Linda Maye Adams

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Perfectionism and Reading Fiction


I’ve taken a few writing workshops lately that teach craft by having me read books to figure out how the writer did something cool.  It’s been a fun and interesting experience.  Writers always get told to read fiction to learn from other writers.  Normally, no one ever explains this, other than treating it like we …

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Respecting the Writing, Respecting Yourself


It’s hard to believe that about 2010, I was thinking I was never going to be able to write a novel.  My process of writing because a source of great frustration. The more I revised something, the more broken it got.  It went from a two car accident to a spaceship crashes and destroys an …

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First job (and no, it wasn’t the Army)


I’m starting the New Year with what my first job was.  And no, it wasn’t the military.  I enlisted at 25, so I already had some jobs behind me. But my first job was stuffing the Sunday newspapers for the Los Angeles Times, which is called a newspaper inserter.  I helped out a woman named …

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2018 Writing Goals


I wish I were like this snowman.  But it’s unseasonably cold in Washington, DC.  We got snow yesterday, the second of the year, and the temperature outside right now is 20 degrees.  Tomorrow, with windchill will go into -10.  There is something seriously wrong with that number for this Southern California woman. I’ve been in reflection …

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2017 Writing Year in Review


I started out the year saying that it was going to be a year of craft. Then I broke my foot in February and was pretty much offline until May.  I didn’t realize how exhausting a broken bone could be.  So most of the Year of Craft came after May.  I started out the thing …

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Sue Grafton, RIP


I was shocked to hear Sue Grafton passed away.  Somehow, after seeing the march of books on the shelf, writers seem immortal until they aren’t. I read Sue Grafton’s first book A is for Alibi after three books gave her visibility.  It was the 1980s and one of several writers emerging who wrote about women …

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Time Traveling to the Past


The Desert Storm Memorial was looking for photos from in theater (which means in Saudi Arabia in my case) for a pair of videos they’re doing.  I was digging around and found some from after the war. In January 1991, the mail clerk passed me a flyer she’d received advertising a Desert Storm Writing Contest.  …

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The city or the country? Which would you pick?


Between the city and the country, I’ll always pick… A beach, with the city mixed in. This was a question from Facebook, and I thought it would be a lot of fun to put it here.  I grew up in big cities, and visited small towns.  I’ve never really been in the country.  Not even …

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The Evolution of Space Opera


When I was growing up, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea aired at 4:00 on KTLA, and then Star Trek followed it.  We also had Lost in Space. I also had this big yellow book of the Buck Rogers in the 25th Century comic strips. All of these started with the pulp magazines in …

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Mansplaining to Women Veterans


Kristine Kathryn Rusch has a post on Facebook that’s gotten pretty interesting, and a lot of comments.  It’s on mansplaining. Mansplaining is when a man with lesser experience, or even no knowledge lectures to a woman who has that experience. It implies that she is ignorant because of her gender.  Pretty much it’s: “You don’t …

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