Posted in Writing Tags

Voted Most Likely! — A Writer Tag

 good morning, cyberspace!

As you can most likely guess by the title of this smudge, today’s post is going to be extremely fun.

Just recently (literally yesterday. aha. #oops?), I was tagged by the amazing, the glorious, the absolutely FANTASTICAL Phoebe from over at So It Is (Re)Written to do her brand spanking new writer’s tag, Voted Most Likely!!

And let me tell you guys, this tag looks fabulous. I read through the post just this morning and immediately knew I had to participate. The questions are perfect. The GIF’s Phoebe used are perfect. The fact that I get to use my own original characters to answer this tag, rather than use a bunch of characters created by other writers is — you guessed it — perfect.

Basically every single thing about this tag is absolute perfection, and I just couldn’t wait until next week to post my answers.

Aaaaaaand I may or may not have been busy over the weekend, which means that a blog post did not get written for this week. So I mean, not only is Phoebe an amazing friend, but she’s also my lifesaver for the day. #yay!

So without any further ado (and because I’m super lazy and don’t want to write a giant intro) let’s jump right into the tag!!

*sploosh* Continue reading “Voted Most Likely! — A Writer Tag”

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Posted in Updates

A Special Announcement. . .

good morning, cyberspace!

To be honest, this is a blog post that I’ve been putting off for a very long time. I knew I would have to write it eventually, but between writing everlost and the overall busyness of the past couple months, I just haven’t found the time to sit down and write this post in the way that it deserves to be written.

And that’s not even mentioning the overwhelming flood of anxiety that grapples my mind every time I even so much as think about writing this post. This is something that’s very close to my heart, guys, and I know there are some of you out there who are going to believe it’s fake. There are some who are going to think it’s a joke because of certain circumstances of the past. There are some of you who are going to read this and laugh it off because it can’t possibly be real, right?

But I can personally assure you that it is real. It is true, and today, there are no more excuses for not saying it. There are no more methods of procrastination to keep me from writing this post.

So today I am finally baring my soul to you guys and telling you all what on earth has been happening in this crazy, hectic, absolutely beautiful life of mine.

And let me tell you what, folks. It’s a doozy. Continue reading “A Special Announcement. . .”

Posted in NaNoWriMo, Writing Tags

The NaNoWriMo Fanatic Tag! — Introducing Project Goblin

good morning, cyberspace!

IT’S OCTOBER, PEASANTS!!!!!! And I’m sure we all know what that means because obviously we all have the same mind and also i am extremely predictable and single-minded.

NANOWRIMO IS ONLY ONE MONTH AWAY, FOLKS!!!!! ASDFGHJKLASDFGHJKL!!!!!!!!

I can’t believe it. My absolute favorite time of the year #lies is nearly upon us. NaNoWriMo — the most glorious events of all events. The most glorious month of all the months. THE MOST GLORIOUS DAY OF ALL THE DAYS! — is almost here. And since I’m just barely on the verge of hopefully finishing everlost soon #lolmorelies, I think we all have a pretty good idea for what this post is going to be about. . .

THAT’S RIGHT, FOLKS. The Kenzie is starting a new novel!

WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT? Continue reading “The NaNoWriMo Fanatic Tag! — Introducing Project Goblin”

Posted in Updates

Oops? (feat. actual footage of me as a baby???)

 

Hey, guys! So due to a very busy weekend (I’ve been working on EV nonstop. It’s fun. *thumbs up*) I kind of sort of failed to scrape a blog post together for today.

Aha. OOPS.

So today’s post is going to have to be bumped to Thursday! And I’m kinda disappointed about this, cause like. . .this week’s blog post is really exciting for me. BUT I’M SURE YOU’LL LOVE IT WHEN I FINALLY GET IT POSTED, GUYS.

I mean, it’s definitely not going to be as sought after as next week’s blog post, but you know. It’s still pretty fun. It’s a giant post all about NaNoWriMo, so obviously there is no physical way this can fail, amiright?

However, since I choose to post nothing if not quality content every single week here on Smudged Thoughts, I decided that I’d share with you all a never-before-seen video clip of me as a smol child bean!!

Because this isn’t random at all.

Such quality. Much wow.

You’re welcome.

See you all on Thursday!

— Kenzie

P.S. Also can we just appreciate the fact that like. . .he totally didn’t take a bite of that first cookie at all? Where on earth did the crumbs come from if the cookie was still completely intact? And if your child — who is obviously still a baby — just inhaled like four cookies the size of their face at once, would you seriously go back to the kitchen and bring them yet another plateful? And then a THIRD? I mean, why is this woman just staring at the camera like she’s utterly helpless? YOU’RE LITERALLY ENABLING HIS COOKIE OBSESSION, LADY. Stop looking at me like I’m the one who did something wrong here. And also why on earth did you bake so many kinds of cookies. . .? Are you having a bake sale, or. . .?

And also I am seriously sitting here analyzing a Sesame Street video in the middle of the night. What on earth has happened to my life. . .

Posted in Writing

An everlost Update — Third Drafts, Stubborn Trees, and Organization, OH MY!

 

I feel like I’ve done that with a title before. . . aha.

good morning, cyberspace!

As promised, today is going to be a very rambly, slightly incoherent post about ALL OF THE THINGS that have been going on in the world of everlost. Over the past few months weeks, a lot has happened with my smol little book son, and though I can’t necessarily tell you guys everything that I’ve been struggling with and scheming and writing — because of spoilers, obviously. ain’t no one got time for that — I do want to continue doing update posts for this book.

Even if they are slightly vague and bizarre.

Because someday I’ll be able to look back on this conglomeration of posts that make absolutely no sense and think — Oh yes. I remember when I was struggling with that. What jolly good memories, chappie.

So even if it’s slightly rambly, I do hope you enjoy this very incoherent word vomiting of thoughts.

So let’s dive right into the madness, shall we? This post is massive enough without me writing a super long intro for it. *thumbs up* Continue reading “An everlost Update — Third Drafts, Stubborn Trees, and Organization, OH MY!”

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.

AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. HAHAHAHAHA. HA. I’M FINE. Continue reading “My First Ever Micro Short Story!”

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. . .

GUYS. OH MY GOODNESS.

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.

BECAUSE FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE I ACTUALLY GOT SOMETHING DONE ON TIME AND THE COMPUTER DECIDED TO GLITCH ON ME AND ASDFGHJKLSASDFGHJKL ARGH!!!

. . .

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*

*sobs*

. . .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. . .

. . .BECAUSE IT’S A TEASER!!!!

(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”