The Week in Review

Pink iris with text: "The Week in Review"

The Week in Review

What I’ve Written

Drawing: Dollar signs being swallowed by an open shark mouth. Caption reads: "Where does the money go?"

Sunday: The Cost of Living

I saw a headline that said: “to save money, maybe you should skip breakfast.” I found myself imagining someone who thinking “malnutrition is a great way to save money.”

Drawing branches of a jacaranda tree, seen from below. Caption reads: "The glorious purple jacaranda flowers."

Monday: Eternal Spring

The strange tale of Kristen, who had a wish come true.

Drawing: A pottery water jar with a silhouette of a woman pouring water painted in white. Caption reads: "A silhouette of a woman pouring water."

Tuesday: Nymph

A museum worker becomes obsessed with an artefact in a visiting exhibit.

Drawing: rainbow and trans flag. Caption reads: "Be proud!"

Wednesday: Pride

Every year as pride marches, I remember a man I met many years ago.

Drawing: A body, with long red hair, lying face down, half-hidden by long grass. Caption reads: "She was face-down in the grass."

Thursday: Fake

A young woman is found with her throat slashed and no blood at the scene. The Human Defence Unit has been called to investigate.

Photo: Fanta, a brindle Staffordshire bull terrier (staffy), looking sad, lying on a red couch. Caption reads: "It's raining."

Friday: Rain

Fanta is having a very bad day.

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

Saturday: Family Lies Chapter 10: Settlement

Emily receives another call from her ex-husband.

A Blast from the Past

Leather jacket, gloves and boots. Caption reads: "Along with the jacket, there's gloves and boots you can get as optional extras.

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What I’ve Read

Understanding the Phenomena of Black Holes (Science Recent) This is a great read for anyone without a science background who is curious about black holes. I am always curious, and I love accessible science.

Regulate poem by Grace Y. Estevez-Reddy “Organise the week ahead, or read a good book instead.” A poem about pleasant distractions, and getting a basic job done.

Spring ‘23 poem by T. Maxwell-Harrison. A poem about transition and change, as winter moves to spring.

like ants crawling up to a dead thing poem by Bogdan Dragos (Gobblers and Masticadores). “They say if you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room. But what do they have to say when you’re the most unfulfilled person in the room?” A poem about the daily grind, and not meeting anyone’s expectations (even your own). It’s depressing, but authentic look at an aspect of life.

Jane’s Way short story by Dawn Renee Millar (Dawn Marie Writes) A retiree is enjoying an idyllic life in paradise.

Lost short story by Dawn Benedict (Rhymes, Dreams, Fantasy and Thoughts) Two children search for their lost dog, and find themselves lost as well. As readers have sometimes said to me about my stories: I want to know what happens next.

Just this One short story by Nancy Richy (The Elephant’s Trunk) A chance find in a record store brings back emotional memories.

Asteroid the Size of 14 Flamingos to Skim Past Earth on Wednesday by Aaron Reich (The Jerusalem Post) This is fun. After giving the size in flamingos (which I understand is a unit of measurement in the USA), it translates that into metric for the rest of the world. Apart from the measurement, it’s just a story about an asteroid, too small and too far away to affect us, passing by Earth.

A Look at a Book

Cover of Poetic Pets, featuring Princess, a seal-point ragdoll kitten.

Poetic Pets

A collection of cute and simple poems about a collection of cute and simple pets.


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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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