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One year ago…


On March 27th, 2008, I was in Montreal on business doing a few presentations for one of our clients.  I’d remembered that morning that it was also the day that the shortlist was being announced for the 2008 Leacock Award for Humour.  I was sitting in a boardroom after my first presentation and had about half an hour before my next one was to start.  So I did a Google News search and discovered one lonely story from the Orillia Packet & Times.  There was a photograph in the story.  The photo showed a display board where the book covers and  author head shots of the five finalists for the 2008 Leacock Medal had been mounted .  My eyes were immediately drawn to the TBLP cover and my ugly head shot in the bottom left hand corner of the board.  Then I very nearly passed out.  You can see the photo above and read my reaction in the blog post I wrote later that night.    Trying not to be too melodramatic, it was a day that changed my life.

One year on, I give thanks every day for my good fortune and for all that has happened in my life as writer in the wake my Leacock shock.

2 responses to “One year ago…”

  1. Congrats on the anniversary of your change of life, Terry.

    And I can tell you it changed my life too. For the last year, I meet at least 2 or 3 people every week who look at the company name on my business card, Thornley Fallis, and congratulate me on the book and the Leacock award. You’ll be pleased to know that I always thank them graciously and tell them that I hope they’ll buy the sequel. 🙂

  2. Dave Fleet says:

    Congratulations, Ter!

    I’m just waiting for the day Joe starts signing autographs as you 🙂

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