History That Never Was

Home of Dawn Vogel: Writer, Historian, Geek

Scenes from a Quiet Apocalypse “Pinspiration”

| May 23, 2019

When I write many of my longer pieces, and even some of my short stories, I make a Pinterest board where I collect images that connect to the themes, characters, or other aspects of my writing. For Scenes from a Quiet Apocalypse, which drew on the major arcana of the tarot deck for inspiration, my Pinterest […]

Show Recommendation: Cowboy Bebop

| May 22, 2019

I know I’m WAY behind the curve on this one, but with the Cowboy Bebop live action show in the works, I’m trying to get through the entirety of the anime series (and movie) in advance! It’s alternate parts ridiculous and weird, and I’m a little surprised that no one has been able to make […]

Inspirations for Cross and Circle

| May 21, 2019

Cross and Circle grew out of a strange note I found about a circle and cross inscribed on the roof of a car. It rustled around in my ideas folder for quite a while until I made the connection between this symbol and pecked crosses. Once I dug further into pecked crosses and realized that […]

Growing as a Short Story Writer

| May 20, 2019

I started writing regularly in 2009 and lucked out by selling my first short story early in 2010. After that, things were a bit more hit and miss for a while. Between 2010 and 2014, I made a total of 11 story sales, some of them for no payment, and mostly for very small payments. […]

Fun For Friday: Writing Workouts!

| May 17, 2019

If you’re looking for a quick writing workout, check out this list of six 10-minute writing workouts you can try! Some of them lend themselves well to writing longer pieces, while others just flex your writing muscles as a warm-up to doing some different sort of writing. There are a lot of great ideas contained […]

Steampunk Technology, Real and Imagined

| May 16, 2019

The steampunk technology that I write into my novels and stories is often partially real and partially imagined. For The Trouble with the Tick-Tock Tabby, the idea of the clockwork animals was pulled primarily from my imagination–while it’s certainly possible to have mechanical or robotic animals with modern technology, I used a lot of hand waving […]

Review of Her Silhouette, Drawn in Water by Vylar Kaftan

| May 15, 2019

I’ve got another review up at Mad Scientist Journal this week because I’ve been tearing through books lately. Her Silhouette, Drawn in Water is a brilliant queer psychic thriller by Vylar Kaftan. I didn’t know what to expect going into this book, but I really loved it. The characterization and language use are both wonderful, worth […]

The “What-Ifs?” of Alternate History and Historical Fantasy

| May 14, 2019

While I don’t often write the traditional sort of alternate history that posits a major change in the timestream (like a different outcome in a war or election), even within the alternate history and historical fantasy that I do write, there are often “what if” moments. The big difference is that my “what ifs” tend […]

Improving Through Learning and Doing

| May 13, 2019

I recently got comments back on a story that complimented the fight scenes I’d written. This was a major achievement for me, since I’ve often groaned about needing to write a fight scene. And I credit my growth in this area to continuing to learn and continuing to do. I’ve now attended two workshops related […]

Fun for Friday: A Person, A Place, and A Thing

| May 10, 2019

I’ve got another trio of images for this week’s Fun for Friday: a person, a place, and a thing. What sort of poem or story can you turn them into?