Tamar Altebarmakian

Writer / Editor

United States of America

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

Interesting Facts About Lucille Ball

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.

13 Bizarre and Cruel Ways People Tested Witches

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,...

12 Fascinating Stories Behind The Wild West's Most Famous Prostitutes

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.

8 Disturbing Instances Where Ancient Egyptian Curses Seemed To Come True

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

10 Hidden Powers Buffy The Vampire Slayer Has (And 10 Weaknesses)

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.

Screen Rant
15 Secrets You Didn't Know Behind The Making Of Harry Potter

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.

Screen Rant
Harry Potter: 15 Shocking Things You Didn't Know About The Founders of Hogwarts

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.

Pure Fandom
8 nerdy things to do in Los Angeles

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.

Answers To All The Lingering Questions In Neil Gaiman's American Gods

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...

Things You Didn't Know About Anakin Skywalker's Apprentice Ahsoka Tano

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...

Pure Fandom
5 Star Wars Comics You Should Be Reading

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.

Lovely Studio Ghibli Films You Haven't Seen, But Really Should

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...

Fascinating Things You Didn't Know About Xena: Warrior Princess

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...

Pure Fandom
Star Wars Rebels review 3×20: Twin Suns

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.

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6 great British period dramas you might have missed

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.

Pure Fandom
6 Sherlock Holmes adaptations to watch now that Sherlock is over

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.

TV Seasons That Ruined Your Favorite Shows

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.

Pure Fandom
Ranking the best 'Doctor Who' Christmas specials

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!

TV Series Finales That You Sobbed Through

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...

The Mary Sue
On Xena and a Lack of Female Villains

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

Portland Review
White Monarch

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."

Side B Magazine
I Have Hair

Side B Magazine is devoted to publishing unknown and underrepresented voices in the contemporary arts world. We believe that all people have the right to read, see, and hear stories that affirm their identity.

Arm Hair

Carnival's 3rd volume of poertry, fiction, and artwork. | Issuu is a digital publishing platform that makes it simple to publish magazines, catalogs, newspapers, books, and more online. Easily share your publications and get them in front of Issuu's millions of monthly readers.

Crack the Spine
The Shoes Make the Woman

Literary Magazine | Issuu is a digital publishing platform that makes it simple to publish magazines, catalogs, newspapers, books, and more online. Easily share your publications and get them in front of Issuu's millions of monthly readers.

My Sister Is Prettier Than Me

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.

Fashion Finds and Gift Guides

Pure Fandom
The Force is strong with these 10 Star Wars fashion finds

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!

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Her Universe announces a new Star Wars collection

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!

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12 perfect 'Doctor Who' gifts for the Whovian in your life

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.