The Week in Review

Pink iris with text: "The Week in Review"

The Week in Review

What I’ve Written

Photo of a sleeping tiger. Caption reads: “I’ve been tired all week.”

Sunday: Tired

After a week of fatigue, instead of a post I’m just going to give you pictures from the zoo.

Drawing, tree against a multicoloured sky. Sacks are hanging in the tree, underneath are two bodies seen from behind. One body is a little girl in a Red Riding Hood cloak, and the other is a hairy grey hominid, with horns, and pointed ears, and a bleeding hole in the back of its head. Caption reads: “Jo remembered the day when everything changed.”

Monday: Memories

The funerals are over and Jo Burns takes time to reflect on all that has happened.

Drawing a baby asleep in a half walnut shell. Caption reads: “The future, in a nutshell.”

Tuesday: Nutshell

Primrose had never been a hero. She was a nursery maid. But now the castle had been taken, and the baby princess was her responsibility.

Drawing: Red poppy. Caption reads: “At the tomb of the unknown soldier, remember the known one too.”
Wednesday: Anzac Day

At the tomb of a soldier unknown
remember the known one too.
The one disabled, the one in the psych ward,
the street-dweller begging from you.
Drawing: A pink doll’s house, with pink furniture. Caption reads: “A very pink doll’s house.”

Thursday: Doll’s House

Andy Justice is at her new part-time job when she discovers fairies hiding in the store room.

Princess, a seal-point rag doll cat, lying on the floor, looking back over her shoulder at the camera. Caption reads: “There are some important skills all cats need.”

Friday: Cat Skills: Invisibility

Writing Buddy Princess explains a skill cats need to know.

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

Saturday: Family Lies Chapter 18: Agreement

Jack agrees to be paid to stop bothering Emily.

A Blast from the Past

Child’s gumboots with nasturtium plants growing in them.  Caption reads: “Teach your daughter her links to the Earth”

February 2022: Teach Your Daughter

The world tells girls what they can’t do. Good parents encourage them to learn what they can do.

What I’ve Read

Discworld book series by Terry Pratchett. It’s taken me months, but I’ve finished reading through all forty-one books of the Discworld series. From the first book, which Rincewind spent running away from pretty much everything, I was hooked. I love how a side character in one story can be the main character in another, how the world is consistent, and these characters with their many different stories are woven together.

Trying to be Strong poem by Phil Lister (Listerlyrics) We’ve all been there: trying to stay strong, to carry on, despite emotions that demand to be felt. Phil Lister describes it perfectly.

The Circle Dance. A Poem for the Days of Spring. And Peace. poem by John Castellenas (John Coyote) A poem about a Native American dance, and a welcome offered to all.

Black, or: A Somber Shade poem by David ben Alexander (The Skeptic’s Kaddish) There are all kinds of social expectations on behaviour, such as what it’s appropriate to wear to a funeral. Sometimes, the best thing is to defy those expectations.

The Name Game short story by Nancy Richy (The Elephant’s Trunk) I laughed out loud at this story of misogyny earning its own reward.

And the blind guitarist will play on poem by Bogdan Dragos (Daydreaming as a profession) a heartbreaking poem, about a musician who plays songs about loving life, when he hates the life he has.

Do It Yourself Ghostbusting: Serving Pesky Poltergeists an Eviction Notice story by Rhyan Scorpio-Rhys Take it with a grain of salt, and then spread the salt around your whole house to keep the spooky things out. Definitely read this if you’re looking for a laugh.

Clown of the Sea poem by Emma Grigg (E J Grigg, Author) a cute poem about a puffin. What more could you possibly want?

Refused or Refined? blog post by Dawn Benedict (Rhymes, Dreams, Fantasy and Thoughts) when the going gets tough, the tough get going. Sometimes, though, they don’t. When the going gets tough, it may be time to toughen up, or it may be time to try something different.

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.


  1. Love the recap and thank you for the share, Iris! I’m still chuckling over the DIY Ghostbusting article…definitely filing that one for future reference! 💞

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