Linda Maye Adams

Soldier, Storyteller

Author Archive: Linda Maye Adams

Star Wars’ 40 Years Ago Today


It’s hard to believe 40 years have passed since Star Wars was released, on this day.  I saw it in its original run and remember how people lined up outside the movie theaters to see it…not once, by multiple times.  People didn’t watch it twice; they watched it twenty times. It wasn’t like any other …

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Massive Landslide in California


When I was growing up, we would drive from Los Angeles to Morro Bay, which is a coastal town in Central California, stay a day, and then head onto San Francisco.  My grandparents lived in San Francisco at the time, but later moved to Morro Bay. Our trip took us on Highway 101, which had …

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Editing vs. Revising vs. Rewriting


I’ve been taking a workshop on Editing Yourself.  It’s not the first workshop I’ve had like this; I had another one called Keys to Editing, which covered the topic if you wanted to go in business as an editor.  The Editing Yourself is very different from that one. The editing class is on essentially taking …

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Summertime Legacy: The Bathing Cap


It always found it strange when I hear that someone never learned how to swim.  That was a statement I heard often in the military, particularly from people in the Southern states like Georgia.  How can you grow up and never experience a swimming pool?! Swimming … and going off the high dive is kind …

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Ernest Hemingway – Traumatic Brain Injury?


I grew up watching TV shows where characters got whacked over the head fairly routinely, woke up, and was normal again. Not even a look at by a doctor.  And then, a few years ago, I met a former soldier who had a service dog.  She had a serious concussion and one of the aftereffects …

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Eating in Space


This was for research, but it was pretty cool.

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Golden Retriever Writing Process


This week, I started Dean Wesley Smith’s writing workshop on “Editing Yourself.” One of the things I had to do was think about how to describe my writing process. The first thing I thought of was this video:    

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What does a character look like?


Whenever I’m reading a book, it’s hard for me to put a face to the character if the writer doesn’t describe anything.  I know there’s a crowd that says to leave it off, leave it up to the reader’s imagination or imagine herself. I don’t imagine myself in the character’s place.  If I don’t get a …

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Devil Winds


Abandoned by war, abandoned by death. Neyan is a soldier hanging on with only the goal of completing her mission: kill the enemy. Now the enemy are mounting an attack on the kingdom, and she is the only one who stands between them and her people. Then she meets the enemy and she isn’t so …

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Woman WWII Prisoner of War


Every time I hear about themed months or “firsts” (first woman this or that), it’s sad to see.  The first is that it seems to be the only way women get visibility for accomplishments and that we really should be beyond firsts … and still aren’t. When I first got to Washington DC, everyone was …

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