The Week in Review

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

What I’ve been writing

Drawing of a window opening out on to a tree and the night sky. Caption reads: "Defenestration is throwing something or someone out a window."

Sunday: Weird Language

A little rant about the oddities and inconsistencies of English.

Drawing of the front of a building, with a sign saying "Bank". Caption reads: "He had watched the building for a week."

Monday: Heist

It’s a bank robbery, with a difference.

Drawing of a lamp in a dark room, an outline of a woman appears on the wall. Caption reads: "The house was unusually dark."

Tuesday: Downsizing

An empty nester decides to downsize. Her first night in her new home does not go well.

Photo of a bunch of pink roses with the caption: "He was a NIce Guy".

Wednesday: Nice Guy

A poem about a not-so-nice guy.

Trigger warning: coercive control.

Drawing of a brick wall with a door built into the underside of a rainbow. Flowers surround the front door and climb over the wall. Caption reads: "His burrow was on the border between reality and unreality."

Thursday: Perspective

Orsinius Wishlet looks back on the changes in his life, and something unexpected happens.

Collage from Fanta's walks. Photo of Fanta , a brindle Staffordshire bull terrier (staffie) with a a fallen tree branch, a shopping trolley in a creek, a kangaroo, Fanta looking over the footbridge into the creek, a duck. Caption reads: "Things seen on my walk."

Friday: Walking

Fanta describes some of the interesting things she’s seen on her walk.

Drawing of a beam coming from a flying saucer, causing fire. Caption reads: "Colony Work in progress."

Saturday: Maria and Adam

In Chapter 5 of Colony, Angela goes in search of her parents’ missing staff.

What I’ve read

  • Marguerite de Bressieux: Rapist Hunter on Media Chomp this is a chapter from Rejected Princesses: Tales of History’s Boldest Heroines, Hellions and Heretics. It’s a graphic novel format, and tells the story of Margurite and her fellow black knights, all women who had been raped in war, who joined up with the royal troops to hunt down the offenders. This sample chapter definitely makes me want to read the book.
  • How I Create Procreate Brushes YouTube video by Karin Newport OK reviewing this stretches the definition of “reading”, but I found this video very informative and helpful. It can also save a lot of money for Procreate users who want new brushes. (For those who don’t know what I’m talking about, Procreate is the app I use for most of the drawings to illustrate the stories/poems in this site. After buying the app, it’s possible to buy extra brushes, or to make them for free.)
  • The Super-rich ‘Preppers’ Planning to Save Themselves from the Apocalypse by Douglas Rushkoff (via The Guardian) This is a edited extract from Rushkoff’s book The Survival of the Richest. It is truly terrifying because it’s true. Rushkoff details how a group of extremely wealthy men consulted him on the issues with their plans to escape the consequences of all of the things they were doing to the planet, by abandoning the rest of humanity. He pointed out that many of their plans had serious faults, and suggested that they look at a plan that involved sharing resources with the whole community, rather than hoarding them and having the accompanying security issues.
  • A Daughter’s Lament short story by Rhyan Scorpio-Rhys A story full of sadness and regret. A well-written picture of a life damaged by a damaged parent.
  • Training School short story by Dawn A girl is preparing to go to a new school. All seems normal at first and then it isn’t. A great short story with a great twist.
  • Can Guinea Pigs Shower? blog post by Merlin De Leon (TinyPetCares) I admit I don’t have a guinea pig. I don’t intend to get a guinea pig. I have absolutely no reason whatsoever to learn the hows and whys of bathing a guinea pig. But… Butternut the guinea pig who is in the picture and video is so adorably cute, and so very cooperative with the whole process! (Now, if only I could get a fat staffy dog or a fluffy ragdoll cat to be that cooperative with bathing.)
  • Archeologists Unearth Remains of 17th Century Female “Vampire” in Poland by Jennifer Ouelette (Ars Technica) This is definitely going to inspire a story or two. A skeleton was unearthed, with a toe padlocked, and a sickle across her throat, to prevent her from escaping her grave. The article goes into the history of vampire lore in multiple countries.

A look at a book

If you have young children in your life, they might like Fred Flamingo Wants to Dance.

Cover of Fred Flamingo Wants to Dance, by Iris Carden. Features watercolour of three flamingos.

Fred Flamingo Wants to Dance

Fred Flamingo has left his friends and his lake, and has gone to look for someone who can teach him how to dance. Will he find what he’s looking for?

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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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