The Week in Review

Pink iris with text: "The Week in Review"

The Week in Review

What I’ve Written

Two photos of Princess, a seal-point rag doll cat. In one she’s looking at the iPad beside her. In the second photo, she’s beside the iPad looking directly at the camera. Caption reads: “Aren’t you supposed to be writing?”

Sunday: Procrastination

I love writing, but I often put off doing it.

Drawing: Plants in a greenhouse. They have eyes, and sharp teeth. Caption reads: “The plants seemed to have eyes … and teeth.”

Monday: Plants

The strange tale of Sharon who got a job offer that seemed too good to be true.

Drawing: A pendant with a red stone. Caption reads: “A gold chain with a pendant that appeared to be a ruby.”

Tuesday: Bloodstone

Jo Burns has been given a very rare jewel. Her problem is that others want it.

Drawing: person disappearing into fog in a forest. Caption reads: “My thoughts and memories are somewhere in the mist.”

Wednesday: Adventures in Brain Fog

The day I lost my mind
was like any other day
except my mind just wandered
and it stayed away.
Photo of Iris Carden's books. Caption reads: "Excerpt from a book."

Thursday: Group Meeting Chapter 9

I didn’t get something new written for today. Here’s something from earlier.

Photo: Fanta, a brindle Staffordshire bull terrier (stuffy) standing on grass, looking thoughtful. Caption reads: “If I met you on my walk, you’d pat me, wouldn’t you?”

Friday: Walk

Fanta loves meeting new friends on her walk.

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

Family Lies Chapter 15: Brother

Emily learns the man in police custody is her half brother, and forms a plan on how to deal with her ex-husband’s constant calls.

A Blast from the Past

Photo: a basket of Easter eggs. Caption reads: “I’m supposed to deliver poisonous eggs to small humans, for what reason?”

March 2022: Edward Bilby’s New Job

Edward Billy’s is surprised to discover the door to his burrow blocked by a feral rabbit. The rabbit, known as EB, wants to offer him a job.

What I’ve Read

If Our priority is protecting children nudity in changerooms is not what we should be afraid of by Van Badham (Guardian Australia) A surf club banned nudity in their changerooms. Van Badham argues it’s impossible to change from one set of clothes to another without some transitional nudity. There’s some wonderful writing in this opinion piece, such as this: if a changeroom appears in a forest but prohibits anyone from changing in it, isn’t it just a shed? Apart from the cutting wit, there are some useful facts, and some serious social commentary in this.

The Fearsome Flush: When Chipotle Triggers Armageddon short story by Anthony Robert (Tony’s Bologna) A funny story about a heroic plumber out to save the world from the Fearsome Flush.

On a Beach in Astronomical Twilight poem by M. Espinosa (M. Espinosa) A poem full of wonder about the distance light travels from stars to our eyes.

Butterflies Dreams poem by T. Maxwell-Harrison (Psychedelic Wizard) A beautiful descriptive sonnet, celebrating Easter.

Sea Canaries poem by Grace Y. Estevez-Reddy (Grace of the Sun) This is a lovely poem about a beluga whale.

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

Since it’s the Easter weekend, let’s look at something from my former life.

Cover of Beside Still Waters by Iris Carden.  Features photo of quiet stream through bushland.

Beside Still Waters

A book of sermons and brief reflections on Christian Scripture, by Rev Iris Carden. There is no specific order to the items in the book, they are intended to each be a “surprise” in that they are not related to the items around them. It is hoped that in each, the reader will find something new or special, or unexpected, a message from God. Rev Iris Carden has a Master’s Degree in Theology and more than 10 years of experience as a Christian minister.

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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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