The Week in Review

Pink iris with text: "The Week in Review"

The Week in Review

What I’ve Written

Drawing of a purple butterfly. Caption reads World Lupus Day 10th May

Sunday: World Lupus Day

What is going on with someone who has lupus or another autoimmune disease?

Drawing of a part-bird, part-woman, statue. Caption reads: “That’s going to give me nightmares.”

Tuesday: Siren

A museum worker becomes fascinated with a statue.

Drawing: A coffin in a crematorium. Caption reads: “An upgrade to a deluxe coffin.”

Tuesday: Assistant

Your friendly local funeral director receives an application for the assistant’s job she doesn’t have available.

Drawing: A slice of chocolate cake, and a large round mug. Caption reads: “Chocolate cake and a coffee.

Wednesday: People Watching

A poem about the people in a coffee shop.

Drawing: Trees and plants in front of a stone wall with a door hidden in it. Caption reads: “Behind the trees, was a door with a rusted lock.”

Thursday: Inheritance

The strange tale of Jane, whose incredible inheritance turned out to not be very good at all.

Photo: Fanta lying on a red couch, wrapped in a white blanket. Caption reads: “It’s cold!”

Friday: Cold

Fanta is cold.

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

Family Lies Chapter 20: Revelation

Emily discovers something even more disturbing about her parents.

A Blast from the Past

Image toilet roll. Caption reads: Mum said to take a loo roll in the car because public loos on the highway don’t always have them, I said, “Nah, Mum I’ve got this.” I didn’t have this.

Feb 2022: I Regret

The story of a young man who has a lot of regrets.

What I’ve Read

The Unexpected Chaos of Owning a Bird Feeder by Anthony Robert (Tony’s Bologna) This is … I don’t know what it is. It escalates quickly.

Frankie and Johnny short story by Nancy Richy (The Elephant’s Trunk) A woman inherits an elderly relative’s incredible estate. The only catch is that she has to look after the relative’s two macaws. Taking care of massive birds seems an ominous challenge, leaving the woman and her husband worried about how they will handle the responsibility. There’s a fantastic twist at the end.

Good Things poem by Emma Grigg (E.J. Grigg, Author) Looking back to a time before brain fog and pain. This is a poem I can relate to (and everyone else with a similar chronic illness) can relate to.

No Joke! poem by Nancy Richy (The Elephant’s Trunk) Death isn’t funny at all, but try to read this poem without the occasional little laugh.

The Damn Lonely Night and the Bottle poem by John Castellanas (John Coyote) A poem dripping with regret.

Mislead poem by Grace Y. Estevez-Reddy (Grace of the Sun) A poem about deception and denial.

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 Poetic Pets, featuring Princess, a seal-point ragdoll kitten.

Poetic Pets

A collection of cute and simple poems about a collection of cute and simple pets.

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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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