The Week in Review

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

What I’ve been writing

A laptop computer and a cup of coffee. Caption reads: "Coffee always helps."

Sunday: What I’ve learned about writing

Some silly, some sensible, thoughts about writing.

Drawing of a decorated Christmas tree, with the caption: "Why are we having Christmas now?"

Monday: Christmas in September

A family prepares for a sad Christmas.

Drawing of a fairytale castle. Caption reads: "Once upon a time..."

Tuesday: Fairytale

A story about what happens when a fairytale character doesn’t want to follow the rules of the genre (or the patriarchy).

Drawing of a cliff face, with a tree and plants growing on the top. Caption reads: "The view is better, but the risk is greater."

Wednesday: The Edge

A poem inspired by a week of utterly insane revelations in Australian politics.

Drawing of an island with a white building on it. Caption reads: "It's on a remote island."

Thursday: The Job

A woman accepts a job on a remote island off the Queensland coast. The job might not be what it seems.

Princess, a seal-point ragdoll cat is sitting next to an iPad and a laptop computer. Caption reads: "Being a writing buddy is hard work!"

Friday: Hard Work

Being a writing buddy is hard work for a beautiful, fluffy cat.

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

Saturday: Time to Leave

In chapter three of my work in progress, the survivors decide it’s time to leave the city.

What I’ve been reading

The General’s Wrath and other short stories by Laura M. Austin. This is a collection of five short stories, each featuring a human-mythical creature encounter. In Swindling Ulse, a group of humans attempt to steal from a dragon, with a strange result. In Hunting One Another, the hunted becomes hunter and then the unexpected happens. In The General’s Wrath, a mermaid is angered by ocean pollution, and takes action. In The Applicant, a woman applies for a job that’s too good to be true. In Predator, a young vain woman marries a rich old man. The stories were all well written, and I was honestly disappointed the book ended. I bought it on Kindle, but it’s on multiple other sites, look for it wherever you buy your ebooks.

Miss Cecilia’s Coming Out Party by Alina Lee (short story). This is a story of a young woman and a controlling father. Just how far will Cecilia comply with her father’s unreasonable demands?

I am Tibet by Sonsnow. A sad, beautiful, lamenting poem.

Medieval History: Letters Written by Joan of Arc “Maid of Orleans” by Samantha James (Chronicles of History). Part of the story of Joan of Arc, and the reproduction of two of her letters. This is a very interesting read for anyone interested in history.

How to Conquer your Writer’s Doubt by Lady Jabberwocky (blog post). A reassuring post for all writers who struggle with self-doubt. I won’t detail all your points, but if you’re a writer who struggles with this, it’s worth a look. In fact, if you’re a writer, Lady Jabberwocky’s blog is all-round worth a look.

A look at a book

If you like the animal stories on Fridays on this blog, you might like the poems about those animals.

Cover of Poetic Pets, featuring Princess, a seal-point ragdoll kitten.

Poetic Pets

A collection of cute and simple poems about a collection of cute and simple pets.

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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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