Linda Maye Adams

Soldier, Storyteller

Tag Archives: reading

What does a character look like?


Whenever I’m reading a book, it’s hard for me to put a face to the character if the writer doesn’t describe anything.  I know there’s a crowd that says to leave it off, leave it up to the reader’s imagination or imagine herself. I don’t imagine myself in the character’s place.  If I don’t get a …

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What makes you stop reading an author?


We used to have a B. Dalton’s in a local mall—now a Starbucks. At least a couple of times a month I was in that store, checking the speculative fiction and mystery area for book series by my favorite authors. Was there anything new? It was like finding buried treasure when I discovered a new …

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Culling the eBook Herd


My Nook was giving me the evil eye—it was full! How’d that happen? Well, yeah, we know how that happened. Books, and more books, and magazines. So I’ve had to spend some time archiving my collection of eBooks. It was a curious thing going through it—there were a lot of them that I didn’t even …

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Telling someone they’re not a writer


A question popped up on one of the Facebook groups that I’m on: “When did someone tell you to be a writer?” No one told me to be a writer. But it choose me. I was 8 when I started writing.  My best friend was writing a class play.  I thought that was a cool idea, …

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Desert Storm: Patches — one of the benefits of war


That probably sounds really strange, because war’s such a scary thing.  But there were also a few things along the way that we were told about that were kind of cool.  Or at least, they seemed cool since we didn’t have them. One was that we would wear a combat patch as a permanent part …

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The Importance of Book Titles


My uncle, Ernie Rydberg, wrote a children’s book (not YA; this was before YA existed) wrote a book called The Day the Indians Came.  I remember going into my school library and spotting a book with the exact same name — but it hadn’t been written by him.  At the time, I was outraged.  This …

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What makes you put down a book?


I’m over on Unleaded today with a post on what makes you put down a book.  Here’s a snippet: I was thinking about that after reading Judy Hedlund’s post Top 7 Reasons I Stop Reading a Novel.   A lot of times you get writers together about what makes you put a book down, and it’s …

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The Beauty of Omniscient Viewpoint


Ever since I’ve been writing I’ve read over and over that omniscient viewpoint is old-fashioned, no longer used, that publishers won’t take it, too distant, etc. It’s not true. I found that out when I took on viewpoint. At the time, I felt like the viewpoint for Miasma was not right (it was in third), …

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Am I the only one who doesn’t like Game of Thrones?


Photo from Game of Thronesx Everywhere I go lately, everyone is talking about Game of Thrones.  The series is airing on HBO and just had its third season premiere, and is based on the popular series by George R.R. Martin. I read the first book back in 2010.  At the time, I was taking Holly …

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6 fun reasons to go to a library book sale


My county library had their semi-annual book sale this weekend. In the weeks before the sale, they start storing the books behind a fence in the parking lot, and it looks like it’s about to burst. If you haven’t been to one, it’s time to go. Reason #1: The books are cheap Paperbacks at .50 …

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