So I’m not doing NaNoWriMo after all. My excuses are lame, but I have them. The first is that I’m exhausted from writing Fallen Morning. I need time to recover. I was going to write backstories of the characters in Ian’s Realm but I decided against it at this time. The reason for that is I need to do something different. I love Ian’s Realm. I love the characters and the world. I could live there for the rest of my earthly life, I think. But honestly I feel there are far too few people who share my thoughts, and my stories.
I feel it is time to take a step forward.
I have a new novel outlined. My goal is to query it early next year and hopefully find an agent. I have had thousands of books downloaded now. I’ve won some awards. I have made the press in some respects. Perhaps there’s an agent out there willing to take a chance on me.
Just know that I will never forsake the Realm. There are more stories in that world to write.
I can’t wait to tell you about this new world, though. I hope you stay with me! I appreciate all my readers.
Do take a peek at my website when you have a chance.
Whoa it’s been awhile since I’ve written on my blog. I’m so bad at this sometimes. I remember promising my mom I would keep up with my diary. Ha! Here’s what I wrote in most of it. “Dear Diary. Nothing happened today.”
EDIT I may not be writing for NaNoWriMo. I have a lot of things happening this month including a film summit. The pressure might be too much.
Not true anymore, but my blog doesn’t know all the things that are happening. Like I just finished Ian’s Realm Saga Book 3.2 Fallen Morning. If you’ve read Layla, this is the conclusion…and the end of Ian’s adventures in the realm because now he doesn’t want to go back…not hardly. Not until his daughter ends up in trouble in the Realm in Cassandra’s Castle, and even then it’s iffy. But I have book 6 to write yet.
Which brings me to another note for the journal. NaNoWriMo is here and even though I just finished Fallen Morning, I’m going to write again. I’m beginning this as a collection of short stories about Realm characters, the good, the bad, and the ugly…but it might make a turn somewhere along the way because I haven’t really outlined it. I just know where I’m starting…with Ian’s mother. There will be surprises, yes!
So far I’m calling it Confessions of the Realm Dwellers, but if you know me at all, you’ll know I’m subject to change.
In the meantime please do read Layla and Fallen Morning. Ian comes to the end of the line…literally. Pre order now. Launch date Nov 5.
Odd, isn’t it, how when writing, regardless of what you try to do, words seem to mold together and address current affairs. At least for me I’m finding that it’s true.
I began Ian’s Realm Saga years ago. The Tale of the Four Wizards (now included in Diary of a Conjurer) tells the history of the island of Taikus and was written long before the current political arena. But as I weave what had happened in this fantasy Realm into my new book Fallen Morning, I’m amazed. And saddened. You see, the island of Taikus was once ruled by a strong and loving king…a wizard. (All inhabitants on Taikus are either wizards or sorceresses). The wicked queen Hacatine over-threw King Telamund and made slaves or slaughtered all the men. In Fallen Morning we have a little slave boy, Rolando, who is raised by women, and who knows nothing of his father, his grandfather, or any man for that matter. He is loyal to his queen though, and ventures out to sea with his masters, the queen’s Savant and the ships crew to find the murderer of a certain beloved soldier . (See Layla Born at Night). A squall ends their journey as the ship is destroyed in the storm and poor Rolando is the left on board scrambling for his master’s treasure chest. He barely saves himself and is washed ashore only to find himself in the hands of the enemy– Silvio– an old wizard who knows the island of Taikus all too well.
And to me, that this story seems relevant is sad. As I develop the characters on Taikus I find a resistance among the strong and beautiful women, who themselves are under oppression. The search to find their fathers, their brothers and their husbands becomes an underlying tone of the saga.
I don’t know. For some reason it just seems relevant today…that with all the push for the strong female image someone is being forgotten. The strong and loving man. Maybe I’m wrong. I hope so. I’ve been told my stories are too male-oriented. I won’t change them for a fad. I won’t change them because they say something important. Perhaps they are for a another day. Perhaps the world will turn upside down again.
Or downside up. All I can say is that these stories are here to stay.
Have you had them? Dreams come true that is? Remember sitting by the window on a rainy day looking for a rainbow? Or on the front lawn blowing on a dandelion and making a wish?
Did you ever toss a coin into a fountain in hopes for a dream to come true? Blow out candles on a birthday cake and count the years until that awaited day arrives?
They do, you know. Dreams. They do come true. They don’t just magically happen…well maybe some do…but if you work for it and stay focused, those “wish I may and wish I might have the wish I wish tonight” can become a reality.
Ever since I was a little kid I wanted to work with the film industry. I grew up in sunny California. A hop skip and a jump from Hollywood. But mostly I wanted to work for Disney. Even today if someone tells me they used to work for Disney I get a little shudder run up my spine.
I had my first taste of dreams come true with my little one minute film played at the Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood. I didn’t get to go because my husband was going through chemo at the time. He made it just fine, cancer free now.
In September the short concept film we produced – Ian’s Realm – will be playing in my neighborhood at the Gig Harbor Galaxy Uptown Theater (my favorite theater by the way). I’m floored. It’s not a trailer, it’s a short film so it will last longer than a minute and I will get to sit on those reclining seats and watch it with my friends. Surround sound and everything!
If you have a dream on it’s way to coming true tell us about it. They are special times in our lives.
Our American forefathers blazed a trail of dare and courage. Who would have contested the throne of England in those days?
To my fellow American citizens, celebrate this day with pride. Teach your children the value of responsible freedom because that’s what our country was founded on.
Responsible. Not fanatical, nor self-serving. Not out of rage or absent of thought. Freedom comes with responsibility to do the right and honorable and just thing. It is good to stand up for yourself, for your family and for your nation. But we must always be sure of the stand we’re taking. We must heed wisdom.
“all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security”. -The Declaration of Independence
Recently excited about the latest editorial review. The thing about editorial reviews is that they are written by people in the industry. Their critique and praise are both helpful and sought after. They gain a place where people will listen and consider.
The wide-ranging scale of D.L. Gardner’s Ian’s Realm Saga, encompassing three books, pays tribute to Gardner’s imaginative powers and ambition. Though devotees of epic fantasy will recognize a number of familiar genre elements built into the plot, Gardner succeeds in distinguishing her tale from past offerings in this vein thanks to the emotion she’s able to elicit from readers and the fully realized clarity of her fictional world. She labels the three books as “parts” in this collection – the first, Deception Peak, the second Dragon Shield, and the concluding third part Rubies and Robbers. One of the many strengths of the book lies in the coherence of its construction – Gardner’s aptitude for cinematic grandeur in a literary vein and understanding what makes epic fantasy work is unquestionable.
Some will notice overwrought prose scattered throughout Ian’s Realm Saga, but it isn’t the result of an amateurish approach to writing. Instead, I read these moments as manifestations of Gardner’s passion for the work. She sometimes tries too hard to ratchet up the intensity rather than trusting in her tale, but her wont to do so works in favor at some points. Some will fault her for relying too often on overworked dialogue tags. These are far from fatal flaws however and, moreover, often staples of the genre in the case of the last point regarding dialogue tags. She manages a large cast of characters and imbues an impressive number of them with three dimensional attributes rather than reducing the minor participants into cardboard glorified plot devices.
The narrative spends some time alternating between our modern world and Gardner’s fictional creation. Gardner excels balancing two different landscapes where other writers might fall short. The titular figure Ian is, in my estimation, the most successful character in a book full of such achievements. He fulfills many, if not all, of our expectations for such a work – Ian begins the book grieving, but he evolves and changes throughout the course of the three books and ends the work transformed by his experiences.
She imbues the tale with a real sense of adventure and her aforementioned imaginative powers make fictional landscapes leap out from the text. She shows a sure hand with the story’s action sequences as well. There are many fine examples of her talent with this, but my favorite comes in the final part with the chapter entitled “The Battle of Eastern Ridge”. It is a success due to many factors, but above all others is how her descriptive powers bring the scene into focus for readers. It makes for gripping reading.
The use of artwork throughout the book, including the map before the story begins, brings a welcome added dimension to Ian’s Realm. The digital copy I read is professionally assembled and never a chore to follow. I feel satisfied with the story’s inevitable conclusion and it, once again, demonstrates her innate understanding of what makes epic fantasy work for readers. The genre has abiding appeal, evidenced in recent years by the popularity of such fare like HBO’s Game of Thrones, and any lover of the style will find much to admire and enjoy in D.L. Gardner’s work.