Mythos & Ink Blog

Examining great sci-fi and fantasy authors to become greater writers.


Three Ways to Avoid Vague Writing

To improve your writing, eliminate vague words.


4 Tropes to Avoid When Your Villain has a Disability

When your villain struggles with a medical condition, here are some tips on what to avoid and what to do instead.


How to Craft Characters with Disabilities

Contrary to popular practice, you do not need to write a book that entirely revolves around an illness or disability in…


How Medieval Settings Can Promote Gender Inequality

One of the default character types in this setting is the Warrior, which means that many protagonists are, by default,…


7 Affordable Cover Artists for Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books

Acquiring professional, eye-catching cover art is a key step to publishing a book.


How to Avoid the “No Practice Needed” Trope

The protagonist gains a new skill, either in magic or combat, and is immediately an expert without any training. Sound…


5 Red Flags to Avoid When Querying Small Publishers

If you don’t have an agent to vet your potential small publishers, here are five tips to save you some headaches—and…


7 Book Genre Trends We Predict for 2020

What sub-genres will capture the hearts of readers in the new year?


Call for Submissions: Thy Geekdom Come 2 Devotional

Submit your devotional for publication in our upcoming book, Thy Geekdom Come 2!


Top 10 Fantasy Book Covers of 2019

Maybe you can judge a book by the cover. These are our favourites from 2019.


Pitfalls of the Chosen One Trope

Avoid these common mistakes with the Chosen One trope to keep your characters fresh.


Don’t Leave Your Female Characters in the Fridge

When female characters die, avoid fridging them and make their deaths matter.


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Kyla Neufeld

Blog Author & Copy Editor

Kyla Neufeld is a poet, writer, and editor who lives in Winnipeg with her Sith Lord husband and Nazgûl daughter. She has a wide array of editing experience from working on a number of magazines and freelance projects. She’s also interested in the intersections of geek culture, feminism, and social justice, and is always looking for opportunities to write about them.

Kyla has been a geek since she read The Lord of the Rings at 13. Since then, she’s branched out to many sci-fi/fantasy worlds, including Hogwarts, Sunnydale, and the Old Kingdom. She’s also delved deep into Norse mythology and is currently writing a poetry series about Norse creatures.

Allison Alexander

Blog Author & Editorial Director

Allison has been an editor for seven years, working with seasoned and aspiring authors alike. The Executive Editor at Area of Effect magazine for three of those years, Allison enjoys working with nonfiction related to geeky topics, especially video games. For fiction, she adores science fiction and fantasy with fascinating characters, quirky adventures, and unique world building. Characters who represent marginalized people (especially chronic illnesses and disabilities) are especially attractive to her.

On her spare time, she can be found in Hyrule, Middle-earth, or a galaxy far, far away, probably in the company of her husband and imaginary pet owl.

Kyla Neufeld Bio Photo

Kyla Neufeld

Blog Author & Copy Editor

Kyla Neufeld is a poet, writer, and editor who lives in Winnipeg with her Sith Lord husband and Nazgûl daughter. She has a wide array of editing experience from working on a number of magazines and freelance projects. She’s also interested in the intersections of geek culture, feminism, and social justice, and is always looking for opportunities to write about them.

Kyla has been a geek since she read The Lord of the Rings at 13. Since then, she’s branched out to many sci-fi/fantasy worlds, including Hogwarts, Sunnydale, and the Old Kingdom. She’s also delved deep into Norse mythology and is currently writing a poetry series about Norse creatures.

Allison Alexander Bio Photo

Allison Alexander

Blog Author & Editorial Director

Allison has been an editor for seven years, working with seasoned and aspiring authors alike. The Executive Editor at Area of Effect magazine for three of those years, Allison enjoys working with nonfiction related to geeky topics, especially video games. For fiction, she adores science fiction and fantasy with fascinating characters, quirky adventures, and unique world building. Characters who represent marginalized people (especially chronic illnesses and disabilities) are especially attractive to her.

On her spare time, she can be found in Hyrule, Middle-earth, or a galaxy far, far away, probably in the company of her husband and imaginary pet owl.

Kyla Neufeld Bio Photo

Kyla Neufeld

Blog Author & Copy Editor

Kyla Neufeld is a poet, writer, and editor who lives in Winnipeg with her Sith Lord husband and Nazgûl daughter. She has a wide array of editing experience from working on a number of magazines and freelance projects. She’s also interested in the intersections of geek culture, feminism, and social justice, and is always looking for opportunities to write about them.

Kyla has been a geek since she read The Lord of the Rings at 13. Since then, she’s branched out to many sci-fi/fantasy worlds, including Hogwarts, Sunnydale, and the Old Kingdom. She’s also delved deep into Norse mythology and is currently writing a poetry series about Norse creatures.

Allison Alexander Bio Photo

Allison Alexander

Blog Author & Editorial Director

Allison has been an editor for seven years, working with seasoned and aspiring authors alike. The Executive Editor at Area of Effect magazine for three of those years, Allison enjoys working with nonfiction related to geeky topics, especially video games. For fiction, she adores science fiction and fantasy with fascinating characters, quirky adventures, and unique world building. Characters who represent marginalized people (especially chronic illnesses and disabilities) are especially attractive to her.

On her spare time, she can be found in Hyrule, Middle-earth, or a galaxy far, far away, probably in the company of her husband and imaginary pet owl.