Chapter 19: May 11, 2007

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This week, the final installment, Chapter 19 including: A massive snow storm brings Ottawa to its knees; the Government House Leader pulls a fast one; the call goes forth for all MPs to brave the storm and make it to the House for the mini-budget vote; Angus and Andre Fontaine share a wild ride to Parliament Hill, with national consequences; Angus writes in his diary.

Comments are invited right here on the blog or send me an e-mail to [email protected]. Thanks so much for listening. It’s been a thrill for me to podcast my humble novel. Your comments have been very generous and encouraging. I’m grateful.

I will keep blogging as I continue down the road to publishing The Best Laid Plans. At this moment, it seems that the novel will be available online at Amazon and Chapters-Indigo in the summer. I will keep you all posted here on the blog. Thanks again, it’s been a blast.
The great music featured in the podcast is by Jon Schmidt and is called Winter Serenade. It is available from the Podsafe Music Network. My friend Roger Dey provides the voice that opens the podcast. The photo at the top of the blog page was taken by, and is used with permission from, Mr. Ron Boisvert.

15 Responses to “Chapter 19: May 11, 2007”

  1. Al says:

    Dear Terry,

    The last 2 weeks you’ve pampered us, the listeners, with multiple chapters being pod-casted during the same week. I just finished the final chapter……..what a thrilling finish! And people say Canadian politics are boring, tsk tsk.

    It’s like all-you-can-eat sushi for the political junkie inside of me! (Odd simile, I know) Thanks again for putting this wonderful novel out there.

    Please do keep us updated, I can’t wait to run out to Cole’s and pick up the actual book for my dad’s birthday present. That is, if it’s published by the end of June. If not, then for Christmas certainly.

    Can’t wait for Best Laid Plans, Part Deux. Have a wonderful summer,

    Alistair

  2. Terry Fallis says:

    Hi Alistair,

    Very kind of you. I love to hear words like “thrilling” attached to this humble novel. Stay tuned to this blog as I intend to post semi-regularly on the publishing process. Thanks again for listening and I’ll certainly let you know when it’s available in print. In the early stages, you’ll likely need to order it online from Amazon or Chapters-Indigo.

  3. John says:

    Thats was amazing, a hell of a ride. I love the book, I am going to buy few copies and give them away to every political science student I know. Thanks for the book and I hope part II wont take long.

  4. Terry Fallis says:

    Many thanks! My head is swelling even as I write this. Thanks so much for listening all the way through. It’s a lot to ask of a listener and I appreciate it. As for the next book, I confess it’s still hasn’t quite taken shape yet but comments like yours motivate me to buckle down and get going. Thanks again…

  5. Jaye Sunsurn says:

    Wonderful ending for a wonderful book. This is one novel I would be proud to have on my shelf when it comes in the traditional dead tree format. Look forward to hearing more about your adventures on publishing it.

  6. Terry Fallis says:

    Thanks Jaye. You’ve been a very loyal listener and commenter, and I appreciate it.

  7. Bryan Person says:

    Terry:

    Saw a Twitter post from Joe Thornley this afternoon about Canada’s upcoming elections. Having listened to your final chapter this morning, I couldn’t help but respond to him with this Tweet:

    “Is Angus McLintock going to run? If he does, that could very well tip election in Liberals’ favour.”

    Guess I got to like the Angus character, huh?

    Here’s a wacky and wild thought: How about a political podcast featuring these elections featuring weekly commentary from Angus? Why can’t his character carry on this way? All you’ve got to do is put on your best Angus voice every week, Terry.

    In any case, thank you for an excellent book! It’s been appointment listening over the past few months. I’m also looking forward to the sequel.

  8. Terry Fallis says:

    Hey Bryan. What a trooper you are, listening til the bitter end! You’ve been very kind over the weeks of this podcast and I appreciate it. I’m getting high on the comments I’ve been receiving. Very cool… Planning for the sequel is just barely started but with the kind of encouragement I’ve received so far, I’ll probably forge ahead. Thanks again…

    Ter

  9. Dan York says:

    Terry,
    Brilliant… absolutely brilliant! I loved the ending as all the pieces came together and the hovercraft side plot suddenly played a key role. Very well done! I, too, am very much looking forward to having a copy to add to my bookshelves – and will definitely recommend it to my political friends down here in the US, even if your system is, oh, just a wee bit different. Regardless of the system, I think Angus is definitely the kind of politician we all wish we could have. Quite a fun read… and I’ll join the chorus in saying that I do look forward to sometime reading about the continuing saga of Angus, Daniel and friends…. 🙂

    Congrats!
    Dan

  10. Terry Fallis says:

    Thanks Dan, as always. I guess I’d better start plotting the next one…

  11. Congratulations, Terry, on publishing the last chapter and receiving all these fan letters. I am looking forward to buying your book from Chapters/Indigo someday soon! Will you autograph it?

  12. Terry Fallis says:

    Hi Donna,

    Thanks! You can count on a signed copy…

  13. Hi Terry!

    My wife and I just finished listening to the final episode of The Best Laid Plans.

    What a satisfying conclusion to a wonderfully entertaining tale! Thank you so much for putting this out there for us to enjoy over these last few months. You’re an excellent storyteller, and we appreciate you sharing with us. We’re eager to read the print version as well, once it’s out.

    Any plans to try making this into a movie? I’d love to see an irritated Angus shooing away reporters like flies or barrelling over the ice in his homemade hovercraft!

    Congratulations!

    ~Francis & Katie

  14. Terry Fallis says:

    Thanks Francis. Always nice to hear from my two northern-most listeners in Iqaluit. No plans to mount a movie of TBLP but you never know! I think any such lofty thoughts will at least have to wait until the novel is published in the next couple of months. I’ll certainly keep you posted. Thanks listening all the way through.

    Ter

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