The Week in Review

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

The Week in Review

What I’ve Written

A square of paper with the words: "Good Enough Free Pass". Caption reads: "I'm in favour of 'good enough'."

Sunday: Good Enough

It’s time for everyone to resolve to become a better person. But what if we all skipped it this year? What if we decided we’re good enough?

Drawing of a skull. Caption reads: "You want Ned's head?"

Monday: A Strange Request

August Wishlet has a reputation for being able to get anything for anyone. He’s never had a request like this before.

A red rose drawn in glitter. Caption reads: A glitter drawing of a rose.

Tuesday: Rose

An ancient order of vampire killers (or possibly a role-playing game group) has invited Senior Agent Jo Burns for a meeting.

Drawing of sparkly lights with "Happy new Year 2023" in the centre. Caption reads: "Hello Twenty Twenty-three."

Wednesday: Hello Twenty Twenty-three

Hello and welcome Twenty Twenty-three.
What kind of year do you think you'll be?
Drawing of a mug of coffee. Caption reads: "His hand, holding the coffee cup, shook."

Thursday: Haunted

A family member has asked Human Defence Unit Senior Agent Jo Burns for advice.

Princess Cat (a seal-point ragdoll) lying with a pink and white ball beside her front paws. Caption reads: "It's not as good as my old ball."

Friday: Ball

The human attempted to replace Princess Cat’s ball. You can’t just replace a favourite thing.

Drawing of a partly-built brick wall with a sign saying: "Under construction." Caption reads: "Work in progress."

Saturday: Family Lies Chapter 1: The Message

Yes, I’ve finally started the new Work in Progress.

A wealthy woman with a chronic illness receives a disturbing message.

What I’ve Read

Ancient History: Alexander the Great May Have Been Buried Alive by Samantha James (The Chronicles of History). In an era where murder was fairly common means of succession, empire-builder Alexander the Great died of a mysterious illness. Modern scientists have looked at the record of his symptoms, and suggested he may actually have had an autoimmune disease that caused paralysis. He could have still been alive, but paralysed, when he was buried. It’s a fascinating read.

Brekkies, Barbies, Mozzies: Why do Aussies Shorten So Many Words? by Kate Burridge and Howard Manns (The Conversation) an interesting look at the diminutives in Australian English, and how some have been exported. Something interesting to read now you’re back from visiting the rellies over Chrissy.

Grandma’s Kitchen poem by Grace Y. Estevez-Reddy (Grace of the Sun) A sentimental reminiscence of a beloved old cafe.

Moonlight Dance poem by Dawn Renee Millar (Dawn Renee Writes) A descriptive poem, about the smoke and dust from a fire on the beach.

White Fella Clock poem by Jodine Derena Butler (Poetry Out West) A poem about a visit to the bush, at Emuford. The deadlines and demands of city life don’t exist. “No white fella clock here.” The poem is complemented with beautiful photography.

Daddy’s Boots short story by Dawn Benedict (Rhymes, Dreams, Fantasy and Thoughts) A well-told, simple, sentimental short story about a man remembering his father.

Discworld book series by Terry Pratchett I’m still making my way through the third collection of ten books from the Discworld series. I’m still enjoying it.

A Look at a Book

Hollywood Lied

Angela Tynehurst always kept her whole life tightly under control. Her fictional creation Farnsedale might take risks, but Angela did not. Not even a zombie apocalypse could shake Angela’s stability. Then, a handsome man with dark brown eyes knocked on her door and everything changed.

Reviews for Hollywood Lied:

Riveting read. Clearly the author had a crystal ball when this was written. Interesting characters, and some unexpected twists! Really enjoyed this book. – TvR (Amazon)

Wow, gripping novel! Couldn’t put it down. Quite moving. – Patricia (Lulu)

Hollywood Lied is an excellent take on a different type of Zombie, a different kind of lock-down, and the evil humanity can dream up. Engrossing story by Iris Carden! – sunup7670 (Instagram)

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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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