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Home of Dawn Vogel: Writer, Historian, Geek

Awesome Find: World Roulette

| September 9, 2020

I LOVE things that allow for random idea generation, so I’m super excited about World Roulette. It’s part art book and part advice on world building. But there’s also a deck of world building cards with instructions on how to make infinite combinations with those cards. And one can never have too many sets of […]

A Couple of Cool Kickstarters

| August 12, 2020

There are a couple of Kickstarters for anthologies that I think will be super cool. If you agree, you can still back both or either of these Kickstarters, which are close to their goals but not quite there, as of this writing. Even though I’m not a parent, I completely love the idea of Don’t Touch […]

On Kickstarter: Geek Elders Speak

| May 6, 2020

Geek Elders Speak is a planned anthology of interviews and essays by older women in fandom, collecting the history of fandom and the role women played in that community. It looks like it will be a neat collection and a wonderful way to collect stories and wisdom from, as the Kickstarter puts it, our “fannish […]

Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide vol. 6 Kickstarter is Now Live!

| August 22, 2019

I LOVE the Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide, which is why I always try to send them a story for inclusion. This year, their sixth volume will include the fourth story I’ve sent them, “Fixer-Upper.” It’s a story of sibling rivalries, family relationships, and hope for the future. Every year, they run a Kickstarter to fund the […]

Cool Kickstarter: Superhero Pride Enamel Mask Pins

| June 26, 2019

I’ve backed this Kickstarter in the hopes that they’ll unlock some of the other pride pins, because I’d love to have a couple of different enamel mask pins to wear. It runs until the end of June, so if you, too, would like some awesome pins, check it out and back it!

Final Push for I Didn’t Break the Lamp!

| February 26, 2019

We’re into the final week for the Kickstarter for I Didn’t Break the Lamp: Historical Accounts of Imaginary Acquaintances. The Kickstarter ends on Thursday at 7 p.m. Pacific time, so if you’ve been waiting until the last minute to back, that minute is now here! We’re looking forward to putting together this anthology, but we can […]

Just One More Week for I Didn’t Break the Lamp!

| February 21, 2019

There’s one week left on the Mad Scientist Journal Kickstarter for I Didn’t Break the Lamp: Historical Accounts of Imaginary Acquaintances! If you like inventive stories about creatures that may or may not exist, you definitely want to check this out! You can get the ebook for $5, the print book for $15, and there are other […]

New Mad Scientist Journal Kickstarter: I Didn’t Break the Lamp!

| February 6, 2019

Mad Scientist Journal (where I’m a co-editor) is currently running the Kickstarter for our sixth anthology! I Didn’t Break the Lamp: Historical Accounts of Imaginary Acquaintances, will be an anthology of stories about imaginary friends, things that go bump in the night, monsters under the bed, and other figments of an imagination. We’re hoping for a […]

Next MSJ Kickstarter Launches Tomorrow

| January 31, 2019

Tomorrow, we launch the Kickstarter for our next Mad Scientist Journal anthology. This one is titled I Didn’t Break the Lamp: Historical Accounts of Imaginary Acquaintances, and it will features stories about imaginary friends, things that go bump in the night, monsters under the bed, and more. If you’re interested in this sort of anthology, be sure […]

The Writer’s Book of Doubt

| December 10, 2018

There’s a book of writing advice currently funding on Kickstarter called 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 […]