Author Archives: Phyllis Irene Radford

About Phyllis Irene Radford

Irene Radford has been writing stories ever since she figured out what a pencil was for. A member of an endangered species—a native Oregonian who lives in Oregon—she and her husband make their home in Welches, Oregon where deer, bears, coyotes, hawks, owls, and woodpeckers feed regularly on their back deck. A museum trained historian, Irene has spent many hours prowling pioneer cemeteries deepening her connections to the past. Raised in a military family she grew up all over the US and learned early on that books are friends that don’t get left behind with a move. Her interests and reading range from ancient history, to spiritual meditations, to space stations, and a whole lot in between. Mostly Irene writes fantasy and historical fantasy including the best-selling Dragon Nimbus Series and the masterwork Merlin’s Descendants series. In other lifetimes she writes urban fantasy as P.R. Frost or Phyllis Ames, and space opera as C.F. Bentley. Later this year she ventures into Steampunk as someone else. If you wish information on the latest releases from Ms Radford, under any of her pen names, you can subscribe to her newsletter: Promises of no spam, merely occasional updates and news of personal appearances.

BVC Eats: Comfort Food

At this time of year, with lots of festive foods and deserts playing havoc with your digestion and your wallet, sometimes you just want something simple. With funds in short supply from buying gifts and all those special family meals, … Continue reading

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BVC Eats: Smashed Yams

With the big US feast day coming up in a few days, a friend asked for a yams with broiled marshmallows on top. Here’s my version, which started in the Fanny Farmer Boston School of Cooking Cookbook circa 1971. It … Continue reading

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The Language Attic: Glox

GLOX The sound of liquids when sloshed in a barrel. See squiggle: to shake and wash a fluid out of the mouth, with the lips closed. {From} quaggle, quagmire, or from the sound produced by the action. I love the … Continue reading

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Nevertheless She Persisted: Den of Iniquity

Den of Iniquity My story in this anthology started with this: There are photos of many similar hearths floating around the internet. Some of them more sinister than this. As cool and imaginative as they are, I’m not certain I’d … Continue reading

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New Service at Radford Editorial

  Have you ever had a short story rejected before it is even read because the harried and harassed editor has no time or patience to deal with sloppy or incorrect formatting? As co-editor of the bestselling anthology “Alternative Truths” … Continue reading

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The Word Museum by Jeffrey Kacirk, Barnes & Noble, New York, 2000 is a marvelous tool for writers of historical fiction. Not only does it help find the right word for the occasion, it is good for a laugh or … Continue reading

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Help me finish a book

Ten years ago, the axis of the Earth changed its tilt. The air warmed. All the glacial and polar ice melted. Water filled the land and pushed the people further and further inland. What were once coastal mountains are now islands. What were once fertile valleys are now ocean bays. Humanity is reduced to scattered self-sufficient villages. Their numbers reduced toa tiny fraction of a small fraction of the once teeming masses. Continue reading

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The Sage in Bloom

Or How I play Hooky: Sacajawea in Bronze Most writers need a day when a loved one surgically removes them from the computer and takes them elsewhere. My husband recognizes my symptoms of needing a break before I do. Severe … Continue reading

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My Muse is Heading For Palm Springs The Winter

We all have those days when you stare at the computer screen for hours and anything you try to type looks like Old High Marsian. My muse is on walkabout. Mental exhaustion I tell myself when this happens. Too many … Continue reading

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Random Waterfalls.

First published August 17, 2016 At the base of Little Zig Zag Falls on Mt. Hood, there is a sign that explains how when wild water falls, either plunging over a cliff or rushing down a cascade, that the … Continue reading

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