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This is my third time as a guest host on The Mythcreants Podcast and Episode 107 is all about stories that implement social justice messages (or fail to). “We’ve all got our social justice axes to grind, and as we are joined by Fay for a third week, this is the time to get them […]

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So excited to be guest hosting on the Mythcreants podcast for the second time! This is a 30 min episode that is a lively three person discussion. Please check it out! “Once upon a time, Fay once again joined Oren and Chris, this time to discuss fairy tales. The first question on our minds: what […]

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So excited to be guest hosting on the Mythcreants podcast! It’s 30 min episode that is a lively three person discussion. Please check it out! “Another week brings us a brand new guest host, Fay Onyx of Writing Alchemy. With Fay on board, we discuss how to draw inspiration from roleplaying characters, so you won’t […]

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Why We Need Fairy Tales

As a person with high anxiety, I have long loved fairy tales. So I guess it is not so surprising that I started writing them. In college I analyzed fairy tale symbolism in women’s studies classes, but once I was writing my very own intersectional feminist fairy tales, I needed to think about fairy tales […]

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I write and enjoy romances, but there are a lot of toxic, sexist patterns deeply ingrained in the genre (in addition to a lot of heterosexism). Here I present five tropes common in mainstream romances that I find particularly frustrating: Boundary-crossing behaviors are romantic if a man is deeply in love Subtext: True love results […]

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For a long time I’ve had a problem with characterization. My main characters are rich and complex, but many of my minor characters have been flat and lacking in the texture, quirks, contradiction, and struggles that make a character come to life. Worse yet, many of them were coming out the same. There were several […]

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