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Jen Frankel Reads Random S#it!

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Writer, filmmaker & songwriter. Usually in that order.

Writer, filmmaker & songwriter. Usually in that order.


Toronto, ON


Writer, filmmaker & songwriter. Usually in that order.








Edition Addition: Kit Daven interview

Author of the Xiinisi series Kit Daven joins Jen to talk about writing your first line, and what goes into deciding how to start a piece of writing in the first place. Find Kit on Amazon or on her website at


In The Beginning: on Writing First Lines JFRRS 2.1

How can you write if you can't get started? Writing a first line can stop you dead in your tracks. Let Jen Frankel help demystify the process of getting your first line down, and moving past it to tell your story. This is the first episode of season two of the JFRRS! Podcast. Watch for follow-up "edition addition" featuring an interview with author Kit Daven!


JFRRS 2.1 Promo: In The Beginning

Do you struggle with writing the first line of your book or story? Jen Frankel, author and screenwriter, will help you out, or teach you how to avoid writing one at all. This month on the JFRRS Podcast, In The Beginning.


Shorter Allegations

For anyone who gets tired of saying "allegedly" over and over during the reporting of pending offenses. You're welcome.



For anyone who gets tired of saying "allegedly" over and over during the reporting of pending offenses. You're welcome.


JFRRS 2.0 Promo

Jen Frankel Reads Random S#it! will return soon with all new episodes and a brand-spanking new format for season two. Join me for the podcast that does a deep dive into examples of the vast array of mediums and genres possible for writers, and special guests who bring their own Random S#it to the discussion.


Songwriting and Lyrics: JFRRS 1.9

An overlooked type of writing is the craft of writing lyrics for music. What comes first, the words or the music? How do you put it all together in a song? Jen takes you through a selection of her own lyrics in a range of forms and genres. Please leave your comments and rate this podcast! All material written by Jen Frankel; edited by Sultan Ridwan. Theme music: Saturday Afternoon Self Portrait by Xenofranka (Jen's musical alter ego), from the album Sans Vocce.


JFRRS 1.9 Promo: Songwriting and Lyrics

A little taste of the next JFRRS!Podcast: Songwriting and Lyrics with a quote from the Queen of Nashville, aka the Dolly Lama.


All About Me (Autobiography and the Common Woman): JFRRS 1.8

Whether it's a crazy push to write an entire memoir in 72-hours, a meditation on grief, or an essay about a landlord who might just be the actual devil, Jen is going to enjoy tackling the art of autobiography and what it means to tell stories about ourselves.


Neverending Stories: JFRRS 1.7

Fairy tales have been central to storytelling for centuries, and in the form of legends and myths, stretch back past the beginning of recorded history. Host Jen Frankel delves into their power with three excerpts from her own work, Voices, The End of the Sphinx, and Emerald and Embergris. Edited by Sultan Ridwan, all content by Jen Frankel


Please, Learn to Shoot a Gun: JFRRS 1.6

In the wake of two of the worst mass shootings ever in the United States, occurring just over a month apart, I scrapped my plan for an episode of the podcast dealing with fairy tales to talk about guns and gun violence. But this isn't any old plea for disarmament. I want you to shoot a gun. And here's why. I'm joined this month on the team by audio magician Sultan Ridwan. Thanks for taking the sound of JFRRS!pod to the next level!


More Dreams May Come: JFRRS 1.5 Special

This is another "edition addition," this time for episode 1.5, Sweet Dreams. . . Don't Have To Rhyme. As promised, it's a couple of poems I wrote while I was entirely asleep! And wrote down when I woke up, much as Mr. Samuel Taylor Coleridge ALMOST managed. ;)


Sweet Dreams. . . Don't Have To Rhyme: JFRRS 1.5

Have you ever woken up in the morning with an irresistible urge to write down your dreams? I've been doing it for a long, long time, and mining those dreams for ideas for my fiction. Music in this episode is, as usual, by my musical alter ego Xenofranka including the JFRRS! theme, Saturday Afternoon Self-Portrait from the album SANS VOCCE except the following: Rossini String Concertos: Royalty Free from Egmont Overture & Under the Hall of the Mountain King by Kevin MacLeod...


More Politics as Life: JFRRS 1.4 Special

In this special edition of the JFRRS! Podcast, I bring you another selection of poems from my collection "Politics as Life," inspired both by the current state of current affairs and just how darned much fun I had recording the previous full episode. Please enjoy responsibly, especially the piece dating back to my pre-teen years!


Politics as Life: JFRRS 1.4

Selections from my poetry collection Politics as Life, presented in the context of the current American presidency and its attendant scandals. Warning: keep an open mind for the sake of compassion! Read more at or at Wattpad under the username Jen Frankel. I welcome your comments and questions!


A Small World: JFRRS 1.3

In Episode 3, journey with me to the far reaches of creation as a woman discovers just what it means to grow entirely out of your own life. A literary musing on fitting into the universe: A Small World. Read the story in my collection FERAL TALES, available at


If It's a Sonnet, It Must Be Love: JFRRS 1.2

In Episode 2 of the JFRRS! Podcast, I bring you a selection of sonnets, all on the ineffable subject of love. Indefinable, indescribable, wonderful, terrible, and weird, to love is to enter territory that, no matter how many times charted, remains one of life's undiscovered countries.


The Pealing of a Bell on a Silent Night: JFRRS 1.1

Welcome to the JFRRS! Podcast, aka Jen Frankel Reads Random S#it! I'm as much a random writer as a random reader, and here I'll be sharing with you my writings on such diverse subjects as time travel and the Titanic. In this first episode, I delve into the magical approach of Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa to sound and music in films like Rashomon and The Seven Samurai.