History That Never Was

Home of Dawn Vogel: Writer, Historian, Geek

The Writer’s Book of Doubt

| December 10, 2018

There’s a book of writing advice currently funding on Kickstarter calledĀ The Writer’s Book of Doubt. It includes essays by a number of up-and-coming and well-known speculative fiction authors, and it looks like it’s going to be a delightful read. It won’t be out in time for holiday gift giving this year, but it might be […]

Rewarding Yourself for Accomplishments

| December 3, 2018

Last week, I came upon a really inspiring thread on Twitter about rewarding yourself for your accomplishments as a writer. This thread in particular was by a novel author who had wrapped up ten presents, each one to correspond with the completion of 10,000 words of a novel. In this author’s case, most of the […]

Running with What Life Throws at You

| November 26, 2018

If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you might have noticed that I’m very organized and have pretty set routines. Last week was Thanksgiving, which meant houseguests (my sister and her boyfriend arrived on Tuesday and left Friday morning), a day off work, and otherwise abnormal plans. And then I had […]

Learning from Other Authors

| November 19, 2018

I recently came across a great article by Forrest Brazeal, a relatively new author working in the speculative fiction genre, talking about his experiences writing and publishing short fiction. There’s a lot of fantastic knowledge imparted in this brief article, and it’s interesting to see this topic from the perspective of someone who is new […]

Stickers as Writing Motivation

| November 12, 2018

I was always a fan of stickers as a reward for good work as a kid, and it turns out that stickers are still a fantastic motivator for me. I joined a sticker club (PipsticksĀ [link is a referral in case you’re interested in getting stickers too!]), which means that I get a ton of stickers […]

Head Full of Trivia

| October 29, 2018

One of Jeremy’s running jokes is saying “I don’t know what I had for dinner last night, but I can remember [insert random bit of trivia].” And it’s true, too. He has a huge amount of random stuff packed into his brain. It’s a valuable thing for writers to know a lot of random stuff, […]

Bookstagramming?

| October 22, 2018

I was recently talking with another author about Bookstagramming, which neither of us had heard of. I did a little bit of research and found this article, which suggests that it’s a thing that I already do sometimes: take a picture of what I’m reading and post to Instagram about it. It’s apparently not as […]

The Importance of Notes

| October 8, 2018

When I’m not writing, I’m often gaming. Some of our games are bi-weekly or monthly, but I also run games at a convention once a year. And as I’m prepping my games for this year’s convention, I’ve discovered a horrifying thing. I didn’t take notes. What’s worse, neither did my players. And this in a […]

Thinking Through Story Problems

| October 1, 2018

One of my co-workers brought in a puzzle. This has, of course, escalated, and now we have a STACK of puzzles in the office. I think we’re even doing a swap with one of our other locations, where we each send the other office the puzzles we’ve already done, so we both get lots of […]

Writing Outside Your Comfort Zone

| September 24, 2018

I write a lot of fantasy stories, a lot of stories about siblings, and a lot of stories about things that live in the water and want to kill you. That’s my comfort zone. With the various flash fiction contests I’ve been participating in, I’ve found myself writing WAY outside of my comfort zone. I’ve […]