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Phone # 603-654-2601  Fax 603-654-5317


facebook: Virginia Fair Richards-Taylor


Given my life, I have a lot of names I use (which can be confusing for me as well).

Most of the time I am known as Tchipakkan, and I speak and write under that name

In the Society for Creative Anachronism I am called Arastorm the Golden

My legal name is Virginia Fair Richards-Taylor which I only use for legal transactions,     (and facebook because I didn’t know what I was doing when I set it up).

I do other role playing as well, and am called Ælfgifu in Rhuddlan, and Aurelia Ambrosia in the Roman period. Don’t worry about it. My kids call me Mother, and my husband called me My Love. If you aren’t in that context, it doesn’t matter, does it? Some VERY old friends and relatives who knew me when I was a kid still call me Ginny, but they have a special dispensation. Anyone who calls me that who didn’t know me back then is automatically suspect. If you don’t know me, you are welcome to call me Mrs. Taylor, unless you hope to become my friend, in which case Tchipakkan is probably the name you want. Most people call me that.


Tchipakkan means “Dance of the Dead” and is the word for the Aurora Borealis in either Algonquin or Old Norse according to the book The Viking and the Red Man I read when I was young. I started using it as a name when I went to college. Tchipakkan van

The T is silent. I pronounce it Chip ah khan. (and I occasionally use a Ç for the ch in my signature.  I no longer believe that the author is correct, although he does bring up some interesting questions. Still, I’ve been calling myself Tchipakkan for over forty years, and I still like it.  Some Native Americans once told me that it made me look rather foolish, as it’s not a name word. Still, as they said it wasn’t disrespectful, I’ll keep using it. I like the image, and it’s “truth in advertising”: I’ve never hidden that I got it out of a book.


2 thoughts on “Contact me

  1. Dear Tchipakkan:

    My name is Jackie Velnoskey. I saw that you have written Anglo-Saxon Magick. My question for you is: may I promote the book at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books in L.A., early April? It costs you nothing. All I’m asking you in return is if we may add you to our book marketing email list.

    I’m giving you two LA Times promotion options to choose from: 1: you may forward a copy of your book to our address (see below), and we’ll display it in L.A., or 2: we’ll include your work in the Hot Indy Author Guide that we’re displaying and distributing during the LA Times event. Either option is free. Check out our Facebook page when we report live from L.A. where over 150,000+ are expected to attend.

    At America Star Books we have a book promotion department that does nothing but offering book promotion at the lowest fees in the nation. We attend all of the big fairs and festivals: Book Expo America, London Book Fair, Frankfurt Book Fair, Miami Book Fair International, the American Library Association mid-winter and annual Conferences, Baltimore Book Festival, and so on.

    All I am asking you at this time is if we may add you to our email list when we issue our next book promotion offers. You may at any time unsubscribe, and we will promptly cease sending you any further emails. America Star Books has been around for more than fifteen years, serving over 60,000authors. Participating in book promotion is entirely optional.

    Thank you for considering this opportunity. I am looking forward to hearing back from you.

    –Jackie Velnoskey
    America Star Books Special Services, manager
    P.O. Box 151
    Frederick, MD 21705

    • Certainly you may promote Anglo-Saxon Magick. At the moment I am out of copies of the book so I’d have to go with option two (and I guess I’d better order some more). I’ll be interested in seeing your promotional offers. Not knowing much about promotion is the greatest handicap for me as a self published author.

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