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Lady T. - "The Witch Is In"
13 June 1977
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To remind me of home, Persephone had said. She switched on a tall Tiffany lamp beside the piano and clusters of colored light fell over it, rose and mint and marigold. As Orpheus raised the lid and gently touched the keys, he thought of verdant fields and bubbling streams. He could feel the places that Persephone’s fingers had been, playing music of youth and hope, and so that is where he began.
She is the spring, his fingers said.

From She Is - a story by Lady TairnGire

I will give you solace
at day’s end
I will soothe your weary bones
forgive your sins, my dear one.
I will give you my heart
and a home

but first
you must pass
a simple test...

From Bride Gift - a poem by Lady TairnGire

I am Lady Tairngire (aka "Lady T.", "Lady Tea", "Shannon Connor Winward" or, more usually, "Mommy".) This is my blog of writing, witchery, mommyhood, and general sassiness. It is also my vessel for angst and joy, and the chronicles of The Kinglet's Quest (our adventures in the world of Autism).

I am an author of poetry and fiction. I am seeking representation for my first novel, TO THE TOUCH, a story about a stalker haunted by her dead – and disapproving – father. I have also written a number of children's picture books, an urban fantasy novel (currently in revisions) and many stories and poems that can be found in anthologies, print magazines, and on the web.

I have a predilection for italics and em dashes. I’m a sucker for ghost stories (obviously), fairy tale-tinged fiction, and anything having to do with pagan gods. I am a devotee of performance poetry, but I do not memorize my work; I'm afraid that if I look you in the eye from the mic I will fall in love with you, and really. Who has time for that?

I live in Delaware with The God-King and The Kinglet (my greatest creative endeavor) and a curmudgeon of a cat named Wolf.

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"A witch is born not in the body but in the mind." - A.A. Attanasio, The Moon's Wife

"She was still practical enough not to have her mouth hanging open, that would just have made her look silly, and she knew that half of being a good witch is making sure everyone takes you seriously." - aellwynde

"How shallow the words are, really - She is a witch. One might as well say, She is a mother... that about covers the same terrain, doesn't it?" - Gregory Maguire, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister


that giants sleep too soundly;
that witches are often betrayed by their appetites;
dragons have one soft spot,
somewhere, always;
hearts can be well-hidden,
and you betray them with your tongue.

- Neil Gaiman, Instructions

"Notice, notice; let noticing take the place of screaming." - Gregory Maguire, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister
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