It’s not easy being snarky.


Living the snark life.


People think it is, but it’s not.


First off, there’s that whole ‘what is snark?’ thing that we snarks have to deal with. Is it sarcasm? Is it negativity? Or is it just being nasty to people?


(If you don’t know, I’m not going to tell you.)


My feeling is – you’re either born this way or you’re not. You don’t choose snark. You can’t force it. You can’t teach snark, anymore than you can teach funny. You’ve either got it, or you don’t.


Besides, people can spot a fake snark a mile away.


I once sat next to a woman at a conference and she went off on snarks, under the clearly incorrect assumption that I wasn’t one.


See, you can’t tell a snark just by looking at us. We look like everyone else. When she finished her diatribe against us, I simply smirked, threw my water glass in her face, did a little table throw, and sashayed over to the bar for a vodka martini – shaken, not stirred.


I’m thinking that’s the last time she’ll judge a snark by its cover.


When my first book came out, the #1 bestselling A Walk In The Snark, someone left a 1-star review, complaining it was too sarcastic. That made me happy. It’s not called A Walk in the Unicorns and Rainbows, sweeties.


Besides, my unicorn is a dumbass.


Yes, yes, we know the origin of the word snark. (You tell us all the time, every day and we laugh and laugh.) Like we wouldn’t know. Please.


It’s not that we think we know everything. We know we don’t. We’re just…confident in our thoughts and opinions.


Some people think we’re cocky. One guy called me a misandrist bitch. I’m pretty sure he didn’t realize he was being ironic.


Unicorns and rainbow people (identifiable by their rosy-cheeked, smiling faces and constant spewing of ‘You don’t know until you try!’ core phrases) somehow mistakenly have this notion that snarky people are negative.


I’m not negative. I’m snarky. There’s a difference: negative people see the glass half empty. I see a martini.


Living this life is not a walk in the, um, park. There are certain misperceptions about snarks. People always expect us to be on. They think we’re unfeeling, hard dillholes who couldn’t care less about your issues. Which isn’t true at all. We’re quite interested…no, we’re mesmerized by your thoughts and feelings. Mostly because we need material but…


Sorry, what?


We give you plenty of warnings that our sense of humor and lifestyle isn’t for everyone, yet still you persist in wanting to know more. Is it our fault you can’t handle the snark?




So here we are, at the end of the rainbow, you all full of your disillusioned disappointment to not find a pot of gold; while we snarks have been telling you that not only do leprechauns not exist, that whole pot of gold thing is a bunch of magical hoo-ha made up by The Man to keep you in your place. And stuff.


Everyone knows you’ll find it in your daily book of positive quotes and sayings you insist on sharing with everyone you know on social media. We don’t judge you for believing in all that fucked up positivity crap.


There’s so much humor in everyday life. Snarks find it, turn it around, and look at it from all sides aka deconstructing, to find the best laugh. We don’t take it personally if some people don’t get it.


It’s our snark to bear.




Please share your thoughts, feelings and comments below. Rachel is enough of a narcissistic bitch to be mesmerized by them all so she can squirrel them away for days when nobody comments and she can roll up in a ball of positivity waiting for her inner snark to come out.

And stuff.


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About Rachel Thompson

Rachel Thompson is the author of newly released Broken Places and the award-winning Broken Pieces, as well as two additional humor books, A Walk In The Snark and Mancode: Exposed. Rachel is published and represented by Booktrope where she directs the Gravity imprint helping authors share their stories of trauma and recovery. She owns BadRedhead Media, creating effective social media and book marketing campaigns for authors. For affordable group sessions check out Author Social Media Boot Camp, monthly sessions to help all authors! Her articles appear regularly in The Huffington Post, The San Francisco Book Review (BadRedhead Says…),,,, and Self-Publishers Monthly.

Not just an advocate for sexual abuse survivors, Rachel is the creator and founder of the hashtag phenomenon #MondayBlogs and the live Twitter chat, #SexAbuseChat, co-hosted with certified therapist/survivor, Bobbi Parish.

She hates walks in the rain, running out of coffee, and coconut. She lives in California with her family.


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  14. I love it. And I love snarks.

    You know what I’ve found? Often times, snarky people are actually the most loyal, caring and best friends someone could have. They’ll razz the heck out of you, notice (and point out a LOT of flaws) but come to your defense immediately if someone unjustly does the same.

    I consider myself pretty snarky…pretty cynical, pretty critical…but I am anything but negative. I love dishing it out, I love getting it in return.

    Great post.

    • Brad, thanks so much …and so true. I tend to hold back the judgments myself since people tend to make so many of me in reviews (you’ll find that happens frequently once your book comes out — if you decide to go that direction). I am quite loyal, it’s true. I’m not one of those people with a million ‘friends’ around them. I have just a few close friends — four in fact; two whom I’ve known for over twenty years.

      For some reason, people are quite upset when I mention in my books that I’ve been married well, gosh now almost twenty years. That really seems to bother people. One young single fella told me I had no business writing a (humor) book about relationships, since I don’t have a Masters degree in Psych (like he does).

      Now THAT made me laugh.

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