Linda Maye Adams

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How This Pantser Does Research


Research came up as a topic on Facebook, one of those things where the writers want to know how you keep your research notes.  I suppose I’m an oddity, because I don’t keep any research notes. To start with, I don’t plan out my stories at all.  I have no idea what will happen in …

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Traces of War: Fort Ward, VA


Today was really the first day I was able to get out and walk around. It’s been so cold since about December that going out really wans’t much of an option. Though the snow from Thursday is starting to melt often (51 degrees today), the temperature still drops enough overnight to turn anything wet to …

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Details a Matter of Character


I wrote this post on having trouble with details over a year ago.  It was really hard for me for quite a long time getting even basic details into my stories.  In fact, I had to keep hitting at it with a battering ram.  Sometimes I have to hear something that seems obvious to everyone else …

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Desert Storm: Logistics and the Build Up


Everything to do with supplies and carrying equipment and troops is called logistics in the military.  If you don’t have the supplies, soldiers can have problems with basic things like not get enough food.  That was one of the reasons the First Battle at Manassas during the Civil War was such a surprise to everyone.  …

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How a Soldier Thinks: Anything is a Tool


The Washington Post featured an interesting article on recovering art in Afghanistan this week, called “For real ‘Monument Woman,’ saving Afghan treasures is unglamorous but richly rewarding.”  What caught my eye was a section on the Marines damaging ancient ruins in Babylon.  The former chief of staff of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force said: [Col. John Coleman] …

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Links: What Women in the Military Have Done


With all the news about sexual harassment and assaults in the military, I thought I would do a post about some of the things women have done in the military.  Honestly, we need something more than just the negative stuff. Did you know women were in the Civil War?  They had to pretend they were …

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Week 4 of 10 Weeks of 10 Stories


Story #4’s idea started with a book on cats published in the 1920s.  There was a short blurb about a painting of a cat with eyes that followed you.  Those eyes supposedly drove the owners to commit suicide.  I tried to do it as a story, but I couldn’t figure out really how to resolve …

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Week 2: 10 Weeks of 10 Stories


10 Weeks of 10 Stories Story #2 is off to a magazine for their May 31 deadline.  It was a steampunk story, set in an alternate universe for the Civil War. I made use of a trip to the Manassas National Battlefield Park a few years ago, plus some research for a shelved Civil War …

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Rule Y: You can’t avoid offending someone with your writing


Linda’s Rules of Writing We’re onto the letter Y in Linda’s Rules of Writing of the A to Z Challenge, and You can’t avoid offending someone with your writing. When I was writing with a cowriter, he asked a friend volunteer to read our novel in progress.  He told her it was a thriller set …

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The Civil War in Arlington, Virginia


As part of my research for my next book, I’ve been taking advantage of Civil War events around Northern Virginia.  One was on Arlington and the Civil War, given by Ed Bearss (pronounced Bars).   He’s the retired Chief Historian for the National Park Service.  The lecture featured a chronology of the events of the Civil …

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