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Home of Dawn Vogel: Writer, Historian, Geek

Game to Watch For: Phantom Ink

| October 13, 2021

In looking for cool spooky games, I came across Phantom Ink, which was originally called Ghost Writer when it was funded on Kickstarter. It’s meant to be a party game with elements of Mysterium and Decrypto. Players divide into two teams and portray either a ghost or a medium, with the ghosts sending cryptic partial […]

What I’m Reading, Watching, and Listening To, October 2021 Edition

| October 6, 2021

Reading: I didn’t get to my graphic novels last month, so that’s happening now, slowly but surely. Watching: A bunch of our shows from September have either ended or are wrapping up soon, so we’re mostly watching Nancy Drew and His Dark Materials in spurts. Listening To: A lot of old favorites, interspersed with occasional new-to-me groups! […]

Review of Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

| September 29, 2021

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2015) is the first book in their young adult space opera Illuminae Files series. A mix of sci-fi, thriller, and mystery, Illuminae is a story told in found documents from interview transcripts to AI artistry. Just a day after Kady Grant broke up with […]

Indie Video Games for Writers

| September 22, 2021

If you’re a writer, you may not have a lot of time to devote to playing video games. But this article on E. M. Welsh’s blog suggest that there are 10 indie video games that writers should play. As she explains, “engaging with new mediums is essential to improving your abilities as a storyteller in […]

Review of Powered Personnel: The Big Startup by K. A. Maxwell

| September 15, 2021

Powered Personnel: The Big Startup by K. A. Maxwell (2021) is an interesting look at how the corporate world might look when it’s controlled by people with super powers. The book centers on Chloe Ceres, recently hired by a major corporation to start a new department, along with her best friend, Melinda. The two women […]

Site Recommendation: 101 LGBTQ Picture Books!

| September 8, 2021

If you’re looking for a good book recommendation for a kid that’s more in the age range for picture books than books they read on their own, check out 101 LGBTQ Picture Books! Created by a college student who decided to read all of the LGBTQ picture books she could find, rather than trying to […]

What I’m Reading, Watching, and Listening To, September 2021 Edition

| September 1, 2021

Reading: Books to review, and a stack of graphic novels are in my near future. Watching: We’ve been watching The Owl House when new blocks of episodes drop, Marvel’s What If?, Reservation Dogs, and we’re looking forward to the final season of Lucifer later this month. Also fitting in other things when we have time! Listening To: My latest […]

Board Games for Writers

| August 25, 2021

If you’ve ever got a group of writers together, whether they’re trying to get writing done or not, odds are that you will eventually wind up NOT getting writing done. When that happens, why not get your writer friends to play some board games? This article lists 15 board games that can help writers write […]

What I’m Reading, Watching, and Listening To, August 2021

| August 11, 2021

Reading: Still reading books to review them, but they’re books from my ginormous to be read pile at the moment. And books that I suddenly decide I must have. Current read is “Daughter of Time” by Josephine Tey, which is from 1951. But it’s a historical mystery, and it’s pretty interesting! Watching: More Owl House dropped, […]

Review of It Gets Even Better: Stories of Queer Possibility edited by Isabela Oliveira and Jed Sabin

| August 4, 2021

It Gets Even Better: Stories of Queer Possibility, edited by Isabela Oliveira and Jed Sabin (Speculatively Queer, 2021), is a lovely collection of 22 affirming stories of queer possibility. The stories range between science fiction and fantasy, worlds you can easily recognize and those you can’t, and always filled to the brim with queer characters […]