The Week in Review

Pink iris with text: "The Week in Review"

The Week in Review

What I’ve Written

Photo of Iris Carden's books. Caption reads: "Excerpt from a book."

Sunday: Group Meeting Chapter 6

I didn’t get anything new written, so here’s something I wrote a while back.

Photo of Iris Carden's books. Caption reads: "Excerpt from a book."

Monday: Group Meeting Chapter 8

I didn’t miss chapter 7. In a cloud of lupus brain fog, I published it last week, before I published chapter 6. I promise it’s more frustrating for me than it is for you.

Photo, young koala riding on its mother’s back. Caption reads: “Kiri still rode on her mother’s back.”

Tuesday: Kiri Koala and Smokey

Children’s story: A fire near the zoo has left a baby koala hurt and alone. Kiri Koala plans to help.

Drawing: In rainbow colours, a person is lying in bed,w it’s a cat sitting on her head, and a dog lying beside her, sharing a pillow.

Wednesday: Sleep

Being crowded by animals can make it hard to get to sleep.

Drawing: a path between a yellow flowers and trees. Caption reads: “A path separated the garden from the forest.”

Thursday: The Garden

Carla has woken up with no memory of her past. No-one will answer her questions.

Photo: Fanta, a brindle Staffordshire bull terrier (staff is), lying on a red couch, head drooping. Caption reads: “I’m sad.”

Friday: A Game with the Name

A bit of nonsense, making puns with Fanta’s name.

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

Saturday: Family Lies Chapter 13: Fake

The aftermath of the bomb scare.

A Blast from the Past

Painting of the Moon seen through a tree. Caption reads: “It was said that on the moon you could buy anything or anyone.”

February 2022: The Stopover

The story that began the Mars series.

What I’ve Read

Restless Minds poem by Emma Grigg (EJ Grigg author) A poem everyone who has struggled with falling asleep can relate to.

I’d Like to be a Cat poem by Phil Lister (Listerlyrics) Phil Lister would like to be a cat. After he lists all the awesome things about being a cat (food supplied, daydreaming all the time, etc), who wouldn’t want to be?

Kiss Me, I’m Irish, a story of Beads, Booze and Bad Attitudes short story by Anthony Robert (Tonysbologna: Honest. Satirical. Observations). Apparently it’s a crime to not wear green on Saint Patrick’s Day, or at least one character in this story thinks so. A simple story of a weird encounter with someone who is carried away with the spirit of the day, the spirit they drank, or both.

The Sins of the Father short story by Nancy Richy (The Elephant’s Trunk). Even If you don’t read any other of my recommendations here, read this one. This is powerful. Donal has a plan for his son Danny’s life. Danny has other plans. What kind of father would refuse to love his son? Could age and infirmity change his mind?

The Battle of Petty Revenge, An Office Story short story by Anthony Robert (Tonysbologna: Honest. Satirical. Observations). If you need some humour after the intensity of the previous story, this is intense in another way. Someone is sending nasty emails in the office, complaining of other’s incompetence, threatening jobs. Who really made the mistake?

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 Muse by Iris Carden, featuring painting of ancient marble statue, with red eyes and blood dripping from the mouth


Rescuer? Predator? Imaginary childhood friend? Artist’s muse? Goddess? Ancient unspeakable evil? All of these and worse? You always knew you didn’t imagine that shadow that moved, the thing lurking just outside of your field of view, the items that weren’t where you left them. You always knew, but you chose to ignore it, because the alternative was unthinkable. From the slightly warped mind of author Iris Carden, comes a monster who can give you everything you ever wanted, for a price. The catch is, you don’t know the price when you accept deal. When a failing author and an artist at the start of her career discover inspiration comes at a cost, and the consequences will outlive them both. (This book is absolutely not for kids.)

Reviews for Muse:

Perfect October read……or any time, actually! Muse is a very fast paced, creepy story filled with some unique characters. Iris Carden gives you a good reminder of why if something seems too good to be true, you should RUN! – Dawn (Amazon)

Goosebumps! Great read! No feet left sticking out of the covers after reading this one! Yet another great book from Iris. Looking forward to the next publication! – TvR (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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