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”

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Posted in Villain School 101

Villain School 101 — The One About Clichés

good morning, cyberspace!

With all the story excitement buzzing around me lately — what with me actually finishing the second draft of everlost (and also having a real live human actually read it hahahahahahahaha #help) and already diving straight into some minor-ish revisions (someone please help me.) — I’ve been finding myself thinking a lot about the craft of building a story.

Relatable heroes, witty (and at times slightly corny) dialogue, vivid storyworlds, understandable and heart-wrenching character arcs. . . These are but a few of the necessary ingredients in the delicious cherry pie that is a good book. But above all these things — sitting high and proud upon the perfectly blended crust — is my personal, completely unbiased favorite — the ice cream.

Or, as it is more commonly known to the average mortal man — VILLAINS. Continue reading “Villain School 101 — The One About Clichés”

Posted in Writer's Life

everlost.

good morning, cyberspace

and yadda yadda yadda —

I FINISHED EVERLOST.

As of 3:11 pm on April 9th, everlost’s second draft is complete.

BOOM.

*vultures exploding*

*pitchforks dancing*

*babies screaming*

*one kenzie dying*

I know. I know. This is shocking. You’re shocked. That vulture is shocked. I am currently in a state of severe shock that is prohibiting wordly things from coming out of my mouth holes and fingers.

BASICALLY WE’RE ALL OF THE SHOCKED, YES?

I don’t even know where to begin explaining this. My brain feels like a fried maggot meatloaf. I am a burning marshmallow. The world is my oyster.

words no longer exist for me. Continue reading “everlost.”

Posted in Character Interviews, Writer's Life

March Hare Madness! – Week Four: The End. . .?

good morning, cyberspace!

Ladies and gentleman, boys and girls, cookies and creme puffs, cyborgs and androids — welcome one and all to the grande finale of the glorious, the wondrous, the most amazing and spectacular event of 2018 — March Hare Madness!

I know, I know. This comes as quite the shock to you all. After all (this is too many all’s in one paragraph. . .), March only started a few short weeks ago. It can’t possibly be over yet. Not now. Not right when we’re beginning to get into the swing of Spring.

But alas, my friends. It is true. March, though we love it dearly, is ending, and March Hare Madness shall end along with it.

And boy am I grateful.

I don’t know about you guys, but I am getting ex-trem-ely bored of all these March Hare Madness updates. It’s the exact same thing every. single. week. There’s no diversity. No off-beat. No enticing rhythm. I’m over here snoozing and growing a few grey hairs because I have to write yet another post on how my writerly week went. (or didn’t go. aha. [we’ll get into that later.])

It’s just ew. I want this to be over with. And thankfully, this is the last week! (sort of?)

HUZZAH!

So! Let’s just get this over with, shall we? I’ve got an awesome interview due next Tuesday, and after that, we can finally get back to the usual fun and spontaneity that happens in this tiny corner of Cyberspace. Continue reading “March Hare Madness! – Week Four: The End. . .?”

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March Hare Madness! – Week Three: i did a thing.

good morning, cyberspace!

Guys! Guys! GUYS!!!!

Guess what.

I did a thing. A really, really cool thing. A SuPeR cool thing, in fact.

. . .

I finished part one of March Hare Madness.

*insert intense and dramatic squealing here* Continue reading “March Hare Madness! – Week Three: i did a thing.”

Posted in Character Interviews, Writer's Life

March Hare Madness! – Week Two: Hatchdays and Time Change and Writing, OH MY!

good afternoon, cyberspace!

And welcome to Week Two of March Hare Madness! As it happens, I completely forgot to write this blog post over the course of the weekend/Monday like I normally do, and am now sitting at the computer, trying to hash this out on Tuesday morning/afternoon.

Right before this smudge is supposed to be uploaded. So. Be prepared for mass amounts of typos and awful sentence structures, peasants.

But anyway, enough dilly-dallying. We’ve got a lot of ground to cover in regards to all of the wonders that have happened this past week, so let’s dive straight into the smudge, okay? Okay. Continue reading “March Hare Madness! – Week Two: Hatchdays and Time Change and Writing, OH MY!”

Posted in Character Interviews, Writer's Life

March-Hare Madness! – Week One: The Humble Beginnings (feat. the cast of everlost)

good afternoon, cyberspace!

And welcome to Week One of the glory that is March Hare Madness!!! I am honestly SO excited to share this whole experience with all of you (and have even recruited some of you to join me??? whaaaaaaat…?) and cannot wait to begin.

So let’s jump right into all of the action, shall we? Continue reading “March-Hare Madness! – Week One: The Humble Beginnings (feat. the cast of everlost)”

Posted in Writer's Life

March-Hare Madness! – An Announcement

good morning, cyberspace!

has anyone else ever noticed that I NEVER post these things in the morning anymore . . .? no? just me?

ANYWAY. I’ve got a bit of an unusual post for all of you today, (because there’s such a thing as usual posts around here. i swear. they totally exist.) and though I absolutely DESPISE writing update posts (#BORING), today I am making an exception.

A very rare exception, mind you. This shall never happen again. (lies)

HOWEVER, despite my supreme disgust and boredom of writing update posts, there happens to be something BIG shifting within my writerly stars this next month — something that I’m really, really excited about sharing with you all.

And no. I am not getting published. That kind of a shift would rip gargantuan wormholes through the fabric of the space-time continuum, my friends.

Instead, today, I am going to be sharing with you a little project that I’m about to put into motion. Or, should I say, a big project.

Because it’s big.

It’s huge

BELIEVE ME, PEASANTS. Continue reading “March-Hare Madness! – An Announcement”

Posted in Writer's Life

The Twelve Days of Writing – A Musical Parody

My brain is fried potato today, Cyberspace.

NaNoWriMo was — to put it simply — draining. My writerly tube has been completely emptied of all its carefully stored up creative juices, and I am officially a dried up potato fry.

isn’t this wonderful

But it is Tuesday! And Tuesdays mean blog posts, and since I have absolutely no drafts backed up that look appealing in the least, it is time to whip up something drastic.

So here we go, Cyberspace. Prepare yourself. Continue reading “The Twelve Days of Writing – A Musical Parody”

Posted in Guest Posts, Writing Tips

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)”