The Week in Review

Pink iris with text: "The Week in Review"

The Week in Review

What I’ve Written

Drawing Easter Egg. Caption reads: “Happy Easter.”

Sunday: Happy Easter

Since chocolate doesn’t travel well through the internet, I’ve got a different gift for you.

Drawing: Woman’s face. Caption reads: “Plastic over a steel frame, with an advanced AI brain.”

Monday: Housekeeper

The strange tale of Miranda, who just wanted a little help around the house.

Drawing of head carved from a stone. Caption reads: “A two-metre tall stone head.”

Tuesday: Statue

An artefact that shouldn’t exist is found in western Queensland. People who touch it die.

Swirling colours, with the word “thoughts” scattered through them in different sizes, angles and shapes. Caption reads: “thoughts churning burning turning”

Wednesday: Sleepless

Sometimes it’s hard to get to sleep.

Drawing a yellow shape, similar to a human, on blackened dead grass. Caption reads: “A pile of yellow powder in a vaguely human shape.”

Thursday: Sulphur

A body has been found buried in sulphur. Jo Burns and her team are on the case.

Princess Cat, lying on a pink towel, near a door, with a green fuzzy cat toy. Caption reads: “This is the back door.”

Friday: Cat Bed

Princess has found herself a new cat bed. It’s a towel. It’s right against the back door.

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

Saturday: Family Lies Chapter 16: Meeting

Emily’s meeting with her brother does not go well.

A Blast from the Past

An arrangement of purple flowers. Caption reads: “not again,” she thought, as the receptionist waked towards her desk carrying an expensive arrangement of flowers.

Feb 2022: No More Flowers

An expensive floral arrangement arrives for Isabelle at her work.

What I’ve read (reviews)

Unrepentant short story by Dawn Benedict (Rhymes, Dreams, Fantasy and Thoughts) A very short story about a naughty dog. Killer’s photo with a huge doggy grin on such a small dog really go well with the story of naughtiness.

I am Groot short story by Nancy Richy (The Elephant’s Trunk) Don’t mess with the tree or its broken branch, and keep your sticky fingers to yourself.

Being Seen on Screen at talk ACMI (and meeting Geena Davis) by Carly Findlay (Carly Findlay) Carly Findlay lives with ichthyosis, and speaks up for visibility for people with disabilities. In this post she shares her talk from a panel called Bodies on Screen at a conference. Film and television do not currently reflect the proportion of the population living with disability, and when it does portray people with disabilities, non-disabled actors often play the part. On the occasions where actors with disabilities are employed, they often find accessibility issues. (Which, in my mind, makes film and television pretty much the same as every other aspect of life. My personal pet peeve is public places that don’t have options other than stairs, or hide those other options.)

Baby Bunny poem by PoetPas (Witty Words) a cute descriptive poem describing an adorable little bunny just living its adorable little bunny life, unaware of lurking danger.

April poem by Yassy (Yaskhan) a beautiful, descriptive poem, a painting in words.

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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