Week in Review

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

What I’ve written

Glitter, with the text "200 Posts" in the middle.

Sunday 200 Posts

This blog has achieved 200 posts since I started it in February.

Drawing of a spacecraft approaching a yellow planet. Caption reads: "I don't go back."

Monday Return

Charlie Maddox doesn’t want to go home, but his cousin is not giving him a choice.

Drawing of a fish-tail diving into waves. Caption reads: "A large fish tail disappeared into the water."

Tuesday Overboard

A story from two points of view: an argument, an accident and a secret.

Photo of a large envelope labelled FRAGILE, which has been bent and folded. Caption reads: "You knew my heart was fragile."

Wednesday Fragile

A poem inspired by, but not about, receiving an envelope labelled “fragile”, which had been folded multiple times.

Drawing of a tiny person dressed in a flower. Caption reads: "An angry little creature, dressed in a flower, left inky footprints."

Thursday Pixie

Sometimes, characters don’t like the way the author writes them.

Fanta, a brindle Staffordshire bull terrier (staffie), and two blue cat carry boxes are strapped into the back seat of a car. Caption reads: "We were all put in the car."

Friday Fatty Lump

Fantasia Dog tells the story of a slightly anxious trip to the vet.

Pencil drawing of a birthday cake with eleven candles. Caption reads: "Happy birthday Wendy!"

Saturday Happy Birthday Wendy

In the final chapter of my work in progress, Wendy celebrates her birthday with her family and friends.

(Look out next Saturday for something new, while I edit the Venomous Void for publication.)

What I’ve enjoyed reading

  • I absolutely loved Samantha James’ short story The Haunting of Mackleberry Bridge.
  • Alina Lee’s short story Sinking kept me holding my breath.
  • Lady Jabberwocky’s post The Golden Rule of Fiction Writing: Show Don’t Tell.
  • I sometimes listen to books on LibriVox (free public domain audiobooks read by volunteers). I was delighted to discover something listed as “Agatha Christie Omnibus” was actually a collection of old radio plays based on Christie’s books.
  • Not reading at all, but I just discovered Round the Twist is on Netflix. What a fun blast from the past!

A look at a book

If you have small children in your life they might like:

Cover of The Wallaby Detectives and the Tomato Sauce Mystery by Iris Carden. Features a watercolour of three wallabies in deerstalker hats, and cloaks, with magnifying glasses, looking at the ground.

The Wallaby Detectives and the Tomato Sauce Mystery

Maggie from Maggie’s Pie Shop is in a flap! The tomato sauce delivery has not arrived. This is a job for the world’s smartest detectives.

Reviews for The Wallaby Detectives and the Tomato Sauce Mystery

Fabulous fun book! The kids loved it, and it made me a bit homesick for Aus myself, with the Wallaby tales. When’s the next one out? – Patricia (Lulu)

The Wallaby Detectives and the Tomato Sauce Mystery is available in paperback from your favourite online bookshop, or from the links below.

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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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