Chris Winkle

Chris is the founder and editor-in-chief of Mythcreants. On the side she also designs, codes, and writes stories. When she manages to escape from chronic workaholism, she likes to drink tea, wear funny hats, pet kitties, and crush her enemies at the game table.

Analysis

Eight Effective Animal Companions

Baby Yoda stands outside holding a cup.

Animal companions are semi-characters with simple personalities and limited agency. While they have feelings, they don’t usually talk or undergo character arcs. Instead of pursuing their own goals, animal companions give devoted assistance to a protagonist. They’re usually pets of some kind, but they can … read more »

Podcast

258 – The Star Wars Sequel Trilogy

The Mythcreant Podcast

A short time ago, on a podcast quite nearby, two hosts talked about STAR WARS. Specifically, we talk about the new sequel trilogy, and what the heck happened with it. With the latest movie finished at last, it seems like these films were less than … read more »

Story

Beyond the Twilight Gate

An ancient arch over a path on a slope

My dearest brother, I know you miss me, but I can’t cure you by telling stories at your bedside. Though you’ve faced the fainting spells and sudden shivers bravely, these symptoms are too stubborn to be soothed with herbal tonics and a strong will. Read more »

Podcast

257 – Beginning Your Story

The Mythcreant Podcast

Every story has to start somewhere. Believe us, we checked. If there was some way to skip this part, we’d be all over that. But since beginnings are a requirement, it’s time to talk about them once again. We cover the competing needs of a … read more »

Q&A

What’s Your Advice for Writing Mom Protagonists?

questions and answer talk bubbles

I recently noticed that there are hardly any stories about mothers in speculative fiction. Moms in stories are likely to be dead or die, and if they’re around, they usually fill a vaguely supportive and inconvenient role. This strikes me as unfair, as moms are … read more »

Podcast

256 – The Mandalorian

The Mythcreant Podcast

There’s a possibility that you just might have heard about this latest entry into the Star Wars media family. It’s got the cutest baby alien around, and Disney is pretty sure you’ll subscribe to their streaming service just to watch it. Which, to be fair, … read more »

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