I created this blog to promote my writing and to meet you. You will mostly find writing talk here, though I’ve been known to blather about music, movies, and TV. I occasionally climb on a soapbox. You’ll know when your eyes start rolling. Or when you feel compelled to say, “You go, girl!”
My fiction resides in the realm of horror, dark sci-fi, and supernatural. I am hard at work on an as-of-yet untitled novel and post periodic updates, but not at the expense of offering what I hope is entertaining content. Life is a barrel of flying turtles on Clawing at the Keys.
The boilerplate: I write and edit 9-5 in the corporate world, though I unofficially take on freelance editing projects when time permits. I’m equally comfortable editing fiction and non-fiction, and I can shape all manner of business content.
Note: All posts, essays, and stories copyright 2012-2014 by Eric John Baker. The pictures and videos are borrowed from cyberspace, and no rights are implied. Did that sound legalish enough?
Here’s a cool video my late friend Bryan Edmondson made for me:
April 11th, 2012 at 10:05 pm
awesome writing, great to see you online..
April 11th, 2012 at 10:41 pm
Great to see you online as well. Thanks for dropping by. I’ve been meaning to look you up on linkedin, so perhaps this will be the impetus.
December 18th, 2012 at 10:31 am
Aren’t reunions the s**t?
December 18th, 2012 at 12:12 pm
I brought soda and chips. Dig in.
July 23rd, 2012 at 6:46 am
Eric, I was hoping to put you in my “Writer’s Corner” Page as a shameless free give away of you and your talents for the benefit of my own selfish blog visitors. I am just putting this up as of early morning 7-23, Please send me a “got to hell, and take me down.” email, or else send me an email at email@example.com and tell me exactly how you wish to be pimped. Eg your Bio for PFC to be added.
July 23rd, 2012 at 6:46 am
By the way the link may help you find me on one of the billions of pages on the world wide web.
October 4th, 2012 at 9:58 pm
I love snarky replies! I’m enjoying your blog and, of course, your comments on mine. Write on.
October 5th, 2012 at 7:41 am
No snark required at this particular moment. Thank you for reading and commenting!
October 11th, 2012 at 11:40 pm
Ha! I see you really do have fun with the rude comments! Your disclosure/warning seems like it would make the whole thing a bit more fun. 😉
October 11th, 2012 at 11:49 pm
I was fortunate to have been born without feelings, so there’s nothing to hurt! Fire away…
Oddly, I don’t like to hurt other people’s feelings, so I say: Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting, and drop by any time.
October 14th, 2012 at 11:09 pm
Hi Eric, thanks for visiting and following my blog. Looks like you’ve got lots of different writing interests. That’s cool that you feel so comfortable in so many different genres: you’re more like a quatrality in that regard. Although I like your half-face duality pic; it’s not half bad. 🙂
October 14th, 2012 at 11:40 pm
Hi, and thanks for stopping by. Your blog is witty and reveals your skill as a writer. I follow and learn.
As for the half face… the other half was eaten by zombies, so I had no choice. Luckily, they took my lesser half.
October 15th, 2012 at 2:01 am
Thanks, Eric, that’s really kind of you to say. It’s a learning journey for all of us.
November 11th, 2012 at 4:14 pm
Eric, Many thanks for dropping by at my blog. Yes, I will definitely learn to let go my art one day. Cheers.
November 11th, 2012 at 4:42 pm
Thanks for visiting and commenting. I look upon your skills as a painter with admiration and envy, since I’m best suited for painting fences.
October 11th, 2013 at 3:55 pm
I fell for that once. Not twice Tom Sawyer 🙂
November 15th, 2012 at 6:37 pm
Thought I’d leave a random comment as well !
November 15th, 2012 at 8:20 pm
No one can stop us!
December 26th, 2012 at 8:54 pm
Hi Eric, I thought after reading that BAD Christmas story you deserve the Blog of the Year Award nomination. See here for details: http://wp.me/p110vT-lN
December 26th, 2012 at 10:49 pm
Thanks! I left a stupid comment, so hopefully you are regretting the nomination already!
December 26th, 2012 at 11:06 pm
Got it. Replied with stupid reply. Currently abandoned all activities in favour of researching time travel to go back and not nominate you! 🙂
December 27th, 2012 at 12:38 am
Watch out for the time travel paradox. Although, I’ll never know if you got caught up in it.
January 24th, 2013 at 11:49 pm
Hey Eric – thanks for letting me be cool 🙂 I ended up here at your blog because someone else I follow reblogged your post on developing your writing voice. Looking forward to future posts …
January 26th, 2013 at 1:28 am
Thanks for playing along, Dave! You were already cool, though.
Blogging about writing has been such an eye-opening experience for me, once I discovered how many talented people are out there and how generous they are with their advice and encouragement. I’m glad we all ended up in somebody’s venn diagram.
February 26th, 2013 at 6:28 pm
Alleged progress. I like that.
February 26th, 2013 at 7:11 pm
The more I write, the more I have to get done. If I had never started, I’d be finished already.
I bet you know the feeling.
February 27th, 2013 at 9:50 am
I wanted to be cool so bad, so I clicked that button, and now I’m hooked. Great content on your site! I’m so looking forward to more inspiring posts 🙂
February 27th, 2013 at 10:10 am
Well now I’m under all kinds of pressure! Gee, thanks.
February 28th, 2013 at 5:19 pm
So I clicked the “Cool” button and it didn’t remove any of the ABBA tunes from my Ipod and my 16 year old daughter is still looking at my like I’m an alien. I think it might be broken. Glad you got freshly pressed, it is a very cool blog.
February 28th, 2013 at 5:57 pm
Great reply and thanks for the compliment. At least you have an iPod. Directly to my right is the CD for “Vital Signs” by Survivor. No way I can hide that in binary code. It’s sitting right there, drawing the attention of passersby to its 1980s goodness.
June 28th, 2013 at 3:57 pm
Hey, Eric, I’ve nominated you for the Liebster award! You can find details at http://1writeway.com/2013/06/28/just-call-me-ms-popularity/ If you already have the award and/or don’t want to participate, that is perfectly OK. I’m just sharing the love 🙂
June 29th, 2013 at 12:34 am
Thank you so much! It’s nice to be appreciated by my peers. I shall accept in spirit, if not in action.
June 29th, 2013 at 8:28 am
You are so welcome! I know a lot of bloggers don’t like to do the awards thing, so I always try to include the caveat. I do enjoy your blog very much.
June 29th, 2013 at 12:00 am
Great stuff, looking forward to reading more!
June 29th, 2013 at 12:34 am
Thanks for stopping by!
August 13th, 2013 at 11:56 pm
Just discovered your blog (blew in from the Google high seas!) and am having a gay ol’ time going through your back.catalogue of posts. Great stuff, Eric. Consider me a follower.
August 18th, 2013 at 8:34 pm
Thanks! Sorry I didn’t reply sooner, but somehow I missed this comment. Welcome aboard!
August 17th, 2013 at 7:38 pm
Hi! I’ve nominated you for both the 5 in 1 Award and the WordPress Family Award. If you want to participate, you can see how I mangled, I mean, managed the rules here: http://1writeway.com/2013/08/17/its-awards-time-again/. Participation is not required. Yeah, I know you only accept in spirit, but I couldn’t resist 😉
August 18th, 2013 at 8:34 pm
Thanks! My imaginary shelf of awards is getting crowded thanks to you.
August 18th, 2013 at 10:29 pm
Then my purpose has been fulfilled 😉
August 19th, 2013 at 1:28 am
Well deserved, I might add. Your blog is awesome …
August 18th, 2013 at 4:39 pm
Frequently see and enjoy your comments on Nancy Hatch’s blog. That, coupled with the fact that (I detect) you’re from Central Jersey, sufficiently intrigues my following. And your exceptional first name (spelled correctly).
August 18th, 2013 at 8:38 pm
Ha ha ha. Those Eriks think they are so much cooler than the rest of us, but we know better.
I feel like I’m under pressure to work some Somerset/Mercer/Hunterdon/Middlesex county-themed material in here now.
August 18th, 2013 at 8:49 pm
Former Monmouth here. Aren’t those North Jersey counties (excepting perhaps, Middlesex)? BTW, middle name John here, as well. Cue Outer Limits theme music, or something equally peculiar…
August 18th, 2013 at 9:53 pm
I guess “central” Jersey is relative in a state that is much longer than it is wide. I live about 6 miles north of Princeton.
I’ve got a pretty weird “Eric J Baker” story. The short version: I live in an apartment building with about 30 units. When my son was younger I used to wait on the bus stop with him and talk to this other guy waiting with his daughter. This went on all year.
That summer I visited my brother in the Pocono mountains (a 2-hour drive for me) for a birthday party. A guest, who was a girlfriend of one of his local friends, said, ‘Your name is Eric J Baker? Weird. I know a guy with that name. Can I take your picture and show him?”
2 months later, the summer ended, and we were back on the bus stop on the first day of school. The fellow with the young daughter walks up to me, shakes my hand, and says, “Nice to see you again, Eric J Baker. I’m Eric J Baker.”
Right in my own apartment building was the other EJB she knew! The poor folks at the post office must have a time of it.
August 27th, 2013 at 11:37 pm
Delinquent here, at least w/replies. Been in Jersey since Sunday. Heading to VT manana to restore my batteries through Sunday. Not blogging the entire week.
Amazing, your EJB story. Perhaps a bit of a social statement? I could easily see it happening with a couple of jaded Manhattanites but suburban Jersey dads?
Still need to create time to complete your Bloggers Studio (?) challenge; actually intrigued.
September 2nd, 2013 at 7:01 am
See, I followed you! 🙂
September 2nd, 2013 at 8:34 pm
I hope you’re not disappointed!
January 12th, 2014 at 6:10 pm
I like your about section and the fact you don’t have a ‘like button’ on posts. It’s great to be able to read your wonderful content,without having to worry about that stupid like button.
January 21st, 2014 at 7:10 pm
The ubiquitous “like” button. It sort of dilutes the meaning, doesn’t it? The same way have 893 ‘friends” on FB has changed the meaning of that word.
Thanks for stopping by and commenting.
June 28th, 2014 at 7:26 am
Nice to meet you Eric, finally made my way over here from your spotlight post over at our mutual friend Jill’s blog. Looking forward to reading more – Sherri 🙂
June 28th, 2014 at 10:46 pm
Thanks, Sherri! Welcome.
September 4th, 2014 at 9:08 am
So, are you a believer of the paranormal?
September 5th, 2014 at 11:51 am
Oddly enough, no. I’m one of those cold, hard logic people in real life. However, in the realm of entertainment, art, and storytelling, I love creatures, monsters, and demons and fantastical powers and technologies. But that’s just me. If someone believes the supernatural to be a real aspect of our universe, he should be free to do so without judgment (as long as no one is getting hurt or oppressed by it).
October 6th, 2014 at 9:46 pm
Hi, thanks for visiting my blog and liking my post!
October 6th, 2014 at 10:22 pm
Thanks for writing a likable post.
January 14th, 2015 at 8:36 pm
Hi Eric, I just wanted to let you know I’ve nominated you for a Versatile Blogger Award. Another one to add to your virtual shelf! 🙂 I’m glad I wandered in to your corner of the blogosphere. http://doorwaybetweenworlds.com/2015/01/14/versatile-blogger-award/
January 15th, 2015 at 8:44 am
Awesome! Thank you. I knew that “Top 5 Werewolf” movies post from a month or two ago would put me over the top!