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Four ways in which the Soviets were the First to Explore Space

by Anna Wahler   Russia has a complicated history, to say the least. Decades of propaganda from both inside Russia and abroad have made it a dicey task to evaluate Russian and Soviet actions throughout history. But ask any Russian, Read more…


Queer History: Four Times LGBT People were Erased from History

Queer History

by Amanda Mae Downey In just fifty years, life for the LGBTQ+ community has gotten better in many ways. Not only is there more visibility in the media, but people are generally more accepting, and in recent years, rights have Read more…


Five Real-Life Princesses to Inspire your Next Character

real-life princesses

by Amanda Mae Downey Princesses and Princes get the short end of the royal scepter. Blame it on the fairytales if you want, but we just don’t give them the same respect we give their family members. Princesses have ended Read more…


Historical Weapons That Prove that Hindsight is 20/20

  by Amanda Mae Downey Throughout history, we’ve seen the invention of aeroplanes, smartphones, and the underrated bendy straw. Unfortunately, there have been a lot of really bad ideas too. And gosh, what better place to exercise your potentially harmful Read more…


Three Crazy and Absurd Russian-Language Writers you may Have Never Heard of

by Anna Wahler     Mention Russian literature and many people think of giant novels like War and Peace, or philosophically complex creations like Crime and Punishment. The awesome thing is that there’s so much more weird, funny stuff out Read more…


The Real Fighter Boys Behind the Cast of So Long as We Live

By Anna Wahler In my current historical fiction project, So Long as we Live, I knew I wanted to create my own characters to populate my fictional squadron, rather than include the names of real pilots. And yet when it Read more…


Five Real-Life Pirates to Inspire your Next Character

by Amanda Mae Downey Real-life pirates weren’t the nicest guys and gals. They didn’t have peg legs or happy parrots on their shoulders. They were actually kind of sick, and as you know, us writers love taking inspiration from sick Read more…