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Special Christmas Shout Out to Special Wordplayers

For me, the Christmas season is always a time for reflecting on the year and expressing gratitude for my many blessings. This year, I find myself giving thanks particularly for the Wordplayers in my life.

I am often overwhelmed by the kindness, enthusiasm, and generosity of the people I get to interact with on a daily basis. I don’t like making lists, since I inevitably forget people who should emphatically not be forgotten. But I would like to give a special shout out to a handful of Wordplayers who have made my corner of the writing community a brighter place this year.

They include:

Angela Ackerman

Porter Anderson

M.M. Ballasch

Susan Brannock

Joe Bunting

Joanna Coleman

Johne Cook

London Crockett

Chuck Davis

Jennifer Ibarra

Sam Jenne

Mariam Kobras

Melanie Martilla

Steve Mathisen

Marcus José Pinto

Jeffrey Poston

Lorna Poston

Becca Puglisi

Braden Russell

Liberty Speidel

Sylvia Stewart

Nick Thacker

Rich Weatherly

Linda Yezak

My thanks to them and all of you for being awesome, each in your own ways. Merry Christmas, Wordplayers!

Frohe Weihnachten

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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. Thank you! Merry Christmas!

  2. It’s gratifying to see my name in with such distinguished company. Thank you so much. Merry Christmas and have a fabulous New Year!

  3. Steve Mathisen says

    I am honored to be included and to be counted among your friends, Katie. You brighten up my life with your excellent insights, clearly stated advice and your wonderful sense of humor. Oh! And I really like your writing too.

  4. Awww, thanks, Katie! ((Hugs)) merry Christmas!

  5. Thank you, I am truly honored! Merry Christmas my friend 😀

  6. Thanks so much! I feel honored! Hope you get my little present soon!

    Meanwhile, hope 2014 brings all the best for you!

    Thanks for sharing this (your blog and your work) with us!


  7. Thank you! So much!
    I’m honored!
    Thank you for being with us, for being so kind, for your great work.
    I wish you a great 2014 with lots of success and happiness, love and peace.

  8. Thank you so much for including me, Katie! It’s a great honor. You are a wonderful friend and advisor.

  9. Thank you so much, Katie!! You’ve been such an inspiration and I continue to learn from you. All the best in 2014 :).

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