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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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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.

    2.01 Legendary Artifact of Power

    2.01 Legendary Artifact of Power

    Show Hosts: Kyle, Emma, and Allison.

    Welcome to SEASON TWO of the podcast!! We're so excited to be back.

    Our theme for this season is sci-fi and fantasy tropes! Writers often think of tropes negatively, but they’re just commonly used themes or plot elements—symbols of the genre that keep readers coming back for more. Understanding tropes and using them effectively can deepen your worldbuilding!

    Today’s trope: the legendary artifact of power. The thing that separates these artifacts from other magical items is rarity. There’s often only one, and the artifact is so powerful it may have the ability to end worlds (or, at least, cause a lot of destruction). This power usually makes the object one of desire and even myth.

    Stories Covered: The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, Deltora Quest by Emily Rodda, Aladdin

    Produced by Mythos & Ink.

    Announcement Music: “Coffee Beats” by Aaron Parsons (used with permission).

    • 28 min
    1.25 Trees

    1.25 Trees

    Back when this podcast only existed as a lightbulb hovering over our heads, we began brainstorming the format, content, and all those other pesky details. While doing so, we used trees as an example topic. “So, say we’re talking about trees, and then this is the part where we’d each pick a specific tree to talk about…” You get the idea. And ever after, trees became a running joke as we brainstormed episode topics. So, we figured, for our season finale, what better topic to discuss! We give you: trees from sci-fi and fantasy.

    Notes


    Emma's example: The White Tree of Gondor from The Lord of the Rings
    Kyle's example: Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy
    Allison's example: The Deku Tree from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
    Add Mythos & Ink's upcoming book, Making Myths and Magic: A Field Guide to Writing Sci-Fi and Fantasy to Goodreads. 
    Join Mythos & Ink's Discord community for writers.
    Help us make Season Two of the podcast even better and ask us YOUR worldbuilding questions by joining our Patreon!

    Recap of Books Mythos & Ink Published This Year:


    Under the Lesser Moon by Shelly Campbell
    Infinite Universe by Lyndon Radchenka and Steven Kaul
    Rust and Water by GMB Chomichuk and Justin Currie
    Thrud by Zach Schuster
    Thy Geekdom Come: 42 Science Fiction-Inspired Devotionals by various authors
    Always Look Up (and Other Wisdom from Geek Culture that Changed My Life) by various Authors

    Produced by Mythos & Ink.

    Announcement Music: Coffee Beats by Aaron Parsons (Used with permission).

    • 35 min
    1.24 Castles

    1.24 Castles

    We avoided talking about castles in our last episode about architecture, because castles get a whole episode to themselves! From Castle Dracula to Hogwarts, castles in the sky to Cair Paravel, these majestic fortresses can bring your settings to life, often as homes for your characters.

    Notes


    Allison's example: Sterling Silver from Magic Kingdom for Sale—Sold! by Terry Brooks.
    Emma's example: Winterfell from Game of Thrones / A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin.
    Kyle's example: Howl's castle from Howl's Moving Castle (film).
    Add Mythos & Ink's upcoming book, Making Myths and Magic: A Field Guide to Writing Sci-Fi and Fantasy to Goodreads.
    Join Mythos & Ink's Discord community for writers.

    Produced by Mythos & Ink.

    Announcement Music: Coffee Beats by Aaron Parsons (Used with permission).

    • 25 min
    1.23 Architecture

    1.23 Architecture

    Underground cities, buildings created by technology or magic, structures surrounded by mystery… There’s a lot of fun to be had by dreaming up interesting architecture for your stories, and today, we’re discussing some fascinating examples from science fiction, fantasy, and horror.

    Notes


    Kyle's example: Menzoberranzan from The Forgotten Realms
    Christiana's example: Coruscant from Star Wars
    Allison's example The Transcontinental Bridge from The Bridge podcast
    Check out the blog posts "5 Indie Publishers that Accept Sci-Fi and Fantasy Submissions" and "5 More Indie Publishers that Accept Sci-Fi and Fantasy Submissions"

    Produced by Mythos & Ink.

    Announcement Music: Coffee Beats by Aaron Parsons (Used with permission).

    • 35 min
    1.22 Starships

    1.22 Starships

    We’ve been hyper-focused on fantasy lately, so we thought we’d shake things up. Today, we’re diving into worldbuilding in science fiction stories with a discussion about starships and spacecraft. Special thanks to our patron Mitchell W. for making this episode possible.

    Notes


    Allison's example: Moya from Farscape 
    Kyle's example: The Perihelion from the Murderbot series by Martha Wells
    Christiana's example: The Millennium Falcon from Star Wars
    Add Making Myths and Magic: A Field Guide to Writing Sci-Fi and Fantasy Novels to Goodreads
    Watch "So You Want to Make a Graphic Novel" on YouTube
    Get a copy of Thrud by Zach Schuster, the graphic novel about a mute, Norse warrior and the sentient puddle of god-spit she carries around in a flask.

    Produced by Mythos & Ink.

    Announcement Music: Coffee Beats by Aaron Parsons (Used with permission).

    • 34 min
    1.21 Shadow and Bone: Religion

    1.21 Shadow and Bone: Religion

    We're continuing in our series on the Netflix show Shadow and Bone, which is based on novels by Leigh Bardugo! Our topic today: religion and belief systems. How does the show portray faith? What different religions are present? How does religion affect the way a character treats other people?

    Notes


    Support the podcast.   
    Join Mythos & Ink's Discord Community.

    Produced by Mythos & Ink.

    Announcement Music: Coffee Beats by Aaron Parsons (Used with permission).

    • 19 min

Customer Reviews

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4 Ratings

4 Ratings

Nomes1723 ,

Creative and fun

I appreciate the creative views explored in this podcast. A lot of interesting stuff to think about.

Seiryu Blue ,

Great for Writers and Worldbuilders!

I love the banter between the hosts and how they take examples from books and movies to demonstrate good world building.

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