Kissing someone for the first time is always scary. What if you kiss boring? What if your breath smells? What if the person you’re kissing is actually just a tower of French bulldogs in a human costume? Embarrassment almost surely awaits.
The good news is that ... More →
Poetry can be hard to read and to write, but the payoff is great. For the reader, a bounty of beauty and unique insight into the wide, untamed world around, above, and within us; for the writer, almost-certain wealth and fame, secret poet zeppelin parties, ... More →
Welcome to SparkLabs, where we probe the collective consciousness of the Sparkpopulace for insights into the zeitgeist and what socks are cool this year (FIE, WE MISSED TUBE SOCKS BY A DECADE). The first SparkLab looks into your bathroomal experiences. Answer the poll below (we'll ... More →
If you’re wondering why Justin Bieber and Rob Ford have been in the news so much this year, it’s because America is facing a record clown shortage, and we’ve resorted to foreign imports.
Every week with these guys! Drunken stupors. Criminal charges. Poutine breath. Will the ... More →
Being rejected by a university feels a lot like being dumped, except your ex is the size of a small village, smells like Panda Express, and asked you to pick up a $30,000 tab on the first date. He’s a rude dude. But the hurt ... More →
If you’ve never seen a sloth hugging a manatee, you, friend, have not read Cuddles and Rage.
C&R is a webcomic for people who want to see the “twee” put back in, “Say! There seems to be a hatchet buried between that adorable peanut’s eyes!” Husband-and-wife duo More →
Gather 'round for story time, Sparklers. In second grade, my favorite Mighty Morphin’ Power Ranger was Kimberly, the pink ranger. I liked her because she was the only one who seemed to have a personality when everyone’s faces were obscured by identical masks, plus she used ... More →
The most important rule in writing is, “write something that you’d want to read.”
The second most important rule of writing is, “throw your phone into an erupting volcano and WRITE.”
Every great writer from James Joyce to E.L. James followed these simple storytelling commandments before they ... More →
Hogwarts has no shortage of ornate, cabbage-sized door knockers, but you hardly ever see anyone using them. Perhaps the simple gesture of knocking went out of fashion when kooky ghost portraits replaced the castle's security system, or when the lock-breaking charm became core curriculum (and they wonder ... More →
Brandon is a writer and humor editor at Reader's Digest magazine. He was born in Tucson, Arizona, and wants to write a paranormal Western that begins, "First the cows turned up dead." What should the rest be about? Tell him on twitter @beardspeck.