Historic Sailing Ship, The Lady Washington

by Amanda Mae Downey So if you’ve stuck with Pirates of Poland for this long, you may notice that something is a little different…we’re posting on Wednesdays! Anna’s and my (mostly my) schedule changed. Moreover, I think we might like Read more…


PoP is Sailing off Until 09/09

by Amanda Mae Downey Working on Pirates of Poland for the past year has been so rewarding and exciting for Anna and I. We enjoyed everything from coming up with the right name and logo to making our ideas into Read more…


The Real Men and Women of Warsaw who Inspired Street of Peacocks

By Anna Wahler Welcome to the last installment in my series of real-life inspiration, where I write about the real men and women who inspired the fictional characters in my historical novels! If you missed the previous posts, you can Read more…


Weird History: The Curse of Sarah Winchester

Sarah Lockwood

by Amanda Mae Downey So, as a lover of history, I learn a lot of strange things, but I don’t always have the ability to work them into my Five Real-Life People articles. Tragic, I know. So I’m starting a Read more…


Two Major events in Polish WWII History you may be Misunderstanding

World War Two had a devastating and long-lasting impact on Poland. The capitol, Warsaw, was especially hard-hit by the war, as it was a major center for resistance against the German occupation, beginning in autumn 1939. Warsaw was the setting Read more…


Five Mistakes Young Adult Authors Make When it Comes to Audience

by Amanda Mae Downey Hey guys! Today I’m back with another writing post. I’ve been working hard on redrafting my current work in progress and as I’ve been working, I’ve been trying to think more and more about my audience. Read more…


Four Tips on how to Stay Organized while Drafting your Fiction

By Anna Wahler Writing a novel or long piece of fiction can involve many drafts, and with it many notes that can easily become overwhelming. I like to organize my notes in good old-fashioned paper-bound notebooks, and through some trial Read more…


Five Speedy Ways to Brainstorm When You’ve Got Writer’s Block

by Amanda Mae Downey   If you’re a writer, then you know the struggle of getting caught in a creative headlock. Being in the throes of creativity is what we all dream of, but it’s clear that nobody wants to Read more…


Five Facts about Aleksandr Pushkin that show why he’s Russia’s best-loved Writer

By Anna Wahler There’s a saying among Russians: “Pushkin is our Everything.” Aleksander Sergeyevich Pushkin (1799-1837) was indeed much more than just a writer to generations of Russians–he made the Russian literary language what it is today, inspired generations of Read more…


Five Pirate Misconceptions that are Hot Garbage

Pirate Myths

by Amanda Mae Downey Thieves, rogues, scoundrels, and outcasts. The world over has been fascinated with pirates despite the suffering they caused. Who were the pirates? Simply put, and for the purpose of this in-depth look at the truth behind Read more…