Four Ways Reading Can Make You a Better Writer

by Anna Wahler You know what writers love to talk about? How little time they have to write. I already wrote this post about small ways in which you can work writing into your schedule, but since the problem never Read more…


Three Badasses from Polish Scientific History

By Anna Wahler Quick–which scientist of Polish origin was born this day–November 7– in 1867? If you guessed Marie Curie, you’d be correct! In honor of the first woman to have been award the Nobel Prize, I am going to Read more…


Three Historical Figures Who Practiced the Occult

by Amanda Mae Downey Ghosts, ghouls, and witches. Oh my! No matter how superstitious or skeptical you are, there’s something undeniably interesting about the people who’ve actually tried to contact the other side. But these three people are nothing but Read more…


The story of the USSR’s Amazing Female WWII Aviators

By Anna Wahler When it came to female pilots, the USA had the WASPS, the UK had the WAAF, but the Soviet Union was the only nation in which women flew aircraft in combat roles. The most famous of these Read more…


Scary History: Salem Witch Trials

by Amanda Mae Downey It’s October, which means one thing⸻it’s time for Spooktober, which is something I just made up because I’m a festive mess. I have two posts this month, so I’ll try my hardest to give you a Read more…


Novel-in-a-month Challenge

By Anna Wahler   Most writers have a favorite part of the novel writing process. Maybe you enjoy the freedom for a first draft, or you love the feeling of revising after having gotten all your ideas down on paper. Read more…


Queen Elizabeth I Makes Pirating a Sport

Francis Drake

by Amanda Mae Downey The Tudors were one hell of a family. It’s not as if there ever was a royal family that was well-adjusted. With the Tudors, the Medicis, the Bourbons, and those wacky Borgias running amuck, it was Read more…


Historic Airplane Adventures in Seattle

By Anna Wahler Last week Amanda posted about our visit to the ship The Lady Washington–and how real-life experiences related to your writing can be a great source of inspiration and creativity. This week I wanted to share a similar Read more…


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…