Abbi’s Turn

October 27, 2018
D.L. Gardner
I’ve been listening to you, my fans, concerning Ian’s Realm. you’ve read the trilogy and many of you have commented on wanting to know more about Ian’s adventures in the Realm. Sadly, Diary of a Conjurer happens 8 years later. What was going on with Ian and Abbi before that?

Well, it’s writing time again.

Having filmed a short proof of concept film for Ian’s Realm this month, putting faces to the characters has inspired me to continue Ian and Abbi’s story. So I’ve already begun the premise of the next adventure they take.

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Kandace Caine (Abbi) and Jeff Stillwell (Ian) on set of Ian’s Realm Oct 2018

All is not well in the Realm, nor in the real world for any of them. Abbi’s begun a difficult nursing career. Elisa gets some tragic news that is difficult for a girl her age to handle, and Ian struggles with fitting into reality. It’s no wonder that the magic of Ian’s shield alters their course. But what a course it turns into!
I’ll be writing as often as possible, juggling my time with getting this fundraiser to completion (please take a look at our page. We need funds for post production and would really appreciate your help even if it’s the $20 you’ll need for the password to view the completed short film).

While you wait for this story (and I hope it doesn’t take too long. Walks in the woods are again shaping the tale) take a look at all the neat little behind the scenes videos we have on our FB page and on the updates of our Seed and Spark fundraiser page! We want to include you in all that we do!

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Ian’s Realm is Live

It’s been over seven years since the Ian’s Realm Saga has been published. Lots of rewriting and editing has happened and I finally got the books to where I’m happy with them. It’s a good thing too because if you haven’t noticed, I and a group of talented filmmakers are breathing life into the story.

As we learned with Cassandra’s Castle, filmmaking is an extremely labor some and expensive medium, but it is more rewarding than you could even imagine! My partner Shawnaci Colin and I have been working ever since the spring of this year auditioning, casting, budgeting, and scouting for the best crew to produce a 15 minute short to present to film festivals and pitch to executive producers and distributors.

Ian’s Realm Crowdfunding Video from Dianne Gardner on Vimeo.

Early this month we filmed. An experience that sent me on cloud nine. Now we need to finish gathering funds to pay off people we owe and finance the editing and special effects.

If you have it in your heart to help back our efforts, it would be very much appreciated. We have some wonderful perks, including a special edition of Ian’s Realm that was signed by our actors, including the famous Robert Miano.

Thank you!

Follow this blog, I’ll be posting some fun things we’ve been doing behind the scenes!

Us trucking up a mountain to shoot a scene from Ian’s Realm.

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About Now

Wow! is all I can say about what is happening in our world today. So much trauma, violence, and emotional outpouring. The human race is in upheaval politically, and I look at the book and film industry and see how in-line the popular stories are with current events.

I wonder about my own work. Do fantasy tales have a place in all of this?

They must. I’m convinced that there will always be a place for the imagination. I stumbled upon the words of C.S. Lewis this morning and was encouraged.

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Story telling isn’t only for making political statements. When I think back on the books and movies that left an impression on me when I was a teenager, I am reminded of heroic adventures that gave me hope. They built a foundation within that kept me moving forward.

I can’t say I was always a happy teen. I had a lot of issues when I was young. Bullied because I was too tall. I never lived up to my parents expectations because my sister was a genius and I was not. I spent a lot of my younger years in a shell, huddled in the dark of my mind reading Edgar Allen Poe, or Shakespeare.

I sought answers.

How does one move from the crevices of depression into the light?

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If it weren’t for other stories of people who overcame the dragons in their lives, I’m not sure I could have survived. But there was Sir Lancelot, there were Frodo and Sam, there were Black Beauty and Merrylegs, there was Alice, and Peter, and the Prevensies. There was Seabiscuit. And there was David against Saul.

This quote from C.S. Lewis is real to me. All through life we will meet cruel enemies. People who care less about our feelings, or about the things that we do. There will always be forces against us. Walls that we need to break through. Without inner strength, our battles will be hopeless.

That is why the stories of brave knights, be they of yester-world, make-believe, or real, need to be told.

Because even if they are fantasy stories, each of us wants to connect to the soldier inside ourselves who presses on. We don’t want to be defeated. We want to survive. We want to live.

Tell me the tales of brave knights and heroic courage. I need to hear them. I need to be them.

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Following a Dream.

It’s interesting how one can become so obsessed with a dream. We all have them. Aspirations that we choose to make our goal in life.

When I think back in my childhood, I’m amazed that despite the decades of obstacles in my journey, my goal has always been to be part of a story-world. When I was young I wanted to be a cartoonist for Disney. We lived so close to Disneyland. Our family visited the park the first week of it’s opening and I was completely enamored by this ‘other world’.
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In those days Mickey Mouse and Snow White were simple drawings, and I wanted to be one of the artists who drew them! The thought of working with other artists and producers and musicians in a Disney environment was utopia to me!

But the time wasn’t right, not for me, and not for my parents. The early sixties was an era of turmoil. College selection was scrutinized. Vietnam and civil rights stirred controversy on college campuses. These were the days of riots in Watts, Kent, Berkeley. Just as my father had to abandon his dream of being a commercial artist because of WWII, I was discouraged from pursuing my dream. He warned me that I had better find a more stable course for my life. He wanted me safe and secure. A teacher, a lawyer, a nurse…I was to choose one of those professions or marry into them.

Needless to say there was a glitch in my life that kept me well off the trail.

Fifty years later I am in a comfortable place still following my dream. I may not get that job at Disneyland, but there are other worlds out there that need nurturing, and with the help of friends who believe in the vision, the stories are coming to fruition. I doubt I will ever give up.

Our goal now is to bring Ian’s Realm to reality. I’ve thought it, I’ve written it, I’ve recorded it, I’ve had someone sing its songs.This world is magic, intrigue, peril, and even a touch of humor. Now we want to make it a movie.

To raise funds, I’m offering some of my artwork. We’re having an auction here in Port Orchard. If there is any piece any of you are interested in, please write me a message and perhaps we can barter. We need to raise $20,000. I probably have more than enough in my studio in the form of fine art.

You can donate to the cause on our donation page where even more perks are available.

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The Portal is Opening

What would you do if your computer actually opened up and took you into an alternate world?

Not a gaming world. Not by a long shot. A world with beautiful pristine countryside. Fat healthy horses, and an intriguing landscape that included an ocean, a prairie, and steep foreboding mountain which harbors mysterious voices, dark and ominous caves…and a dragon’s lair?

Ian (Ian’s Realm Saga) stepped into such a world, and that world is coming to life – as is he and everyone he meets – in the form of a TV series.

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Only a few small keys are needed now to open the door wide enough to do the whole series. Fans, Funding, and Future.

I know we have the fans. I’ve been talking to you. The books have reached as far away from the US as China, Japan and India.

The Future is ours and anyone who believes in doing mighty things.

The Funding is brewing but we need more help. That’s why FireRing Productions LLC is offering some fabulous perks including an opportunity to get Executive Producer credit and a 9 ft long original oil painting of Draconis…Old Stenjhaert the dragon…for their very own to keep.

If you have a moment please take a look at our fundraiser, and consider helping our campaign. If you have been following me, you’ll know we did a wonderful trailer for Cassandra’s Castle two years ago. This was for book 5 of this series. The same team that directed and filmed that short will be working on this one. Only this time we plan on doing 10 minutes of footage instead of 1 1/2 minutes…which will give us access to pitch to distributors and producers needed to film the series. I’m including the video as well as the donor form so you can see the quality of our work.

Please consider a donation on the following secured website. Thank you!

https://donorbox.org/ian-s-realm-saga

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Audio to Violets

I  have been waiting impatiently for the release of this audio!

I am thrilled with the performance of Cheyenne Bizon and Paul Bugallo, both from Ohio (where the main characters of the book were from). They did an amazing job. Please do take a look and if you’re new to audible, you can get this audiobook for free!

Petworth, England 1944. First Lieutenant Janet Castner is assigned to a small hospital unit when Operation Overload begins. Amid the turbulence of nursing the critically Diannelynnwounded GIs arriving from Normandy, her arrogant commanding officer takes her aside and asserts his love for her. Passions flare when he wrongly suspects her and another officer of having an affair.
Unbeknownst to the major, Janet has instead sworn her love to a seriously injured infantry man Sergeant Lou Morrissey. When the major discovers their clandestine romance, he wields his authority in order to destroy their lives forever. Based on actual letters written by Lieutenant Janet Castner during WWII.
©2018 D.L. Gardner

The Narrators:

BizonHeadshotColor3Cheyenne Bizon is a Northeast Ohio native. Her first theatrical endeavor when she was a child of 5 hooked her firmly on the theatre, and her acting journey has led her through a wide variety of theatrical disciplines on stages all over Northeastern Ohio. An actor, singer, artist, narrator, and seasoned dabbler of all things creative, Cheyenne seeks to travel the world and sample the artistic flavors of as many cultures as possible as she pushes forward in her artistic career. She is currently based in Cleveland, Ohio.

Paul Breixo Bugallo was born in Miami, Florida, but raised in Seattle. This is where he discovered his passion for the performing arts. He attended Central Washington University Paul Bugallo[852]where he earned his Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree in Theatrical Performance. Now residing in the proud city of Cleveland, Paul has just finished his Master’s of Fine Arts degree in acting through the Case Western Reserve University/Cleveland Play House MFA Acting Program. While primarily a theatrical performer, Paul is now jumping head first into a plethora of artistic formats. When Paul is not on stage you can usually find him at a local bar drinking draft or around a table playing a board game.

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New Beginnings

This is a time of year to celebrate new life. Stepping out of winter, shedding our warm coats to breath in the fresh scent of flowers, and air cleansed by rain and snow, invigorates us all, I should think. This time of year is also a time of new plans.
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I’m thrilled that I’ll be taking a short writing retreat with my author friends to beautiful Whidbey Island. I hope to finish Abbott on this venture so I can put all my energies back into our film project brewing. Aside from two more audiobooks being made, and my plans to release Dylan with Kindle Scout, I have other work ahead of me.

I want to wish you all a prosperous spring…prosperous in that your world will be well rounded, and you have quality time to spend with families and friends, as well as seeing your dreams realized. Thanks for visiting my website.

Happy Easter
Blessed Passover
Peace!

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