Category: Meandering Musings

Ten Years Later… I’m Coming Into Port

The first stranger is set to read my book…in the words of a famous meme from YouTube: Finis this real life? I have one more before my editor reads my book. One more week until a complete stranger reads my first novel. Could this really be happening? “Well yeah...
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Social Media Political Junkies Anonymous

Hello, and welcome to SMPJA (Social Media Political Junkies Anonymous) /stands up My name is Eric, and I’m an SMPJ. I guess it all started in college for me, back in 2006. A friend introduced me to this new platform called “Facebook”. It was fun at first. Sharing pictures...
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Why I Write

TLDR version? I was created to do so (If you have not read my Mea Culpa identity blog, click here https://ericwsparks.com/mea-culpa/ to do so). This is simply what I was born to do. I do not mean this is necessarily how I’m destined to make my living (though it would...
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Mea Culpa

So, I wanted to make a blog about why I write. But I realized you needed me to be more candid about my identity before you could understand both how this affects, and how it doesn’t affect, my writing. I’m a Christian. More specifically, I’m a devout Christian that...
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Music Playlist for Writing in Fantasy

While I listen to plenty of background music when writing (I have a Pandora station with hundreds if not thousands of songs liked), the following are the ones that I purchased on iTunes so I could loop them over and over. After all, artists draw inspiration for their medium...
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Self Publishing VS Traditional: Pros/Cons

The first thing to consider when you are choosing to self-publish or not is your genre. That’s because publishers are first and foremost interested in making money. They’ll turn away a brilliant novel that won’t sell, and they bought the rights to 50 Shades of Grey after it became...
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The Problem with the Concept of a “Children’s Story”.

I have just finished reading Mark Twain’s The Prince and the Pauper for the first time. I loved every minute of it. Never mind that it is a “children’s story.” As CS Lewis noted, “When I was ten I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed...
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Follow Your Character’s Path Over Your Outline’s

As someone who wrote multiple short stories, I had a huge learning curve when it came to my first novel. Last week, I wrote about the need to make sure you have a key component of your world set up before you write that amazing Fantasy novel. This week,...
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