The Week in Review

Pink iris with text: "The Week in Review"

The Week in Review

What I’ve Written

Drawing: A peacock quill and ink bottle on a page, with a story written: "Once upon a time in a land far away there lived a beautiful dragon. This dragon had a deep and shameful secret. She could not breathe fire. Caption reads: "Writing is a kind of magic."

Sunday: Write On

Writing is a kind of magic.

Drawing: Driving rain seen through a curtained window. Caption reads: "Heavy rain was falling."

Monday: Hailey and the Hurricane

My special guest author told me the story and I wrote it down.

This is Hailey’s second adventure with her magical bed.

Drawing: Full moon with a tree in front. Caption reads: "The moon seemed bigger, closer."

Tuesday: Full Moon

A werewolf has been active in Southbank, and the Human Defence Unit are on the case.

Drawing: A black swan swimming in a creek. Caption reads: "She maintains an air of peaceful, gentle, grace."

Wednesday: Grace

She maintains an air
of subtle, gentle grace.
No matter the event
no matter what the pace.
Drawing of a blackboard with "if it's too hard, give up" written on it. Caption reads: Mrs Franklin was a truly terrible teacher.

Thursday: Truly Terrible

Children’s story: A smart little girl and her clever Mum outsmart a truly terrible teacher.

Photo: Fanta, a brindle Staffordshire bull terrier (staffy) holding her toy Bear. Caption reads: "Wait! What? Bear's in charge?"

Friday: Responsible

Who gets left in charge while the human goes out?

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

Saturday: Family Lies Chapter 7: Kid

The person who has been delivering threatening notes is revealed.

A Blast from the Past

Photo: iPhone. Caption reads: Instantly, the phone shut down.

11 Feb 2022: Talisman

How much faith can you place in an inanimate object?

What I’ve Read (Reviews)

Worlds Explored poem by Dawn Benedict (Rhymes, Dreams Fantasy and Thoughts) I’m very honoured Dawn wrote a poem in response to one of my posts.

Reviews are light on again this week, because Grandma duty is taking 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 Patchwork by Iris Carden, cover features a photo of a patchwork quilt


An anthology of poetry and short stories.

Spend a sleepless night with The Possum in the Roof, or with a werewolf in Bad Moon Rising.

While you’re here…

Find Iris Carden's books:  
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    at Amazon  
   or  at your favourite online bookshop.

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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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