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A Village That Transcends Time


Far, far away in Britain there is a beautiful place called Gretna Green. This small village in the south of Scotland famous for its runaway weddings and romantic wedding traditions dating back over centuries, which originated from cross-border elopements stemming from differences between Scottish marriage laws and those in neighboring countries. So why does this unremarkable village have a wedding capital’s reputation? Let’s try to understand. Continue reading A Village That Transcends Time


Halloween 2017: The Victorian Era

The public knows no era better for ghost stories, vampire fiction, and superstition than the Victorian era. The arrival of science began to dispel old myths, but many authors clung to the “old ways” through an upturn in Gothic Fiction, and the Victorian era also produced many of the most popular classic novelists. Dickens took long walks in the dingy London streets. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes ran wild in the imaginations of impressionable readers. The Brontë sisters penned famous novels in the moors. Penny Dreadful sold on each street corner. Jack the Ripper scandalized Europe with his gruesome murders. And… the world continues to look to the Victorian Era for inspiration, for harrowing tales, and for glimpses of humanity’s darker natures.

In this issue, we feature six Victorian-era topics for you to savor on a chilly October afternoon.


A Maddening Crowd of Suitors, by Rachel Sexton

The Elephant Man, by Scarlett Grant

Dangerous Illusions: The Women of Beguiled, by Charity Bishop

The Brontë Sisters, by Victoria Leigh

Haunted by the Hound, by Rachel Kovaciny

The Turn of the Screw, by Carol Starkey

Join us November 1st for a sneak preview into our next issue, Through Time.

Writers Wanted: Jan / Feb 2018: Black History Month Issue

I’m now accepting sign-ups for our special issue, running Feb 1-28, for Black History Month.

Articles on historic figures of African or African-British or African-American or African-French, etc., descent (famous historical figures, actors/actresses/directors/authors, etc), are welcome, as are books, films, and characters from television shows.

Here is a list of interesting recent famous African Americans. I welcome anyone else you can think of. 🙂

Article deadline: Jan 17, 2018.

Taken: A United Kingdom, A Patch of Blue.

Comment here or send the editor an e-mail at femnista at

Sept / Oct: Powerful Women

I was thirteen years old when I discovered Elizabeth I. To my eager young mind, she was an amazing woman – the first (and only) English Queen to rule her nation without marriage, on her own merit. She kept hold of her kingdom even when Rome and Spain threatened it, restored it to its former glories after her father bankrupted it, and died the most famous “virgin” in history. As a girl who never much fancied marriage, she was my heroine. Continue reading Sept / Oct: Powerful Women

Femnista May / June 2017: Exotic Nights


Ancient civilizations found Asia, Egypt, and the Middle East “exotic.” They imported its spices, sought its elephants, tried to settle its wilds, and conquered much of it, but even today, when most of its mysteries are known, that part of the world continues to mystify, intrigue, and inspire our imaginations. Countless stories take place there. Hundreds of true stories originate there.

Shall we explore some of them? Continue reading Femnista May / June 2017: Exotic Nights

Femnista March / April 2017: Beliefs

Everyone has a worldview, something they believe in. It may be science, God, or themselves, but this shapes their approach to life, influences their decisions, and shifts them toward their future self. History has seen many people of profound beliefs, some who made the world a better place and others who sought to destroy, rather than restore.

This issue focuses on films, novels, and people whose beliefs were beyond their time, that shaped the world, or that have left a profound impression on us.


Vestal Virgins, by Scarlett Grant

Bethany Hamilton: Woman of Faith, by Jessica Santulli

Moving the Earth: The Legacy of Galileo, by Rachel Sexton

Silence, by Shusaku Endo, by Shannon H.

Brutal Christianity: Alfred the Great, by Charity Bishop

Caroline Herschel, by Lila Donovan

The Secret of Kells, by Scarlett Grant

The Young Messiah, by Charity Bishop

Blessed Are They Who Have Not Seen, by Jessica Prescott

William Wilberforce, by Veronica Leigh

He Didn’t Expect to Change the World, by Rachel Kovaciny

Femnista Jan / Feb 2107: Playing Second Fiddle

Everyone plays second fiddle at some point in their life. You aren’t chosen… as the one to love, to one to play on the team, as the best friend. It hurts. It makes you tougher. It teaches you a lesson. Or it burns your soul.

Characters sometimes become “sidekicks” instead of the main attraction. They don’t get the girl, save the day, or have much screen or page time… but we notice them, we care about them, we feel for them, sometimes we even secretly think they should have been the hero or heroine. They need to be the leading lady or man of their own life, right?

Over the next two months, in this issue of Femnista, we celebrate the sidekicks… the lesser-knowns who may spend more time in the background than at the forefront but who are never forgotten. Continue reading Femnista Jan / Feb 2107: Playing Second Fiddle

I can’t stand you. I love you



“You think a princess and a guy like me…?” –Han Solo

What do we know about them? Han Solo was a human male smuggler who became a leader in the Alliance to Restore the Republic and an instrumental figure in the defeat of the Galactic Empire during the Galactic Civil War. Leia Organa Solo (born Leia Amidala Skywalker) was, at various stages of her life, a politician, revolutionary, and Jedi Knight of the New Jedi Order. Continue reading I can’t stand you. I love you

A King’s Madness



Known in America as a tyrant and in the United Kingdom as a man who weakened the power of the British Empire, King George III is a person who has gone through multiple evaluations and re-evalutations. During the majority of his almost 60 year long reign, George III is generally seen as a competent ruler. However, other than his role in the American Revolution, George is remembered for his long history of mental health problems. Continue reading A King’s Madness

The Maltese Falcon



Detective stories are the things that makes us turn each and every page, scratch our heads, and, yes, even get us to think. Sometimes, it’s the obvious; sometimes it’s not who you expect. Likeable characters become villains and so-called villains turn out to be good guys. Whether it’s Agatha Christie’s murder mysteries or Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Victorian detective drama, we always know to expect the unexpected. The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett embodies the spirit of a good detective mystery that leaves the reader on the edge, anticipating the next big surprise along with a stunning 1941 film adaptation that defines the genre of film noir. Continue reading The Maltese Falcon