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Friday, November 13, 2009

Friendly Fridays: Celebrations & Commiserations

Friendly Fridays are my new posts dedicated to you, my friends and followers.

I want to know what's going on in your lives.


What celebrations can I join in this week? If you've received good news, achieved a goal or made progress, I'd love to hear about it.

  • My writer pal Katie Ganshert received a very important phone call this past week. Top-notch literary agent Rachelle Gardner offered Katie representation, which she wisely accepted. Way to go, Katie! You can read her emotionally charged blog post here.
  • My author friend Laura Frantz, who wrote The Frontiersman's Daughter, returned home after a successful trip to promote her book at the Kentucky Book Fair. Glad things went so well for you, Laura.


Did you experience doubts or discouragement,
heartaches or hurts, sadness or setbacks this week? If so, I want to come alongside you with sympathy and cyber hugs.

  • Although I heard this sad news a couple of weeks ago, I want to offer my condolences to my frequent blog visitor Edna, who lost her beloved brother last month. Hugs to you, Edna. May the love of family and friends uphold you when you feel down.


Katie Ganshert said...

Thanks for celebrating with me, Keli! I've felt so blessed this week. This community of writers truly rocks!

Congrats to Laura! And my prayers are with Edna.

Have a super blessed Friday!

Donna M. Kohlstrom said...

Always love to hear good news and join in the celebrations for Katie and Laura!

My celebrations are in the love of daily relationships...husband, family and friends.

Commiserations are that one of my chronic illnesses has flared up and the medications have been increased but the medications don't seem to be working to help this time.

Jessica said...

Everyone is healthy here, which I think is awesome. Also, I think I'm getting through my mental block on the wip, so I'm excited about that.

As for concerns, money is one. Not a huge one, but just hoping to be wise with my spending habits, shopping, etc. :-)

Have a great weekend!

Jody Hedlund said...

Hi Keli! Thanks for taking a post to celebrate and commiserate with fellow writer friends. You are such an encouragement with your blogs. Thanks for all of your hard work!

Cindy said...

Thank you for sharing that news with us. There's been a lot to celebrate with other writers over the last few months.

Right now I'm celebrating the progress on my NaNo manuscript from last week. I'm so glad I got a good start because this week I've been sick (finally had to break down to go to the doctor) and when I got home from the doctor, my littlest was sick. We're hoping it's all over by the end of the weekend and we can start next week healthy. I hope you have a great weekend and you're feeling healthy, too!

Diane said...

Always the good and the bad. Glad you are feeling better and rejoicing with those who rejoice and mourning with those who mourn. :O)

Keli Gwyn said...

Katie, I'm sooo happy for you. I could feel your excitement in that memorable post. I doubt the soles of your shoes have seen any wear this week as you've floated on those cotton candy clouds of incredulity and have no doubt reminded yourself over and over, "Rachelle Gardner is my agent."

Donna, gentle hugs to you, since I don't know what ails you and wouldn't want to add to your pain. I have some local friends who struggle with FM, and I see from them what a challenge it is to battle chronic illness. My heart goes out to you. I lifted you in prayer and asked for relief from your suffering.

Jessica, I'm glad to hear everyone in your family is in good health. Congrats on making great progress on your wip. I hear you on the money concerns. Reports from Wall Street are encouraging, but it takes time for the realities of recovery to reach Main Street. I feel certain you'll continue to make wise choices because you're a wise woman.

Jody, every time I see your name or face in cyberspace, I feel a desire to squeal, happy dance and throw confetti. Your three book deal with Bethany House is uber exciting, and I'm thrilled for you. I trust the first wave of revisions continue to go well. I love following your journey on your awesome blog.

Cindy, sorry about the bug you and your littlest are sharing. No fun. I hope you both feel better soon. Congrats on making great progress on your NaNo project in spite of the fact that you're not feeling your best. That shows determination.

Diane, congrats on the award your blog took this past week. You give us much to think about, encourage us and entertain us. Well done.

Kristen Torres-Toro said...

Hey, Keli!

I know--I AM SO EXCITED for Katie!

I had a good week. How about you? I'm in the process of a HUGE life change--moving away and coming on staff with a missions organization--so there's a lot going on. Right now I'm waiting on God to give me direction as far as a living situation.

Edna, I pray that you feel God's arms wrapped around you in this time of grief.

Have a great weekend! Happy writing!

Edna said...

Thank you so much Keli for the encoragement, that really lifted my spirit.



Keli Gwyn said...

Kristen, what exciting changes are taking place in your life. May God bless you richly as you prepare to serve him in this role, and may He meet all your needs, especially your pressing need for a living situation.

My Gwynly, in his days BK (Before Keli), was on staff for two years with a missionary organization that ministers to American military teens whose parents are stationed overseas. Early in our marriage, we spent a summer in Germany serving as volunteers with a ministry that reaches out to U.S. soldiers. What a rewarding experience that was.

Keli Gwyn said...

Edna, my heart goes out to you in your time of loss. I trust you have wonderful memories of your brother and family members who are upholding you in these dark days.

Terri Tiffany said...

You are an amazing person for doing all you do for us writers! I received the nicest package this week from you--a total surprise!! SO that is my good news! Thank you!

Keli Gwyn said...

Terri, I was delighted to have you as my guest at Romance Writers on the Journey last week. You're one way cool person!

Eileen Astels Watson said...

Keli, you are truly a gift. I love celebrations and I celebrate both Katie and Laura's successes with you.

My prayers are lifted for Edna and her family.

For me, well, I reached the halfway point in my Nano Wip on schedule. Hurray for me. After church today, I'll be stringing Christmas lights and raking up leaves and concocting the scenes in my head for the second half of the book to make the next two weeks go by even smoother. Lord willing, I'll not be dealing with laptop issues over this time.

Blessings prayed for you, Keli!!! And, would love an update on your daughter is enjoying school and living away from home now.

Keli Gwyn said...

Eileen, congrats on making your NaNo halfway point with the word count you wanted. I hope your computer behaves itself and that the second half goes as well.

Christmas lights already? Wow! Where has the time gone. Of course, I'm very much looking forward to the season this year since the our daughter will be home for both our Thanksgiving celebration and Christmas.

In answer to your request, the Fashion Queen is doing well. There have been the usual bumps in the road as she adjusts to living away from home for the first time as well as the rigors of her college classes, but she's weathering them and learning a great deal about herself and life in the process. She's made some awesome new gal pals, is actively involved in a church with a great college group and is making her parents proud. Thanks for asking about her.

Laura Frantz said...

Keli, I was catching up on my favorite blogs and found your mention of me here and was so touched. Thank you for your thoughtfulness. You are a dear friend!!