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Super Easy Last-Minute Halloween Costumes!

By Melissa AlbertOctober 31, 2013
No Halloween costume? NO PROBLEM. Your Sparkitors are here to prove that just about anything can become a terrible no-good thrilling, scary costume!Hold onto your witch's hats (hey, I thought you said you didn't have a costume) and jump aboard the anything-goes Halloween dre More  →
Super Easy Last-Minute Halloween Costumes!

The Sparkitors Review the World's Grossest Candy: Japanese Candy is Magic!

By Melissa AlbertOctober 28, 2013
We're back, and hungrier (for horrible candy) than ever. What will be surprisingly edible, and what will be this week's Candy Who Must Not Be Named? Read on to discover how far we'll go to fulfill our Faustian bargain with the gods of grossness. More  →
The Sparkitors Review the World's Grossest Candy: Japanese Candy is Magic!

I'm Doing NaNoWriMo. WHO'S WITH ME?!

By Melissa AlbertOctober 25, 2013
In just one week, National Novel Writing Month begins! NaNoWriMo is a magical time that comes but once a year, when hope, insanity, and the support of the book-writing Internets combine to make everyone think that it's a good idea to write an ENTIRE FREAKING 50,000-WORD ... More  →
I'm Doing NaNoWriMo. WHO'S WITH ME?!

Watch at Your Own Risk: The Seven Shows that Made us TERRIFIED of Dolls

By Melissa AlbertOctober 10, 2013
Why are dolls so reliably, goosebumpily, neverendingly TERRIFYING? They're second only to clowns on a list of "allegedly beloved things that actually make us pee our pants with fear." Aside from an inborn aversion to things that look just like humans...except their faces don't move...and ... More  →
Watch at Your Own Risk: The Seven Shows that Made us TERRIFIED of Dolls

Advice to Our Teenaged Selves

By Melissa AlbertOctober 4, 2013
All of us here at SparkLife have made it out of our teen years alive and relatively intact, which makes us automatic experts on teendom, adulthood, card tricks, shortcuts, really pulling off a fashion cape...and realizing that half of what we once worried about was ... More  →
Advice to Our Teenaged Selves

The Funniest Names in Fiction

By Melissa AlbertSeptember 30, 2013
Some fictional names make us smile, and some flat-out make us LOL. Whether they come from distant galaxies, postapocalyptic cultures, or the nearest fictional high school, here are our favorite funny names in fiction: 1. Slartibartfast (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy). The gold standard in hilarious ... More  →
The Funniest Names in Fiction

Vintage YA Books + 4 Writing Tips from Legendary YA Author Lois Duncan!

By Melissa AlbertSeptember 27, 2013
  Have you ever wondered what teens read before sparkly vampires and courageous teen wizards came around? Before postapocalyptic hunger gaming and the birth of John Green? I've got two and a half words for you: vintage YA. Our moms, aunts, and former babysitters read the work ... More  →
Vintage YA Books + 4 Writing Tips from Legendary YA Author Lois Duncan!

5 Signs You Spend too Many Weekends Away from Your Dorm

By Melissa AlbertSeptember 26, 2013
It can be tempting as a college kid living the dorm life to spend your weekends at home, especially if it's just a train, bus, or car ride away. Your stuff is there. The people who love you are there. Food and noncommunal living spaces ... More  →
5 Signs You Spend too Many Weekends Away from Your Dorm

The 9 Scariest Things to Read Right Before Bed

By Melissa AlbertSeptember 20, 2013
1. Your mom's five-star Amazon review of Fifty Shades of Grey. 2. The captions on your ex's new Facebook photo album, "MIKE LOVES CINDY." Did you really need to know that her pet name for him is CutieButt? Does that make you feel better? 3. The essay that's ... More  →
The 9 Scariest Things to Read Right Before Bed

The Sparkitors Review the World's Grossest Candy: Mystery Edition!

By Melissa AlbertSeptember 20, 2013
In an effort to bring you the best in terrible candy coverage, we've eaten vomitous jelly beans, chewed on meaty gum, and tried out candy sticks that taste like a perfume counter. But something happened today, as we set off on yet another journey into the land of unholy swee More  →
The Sparkitors Review the World's Grossest Candy: Mystery Edition!
About the Author
Melissa Albert

Melissa Albert reads books, worries about other people’s dogs (they look thirsty), and eats horrible candy for fun and profit. When not wearing her extremely tasteful Sparkitor hat, she’s an editor for the Barnes & Noble Book Blog. You can find her on Twitter @mimi_albert, or in the hot pretzel section of your local cafeteria.

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