Linda Maye Adams

Soldier, Storyteller

Tag Archives: A to Z Challenge

When Fiction Writers Blog


When I first started blogging, I was somewhat late into it.  I was cowriting then, but wrote most of the blogs then.  Everything we saw online said “You have to be an expert” and “you have to have a platform.”  I was a fiction writer.  Exactly what was I supposed to do with it? I …

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Reflections on the A to Z Challenge


Last year, when I finished the A to Z Challenge, I said I wasn’t going to do it again. The topics I picked made it hard to come up with enough posts, and I’d found myself scrambling for the last few entries, and repeating myself a few times. I mean, it’s hard doing so many …

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A to Z Challenge Wrap Up


I’m wrapping up the A to Z challenge with a list of my posts about military in case you missed any of them: Least Likely to be in the Army First Day at Basic Training Hauling Soldiers in a Cattle Car Drill and Ceremonies, or all that marching Explosive ordnance, pilots, and other things women do …

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Yes, it takes 20 years to talk about war


I had the occasion recently to review the book Redeployment, by Philip Clay.  He’s an Iraq War veteran, out about five years, and he wrote a series of short stories.  The first thing I picked up was an undercurrent of anger in the stories. And I remembered that anger, because I’d had it, too, in the years …

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Xray! Xray! the military alphabet


Have you ever talked on the phone and had a really hard time differentiating between some letters like P and B? A lot of Army soldiers use radios to communicate, and misunderstanding a letter. The words were originally developed during World War II, and these are the ones currently used: A – Alpha B – …

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Washing clothes in desert storm


Sometimes washing clothes in the barracks could be a challenge. But Desert Storm presented new challenges because we were in tents, nary a washing machine in site. Plus, with all the dust, clothes got dirty fast. The military contracted with the Saudi government for someone to clean our clothes. We lugged it over to the …

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Where are the Voices of the women Veterans?


One of the reasons I do this blog is because the women in the military often don’t really have much of a voice. In fact, for the most part, they largely get ignored as the camera focus is put on the male solder. How many of you have seen a picture of an old man …

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Air War: Unknown in the Distance


Most of the time when we saw the desert of Saudi Arabia, it was flat. But when we moved to the King Khalid Wildlife Research Center, there was this big rock sitting on the sand in the distance, set against the blue sky. I always called it a mesa. Somewhere out there was where the …

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Tent fire in desert storm


Scary thing #2 that happened to me while I was in the army happened during Desert Storm. Our battalion had gotten this major handed off to them right before they deployed. Evidently no one else wanted him, so they stuck him with us. The major was all about military precision and everything dress right dress, …

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Scariest thing that happened to me in the army


I’ve had a few really scary things happen to me, one which was intentional on the army’s part, and the others a function of the environment.  So this is going to be the first of three posts on those scary things. As the last part of basic training at Fort Dix, NJ, we had to …

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