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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!

Confused Substitute Teacher Summarizes Classic Literature

By Jon_SkindzierMarch 31, 2010
Stop us if you've heard this one: You get to English class one morning to find a tired-looking stranger fumbling around behind the teacher's desk. His tie is somehow on backwards, and he clearly has a headache from trying to learn as much English Literature ... More  →
Confused Substitute Teacher Summarizes Classic Literature

Painful Fashion Statements

By Jon_SkindzierMarch 25, 2010
We know that the headline probably made you think, "Eww, goofy shoulder pads and shirts with wolves on them!" And sure, you're right, but we're thinking more along the lines of "stuff that breaks your bones" and "substances that melt your face." Yes, today's fashion ... More  →
Painful Fashion Statements

Rejected Test Prep Techniques

By Jon_SkindzierMarch 23, 2010
Some study methods are obvious and effective. Others might seem sensible when you're in a haze of worry and sleepiness, but are, in fact, terrible. Here are some of the bad techniques: 1. Make sure you have a secluded, distraction-free place to study, like a local ... More  →
Rejected Test Prep Techniques

The Wonderful World of High School Media

By Jon_SkindzierMarch 19, 2010
Lots of schools have their own little media empires going, which cover everything from student concerns ("OPINION: The Gym Mats Are So Gross That I Think I Got Typhus From Them") to administrative announcements ("NOTICE: Gym Closed Until We Buy New Gym Mats"). If you go ... More  →
The Wonderful World of High School Media

Things You'll Find In Your Meanest Teacher's Desk

By Jon_SkindzierMarch 17, 2010
You know the guy we're talking about—he glares at you with the fury of a thousand suns, and he fails everyone he possibly can, laughing like a war criminal as he does. What is his deal? Does he have, like, human skulls in that desk? Well, ... More  →
Things You'll Find In Your Meanest Teacher's Desk

The Four Types of Favorite Teachers

By Jon_SkindzierMarch 11, 2010
Identifying a plain old good teacher is pretty straightforward: he or she understands things, and teaches you about those things, and then later, you remember them. Favorite teachers are harder to describe, because everyone defines "favorite teacher" differently. Some students like to be challenged, others ... More  →
The Four Types of Favorite Teachers