An Announcement

good evening, cyberspace!

Due to a very busy week and an exceedingly gruesome weekend, us writers here at Smudged Thoughts have been unable to sit still long enough to produce a decently written smudge for this week. It is therefore our unfortunate duty to inform you that this week’s post has been bumped to Friday. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience, and hope that you will return here in three days time to hear the completely unexaggerated tale of how Kenzie nearly died.

Thank you for your continued patience and support.

Sincerely,

The Smudged Thoughts Team

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Posted in Writing Tags

The Get To Know Me Tag (Writer’s Edition!)

good morning, cyberspace!

As you can most likely already decipher from today’s lamely transparent title, today we are going to be doing the Get To Know Me Tag! (writer’s edition!)! Because I love doing tags. And I am a writer.

And also because I needed a cop-out post this week since my life has been super crazy hectic and I have not had a chance to come up with something clever and original.

Seriously, guys, I literally cannot even remember the last time I was able to sit down for a solid period of time and work on my book. It has been days. It has been weeks. IT HAS BEEN AN ETERNITY. But — thank the stars — my life finally looks like it’s about to calm down again (assuming I don’t get killed with a jackhammer over the weekend. . .? #demoday)which means that not only will I be able to work on everlost here in the next couple days, but I ALSO have something super special planned for next Tuesday!

Something glorious! Something spectacular!

Something suspiciously like the second installment in the Storytime With Kenzie! series. (*hint hint*)

So. If you can just bear with me for today and let me do this happy little tag, then I can personally assure you that next week you will be able to hear all about the frightening and woeful tale of how I nearly died. Sounds fun, amiright?

So without further ado and guilty apologies, let’s dive right into the tag! Continue reading “The Get To Know Me Tag (Writer’s Edition!)”

Posted in blogging

Since I’ve Been Gone. . .

 

good morning, cyberspace!

and welcome to July! In case some of you missed my last post (in which i detail everything about my recent hiatus) I have officially returned to the blogosphere.

. . .and it feels so, so good.

I’ve missed you guys. I truly have. Although my Hiatus was definitely not refreshing and creatively filling for my poor raisin of a brain, I have missed this constant struggle of coming up with a new post idea every week. (lol, it’s monday, again, guys. SURPRISE!) Of course, I was supposed to take last month’s hiatus as an opportunity to backlog some new posts for July-August, but apparently I am a pathological liar and basically did nothing productive for this blog at all during June.

Which I am honestly not all that surprised about.

And so, it stands to reason that I also lied about something else. Let’s roll the quotes, shall we? Continue reading “Since I’ve Been Gone. . .”

Posted in Writer's Life

12 Things I Learned In 100 Blog Posts

good morning, cyberspace!

Today marks a very important moment in Smudged Thoughts History, my friends. On this very day, by the time I hit that massive PUBLISH button glaring at me angrily, Smudged Thoughts will have officially hit 100 posts.

And I am screaming.

I can’t even believe this blog has stuck around this long, to be honest. For those of you who know me, you’re already well aware of the fact that I am a flighty little octopus. I like to do ALL OF THE THINGS! which means that I basically end up doing NONE OF THE THINGS! as I will have dropped whatever it was that I was squealing mercilessly about three days ago by the time I actually decide to follow through with it. So the fact that Smudged Thoughts didn’t just miraculously drop off the face of the planet three months into publication is a massive electrical shock to my instability.

This blog shouldn’t even be here, guys. It should have been swallowed up by the giant maw of Cyberspace and lost to the swirling vortex of projects gone wrong a loooong time ago.

And yet. . .here we are. I’m still blogging. I’m still posting. I’m currently working on updating my webpage so that it feels a tad bit more cartoony and adorable and Kenzie-esque. So — horror of all horrors — it looks as though I’m sticking around for a while.

Which is good. Because I don’t think bombing out right after hitting the 100 post milestone would help out my unstable track record very much.

But anyway. Seeing as though this is my 100th blog post, I have humbly decided that obviously I am a master at this whole blogging thing, and therefore have ALL OF THE ANSWERS when it comes to the art and craft that is owning a blog. (obviously. it’s not like i’m still a newb at this at all. *nervous eye-twitching*)

100 posts* teaches you things, my friends. Sometimes it’s good things. Sometimes it’s not-so good things. Sometimes it’s spam comments. And since I am nothing if not a lovely, calm, completely helpful bean, I think it’s time that I impart all of my blogging wisdom upon your smol soul. 

(because i am obviously a professional when it comes to blogging and am definitely not a smol little newb in any way, shape, or form lol)

*let us completely ignore the glaring fact that I’ve only written 99 posts hahahahahahaha everything is under control here Continue reading “12 Things I Learned In 100 Blog Posts”

Posted in Book Tags

The What If. . .? Fantasy Tag

good morning, Cyberspace!

Oh lookie there! A tag! A completely innovative and creative way to get out of writing an original blog post three hours before I need to have a smudge up!

. . .aha.

Okay, okay, I’ll confess. Once again I have fallen victim to the deceitful bloggerly rut and have utterly failed to write a blog post before Tuesday morning. #OOPS. But it’s not that I didn’t try. I really did. I’ve been brainstorming all weekend to find the perfect post to write, but as is usual for me when I’m on a deadline. . .I’ve got nothing.

I’ve been in a bit of a creative slump lately, guys. My life is a chaotic jumble of half-baked blog posts and messy inboxes and a slew of chapters that should have been edited three days ago and thirty-five books that have been glaring at me to read them for two years.

It’s a problem.

So I really needed something fantastical and whimsical and creative to help kick me out of this rut. Something like this really cool tag I found on Christine’s blog. I’m not sure if I was officially tagged for this or not, but seeing as though Christine said that she’s tagging everyone who wants to do the tag. . .I THINK IT’S SAFE TO SAY I AM NOT A THIEF.

But if I was a thief, would any of us truly be surprised? Hmmm???

I didn’t think so.

But I digress. Basically, this tag is a conglomeration of the fantastical and the whimsical and BOOKS! and mythological creatures and pretty much just ALL OF THE THINGS that will help fling me out of this slump I’ve been wallowing in for the past few weeks. So, in conclusion, I AM JUST SUPER UBER EXCITED TO DO THIS, OKAY? Okay.

Let’s dive into the tag, shall we?

*sploosh* Continue reading “The What If. . .? Fantasy Tag”

Posted in Updates

Let’s Talk About Life, Yeah?

good morning, Cyberspace,

and welcome back to yet another episode of Kenzie Waits Until Monday To Write Her Weekly Blog Post! WOOT WOOT!

You’d think that after nearly two years of blogging I’d figure out that there are actually seven days of a typical week, and therefore I could potentially utilize some of those days for blogging. But no. Nope, I prefer waiting until the very last minute, because apparently I’m still holding out hope that Armageddon is nigh and the world will spontaneously implode before Tuesday morning.

So here I am again, trying to figure out what to write for tomorrow’s post, and all I can think about is the fact that I should really be working on my novel. Because I love my novel. And I want to be a full-time novelist, not a full-time blogger, (although admittedly that would be kinda fun? if only I didn’t have a thousand and one story ideas bubbling in my brain…) which means that, in order to achieve that ultimate goal, I actually need to work on my novel.

*brain implodes*

I know, right? WHO WOULDA THUNK.

But alas, it is true. And so in order to chunk out some time for me to spend in the world of everlost today (yesterday? I’m writing this on Monday, so….?), I’m going to be doing a simple post this week. A happy little post. A post about life.

Or rather, a post about MY life. Because my life is totally cool and hip and not at all boring.

#lies

So even though I loathe writing update posts (pretty sure we’ve been over this about ten times already…) there are some Things that have happened/will happen that I kind of want to talk to you guys about. So.

Here we go again. Continue reading “Let’s Talk About Life, Yeah?”

Posted in Reasons and Things

Reacting To Search Histories!: A (totally) Comprehensive Guide to Cyberspace’s Most Pressing Questions

good morning, cyberspace!

Today, I am a thief.

Quite literally, in fact. Today I have decided that instead of flexing my brain meats to think of something nice and original to post, I’m going to steal a post to post, instead.

#soclever

Because I can do that. Obviously. (PLEASE DON’T SUE ME I’M SO SORRY.)

Basically, quite a while back I was introduced to the gloriousness that was the marvelous Cait’s monthly wrap-up posts. And held within those beautiful pages was one of the most hilarious things I think I’ve ever witnessed — reactions to blog search histories.

Now, if you’re not exactly familiar with the concept, here’s the basic rundown.

Step One – people search for weird, slightly random things on the Great and Terrible Cyberspace

Step Two – those weird and slightly random searches lead them to your happy smol blog

Step Three – those weird and slightly random searches are catalogued within the WordPress site, where they are then susceptible to your incessant and divine mocking for all eternity

And because I am a terrible person/running out of time to finish the post I was going to post this Tuesday a thief, I have decided to steal this beautiful concept for my own blog. 

(but also i have seen other people do this a couple times SO ASDFGHJKL PLEASE PLEASE DON’T HURT ME I’M SMOL)

So without any further ado, let’s dive right into the smudge!

*sploosh* Continue reading “Reacting To Search Histories!: A (totally) Comprehensive Guide to Cyberspace’s Most Pressing Questions”

Posted in Interviews With Humans

Let’s Chat! — The Bubblegum Rebellion (feat. THE KATE)

good morning, Cyberspace!

For once in my life, I am doing an interview with an actual, real live human.

*mind=blown*

Prepare yourselves for some extreme madness within this blog post, my friends, for you are about to enter the realm of The Kate and The Kenzie.

And yes. We are strange. Continue reading “Let’s Chat! — The Bubblegum Rebellion (feat. THE KATE)”

Posted in Book Tags

The Bibliophile Sweater Tag! (SHHH, it’s still sweater weather, peasants)

good morning, Cyberspace!

You know what goes great with April? Sweaters. Fuzzy sweaters, stripe-y sweaters, sweaters with short sleeves, no sleeves (that’s a vest, kenzie), long sleeves. Sweaters with fluffy kittens on them. Sweaters with owls. Hufflepuff sweaters. SWEATERS.

I love sweaters. Especially when it’s the middle of Spring and the sun is practically searing my skin off with its fiery rays of inevitable death.

Aha…haha…ha. Continue reading “The Bibliophile Sweater Tag! (SHHH, it’s still sweater weather, peasants)”