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Thursday, December 30, 2010

The High Point of 2010: Great People!

Are you a great person? In my book, yes!

My year has been enriched by family and friends, but you, my cyber pals and writing buddies, are special to me. You share my passion for writing and "get" me in a way others can't.

As I reflect on the year that is fast drawing to a close, I'm reminded of wonderful times shared with wonderful people.
RWA® Nationals in Orlando ~ July
Me with my longtime critique partner and dear friend Anne Barton. I hadn't seen her since we met in person the first time in San Francisco two years before. I about bowled her over when she entered the hotel lobby in Orlando.
. I met many wonderful writers I've gotten to know online, including several of my Seeker friends. Pictured from left to right are Sandra Leesmith, Myra Johnson, Janet Dean, Me, Ruth Logan Herne, and Missy Tippens.

ACFW Conference in Indianapolis ~ September
Here I am with my new critique partner and special friend Jody Hedlund. What a thrill it's been getting to know her better and to share in her journey as her debut novel, The Preacher's Bride, was released.
. Rachelle Gardner is my agent extraordinaire. Meeting her for the first time was a thrill. She's even more beautiful in person than she is in pictures. And she's lots of fun, too.
. I got to hang out with some great gals during the conference, both blogging buddies and newfound friends. Being in the company of these wonderful women was a delight. Pictured from left to right are Wendy Payne Miller, Heather Sunseri, Catherine West, Anne Lang Bundy, Katie Ganshert, Sarah Forgrave, Jeannie Mood Campbell, Cindy R. Wilson, and Me.
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As I look forward to 2011, I anticipate sharing in many celebrations. I know many talented people and expect to hear plenty of good news, so I keep my happy dancing shoes handy.
Happy New Year!


Anne Barton said...

Orlando was so much fun! But then again, so are your emails and phone calls and blog posts . . . :) Thanks for counting me among your special friends!

Diane said...

Wishing you a wonderful New Year too with many unexpected blessings! :O)

Keli Gwyn said...

Anne, you've blessed my life in countless ways. I look forward to seeing you again in NYC. I'll try to behave myself and not plow into you full force this time. =)

Keli Gwyn said...

Diane, I'm sooo eager to do some happy dancing on your behalf. All the best to you in 2011.

Sarah Forgrave said...

Aw, you are so sweet, Keli. That dinner in Indy was a highlight of my weekend.

Sherrinda Ketchersid said...

Keli, you have had such a great year! I am so thrilled for you and all that God has done in your life! I am hoping I can give you a great big hug at the ACFW Conference this year! I'm starting to save up!

Keli Gwyn said...

Sarah, meeting you was one my ACFW conference highlights. You are such a dear!

Keli Gwyn said...

Sherrinda, how I hope and pray you can attend the ACFW conference in St. Louis.

Warning! When I see you, brace yourself because I'll give a high-pitched squeal, set my little legs to running, and crush you in a hug you won't forget any time soon. =)

Laura S. said...

Happy New Year, Keli!!! May 2011 be your best year yet!

Mary Curry said...

I don't know what blogger did with my response yesterday so I'll repost.

I had something about it being such fun to read your posts and look at your pictures. You can really tell how very much you enjoy the time you spend with fellow writers because your face just glows in all the pictures.

Best of luck to you in 2011!

Keli Gwyn said...

Laura, I wish you all the best in 2011.

Keli Gwyn said...

Mary, I'm sorry Blogger ate your comment. If it makes you feel any better it just made me enter a captcha word, my email address, and my password to enter a comment on my own blog. =)

Thanks for your kind words about my photos. I looked at some of them after the conferences and wondered if my grin could have been any wider. Well, in all honesty, there was also a thought about what a big mouth I have and some grousing about how the camera picks up the gray strands in my hair and makes them look like tinsel. =D

Missy Tippens said...

Happy new year to you as well!! And thanks for sharing your photos. It was great to see you again in Orlando, Keli. :)

Sandra Heska King said...

Great photos! I hope we'll be posting one of the two of us next year. :)

Myra Johnson said...

So true, Keli--wonderful to share the writing life with so many great friends! It's a joy to know you, and I'm glad we've had some opportunities to say hello in person! Wishing you a fantastic 2011!

Keli Gwyn said...

Missy and Myra, I was so excited to meet you in person at Nationals in Orlando. I look forward to seeing you again this year.

Sandra, I hope to see you at a conference this year. I've got a hug with your name on it.