History That Never Was

Home of Dawn Vogel: Writer, Historian, Geek

“For the Weird Girls Who Want to Be Mermaids” Out Now!

| July 7, 2020

I’ve got a flash fiction piece out in a literary magazine, for their Literary-Speculative Issue. The story is “For the Weird Girls Who Want to Be Mermaids,” and you can find it at Orca: A Literary Journal. I wrote the bulk of this story on a plane, though it underwent some big revisions later to […]

Out Now: Coast to Coast Stars

| June 30, 2020

Coast to Coast Stars is now available in ebook format through all the usual retail sources! You can enjoy five short stories of super heroics and bystanders, including my first story told from the perspective of a scientist as she goes through the stages of becoming a villain. Two of the stories feature cameos by […]

Coming in August: What If I’m a Merfolk?

| June 23, 2020

I spent May writing poetry for Mermay, which resulted in a bunch of new merfolk-themed poems. I’m teaming those up with a few other merfolk-themed poems and short stories, and collecting them as What If I’m a Merfolk? I don’t have my cover art yet, or I’d be sharing that today. Instead, I can tell you […]

Coast to Coast Stars Available for Pre-Order!

| June 11, 2020

My latest collection, Coast to Coast Stars, will be out on June 30, 2020, and you can pre-order it now! This will be an ebook only publication of five superhero short stories and flash pieces, most of which take place in Cerulean City. (One story takes place in Cobalt City.) Cerulean City, California. Home to the […]

New Things Coming on Patreon!

| June 9, 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 […]

“Beer City” at Fantastic History!

| June 2, 2020

Catherine Schaff-Stump is hosting some of my articles about the real history behind my stories from Unfixed Timelines at her Fantastic History blog. The first post, “Beer City,” is up now! The history of the incident I portray in “Veli tis Artemidos” is one of the weirdest things I’ve ever researched. It involved mostly looking at […]

Coming in June: Coast to Coast Stars!

| May 28, 2020

If you’ve been perusing my site recently, you might have noticed a new book cover on the front page! With the cover by Luke Spooner, Coast to Coast Stars is a collection of superhero short stories primarily set in Cerulean City, but with ties to Cobalt City. Cerulean City is my creation, the West Coast’s answer […]

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 […]

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 […]

“Charcoals from an Unidentified Chicago Artist” out now!

| May 12, 2020

I’ve got a new story out in Community of Magic Pens, “Charcoals from an Unidentified Chicago Artist.” This story was born out of a trip to Chicago and a realization of just how many fires have ravaged that city. The “magic pen” in my story is a box of art tools that remain tied to the […]