History That Never Was

Home of Dawn Vogel: Writer, Historian, Geek

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 […]

Cool Alternate History Resource: Historic Cities

| April 20, 2020

If you’re writing alternate history, historical fiction, or even fantastical history, check out Historic Cities as a great source of historical maps. The primary page makes it look a little Eurocentric, but if you click through to the list of city names, you’ll see maps for non-European countries as well!

“Dry Spell” in Denizens of Distant Realms

| December 26, 2019

One of the stories in my fantasy collection,¬†Denizens of Distant Realms, began life as a fantastical history story. “Dry Spell” was originally about an enslaved Romani woman living in colonial Virginia during an extensive drought. Based on the research I had done, this scenario was plausible–there were Romani slaves in the American colonies, and there […]