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Post-Finals Week at Hogwarts: A Fanfic

By Brandon SpecktorDecember 19, 2014
With finals complete and days before winter break, life has slowed down at Hogwarts. Students with no more coursework occupy their minds with end-of-year pranks and holiday nookie. Enchanted snowball fights are rampant, and awesome. And, dreading a lonely Christmas (or another New Year’s kiss ... More  →
Post-Finals Week at Hogwarts: A Fanfic
Quiz: How Good Was Your Last Kiss?

Quiz: How Good Was Your Last Kiss?

By Brandon SpecktorDecember 3, 2014
On the surface, kisses are priceless tokens of love, like a bitcoin for your tongue. But even bitcoins have “value” (determined hourly by the fedora-wearing robo-stewards of The Invisible Bank) and so, too, do kisses. If you have completed one of the 100 Spark-Approved Kisses, but ... More  →

20 First Sentences Guaranteed to Improve Your Novel

By Brandon SpecktorNovember 17, 2014
One sentence can make or break an entire story, even before it’s written. Stephen King admits that the opening line to his beloved Dark Tower series—“The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.”—is the single best line he ever wrote, just ... More  →
20 First Sentences Guaranteed to Improve Your Novel
Quiz: How British Are You?

Quiz: How British Are You?

By Brandon SpecktorOctober 24, 2014
Check all that apply, chaps. You insist on calling President Obama “Right Honourable Man-Queen of The Colonies.” Also, you insist on calling the U.S. Congress “Fat Parliament.” You insist on spelling with an “ou,” even in wourds where it is improuper. From least to greatest, you find these things ... More  →
Quiz: Which Teen Genre Are You?

Quiz: Which Teen Genre Are You?

By Brandon SpecktorOctober 13, 2014
Hey, Bookworms and Bookerpillars, it’s Teen Reading Week! What better time to dig into the story you love analyzing most of all: your own. Is the story of your life a super-sexy paranormal romance, or a regular-sexy classroom dramedy? Are you destined to swing for ... More  →

I Watched Divergent on an Airplane with No Sound, This Is What I Saw

By Brandon SpecktorSeptember 2, 2014
This summer, I took a five-hour flight that offered free movies. The headphone jack in my seat was broken, so I watched Divergent from start to finish with no sound. I have not read the series. This is what I saw… [Note: Please refer to a ... More  →
I Watched <i>Divergent</i> on an Airplane with No Sound, This Is What I Saw

Hans Hipster Anderson Presents Children's Fables

By Brandon SpecktorAugust 25, 2014
The works of people like Hans Christian Anderson were originally designed to act as warning fables for children (e.g., don't climb into an oven unless you're positive there is figgy pudding in there; you will regret getting your hair cut; apples are LAAAME). But a lot of the More  →
Hans Hipster Anderson Presents Children's Fables

Confession: I Have A Literary Man-Crush on James Patterson

By Brandon SpecktorAugust 1, 2014
If you guys can’t get enough of James Patterson’s YA series Maximum Ride, we have GOOD NEWS! If you head to your local Barnes & Noble store on Sunday, there are special giveaways, while stocks last, and a buy one, get one free deal on ... More  →
Confession: I Have A Literary Man-Crush on James Patterson
35 Signs You Are a YA Villain

35 Signs You Are a YA Villain

By Brandon SpecktorJuly 16, 2014
We all harbor dark thoughts from time to time. Stand by your friends at orientation, or bad-mouth them to impress some cool jerk? Engage your rivals in public debate, or poison their families and nuke District 13? The wrongest decision sometimes feels oh so right. The ... More  →

SparkLabs: Tell Us About Your Superhero Fantasies and/or Butts

By Brandon SpecktorJune 27, 2014
Welcome back to SparkLabs, where we would never butts try to implant butts ideas into your mind through misuse of psychological butts tools. This week we want to learn about your superhero hopes and superhero dreams! THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING SCIENCE BY PROVIDING YOUR VALUABLE DATA: ... More  →
SparkLabs: Tell Us About Your Superhero Fantasies and/or Butts
About the Author
Brandon Specktor

For 22 years, Brandon was a fat kid living in Tucson, AZ, which gave him lots and lots of time to write. He now works at a magazine in New York City, but still loves writing almost as much as he loves muffins.

Wanna contact a writer or editor? Email contribute@sparknotes.com.