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Home of Dawn Vogel: Writer, Historian, Geek

Fun for Friday: Unusual Tree Photo Prompt

| February 16, 2018

For this week’s Fun for Friday, here’s a photo prompt. I love the carefully made hole through which this tree is growing. But what is the wall for? Is it keeping something out? Or is it keeping something in?

Unfixed Timelines: Salt in Our Veins

| February 15, 2018

My story “Salt in Our Veins,” which was recently reprinted in Goddesses of the Sea, was a story that I wrote originally for the Fae Visions of the Mediterranean anthology from The Future Fire. They were looking for stories set in the historical Mediterranean region, and I fell down a research rabbit hole. I knew I wanted […]

Review of Legacy by Jesikah Sundin

| February 14, 2018

My latest book review is up at Mad Scientist Journal, this one for a young adult ecopunk novel that combines cyberpunk, quasi-medieval recreation in the form of live-action roleplaying (LARPing), and not-quite apocalyptic fiction. You can read more about it here!

Mad Scientist Journal’s Current Kickstarter!

| February 13, 2018

Have you checked out the Kickstarter for Battling in All Her Finery yet? We had an amazing launch last week, nearly hitting 15 percent of our goal JUST in the first 4 hours! We’re around the 3/4 point in funding, and still going strong! We’re absolutely thrilled with how wonderfully this Kickstarter is going, but we want […]

Learning to Write Combat

| February 12, 2018

At Foolscap earlier this month, I got to take part in a workshop called “Them’s Fightin’ Words,” which was a workshop about writing combat. This is one of my known weaknesses as a writer–I don’t enjoy reading combat scenes, which means I’m awful at writing them. And while I can get away with just writing […]

Fun for Friday: More Interesting Etymologies

| February 9, 2018

I’m always interested in linguistics and etymologies. Here’s an article from a few years back where the Oxford Royale Academy has named 14 words with the most fascinating word origins in the English language.

Story Releases!

| February 8, 2018

My story, “Salt in Our Veins,” which originally appeared in Fae Visions of the Mediterranean, has been reprinted in the Goddesses of the Sea anthology from Fantasia Divinity Magazine & Publishing. I’m utterly in love with this cover, and I can’t wait to read the other stories, being a huge fan of things in the water that might […]

Comic Book Recommendation: Ms. Marvel

| February 7, 2018

If you’re not reading Ms. Marvel, you may want to reconsider your life choices. Seriously, this is one of the best, funniest, smartest comics going right now, and you should absolutely be reading it. Kamala Khan is a delight!  She’s a teenager dealing with having super powers, but still being beholden to her family and […]

Scenes from a Quiet Apocalypse Now Available!

| February 6, 2018

Today’s the day that Scenes from a Quiet Apocalypse goes live! If you’ve already pre-ordered it, it has likely already shown up on your ereader. If you missed out on the pre-order, you can buy a copy here! I’m always curious to hear what people think of my writing, but with this novella, written in […]

Things I Love: Inspiring Views

| February 5, 2018

Finding a good, inspirational place where you can get writing done is a dream of many authors. For me, I’d love a place with an inspiring view like this. Some trees so it’s nice and shaded, and water in the distance–this is basically my dream porch! Sadly, while I have a window that looks out […]