this writer’s take on gratitude

Thanks to reader, “Lindy Lou” for reminding me that I was late with this week’s blog post. I’m grateful that she (and hopefully others) actually miss the posts when they don’t arrive for a weekly visit.

Actually, I’m grateful for a lot of things, and so gratitude will be the subject of this week’s blog.

Doreen Pendgracs speaking at the book launch

Doreen Pendgracs speaking at the book launch of “Before You Say Yes …”

The big launch for “Before You Say Yes …” — my new book for directors of non-profit and volunteer boards — was held last night at McNally Robinson Booksellers in Winnipeg. What a terrific turnout! I was told by the event coordinator that it was one of the largest launches for a single author that they’ve hosted in Prairie Ink, the fantastic full-service restaurant at McNally Robinson Grant Park. The venue is perfect for book launches. Thanks to author friend, Irene Gordon, for encouraging me to have my launch at this venue. Irene will be launching two of her books in Prairie Ink on May 3rd.

I am so grateful to the 70 or so friends, family members and colleagues (most of whom are also good friends) who turned up for the event. And especially grateful to those who bought books. It was really gratifying to see everyone line up and shell out their hard-earned money for the fruits of my labour. Almost every copy of the book in the store was sold! Hopefully, McNally’s will order a new batch of books to meet demand for the book as the word continues to spread.

If you are on a non-profit board, are considering serving on one, or know someone who is volunteering on a board, please help spread the word about the book. And if you couldn’t attend the launch, but are interested in the book for yourself or someone else, you can order a personally autographed copy here on this site.

If you like what you read, please consider posting an online review on Amazon or Chapters/Indigo to let others know. You’ll find my Amazon page.

I am filled with gratitude for my Toastmasters training, as it helped me deliver a fairly decent presentation last night. And as my presentation was primarily one expressing gratitude, I am also grateful that one of my Toastmaster friends offered to evaluate my speech, as it nicely fulfilled the requirements for a project in my advanced manual. I’m always grateful for the ability to turn a speech or presentation from another facet of life into a successful Toastmasters assignment. If you are a writer or author (or anyone who has occasion to speak in front of a group of people), do consider joining Toastmasters as it will help you considerably with making presentations, giving workshops, and launching any literary efforts. To find a TM club near you, visit

I am also grateful to the Parliamentarian Toastmasters Club (PTM) of Winnipeg for rescheduling their regular meeting so that they could attend my launch. Thanks to PTM member, Roger Woloshyn, for being a contributor to the book, and to PTM president, Dorian Guerard, for presenting me with a copy of “Robert’s Rules of Order In Brief — Newly Revised” as it is the book that Roger recommends in Chapter 3 of “Before You Say Yes …”

I am also grateful to Dundurn Press and McNally Robinson for jointly hosting the launch. Dundurn Press should be commended for the stellar job they did on the design and production of this book.

And finally, I am grateful to everyone who has signed on as Facebook fans of BYSY. We’d love to have you join us — and join in on the conversation. We’re waiting for you at:

I wait in grateful anticipation today for the Interlake launch of BYSY, to be held at 7:30 tonight (March 23, 2010) at the A-Spire Theatre in Gimli. Thanks to Tergesen’s for arranging an exciting multi-author event. It should be a wonderful evening.

Here’s hoping my own expressions of gratitude will inspire some of your own. What are you grateful for this week?

Doreen Pendgracs

Known throughout the Web as the "Wizard of Words", I've been a freelance writer since 1993. I'm currently researching and writing volume II of "Chocolatour: A Quest for the World's Best Chocolate". Volume I was published in September, 2013.

7 Responses

  1. wizardofwords says:

    Thanks for your comment and support, Trudy. (Somehow I missed your comment when it was first posted.) I apologize for the delay in my response!

    I came across an interesting site on gratitude with a video full of inspiring thoughts. Thought you and all might be interested in viewing:

    Grateful for everyone's support,

  2. Trudy says:

    So glad it went well Doreen – I knew it would – and that sales were so good. You certainly demonstrate how hard work and the right attitude pay off. Trudy

  3. wizardofwords says:

    Hi Irene: Thanks for your comment.

    Yes, I find there is no need to read excerpts from my books as I write in the same style and fashion that I speak. And as the contents of the book are clearly laid out in the TOC, I feel the attendees/readers can find out about the book by skimming that, and are probably more interested in the influences that have helped me write the book.

    You're telling historic stories, so giving the readers a feel for your style of storytelling at a launch is a good idea.

    Thanks for attending the Wpg event and your help in making it such a resounding success.

  4. Irene Gordon says:

    It is great to know that your launch went so well and to chat with other friends who were there, Doreen. Thanks so much for your mention of my books and my upcoming book launch. I certainly agree with your comments, Suzanne.

    It is interesting how different my luanches have been to yours — obviously a function of the different types of books we write. While I begin by thanking people and saying a bit about how I came to write my books, most of my time is spent reading brief (hopefully exciting or amusing) excerpts that I hope will give listeners the flavour of my book and make them want to read it.

  5. wizardofwords says:

    Yummm. PB muffins sound great, Bonnie. Sorry you didn't make it to the launch. We will hook up soon. I will advise my publisher that we have had a request for an audio version of the book and will get back to you.

    Thanks for sharing your comments, Bonnie, and also to Suzanne, who is a terrific supporter and friend. And hopefully soon … published author.

  6. Suzanne Boles says:

    I'm so glad your book launch went well. I wish I could have been there with you, but you know I was thinking about you.

    As always, you turn a blog into an opportunity talking about gratitude and your ToastMasters club and other friends; even promoting Irene's books. How great is that! You deserve the best. Can't wait to read your book.

  7. Bon82 says:

    So sorry I could not make it to the book launch. Congratulations on an excellent turn out! We will have to try to meet up some time, though. As an aspiring writer, I have a million questions to ask a successfully published author! 😀

    I have a friend who is blind that is very interested in reading Before You Say Yes and was wondering if the book is published in a format that he could use. Is it in audio format?

    I like to take time to think of what I am grateful for and often do so. There are the things I am always grateful for such as my health, my family, my friends, etc but this week I am grateful for just a few days left of classes, my discipline, the sun shining, and peanut butter muffins! 🙂

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