The Week in Review

Pink iris with text: "The Week in Review"

The Week in Review

What I’ve Written

Drawing: a small brick house in a rural area. Caption reads: "A little brick house, just outside the city."

Sunday: Hand

The strange tale of Evelyn who discovered dreams could become nightmares.

Drawing of a jewel with a red letter A on it, on a red ribbon around a woman's neck.

Monday: Countess

Something terrible has happened to a member of the Human Defence Unit staff. Fortunately, the Countess Anastasia Arafami is here to help.

Drawing: A woman and two girls in long dresses with bonnets, look out to sea at a sailing ship heading towards the horizon. Caption reads: "Father has gone to sea."

Tuesday: Gone to Sea

Father has gone to sea, leaving his family to the easy, and safe, life on land.

Drawing: A blue-green planet, with other planets and a glowing sun, in space. Caption reads: "Suppose we found another Earth somewhere out in space."

Wednesday: Another Earth

Suppose we found another Earth
somewhere out in space.
Would we care for it any better
Than we've done with this place?
Drawing: A long, wavy, blue and red creature in a river, seen through fog. Caption reads: "There's too much fog to see anything."

Thursday: Creature

On a foggy day in Brisbane, someone took a photo of something strange.

Photo: Princess, a seal-point ragdoll cat, lying on the floor, spread out trying to cool down. Caption reads: "Too much floof for summer."

Friday: Thinning the Floof

The human has found a new way to help Princess cat cope with the horrible heat.

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

Saturday: Family Lies Chapter 6: Watercolour

Elsie tells a bit of interesting family history.

A Blast from the Past

Photo of a laptop computer with a cup of coffee beside it. Caption reads: "Archibald Clark spat his coffee over the computer screen."

10 Feb 2022: Scandal

Archibald Clark has found himself in the middle of a political scandal.

What I’ve Read (reviews)

Helen Garner on Happiness: “It’s Taken me 80 years to realise it’s not a tranquil, sunlit realm.” by Helen Garner (The Guardian) It’s a look at happiness, how it’s not achieved, but like the Christian concept of grace, it’s something that just happens unearned. She talks about how, instead of looking for happiness, she now looks for “random stabs of extreme interestingness”, which she writes down. She goes on to share some of those things.

I Fell Through Hell short story by Ryan Scorpio-Rhys (Madd Fictional) An intriguing, and disturbing, story of a journey through multiple religions’ Hells.

Sorry reviews are a bit light on this week (and next week as well). I’m on Grandma duty and that takes precedence.

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 Group Meeting by Iris Carden. Cover features photo of old, abandoned, abandoned grave.

Group Meeting

(Novella) In a facility for the criminally insane, a group of people with sinister pasts starts to be visited by a girl who doesn’t exist.

Reviews for Group Meeting:

Group Meeting is quite a spotlight into twisted minds and the depths of insanity…engrossing story by Iris Carden with quite the twist at the end…wow! – Dawn (Amazon)

Fascinating, with an amazing twist right at the end. Deep and varied Characterisations and emotive scene setting. It was totally unexpected, and surprised even me. Highly recommended. – Annie (Amazon)

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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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