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?

Keli Gwyn


  • 🙁 I’m so sorry about your heel. A nagging injury is so…frustrating. I hope the doctors can get to the source of the pain and help you out.

    I’m waiting on some things myself, and as you say, some days I’m okay at it, and some days…not so much.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Erica, thanks for your kind words. I’m eager to get back on my feet again–quite literally.

      I hope your waiting leads to some very good news in the very near future.

  • Terri Tiffany says:

    Waiting to get our house built! Waiting to see if my book is good enough.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Terri, I’ve been watching the progress of your house-building project on Facebook. It’s quite exciting. You must be thrilled.

  • Amber Perry says:

    Hey!!! Fun post! Yes, I know what you mean about waiting–its so hard! I guess God is trying to teach me patience in the little things so I can be better about the big things.
    Hope your hair grows out soon! HAHA That’s the hardest one of all I think! LOL HUGS!!!!!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Amber, thanks for empathizing on the waiting. Sounds like you can really relate. Thanks, too, for commiserating on the haircut. I’ve learned to be much more clear when I tell a stylist what I want.

  • What fun today, Keli!

    I’m so sorry about your hair!!
    Your poor foot! Ask if it could be plantar fasciitis. Okay, HOWEVER ever you spell that!
    I have given up TV. I don’t miss it at all. But Mark Harmon could read the phone book and I’d be fine.

    I’m waiting on a review, the Frasier results, and a few books, too.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Jennifer, thanks for the sympathy. I’ll take all I can get about now.

      The doctor ruled out plantar fasciitis on my first visit. We’re moving on to other possibilities. Had the X-ray this morning and am waiting for a call with the results now.

      I hope, hope, hope your name is on the Frazier finalists list. If it is, you’ll here me whooping and hollering out here in California. No, really. I may be small, but I’ve got a healthy set of lungs and can do an impressive job of making myself heard when I want to. 🙂

  • Julie says:

    So sorry to hear about your heel. Injuries take so long to heal sometimes 🙁 Hope you and your doctor find out exactly what is causing the pain and a quick treatment to get you back up and exercising.

    Love your waiting list! I am not a patient waiter either. I want it all to happen NOW! I have a few things I too am waiting for:
    1. I’m waiting for my daughter and her family to move near us again(happening soon, but after 8 years of living about 3 hours away I’m so excited for them to all be close)

    2. I’m waiting for my other daughter to get her locksmith business going. I’m not very patient about this one either as it has been a long process.

    3. I’m waiting to read a stack of books that I have gotten recently because I’m in the middle of a book and can’t move on until I am finished. I can’t read more than one at a time unfortunately.

    4. I’m waiting to shower today because I just don’t want to do anything!!!!

    I’ve seen NCIS a couple of times and really liked it but have not watched the series in order.

    Thanks for the fun post!!!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Julie, how wonderful it will be to have your daughter and her family closer. I’m sure you’ll enjoy having them near, especially if there are grandchildren involved. I hope your other daughter is able to open her business soon. And I hear you on reading. Those TBR piles can reach avalanche proportions at times, can’t they?

  • Keli, I’ll answer your questions in reverse. Yes, I am very captivated with NCIS and I am chewing the end of a pencil waiting to see how this season will end. There is a channel on my cable rouster that allowed me to catch up with the seasons I missed, since I just started watching in real time last year.

    I wish I could say that I am a patient soul and believe that all good things come in time. However, I am a hyper-active compulsive who wants to wiggle her nose and make this happen NOW. Oh well, not back to the real world. Hoe you get good news about your foot 🙂

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Florence, NCIS sure knows how to creative cliffhangers, don’t they? I cried at the end of season nine and had to go online to find out what happened at the beginning of season 10. I can’t wait until Netflix gets the episodes, so I can catch up to the present. I was delighted to see the show was renewed for another year. More of Gibbs and his team to come. Yay!

      If only we could wiggle our noses and make things happen. Alas, we live in the real world where waiting is a part of life–especially in the publishing world, right?

  • Keli Gwyn says:

    Thanks to all of you who have expressed well wishes regarding my heel. I received the results of the X-ray, and it turns out I have a bone spur. My doctor said I have a calcium deposit that’s attached to a ligament. I liken it to having a pebble in my foot rather than in my shoe. I’m being referred to a specialist. My regular doctor said I’ll likely have some kind of injection or surgery to remove the bone-like mass. I look forward to having this dealt with so I can walk pain-free once again.

  • Beth K. Vogt says:

    Hi, Keli, I can understand waiting for your body to heal. I am waiting for my injured back to heal — and I’ve been told it will be a slow process. Of course, I hope that won’t be true for me — that somehow I’m exempt from that diagnosis. The reality is, I can’t rush healing … and so I must accept the waiting.
    And NCIS? I’ve watched it some. They’re beginnings always intrigued me. And they certainly know how to develop strong characters.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Beth, I’m so sorry you’re dealing with back pain. Gwynly has from time to time, and I know how hard it was for him. I hope healing comes quickly.

  • I don’t do waiting very well I’m afraid. Right now I am waiting to go on holiday to Spain with my dear hubby. Sorry about your heel, hope they find out what is wrong and fix it soon. Having gone through 8 months of dealing with a broken ankle, I can relate.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Darlene, how exciting to be looking forward to a trip to Spain. I’m sure you’ll have a great time and make many wonderful memories. But first comes the anticipation.

      I’m sorry you had to deal with a broken ankle. It sounds like it was quite an ordeal. I hope you’re fully healed now.

  • Marji Laine says:

    I’m so sorry about your heel. I find when I’m waiting on something big, like health issues, to pass, that I’m sensitive (and usually unwilling) to wait on anything else. I love the way that Dr. Seuss added his warnings about “the waiting place” in OH THE PLACES YOU’LL GO.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Marji, thanks for the encouraging words. I will admit that not being able to walk without pain does color my view of the world a bit. At least I have a diagnosis now and will get the help I need. That’s a good thing, because I have some wonderful places I want to visit when we go see our daughter while she’s working in France next year.

  • Oh Keli…I am so sorry about your heel pain, but am glad you got some answers (I’ll admit when I first read your post, I immediately thought about a bone spur). 🙁 I will pray for you, and sure hope you’ll get some relief soon! ~ My sisters love NCIS but I’ve never watched it. ~ I’ll admit I don’t handle waiting very well *sigh*–right now I’m waiting to hear about some writing submissions, so I keep reminding myself that the Lord knows best, and it’s all in HIS timing. 🙂

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Patti Jo, I never knew anyone with a bone spur, so I didn’t think about that option. Although it makes walking painful, a heel spur is not as bad as some of the possibilities that were being considered.

      I feel for you on the wait to receive writing news. I hope you get some good news in the near future.

  • Susan Mason says:

    So sorry to hear about your foot, Keli. I know from my mother how important foot health is. She used to be very active and for over a year now, she can’t do anything. She’s had an infection on the bottom of her foot that won’t heal and finally had a toe amputated in February.

    Hope you’re all fixed by September for the conference!

    My patience is finally being rewarded and my son is getting better! Praise God. He’s been at home since before Christmas with severe migraines and just this past week has started going out with his friends again. Of course the beautiful weather helps! Now to get him back to school. The mornings are the hardest for him.

    P.S. Are you by any chance waiting for a book contract to happen?


    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Sue, I’m so sorry about your mother’s foot troubles and resultant surgery. I hope the infection is soon a thing of the past and that she’s up and about free of pain.

      I’m glad your son is doing better. I suffered a few migraines back in my twenties and know how painful they are. I can’t imagine having dealt with them for as long as he has. What a joy it must be to see him getting out again and being able to think of returning to school.

      As to your question, aren’t most writers perpetually waiting for contract news? If not that, it’s an email from a prospective agent, a contract final, or feedback from a CP, right?

  • Sorry about your heel, Keli! Prayer and hugs your way. I am waiting for summer! I’m ready for later and lazier days. 🙂

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Jess, thanks for the kind words and the prayers. I hear you on waiting for summer. The more relaxed pace is mighty nice, isn’t it?

  • Anonymous says:

    Sorry to hear about your heel. I hope you have a fast recovery.

    I love NCIS. I introduced my husband to the show several years ago when we were dating. Now we tune in every Tuesday night.

  • Brandi Boddie says:

    Whoops! I clicked post comment by mistake.

    Sorry to hear about your heel. I hope you have a fast recovery.

    I love NCIS. I introduced my husband to the show several years ago when we were dating. Now we tune in every Tuesday night.