The Week in Review

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The Week in Review

What I’ve Written

Photo of a pair of floral-embroidered Doc Martens boots. Caption reads: “Are my boots outrageous?”

Sunday: What Not to Wear

The internet is full of pointless, even sexist and ageist, advice, such as what women should and shouldn’t wear after a certain age.

Drawing: A person in a heavy deep-sea diving suit, in an undersea area with lots of life. There are three barrels, with one leaking something into the water, and large tentacles are wrapping around the diver. Caption reads: “I didn’t do this, I’m just part of the crew here to clean it up.”

Monday: Clean Up

A person, who is part of a team hired to clean up illegal ocean floor dumping, is in serious trouble.

Drawing: bat flying in front of the moon. Caption reads: Harry was on patrol, flying over the city.

Tuesday: Human

There’s been less vampire activity since the Countess left the city, but the Human Defence Unit is still on patrol.

Drawing: a red and white umbrella, with pouring rain. Caption reads: “Who will be your shelter?”

Wednesday: Shelter

Who will be your shelter
in the storms of life?
Drawing: jewelled and enamelled gold lamp. Caption reads: “Don’t rub the ugly lamp.”

Thursday: Genie

A lamp from a travelling exhibit causes a problem for a museum worker.

Photo: Princess, a seal-point rag doll cat, sitting in front of a window. Caption reads: “I like treats.”

Friday: Treats

Princess Cat likes her cat treats. Unfortunately, so does her doggy sister.

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

Saturday: Family Lies Chapter 14: Insecurity

Hiring private security hasn’t worked out as planned

A Blast from the Past

Photo of a street in an English Village. Caption reads: “Using Midsomer Murders as source material, I can tell you everything about English village life.”

February 2022: The English Village

Everything I know about English villages, I learned by watching Midsomer Murders.

What I’ve Read (Reviews)

Child of Spring poem by Emma Grigg (E. J. Grigg Author) A delightful poem, taking the reader on a frolic with a little spring lamb.

The Big Squeeze by Nancy Richy (The Elphant’s Trunk) Nancy Richy minimises the sheer, agonising, crushing horror every woman knows as a mild “morbid fascination” at a boob being squashed between solid plates in an annual mammogram. It’s a story of anxiety, and relief, part of the world of women’s experience that’s usually hidden behind closed doors.

A Ghost Cuddler poem by Phil Lister (Listerlyrics) Some people have pets for emotional support. Some people have comfort blankets or pillows. How about a comfort ghost? Someone who is ethereal, but always there? Phil Lister writes about a ghost who is there to listen and give a comforting hug.

Battle Season poem by Dawn Benedict (Rhymes, Dreams, Fantasy and Thoughts) My life has been spent moving between places that are extremely hot and mildly hot. I’ve never seen snow. Reading Dawn Benedict’s poem, I can see and feel the springtime life beginning to emerge while snow still falls and winter refuses to die. I especially love the final verse, as monochrome gives way to colour.

Tyrannosaurus Rex had Lips Over its Teeth, Research Suggests by Nicola Davis (Guardian Australia). Jurassic Park had it wrong. Researchers have compared the mouth structures of Tyrannosaurus and modern reptiles, some of which have lips and some of which don’t, to come to the conclusion that T-Rex had thin scaly lips over their teeth. Of course, their lips were scaly, lip balm hadn’t been invented yet, and with those tiny arms they probably couldn’t reach to apply it if it had.

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 The Wallaby Detectives and the Tomato Sauce Mystery by Iris Carden. Features a watercolour of three wallabies in deerstalker hats, and cloaks, with magnifying glasses, looking at the ground.

The Wallaby Detectives and the Tomato Sauce Mystery

Maggie from Maggie’s Pie Shop is in a flap! The tomato sauce delivery has not arrived. This is a job for the world’s smartest detectives.

Reviews for The Wallaby Detectives and the Tomato Sauce Mystery

Fabulous fun book! The kids loved it, and it made me a bit homesick for Aus myself, with the Wallaby tales. When’s the next one out? – Patricia (Lulu)

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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.


    1. They’re probably not around any more, but I saw some Docs with red roses embroidered on them a couple of days ago. They change the embroidered ones all the time. You probably have to go to Doc Martens website to see what’s available now.

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  1. Thank you so much for the kind words and share, Iris! I love your weekly round ups, you always find such fun stuff! Now I’m off to find my own ghost companion…

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