Posted in Writing

Welcome To The Magic Of Smudged Thoughts…

“We’re All Mad Here…”

–The Cheshire Cat

You have been transported through the fabric of time and space, through reality and fiction, and landed somewhere in between it all. Somewhere where nothing truly makes sense, where madness reigns, and where everyone is the better because of it.

This is the land where dragons roam the skies, gnomes hide inside hollows, and elves lurk in dark forests. This is a world touched by magic. A world unlike any other.

Welcome to Smudged Thoughts.


Posted in Poetry

A Virus! A Virus!

Good morning, Cyberspace! Something rather fascinating and unexpected happened to me this past week.

I died.

Literally. I caught a flu and a cold at the exact same time, and I died. If you can imagine being clobbered in the stomach by Dominick the Italian Christmas Donkey and then shoved off a 40,000 foot precipice, only to land in a pile of mucus and chest congestion, then you can understand about 20% of how I felt over the weekend.

You might also understand, perhaps, why it is that I don’t really feel like putting a lot of effort into a blog post this week. (Note the unprofessionalism of the header image [and the pale, undead complexion of my skin fibers])

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Posted in Uncategorized

The Arts and Crafts Center Polls

Hey there, Cyberspace!

Today we’re going to be doing something a little bit different. And when I say ‘a little bit different’, I mean ‘majorly different’.

As in, strap yourself into your hazard suits, folks; we’re going on an adventure.

You may remember a couple months ago when I mentioned starting up the Arts and Crafts Center here on Smudged Thoughts. Maybe you’ve been waiting patiently for my first bookish craft tutorial to be posted.

Maybe you’ve completely forgotten about the whole thing and honestly couldn’t care less whether I made craft tutorials or posted a video of me stuffing my face with cheerios.

Well, today we’re going to find out how you really feel.

Below you will find two polls. The first is about which type of craft you would prefer me to post on, and the second is for what kind of things grab hold of your intrigue and make you squeal like a fangirl.

Or a baby piglet. Each is an acceptable option.

This is my first time doing a poll, so I really hope you guys participate and help me out here. I’d really like to know what kind of crafts I should be posting, or whether I should just stick to my normal posts for a while.

Alright! I think that’s about everything… So, without further ado, the polls!!!

The North Poll:

The South Poll:

Well, that’s pretty much everything. I have no idea how to end this post, so I’ll just throw cookies at you and leave.

*throws cookies at your face and disappears*

Alrighty then! Do you have any additional thoughts on these polls, the Arts and Crafts Center, or Smudged Thoughts in general? I’d love to hear anything you have to say! Even if it happens to be screaming at me to upload a video of me cramming my face full of cheerios.

A very happy shout-out to monkeyeverything for sharing the ancient secret of poll-making! I shall forever be in your debt, dear friend!


Posted in Writing, Writing Tips

Murdering Mary Sue (and other annoying stereotypes)

Happy Valentine’s Day, Cyberspace!

I spent over two hours yesterday writing this blog post before finally realizing that today is Valentine’s Day, which means that, like any sane blogger, I should probably do something about Valentine’s Day.

I am not a sane blogger.

So today I’d like to completely disregard that it is Valentine’s day for a few moments and go over something that has been on my mind lately.

Murdering Mary Sue.

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Posted in Poetry

The Song of Stars: A Poem by Me

Good evening, Cyberspace!

Today I’m going to be doing something that I’ve talked about doing quite a while now, but haven’t gotten around to actually executing.

I am going to share a poem that I wrote with you.

Now, I know I mentioned opening up a Poet’s Corner a while ago (because, seriously, how cool does that name sound???), but after being honest with myself, I really haven’t written enough poems in my life to consider myself that big of a poet. In fact, the total number of poem’s under my belt is a grand tally of four.

Four poems. And one of them is about a cold virus. Continue reading “The Song of Stars: A Poem by Me”

Posted in Reasons and Things

Six Books That I WILL Conquer In 2017: The Classics (and Eragon)

Good afternoon, Cyberspace!

Now, there’s something about me that most of you probably don’t know, and that is that I have a very rare mental disease in which I cannot seem to finish anything I start.

I’m like Professor Calamitous from Jimmy Neutron. (Please tell me I’m not the only one who remembers Professor Calamitous)

Seriously, though.  It’s a problem.

And though this deadly disease is probably just laziness on my part rather than an actual mental problem, it still affects a very large part of my life: writing; any creative project ever; resolutions I make; plans; and yes, most devastatingly, my reading life.

Terrible. I know.

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Posted in Writing, Writing Tips

How To (sort of) Get Away With Murder: 13 Fun and Easy Ways To Kill Off That Character

Good morning, Cyberspace! I’ve been thinking lately, and it seems like I am constantly talking about how I’m secretly plotting the demise of my characters and/or the human race in general, yet I never once wrote a post on how to actually kill them off. (My characters, not the human race [I’m a writer, not a psychopath {actually I am a psychopath, but that is currently irrelevant.}])

Odds are, you’ve already killed a couple people characters in your illustrious writing career. Killing characters isn’t new to you. You don’t need a refresher on how to murder them. In fact, you’ve probably gotten so good at it that you have trouble not killing them off.

But, as with everything, there needs to be diversity. You can’t just shoot everyone in the chest and expect people to not get bored. Guns? Those are so 1,000 years from now. No, you need something different. Something new. Something no one has seen before.

And that, dear cyborg, is what I am here for.

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Posted in Reasons and Things

Six Impossible Things That I Believe In (before lunch)

“Sometimes I’ve Believed In As Many As Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast.”

— Alice

Good day, Cyberspace! It is once again Monday night Tuesday, which means that I need to stop procrastinating and write this stupid blog post have written a remarkable blog post to share with you guys.


By the way, is it just me, or does it seem like the Tuesdays are getting rapidly closer with increasing fervor? It feels like just two days ago was Tuesday.

Yesterday was Tuesday.

Today is Tuesday.


It is my theory that this is a governmental conspiracy designed to kill Tuesday bloggers by forcing them to deteriorate into nothing more than a pile of sludge from typing too much.

This is obviously a strikingly accurate theory.

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Posted in Writer's Life, Writing, Writing Tips

I Am No Longer A Writer.

I have a confession to make, Cyberspace.

I am no longer a writer.


I know, I know. How dare I, the Smudgiest Thought, type those words in that precise order? How could I even think that I was not a writer? I’ve got the blog, I’ve got the notebooks, I’ve got the pens and pencils and all the office supplies needed for writing. I have every single thing necessary to be a writer.

Everything except the time to actually sit down and do it.

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Posted in Updates

2017: The Sunset Year

Happy New Year, Cyberspace!!! It is officially a brand new year full of fresh experiences, adventure, and–of course–magic.

And not only is this year brimming with magic and destiny, it is glowing with the color of a sunset

That’s right, folks. 2017 is The Sunset Year.

Can you see it? The hazy glow of an orange sunset, spiked with swirls of pinks and yellows as the burning hydrogen gas ball we call a sun sinks lower beyond the purple mountains? Can you feel the gentle brush of wind as the sky is splashed with bursting color?

That is what this year looks like to me. Colors. Swirling pinks and purples and brushed orange and soft yellows. This is the year of color.

And it is also the year of creativity.

See, my goals for 2017 are extremely extensive, and my plans for Smudged Thoughts are even wackier, so without further ado, let us talk about all of them.

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Taking A Break (because I am an exhausted bean…)

Good afternoon, Cyberspace! As some of you may have noticed, I’ve been failing to hit my usual Tuesday blog posts. This is not, as some of you may believe, due to my usual problem (*ahemprocrastinationahem*[okay, maybe a little bit]). Rather, it is because of one of the most stressful jolliest times of the year!


That’s right, folks. This Sunday is Christmas, and I could not be more excited!

Or stressed out.

Because I am making gifts for about a million different people, and I am not even close to being done yet.

*distant sobbing*

So, as I am going to be kicking it into high-gear over the next couple of days, I’m not going to be able to keep up with my blog posts for a while, which means that Smudged Thoughts–The Worst Blog in Cyberspace–shall be out of commission.

For the rest of the year.

I know, I know. It truly is a shame. But don’t you cry, sir, because next January (January 3rd, to be precise), Smudged Thoughts will be back up and running with a wonderful post about something! And, with a little luck, my arts and crafts section will be ready to go, too.

(Because everyone knows people become magically crafty on January First, right?)

However, before I take a bow and leave the Smudged Thoughts studio for the rest of the year, I would like to thank each and every one of you who have followed/read/commented/liked this blog. I honestly thought, when I first created Smudged Thoughts, that it would be a giant flop. Yet here we.

Thank you all so much for accepting me into the great and terrible void known as Cyberspace. May God bless you and your family, and may you never forget the true meaning of this wonderful season.

It’s not about the presents, or the food, or even spending time with our families. Christmas is about the birth of our Savior. It is about God sending us His one and only son so that we could be saved, even though we did not deserve it. Christmas is not just another commercial holiday; it is a miracle, a hope for a world that is dying.

It is love.

Thank you again for all of your support and kindness! I hope you all have the merriest of Christmases, and the happiest New Year!

I shall see you all in 2017!

Merry Christmas!!!

*throws cookies in the air and disappears*