The Week in Review

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

What I’ve Written

Photo of bottles of prednisone, and some pills spilled. Caption reads: "It's not going well."

Sunday: Prednisone Update

If you’re wondering how weaning off prednisone is going: it’s going badly.

Drawing of a coffin in a crematory oven. Caption reads: "There's a limit to how many bodies I can handle."

Monday: Quaaludes

An incident at a funeral leads to seven deaths.

Drawing of a black sky, with a blue planet which has mostly brown continents. Caption reads: "Back where my adventure started."

Tuesday: Back to the Beginning

Elizabeth Munroe’s off-Earth adventure ends back where it began.

Photo of a Just Joey (orange) rose. Caption reads: A rose is a feast for the senses.

Wednesday: Rose

A rose is a feast for the senses.

Drawing of a sulfur-crested cockatoo on a tree branch. Caption reads: "A sulfur-crested cockatoo named Kevin."

Thursday: Kevin

The strange tale of Margaret, who bought a pet for companionship, and found her self with something unexpected.

Photo of Princess, a seal-point ragdoll cat lying on a shelf. Caption reads: "The human used to keep lots of things on this shelf."

Friday: Everything!

Princess Cat has to do everything around here: get her own head out of paper bags, knock things off the shelf, etc.

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

Saturday: Claire

In chapter 13 of my work in progress, a new person joins the household.

What I’ve Read (Reviews)

Squirt, or: Squirts poem by Ben Alexander (The Skeptic’s Kaddish) A cute little limerick about a mischievous child, and an unwary dad.

Beached short story by Rhyan Scorpio-Rhys (Madd Fictional) A sad sweet short story, full of pathos, about a shipwrecked man and a beached whale.

Please Bear in Mind poem by Brian Bilson A thought-provoking poem about a particularly famous refugee.

Nice Guys (TM) Finish Last (and why they should) article by Aubry Andrews (Medium) Known as Ask Aubry on Twitter, Aubry Andrews often shares the stories of Nice Guys (TM), men who believe all dealings with women are transactions, and that if they behave like even semi-decent human beings, women owe them sex in response. Her article explains why such people are not ready for real human relationships, while they still don’t see others as individual human beings entitled to their own thoughts and opinions.

What We’ve Learned from the Mothers of Dead Children opinion by Dr Jenna Price (Sydney Morning Herald) A tribute to Rosy Batty and Mechelle Turvey, two courageous women who have spoken out after their children died by violence.

Afternoon Tea poem by Dawn Renee Miller (Dawn Maree Writes) A descriptive poem about going to the perfect teashop for an indulgent afternoon tea.

If I read it and I like it, or find it interesting, it goes in here. I try to only include one item from any single author in a week (even if I loved a number of things they published), because otherwise the list would get over-long.

I don’t do paid reviews, but I do accept recommendations, and even review copies of books, so if you’d particularly like me to review something, tell me about it.

A Look at a Book

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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