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Terzian is Winner of Dan Poybnter's 2012 E-book Award in multicultural nonfiction
7/14/2012 8:54:52 AM
"The Immigrants' Daughter" won Dan Poynter's 2012 Global E-Book Award.

I had been restless all week. I would miss a family baptism to go to Santa Barbara for Dan Poynterís 2012 E-Book Awards ceremony.  I had guilt feelings of running after butterflies, and destroying the grass under my feet.  What prompted me to take this two-hour trip that extended to three, due to traffic and road construction? What if I didnít make it? Tough, I braced myself. Youíre a winner already as a Finalist! Considering my respectable age, and my background as an ESL writer, I should be satisfied, no? but my heart wasnít listening to logic. Literature is an indefinable art unlike solving a mathematical problem.  One doesnít know which expressions will resound on a readerís emotional chords. 

I am competitive by nature. I cannot live with partial success. I have to be the best or my ego crushes. Yes, itís that fragile. ďYou cannot fail!Ē Father had hollered once, closing that avenue for me forever. I had to win or drown in shame. Now that I had advertised the event under duress, to explain my absence, I had to live with the results. No last minute editing. The book had gone digital ten months ago and nothing in its DNA could be changed now. I was at the mercy of the judges. I had nightmares of breaking down if I didnít make it.

 So, I sat furthest from the stage, and managed my heartbeats. The announcer went down the list, reading the projected names of Finalists and their books on the screen, announcing the winner in each category without Hollywood fanfare. I got used to the lull of the rhythm past the hour. As he started reading from the nonfiction authorsí list, my heart took a leap. I was one of two Finalists. The names appeared on the screen, next to the books, I braced myself, a split second  . . . and the winner is The Immigrantsí Daughter!

 Relief, euphoria, celebration.  Diana and I started talking with our tablemates, some of them winners too.  Dinner was cordial. In hindsight, it was not such a big deal really!



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More Blogs by Mary Terzian
• Which language first? - Monday, May 05, 2014
• Hacked but triumphant - Tuesday, January 28, 2014
• Can you Trust your Repairman - Wednesday, September 25, 2013
• Quo Vadis America? - Thursday, August 22, 2013
• Soothing wounds after identity theft - Monday, August 05, 2013
• A very insecure security key - Sunday, January 20, 2013
• 2012 in review - Wednesday, January 02, 2013
• In the Fall of Life - Monday, December 17, 2012
• In the Fall of Life - Monday, December 17, 2012
•  Terzian is Winner of Dan Poybnter's 2012 E-book Award in multicultural nonfiction - Saturday, July 14, 2012  
• Excerpt from "The Immigrants' Daughter" posted on Australian Website - Tuesday, May 01, 2012
• Chasing the silver linings in my clouds - Monday, March 05, 2012
• Review of 2011 - Wednesday, December 28, 2011
• Thrilling messages - Friday, October 28, 2011
• The Impact of Published Articles on the Writer's Mood. - Wednesday, March 16, 2011
• Ponderings, After Knee Repair - Wednesday, January 26, 2011
• Vacationing joy - Saturday, December 04, 2010
• Rainbows of Happiness - Thursday, September 09, 2010
• The communication tsunami - Monday, August 23, 2010
• Alternative hobbies - Sunday, June 20, 2010
• Book Club Meeting - Saturday, April 24, 2010
• Writers' Mood Swings - Saturday, March 27, 2010
• Ethnicity at Risk - Saturday, February 13, 2010
• Web addiction - Wednesday, October 21, 2009
• News - Saturday, July 11, 2009
• Author fulfillment - Monday, April 06, 2009
• Impressions from a trip to India - Tuesday, February 03, 2009
• Stretching the Comfort Zone - Tuesday, October 21, 2008
• Interview - Shobhan Bantwal - Thursday, October 09, 2008
• Traveling abroad - Tuesday, July 22, 2008
• Time to Write - Wednesday, May 28, 2008

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