Author Archives: Brian A. Klems

Bribing An IRS Agent

There's a knock on the door. It's an IRS agent who has come to your house to audit your taxes. Knowing that you fudged a few numbers on your forms, you decide to attempt to bribe the agent. Much to your surprise, it's working, but things take an peculiar turn when the agent makes...

Secret Passageway

You've just moved into a new house and are fixing it up. In the process of painting you find an odd crack in the wall. As you explore further, you find out it's a secret passageway—and you have no idea where it leads. You decide to grab a flashlight and go exploring.

A Letter From Your Favorite Childhood Toy

You open the mail and receive a letter from one of your favorite childhood toys, explaining what the toy has been up to all these years since you have moved on. Some of it comes as a shock to you. What's even more shocking is the reason the toy is contacting you.

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Winners of the 3rd Annual #AprilFools4Writers Contest

First off, thanks to everyone who participated. I had a great time (and I hope you did too). Creative exercises like this are a wonderful way to inspire us--and an easy way to have a little fun. While the winners were selected randomly, it is worth noting that all five had pretty clever contributions,...

The Song That Changed Everything

You walked into the emergency room. This simply couldn't be happening. Just a few hours ago you were playing cards with your friend, listening to your favorite song on the radio—the song that defined your friendship. But now, as you make your way to the nurses' station, that song was playing again. Only this...

St. Patrick’s Day Hangover

You wake up the morning after St. Patrick's Day don't remember much of the evening (thanks to too many green beers). You also notice some discomfort on your forearm. When you roll up your sleeve, you discover a tattoo of a map. Panic sets in as you realize that you now have a tattoo...

Best Friends Need Your Help

You receive a phone call from your two best friends. "Hey, we've done something terribly wrong and need your help. We can't talk about it over the phone. Please meet us at the spot where we made our pact back in high school. You know the place." Nervously, you grab your coat and car...

Not-So-Anonymous Commenter

You’ve been writing a blog for a number of months now without issue, then suddenly you’re confronted with an anonymous commenter who posts unwarranted slams against you. A techie friend helps you use the commenter’s IP address to get the address of this rogue. You head to the house ready to pick a fight—but...

Retirement Party Food Fight

After 40 years at the same job, you are finally ready to retire. Your coworkers throw you a party with cake and ice cream. Everything is going well until the end of the celebration when they ask you to speak. Instead of using this opportunity to thank everyone, you reveal a deep, dark secret...

Getting Your Money Back

You slide your card into the ATM machine and attempt to withdraw cash, only to find that your account is empty. Something is wrong, as just yesterday, you had $5,000 in it. Only one person you know could be responsible for this—and without hesitation, you are off to confront that person and get your...

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Since vs. Because

Are "since" and "because" interchangeable or is there a difference between them? This quick explanation will help you put this hot-button issue to rest once and for all.