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The Writer’s Halloween Tag (MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA–HACK!)

Good morning, Cyberspace!

Today, I realized that miracles do, in fact, exist. . . Continue reading “The Writer’s Halloween Tag (MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA–HACK!)”

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How To Accurately Portray Diverse Characters In Your Novel Without Being Insensitive (Literally The Worst Title You Have Ever Seen On This Blog)

Hello, Cyberspace!

That’s how Kenzie usually opens these things, right?

*puts on fake moustache*

What am I saying? I AM Kenzie!! Haha, of course I am!!

*rips off fake moustache*

OKAY SO I’M NOT KENZIE ALRIGHT?? Sheesh! You Followers Of Kenzie are a suspicious lot. Relax a bit! It’s not like I’m going to put you under a spell so that I can eat you for my supper that will make you abandon Kenzie and start following me instead ha, that would be weird. *shifty eyes* Continue reading “How To Accurately Portray Diverse Characters In Your Novel Without Being Insensitive (Literally The Worst Title You Have Ever Seen On This Blog)”

Posted in Reasons and Things, Writer's Life

6 Things I Have Learned From Being A Freshly Graduated Asparagus

Good afternoon, Cyberspace,

Four years ago, back when I was but a smol bean beginning high school, graduation was just a distant fantasy in the blip of a horizon that was my future. It was a dream. A nightmare. A complex idea that I did not know how to comprehend.

Graduation was, to me, the end of my existence. It was the day when everything ended.

It was the day that I would die. Continue reading “6 Things I Have Learned From Being A Freshly Graduated Asparagus”

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The Five Most Commonly Used Writerly Abbreviations (that make me want to barf my cookies into a plastic bag)

Good evening, Cyberspace!

Today I am here–in my full pixie glory–with a deliciously spontaneous smudge for you all!

Because who am I if I am not both delicious and spontaneous?

my soul is made of cookie crumbles. obviously I am delicious.

Now, it has been a constant thought brewing in the back of my marshmallow mind that there is a remarkably wonderful community of writer-bloggers out there in the world–some of which I have had the amazing opportunity to communicate with through my own smol blog–and it finally occurred to me that there are two things in the bloggerly world that never seem to be addressed: Continue reading “The Five Most Commonly Used Writerly Abbreviations (that make me want to barf my cookies into a plastic bag)”

Posted in Reasons and Things, Writing

Five Reasons Why I Absolutely Loathe Word Limits (with all of the fiery passions of Mordor)

Good afternoon, Cyberspace!

It is an uncommonly known truth that I–the Cookie Queen–absolutely and irrevocably despise with a burning passion the most vile form of restraint that is commonly cast upon the writers of this day:

The Word Limit.

Now, don’t get me wrong here. I believe that in some extremely rare and therefore no cases, word limits can be a good thing.

Sort of. Continue reading “Five Reasons Why I Absolutely Loathe Word Limits (with all of the fiery passions of Mordor)”

Posted in Camp NaNoWriMo, Writerly Updates, Writing

Camp NaNoWriMo Week Four: The Final Charge (a.k.a. The Orginal [and also a not-so smol rant…?)

Good afternoon, Cyberspace, and welcome to yet another session of Kenzie Rants at The World, featuring a very angry chipmunk Kenzie.

Or maybe just a puddle of tears chipmunk Kenzie. I’m really not sure which at this precise moment.

“Wait!” you gasp in utter astonishment. “K-Kenzie?!?!?? Art mine eyes deceiving me? I thought you weren’t supposed to come back from Hiatus until August!”

Why, yes, dear bean, you are quite correct. Thank you for being such a lovely stalker remembering.

and also where did the strange accent come from because you did not have that when I abandoned you

Continue reading “Camp NaNoWriMo Week Four: The Final Charge (a.k.a. The Orginal [and also a not-so smol rant…?)”

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everlost: A Second Draft Update (and also a smol rant because #whynot)

Good morning, Cyberspace! It is currently 11:32 am on Monday, the 19th of June, and I have decided to take a smol break from rewriting everlost because A) I need a post for tomorrow and even though I have like 11 posts that should technically be ready to schedule in my writing folder, they’re all unfinished so it’s obviously easier to just write an entirely new post one day in advance, and B) I am physically and mentally dead.

*breathes in deeply because #longsentencewithterriblepunctuation*

And what better way to take a break from writing my book than to hop on over to my blog and rant about my book, am I right?

Of course I’m right. I’m always right.

Continue reading “everlost: A Second Draft Update (and also a smol rant because #whynot)”

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The Evil Writer Award (in which I am evil and ruthless [as usual])

Bonjour, mon Cyberespace! I am so uber (yes this is a word what are you talking about) excited for today’s Smudge!!!! And do you know why?

Do you?

Do you???

DO YOU?

Continue reading “The Evil Writer Award (in which I am evil and ruthless [as usual])”

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“You only have ONE CHANCE to tell this story!” (and why this advice is utter rubbish)

Good afternoon, Cyberspace!

There are about a million and one tips and tricks that people just LOVE to blurt out when it comes to the struggle of writing, aren’t there? Writers love to give other writers encouragement. NON-writers love to give writers encouragement.

Pinterest loves to give writers encouragement

And I’m willing to bet that all of you have heard this lovely piece of advice at one time or another:

This is your ONE CHANCE to tell this story! This is your story, your words, your world that you have built from nothing! Own it! You have one chance!”

In fact, I’ll admit it–I’m completely guilty of flinging out this little line when it comes to giving writing help.

And I’m sure that this particular piece of advice comes from the well-meaning encourager trying to tell people that their story is 100% uniquely their own and only they can tell the story the way that they want to tell it and they shouldn’t worry about throwing ALL OF THE THINGS into their story because, again, their beautiful minds are unique and perfect and all that–

HOWEVER.

I have come to the firm conclusion that this is one of the most rubbish pieces of advice that I have ever heard in my entire life.

And here’s why.

Continue reading ““You only have ONE CHANCE to tell this story!” (and why this advice is utter rubbish)”

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9 Things I Didn’t Know About Writing A Second Draft

Good morning, Cyberspace! As you all probably know, about a month-ish ago I finished the first draft of my current WIP, everlost. It was exciting. It was exhilarating. It was one of the most epic feelings I’ve ever experienced.

And in the Smudge I wrote a few weeks back telling you all about it, I ended the post with the words–

The first draft is done. The second draft is here.

And I am ready.

And to that, there is only one thing I can say–

LIES! LIES, PRECIOUS! IT LIES TO US!

I don’t think that was an actual Gollum quote…

I, Cyberspace, am not ready.

At all.

Continue reading “9 Things I Didn’t Know About Writing A Second Draft”