical house


My family’s historical house, the Havilah Babcock house, has a website.  The house was built by my great-great grandfather (the aforementioned Havilah), who was one of the co-founders of the Kimberly-Clark Corporation. Havilah designed everything in the house, picking the furnishings, the wallpaper—and after he died, the family left it all the way it was.  …

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Why outlining doesn’t work for everyone


It took me a long time to figure out that most writing craft advice that I find in books and online assumes that you’re outlining.  It’s so common that even people who don’t outline don’t realize they’re being told to use outlining techniques. So much so that one of them periodically creeps into my writing …

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Talent writing versus No Talent


Dean Wesley Smith has a post up over on his site on the dangers of being identified as having talent versus being told you have no talent. I’ve been writing since I was eight years old.  My best friend Rebekah was writing a play, and I wanted to do it because she was doing it.  …

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Hot Time in DC


We’ve had a bad heat wave in the Washington, DC area these last few days.  With our heat comes humidity, especially this time of the year.  The humidity is up around 71%, so our 96 degrees heads up to around 110 degrees. So I thought I’d hit the pool instead of normal exercise—it’s hard doing …

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Star Trek: Discovery


It was announced over this weekend that CBS would be premiering a new Star Trek series.  I have mixed feelings about it. I remember when Next Gen came out.  It was so exciting!  The show was back.  I eagerly awaited for each new episode.  Bit that first season was pretty disappointing because the writers hadn’t …

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The first woman who did military bomb disposal


This is the story of the first woman who did bomb disposal for the military: More important, she was captivated by the job from the first moment she plugged a blasting cap into a block of TNT. We can really blow things up? she recalled thinking, as if she was getting away with something. She …

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Monster Ships: Aircraft Carriers


When I went to Hawaii back in the 1980s, there was an aircraft carrier in the harbor. This was pre-military for me, and the first time I’d ever seen a Navy ship that wasn’t part of a museum (a World War II submarine in Wisconsin). I think it was one of the smaller ones, but …

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The End of the VCR


It’s been all over the news that the last manufacturer of the VCR is shutting the line down.  I remember when the VCR first came out. At the time, Star Trek was running back to back with Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea as part of a Sci-Fi afternoon.  One day, the station pulled …

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