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“The Sky Rock” in Old Legends and New Fables

| December 21, 2021

Sometimes, you’ve just got to write a silly story with talking birds and poop as the punchline. And that is, in its essence, “The Sky Rock.” It’s a very irreverent look at what Huginn and Muninn, Odin’s ravens, might get up to while they’re surveying the world for their boss. It’s a slightly different tone […]

“Breathe Deep” in Old Legends and New Fables

| October 26, 2021

I’ve loved Greek mythology since I was a kid, and I was fascinated by the idea of the Oracle at Delphi, both in a mythological sense (speaking prophecy from the Gods!) and in a scientific sense that explains the “vapors” present there. But with a nod to the mythological sense, I wrote “Breathe Deep” as […]

Mythology in What If I’m a Merfolk?

| October 19, 2021

There are many myths and legends about merfolk, other sea creatures, and the gods and goddesses that are the patrons or inhabitants of the seas. Many of the poems in What If I’m a Merfolk? touch on this mythology, but none as much as “A Paean to the Goddesses,” a poem that pays respect to goddesses […]

“Praxidikai” in Old Legends and New Fables

| September 16, 2021

“Praxidikai” is one of the stories in Old Legends and New Fables that really spans both parts of the collection’s title. It’s a modern story that features a reinterpreted version of an old legend, living in modern times. I can’t say too much about who that is without giving away the ending, unfortunately. But it’s in […]

“Follow My Lead” in Old Legends and New Fables

| August 19, 2021

Whenever something comes up about “you know you’re in a specific author’s story when,” I generally have two answers. One of them is “you know you’re in a Dawn Vogel story when there are things in the water that want you dead.” “Follow My Lead” in Old Legends and New Fables is sort of one […]

“Grandmother Firebird” in Old Legends and New Fables

| July 13, 2021

My story “Grandmother Firebird” was originally written for an online contest. It’s been long enough ago that I don’t recall what the prompt for the story was, or how I got from point A to point B in terms of writing this story. But I definitely loved this story from the beginning, as it’s one […]

Have You Checked Out Old Legends and New Fables?

| June 17, 2021

Have you had a chance to check out Old Legends and New Fables yet? It’s got a wide variety of poetry and a handful of short stories, and the topics wind their way through familiar and unfamiliar mythology, legend, and other stories. Here’s the blurb for the book: The gods of old have become stories, as […]

Cover Reveal and Pre-Order Available for Old Legends and New Fables

| April 22, 2021

Continuing on with my many publications in 2021, today I’m both revealing the cover for Old Legends and New Fables, and letting you know that it’s available for pre-order! This collection primarily collects poetry related to the mythology and other stories of a multitude of cultures, with a handful of stories. The gods of old have […]