The Week in Review

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

The Week in Review

What I’ve Written

Fanta, a brindle Staffordshire bull terrier (staffy) wearing a harness and lead, standing on concrete, with her tongue hanging out. Caption reads: Fanta was not happy about having to wait for me to recover.

Sunday: Lupus or COVID?

Between weaning off the steroids I take for lupus and recovering from COVID, I’m in a lot of pain and very fatigued.

Drawing: Clown with purple hair, blue circles around the eyes and a blue top hat. Caption reads: "Eric applied the greasepaint."

Monday: Clown

When Eric puts on his clown face, he’s more himself than at any other time.

Drawing of a grandfather clock, against a room with blue and white wallpaper. Caption reads, "The only thing in the room was a grandfather clock."

Tuesday: Clock

A woman moves into her new house and finds a sealed-up room. The only thing in the room is a broken grandfather clock.

Drawing of a windmill, at sunrise. Caption reads: "Life to the outback."

Wednesday: Windmill

Water is essential for life.

Drawing of a "Frankenstein monster" with green mottled skin. Caption reads: "This was a person?"

Thursday: Ghoul

Someone’s been playing with their food.

Photo: Princess, a seal-point ragdoll cat, relaxing on the human. Caption reads: "I've got a comfortable spot."

Friday: Comfort

Cats are experts on finding the best spots.

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

Saturday: Family Lies Chapter 4: Fatigue

Exhausted, Emily tries to make sense of the events of the day.

A Blast from the Past

Photo of a blue-tongued lizard. Caption reads: "She told them she had a large lizard in her yard that appeared to be unwell."

3 February 2022: Lizard

Isabelle looked up from doing the dishes, and was surprised to see a dragon in the back yard.

What I’ve Read

Among the Poplars short story by Nancy Richy (The Elephant’s Trunk) A true story of horror (recognising that sometimes the most horrifying things are actual human beings.)

The Clootie Well on The Black Isle by Ailish Sinclair (Ailish Sinclair) This blog post takes us to The Black Isle in Scotland, and a visit to a Clootie Well, where people for centuries have left items of clothing in return for wishes or healing.

At Last, the Destination by Rhyn Scorpio-Rhys (Madd Fictional) A gentle, thoughtful story about meeting death.

Tips on Writing for the Anti Hero by Lady Jabberwocky (Write with Heart) Lady Jabberwocky provides lots of worthwhile tips for writers. In this post, she looks at the character of the anti-hero, the hero who is more flawed, more self-interested, than the classic hero.

Plant a Dream short story by Dawn Benedict (Rhymes, Dreams, Fantasy and Thoughts) A very short story, about a couple who grow their dream, but hand it on before it reaches fruition.

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.

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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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