Yesterday was our second official luncheon with the Writers’ Community of Simcoe County. Our guest speaker was Terry Fallis – who may be best known for his novel, The Best Laid Plans. It was crafted with such wit and wordsmith genius that it won the 2008 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour and was chosen as the Canada Reads 2011 winner. Terry has now published the sequel and following in his debut novel’s footsteps, his new political satire The High Road was no disappointment to his loyal readers or reviewers– in fact it was a finalist for the 2011 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour. Terry Fallis knows how to tickle your funny bone and get you to think. Who doesn’t love a man who can do that?
As for our speaker and what resonated – I think the strongest element of his message was that of tenacity, humility and faith in yourself (and a blend of perfection and impatience). These character strengths are essential in a writer’s survival. If I could only bottle his recipe and take a daily swig, I’d be in good form. I took notes though, so I’ll do what I can.
If you haven’t read a Terry Fallis novel yet (where have you been?) you can get them at your local bookseller, or check out his link: http://terryfallis.com/.
Tenacity, humility and faith in yourself…not a bad way to live life as well.