Keli Gwyn
The Waiting Game

How do you handle waiting?NCIS

Most days I do OK with it,
but this is not one of them.

I’m waiting in many areas of my life,
and I’m not handling it as well as I’d like.

And what am I waiting for?

Here are just a few of the items on my list:

1. I’m waiting to find out what’s wrong with my heel. For the past two and a half months, I’ve been limping around. I saw the doctor a month ago, and he thought I might have a bruised heel. A return visit this week ruled that out. I’ll be undergoing an X-ray to see if it’s a bone issue. If not, I’ll be on an anti-inflammatory for a month to see if the pain goes away. If so, that will indicate I injured the tendons in my foot.

2. I’m waiting to get a green light to exercise again. I had to give up my walking a month ago due to my sore heel. Our ballroom dance class and my Curves workouts are out, too, until we figure out what’s wrong. I never thought I would miss exercise, but I do–greatly.

3. I’m waiting for the end of the school year, so I can spend more time with Gwynly. He often joins me on my walks, but he’s had to walk alone the past few weeks. I really miss that time with him.

4. I’m waiting for my hair to grow out. I changed hairstylists and didn’t communicate what I wanted clearly enough. The result was a cut with some “blending” that left sections of my hair much shorter than normal. Call me vain, but dealing with bad hair days for weeks on end is a bit depressing.

5. I’m waiting for several books to be released. I have plenty of them in my To-Be-Read stacks, of course, but there are some great stories coming out in the next few months that I’m eager to enjoy.

6. I’m waiting for NCIS season 10 to come out on Netflix. Gwynly and I were a bit behind the times and only recently discovered this awesome show. We’ve blasted through the first nine seasons and are eager to watch the next one.


Questions for You

What are you waiting for?

How do you handle waiting times?

Are you as captivated by NCIS as I am?

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Friday Fun: Book Launch Video

This week I received the video documenting the Book Launch Party and Old-fashioned Ice Cream Social I held when my debut novel released in July. My videographer dealt with not one but two computer crashes this summer, but he persevered. It was worth the wait.

I wish you all could have been there. As you’ll see in the video, we had more than enough ice cream for all of you.



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Friday Fun Post-Conference Style

The American Christian Writers Conference was awesome!

I’ve enjoyed reading the post-conference updates of others who were there.

One thing that’s stood out was how much fun everyone had seeing friends again and meeting online friends in person for the first time. I quite agree.

Here are but a few of the awesome people I was able to spend time with.
As you can tell from my mile-wide smiles, I had a blast.

Me with my lovely roommate, Sarah Forgrave.


Erica Vetsch and me at the Books & Such Dessert. Love her!


Lindsay Harrel, Casey Herringshaw, and Melissa Tagg. Awesomeness x3!!!


Me with Jessica Patch. Oooh, is she ever fun!


Me with Gabrielle Meyer. What a warmhearted woman.


Me with Marji Laine. They don’t come any nicer.


Me with Donna Pyle. She’s sunshine and smiles all in one.


Krista Phillips and Cathy West. Talented authors x2!!


Helen Gray and me. Yes, she’s the Helen who puts the coffee on in Seekerville each day. I told her she’s a celebrity.


The Awards Banquet and Awards Ceremony were wonderful. I was privileged to sit with two of Rachelle’s clients who were Carol Award finalists–and winners! I wept so many tears of joy I had to restock my tissue supply.

Me with double Carol Award winner Rosslyn Elliott–a class act!


Carol Award winner Lisa Jordan and me. What a sweetheart!


Love Inspired Senior Editor Melissa Endlich and me. Yes, I got to sit beside her at the Gala. I loved her dash to the table to grab her speech when her second author in a row won a Carol.


Another of my conference highlights was seeing my agent. We had a great talk.

Me with my agent, Rachelle Gardner. Doesn’t she rock that red?


I had some fan-girl moments. It’s hard not to when you’re surrounded by so many awesome authors who write amazing stories.

Me with NYT & USA Today bestselling author Julie Cantrell.


Dan Walsh and me. See what wonderful people you can meet at the ACFW conference?


The worship times are so uplifting.

The ACFW Choir. They blessed me BIG time!


And there were a few milestones moments for me, this being one of them.

Me with my debut novel in the ACFW Bookstore.


After five days of hotel food, I was happy to spot one of my favorite hangouts on my way home.

Me at Taco Bell in the Dallas/Fort Worth airport.


This was my third ACFW conference, and it was by far the best so far. Yeah, yeah. I’m sure I’ll say the same thing next year. I can’t help it. This is an awesome organization, and I’m thrilled to be a member of it.


What makes a conference a success for you?


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