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, from behind, of a girl with long blond hair, and multicoloured wings. Caption reads: "Will Andy accept her wings?"

Sunday: Questions

I finished the Orsinius Wishlet stories quite neatly, I thought, then I started to wonder. Could Ariana, Orsinius and their friends just get on with their lives? Or would another adventure inevitably find them?

Drawing of a bathroom handbasin and mirror. Caption reads: "She set up a camera in the bathroom, facing the mirror."

Monday: Bloody Mary

The strange tale of Rachael, who set out to disprove an urban legend.

Drawing looking in the window of a concrete block building, revealing a room decorated mostly in pinky purple, with a dark figure in a top hat and cloak. Caption reads: "A figure in a top had and cloak."

Tuesday: Busybody

The strange tale of Agnes who liked to mind everyone’s business but my own.

Photo of Mr Bumpy (an elderly black and white cat) on a bed with pink floral bedding. Caption reads: "Goodbye Mr Bumpy."

Wednesday: Goodbye Mr Bumpy

Mr Bumpy was a horrible cat in many ways. But he did love his human, and the family loved him.

Drawing of a girl in a red hooded cloak, from behind, in a purple forest at night, with a full moon. Caption reads: "Watch out for the big bad wolf."

Thursday: Big Bad Wolf

Human Defence Unit Senior Agent Jo Burns has a dream that crosses over into reality.

Photo: Fanta, a brindle Staffordshire bull terrier (staffy) with a brown teddy bear. Caption reads: "A new bear for me."

Friday: Strange Cat

A new cat appears to have moved in upstairs, and the downstairs animals are wary.

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

Saturday: Family Lies Chapter 3: Jack

Emily receives a phone call from her ex-husband. Could he be the person behind the threatening letter?

Blast from the Past

This week, I passed 400 posts on the blog, and I started to wonder what happens to the old stuff? Does it just get forgotten for ever? So I’ve decided to pick out something I like from the old stuff each week to revisit.

Photo of a mother kangaroo, with a joey's legs hanging from her pouch. Caption reads: "What if, instead of coming as colonists, the British had come to Australia as migrants and adapted to the local culture?

2 February 22: The Line

What if Europeans had come to Australia as migrants, ready to adapt to the existing culture, instead colonists?

What I’ve Read (Reviews)

Kurt Vonnegut Offers 8 Tips on How to Write Good Short Stories (and Amusingly Graphs the Shapes those Stories Can Take) by Colin Marshall (Open Culture) The title pretty much says it all and is almost as long as the article. It includes two videos, one giving his list of things that should happen in a short story, and the other Vonnegut lecturing and giving his graphic representation on the shape of stories. Interesting reading/watching for anyone who writes short stories, and perhaps for the people who read them as well.

‘Something that happens in fiction’: romance writer Susan Meachen’s fake death reminds us ‘the author’ is a construct by Ika Willis (The Conversation) Readers can often feel a connection with the author of the work they’re reading. Social media encourages that sense of connection, as readers can follow their favourite writers. The author readers have a relationship with, however, isn’t the actual person who wrote the book, it’s the reader’s idea of the author which they’ve gleaned from the writing and whatever other sources. In the case discussed in this article, the story left the page of the book. The author’s death was announced in social media. For two and a half years, readers, and other authors who had interacted with her, believed her dead. Then she reappeared alive. Her motives were unclear, but posts supposedly from friends and family members urged people to buy her books during that time. Her book sales went down.

Brownstone Part 1 and Brownstone Part 2 short stories by Dawn Renee Miller (Dawn Renee Writes) These two are the first in what looks like an ongoing series. A woman has inherited an expensive house, and doesn’t know why she’s the only heir, when there’s other family members. What really has me hooked and wanting to read more, is the lawyer’s answer to her question: “It isn’t blood heir dear.”

Windows, or: Fourth Dimension poem by David ben Alexander (The Skeptic’s Kaddish) A Waltmarie, written in American Sentences. Do you know what either of those terms mean? I didn’t. Thankfully, David explains. It’s a poem with a poetry lesson attached.

Journey Through Time poem by Grace Y. Estevez-Reddy (Grace of the Sun) An old cannon is a monument in a peaceful park now, but a reminder of far less peaceful times and places.

Facing Mortality: Writing Death and Dying in Fiction by Morgan Hazelwood (Morgan Hazelwood: Writer in Progress) A nice reminder for writers of things to consider before killing off a character.

Depression and Self-Sabotaging Thoughts by Heather9441 (The Sleepy Bookworm) Weaning off antidepressants takes a lot of courage. Talking about the experience publicly takes even more courage. If you’ve ever dealt with depression and want to feel that someone understands what you’re going through, this post is for you. If you know someone going through this and want to understand their experience better, without asking tons of intrusive questions, this post is for you as well.

He Had a Dream poem by Keith Garrett (Keith Garrett Poetry) A lovely tribute to Martin Luther King.

Monkey Business short story by Dawn Benedict (Rhymes, Dreams, Fantasy and Thoughts) Sometimes kids get their words mixed up, and it’s hard to tell what they’re talking about. Tina was “hyphenated” in school today.

Feminist Masculinity poem by M. Espinosa (M. Espinosa) A man who hears that “feminist masculinity is often ignored for simplified narratives of blame and finger pointing” recalls mixed messages and blame and finger pointing at different stages of his life.

Discworld by Terry Pratchett Still working through my third volume of ten Discworld books. I’m still enjoying them. They’re well worth a read.

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.


  1. I love your weekly round up and the addition of the flashback post! I hadn’t heard of the ‘fake death’ scandal…I’d be furious had I been caught up in that (feels like a slap in the face to anyone affected by the suicide of someone close). Thank you for the review and share πŸ’žπŸ’žπŸ’ž

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