Category: Meandering Musings

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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Creating a Magic System for Your Fantasy World

It’s a forgone conclusion that if you’re going to create your own Fantasy world, you are going to have some form of magic. Like Samwise Gamgee, we long to see the beautiful and strange; it’s a huge lure that draws us to these fantastic worlds. But you must also...
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