by Madeline Iva Hello lovely people! How are you? I’m pretty obsessed these days with one thing and one thing only: dark, gothic feels. I like all aspects of suspense–preferably set in intriguingly gloomy surroundings, and chock full of complex, morally ambiguous or hard to read characters. I love how gothic reads make the heart…
Need to quell your post-Vday chocolate cravings? (I do. Seriously.) Here’s just the thing to distract you from binging at the candy store — this Valentine’s Day Speculative Fiction Sale is STILL going on!!! It was supposed to run from Feb 13th to the 15th, but I just checked the link and lots of the books…
By Madeline Iva We seem to be having a dragon moment in Romance-landia, so let’s take a wee look at three books doing the dragon thing and talk about why someone like me–who may be somewhat like you–finds myself diving into dragons even though I’m usually not into the shifter thing. 1,363 more words
by Madeline Iva Alexa Day had a fabulous blog post on The Last Jedi last Friday. Check it out. I just want to extend the convo a little here — cause The Last Jedi was the first Star Wars film I’ve actually liked since Empire Strikes Back. 797 more words
by Madeline Iva There’s nothing like a good feminist horror movie to get you in the mood for Halloween. And such is our society that for the first thirty minutes of Julie Ducournau’s feminist allegorical film RAW, she doesn’t even have to go out of her way to create horror–she just turns the camera on…
This week on Lady Smut: Viking Warrior found in grave in Sweden is **FEMALE**.
Morning lovely people!
I’m bubbling with joy because on September 16th, I’ll be in Leesburg, VA for the 2017 Publishing Summit where I’ll give a 90 minute workshop on plotting
Did I have you at ‘Publishing Summit?’ REGISTER HERE.
Here are topics I’ll cover:
- Understanding Aristotle’s theory of drama in 5 minutes.
- How and when to use backstory and flashbacks & how to avoid info dumps
- What’s the difference between action arcs, narrative arcs, & character arcs–and how should you use all 3 of them in your story?
- What if your plot doesn’t fit the hero’s journey?
- Fun ways to brainstorm your plot with friends
- Why are endings so hard? What’s a coda?
Why should you take this workshop if you’re an advanced writer and already published? It’s a stretch to say that one workshop is ideal for every writer, yet many published authors are very intuitive when it comes to writing. The downside with being an intuitive writer is that when you get stuck at some point in your novel you’ve no idea how to analyze what’s wrong and fix it. This workshop will help you to clarify your understanding of the elements of narrative structure so you’ll have a knowledge base to lean on in times of trouble. Register now.
Madeline Iva writes fantasy and paranormal romance. Her fantasy romance, WICKED APPRENTICE, featuring a magic geek heroine, is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and through iTunes. Sign up for Madeline Iva news & give aways.
by Madeline Iva It’s August! Time to make with the grabby hands before the slow, relaxed days of summer give way to the hustle of September. Grab a peach smoothie and your favorite guy, and let all your worries go while you enjoy these 10 Adorable Cult Movies — each is it’s own funky mix […]
by Madeline Iva There’s an actor named Nico Tortorella out there on a television show I’ve never seen. But what’s making headlines for Nico is that he’s joined part of brave young new Hollywood in saying he’s not a straight male. He could also say he’s not cis-gender. But who really is cis-gender and likes […]
by Madeline Iva No more token female characters in sff novels. No more ‘space babes’ in skimpy costumes on the cover. You do not get to use your galaxy kitten for a minor romantic/sexual sub-plot then push her right back into plot obscurity again. Those times are over. Dead. Gone. Here are two books that […]
WICKED APPRENTICE – Your perfect summer fantasy read. Only .99 cents. ONE LINK TO RULE THEM ALL: https://books2read.com/u/4DAgNd “What’s your name?” She asked, nervous. She had to get his name and go. She was in over his head. “But you haven’t even told me yours, Princess,” he said in his quiet voice. She gave a little […]
Lovely readers — I attended a panel at #WisCon that made me cry out with perverse desire. It was called Red As Blood — a panel on women and the Gothic genre. Loosely organized, it revolved around the interesting desires and situations that comprise Gothic joy and perversity. “A young woman meets an interesting, mysterious […]
by Madeline Iva Men who drive tractors kinda get me hot. I like their competence combined with patience and persistence. I’ve worked on a farm. I’ve shoveled shit, stacked hay bales, emptied ice out of water buckets with a hammer. Hard muscles come from daily physical labor, and a soul-aching beauty from the quiet surroundings. […]
by Madeline Iva I do. I do feel lucky. I’ve got two new TV actor obsessions this summer. AND WE’RE CELEBRATING Elizabeth Sa Fleur’s new book release LUCKY. (See more below.) Todays post is about two weird punks, among other things. Thankfully people rarely toss around the term ‘punk’ anymore. Some older man or jock […]