Posted in Short Stories

My First Ever Micro Short Story!

good morning, cyberspace!

Today’s post is hopefully going to be severely, SEVERELY short, but — as I have slowly begun to understand — this is completely okay. I’ve been saying it numerous times lately, and I feel like it’s finally beginning to sink in (even if it’s sinking in a little slowly.)SHORT BLOG POSTS ARE PERFECTLY OKAY.

So today we are going to be doing just that! Partly because the blog post I’ve been working on all weekend (and sorely neglecting everlost for) was a total fail, which left me once again at Monday night without anything to post for this morning. And also partly because I don’t want to spend all of today writing the new blog post I’ve chosen, which is basically a giant update post on ALL OF THE THINGS everlost. That’s going to take a lot of time and graphics, and though I’m really excited to begin writing it, I want to spend today working on my book.

Because, as I said, it has been severely neglected over the weekend, and I now need to write 3,000 words in one afternoon just to catch up.


Posted in Writing

When We Struggle

photo credit: Hello I’m Nik

good afternoon, cyberspace!

You guys, I’m going to be blatantly honest with you. I’ve been having a really hard time getting posts written up lately. As I believe I briefly mentioned last week, it’s not that I have a creative block when it comes to blogging. I’m actually more excited about being a blogger right now than I have been in quite some time. But for some reason, every time I go to write one of the many posts I want to get scheduled, I just sort of. . .fizzle out of inspiration and drive.

Lately, my writing has been feeling sub-par at best. Every word I write feels wrong or forced somehow, and each time I think I’ve finally hit the right track, I end up backing over myself and deleting the paragraphs I’d spent the last fifteen minutes working on.

In fact, as I’m writing this right now, it’s Monday night. Mere hours before the deadline for this week’s blog post. And yet, even though I’ve been working on a blog post all day for tomorrow — a delightful little romp about what it’s like having a bird bean as a friend — something in my heart is telling me that that is not the post I should be writing.

Something is telling me that I need to be writing about the struggle I’m currently facing.

So guess what, peasants? Today we are going to talk about the struggle

Continue reading “When We Struggle”

Posted in The Smudged Thoughts PictoPrompter

The Smudged Thoughts PictoPrompter! — Episode V

good morning, cyberspace!

Today I have literally nothing to post.

I mean, it’s not that I don’t have any ideas. I have many ideas. Tons of ideas. My brain is a meatball overflowing with ideas. Obviously.

But all of those ideas require time and effort and graphics, and that, my friends, is not something I have at 11:10 on a Tuesday morning.

SO. We’re going to cheating just a little bit and doing a new episode of the PictoPrompter! Because these require minimal effort and yet are still fun. #hallelujah.

So without any further ado, let’s get right into it! Continue reading “The Smudged Thoughts PictoPrompter! — Episode V”

Posted in The Little Bookshop of Whimsy

The Little Bookshop of Whimsy — Episode 01. . .PROLOGUE

A quick note from Furious Kenzie. . .


swear I posted this yesterday!!!!!! I wrote this up, punched the Publish button, and then promptly closed out my window and left the room.

AND SOMEHOW IT DID NOT ACTUALLY GET PUBLISHED?????????? WHAT?????? I am so confused right now.

And also severely upset.


. . .

Okay. Fine. So this didn’t get posted yesterday. Whatever. I am sending it hurling out into the blogosphere today.

It’s not like I totally worked my butt off to get it read for yesterday or anything, ahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.

*punches computer in the face*


. . .and this has been — a quick note from Furious Kenzie. Please enjoy the rest of the smudge.


happy september, cyberspace!

As promised, I have something super duper special for all you lovely marshmallow fronds today!

And I know you guys are probably getting sick of me by now — two posts from Kenzie in TWO DAYS???? (#lies, apparently) What on earth is wrong with me? — but don’t worry. This is definitely not the new norm.

Like at all.

We’ll be reversing back to the one-post-per-month schedule here in a little bit, I can assure you. But for today. . .well, let’s just say that I’m really excited about what I’m about to show you. . .


(and if you don’t know what it’s a teaser for, then you obviously did not read the title page. what is wrong with you, peasant.)

And I know that I promised you guys that this thing would be officially up and running by August (and it is now the first day of September. . .aha.) — but let’s just say that last month was. . .weirdly packed.

And also that everlost has been severely demanding. So.

BUT I REALLY DO WANT TO WRITE THIS LITTLE SHORT THING! So we’re going to do it, one step at a time.

And step one begins today! But as I said, this is just a teaser. I don’t have any solid chapters drafted up yet, and once I do get them drafted up, I’m still going to be so absorbed with EV and possibly my BRAND NEW NANO PROJECT!!!! (*coughCOMINGSOON!cough*) to actually. . .you know. . .take the time to polish them up.

Which means that for the time being, The Little Bookshop of Whimsy is going to be slightly first drafty.

a.k.a it’s going to be absolutely atrocious ahahahahahahahahahaha–HACK.

But that’s not going to stop me from writing this, peasants!!! I’m low-key obsessed with writing random short stories, so even if it turns out terrible — and even though I have literally no clue how the plot of this story is going to go ahahahahaha — WE ARE STILL GOING TO GIVE IT A WHIRL.

So buckle up, my precious bits of peanut brittle! We’re gonna go on this adventure together. . . Continue reading “The Little Bookshop of Whimsy — Episode 01. . .PROLOGUE”

Posted in Blogging, Q&A's

Goodbye, August! Goodbye, Friends! (feat. the blogiversary Q&A, where i am going, and a few random tidbits of excitment)

Photo Credit: Jess Watters

I should really have credited the photo takers before now?? I’M SO SORRY YOU CREATIVE PEOPLE.

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good morning, cyberspace!

Guys. FriendsI think there are some things we need to talk about.

Say, for instance, this blog. And also how terrible I’ve been at running it lately.

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I know, I know, you’ve probably seen this coming for a while now. What with my posts becoming fewer and farther between, and the content being somewhat. . .undesirable, I think it’s safe to assume that we all knew this had to happen eventually.

We all knew it had to come to an end.

So after much debate — and after countless tears, I can assure you — I have been forced to make one of the hardest decisions of my life. Continue reading “Goodbye, August! Goodbye, Friends! (feat. the blogiversary Q&A, where i am going, and a few random tidbits of excitment)”

Posted in Blogging

Happy Blogiversary, Cyberspace!!!!


good morning, cyberspace!

And welcome back to one of the most glorious days in all existence!


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ASDFGHJKLASDFGHJKLASDFGHJKL!!! I can’t even believe it! Today marks the TWO YEAR ANNIVERSARY!!! for this wee little blog. . .! TWO. YEARS. I just. . .it doesn’t feel real, my friends. Two years ago, I created a blog. Me. The girl who finishes absolutely nothing has kept a blog somewhat running for two entire years.

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. . .

. . .it’s a miracle. . . Continue reading “Happy Blogiversary, Cyberspace!!!!”

Posted in Updates

Please Don’t Murder Me, Peasants (*insert awkward laughter here*)


good morning, cyberspace!

And welcome back to yet another episode of Kenzie Posts Super Duper Late and Hopes Her Angry Friends Don’t Rip Her Head Off With A Cheese Grater! I’ve got to say, this has probably been the longest running series I’ve done here on Smudged Thoughts. Let’s give me a nice, big, juicy round of applesauce applause, shall we?

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Thank you. Thank you. I’m expecting my golden trophy for World’s Worst Blogger in the mail any day now. However, to be fair, this blog’s tagline is “The Worst Blog in Cyberpace”. So. I mean we’re totally living up to our title these past few months, am I right?

Aha. Continue reading “Please Don’t Murder Me, Peasants (*insert awkward laughter here*)”

Posted in Life

All The Many Things I Have Learned From Preschoolers

good morning, cyberspace!

Today’s post is a little bit shorter than usual, folks. In fact, I have a feeling that a lot of my near-future posts are going to be slightly shorter than usual, which, if I’m being honest, is kind of depressing. I thought that once July ended, my proverbial plate would get a little lighter, but due to some very idiotic decisions* and a thirst for storytelling**, this has not come to pass.

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However, because I am nothing if not a DO ALL OF THE THINGS! kind of peasant, I have decided that even though it would be remarkably nice to go on a Hiatus during the month of August, I am not going to.

In fact, I completely and irrevocably refuse to. Because I just got off an? Hiatus. Obviously.

So while all my posts in the near-future might be looking a little less than (and possibly a little late ahahahahahahaha….hahaha…ha [blame my siblings, folks. they coerced me into playing Hello Neighbor yesterday. they’re evil. {jk. i love you, butts}]), I am still going to continue blogging through this slightly stressful time. I’m not going to promise that I’ll have a post out every week, because quite frankly, I’m not sure if that is going to happen. But I can promise that there will be a post at least every two weeks. I’ll shoot for every, but if all else fails. . .at least you’ll know I’ll be coming ’round the mountain eventually, amiright?


. . .

Now let’s move on to the actual meat of this post.

*more details on this are coming soon

**please see above. Continue reading “All The Many Things I Have Learned From Preschoolers”

Posted in StoryTime With Kenzie!

StoryTime with Kenzie! –The Day I (Nearly) Died

good morning, cyberspace!

GUYS. I FINISHED THE THING. *distant cheering* I know that I took waaaaay longer than initially intended for this post, and I am SO SO SO SORRY ABOUT THAT!!!!!! But seriously, if you even knew the entirety of the past couple weeks I had. . .

Ahahahahahaha. . .ahahahaha. . .ha. (please no one ever mention the words ‘wires’, ‘cement’, or ‘Uncle Francis’ to me ever again.)

But, I am not here to make excuses about my busy schedule (but i mean that’s kind of a valid excuse for not being able to post sooner, right? maybe? no?), nor am I here to complain about the day that I probably got heatstroke. Oh no. Today I am here for something much better.

Today I am here to tell you all about the day I nearly died. Continue reading “StoryTime with Kenzie! –The Day I (Nearly) Died”

An Announcement (Part Two)

good evening, cyberspace!

Once again we must come to you with unfortunate news. Last Tuesday we posted an announcement that said our newest smudge — StoryTime With Kenzie! The Day I Nearly Died — would be posted today. On Friday.

Like three hours ago.

Unfortunately, though every member of our staff has been working tirelessly all day today and yesterday (seriously, guys, I’ve been working on this basically since I got up this morning. I am fried.), we have been physically unable to finish the post.

The reason for this, we have decided, is because this is a story that is A) extremely close to our hearts (because it was so trauMATIC, OH MY GOODNESS), and B) one that we have been sitting on for nearly an entire year now, which has caused the post in question to expand to unnatural and quite abominable proportions.

meaning it is currently at over 4,500 words. ahahahahahahaha. help me.

SO. Because of our love for this particular StoryTime, we really, really, really, really do not want to rush the writing of it, even if that means we have to — once again — bump this post up a couple of days to give us some more time to get it right. And besides, this is literally the most fun we’ve had with any sort of writing project in a very, very long time, and we would honestly hate to lose this feeling of excitement and joy to the stress and brain-deadness of having to get a post out before midnight.

It is therefore with our deepest regrets and apologies that we must ask you to wait just a little bit longer for the StoryTime With Kenzie post.

We are so, so extremely sorry, but when it comes to posting a post that is mediocre today, or getting some sleep and posting a post that we absolutely adore in three days. . .

. . .we are totally choosing the sleep, guys, let’s be honest.

Once again, we must apologize for any possible inconvenience and continue to hope that you will not start a riot with three angry pigs and stab us in the toes with a rusty pitchfork in your burning wrath and fiery anger.

As always, we hope you have the most splendidest of nights, and we’ll see you all here on Tuesday.

And also possibly Friday.

And maybe Monday.

Who even knows at this point.

I’m so tired.


The Smudged Thoughts Team