Linda Maye Adams

Soldier, Storyteller

Tag Archives: California

Weird Typos and Other Distractions


Dena Wesley Smith has a post up today about typos.  In this case, it’s what every blogger has probably experienced–someone zooming in to inform us that they caught us in a typo. You have sinned!  You made a typo! I don’t know what it is about typos, but they bring out the worst in people. …

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Baby Dolls & Aliens


    It’s the summer of 1976, when California is hot and dry, and Jenny is watching her mother wither away with the heat. Jenny tries to retreat to her backyard on a imaginary safari or a journey on the prairie.  But even dolls on adventures aren’t enough when the world is unraveling around her. Available …

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The Magic of First Experiences


We always get a day like today in Washington DC once fall sets in for a stay. The sky goes very blue, and the winds start up, scattering brown leaves all over the streets. I usually have to stop visiting any parks at this point because there are so many leaves on the ground that …

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Snuffled by a Dragon and Other Summer Activities


So far, most of my summer has been marked by the high humidity of Washington, DC, and the accompanying thunderstorms. It’s like the air gets so full of humidity that it has to pour rain. We had a monster thunderstorm come through on the heels of Hurricane Bill and there was something like ten tornado …

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10 Quirky Things About Me


This was inspired by a post from Patty over on Homemaker’s Daily. If I wake up and look at the clock to check the time, I’m awake — a problem if it’s too early. So if I wake up, I’ve been working on breaking the habit of glancing at the clock. It doesn’t matter to …

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Morro Strand: Building the Story 1


I thought I’d do a series on my writing process as I write Murder on Morro Strand. I had someone say to me she couldn’t figure out how I wrote a book without even knowing how it’s supposed to end. Another writer thought that because I don’t use plot points or structure techniques (both outlining …

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Desert Storm: Thanksgiving in the Persian Gulf


When I was growing up in Southern California, Thanksgiving was usually a potluck dinner at our neighbors house. He’d set up a table outside in his driveway, and everyone would show up. Yeah, it was outside. November in Los Angeles was still pretty warm out, though we would have said it was starting to get …

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Sometimes Good Things Are Not Easy


I’m going to take a leap of faith and publish three indie books next year.  One will be Sisters-At-Arms: The Story of a Woman Soldier in Desert Storm (which will be the Desert Storm blog posts you’ve been reading).  The second is Red God, a contemporary fantasy set in an alternate world of Hawaii.  I’m …

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Desert Storm: Packing for War


I went out to a trip to California last year, and I just took a carry on bag with about three shirts and three pairs of pants in it.  I was definitely more lightweight than some of the people at the airport, who had giant suitcases.  Sometimes we pack way too much for short trips. …

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Summer, Mirages, and Dog Periscopes in Los Angeles


When I hear flip-flops, I always think of summer, and Southern California.  As scary as it sounds, when I was growing up, we didn’t initially have air conditioning.  So it was leave open the front door, leave closed the screen door, and crank open all the windows.  Didn’t help much though.  Hot is hot in …

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