The Week in Review

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

The Week in Review by Iris Carden

What I’ve Written

Drawing of a Christmas tree with a star on top. Caption reads: "It's about love."

Sunday: Putting Christ In Christmas

Prepare for all the social media posts telling us to put Christ back in Christmas.

Drawing of a computer monitor, with a faint outline of eyes and a mouth, and the words: "Find me. Find my killer." Caption reads: "A ghost trapped in a computer."

Monday: Techno Ghost

A ghost is trapped in a business’ computer system. The HDU is on the job.

Drawing of a woman in a green dress, long blond wig, with pointed ears, and purple-stoned jewellery. Caption reads: "She wore an elf costume.

Tuesday: Elf

The strange tale of Beatrice, who discovered the grass isn’t always greener on the other side of the fence.

Drawing of Santa, in front of a Christmas tree. Caption reads: "It was a week before Christmas..."

Wednesday: The Week Before Christmas

It was the week before Christmas
things weren't going well.
Santa's cost-cutting measures
were beginning to tell.

Thursday: Wolf

When a well-known, but horrible, person goes missing, HDU senior agent Jo Burns is less than enthusiastic about finding him.

Princess, a seal-point ragdoll cat, curled up asleep on a cat tower. Caption reads: "I try to get a good eight hours sleep a day."

Friday: Sleepy Kitty

It’s hard being a beautiful, fluffy cat. There’s so many things to do.

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

Saturday: Withdrawal

The final chapter of my work in progress. The invaders are leaving.

What I’ve Read (reviews)

Meet two adorable new spiders found: Sparklemuffin and Skeletorus. Two new species of peacock spiders have been found here in southeast Queensland. They’re utterly adorable, and been given very cute names. No, not everything here in Australia wants to kill you. Some of our wildlife is just cute.

Conniption Song (short story by Dawn Benedict Rhymes, Dreams, Fantasy and Thoughts) This family’s definitely organised to deal with a daughter’s tantrums.

The Lady with the Gun Asks the Questions short story collection by Kerry Greenwood. If you like the Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries television series, or the Crypt of Tears movie, you will love the original, Kerry Greenwood’s Miss Fisher books. The other books I’ve read were complete novels, but this one’s short stories. Take a trip back to 1928 Melbourne for everything you’d expect of a Miss Fisher book: mysteries, the fast car, the pearl-handled gun, a procession of beautiful young men, high society, and low society, as the Honourable Miss Fisher, lady detective, saves the day again and again.

A Look at a Book

Cover of Wendy Watchitt by Iris Carden.  Features oil painting of a girl with a toad sitting in her red curly hair.

Wendy Watchitt

Wendy Watchitt is just an average 10 year old girl.

She’s brave and clever and caring. She carries her pet toad on her head, and makes strange things happen when she blinks. Well, perhaps she isn’t quite so average.

A new adventure starts for Wendy when her family moves house.

A new town, a new home, new school, and new best friend are just the beginning of what she’s going to find.

Wendy will have to save her friends, travel between realms, learn some very big family secrets, and still find time to get her homework done.

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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