History That Never Was

Home of Dawn Vogel: Writer, Historian, Geek

Steampunk Technology, Real and Imagined

| May 16, 2019

The steampunk technology that I write into my novels and stories is often partially real and partially imagined. For The Trouble with the Tick-Tock Tabby, the idea of the clockwork animals was pulled primarily from my imagination–while it’s certainly possible to have mechanical or robotic animals with modern technology, I used a lot of hand waving […]

Site Recommendation: Medieval Fantasy City Generator

| May 1, 2019

If you’re in need of a randomly generated medieval fantasy city for writing or gaming, check out Medieval Fantasy City Generator. I could easily lose HOURS playing around with all of the functions here–I’m particularly in love with the “Warp” feature right now, which lets you do weird things like extend the city out into […]

Review of Gunsmoke and Dragonfire

| April 17, 2019

This week, I’ve reviewed an anthology of westerns mashed up with fantasy and sci-fi, with a hefty dose of steampunk! You can check out my review of Gunsmoke and Dragonfire, edited by Diane Morrison, and containing 25 stories, at Mad Scientist Journal!

Getting the Science and Fantasy Right

| April 1, 2019

For a long while, I didn’t write much science fiction because I’m not a scientist, and a lot of science concepts just don’t stick well with me. So it was easier to write fantasy and just use magic as the explanation for a lot of things. But I like science fiction, and I wanted to […]

“The Cobbler’s Daughter” at MYTHIC Magazine!

| September 13, 2018

My story, “The Cobbler’s Daughter,” is out in MYTHIC Magazine #7! This is a sweet fantasy story about a young woman who takes up her family trade of making beautiful mojari (like the pictured shoes), learns a secret about her parentage, and works to create shoes fit for a princess. It’s got a bit of […]

Platform Cities

| September 6, 2018

When I first started writing Brass and Glass, it was a short story called “The Cask of Cranglimmering.” In the original version, pretty much all of the action took place on The Silent Monsoon, and all I really knew about that world was that they had airships and legendary whiskey. As the story grew, though, I did […]

“The Cobbler’s Daughter” to be published in MYTHIC Mag

| May 24, 2018

Now that the contract is signed, I’m pleased to announce that my story, “The Cobbler’s Daughter,” will appear in the Summer 2018 issue of MYTHIC Mag. It’s a lovely little story about a magical pair of shoes, set in a not entirely historical India. I’ll post again when it’s live!

Interview with Jesikah Sundin

| May 2, 2018

Jesikah Sundin is a friend and fellow author who I met and got to know through a series of Seattle-area conventions and other events. She’s visiting today to talk about the final book in her Biodome Chronicles series, Gamemaster, which came out yesterday! DV: Tell my readers a little bit about yourself. JS: Jesikah Sundin is a […]

Review of The Marauder’s Island by Tristan J. Tarwater at MSJ

| March 7, 2018

My latest book review is up at Mad Scientist Journal, this one for The Marauder’s Island by Tristan J. Tarwater of Back That Elf Up. This was a book that Jeremy picked up for me at Geek Girl Con, and it was all that I had hoped it would be and more, filled with heart, action, adventure, […]

Author Recommendation: J. Tullos Hennig

| January 17, 2018

This past weekend at Rustycon, I was on a number of panels with J. Tullos Hennig, the author of a series known as The Books of the Wode, which she explains as “a reimagining of Robin Hood as a queer druid.” I’d met Jen previously through Broad Universe, and I’ve had one of her books […]