Dash Buck

Dash was the primary copy editor for the first year and change of the Mythcreants blog. They have been known to contribute articles or guest on the podcast during unusual planetary alignments. In 2017 they started narrating stories, and in 2018 took over the audio editing for them. Dash enjoys discussing stories, snuggling their cats, playing video games, and reading entire novels in a sitting.

Podcast

86 – Depicting Microaggressions

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To depict microaggressions is to take on one of the most persistent problems of our society. With recurring guest host Dash joining in for a third time, it’s time to talk about that low level harassment that so many people commit without ever realizing it. … read more »

Podcast

85 – Pronouns in Writing

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Pronouns. Who’d have guessed these little placeholders would have such power over us. To be a writer, one must fully understand pronouns and how to use them, not to mention how important they are. This week, the hosts dig into the topics of singular they, … read more »

Podcast

78 – Does Authorial Intent Matter?

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Is the author dead or have reports of their demise been greatly exaggerated? This week, join Chris, Oren, and special-bonus host Dash as they discuss how much an author’s intent actually matters. Is your favorite ship still legitimate after the author nay-says it? Should you … read more »

Writing

Three Writing Exercises for Better Characters

A renaissance painting of a woman showing her child a book.

Characters can be tricky to pin down – or even write correctly in the first place. Some lucky writers have characters that are willing to sit down and chat with them. Others can slip themselves into their character’s shoes without much difficulty. If you’re having … read more »

Worldbuilding

Four Ways to Limit Magic & Technology

A DoD photo of a robot trying to open a door.

While powerful spells and gadgets are fun to imagine, they can do serious harm to a story. Once you add a transporter or summon giant eagles, it becomes too easy for the protagonists to overcome challenges. Luckily, there are many ways to reduce the impact of … read more »

Worldbuilding

Avoiding the Planet of Hats

Worldbuilding is a time-consuming process. There’s all of those governments to decide on, flora and fauna to develop, architecture to design… and when you have to do it for planet after planet in your spacefaring adventure, well, who has the time? Certainly not the writers … read more »

Writing

Three Ways to Plot With Index Cards

It can be tough to pull together the plot for a novel. There’s a lot that goes into it, and it’s hard to make sure that you have it all straight in your head before you start writing. Sometimes the only way to be sure … read more »

Inspiration

Six Stunning Fantasy Settings from Casual Games

Casual games have a secret. Many feel more like the adventure and roleplaying games of the eighties and nineties than Bejewelled. Not only that, but these days they have far more artistic details than their pixelated ancestors. These games are a trove of inspiration (and … read more »

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