The Week in Review

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

What I’ve written this week

Drawing of a plant in a ceramic pot, in front of a brick wall. Caption reads: "Stories grow from all kinds of places."

Sunday: The Source of the Stories

My answer to the question of where stories come from.

Drawing of a mouth with vampire fangs. Caption reads: "To kill her would only take one bite."

Monday: Fangs

When you’re hunting vampires, any mistake can be fatal (or worse).

Drawing of the inside of a glasshouse, looking past growing plants out to two moons in a dark sky. Caption reads: "The green house is my favourite place."

Tuesday: The Garden

Continuing the Mars series of stories, three people have begun to grow food on Mars.

Photo: a pole of second-hand books. Caption reads: "Portals to adventure and mystery..."

Wednesday: Old Books Never Die

A poem in praise of second hand books.

Drawing of a black hole in space. Caption reads: "The ship woul dstay well back from the event horizon."

Thursday: Black Hole

The search for knowledge gets dangerous in this short story.

Princess, a seal-point ragdoll cat, beside a large window showing trees outside. Caption reads: "The big window near my cat tower is how I see the world."

Friday: Oops

Little Princess made a big, scary, mistake.

Drawing of a spacecraft burning buildings with a light beam. Caption reads: "Survival (work in progress)"

Saturday: Fever Dream

Chapter 2 of my current work in progress tells some of the background to the women’s situation.

What I’ve enjoyed reading

Edevar’s Last Lie short story by Elina Lee I absolutely loved Alina Lee’s short story Edevar’s Last Lie. It takes the reader into another world, where a Lie is a magical skill which can be the basis for a career. How did the skilled liar Edevar come to be buried in such an out-of-the way place?

Killer novel by Stephen Carpenter Arthur Upfield, author of the Bony books, was once suspected of murder, because a man was killed in the manner of one of the murders in his books before the book was published. In Stephen Carpenter’s book Killer, fictional author Jack Rhodes has the same problem the real-life Upfield had. He’s suspected of a murder, which closely resembles one in his book, but which happened before the book was published. Carpenter keeps the reader on the edge of the seat, and occasionally misleads the reader into drawing wrong conclusions, as Jack Rhodes responds to being suspected in a way most people wouldn’t. It’s a great read, and it’s currently free on Kindle.

The Best Good Horse and other short stories by J. Reeder Archuleta This is a wonderful collection of short stories; some of them long enough to be considered novellas, some tiny vignettes. Archuleta has a subtle story-telling style, not over-telling, but leaving the reader to read some things between the lines. The characters are well written and come across as real people. From someone who may have been a spy, or even some kind of assassin, but it’s not quite spelled out, who has been invited to go back to work for his old team; to a rural worker who knows his arthritis is getting the better of him and his vision is going; to a young man who gets a ride with someone who is far more dangerous than she appears; the characters draw the readers interest, and the reader is invested in what becomes of them. All in all, these stories make great reading.

Neil Gaiman reads aloud 15 of his own works Whose day wouldn’t be improved by having Neil Gaiman read them a story? This page from Open Culture has links to 15 videos of Neil Gaiman reading his own work, and six other links to him reading other authors’ work. The only thing better than a Neil Gaiman story is Neil Gaiman reading a Neil Gaiman story.

A look at a book

If you have small children in your life, they might like The Wallaby Detectives and the Tomato Sauce Mystery.

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)

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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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