Easter Eggs in Books

Girl in pink shirt looks behind rock for three Easter Eggs
Treasure hunt!

Hollywood’s pretty well-known for Easter eggs,.  It’s something that’s put into a movie or a TV show that only a diehard fan will catch.  Like these visits from the movie producer in a brief cameo.  They did miss one though–Donald P. Bellisario shows up in the episode with Mariette Hartley.  You can see him walking in the background in the hospital waiting area, near the end.

Some other examples I’ve run across:

  • In Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea’s “Escape From Venice,” Admiral Nelson stays at the Hotel Dandelo.  That’s the name of the cat from David Hedison’s film, The Fly.
  • In Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, there’s a scene where Captain Christopher Pike gets paged.  Pike was a nod to Star Trek.

They can take the form of pretty much anything, especially if you’re familiar with the genre or the actors.  But books have them, too.

Clive Cussler did one in his later novels. Dirk and Al run into a crusty old character with the strange name of…Clive Cussler!  I know a lot of people thought it was hokey and silly, but it’s really kind of a fun nod to the fans of the books.

In fact, there was another action-type novel series where the writers were clearly a fan of Cussler’s, so that crusty character showed up in their first couple of books (not the later ones…).

Have you spotted any in your favorite books?

(And yes, I’ve used some in mine.  They really are a lot of fun.)

Website Updates

I’m writing this as I wait for the junk people to come pick up a chest of drawers.  It’s one of pieces that I’m getting rid of as the budget permits and replacing.  I bought them when I first transferred here for the military, and they’re no longer me.

I had a bad last year because the day job was pulling me in two different directions–which tends to happen when you’re one person trying to do a job that 3-4 people should have.  So getting rid of old furniture is at least a way for me to make a different on the home front.  Little changes, but important changes.

Man sitting on floor, up against wall, staring out into space
There were some days at work where I felt like doing this.  It amazes me that companies always say “Make do with less” and not change anything–without understand the impacts.


I’m also updating my website.  There were two reasons for it.

The first was that someone visited my site and then emailed me and asked if I had any books on Amazon.  I’d thought it was obvious on the site…but apparently not.

Embarrassed happy face

I’d done actor David Hedison’s site for many years (1997-2007) and duplicated what I did there, which was the same as what I was seeing on big name writer sites.

Of course, there was a nuance that I didn’t catch: If someone came to the site, they were already looking for David Hedison or checking on one of his films.  The discoverability already existed for him by his name.  Whereas, I need to make it easier for people who are stumbling across me for various reasons to find my books.

Then came the second reason, which was a timely blog post from Gill Andrews on websites. I love how things sometimes show up right when we need it.

But most of the advice I see assumes one or ten books.  After that, it gets pretty unwieldy.  I had to quit David’s site because it was very unwieldy.  He has over 200 credits, and we were putting up photos to help promote him.  The site had hundreds of pages and was time consuming to update.

And with Facebook changing algorithms, a website is actually the one thing I have total control over.

So I’m both trying to simplify my navigation and make my books more visible.  And also have some fun with it.

Christine McAlister mentioned that she wanted to know where I got the idea for stories from.  I’ve always thought that no one would be interested in that.  Yet, I have a post on the military that I thought was so routine that I almost didn’t do it, and it’s one of my most popular ones.  So, why not?

And I’m having some fun with the graphics as well.  You can see it on the My Books page itself, and the ideas in the captions on the pages I’ve already done.  Onward!

5 Fun Facts You Don’t Know About Me

  1. During a science fiction convention, two women and I ate lunch in the hotel restaurant with actor David Hedison (James Bond) and watched two cats play outside the window.
  2. I went to my first science fiction convention in 1976 costumed as Lieutenant Uhura and got trapped in a parking garage.
  3.  I’m a cat magnet.  When I visited my grandparents, I went outside and saw this beautiful white cat.  Started petting the cat, who acted like no one ever paid attention to.  Suddenly I was surrounded by cats!  And my grandfather hated cats.
  4. I’ve ridden in a pace car for a race.  It was just after the first Persian Gulf War ended, and a local race track in Washington State was looking for soldiers to ride in the pace car.  I went in my class A’s, and one of the guys was grabbed to join me.  I sat in the front seat and watched that speedometer.  We hit 100!
  5. The first computer I wrote a story on was a Heathkit H-89. Heathkit was known then as having kits of electronics you could put together in your house.  My father built the computer.  It was all one piece and booted off a 5 1/4 disk.  It’s hard to believe now that my tablet has more computing power than that big computer!


Changes to the Blog

You’ve probably noticed some updates to the blog that are different.

Currently I have two websites, one over at http://www.linda-adams.com, and the blog.  I built the .com like how I did David Hedison’s site.  Same provider, too (which my brother recommended).

But when I published 13 books, I ran into some problems.

The first one was that web design takes a lot of time.  That’s time NOT writing.  I stopped doing David’s site because I wanted to do more writing.

I’m a writer, not a web designer. (Obligatory Star Trek quote.)

So I started using a template the host provided. They had plenty to choose from.  But the template created the second problem: Their market is based on the assumption you might update the site a few times a year.  The template is difficult and fussy to update, consuming about as much time if I were to design it myself.

So I’m looking to merge the two sites on this blog.

I bought a new domain name, http://www.lindamayeadams.com, which is already hooked up.

I’ve also begun blogging seven days a week.  I’ve been having trouble with productivity, so I’m hoping the blog with joggle me into writing more on the fiction side..

Wonder Woman for President

I watched the TV series Wonder Woman in it’s original run (The Mighty Isis was the first woman superhero to make TV).  The series stared Lynda Carter, who had won Miss World USA.

I grew up reading a big book of the old Wonder Woman comics.  The stunts in the TV show were awesome.  Never got too violent; they were more of the showy, flashy ones that were typical of the 70s shows (Bionic Woman, Knight Rider, Six Million Dollar Man).

My favorite season was the second season.  That’s where they brought the stories into the current era and introduced both spies and science fiction.  Particularly memorable was one episode where David Hedison guest starred as a charming thief who romanced a queen (still one of my favorite performances of his).  I always thought there was a sequel in there, but disappointingly not.

Now Lynda Carter is going to be playing the President of the United States on Supergirl!  That’s going to be awesome.

Women on subs

I grew up watching reruns of Sea Hunt with Lloyd Bridges, and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea,  with David Hedison.  I managed David’s website for about 10 years.

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea was set on board a futuristic submarine with these awesome front windows so you could see what was going on outside.  The first season started out with spies, which were hot everywhere, and then abruptly the trend died, so they went to science fiction and monsters with the change to color.

And the show lacked women.  The producer, Irwin Allen, thought women were too expensive because their make up took longer, so the show had so few women in the later years you could count them on one hand.  It was a shame, because the Seaview was set up as a private research submarine, and they could have easily added a woman or two to the cast.

But now real submarines are going to have women.  That is something I might have tried.  Aside from being in the wrong service, but still … submarines.


Required submarine reading:

Up Periscope, by Robb White

Some way awesome fan images of the Seaview.   Submarines!