Meet The Authors


the writer — mackenzie (kenzie) keene

20170515_133643Kenzie is a writer, blogger, full-time day-dreamer, fanatic of all things whimsical, and daughter of the King. Frequently found with books in her hands and gnomes in her pockets, her mission in life is to sprinkle the universe with pixie dust, whimsy, and all the cookies she can possibly fling.

When not tapping away at her latest work-in-progress, Kenzie can most often be found re-reading her favorite books; recreating Disney covers on her trusty ukuleles, appropriately named Watson and Sherlock; making a mess with watercolors; or snuggling with her baby cockatiel, Durachi.

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  • fantasy
  • science fiction
  • fairytales


  • harry potter (j.k. rowling)
  • the lunar chronicles (marissa meyer)
  • illuminae (amie kaufman and jay kristoff)
  • pride & prejudice (jane austen)
  • anne of green gables (l.m. montgomery)
  • the princess and the goblin (george macdonald)

fantastical creatures

  • gnomes
  • dragons
  • elves
  • mermaids

television shows/movies

  • doctor who
  • sherlock (bbc)
  • pride & prejudice (2005)
  • fringe

fictional people

  • moriarty
  • cress
  • winter
  • moriarty
  • carswell thorne
  • anne shirley
  • moriarty
  • moriarty


  • mushroom swiss burgers (with ketchup)
  • pineapple on pizza
  • bread pudding


  • colors
  • mismatched socks
  • s t i c k e r s

the co-writer — durachi (bird)20160905_135356

Durachi is Kenzie’s constant companion/best friend. Though smol in size, his ideas are large, and he’s the main inspiration behind most–if not all–of her greatest pieces. Durachi’s past-times include watching helping Kenzie write, getting angry when she pays more attention to her story than him, snacking on her pencils pumpkin seeds, and making up his own music, which he whistles at full volume whenever he pleases.

the muse — chess

Chess is Kenzie’s muse and the editor for Smudged Thoughts. His inspirations are spectacular, but it’s nothing compared to his overly inflated ego.

Chess is the only member of the Smudged Thoughts team who refused to have his picture taken. When asked why, he answered, “No”.

the mascot — blobby

Pixel Blobby

Blobby is the happy little mascot here at Smudged Thoughts. Having no arms, legs, or even a brain, he can’t necessarily help out very much with the creative process of blogging, but Blobby is always there for motivation and support whenever needed.