Fay Onyx

Fay Onyx is the producer and host of Writing Alchemy, a podcast that centers intersectional characters, including a fairy tale series that combines humor and magic with serious topics, and a tabletop role-playing series about the adventures of disabled and mentally divergent heroes. Hir intersecting experiences as a queer, disabled, neurodiverse genderqueer inspire the work ze does as a writer, artist, podcaster, game designer, and disability consultant. Right now, Fay is focusing on making tabletop role-playing games accessible to a broader range of people. Ze does this through the Writing Alchemy podcast, and by collecting accessibility resources, creating new resources, and designing Magic Goes Awry, a high fantasy role-playing system that is light on rules and heavy on magical mayhem.

Q&A

How Can I Make My World Accommodating to Disabled People?

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I am writing a non-magical fantasy story set in a low-tech world that is primarily composed of city-states with limited regional authority. I am trying to work out what kinds of seemingly realistic accommodations could/would be in place for disabled people. Culturally, I am trying … read more »

Podcast

234 – Harmful Disability Tropes

The Mythcreant Podcast

More than one in ten Americans is disabled, making it one of the largest marginalized groups in the country. Even so, storytellers often have a really difficult time portraying disabled characters. We want to change that, so this episode is all about the most problematic … read more »

Podcast

232 – Avoiding the Fridge

The Mythcreant Podcast

Fiction has a long history of sacrificing marginalized characters to further the arcs of privileged characters, but these days we have a name for that: fridging. Most of us understand that fridging is bad, but why is it bad? And once we understand that, what … read more »

Writing

How to Avoid Melodrama in Your Writing

On the cover of The calculating stars, a group of women walk in front of a night sky overlaid with a start chart.

Melodramatic writing is a common mistake for writers. Most of us want our stories to have emotional impact, but if we don’t understand how that’s accomplished on a technical level, it’s easy to end up with purple prose instead. Let’s have a look at what … read more »

Worldbuilding

Should You Give Non-Human Groups Marginalized Traits?

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At Mythcreants, we get many questions like “Can I avoid racial justice implications by using alien characters?” or “Is it okay to make my intelligent monster gender neutral?” To better answer questions like these, I’ll outline what you should know when making non-humans resemble marginalized people – … read more »

Commentary

Five Common Harmful Representations of Disability

Captain Hook from Disney's Peter Pan

Disability is an extremely common human experience. Many people of all ages have disabled bodies, divergent minds, or chronic illnesses. Almost everyone who lives to old age will eventually experience some form of disability. This is why disability is an important experience to include in … read more »

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