Crime Scene – Picture Prompt

The new series on CTV Monday nights at 8pm, Gotham, appears to be a good series. I am not much of a batman fan but the series focuses on the development of all substantial characters and their origins. Penguin, cat woman, Riddler, Ivy, Detective Gordan and Bruce as well as the two major crime syndicates are not ignored. The first episode starts with the death of Bruce’s parents and the crime scene that starts it all.

Crime scenes are difficult to create sometimes. You never know how much information to tell and how graphic to be.

Write and describe a crime scene. Where is the location and setting? How many victims involved? Who got there first? Were there any witnesses?

Have fun with it and mention details.

Jennifer Andrew
Freelance Writer & Book Reviewer

Screen Images – Picture Prompt

Depending on where you live, the cool weather is already seeping in. September brings thoughts of the leaves changing soon and fun occasions coming like Halloween.

Sometimes just having a cool desktop or screen image gives you the motivation to write.

What is your favorite screen image and how does it inspire you?

Jennifer Andrew
Freelance Writer & Book Reviewer

Building Your Story

In the September 2014 issue of RWA, my romance writer’s report from my writing organization, there is a great article written by Elizabeth Harmon called Home Improvement.
You are probably thinking what does home improvement have to do with my writing, but in the article she states that building a novel is similar to building a house.  Creating rooms, décor, landscape and fixtures you want with your house is the same type of mind frame you think about when creating your novel; your characters, setting, theme, plot, dialogue, etc.
When preparing for the house that you want to build, you have to form a blueprint or a floor plan.  Similarly, when creating your next literary work of art, you need to sit down and decide what you are going to write – genre, setting, plot and establishing your characters.  When you have an outline or a checklist, it keeps you on track with the details of how you want to start your next novel.  Changes can always be made but you will have an understanding of what direction you want to go in your next book.
When building a house, you create a framework or a foundation so the house can be built strong and secure.  When writing a story, your first draft becomes that framework.  Whether you focus on creating the plot and letting the characters come into existence or creating your characters and letting them see where the story takes you, both ideas set the foundation.  Don’t hold back.  Revision will always be necessary so it’s important to get everything down on paper so you can have a vision of how your story will ultimately turn out.
The interior of your house is created with excitement because you can’t wait to see the finished product.  This would resemble your second draft.  You have allowed yourself to take a breather from your work so when you approach it, you have a renewed outlook to your story and look at it in a different light.  This will give you an opportunity to check on the flow of your story, to see if there are no discrepancies or redundancy to your character’s actions or personalities.  You can check grammar, spelling and verbose dialogue.  This will give you the opportunity to look at the “guts” of your story and fix anything you deem fit to complete the construction of your novel.
When your house is complete and you are excited to choose your décor so you can enjoy your newly built house, the third draft serves the same purpose in your writing.  The last look, gives you the opportunity to make the finishing touches to ensure that the story flows smoothly with the climax that leads to any answers that were left in question.  Read your draft as if your reader is experiencing your work.  Maybe you can have someone read over your work to get a different opinion or viewpoint.
Finally, you have finished your house and you can enjoy all the comforts you desire.  With your completed novel, you now have the opportunity to submit it to a publisher, self-publish if that is what you intend or hand it to your agent as a finished and successful piece of work.
The article by Elizabeth Harmon was enlightening and when you’re a solitary writer, sometimes you don’t realize how connected you are to the outside world.  Writing encompasses more than you think.
Jennifer Andrew
Freelance Writer and Book Reviewer
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Picture Prompt – Cosplay

I had a chance to attend the Fan Expo Canada 2014 in Toronto last weekend and it was amazing.  I was able to meet Patrick Stewart, William Shatner and Yaya Han.  I also got the opportunity to play the Pathfinder RPG game as a female elven Rogue.  I hope to definitely attend next year – August 2014.

One of the things that was amazing to me were all the people who were passionate in dressing up as his or her favourite characters.  There were anime characters, video game characters, steampunk style outfits, horror, fantasy, and you name it – they had it.



Write a short fiction of a cosplay outfit that you have worn.  If you have never worn a costume, write about a character that you would love to cosplay as and why?  If you think about it, it’s no different from dressing up for Halloween.  The only difference is that it isn’t in the month of October.

Totally Bound Publishing Submissions

Are you looking to submit your romantic or sensual work? Totally Bound Publishing might be the publisher for you. For details, check out their website at If you have any questions, please send them an email located at their website.

Manuscript Requirements

They look for creative storytelling and original style. They want you to weave tales of erotic romance through creating strong, dynamic and intelligent characters that your readers will remember. Plot driven erotic romances that illustrate the relationship between key characters, ideally with a happy ending, but if not it should be promising.

They want varying degrees of sex throughout the story, with lots of opportunity for erotic exploration, interwoven with levels of tension and passion (take a look at their heat rating info). They want meaningful and expressive language that is explicit, but suitable for the storyline. They want writers who have a unique and new approach and a writing style that sets you apart from the rest. You must have a true talent for storytelling with an erotic slant. They accept gay, lesbian, bisexual and heterosexual stories.

They only accept electronic communication. So, it’s essential that you send your script to them in e-format. They will only accept the following:

- Detailed synopsis of your book
– The full and complete manuscript sent in standard 12 pt font. Book Antiqua preferred.
– Generally they accept any size of story from 10,000 to 125,000 words (see the book length info).

Books will be published only if author owns all rights. Include your name, pen-name and contact e-mail in the Query Letter and Synopsis.
Send the submissions package to
Publishing Rights: Your submission must have full rights available, including both digital and print. If not, please don’t send it to them.

What’s not acceptable:
– NO paedophilia.
– NO rape as titillation. They accept that it may sometimes be used as part of a plotline, especially supporting character development, but definitely not for the use of getting your rocks off!
– NO bodily functions – i.e. watersports, toilet play!
– NO necrophilia. The dead definitely don’t do it for us – of course, we don’t count the bloodsucking undead variety!
– NO bestiality. This does not apply to shape-shifters and might not apply to certain breeds from a sci-fi perspective.

If you think your erotic romance novel is ready for the big leagues, don’t be afraid to contact the publisher and see how it goes.

Jennifer Andrew
Freelance Writer & Book Reviewer
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New Releases – 8/12/14

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