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Home of Dawn Vogel: Writer, Historian, Geek

Story Arc in a Triology

| May 26, 2020

The nice thing about writing a trilogy or other series is that you can have a story arc that lasts longer than a single book, allowing for a much larger story arc. Taken individually, the books in the Brass and Glass series each have their own arcs: 1) find the Cask; 2) find the map; […]

Guest Post: Gary Jonas on Mind Control

| May 25, 2020

Today, I’m hosting a guest post from author Gary Jonas, whose story “Bluebird Killing in the Dead of Night” appears in Psi-Wars. Mind control. Two words that suggest so much more. Back in the 1950s, the CIA started Project Bluebird, a program designed to develop mind control techniques by using drugs on unwitting subjects. Initially, […]

Fun for Friday: Writing Prompts on Different Themes

| May 22, 2020

Here’s a cool site with writing prompts along different themes: 105 Creative Writing Prompts. So if you’re in the mood for writing something funny, or if you’re looking for something for kids to write about, they’ve got options!  

Short Superhero Stories in Sparx and Arrows

| May 21, 2020

Do you like superhero stories? Do you like stories with female superheroes who keep their city or people safe? You might enjoy the stories of Kara Sparx, Eleanor Castile, and Sarah Castile (with a brief appearance by Marcus Castile). Sparx and Arrows contains five stories featuring these heroes! Cobalt City is home to super heroes and […]

Review of The Kiminee Dream by Laura McHale Holland

| May 20, 2020

The Kiminee Dream by Laura McHale Holland (WORDforest, 2020) is a surreal and beautiful slipstream novel about the inhabitants of a very unusual small town in Illinois. The novel primarily follows the story of Carly Mae from her birth (a momentous occasion for the town) through her early teen years. Along the way, she exhibits […]

Working on Essays for Unfixed Timelines II

| May 19, 2020

I’ve started doing some of the research for the essays to accompany my stories in Unfixed Timelines II, my second collection of short stories (and one poem) of alternate history and fantastical history. The first volume had five stories and essays, and it looks like the second volume should have a couple more than that (though […]

Writing Practice

| May 18, 2020

Whether you’ve been writing for decades or have only just started, writing practice is an important part of improving your writing. It can also be a great way to get unstuck, or to get your writing juices flowing. Most writing practice exercises have nothing to do with a specific writing project, at least not directly. […]

Fun for Friday: Hearts and Sunsets

| May 15, 2020

For this week’s Fun for Friday photo prompts, we’ve got a mix of hearts and sunsets. The first photo is a pink heart on a black background. The right hand side of the heart is transforming into zeroes and ones. The second photo is a person with long dark hair, wearing a hat and scarf, […]

My Patreon and Coming Collections!

| May 14, 2020

Did you know that I have a Patreon? I do! It’s a way for my fans to throw a small amount of money my way to support my writing and learn about what I’m working on! I haven’t reached my first goal, which involves a monthly video of me reading one of my stories or […]

Reading, Watching, and Listening To, May 2020

| May 13, 2020

Reading: Books to review, for the most part, plus a bunch of history articles and books for my Unfixed Timelines II essays. Watching: We recently watched the first episode of the new Penny Dreadful run, and while it’s very unlike the original Penny Dreadful series, I’m really enjoying it for the history and the visuals. At one point […]