History That Never Was

Home of Dawn Vogel: Writer, Historian, Geek

Punk in Science Fiction and Fantasy

| April 16, 2018

At Norwescon, I spoke on a panel about punk in science fiction and fantasy. At first, I was pretty sure that I didn’t have very much to say on the subject, especially in comparison to my co-panelists. But it wound up being a great conversation about punk music, the punk aesthetic, and the many, many […]

Conventions as a Learning Experience

| April 10, 2018

One of the things that I love the most about going to conventions like Norwescon is the opportunity to learn from other writers. Even if I don’t get a chance to go to many (or any) panels that I’m not on, I still wind up in conversations while working at our table, or at parties, […]

Don’t Forget: Norwescon this weekend!

| March 27, 2018

Here’s a reminder that Norwescon is this weekend, Thursday through Sunday! And if you’re going to be there, you can find me on the following panels, readings, and autograph session. I’ll be at the DefCon One table in the Dealer’s Room most of the rest of the time! Thursday The New, New Doctor 2:00pm – […]

My Norwescon Schedule!

| March 13, 2018

For the first time, I’m a panelist at Norwescon! I’ve been attending this convention most years since I moved to Seattle, where I’ve sold crafts, books, some combination of the two, and done some of the Broad Universe Rapid Fire Readings. And a lot of cosplay. But this year, I’ll be sitting on panels as […]

When the Heroine Isn’t 18, Blonde, and a Size 3

| January 25, 2018

One of the panels I was on at Rustycon was called “When the Heroine Isn’t 18, Blonde, and a Size 3.” The topics we talked about were wide ranging, from books to TV to movies, but the primary idea was about writing non-Hollywood style women protagonists. This is a topic near and dear to my […]

Rustycon Appearance!

| January 4, 2018

Rustycon is a small local convention now in its thirty-fifth year. It’s the weekend of January 12-14, but they’ll be shifting to October dates later this year. But for this one, I’ll be speaking on a number of panels about gaming, writing, and editing! Here’s my schedule of panels: Fri Jan 12 5:00:pm – GMing […]

Anglicon this weekend!

| December 7, 2017

This weekend, I’ll be at Anglicon selling my crocheted items, but I’ll also be appearing on a couple of panels! Friday, December 8: Steampunk 101, 3-4 p.m., Cascade 2 What is Steampunk? Where did it come from? We will answer those questions, explore the literary roots of the genre, and discuss its current popularity. Saturday, December […]

GeekGirlCon!

| September 28, 2017

This weekend, I’ll be at GeekGirlCon, one of my favorite Seattle conventions! I will primarily be womanning the DefCon One Publishing booth (H121), but I’ll also be on one panel and doing a signing! The panel is “DMing for Beginners,” Saturday, September 30th, from 2:30-3:30 p.m. in Samus. I will be talking about how to […]

Self-Editing

| August 28, 2017

A couple of weeks ago at Spocon, I was on a panel on self-editing with Kat Richardson, Alex Fedyr, Grivante, and Elizabeth R. Alix. Here’s a distillation of some of the wisdom we dispensed. First, finish what you’re writing, whether that is a novel or a story. There’s a lot of temptation to tweak as you […]

Gothic Literature

| August 23, 2017

One of the panels I spoke on at Spocon, with Rosemary Jones, Fallon Jones, and Kaye Thornbrugh, was about Gothic literature. At one point in time, I was thinking about going back to school for a Ph.D. in Literature, with a specialty in sexuality in Victorian literature. So this panel was just my cup of tea! […]