Star Trek

Podcast

17 – When Stories Become Self-Aware

The Mythcreant Podcast

Mike, Oren, and Chris talk about stories in which characters use their knowledge of dramatic structure to anticipate what will happen next. They discuss worlds where story mechanics influence reality, and describe how self-awareness is used for parodies and subversions. 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 »

Analysis

Five Wish-Fulfillment Characters

While we don’t always talk about it, we all love our daydreams. So naturally, some stories are designed to let us live our fantasies through the protagonist. There’s a little wish-fulfillment in any good story, but these go above and beyond, crafting every scene to … read more »

Podcast

11 – Episodic, Overarching, and Anthology Stories

The Mythcreant Podcast

Mike, Oren and Chris discuss the weaknesses and strengths that come with episodic, overarching, and anthology stories. They analyze TV shows that fell victim to the Monster of the Week or the Reset Button Ending, and praise American Horror Story for being new and innovative. Read more »

Worldbuilding

The Three Types of Group Minds

What do the Borg from Star Trek, the Formians from Ender’s Game, and Gaia from Foundation have in common? They’re all group minds. What is a group mind? Essentially, a group mind is the connected consciousness of at least two individuals. There are lots of … read more »

Commentary

The Best Quotes From GeekGirlCon

The Mythcreants had a great weekend at GeekGirlCon in Seattle. I want to share my favorite quotes and a few comments on the panels I attended. Also included are some pics I got by nervously asking cosplayers to take their picture. Next time I’ll do … read more »

Commentary

Seven Epic Fan Romance Battles

Here I’ll explore the philosophical paradigm that overlays our understanding of how synergistic behaviors are maintained in an ethical society. Just kidding. This is about fans, known as shippers, that really want non-existent people to get it on. Read more »

Podcast

6 – A Dialogue on Dialogue

The Mythcreant Podcast

Chris, Mike and Oren discuss making dialogue sound natural but not too natural, speculate on rules for good dialogue, and rave about their favorite dialogues and monologues from TV shows. Read more »

Storytelling

Five Characters That Are Too Powerful

Creating a spec fic character isn’t always like creating characters in other genres. One of the unique challenges we face is preventing our characters from becoming too powerful – and dealing with them when they do. But what exactly is too powerful? Read more »

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