Flamboyant But Forgotten

Afanasy Nikitin: The Man Who Journeyed Beyond Three Seas

November 23, 2016 // 0 Comments

Flamboyant But Forgotten is a regular column by contributor Rachel Cohen. In this column, Rachel highlights some of the lesser-known historical figures whose backstories, personalities, and occupations make great fodder for creative fanfiction writing. Whenever I miss the gym one time too often, or generally consumed by existential self-hatred, I go jogging. Because when I jog, my hate extends to everything. I especially hate doing that thing which is the essence of jogging – putting //

Héloïse and Abélard: Star-Crossed Lovers in the Real World

September 22, 2016 // 0 Comments

Flamboyant But Forgotten will be a regular column by contributor Rachel Cohen. In this column, Rachel will highlight some of the lesser-known historical figures whose backstories, personalities, and occupations make great fodder for creative fanfiction writing. It was Shakespeare who coined the now hackneyed “star-crossed lovers” in Romeo and Juliet.  The stars did not like those two, so both Romeo and Juliet died. Which sounds pretty bad. Until you find out what happened to the lovers //

Jeanne de Clisson: Lioness of Brittany and Female Privateer

September 1, 2016 // 3 Comments

Flamboyant But Forgotten will be a regular column by contributor Rachel Cohen. In this column, Rachel will highlight some of the lesser-known historical figures whose backstories, personalities, and occupations make great fodder for creative fanfiction writing. Since this is my first column about a historical figure who happens to be a woman (and a very interesting woman, at that), I can’t resist an introduction. It is a common (and unfortunate) view that women did not get to play //

Flamboyant But Forgotten: Underrated Historical Figures for Fanfiction Writing

August 12, 2016 // 1 Comment

Flamboyant But Forgotten will be a regular column by contributor Rachel Cohen. In this column, Rachel will highlight some of the lesser-known historical figures whose backstories, personalities, and occupations make great fodder for creative fanfiction writing. As a fic writer, you inhabit the world of the story you have set out to tell. But that novel is set in some world as well, is it not? Very, very little on this Earth comes fully formed and unique out of the heads of its creators. Even //