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Wayfarer's Guide to Worldbuilding

Wayfarer's Guide to Worldbuilding

By Mythos & Ink
The Wayfarer’s Guide to Worldbuilding is a tool to help writers, DMs, and creatives build unique, scientific, and magical worlds. Each episode explores one facet of worldbuilding and gives practical advice on writing these elements.

Hosted by the Mythos and Ink staff—Kyle Rudge (Marketing Director), Allison Alexander (Editorial Director), and Emma Skrumeda (Publicist)—the podcast explores strong examples of worldbuilding from science fiction and fantasy books, TV shows, and movies and offers a glimpse into the behind-the-scenes world of publishing.
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1.03 Prophecy

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1.04 Artificial Intelligence
Machines capable of thinking and acting like humans. Robots with souls. Do they take over the world and attempt to destroy humanity? Are they depressed sidekicks? Do they just want to be left alone? It depends on the story, but all of these characters have one thing in common: they explore the question of what it really means to be human. Notes Allison's example: All Systems Red by Martha Wells. Emma's example: I, Robot (movie). Kyle's example: Star Wars: The Old Republic (video game). Produced by Mythos & Ink.  Announcement Music: Coffee Beats by Aaron Parsons (Used with permission).
19:18
November 25, 2020
1.03 Prophecy
In a recent episode, we talked about time travel; this week, the topic is similar, but not quite the same—knowing stuff about the future. Prophecy can come in many different forms, such as vague notions of the future, riddles, or explicit visions of what is to come. Notes Allison's example: Chosen Ones by Veronica Roth. Emma's example: Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. Kyle's example: Punk Rock Jesus by Sean Gordon Murphy. Check out Mythos & Ink's new website. Join our Discord Community for writers—we've got a special channel for NaNoWriMo participants! Produced by Mythos & Ink. Announcement Music: Coffee Beats by Aaron Parsons (Used with permission).
18:34
November 11, 2020
Dragons with Author Shelly Campbell
It's a bonus episode! Fantasy author Shelly Campbell joins the wayfarers to talk about her upcoming book, Under the Lesser Moon, and dragons! In European traditions, dragons are associated with chaos and fire. In East Asian traditions, they are linked to sky and water. In our imaginations, they are associated with danger and adventure. For years, authors have played with these mythologies and created their own to tell tales about one of the most beloved creatures in fantasy fiction. Notes: Get your copy of Under the Lesser Moon—available November 7! Vote in the Dragon vs. Dragon bracket on our Twitter. Support this podcast by leaving a review or joining our Patreon!
26:47
November 1, 2020
1.02 Time Travel
In this episode, the podcast hosts find themselves in the Time Traveler's Tiki Lounge, sharing stories about time loops, distortions, and paradoxes. Listen to the end for three questions you should ask yourself when you are building time travel into your world! Notes Here is the link to our Discord community, which Emma mentions, that you should join if you are participating in NaNoWriMo! For further research, Kyle recommends this video: Time Travel in Fiction Rundown. If you want to support this podcast, leave us a review or join our Patreon!
19:09
October 29, 2020
1.01 Myth
Myth—a story that explains how your world came into being and includes fables, folktales, sagas, epics, and legends. Join Mythos & Ink as we journey through fiction to find great examples of myths! We also give practical questions to ask yourself when building a myth into your own world.
21:24
October 13, 2020