Queen's Own
The Official Mercedes Lackey Fan Club

P.O. Box 749
Laguna Beach, CA 92652 USA

Series 3, Vol. 2, No. 12
December 1, 2001

Heyla, Misty fans!

Sorry this newsletter is coming out a bit late. The holidays (and Danyaís new baby) caught up with both of us!

Of special note, The Valdemar Companion is now available. This is an absolute "must have" for any Misty fan. The art is gorgeous! Tons of trivia, maps and other goodies make this work an absolute delight. Itís a perfect holiday gift for your fantasy-loving friends. You can find more information about this and other works by Mercedes Lackey through the Dragonlords Bookstore at http://www.dragonlordsnet.com/bkfanml.htm. (A portion of all proceeds from items purchased through this site goes to pay for the QO website, PO box and all of our other business expenses. This is how we keep memberships in QO free, so please consider going through our links when you do your online shopping.)

As you consider various charities for your holiday giving, we want to remind you that many organizations have experienced a serious drop in funding in part because of donations being sent to help the victims of the September 11th attacks instead of to the groups that would normally have received them and in part because of the anthrax scare causing many solicitations for funds to be stuck in unsorted mail or to remain unopened. Please take the time to look at your neighbors this holiday season; many of them are in greater need than usual.

In lieu of an article this issue, we have a special holiday greeting for you from Misty herself. You will find our holiday greeting to you accompanying this newsletter as well.

Blessed Yule, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, and Holiday Greetings to one and all! And Best Wishes for the New Year!

Zhai'helleva,

Herald-Mage Master Danya Winterborn and Healer Adept Moonstar

It's very sobering to write a holiday greeting in light of the events of September 11. Wishes for a happy holiday filled with cheer and gift-giving seem hollow and out of place. And frankly, the frantic urgings of our leaders to "get back to normal" and go out and spend money seem shallow, ill-considered, and greedy.

Why should we settle for "normal" anyway? "Normal" wasn't all that good, to be frank! Many of us were a lot happier climbing inside a book than having to deal with the "normal" world that was full of cruelty, callousness, and irresponsibility! Why should we run out and buy things just to satisfy the greed of people whose business is to make us want things we have no real need for?

So, for the holidays this year, perhaps what we should be concentrating on is something different. Let's all take time to reflect on what our lives have been and what they can become. This shock to our collective system has given us a chance to start new habits---of compassion, reflection, responsibility. It's given us a chance to stop and examine things---inside and outside of ourselves. We can spend money on something other than a new "toy". We can stop separating and start connecting, think before we act, and spend that extra second to be polite and even kind to others.

So, for the holidays, I wish all of you a better world than the one that ended September 11, and I wish you the courage to help make it that way.

Mercedes Lackey

Ren Faires:

Here are the faires we know about that are happening in December. Faires are indexed alphabetically by state. Have any information about any other Ren Faires in your area? Send it to us at Legend@malcor.com

Florida

PIRATES IN PARADISE FESTIVAL. Phone: 305-296-9694. E-mail: info@piratesinparadise.com. Website: http://www.piratesinparadise.com. Snail Mail: PO Box 1153, Key West, FL 33041. Location: 201 William Street, Key West. Dates: 11/22/01 - 12/02/01.

ALACHUA DICKENS FESTIVAL. Phone: 904-462-5797. Snail Mail: Ruth Ballard, 12610 W. State Rd. 235, Alachua, FL 32615. Dates: 12/08/01 - 12/09/01. Open/Close: 10:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M.

Louisiana

LOUISIANA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL. Fax: 985-429-9992. Phone: E-mail: info@la-renfest.com. Website: http://www.la-renfest.com. Snail Mail: PO Box 220, Robert, LA 70455. Location: 46468 River Road, Hammond. Dates: 11/03/01 - 12/09/01. Open/Close: 10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

Massachusetts

GHOSTS OF CHRISTMAS PAST, THE. Phone: 603-887-4034 E-mail: renaissance@afairbrother.com. Webpage: http://www.afairbrother.com/dracula.html. Snail Mail: Draculaís Castle, 90 Lafayette St., Salam, MA 01970. Dates: 12/01/01 - 12/17/01. Open/Close: 12:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

Texas

DICKENS ON THE STRAND. Fax: 409-765-7851 Phone: 409-765-7834. Website: http://www.galvestonhistory.org. Snail Mail: 2016 Strand, Galveston, TX 77550-1631. Dates: 12/01/01 - 12/02/01. Open/Close: 10:00 A.M.

INGLESIDE RENAISSANCE FAIRE AND CHRISTMAS CRAFT BAZAAR. Fax: 361-776-0678. Phone: 361-776-2906. E-mail: ingchamber1@interconnect.net. Website: http://www.inglesidetxchamber.org. Snail Mail: P.O.Box 686, Ingleside, TX 78362. Location: Live Oak Park. Dates: 12/08/01 - 12/09/01. Open/Close: 10:30 A.M. to 7:00 P.M.

For additional Ren Faire information, visit the Renaissance Faire Homepage at http://www.renfaire.com/ and the Renaissance Magazine site at http://www.renaissancemagazine.com.

Conventions:

These are the upcoming cons we know about. Have any information about conventions in your area? Send it to us at Legend@malcor.com.

Colorado

WEEKEND IN THE COUNTY OF URNST. E-mail: tim@cyface.com. Website: http://www.bengames.org/. Location: Wheat Ridge, Colorado. Dates: 12/08/01 - 12/09/01.

Florida

SCI-FI SEA CRUISE. E-mail: WhoCruiser@aol.com. Website: http://members.aol.com/sfcruise/. Location: Tampa, Florida. Dates: 12/09/01 - 12/16/01.

Maryland

DAGORHIR. E-mail: RavenRose@Dagorhir.com. Website: http://www.dagorhir.com/. Location: Gaithersburg, Maryland. Dates: 12/15/01.

VIA GOLDEN AEON. E-mail: via@rpg.net. Website: http://www.vialarp.org/. Location: Hagerstown, Maryland. Dates: 12/07/01 - 12/09/01.

VIA 1936: HORROR - SAN FRANCISCO. E-mail: vialarp@yahoo.com. Website: http://www.vialarp.org/. Location: Hagerstown, Maryland. Dates: 12/01/01 - 12/02/01.

New Hampshire

SYRAANDOR: NERO ALLIANCE NEW HAMPSHIRE. E-mail: Jester@Syraandor.com. Website: http://www.syraandor.com/. Location: Claremont, New Hampshire. Dates: 11/30/01 - 12/02/01.

LAIRE - LIVE ACTION ROLEPLAYING EXPERIENCE (EXPLORERS). E-mail: r.farmer@att.net. Website: http://www.laire.com. Location: Camp Sacajawea Girl Scout Camp, Sparta, New Jersey. Dates: 12/07/01 - 12/09/01.

Virginia

EVECON 19. E-mail: Cherylz@fantek.org. Website: http://www.fantek.org/fantek2/econ/index.html. Location: Reston, Virginia. Dates: 12/28/01 - 12/30/01.

Australia

THE DON CHALLENGE CUP. E-mail: j.whitby@pgrad.unimelb.edu.au. Website: http://daanz.org.au/dip-tournaments.htm. Location: Cramer's Hotel, Preston, Melbourne, Victoria. Dates: 12/01/01 - 12/02/01.

GRASS CROWN 2001. E-mail: trailape@primus.com.au. Website: http://www.geocities.com/TimesSquare/Labyrinth/3927/. Location: Holsworthy Barracks Mackey Club, Holsworthy, New South Wales. Dates: 12/15/01 - 12/16/01.

PHENOMENON 2001. E-mail: phenomenon@dingoblue.net.au. Website: http://www.vurt.net/phenomenon/. Location: Australian National University, Canberra, New South Wales. Dates: 11/30/01 - 12/02/01.

Czech Republic

DRACON. E-mail: dracon@dracon.cz. Website: http://www.dracon.cz/. Location: Santon Hotel, Brno, Czech Republic. Dates: 12/07/01 - 12/09/01.

Poland

NORDCON 15. E-mail: papier@gkf.3miasto.pl. Website: http://www.gkf.3miasto.pl/. Location: Jastrzebia Gůra, Gdansk, Poland. Dates: 12/05/01 - 12/09/01.

United Kingdom

DRAGONMEET 2001. E-mail: info@dragonmeet.com. Website: http://www.dragonmeet.com/. Location: Kensington Town Hall, London, England. Dates: 12/01/01.

JEDICON UK STAR WARS CONVENTION. E-mail: info@jedicon.com. Website: http://www.jedicon.com. Location: Basildon Sports Centre, Nethermayne, Basildon, Essex. Dates: 12/09/01.

SMOFCON 19. E-mail: kcampbell@cix.co.uk. Website: http://www.smofcon.org/. Location: The Monkbar Hotel, York, England. Dates: 12/07/01 - 12/09/01.

For additional Convention information, visit Convention Outpost by Jenga at http://go.to/conventions.

Member News:

For definitions of our fannish jargon, read the 12-page booklet "Pros & Cons: An Introduction to Fandom" written by Elizabeth Barrette. Send $1.00 and a $0.34 stamp (or $1.00 and 2 IRCs) to Queen's Own, P.O. Box 749, Laguna Beach, CA, 92652. Make checks payable to "Linda Malcor" in US funds only.

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Collegium News:

We have individual handouts for aspiring Heralds, Healers, Bards, Blues, Mercenaries, Tayledras, Shin'a'in, and White Winds Sorcerers/Sorceresses and instructions on how to work for Herald-Mage status if you are already a Herald or for a Kal'enedral if you are already a Shin'a'in. You can find these handouts online at http://www.dragonlordsnet.com/qohandouts.htm.

You need a release form (online at http://www.dragonlordsnet.com/qomlrel2.htm) if you write a story set in Misty's worlds or using any of her characters. You do not need a release for a character sketch, poem or filk. All Misty wants to do is protect her characters and her worlds. Send the release form (you do NOT need to include the story) to Misty c/o High Flight Arts and Letters, P.O. Box 2970, Claremore, OK 74017. Do NOT include the original of the release form with your persona material; send it to Misty. Send a copy to us.

All personae materials should be sent to the QO address or submitted by e-mail to Legend@malcor.com and healermoon@gmail.com.

We have no new personae to announce at this time (although three people are very close to approval). Several former members, however, have returned. Check out http://www.dragonlordsnet.com/qolist.htm as well as our Delphi forum to see who has reappeared! (If you know any of the people listed who do not have active memberships, please tell them about us so they can contact us and we can activate their memberships.)

From Herald-Mage Master Danya Winterborn:

Heyla, all!

Many thanks to all of you who have sent congratulations and gifts following the birth of my son. John Alayn Malcor was born November 7, 2001 at 2:39 PM. He was 7 pounds 11 ounces and 19 inches long. Heís doing well, and my diabetes has vanished. Now I get to play catch-up on my mail <g>. I have messages in my box that date back to March, which is when I started to get so sick. Iím answering them as quickly as I can, but itís amazing how much time you can spend nursing a newborn!

Now that my health has improved, Iím hoping that things start running a bit more efficiently around here than they have over the last year. (Thanks for being so patient with us!) Iím clearing the mail first, then Iíll start working on all those coding issues and problems that have cropped up. With luck, everything will be running a bit more smoothly in a few months.

I find myself doing my holiday shopping online again this year. (What on earth did new mothers do before the Net was created <g>?) I hope to have time to pop by our forum and say "Heyla!" (I also hope to get over to the AOL boards.)

I appreciate your concern and kindness. My family and I will keep you all in our thoughts as we celebrate this holiday season.

Zhaiíhelleva,

Danya

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Personals:

Queen's Own is the official Mercedes Lackey Appreciation Society. Our purpose is to share our enjoyment of Misty's worlds. We are a fan-run not-for-profit organization, not a business. Our address of publication: P.O. Box 749, Laguna Beach, CA 92652 USA. This newsletter is published solely to inform and entertain the club's membership; no infringement of anyone's copyrights is intended.

Newsletters are published on (or near) the first of each month.

Co-Editor/Co-President Herald-Mage Master Danya Winterborn (L.A. Malcor; AOL-IM SN Shashtah; Legend@malcor.com)

Co-Editor/Co-President Healer Adept Moonstar (Kendra Renaud; AOL-IM SN healermoon; healermoon@gmail.com)

In this newsletter, the amazing cover art for Misty's novels by Jody Lee appears in place of original art by a featured artist. All drawings in this newsletter are © to the credited artist. All rights reserved. If you would like your art to be featured in the online version of the QO newsletter, send .gifs or .jpgs to Legend@malcor.com or hardcopy to Queen's Own, P.O. Box 749, Laguna Beach, CA 92652.

Mercedes Lackey does not receive mail at the Queen's Own address. Fanmail to Mercedes Lackey and releases for fan fiction should be sent to:

Mercedes Lackey
c/o High Flight Arts and Letters
P.O. Box 2970
Claremore, OK 74017

Zhai'helleva,

Herald-Mage Master Danya Winterborn and

Healer Adept Moonstar

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