Biographies and Historical Curiosities
As a writer, an editor for several journals, and an English professor, I have spent the past five years producing high quality written content and editing academic and professional writing. I attended California State University, Long Beach where I earned my master’s degree and won several awards for my writing. My areas of concentration were English Education and Creative Writing, both of which instilled in me a strong passion for effectively and enthusiastically communicating through writing.
Biographies and Historical Curiosities
To this day, I Love Lucy remains one of the most beloved sitcoms of all time, but who was Lucille Ball? She was a comedic genius and a pioneer who paved the way for other comedic women, a lady to whom the likes of Tina Fey, Amy Schumer, and Melissa McCarthy owe a debt.
Just as the Victorian era is incorrectly portrayed as a period of demureness, misconceptions about the British monarchy - specifically, Queen Victoria - are equally persistent.
The mass hysteria that gripped people during the numerous witch trials that took place in our history is still difficult to understand. Equally incomprehensible is some of the weird ways they tested witches. One of the main sources for practicing witch hunters was a book titled Malleus Maleficarum,...
You probably know Sir Arthur Conan Doyle as the famous author who created the beloved character Sherlock Holmes. But really, who was Arthur Conan Doyle? Yes, he created one of the most widely recognizable characters in the world (and may have even been responsible for the first ever ...
Like any true entrepreneur, Eleanor Dumont saw opportunity wherever she went. She opened several successful gaming parlors in California, offering a rarity during the time - a respectable lady dealer. Her parlor, Vingt-et-un, was finely furnished, served Champagne instead of whiskey, and only accepted the patronage of well-dressed gentlemen.
According to legend, the curse of the pharaohs will be cast on whoever disturbs the mummy or tomb of an ancient Egyptian. The curse doesn't care if you're a serious-minded archaeologist or an opportunistic thief - and the spell is especially powerful if the mummy happens to be a pharaoh.
Entertainment and Pop Culture
Like her wardrobe, Buffy the Vampire Slayer's powers have evolved over time. With every passing year, Buffy has honed her skills and spent time learning about the origins of her powers. The Slayer's powers are varied. She has physical powers that give her super strength and make her a formidable opponent in battle.
Given how much behind-the-scenes knowledge we have about Star Wars, it's easy for fans to think they know the franchise inside and out. But production on Star Wars: A New Hope was a grueling affair running for several years, beginning in 1973 when George Lucas wrote the first synopsi...
The Harry Potter movies were being filmed for over ten years, and during that time, we were treated to tons of behind the scenes footage of our favorite cast members messing around and generally being adorable on set. From what we saw, everyone on set, cast and crew alike, got along.
How good is your Star Trek: The Original Series trivia knowledge? You might know the title sequence narration by heart and mime the orchestra when the theme song picks up, but did you know that the theme song has official lyrics? Or that the words "Beam me up, Scotty" are never actually said on the...
Over a thousand years before the events of Harry Potter, four of the brightest witches and wizards of the time came together and decided to build Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. These four founders were Salazar Slytherin, Godric Gryffindor, Helga Hufflepuff, and Rowena Ravenclaw and what they accomplished together was no small task.
It may not be popular opinion, but we need to talk about why the Jedi aren't the heroes the Star Wars franchise would have us believe them to be. In the trailer for The Last Jedi , Luke Skywalker - the Jedi poster boy - says, "It's time for the Jedi to end."
What was Carrie Fisher like? Along with other Star Wars characters, Princess Leia has become one of the most recognizable film characters in the world. As inspiring a figure as she is, she was portrayed by a woman who was every bit as strong and resilient as the space princess.
While Anakin Skywalker and Padme Amidala's romance dominated the prequel trilogy, there's an equally if not more tragic Obi-Wan relationship that we learn about in the Star Wars animated series The Clone Wars. In the second season of the series, we're introduced to Satine Kryze, a formidable ...
Why do you love Beauty and the Beast? This fairy-tale-turned-Disney film has become one of the studio's most enduring classics, often ranking with The Lion King and Aladdin as one of the best Disney films of all time. The film won overwhelming praise from critics and audiences alike, and even becam...
Looking for nerdy things to do in Los Angeles? This is your one-stop shop. Once you’ve hit all the expected tourist traps, appease the fandom gods by worshipping at one of these nerdy places in LA.
Got American Gods questions? You came to the right place. This in-depth look at Neil Gaiman's award-winning fantasy novel will answer all of your questions and then some. Much has been written about Gaiman's book, but a lot of people still want American Gods explained. At its core, American Go...
Who is Ahsoka Tano? Anakin Skywalker's apprentice Ahsoka Tano is a Togruta female, incredibly gifted in the ways of the Force. Like her master, Ahsoka was brash and eager to prove herself. But over time, as she worked alongside other Jedi and met people across the galaxy, she grew a...
If you're like us and you're impatiently waiting for more The Last Jedi footage to obsess over, satisfy those cravings by checking out some of the best new comics published by Marvel.
So you own a Totoro plushie, made your own soot sprites, and named your cat after Jiji from Kiki's Delivery Service, but have you seen these underrated Studio Ghibli films? If not, grab a buddy and some popcorn because Ghibli's catalog is a lot bigger than the five or six Miyazaki films you've...
Think you know everything there is to know about the ass-kicking, chakram wielding Warrior Princess? Well, these interesting facts about Xena: Warrior Princess will leave you in even more awe of the legendary Greek hero and the talented people who brought her to life. After all, you can n...
The long-awaited confrontation between Darth Maul and Obi-Wan Kenobi is here! Let's dive in and talk about some of our favorite moments from the emotional "Twin Suns." Massive spoilers ahead! Judging by initial reactions, some fans were disappointed by the duel between Obi-Wan and Maul, namely the length of the duel.
If you've watched all of Downton Abbey and are looking for some great and relatively recent British period dramas to satisfy those costume drama cravings, you've come to the right place! Here are six British period dramas to help you escape your worries and stress.
Now that Sherlock is probably over for good (or at least won't be coming back for a while), here are some Sherlock Holmes adaptations to satisfy those Sherlock cravings. While Sherlock has received its share of criticism for its mishandling of its female characters and a striking lack of diversity, Elementary excels on both counts.
Just as a bad apple can spoil the bunch, a bad season of a television show can ruin a great series. We love our TV shows like we love our friends - we bring them into our lives, share experiences with them, and excuse their minor infractions.
Nearly eleven years ago, we were treated with the first Christmas special with the episode "The Christmas Invasion." Now, fans eagerly wait for the holiday season to celebrate the Yuletide with the Doctor. So, which of the Christmas episodes are the the best Christmas specials? Read our ranking to find out!
Sometimes you don't realize how much a TV show means to you until a few hours after the series finale when you realize you've cried yourself through three tissue boxes. The saddest TV finales become even more tragic once it hits you that the whole show is over and there are no more episodes to rede...
If you've seen an episode of Xena, hell, if you've seen the opening titles to Xena, you know that you don't mess with Xena. She's strong, clever, resilient, and at times, ruthless. The show remains an important feminist text for a number of reasons, reasons reinforced by the likes of Joss Whedon and Quentin Tarantino.
Literary Fiction and Non-fiction
I went to my first wedding at twenty-one. A former best friend was getting married to her high school sweetheart. I was dreading it. She stopped spending time with me when she started dating her husband-to-be. She called me two months before her wedding and said, "It would mean a lot if you came."
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A creative writing piece published on Women on Writing (published under pen name, Tamar Telian). This essay won second place in the 2014 writing contest.
I had a professor who occasionally joined the graduate students for beers after class. He was a very intelligent man, respectful, kind. He was, and still is, someone I admire a great deal. He came out with us and recounted his life experiences, and at around fifty years of age, his experiences were plentiful.
Fashion Finds and Gift Guides
The reviews are in and is officially a hit with critics and fans alike. If you want to flaunt your love for the Themysciran princess during your tenth viewing of the film, we've got you covered.
With The Last Jedi coming out later this year along with a bounty of tie-in comics, books, shows, and games, there's no better time to be a fan. So why not celebrate your love for the fandom by flaunting some of our carefully curated fashion picks!
Star Wars Celebration Orlando is this week and Her Universe has released a new collection for the convention. With the exception of a few items, these styles are currently Star Wars Celebration exclusives, but the Her Universe site says to expect them online soon!
You know how you feel like you can take on the world after a really good workout? Well, now you can dress the part in the Her Universe DC Comics activewear line! The collection features gear inspired by DC's core heroes - Batman, Superman, and of course, Wonder Woman.
Looking for gifts for the Whovian in your life? We've got you covered. These Doctor Who gifts are sure to please the Time Lord, Time Lady or variations thereupon in your life. Allons-y! Your Doctor Who fan can travel through space and time (and holiday parties) while sporting this eye-catching TARDIS dress.