Author: Urban Fantasy from DAW Books Thu, 18 Aug 2016 15:59:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Bob’s Beach Books Wed, 17 Aug 2016 22:56:42 +0000 Continue reading →]]> It’s that time of year again. I’m going to Bob’s Beach Books in Lincoln City, Oregon Saturday August 20, 2016. Will be signing books by most of my pen names (Irene Radford, P.R. Frost, Phyllis Ames, and Julia Verne St. John) along with 30+ other Pacific Northwest authors.  The weather promises to be scortching in the valley and twenty degrees cooler at the beach–that’s still 80 + degrees but manageable.

Missed this last year because of WorldCon in Spokane. But this year I’ll be at one of my favorite places in the whole world.

Hope to see some of you there.

Dancing at Westercon ’69 Wed, 13 Jul 2016 02:32:28 +0000 Continue reading →]]> I admit it, I’m a sucker for waterfalls and water fountains.

Spokane has a marvelous fountain in the park by the River Walk. And now I have discovered that Portland has an interesting fountain in Halladay Park near the Lloyd Center Mall. Water jets shooting up through the pavement.

On the morning of July 4th, 2016 my writing partner Bob Brown caught me playing water sprite. Picture me giggling



And yes, That is my Bigfoot Believe T shirt. Because… well because!

Comments have been disabled Thu, 17 Mar 2016 03:41:55 +0000 Continue reading →]]> Do to the huge number of spam comments I have disabled them. I do not care about gaming strategy. I have no interest in tow truck woes or plastic surgery recommends. For questions about how I set up my website or deal with spam and hackers, contact Word Press and your server. This is my blog and until someone comes up with a reason to allow comments again, I’m the only one who gets to talk.

Sorry to disappoint the two people in the world who actually read these pages.

Living Legacy Mon, 25 Jan 2016 03:54:05 +0000 Continue reading →]]> Today I had to make a joyful and slightly sad trip 50 miles from home to pick up an inheritance.

I’ve known my friend Karyl for thirty-five years. I first met her through the local lacemakers guild. She made exquisite lace, mostly Russian tape lace. She also “Wrote” Russian Orthodox icons. Over the years she developed a shareware template and software to type the Cyrillic alphabet on a modern computer so she could maintain an extensive international correspondence with other iconographers. A wonderful lady and precious friend.

Thirty years ago I told her that if she every had to downsize her apartment, I wanted to buy the two Japanese dolls she purchased in Tokyo when she was a new bride living there with her US Navy sailor husband.

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Here’s a detail of the faces.

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Karyl is still alive, but now in assisted living in a tiny place without enough room for 70 years of international collecting. Her cousin is taking care of her things. Last week the cousin called to say she had the dolls that Karyl had set aside for me. My legacy from a dear friend.

I cried.

When I got the box home I found additional treasures

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And these

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I cried again at Karyl’s generosity and the knowledge that she is very ill. I’m posting these photos as a living memorial to her.

Blab-Chat Interview part Deux Fri, 15 Jan 2016 19:56:25 +0000 Continue reading →]]> One of the perks of being an author/editor/internet personality is that I get opportunities to do interviews with great folks like Beth Barany and her Blab-Chat. It was fun, relaxed, and went overtime. I got dragged kicking and screaming in the 21st C. forced to get a twitter account. #radford_irene25 in order to log on.

New tech scares me, so we did a test the day before, and IT WORKED. No glitches.

Now that the adrenaline rush is over and I’m thinking almost coherently again, here’s the link for the live interview. I remembered to comb my hair and put on a bit of makeup and everything.



Blab-Chat Interview Tue, 12 Jan 2016 22:31:01 +0000 Continue reading →]]> Tomorrow 1/13/2016 I am doing a live chat interview with Beth Barany at 2 PM pst–that’s 5 PM est at

You have to have a twitter account to log in. This forced me to get one you can now follow me at #radford_irene25

Check in tomorrow and watch me stumble and stammer. Someone remind me to comb my hair and put on something resembling makeup.

Halloween Costumes Thu, 22 Oct 2015 21:56:49 +0000 Continue reading →]]>  

I recently encountered an individual who shuddered and shook his head at a middle-aged woman at a tourist attraction who had green streaks in her hair and had gelled it into spikes. She also wore layers of floating black that looked tattered when the wind caught her draperies. The man said, “It isn’t Halloween yet.”

Why is it that costumes for adults are reserved for Halloween only? Some people like reinventing themselves on a daily basis. Some people aren’t afraid to broadcast who they really are deep down inside. The gentleman mentioned above, I suspect, fears stepping outside convention. I know people like that. Color coordination in proper combinations, hems at a precise length, necklines revealing only a certain amount of cleavage… boring to the point of invisibility.

The Red Hat Society was founded by women who needed to step beyond the conventions that make them invisible after a certain age. Once we reach fifty, who cares if we combine red and purple? Who cares if we go out and have fun and attract attention? What do we have to lose?

But then the Society got organized. The minute they command that one must wear purple clothing and sport red hats (the gaudier the better), the command makes them part of the establishment we are rebelling against.

We do wear costumes throughout our life but we mask them as uniforms. Police, medical, and service workers all wear uniforms so we know precisely who they are if we need them. We wear specific robes at graduation.graduation

That’s me at high school graduation, far too many years ago.

I worked at an historical house museum and wore costumes as part of my job. Here I am standing beside the portrait of a distant side relation—William Clark of Lewis and Clark married a Radford. And I attended Lewis and Clark College. Small world.

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Weddings are wonderful chances to elaborate on the uniform of the day. My wedding stepped outside the

But then I grew up on stage. That’s another place where we get to wear costumes. Here I am at 16 at a ballet performance. And at 10 with my first dance ensemble.ballet du lacfirst ballet costume

At five I played dress up with my best friend when we were flower girls at the Coronation of the Sea Faire queen in Seattle. flower girls

The year before I wore a kilt to visit Santa Claus. There is a theme of plaid in my life. christmas 1956

And at three a gentlemen made the rounds of our neighborhood with his pony and costumes. He made a living taking and selling photos of that event. cowgirl

So costumes are not just for children at ages when they try to figure out who they are and what their place in the world is. Costumes are not just for Halloween when we let loose our inner demons.

Costumes are a part of life. Celebrate life and explore your inner extrovert. Life is more than safe conventions and hiding in the shadows. *Remember the Twelfth Commandment: If you can’t hide it, flaunt it.

* The Eleventh is: Though shalt not be found out. But it doesn’t apply here.

Sasquan Mon, 28 Sep 2015 02:27:50 +0000 Continue reading →]]> take that_600X900

Sasquan, or this year’s Worldcon, the WORLD Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention, was held in Spokane, Washington August 19-23, 2015. Bigfoot was their mascot. I got to sit on the Sasquatch panel on Saturday afternoon. While the infamous Patterson film clip was debunked, the possibility of Squatches among us remained an open question.

I also did a reading, had an autograph session, and sat on a couple of other panels. I partied and networked, settled on a title for my next book with my editor, and talked myself hoarse. I was also too busy to think about  taking pictures. Fortunately friends did. The new banner was taken by Bob Brown, my writing collaborator, while I danced in THE fountain along the river walk in Down Town Spokane.

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I’ve often said that you can judge the success of a con by the number of comatose bodies on Sunday morning. There were plenty.

And then I drove 7 hours home and slept for two weeks.


Fountain Dancing Tue, 18 Aug 2015 03:13:33 +0000 Continue reading →]]> That’s me at Spocon last year, the same place as this year’s WorldCon. There will be more dancing this year. That fountain just begs for interaction.fountain dance_3

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