Jill Weatherholt

Writing Stories of Love, Faith and Happy Endings While Enjoying the Journey

Summer Spotlight: Eric Baker

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Eric BakerDo not attempt to adjust your monitor. I am controlling the internet!

Jill is taking a break from spotlighting thoughtful, literate, compassionate, salt-of-the-Earth writers this week, instead turning her blog over to me, Eric John Baker… the person you might avoid sitting next to on a train because I just seem a little bit off.

Interesting facts about me:
I am ½ human, ½ wicked witch, and ½ mole person, and I am highly regarded for my mathematical expertise. Like Godzilla, I inexplicably live underwater despite being an air-breathing biped without a biological mechanism for deep-sea propulsion.

If you’re still reading, here’s the boilerplate:

I also work in an office building in New Jersey as an editor and a writer, churning out businessy stuff all day. Before you ask: No, I do not sound like Tony Soprano when I talk.

Jill invited me here today because I am a fellow WordPress blogger. If you visit my blog, you will find humorous grammar and punctuation lessons, writing discussion, and stuff about music and movies. And beards. And mole people.

I am also a musician and songwriter, serving as the guitarist and drummer of the two-man rock band, Full Blown Cranium. We released our first album, Cacophony of Weirdos, last year, and you can listen to sound samples here and here. I’m thinking of doing a solo record next.

My fiction writing falls into the category of Speculative (encompassing the horror, science fiction, and supernatural genres), though I prefer to think of my stuff as “twilight zonish.” That is, I don’t do much with monsters and space ships, instead setting my stories in the real world but with a twist on reality. These days, my main creative project is a novel, the first draft of which I have just completed. I have not settled on a title yet, but the plot involves three young girls facing off against street gangs, starvation, and a megalomaniacal sociopath after a global apocalypse kills every adult on earth.

Now, what you really came here for… My answers to 5 of Jill’s questions:

Q: If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet?

Why would I want to meet a dead person? They can’t even shake your hand much less say anything interesting, and, at best, they smell like dust. Clearly a living person is a wiser choice. I would want to meet a world-renowned astrophysicist and ask her if my theory on backward time travel makes any sense.

Q: What celebrity do you get mistaken for?

Once a day, I am mistaken for George Clooney. Then I realize it’s my reflection and remember that I’m the only one who ever makes that mistake. When it comes to other people mistaking me for a celebrity, I get a lot of, “Hey, aren’t you Judy Dench?” That, or R2D2.

Q: What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done?

Definitely climbing K2 in the Himalayas naked with a polar bear strapped to my back.

Wait… did you say what’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done or never done? The hardest thing I’ve ever done is work my way through college while raising a child. That was still much easier than climbing the world’s second tallest mountain naked with a polar bear strapped to my back, although I’m only speculating about the second thing, since, as I mentioned above, I’ve never done it.

Q: If you could visit any place in the entire world, where would it be?

Ancient Greece in the high classical period to see the Parthenon in its glory and to check out all the bronze masterpieces that were later melted down by short-sighted idiots.

Ha! You didn’t say it had to be now. Besides, I have a theory on backward time travel.

Q: Is there anything about the opposite sex you just don’t understand or comprehend?

I do not understand why so many women are attracted to men. We’re really quite shallow in character, we’re hairy like gorillas, we’re selfish, we’re blocky and lack appealing curves, we have whiskers, and we’re looking at their boobs when they aren’t paying attention.

Eric, you did not disappoint! Thanks for bringing your sense of humor to the spotlight this week. Stay tuned next week for Gwen Stephens.

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Author: Jill Weatherholt

My name is Jill Weatherholt and I’m a writer. I have a full-time job, but at night and on the weekend, I pursue my passion, writing. I write modern stories about love, friendship and forgiveness. I started this blog as a way to share my journey toward publication and to create a community for other new writers. Raised in the Washington, DC area, I’ve lived in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2004. I hold a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and a Certification in Paralegal Studies from Duke University. My first book, SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE, published by Harlequin Love Inspired released on February 21, 2017 and is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.com. I was the first place winner in the Dream Quest One Short Story Contest in the Winter 2014-2015 competition. In 2014, I placed second in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest. I was also a top ten finalist in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest in 2012 and 2013. I’m a 2010 and 2012 winner of the NaNoWriMo Contest. I love to connect readers, visit me at jillweatherholt.com

91 thoughts on “Summer Spotlight: Eric Baker

  1. Eric, I will be stopping by your blog…not so much for the stuff about movies, but for the humorous grammar and punctuation lessons. I enjoyed your interview: most interesting!

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  2. Eric Baker. The biggest and the baddest. Thanks for starting my weekend with plenty laughter. You don’t sound like Tony Soprano when you talk? And there I was hoping to meet you . . . 🙂

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  3. Eric, as Jill said, you never fail to disappoint. I enjoyed this post as I do your blog, for its humor! Not too many people can take a discussion about commas and make it entertaining. Thanks for the laughs over my morning coffee.

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  4. I’m really disappointed you didn’t climb the Himalayas naked. Other than that, you seem almost normal….maybe.

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  5. Eric, you never fail to make me smile, often laugh, and just in general make me feel a bit brighter. Thanks, Jill, for hosting Eric!

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  6. Nice to meet you, George…er…Eric! You had me laughing after your first sentence, never mind the rest! You got major points with me by referring to the astrophysicist as a she. Well played! 🙂 Looking forward to visiting your blog.

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  7. You have a child?
    Loved your bio. Will be crashing your site sometime soon. If it makes Gwen laugh, that’s good enough for me.

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    • Yes, unfortunately for my son, I am his dad (he’s 12). About once a month he has reason to look at me and say, “I don’t think my friends’ dads would ever [say/do/think] that.”

      Thanks for the comment and for reading, though I suppose that is Jill’s place to say so on her blog.

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    • Hi Jenny! Eric has been cracking me up and teaching me the do’s and don’ts of grammar since I first started blogging. His blog is full of good information and great laughs…definitely check it out.

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  8. When I stopped by, I could have sworn I was looking at George Clooney! So, Eric, nice to meet you. I also wouldn’t mind a quick trip to ancient Greece.

    I used to love Twilight Zone, so your novel sounds awesome. Good luck with it. In regard to the plight of your characters the title DEAD END comes to mind. I’m hoping that’s not the the end for them though. 🙂

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  9. I’d sit next to you on a train and even have a conversation with you. I sit next to way more “off” people than you on the bus every day. That is, unless your in the habit of arguing with yourself out loud in two different voices, one deep and gruff, the other high and whiny. That would make me nervous.

    Enjoyed your post. 🙂

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    • Thanks! Don’t worry, I am not the kind of person who falls asleep on strangers. I don’t know what’s worse: the off-kilter seat mate who talks to himself or the one who has no compunctions about using other riders for a pillow. There’s a fine but definite line between being friendly and being overly familiar.

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    • Hi Tracy! I ran into that lady in the grocery store recently…she kept yelling at herself in the produce section. Much scarier than Eric. 🙂

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      • I used to work in music stores. We would have gone out of business sooner without our “regulars.” If I put them in a story, no one would believe me.

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      • It’s sad, isn’t it? That there are people for whom “zaniness” isn’t a joke? It sometimes keeps me awake at night, wanting to “fix” people who are hurting.

        As much as it makes me sad, I still appreciate a jokester like Eric. My husband is a joker in the same way, which is a blessing to me–it’s not good for me to take life, or people, too entirely seriously.

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      • All kidding aside, I think humor is essential for sanity. With all the bad news flying at us at the speed of cyberspace, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by it. I am all for a bawdy joke or off-color one-liner, because they help to diffuse tension, but we can’t lose sight of our compassion. Always trying to find that balance… caring without being dour and gloomy, and making people laugh without being flip about others’ pain.

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  10. George Clooney wants to meet you and Judy Dench for a cup of coffee at the train station. And he and Matt Damon are interested in investing in your idea for time travel.

    Thanks for the laughs!

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  11. For a “½ human, ½ wicked witch, and ½ mole person,” you write wonderfully funny posts. I’m pretty sure George Clooney would be jealous. 🙂

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  12. Eric! I just have to read your blog! I also have a theory on time travel! And I choose men as role models even though I am a woman.( like Tom Hanks in “Castaway.” And Gene Hackman in all his movies even though when I met him in person , he was not what I expected. ) So your Judy Dench comment was intriguing. Same with Ancient Greece! Thanks for the fun Spotlight! Thank you Jill!

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  13. I want to hear your Gene Hackman story! And then we can compare notes on time travel. The only thing I’m missing is a craft that flies 100X the speed of light. The devil is in the details.

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  14. Great post and great to meet you Eric, you’re a funny guy…this post is a definite teaser for your blog, which I’ll be visiting soon 🙂

    Jill – just saw the news on your lighthouse story on Yolanda’s blog – great news, you go girl!!!

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    • Aw…thanks, Andrea! It was shocking news to start the week. The story was close to my heart, but I never imagined it would place second. Yolanda was a big inspiration with her beautiful lighthouse photographs.
      Yes, definitely check out Eric’s blog. He’s a great teacher and very funny.

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    • Thanks! And now I have to track down Yolanda, because Jill is too humble to talk about her story placement here.

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  15. It’s all been said already – but I add my voice too! I’ll also come by for a visit!

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  16. I love your music, Eric! I’ve been sitting here listening to it while I read through the comments. I’ve heard of the ‘monkey on the back’ but this is the first time I’ve met someone whose had a polar bear on their back. I think there must be a song in there somewhere. Great post 😀

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  17. Lucky for you, I feel that any theories on time travel don’t need to make sense to work… Hell, how some of the people I drive behind on the way to work survive the trip doesn’t make sense to me.

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  18. Great to meet you Eric 😀 Have you watched the movie “Safety Not Guaranteed”? Bet you have. Dunno why I thought of that right now better mosey on over to your blog…

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  19. Hi Yolanda! Yes, definitely mosey or race over to Eric’s blog…it’s great! Have a wonderful weekend!

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  20. What a fun interview, summer-spotlight mole person! Your writing style is great!
    Now, untie Jill and let her come back… 😉

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  21. Hahahaha, that was great. I love the reflection viewing of George, oops, Eric.

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  22. Full Blown Cranium? Sounds like my kind of band!! Jill – do you think Nicky would like it??!! Movies and writing stuff too? Twilight Zonish? I’ll definitely be coming over to your blog Eric, checking out your music too. Just give me a couple of days….and btw, I don’t think you look anything like Judy Dench…

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  23. What can I possibly do other than click the like button, Eric? If I was any good at backward time travel I’d get the hell out of here! 🙂

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  24. This was hilarious, Eric & Jill. You kept my interest all the way through. My sense of humor, but not necessarily my genre of novel. But, now that I met you here, Eric, I just may take a look.

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  25. I love Eric’s sense of humor! Jill, I glad he volunteered to be your summer guest.
    Thank you for the laughs, Eric:)
    Have a great week!

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  26. Eric I had a good laugh thinking about a polar bear strapped to your back, very entertaining read, you have a very witty, cheeky style all of your own.

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  27. I thought I had a real handle on who Eric is as a writer and a human being based on his unique comments, and then I find out he NEVER climbed a mountain naked with a polar bear on his back – soooooooooo disappointing! Thank goodness his clever imagination makes up for his lack of real-world naked-polar-bearized-mountain-climbing experience.

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  28. LOL. What an awesome interview! I’m definitely going to have to start following Eric’s blog now. Thanks for introducing him to us Jill!

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  29. My pleasure, Kourtney! Eric’s blog is very educational and extremely entertaining.

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  30. What I like about your posts, Jill, is that you ask such great questions, and then, the ones you choose are such individual characters! I enjoyed this, Eric, I will have to visit you blog! I will also hope to see you in a famous interview, one day! Then, imagine, Jill, you can say, “I interviewed and knew him when…” Smiles, Robin

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