In Which Autumn Brings Much To Think About…

good morning, cyberspace!

With the chaos of the Silmaril Awards taking up the majority of my blogging time over the past few weeks, I’ve had difficulty finding the right time to squeeze an update post in. A lot of these have been rather update-y lately, and for that I sincerely apologize (goodness knows I’m getting sick of them, too, lol!), but it is my hope–and goal!–that this will be the last one for a while. For… multiple reasons, aha. Unfortunately, since we’re trying to get ALL of the updates out of the way today, this might be a bit of a topsy turvy kind of post. Lots to cover, little time and all that. So sit tight, friends, and enjoy (maybe?) the ride. It’s gonna be a bumpy one. XD


life.


Biggest Life update as of today–I no longer work at the coffee shop. I don’t talk too much about my personal life on here, I feel like (probably a good thing? #stalkers), but my friends and probably a few casual readers will know that I’ve been working at a coffee shop for the past two years–quite shocking for the fact that I do not like the bean water at all. However! We also served tea, and I must admit that during my two years there, I definitely got addicted to Chai. (I’m still addicted, actually. It’s fine.)

Unfortunately, chapters do eventually come to an end. Even the ones that we wish could go on forever. And while it absolutely broke my heart to leave the coffee shop (I can’t sugarcoat that no matter how hard I try), I can firmly say that this new career path is one that I’ve been dreaming of for years.

Friends. I am officially a Children’s Librarian. past Kenzie would be so proud, oh my word

Obviously, I’m still learning a ton. As I write this, I’ve only been working at the library for about two weeks, but I’m already starting to settle into a sort of rhythm and flow. It’s definitely still a process–goodness knows I haven’t quite fallen in love with it yet–but I think I’m at the point where I could fall in love if I let myself. It’s that precarious moment where you start to tip just a little, but aren’t sure if it’s wise to let your heart go entirely yet. That’s where I am–on the edge and ready to fall.

Guess I just have to let go.

But I can’t yet, and I think that’s where I’m stuck. It’s all still so new and strange. Strange having a set schedule. Strange being surrounded by books all day and getting paid for it. Strange building my own routine and programs and basically doing all the things I’ve always wanted to do. It’s strange. A weird kind of strange. But also… a good kind, too. And I think eventually I will fall entirely, but for today, I’m still a little split.

Which brings us to my current non-Life dilemma, which comes in the form of blogging.

More specifically, what on earth is going on with my blogging schedule, and what–if anything–blogging will look like from me in the future.

Remember when I said this road was gonna be bumpy? Yep. We’ve hit the bumps, my friends.


blogging.


Okie-doke, most painful band-aid first, then. As of November, I will no longer be blogging at Smudged Thoughts. There’s a myriad of reasons for this, but first of all let me clarify the elephant in the room and state that I will still be blogging! I’ve come this far, obviously it’s too late for me to stop now. I just don’t feel as though Smudged Thoughts is my “home” for blogging anymore, which is both extremely sad and exciting at the same time.

For one thing, this has been my blogging home for over 6 years now. That is a loooong time. But for another, this means that I’m growing as a writer! The changes I’m making are reflections of that, and I couldn’t be more excited to begin this new adventure. It’ll be scary for sure–potentially terrifying!–but I know that this is the right decision for both me and my career.

So what, you might be asking, is this new change? If we’re not blogging at Smudged Thoughts, where are we going?

Well, friends. I’m glad you asked.

Introducing….


FeatherWick Press.


Re-branding! Don’t let the cyborgs fool you, friends, it is most certainly not a fun time.

Okay, that’s not entirely true. I’m definitely enjoying this process, but goodness gracious there’s a whole lot of housekeeping when it comes to completely rebranding your brand! For one thing, email. And social media. And alllll the many little things you slap your name on without even realizing it. But alas. We’re getting ahead of ourselves.

Yes, friends. It is official. Kenzie is rebranding her site! Smudged Thoughts was–and is!–a lovely little blog, and it will continue to be that since I don’t have the heart to take it off the internet entirely. But as I move forward in my author career, I realized I needed a larger space to share my thoughts and dreams and findings. I needed a whole website–one without .wordpress on the end of it!–and thus…FeatherWick was born!

Well, I guess you could say it’s still in the process of being born. I kinda botched something up in the domain name purchasing area, but come November I’ll be able to fix it, so… heh. There’s always that. Personally, I’m just very excited to see this idea flourish and grow and hopefully not wilt and die as it does in all of my wildest nightmares lololololol. The current timeline for when all of this will launch is yet-to-be-determined–web-design, finding guest posters, all that jazz, you know?–but if you’re following me here or on Instagram, you’ll be sure to catch the news before anyone else does!

And also! If you’re interested in learning MORE about FeatherWick (or potentially contributing!), please stay tuned! There may be opportunities false: there WILL be opportunities for guest posts by bloggers and authors, and maybe even a podcast or two coming soon, so if that’s something you’re interested in…*stares at you awkwardly* please I’ll give you cookies

All in all, I’m very excited for where my little writer life is headed. It’s terrifyingly new, but for the first time in a very long time, I think I might be ready for it.


next up on the blog…


“Okay, Kenzie,” you say. “So you’re starting a new website blog thing. Good for you. What does this mean for Smudged Thoughts? Are you not going to be blogging until November? What, exactly, are your intentions here other than to wildly confuse us all, of course?

All good questions, all good questions. And I really wish I had the answers, lolololol.

Okay, no, I do have some answers. For starters, I’d suggest following me on social media! #shamelessplug Now that we’re rebranding, I’ve got some new pages for y’all to check out. Specifically–and most importantly:

  • Instagram – follow for live updates, quick tips, behind-the-scenes content, bite-sized book reviews,, Talk-To-Me Tuesdays, and more(?)!
  • Facebook – follow for more in-depth updates, writing challenges, and “be-in-the-knows” about current happenings (basically quick links to what’s happening on the blog once the blog is actually a blog. #helpful)

Once you’ve followed those (ya know. if ya want to please follow me I’m desperate), keep your eyes on Smudged Thoughts for updates about FeatherWick’s launch! All of my now-till-then posts–such as writing updates, the Silmaril Awards Ceremony, book reviews, whatever–are going to happen here until the new site launches. I’m not sure how many posts that will be, but I’m hoping to get at least a few penned and published before FeatherWick’s release!

All in all, things are shifting, and for a while it’s going to be massively confusing for us all. But it’s a good kind of confusing, friends.

…we hope. XD


talk to me, peasants!


All right, friends, let me know what you think! Confused? Have questions? Couldn’t care less about this change? (Can’t say I blame you. XD) Let’s talk about ALL OF THE THINGS down in the comments below! And if you have any questions whatsoever about FeatherWick Press, or if there is something very glaring and obvious which I have forgotten to mention, please don’t hesitate to ask!

And as always, until next time…

* flings cookies in the air and disappears *

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11 thoughts on “In Which Autumn Brings Much To Think About…

  1. Huge congrats on the new job!

    And I hope that all goes well with the blog-move and rebranding! Goodness that’s a lot and so very exciting and I’m sure more than a wee bit overwhelming! And I’m sorry you had issues with the domain name. I’m so excited for you as you begin this new chapter and I am eager to see where it takes you and what you do with it all!!!

    I’d be happy to be a guest poster when you need one! (I might need reminders… and like actual kicks to get me to sit down and write blog posts… because that’s just how life is these days… buuut… I’m here!)

    Yay! I’m so glad that you will still be blogging!!! I love your posts so much.

    What platform are you using to launch your new website? (Also, if you need any help, let me know, my husband is good with websites)

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    • Meep! Thank you! It’s definitely been an adventure so far. I’m greatly enjoying it!

      Oh goodness, the REBRANDING. It’s so much. So much. 🤣 But I’m enjoying that, too, and I’m excited for when it’s all nice and neat and DONE, lol!

      OH MY GOODNESS! Jenelle, that would be INCREDIBLE!! I will absolutely be leaning on you for your self-publishing and writing expertise! I plan on rereading your Summer of Self Publishing blog posts soon, actually. 😅

      I’m currently hoping to use WordPress.com. I was going to use WordPress.org via Bluehost, but it turns out I can get a better deal through .com (I think?) so I think that is the route I’m going with for now. I’m unfortunately not techy enough to design a blog on my own… (Also I might be leaning on you and your husband for website help, too, lol!!! You guys are the absolute best…)

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  2. KENZIE. KENZIIIIEEEE. Where do I even START?!

    First of all, I’m praying for you as you transition to this new season of being a librarian. I loved your analogy of teetering on the edge. That is SUCH a relatable feeling. And I think it is entirely okay to not let go quite yet. Give yourself time to adjust and to mourn saying goodbye to your beloved coffee shop. Beautiful days and amazing memories are ahead with this new job, I have no doubt, but changing seasons is HARD and we need to allow ourselves time to adapt. That is good and healthy. But I am SO proud of you for making this huge change. I know God has so much goodness in store. <3

    Secondly…

    I am so excited about this other new venture of yours!!!! *SQUEALS* FeatherWick Press already sounds AH-MAY-ZING. And I adore the name. Absolutely adore it! It's beautiful and whimsical and rolls off the tongue so well. LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!

    I will say I am very sad to hear Smudged Thoughts is retiring. The sheer amount of smiles and laughs and JOY I've received from this blog is immeasurable, but most importantly I got to know YOU through it which is absolutely an immeasurable joy.

    BUT.

    I know many, many good things are coming and I am SO EXCITED. Honestly, when I moved my blog over to a proper domain and redid my brand, my drive for blogging went up so much. I do not regret it a single day. It was completely worth it. So though I am sad to say goodbye to this dear space, I cannot wait to see all the amazingness you have in store with your new brand. You always bring such magic and joy to everything you do and just– *HAPPY DANCE* I am ecstatic to see everything that is in store!!! SO ECSTATIC.

    Cheering you on EVERY step of the way, dear friend. I know it's going to be amazing! <3

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    • I AM FINALLY GETTING AROUND TO RESPONDING TO COMMENTS, and OH MY GOODNESS. Christine. I know I shouted at you on instagram about this comment but seriously. You made my heart SO happy here…

      Your prayers mean more to me than you will ever know. This season change has been a hard hit, for sure, but the fact that God has blessed me with something that I’ve wanted to do–something I’ve always had a heart and passion for–has been one of the greatest gifts. And I am so excited to see where He takes me through this, even through the uncertainty.

      AND MEEP!!! CHRISTINE!!! Your support for FeatherWick is literally everything I needed, I can’t. I’m so scared that I’m going to botch something up in this process, but I’m determined to make this something wonderful and magical and good! And I’ve already felt my excitement for blogging rekindle a little, which is AMAZING. Especially considering the fact that I’ve been SO bad at it lately, lol! (though I think that’s a typical thing that most bloggers go through…) I just hope you know how very grateful I am to have you as a friend, support, and cheerleader. I am so grateful you’re in my life, Christine. Seriously.

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  3. Kenzie! First off, congrats on the new job! I hope that by now you’re starting to love your job. But goodness, a job surrounded by books everyday, and introducing kids to books and stories? That sounds amazing. :)

    I’ll keep an eye on the space for updates. I sadly don’t use insta, or Facebook, but I’ll move with you when FeatherWick Press launches!

    I’ll be praying for you with all these changes and transitions going on at once. May this new adventure teach you much and bring you joy as well. <3

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    • Oh my goodness!!! Thank you SO much!!! It’s honestly been such a process shift after working at a super-high-paced coffee shop for two years, but not gonna lie… I feel like I’m finally pursuing the career I’ve been working towards. XD (AND RIGHT??? It’s like an actual dream. I still don’t feel fully awake, lol!)

      EEP! I will absolutely be posting links here, as well! I promise! The shift probably won’t happen until November (that domain name shenanigan, lol!), but as soon as it happens, there will be links right here on Smudged Thoughts! And I’ll be checking in on here periodically to make sure everything is transitioning smoothly!

      Oh my goodness. Thank you so much for the prayers. They are so needed and SO appreciated. You honestly have no idea… <333

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  4. You’re a LIBRARIAN WHAT EVEN. You’re truly living the bookdragon’s dream. That is SO AWESOME AND CONGRATULATIONS, MY DEAR BEAN!!!! *pumps your hand up and down in an excess of enthusiasm*

    Also tech stuff, man. It’s hard and something always gets messed up. A friend and I just started a podcast, and…it was embarrassing how long it took us to figure out how to actually…ya know, make it available on Spotify? All the normal stuff? We failed. We failed hard. But we persevered, and now we are…not proud of ourselves, precisely, but we no longer hang our heads in grandmotherly-can’t-use-technology-to-save-our-grandkids’-lives shame. All that to say making some sort of technological mistake is VERY RELATABLE, and I wish you success come November in fixing that.

    Can I also say that FeatherWick Press is the most Kenzie name EVER and I love it. Can I also say that I’m so excited and I will follow you there as soon as I can. I would follow you on the socials if I had those, but I do not, so I am very glad you’re still blogging, ’cause I need some Kenzie sunshine in my blog feed every now and then, don’t you know.

    Congratulations, in short, upon the excellent and exciting life and writing developments!!! May all go smoothly (or at least not end in death and destruction and the feasting of gremlins upon your bones)!!!

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    • I AM AN OFFICIAL BOOKWYRM AND I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH MYSELF!!! *starts screaming randomly* (maybe this will help) MEEP! THANK YOU!!

      WAIT A SECOND, HOLD THE PHONE. You started a podcast??? WHERE ARE THE LINKS. I WANT TO LISTEN. GIMME GIMME. (is it posted on your blog? I’m woefully behind on everything in the blogsphere but I will STALK YOUR BLOG IF IT MEANS FINDING YOUR PODCAST!!) And OOF. Dude, I can TOTALLY relate to this! Technology is like…the bane of my existence. Which is highly unfortunate, as most of the things I’m forced to do as a writer INVOLVE being online. It’s a Catch 22. XD

      MEEP!! I will absolutely be posting links to FeatherWick on here once the site is live, as well! You have no clue how much I appreciate your support, Sarah!! Seriously. It means the actual world. AND I’M SO GLAD YOU LIKE THE NAME!!! I’m going to be revealing where it came from once the site is live! (as all Kenzie names often do, there is a Story behind it. XD)

      EEP! MUCH THANK, SARAH! And specifically much thank for that final note of the gremlins feasting upon my bones. That is, of course, my deepest fear, and having some protection against it shall come in handy during this new season of life. XD

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      • *throws pens and pencils in the air for sheer joy*

        Ahhhhh you make me very happy with your enthusiasms, Kenzie-bean. *pats you fondly on the head like a wise old podcaster lady* I haven’t announced it on the blog yet, ’cause the early episodes are ROUGH and we’re still working out the kinks and I’m waiting till I have an episode I’m particularly proud of, SO i guess you’re kind of one of the first online acquaintances to know, BUT the podcast is called Two Retired Homeschoolers and can be found by searching that name. You know. If you wanna.
        Right??! It is not fair to be a bad-at-technology writer. It’s like being a bad-at-hammering-nails carpenter. Who made this decision. *looks around accusingly* *does not find the culprit because it was, in fact, Me, who Made This Decision*

        I can’t wait to hear the story behind the name!!!!! and to eat up ALL the links and FEAST MY EYEBALLS UPON THE PURTYNESS OF THE NEW SITE

        Welcome, dear!! Bone-feasting gremlins must always be watched out for, sneaky little things.

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