January: Break the Box Month

This year, I’m trying something a little different. Not only am I posting weekly and rolling out a fun, history-centric newsletter next month, I’m also going to try breaking out of my comfort zone. How?

Every now and then I’ll be designating certain months as “Break the Box” months where each week I’ll post a new story that features a country that is never/rarely seen on this blog. This is both a challenge (and an opportunity) for me, and for you, this is a way to make me write about countries you want to read about.

So, this month’s Break the Box characters are going to be:

  • Mexico
  • Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Iceland in a story about their renown band
  • Australia
  • Vietnam

In the comments, let me know who you would like to see next time around (probably March or April) and I just might feature’ em.

Author: Allison Black

Allison is an international relations major who likes exploring politics through fiction. Besides writing, she enjoys video games, graphic design, and crying.

9 thoughts on “January: Break the Box Month”

  1. Really…?
    All the Scandinavian countries lumped into one generic “Nordics” title…?
    Isn’t that a bit…


    I ask merely for clarification’s sake.
    But grouping 3 (or 4) countries into one catch-all category seems rather unfair.

    Or are you saying that, for one week in January, you’ll be writing a story about a country drawn from the Scandinavian region?
    Sort of a “I know I want to write about the Northern Lights – I just don’t yet know whose Northern Lights…”

    I see.
    Now I get it.

    In which case…

    Please forgive my highly unenlightened (see what I did there…?) 2¢…


    1. Thank you for bringing this concern to me. I totally get why it might sound dismissive. The reason I used a catch-all category is because the story will feature all 5 of them at once, as it is about their band.

      I’ll edit the post to help clarify my intent. I’d hate to make anyone feel like I was dismissing them!


      1. A Scandinavian band…?
        Is it a boy band…?
        Is it Abba-esque…?

        So many questions…
        So little time…

        Inquiring minds want to know, and all that rot…

        (And I really wasn’t trying to criticize, at all. More of a tongue-in-cheek tapping of your wrist (as opposed to a resounding slap), while trying to be inclusive… which, as we all know, can really get you into trouble, these days…)


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