Making More Stories

We are approaching that time of year again. November. I don’t know what it is about NaNoWriMo, (National Novel Writing Month) that inspires me to write, but ever since 2011 I’ve been participating and won a word count of at least 50k in one month for every year but one, and last year I created the first draft of RISING in 15 days. (Of course I had it all mapped out before hand so the drafting part came fairly easily.)

But that’s a pretty good record I think and I’m setting out to do it again this year with a new story and a new sub genre Magical Realism. I’ve been thinking about this book for over a year and am excited to write it. Pulling from my experiences as an Access driver (a bus driver that transports disabled folks), and my association with special people ever since I was little, I’ll be introducing to the world a fictional young man named Dylan who not only is special needs, but also has a special gift. The book I’m temporarily calling  Oyster Man.

I’m still working on the premise, and outline and such and will tell you a bit about it when it’s ready.

As far as my novel Rising, I’m still querying it and will update you all when something changes. Peadlebody is down right now as well as Altered. I plan on re editing those books before republishing them as I had some feedback that needs tending to.

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Making the Best of Things

Riding home today at dusk, the sky was gold and pink and dappled with puffs of silver clouds. The air was fresh and warm, the trees gilded with autumn. I thought about how beautiful the world can be when we are living in harmony with nature the way we should.

The presidential debates were on tonight. Coming home from fencing, I am glad I did not have my TV on. I’ve heard the rhetoric. There is nothing new. Issues were discussed that have been discussed for the last year and a half. No ones views have changed, the candidates just finally came together face to face.

The sunset was much more beautiful.

I am well aware that there is not a single candidate who will save us, nor is there one who offers us anything more than what we already have.

I thought about the people who have existed before me, or who even now live under an oppressive government. They are governed with a hand more heavy than they deserve. Maybe it’s in Russia, or Afghanistan, or China.

To survive they look at the same sky, breathe the same fresh air, enjoy those things that nature gave us. That is what will save us no matter what mankind does. Our political future does not look good. I have no hope in it. I have hope in the gentle things in life.



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Yes! It’s #MSWL Day!


That’s right folks, today agents and editors tweet about their manuscript wishlists on twitter using the hashtag #MSWL. So, if you’re looking for an agents, read their wishes because you just might’ve written exactly what they are looking for. As for the editors, be sure and check their guidelines because not all of them accept unagented manuscripts. Then why are they tweeting you ask? Because agents need to submit their clients just the same as when an author subs to an agent. Now, quit dawdling and get to perusing the hashtag!

(Sorry no links or pretty pics today. Shot this post out from the hip on my mobile!)

Good luck finding the perfect match!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.

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On Querying and Subbing Simultaneously

Something to think about and appreciate this discourse!

The Daily Dahlia

*This post also appears as a guest post today on Brenda Drake’s blog. We like to cover our bases pre-Pitch Madness!

Publishing has evolved into a pretty fascinating thing over the past decade—new publishers opening, old publishers folding or merging, the rise of self-publishing… the options seem pretty endless. And the best thing about having so many options is that truly, what’s the best option for one book might not be the best for another, and encompassing different methods in order to optimize your sales is now a very real—and, in my opinion, very freaking awesome—way to build a writing career.

But, notice I said “what’s the best option for one book might not be the best for the other.” As in, each book might have its own best path. What this means is, your contemporary NA might do best self-pubbed, while having an agent sub to big houses might…

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Making Backstory – Valerio

Growing up in the inner circle of the elite wasn’t easy. Sharing his time and childhood with two princes more privileged than he, and yet being expected to maintain the same standards, the same aloofness as royalty, was confusing for a young boy, especially with the absence of a mother who, having  died in childbirth left him no siblings, and a strict disciplinarian for a father.

Valerio did well to impress those of the court. Always acceptable, always standing tall and well dressed, and with a teachable spirit. He followed his father’s footsteps, earning recognition for his military achievements. No young soldier handled the sword, or the rifle as well as Valerio. Those were the fields of expertise that made his father most proud, and Valerio’s one and only aim in life was to please his father.

His father was King’s Chavez’ confident and best friend, and had been all his life. No military maneuver was done without Valerio’s father involved. He was the Royal Cavalry Captain, the man in charge! Medals adorned his uniform, expensive plumes festooned his helmet. He rode the proudest and most beautifully decorated horse in all parades, attended all ceremonies and sat next to the king during all political forums. Valerio oftentimes attended those same functions, and it was clear that should his father retire, his son would replace him.

The day came for that replacement all too soon. Grief and betrayal overwhelmed Valerio after his father was killed in battle due to a miscalculation made by King Chavez. There was no room for forgiveness in the young man’s heart. He had lost everything. Suddenly fame and power meant so very little to him that he sought another outreach.

He sought the love of a woman.

Valerio had, for years, kept in close contact through mail, with the only girl he had known well enough to establish a relationship. Elizabeth always had a soft and compassionate heart for Valerio, as she pitied the fact he had been raised without a mother, especially when she was so close to hers. So when her mother died, very near the same time Valerio’s father died, the two found themselves dependent on each other.

Unfortunately, that relationship was not in line with royal protocol. Needless to say, Valerio’s bitterness brewed until he could contain it no longer.



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Making Backstory – Martim

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Martim was perfectly content being the younger, studious son of the king. Infante Royale he was called, as he would not have risen to the throne. He was fine with that as a certain freedom came with not having a crown on one’s head. Yet he did not take advantage of his position, but rather used it for the betterment of the country he called dear.

He was a musician in heart. A virtuoso on the violin. As all artists, he was more an introvert than an extrovert but that didn’t stop him from helping the children in the hospital where he played, and where he taught music. As it was said, his brother studied medicine to keep the children alive, but it was Martim who, through the arts, gave the children a purpose and presented them life. He readily admitted he had not much to offer, but what he had he gladly gave.

Martim was also a swordsman, trained by Maestro Sanchez, he was skilled with the blade. Being a young man, and protected by the throne, Martim never did see battle. His skill was kept on the strip where he learned the art of duel, yet never had to participate in one.

Soft spoken, passionate, and kind. That was Martim.He took second place to his brother Marques, but it never bothered him, except perhaps when his older sibling chose to tease him, or when the four childhood friends played rough. In those days, in his younger years, Martim stayed in the shadows and watched.

Perhaps it was his quiet nature that attracted Cassie.


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And She’s Here!

I’m only plugging my book today because it’s Cassandra’s Castle launch day!

I do hope you enjoy this story. Please spread the word. I have waited a long time for this book to be published. And a lot of people have  helped me along the way.

It all began with helping a friend research her Portuguese genealogy. At the same time I was beginning a sequel to Ian’s Realm Saga but I hadn’t had the story plotted out yet. So while researching I fell in love with Manuel II of Portugal and decided to do a time-travel historical fantasy so I could make things better for him, if only in our minds.

After the story was drafted, some friends and I packed up a lunch and headed to Port Townsend to make a book trailer. Do you remember that trailer?
That was three years ago.

Wow! What a journey! Not until the rights came back to me, and I wrote a screen play…actually a series of screenplays, did I rewrite the book. I like the way it came out! I love that I just got an email from Robert Miano saying

D.L. Gardner’s “Cassandras Castle” is  “enthralling,” a must read, two thumbs up” couldn’t put it down,” “Bravo”
Robert Miano
And of course then we had Chris Love our director from Chicago, and Tylor Jones, an award winning cinematographer from Seattle get together and make our award winning (9 film festivals so far and three trophies) trailer.

And now, finally the book is out for all of you to read and hopefully become fans and get us moving again so we can film the TV series or feature film, whichever comes first!

Please pick up a copy. The ebook is only $3.99 everywhere ebooks are sold!


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