…Oh, Dear.

Hello readers, friends, and the Internet community in general,

Just in case you don’t remember me, I’m Tom and this is MuseSpark!  I apologize for my LONG absence; it was a long summer and, so far, it has been a long and hard school year.  BUT, it’s time for another “I promise I’m not dead” post.  I at least owe you that, and an update on what’s going on with me.

I’ve been doing a lot of reading and writing lately, however, my reading is mostly of textbooks and my writing for the past months has consisted almost exclusively of nonfiction essays and lab reports.  Therefore, not too much happening on MuseSpark, or anywhere other than school, for that matter.  On the plus side, I feel that I’ve done a lot of growing up since I last posted here.  I am a more confident, happy individual who isn’t afraid to share his opinion with the world.  That’s why I’m back again, so I can continue to express myself––the new me––as I have in the past.

Thank you to anyone who was concerned about where I was!  You’ll certainly be hearing from me more than you have been lately!  Thanks for sticking with me.



So…I’ve Decided to Get into postaweek

Yes, it’s true. I’m going to take it upon myself to post at least once a week for all of 2011. It’s definitely going to be a challenge, but I can do it. The postaweek challenge is just what this blog needs!  If I’m not mistaken I’m already caught up, so I just have to keep posting! 🙂

I’m a fan of postaday’s daily inspirations, but I won’t be using them all the time. I have some ideas that have been collecting dust in the back of my mind for a while, so I start with those. Talk to you soon!

Not familiar with postaday/week? Read all about it HERE.

Kay Sparkies, Here’s the Deal.

Oh hi!


So, as you may have noticed, I’ve been away for quite some time.  Luckily, MuseSpark hasn’t had to deal with too much traffic for a while, so it;s not like anyone’s been too upset.  At least, I hope no one is offended or anything;)


Nonetheless, here’s an update on where I’ve been, what I’ve done, and where I’m going:


Last time I posted here, I was hyping up this amazing piece of science-fiction writing.  Well, I finished it–but I don’t have it.  I ended up getting really creative and molded it to fit the requirements for a school assignment, and it turned out GREAT.  Unfortunately, I didn’t think to make copies of it either paper or digital, so alas it is forever lost.  I’m kicking myself and weeping at the same time…GAH!


The good news is, since then I have done some pretty neat stuff.  Not only have I been writing, I’ve written some reviews for School Library Journal’s online publication, “SLJ-Teen.”  I’ll see if I can’t post them here for all to see.  I must say it’s quite cool, especially since the books hadn’t come out at the time I reviewed them!  Expect those at some point, as well as some other content I’ve been hiding up my sleeve.


I’ve decided to close off “HOD” permanently, mostly because it became a hassle more than anything else to put up a haiku EVERY DAY.  Poetry should be fun.  So I’ve decided to stop forcing myself, and to just post poetry as I please without rushing to meet deadlines.  To make up for it, I think I might start doing some yet-undecided weekly feature post…maybe.  I have a bunch of ideas in the brain bank.


I’ll be seeing you soon!~Ciao!

Building Permit

Hi everyone!  Just an update about what’s going on, since a lot of changes are taking place.

First off, the videos page has been removed and made into an “Extras” page.  The videos are still there, just in a different location.  To access the “Videos” page, use the new “Pages” widget in the sidebar.

Secondly, “Haiku of the Day” has graduated from the “Poetry” page and has been given its own location under “Poetry”.  Again, the easiest way to access the new page is through the “Pages” widget in the sidebar, but I put up a link on the “Poetry” page to redirect people until the new layout has sunk in.

And finally a quick announcement on posts…My review for A Teen’s Guide to Getting Published should be up some time this week.  Also the “Extras” page has been getting lots of attention!  I put up a new video, as well as a page for comic strips…just another silly thing I like doing.  (The comic is titled, “Lonely Survivors” for those of you who stumbled upon it in the sidebar)  It’s not going to be updated nearly as much as, say, “Haiku of the Day”, but it’ll be a fun page.  I hope everyone is well, and I’ll be posting again soon!