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How To Convince People You're Smarter Than You Actually Are

By Jon_SkindzierMay 26, 2010
For starters, you're already pretty smart. You're reading a blog on a literature site instead of just throwing your computer in the river because you can't figure out where the Facebooks are. But if you need to seem even ­smarter, because all your friends ever ... More  →
How To Convince People You're Smarter Than You Actually Are

DOs and DON'Ts if You've Gotten Lost

By Jon_SkindzierMay 21, 2010
So you've just traveled to a foreign country, taken a subway you never take, or teleported to medieval England due to a time travel mishap. Your surroundings are strange, confusing, and possibly haunted. But instead of freaking out—due to frustration, confusions, and ghosts, respectively—you should ... More  →
DOs and DON'Ts if You've Gotten Lost

The Subject You Hate (And Why That's Okay)

By Jon_SkindzierMay 14, 2010
Everyone's bad at something. If you're not, please go back to Mount Olympus and let the rest of us wallow in our misery, because some classes simply do not make sense, and never will. The following is a list of terror-inducing classes, what it feels ... More  →
The Subject You Hate (And Why That's Okay)

Bully Avoidance 101

By Jon_SkindzierMay 13, 2010
The world contains an unfortunate number of jerks. Some of them are definitely in your high school. But there's an upside to being around people who love to terrorize you—one we just thought up—and it's that learning to tolerate bullying without losing your mind and ... More  →
Bully Avoidance 101

Stock Characters At Your Local Convenience Store

By Jon_SkindzierMay 5, 2010
Convenience stores have a unique business philosophy, which is basically to charge 50 bucks for milk because they're located right there, wherever "right there" is for you, because store owners know that walking too much makes everyone grumpy. As such, convenience stores are often full ... More  →
Stock Characters At Your Local Convenience Store

Okay, So You Failed A Test. Now What?

By Jon_SkindzierApril 28, 2010
Here's the scenario. You're sitting in class, as tests are being handed back. Something seems amiss, because the teacher is handling yours like it has cartoon stink lines coming from it. He plops the test unceremoniously on your desk, and there it is: a big ... More  →
Okay, So You Failed A Test. Now What?

How To Write Fiction: 5 Key Rules

By Jon_SkindzierApril 20, 2010
As any creative writing teacher (who isn't busy prancing around in a meadow) will tell you, writing fiction, or fanfiction, isn't really all that hard, as long as you avoid a few of the common creative writing pitfalls. It also requires using the goofy half ... More  →
How To Write Fiction: 5 Key Rules

Ways To Salvage the Worst Day Ever

By Jon_SkindzierApril 14, 2010
Everyone has had some kind of Worst Day Ever, when the day progresses from "bad" to "a ridiculous farce wherein you are obviously someone's comic relief." You wake up determined to make the most of some dreary Tuesday, but before you know it you're sleepily ... More  →
Ways To Salvage the Worst Day Ever

What Should You Do With Your Pen?

By Jon_SkindzierApril 7, 2010
Many of you hold your writing utensil for so much of your day that it's practically an extension of your hand. (Incidentally, if your pen is actually an extension of your hand, then you should consider doing something other than reading SparkLife, such as fighting ... More  →
What Should You Do With Your Pen?

An Exciting History of Great Discoveries!

By Jon_SkindzierApril 1, 2010
Sure, you think you know some stuff about history's great inventions, what with your "history classes" and your "sometimes winning at Trivial Pursuit." But did you know that history is misleading, and that Trivial Pursuit was invented as a complicated tax-evasion scheme by Al Capone? ... More  →
An Exciting History of Great Discoveries!