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.

Analysis

How the Oppressed Mages Trope Sabotages House of X

The ruined X-Mansion from an X-Men Comic

The term oppressed mages refers to any situation in which characters are systematically marginalized for their supernatural abilities, whether those powers come from spellbooks or mutant genes. When I first wrote about this trope, I mostly stuck to general points rather than going after specific … read more »

Q&A

How Do I Break Out of a Rut?

questions and answer talk bubbles

Hello, I’m trying to write stories but I haven’t had much chance to interact with other writers, so I have a few questions about my writing. I always find myself writing on and off, often getting frustrated with work and either deleting it or leaving … read more »

Podcast

248 – Common Writing Sayings, Part 2

The Mythcreant Podcast

It’s a podcast topic so nice we recorded it twice! But seriously, there are so many of these sayings, we just had to extend it into a two-parter. Heck, we could probably have done a third episode, but that would be a little much. Listen … read more »

Analysis

Five Characters With Fake Spinach

Dresden summoning shield magic.

Candy and spinach are two of our most important concepts here at Mythcreants. Candy is anything that makes a character look cool or otherwise glorifies them. Conversely, spinach is anything that humbles a character or takes them down a peg or two. The best characters … read more »

Podcast

247 – Common Writing Sayings, Part 1

The Mythcreant Podcast

We’ve all heard the sayings and truisms about writing: “Write what you know,” “show don’t tell,” and the like. They come in different forms, but they’re remarkably consistent all the same. What do these sayings actually mean? What value do they have, and how can … read more »

Podcast

246 – Our Favorite Spooky Stories

The Mythcreant Podcast

In this final week of Spook Month, it’s time to talk about our favorite spooky stories. Gather round the fire and don’t let your eyes stray to what moves in the shadows, lest you become its next victim. Listen as we describe stories where nature … read more »

Podcast

245 – Unconventional Monsters

The Mythcreant Podcast

Halloween approaches – time for spooks! What’s really spooky? A monster. And what’s spookier than a conventional monster? An unconventional monster! That’s why today we’re talking about all the great monsters out there that break the mold and scare us in brand new ways. Okay … read more »

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