Oren Ashkenazi

Oren is a grumpy old man whose physical age hasn’t quite caught up with him, at least that’s what the kids who won’t get off his lawn keep saying. He’s been into roleplaying games since he was knee-high to a d10, and into prose writing for nearly as long. He loves stories and games that push the envelope of storytelling, like the Discworld series and the RPG Primetime Adventures. He’s also a huge Star Trek fan, though his rants on the mistakes of Voyager and Enterprise might make you think otherwise.

Podcast

244 – Characters Who Should Have Lived

The Mythcreant Podcast

We all have our favorite characters who we hate to see go, but sometimes killing a character is actually bad for the story. That’s what we’re talking about today, and we promise it’s not just an excuse to complain about deaths that made us sad. … read more »

Worldbuilding

Five More Underused Settings in Spec Fic

A skeleton facing a strange stone statue.

Novelty is one of the four critical elements that make stories popular, and in speculative fiction, settings are a great place to harvest a novelty crop. I’ve got nothing against castles, forests, and space battleships, but mixing things up creates opportunities for new kinds of … read more »

Story

The Familiar and the Frost

A couple rats rest on a woman's shoulder, under a witch hat

Camella the rat familiar perched upon the highest shelf of Witch’s cottage and stared down at the spy. Warlocks and wizards sent spies into the cottage to steal Witch’s powerful charms. But this wasn’t like any spy Camella had ever seen, not like the mechanical gnomes and flame sprites that warlocks and wizards preferred. Read more »

Q&A

How Should We Approach Problematic Authors?

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I was listening to old podcasts of Mythcreants and caught “The author is dead.” I’ve heard that a lot before, but what about when you love a work from a living problematic author or value their writing advice? You can’t really pretend the author is … read more »

Podcast

243 – Multiple POVs Revisited

The Mythcreant Podcast

A long time ago, on a podcast far far away, the Mythcreant hosts debated the merits of multiple points of view. Battle lines were drawn, harsh words were exchanged, and it was clear that the two sides would never see eye to eye. But it’s … read more »

Worldbuilding

Siege Warfare Before Gunpowder

The fantasy genre is stuffed with sieges, even in series other than Lord of the Rings! From the Battle of Winterfell to whatever Prince Caspian was doing at Aslan’s How, fantasy storytellers are always eager to show us battles of catapults and scaling ladders. But sieges are complicated, … read more »

Podcast

242 – Sidekicks

The Mythcreant Podcast

We’ve only got two hosts today, but which of them is the hero and which is the sidekick? While we’re figuring that out, we might as well talk about sidekicks and their role in the story. What is a sidekick? How do they work? And … read more »

Podcast

241 – Our Least Favorite Tropes

The Mythcreant Podcast

Most of the time, tropes are neither inherently good nor bad. They’re tools that can be used well or poorly. But that’s not always the case. Some tropes are just bad, and that’s what we’re talking about today – specifically, the tropes we dislike the … read more »

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