Linda Maye Adams

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Women of Pearl Harbor – 75 years


When I was growing up, I remember headlines on December 7, honoring the loss of lives at Pearl Harbor.  Now it largely feels like an afterthought, getting a passing mention if it’s a slow news day.  I got to see the memorial back in the early 80s, when I visited Hawaii.  I could see the very …

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Gratuitous Volcano Pictures


Volcanoes are one of those cool things that make for a great action story (real life, not so much).  There’s nothing like a character trying to escape as the volcano is rumbling and shaking and vents are opening up. These are some awesome photos of the Kilauea Volcano spilling lava into the sea. 

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Monster Ships: Aircraft Carriers


When I went to Hawaii back in the 1980s, there was an aircraft carrier in the harbor. This was pre-military for me, and the first time I’d ever seen a Navy ship that wasn’t part of a museum (a World War II submarine in Wisconsin). I think it was one of the smaller ones, but …

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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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When You Hate to Research


That’s me, by the way.  I don’t really enjoy research and am never going to get lost in it and forget to write a novel.  In fact, what Advanced Fiction Writing says is absolutely true: If you hate research, then [you] are probably not doing enough of it and your fiction writing is going to …

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Temples and Worship in #Hawaii


One of the most fascinating things I discovered in researching Hawaii as a basis for my fictional country in Miasma is that there was a unique culture that developed there.  The Hawaiians loved being out of doors–no surprise, considering how beautiful the islands are.   The Hawaiians believed that gods were in everything around them, …

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Hawaii Five-0: Action in Paradise


Hawaii was a great initial reason to tune into the TV series Hawaii Five-0.  It’s a Hawaii 2.0 of the original series which starred Jack Lord.  One of the comments made at the time of the new series premiere was that the original version was an average detective show with Hawaii, a great theme, and Jack …

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Action, Adventure, Earthquakes — 3 Interesting Facts


An earthquake makes a great action scene.  Hollywood’s done a number of movies, including Earthquake and 10.5.  More recently, the TV series Bones had what looked like an earthquake but turned out to be a water main break.  As the shaking starts, Booth says something like, “Washington DC doesn’t have earthquakes.” A year later Virginia was struck by a 5.8 …

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Describing Clothes in a Novel


I attended a Civil War Fashion Show this morning, as part of research for my next book, Masks.  I know I’m going to need to come up with a second plot for the story, and since the modern day part of the story ties into the Civil War, I’m playing with the possibility of the …

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Challenges of Research


One of the biggest challenges of research is coming up the right keywords to find information on your topic.  There’s the most obvious keyword, but sometimes that doesn’t yield much information, or maybe not what you’re looking for.  I still remember the horror story of doing a paper for a theater class, and I barely …

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