Happy Thanksgiving, Wordplayers!

Happy Thanksgiving, Wordplayers!

Today, the United States celebrates Thanksgiving, which means I get to take a moment from the helter-skelter of life and reflect on everything I’m thankful for.

Thank you for the part you’ve played in my life this year, whether it was a self-deprecating writer joke we shared in an email, a tweet or a comment on Facebook, a book you purchased, or even just a silent visit here to the blog. I am very grateful for the energy, positivity, grace, and just general beawesomeness you share with me every day.

At the risk of leaving out about a gazillion of you, here are a couple shout outs to some of you in particular:

Writer buds: Linda Yezak, Steve Mathisen, Lorna Poston, Liberty Speidel, Johne Cook, Holly Heisey, London Crockett, Braden Russell.

Super commenters: Mirkwood, Garrett Amerson, Lyn Alexander, SteveG, Mary Ellen Latela, 80smetalman, Felipe Adan Lerma, S.J. Dunn, Kitti, Carol J. Garvin, Robert Easterbrook, Viktor, M., Janey Egerton, Marissa John, M.L. Bull, Andrea Rhyner, Evelyn, Suzan Robertson, Alicia Dugas–and so many more of you!

People who made me smile: Kurt Petrey, Karen Townsend Magro, Marie-Gaye Barton, Susan Brannock, Katharine Grubb, Johnny Eaton, Adrienne Nesiba, Christina Alexander, Meryl Franzos, Eric Stallsworth, Dutch Rhudy, Charvella Campbell, Ben Stoddard.

Fellow bloggers: Elizabeth S. Craig, Joe Bunting, Roz Morris, Christine Frazier, Jody Hedlund, Angela Ackerman, Becca Puglisi, James Scott Bell, Rochelle Melander, C.S. Lakin, Darcy Pattison, Ali Luke.

Professional team: Amy Ramer, CathiLyn Dyck, Damonza, Varick Design, Joanna Marie, Sonja Field, Penny Sansevieri.

Thank you, all–to everyone above and all the rest of you I don’t have space to name–for being a part of my year! Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving, Wordplayers!

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K.M. Weiland is the award-winning and internationally-published author of the acclaimed writing guides Outlining Your Novel, Structuring Your Novel, and Creating Character Arcs. A native of western Nebraska, she writes historical and fantasy novels and mentors authors on her award-winning website Helping Writers Become Authors.


  1. Happy Thanksgiving, Katie. Thank you for all of your inspiration, helpful posts, and teachings.

  2. Thanks for the thanks, Katie! The American tradition of Thanksgiving sounds like a great idea which we could benefit from in other countries.
    Happy Thanksgiving to all!

  3. Oh, wow, thank you for the shout out! Your blog is great and I’ve learned so much from it. Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. Thank YOU, K.M.! You are a gift to writers.

    • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says

      Aw, thank you. But, honestly, it’s the gift that keeps on giving. I get more out of it than anyone!

  5. Happy Thanksgiving! I too thank the Lord Jesus Christ for His love and grace. I also thank my family for their support and encouragement helping this fledgling writer. And to you, K. M. a big thank you for the information on writing you so freely give. My publisher has my fourth book in editing and he said it is the best work I have done. And you didn’t think I was paying attention to your instructions on writing. I hope your day is wonderful, and filled with peace, and joy, and always with a thankful heart, God Bless.

  6. It is people like you who make life more fun. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours and may life and love give you golden opportunities.

  7. Susan Brannock says

    Happy Thanksgiving, Katie! You’re a great writer, a wonderful teacher, and a supercool person who brightens the day for many people! It’s a blessing to know you. 🙂

  8. Happy Thanksgiving to you Katie. Even though I’ve been living in the UK for nearly 30 years, I still have a Thanksgiving dinner every year. Most of my British friends who have shared it with me over the years clearly appreciate why I celebrate it. What’s better is that my kids who are all grown up celebrate it. I’ve actually had three Thanksgiving dinners this year!

    • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says

      It’s a lovely holiday to celebrate. We could all do with a little more gratitude in our lives. 🙂

  9. I am so glad you had a terrific thanksgiving, full of peace and reflection over all that is good in the world. You are one of the very brightest pieces of the internet, Katie, and I am so grateful that your light touches mine and strengthens it so I can pass it on and help light others up too. You are a wonderful teacher, writer and friend! I am lucky to know you. 🙂


  10. Kinza Sheikh says

    Have a great Thanksgiving, I bet a lot of peoples out there would be thankful to have you today. (or yesterday? I’ve got dates messed up) 😀

  11. Thanks for the shoutout. As a Canadian I had thanks giving last month, but it’s good to be reminded of the things we’re all thankful for.

    I’m thankful that I’ve rediscovered my love of writing a few years ago, that I’m enjoying it more and more each time I sit down to write something, and that I’ve personally met others who also love writing.

    I’m thankful for sites like this, run by authors who like sharing writing tips and interacting with other hopeful authors.

    I’m thankful that my favourite X-men character finally has her own solo series again in the comics (All-New Wolverine).

    I’m thankful that, even if it’s not the greatest job in the world and I’m looking for something better, that I have a job.

    I’m thankful for a big extended family on my mother’s side, where everyone gets along.

    And of course, that no matter how bad the world gets, God cares about us and he wants to have a personal relationship with us.

  12. Susi Franco says

    Hoping your day was filled with all the things you regard as blessings…..know that to so many, you are a blessing too !
    I’m coming down the home stretch with ‘NaNoWriMo’…I have 7800 words left to complete the 50K. It’s been a grind but well worth what it’s coaxed me into producing. Thanks again for your wonderful insight & advice~

    • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says

      Hey, you’re totally going to make it! You go!

      • Susi Franco says

        DID IT !!!!!! 53,850 words !! And they’re good words, Katie, not chaff, I think~ ( The proof of that will come in January when I will allow myself to look at it with fresh eyes & begin editing…)

        Thank you again for your excellent mentorship…. 🙂 Best Wishes with “Storming”.
        Regards, Susi

    • Kinza Sheikh says

      I have just reached 40k. I am jealous. 🙁
      Had some medical conditions that has been and still keeping me from writing.
      P.S, I’ve learned plot points are the hardest for me to write. Barging straight inside the conflict actually makes me scared, does that even make sense?

      • Susi Franco says

        I hear you about medical conditions, Kinza….smack in the middle of “NaNo” my beautiful Siamese kitty boy of eleven years went missing here on my farm. In searching for him, I got two deer tick bites, was put on Doxycycline which caused me to have a Pseudotumor Cerebri, a rare side effect of doxy, causes brain swelling. I also found out last wk of Oct I have Type II diabetes and have been battling that with my own self-devised program. I found my kitty and had to bury him; a fisher cat got him.

        My commitment to NaNoWriMo was sorely tried many times during this month. I won’t lie; several times I thought, “No one will blame me if I drop out”.

        Except me. I woulda blamed me. Alot.

        So I did it anyway…..it was very hard but I actually did it. And being scared of self-created conflict is pretty normal, I think…..but then again I’m no expert.

        Hoping you’re feeling better soon,
        Susi Franco

        • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says

          Oh, wow, Susi! I’m so sorry to hear this. I hope you heal quickly (and that you found your cat). But wow–way to rock NaNo! You’re an inspiration.

          • Susi Franco says

            Thank you kindly, Ma’am. But you know…it helped me learn just how committed I am to telling this story, one I’ve been unable to attempt for the last 25 years. So there’s definitely some silver lining to be had out of all these dark clouds. 🙂

        • Kinza Sheikh says

          That must have been an awe-full experience. 🙁
          But you still rocked NaNo, that’s really amazing. Seeing strong authors like you is always a motivation. 🙂
          Hope you get better and find your cat. :’)

  13. Yay, Katie! You’re a peach… Btw Pre-ordered Storming! Looks like fun times.

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