Queen's Own
The Official Mercedes Lackey Fan Club

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

Series 3, Vol. 3, No. 12
December 1, 2002

Misty, Larry and Need at Dreamcon 6 in Everett, Washington.  See the QO newsletter for November 1991 for coverage of the event.

Heyla, Misty fans!

It doesnít seem possible that another year has come and gone! We are really thrilled with the way QO continues to grow. Itís very exciting to see old members returning as well as new folks finding us for the first time.

By way of book news, Misty has put the Collegium Chronicles project on hold for a year so she can write a second book about Alberich. This one will cover the portion of the timeline from Exileís Honor to Take a Thief. The title will be Exile's Valor.

The winner of the QO art- and story-publishing contest is Herald Alora (We counted 12 credited pieces of art, and we suspect that some of the uncredited art belonged to her as well.). She will receive a 3-in-1 GuildAmerica Books hardcover copy of the Arrows trilogy, entitled Queenís Own. The winner of the Vanyel Fan Club art- and story-publishing contest was L.A. Malcor (Danya). Since she canít win, she is sending the 3-in-1 GuildAmerica Books hardcover copy of The Last Herald Mage trilogy to the runner up in the Queenís Own contest, Laura Felton. Congratulations to you both!

Fanmail: The QO PO Box is seeing a lot of personal fanmail for Mercedes Lackey lately. Misty does not receive mail at the Queen's Own address, and it costs us money in postage stamps and envelopes to forward such letters to her. (Plus, we don't like opening up something addressed to us only to find out that it is personal mail intended for Misty.) 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

Reminder: Please keep your e-mail addresses up-to-date with us. We canít reach you if we donít have a current address. You may have noticed that we have established a "Lost" column in the Collegium News section of the newsletter. These are the members for whom we no longer have a working address. If you are in touch with any of these people, please let them know that we no longer have a way to reach them. When requesting a change, please provide both your old address and your new address (Itís easier to search and replace the information that way.) Also, if you havenít been receiving the QO newsletter, contact us. We get many bounces each month from accounts that are over their quota. We canít deliver your newsletter if your mailbox is full <g>.

In lieu of an interview this month, we have a special message from Misty to her fans in QO. Enjoy!

Zhai'helleva,

Herald-Mage Adept Danya Winterborn and Healer Adept Moonstar

From Misty:

Well, 'tis the season, and I've been working my patootie off to see that everyone gets a high quota of Misty prose for the coming year. Finally, after far too long following the disastrous fire in Larry's studio, the lawsuit with our insurance company, and oh, yes, the nutcase who thought Guardians were real, I feel like I'm back on my form, and so does Larry. I hope this is showing in what we're doing.

By the end of the year, I expect to have two more collaborations out the door, MAD MAUDLIN in the Bedlam Bards series with Rosemary Edgehill, and the first book of an entirely new series, a prequel to SERRAted Edge, that we're calling Doubled Edge, with famed romance writer Roberta Gellis. This book is called THIS SCEPTER'D ISLE and is about Keighvin Silverhair's cousins and Henry Fitzroy, Henry VIII's illegitimate son. On the boards for publication in April is the start of a new series, JOUST, the first chapter of which should be on the Mercedes Lackey site. I'm also collaborating on another new high fantasy trilogy with James Mallory, the author of the "Merlin" books based on the TV series---the first of which, THE MOUNTAIN'S SHADOW, is a whopper, coming in at well over 250,000 words. Whew! The book has been turned in to TOR, so stay in touch to see when the publication date is. And of course, you'll be getting your second half of Alberich's story, EXILE'S VALOR, and the second Lackey/Flint/Freer, THIS ROUGH MAGIC.

Things are very exciting for Larry, too; he has been chosen as the artist to design and illustrate the GURPS roleplaying handbook for Lois Bujold's Vorkosiverse, giving a coherent vision to the entire project. He'll be doing more covers for Baen books, including a new cover for YOUNG MILES, and several covers and interiors for various roleplaying magazines. He's also coming in on the SERRAted Edge book, STONED SOULS.

Altogether a lot of exciting and energizing projects coming up for both of us individually and together.

I hope that the coming year brings good things for all of us. Happy Holidays to you all.

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. E-mail: info@piratesinparadise.com. Website: http://www.piratesinparadise.com. Address: P.O. Box 1153, Key West, FL, 33041. Site Address: 201 William Street, Key West, FL, 33040. Dates: 11/28/02 - 12/08/02.

Louisiana

LOUISIANA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL. FAX: 985-429-9992. E-mail: info@la-renfest.com. Website: http://www.la-renfest.com. Address: P.O. Box 220, Robert, LA, 70455. Site Address: 46468 River Road, Hammond, LA, 70401-4248. Dates: 11/02/02 - 12/08/02. Open/Close: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM.

Texas

DICKENS ON THE STRAND. FAX: 409-765-7851. Website: http://www.galvestonhistory.org. Address: 2016 Strand, Galveston, TX, 77550-1631. Dates: 12/07/02 - 12/08/02. Open/Close: 10:00 AM.

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.

California

LOS ANGELES COMIC & SF CON. Website: http://www.comicbookscifi.com/. E-mail: lacbsfcon@aol.com. Address: Shrine Auditorium Expo Center, Los Angeles, California. Dates: 12/10/02.

LOSCON 29. Website: http://www.loscon.org. E-mail: loscon29.info@loscon.org. Address: Burbank Hilton, Burbank, California. Dates: 11/29/02 - 12/1/02.

SMOFCON 20. Website: http://www.fopaws.com/smofcon/. E-mail: smofdiego@fopaws.com. Address: The Hacienda Hotel, San Diego, California. Dates: 12/6/02 - 12/8/02.

Connecticut

ANONYCON 2002. Website: http://www.anonycon.com. E-mail: info@anonycon.com. Address: Holiday Inn Select, Stamford, Connecticut. Dates: 12/6/02 - 12/8/02.

Illinois

CHICAGO TARDIS 2002. Website: http://www.chicagotardis.com/. E-mail: info@chicagotardis.com. Address: Sheraton Chicago Northwest, Arlington Heights (Chicago), Illinois. Dates: 11/29/02 - 12/1/02.

CHICAGOLAND GAMERS CONCLAVE. Website: http://www.chicagogamecon.org/. E-mail: krag_shot_001@hotmail.com. Address: Indian Lakes Resort, Bloomingdale, Illinois. Dates: 11/29/02 - 12/1/02.

Maryland

DARKOVER GRAND COUNCIL MEETING XXV. Website: http://www.darkovercon.com/. E-mail: jaelle@darkovercon.com. Address: The Holiday Inn, Timonium, Maryland. Dates: 11/29/02 - 12/1/02.

New Hampshire

SYRAANDOR: NERO ALLIANCE NEW HAMPSHIRE. Website: http://www.syraandor.com/. E-mail: Jester@Syraandor.com. Address: Claremont, New Hampshire. Dates: 11/29/02 - 12/1/02.

New Jersey

LAIRE - LIVE ACTION ROLEPLAYING EXPERIENCE. Website: http://www.laire.com. E-mail: r.farmer@att.net. Address: Camp Sacajawea Girl Scout Camp, Sparta, New Jersey. Date: 12/13/02.

Pennsylvania

PHILCON 2002. Website: http://www.philcon.org. E-mail: info@philcon.org. Address: Marriott Hotel, 12th-13th & Market Streets, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dates: 12/13/02 - 12/15/02.

Virginia

CAPITAL ASSOCIATES MONTHLY COMIC, TOY & CCG SHOW - WASHINGTON, DC AREA. Website: http://members.aol.com/comicshow. E-mail: comicshow@aol.com. Address: Tysons Westpark Hotel, McLean, Virginia. Dates: 12/8/02.

EVECON 20. Website: http://www.fantek.org/fantek2/econ/index.html. E-mail: bruce@fantek.org. Address: Sheraton Reston Hotel, Reston, Virginia. Dates: 12/27/02 - 12/29/02.

HOCHCON. Website: http://www.rpgageoff.com/. E-mail: jim.lockhart@mindspring.com. Address: McLean, Virginia. Dates: 12/28/02 - 12/30/02.

Australia

GONG CON. Website: http://daanz.org.au/dip-tournaments.htm. E-mail: scolman@optushome.com.au. Address: North Wollongong PCYC, Wollongong, Australia. Dates: 11/30/02 - 12/1/02.

PHATCON. Website: http://www.thohah.tk. E-mail: manji@iinet.net.au. Address: The Hall Of Heroes & Heroines Rpg & Gaming Club Inc,.Perth, Western Australia. Dates: 12/14/02 - 12/15/02.

United Kingdom

BELFAST SHOW. Website: http://www.scifishows.com/. E-mail: info@scifishows.com. Address: Convention Centre, Belfast, UK. Dates: 12/02.

EARTHSHOCK. Website: http://www.scifishows.com/. E-mail: info@scifishows.com. Address: Basildon Sports Centre, Basildon, Essex, UK. Dates: 12/02.

JEDICON UK STAR WARS SHOW. Website: http://www.scifishows.com/. E-mail: info@scifishows.com. Address: Basildon Sports Centre, Nethermayne, Basildon, Essex, Basildon, Essex, UK. Dates: 12/8/02.

LICENCE TO THRILL. Website: http://www.scifishows.com/. E-mail: info@scifishows.com. Address: Posthouse Hotel, Basildon, Essex, UK, Dates: 12/02.

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

Christmas 2001 Greetings by L.A. Malcor

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.

Local chapters:

Zines and Newsletters:

Christmas 2000 by L.A. Malcor

Other Fandoms:

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.

Formerly accepted members, returning to Queenís Own:

Welcome back! If you are a returning member who has recently activated your membership in Queenís Own and we have forgotten to list you, message Danya at Legend@malcor.com, and sheíll make sure you are greeted in the next newsletter.

Lost . . .

One of the challenges running an online club is that people donít always leave a forwarding address when they move . We are missing current e-mail addresses for the following members:

If you know any of these folks, please have them contact Danya at Legend@malcor.com with a current e-mail address.

From Herald-Mage Adept Danya Winterborn:

Heyla, Misty fans!

I hope this newsletter finds you all well. Iíve been swallowed by the holiday madness, which has been made very awkward this year by my cousinís death. Still, itís hard to stay depressed for very long when you have a six-year-old, two-year-old and one-year-old tearing around the house, all competing to see who is the most excited about Santaís pending visit. Iím up to my elbows in gift-wrap, decorations and cookie ingredients, and Iím trying to decide whether or not Iíll be able to find the time to make a gingerbread house this year.

My family attended a 40th anniversary program at my church, where Hunter and Stan Freberg entertained us. Some of you may know him as the voice of Cecil the Sea Serpent and Dishonest John from the Beanie Boy TV series. He also provided the voice of Pete Puma in the Bugs Bunny cartoons and has a list of numerous other credits, including the beaver in Lady and the Tramp. Dr. Demento fans may know him best from his hit song "Green Christmas." Anyway, it was a fun evening, and I thoroughly enjoyed meeting someone who created so many characters I loved when I was growing up.

My co-author, C. Scott Littleton, had his first novel, Phase Two, published. You can find the link with info about it at

http://www.dragonlordsnet.com/bkscifi.htm

Heís now bugging me to get my own growing stack of novels published. I did notice, though, that he waited until he retired to start putting out fiction rather than attempting to write novels while raising his kids. ::chuckle:: I hope itís not going to take me that long to get back to writing seriously, but things are simply a bit hectic around her right now with my rambunctious offspring pinging off the walls. Time does seem to get away from me before I notice itís gone .

My best to all of you and yours in the coming Year! Happy Hanukkah, Blessed Yule, Merry Christmas, Blessed Ramadan, Happy Kwanzaa, and the fabulous holiday of your choice to all of you!

Zhaiíhelleva,

Danya

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)

The featured artist for this newsletter is L.A. Malcor. The photograph was taken at Dreamcon 6 in Everett, Washington and supplied by Herald Aerolyn. 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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