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Sunday, January 01, 2006


Mail on Sunday

What in the world? I wondered as I walked outside to pick up my Sunday newspaper.  A large white package was perched on the top of my mailbox.  It wasn’t on top of my box yesterday when my regular mail arrived. I suspect it was misdelivered and someone dropped it off on my box.  In any case, I was glad to see it and instantly knew what was inside.

Several months ago, I was assigned to write a lengthy story for Sports Spectrum. It took a number of calls and emails to line up that interview with Shane Doan, captain of the Phoenix Coyotes Hockey team.  The complication was not reaching Shane Doan but the added request from my editor to interview Shane’s wife, Andrea. The Doans have three small children so finally my interview was set up at a nearby McDonald’s. Admittedly it wasn’t your ideal setting for an interview but I managed to gather the content for my story.

Sports Spectrum Jan Feb cover

It was one of those experiences I’ve had repeatedly with interviews. The person I was interviewing had no idea how I was going to put together the story from the jumble of thoughts and stories. Yet I had a clear-cut plan of attack for eventually writing the story.  

Immediately following my interview, I took a few minutes to scratch down some outline points.  I used these outline points to ultimately write the story and the sidebar with it. From my years of writing for various magazines and my years as a magazine editor, I suspected this story could be a magazine cover story.  While I hoped it would happen, I didn’t write anything about it because I know often magazines shift those plans at the last minute. I was waiting until I saw the printed story—and it happened this morning. Yes, you can receive mail on Sunday—even the first day of a new year.

While the entire story is available only to subscribers, you can read the first portion online. During the interview (and toward the end of the story), Shane talked about participating in the Winter Olympics next month in Italy. A Canadian,  Doan was one of 35 NHL players selected to attend the Canadian Olympic Training Camp. “There are 700 NHL players and 67 percent of them are Canadian or 469 players,” Doan explains. “It was an honor to be one of the 35 guys to possibly play on Team Canada.” Shane has never been on this hockey team and at the time didn’t know if he would be one of the 24 players ultimately selected to play in the Olympic Games. “If I get a chance to play on Team Canada. I will be there.”

Since our interview, Shane was selected to play on Team Canada. It’s something to watch in the Olympic Games next month. For my writing life, I’m celebrating the honor of this cover story. In recent years, I’ve mostly written books with a few scattered magazine articles. It was a thrill to read this story—and a good start to a new year.

 

 

7 Comment:

At 2:05 PM, Blogger Gina Holmes Left a note...

That is a great way to start the new year. Congrats, Terry, very cool.

 
At 4:06 PM, Blogger Sara Left a note...

Congratulations Terry! There's nothing to compare to the feeling of seeing an article you've slaved away on finally see the light of day in printed form - and on the cover no less. Great start to a year that I have no doubt will be a great one for you.

 
At 6:00 PM, Blogger Cheryl Russell Left a note...

Congratulations Terry! What a cool way to start the new year.

 
At 12:34 AM, Blogger Camy Tang Left a note...

Congrats, Terry. Late Xmas present, eh?

camy

 
At 8:07 AM, Blogger C.J. Darlington Left a note...

I remember when you had this interview and the challenges of interviewing in a McDonalds. There's nothing like seeing your hard written story on the cover of a magazine. I had two stories of mine on the covers of the take-home paper that published them, so I can imagine what it would be like to have yours on the cover of a glossy. Sometimes writing can be so solitary, but when you see your words in print it makes everything worth it because you know that thousands of people can now be impacted by the words you pulled from your head in the silence of your office.

 
At 10:40 AM, Blogger Pam Kumpe Left a note...

Terry, absolutely great!!!

You are so encouraging and honest in your approach to sharing the writing life. God is rewarding your hard work. Wow!!!

Nice...

 
At 10:36 AM, Blogger violet Left a note...

Great feature success story - contragulations! And thanks for the added info about Shane Doan being a Canadian and on the Cdn. Olympic hockey team. I am one of those anomalies -- a Canadian who is not a hockey fan! But after this, I will be looking at the Cdn. Olympic hockey team with new interest!

 

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