Week in Review

Pink iris (Iris Carden Author logo) Caption reads: "The Week in Review."

What I’ve been writing

Image of fushia coloured orchids with the text: Thanks to lupus, in hot weather I'm exhausted, and in cold weather I'm in pain.

Sunday Cold Weather

A blog post about the effects of cold weather on lupus. (Spoiler: it’s nothing good.)

I also submitted my Furious Fiction entry, but I can’t that story with you until after the judging.

Drawing of a yellow ball with soft edges, with the caption: "With the orb in your possession, the world is yours.

Monday The Golden Orb

In this short story a woman learns that a weird family story has an even weirder truth behind it.

Drawing of a DNA strand, with the caption: "He asked if I would do a DNA test."

Tuesday The Big Time

A scammer’s plan goes astray in a way she could never have predicted.

Wednesday Pollie Ticks

A poem about people being fed up with politics as usual.

Thursday Overload

Cindy had never heard terms like “neurodivergent” or “sensory overload” she just knew she hated the beach.

Photo of Princess, a seal-point ragdoll cat lying in a cardboard box, with the caption: "Humans provide boxes and toys and other interesting things to play with.

Friday Top Ten Uses for a Human

Princess Cat explains why humans are useful to cats.

Drawing of an old-fashioned telephone on a stand, with caption: "The communications system."

Saturday Communications

In chapter four of my work in progress, The Venomous Void, Wendy learns a new skill and receives an important message.

What I’ve enjoyed reading

  • Kara Sue Achterberg’s charming story of establishing a little free library, and her love of reading.
  • Lady Jabberwocky wrapped up her month on mystery writing.
  • A science story which justifies my caffeine consumption. Drinking coffee can protect kidneys.
  • After Io, novel by Elliot Wink, available on Kindle. Find the author on Twitter @WinkAuthor. It’s a space adventure (you might have guessed by the title) which caught my interest with the first couple of paragraphs. Three injured women are trapped on a disabled spacecraft and are not receiving replies to their distress calls.
  • And I’m still working my way through all of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld books.
  • Not so much reading, but I love Andrea, Children’s Book Illustrator’s work. She’s been a bit inactive on her blog for a little while, so it was great to see The Scream (shark version.)
  • Rhyan Scorpio-Rhys’ story Garota Exilada 1 is a fascinating start to what I expect will be a great story.
  • Sarah Cooper’s article (Twitter @sarahmcooper) on Ten Incredible Lost Treasures of the World
  • And I’m about 13 books in on my reading of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld books and still loving it. I wish I’d discovered them earlier.

What have you enjoyed reading or writing this week?

Please share your link in the comments.


By Iris Carden

Iris Carden is an Australian indie author, mother, grandmother, and chronic illness patient. On good days, she writes. Because of the unpredictability of her health, she writes on an indie basis, not trying to meet deadlines. She lives on a disability support pension now, but her ultimate dream is to earn her own living from her writing.

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