History That Never Was

Home of Dawn Vogel: Writer, Historian, Geek

Unfixed Timelines: Salt in Our Veins

| February 15, 2018

My story “Salt in Our Veins,” which was recently reprinted in Goddesses of the Sea, was a story that I wrote originally for the Fae Visions of the Mediterranean anthology from The Future Fire. They were looking for stories set in the historical Mediterranean region, and I fell down a research rabbit hole. I knew I wanted […]

Historical Fiction

| January 30, 2018

At Rustycon, I was on a couple of panels about historical fiction or using history for writing and gaming ideas. We talked about interesting historical fiction we’d read and written, as well as ways of using history to come up with neat story or gaming ideas. If it wasn’t already apparent from the name of […]

“Tarnish” to appear at Mirror Dance

| November 9, 2017

Now that the contract is signed, I can talk about my latest acceptance, which I mentioned in my October 2017 recap. My story, “Tarnish,” will appear in the Spring 2018 issue of Mirror Dance. This story first appeared in Unfixed Timelines as one of my historical fiction stories accompanied by an essay about the real history. The […]

Day Job + Writing = Story Ideas?

| October 19, 2017

Before I moved to Seattle, I was pretty sure that archaeology was EXACTLY like it looks in the movies, all digging up ancient civilizations and running around lost temples. No, wait, maybe that’s just how Indiana Jones makes archaeology look cool in the movies. When I moved here, I started working with archaeologists, and though […]

Weird Occurrences

| August 3, 2017

One of the stories in Unfixed Timelines that I most enjoyed writing was “Veli tis Artemidos.” I got to combine western history with Greek mythology, and it still made just as much sense as what really happened! The short version of the story is that the town of Beer City, in the Oklahoma Panhandle, killed their […]

May 2017 recap

| May 31, 2017

By the numbers: Stories out at the beginning of the month: 15 Acceptances received: 0 Rejections received: 14 Stories withdrawn: 0 Resubmissions: 20 New Submissions: 0 Stories out at the end of the month: 23 Pretty standard month on the submissions front. The big change is that with the publication of Unfixed Timelines (live tomorrow!), I’ve put a […]

Unfixed Timelines available for pre-order

| May 23, 2017

If you like alternate histories, you’ll love Unfixed Timelines! I’ve collected five of my alternate history stories into this collection, along with brief essays that talk about the real history of the events and places that I have written about. Three of the stories, “Donning the Helm,” “Veli Tis Artemidos,” and “Salt in Our Veins” are […]