Heyla, Misty fans!
Lots of stuff has been happening around QO since the first of the year. There is a major update of the Website underway, based on information from The Valdemar Companion. The Helpful Handouts are being revised. You might want to take a glance at the Handout for your persona type when we get the new ones up to see if there are Advanced Ranks or more details that you’d like to add to your existing persona. You can find the handouts at:
We’re also working on those FAQ sheets that we’ve been promising people for ages! Rather than putting "Under Construction" on several dozen pages, we’re simply working on the pages online. So please bear with us as things update, work, don’t work, and otherwise change over the next few weeks. The "Just the FAQs" section of the website will be at:
The Vanyel Fan Club is back! Queen’s Own is hosting it’s website. See their ad below for the link. Also, the VFC is having a contest. Whoever submits the most stories to a QO zine or the most art to the QO newsletter in 2002 will win a copy of The Last Herald-Mage, the 3-in-1 volume of the Vanyel stories that was a hardcover special edition by GuildAmerica Books. Contact Danya at Legend@malcor.com for more details.
Queen’s Own will be hosting a chat in our Delphi Forum for QO members on Wedsnesday, February 6th, at 7 PM PACIFIC, 8 PM MOUNTIAN, 9 PM CENTRAL, and 10 PM EASTERN. The topic will be The Valdemar Companion. Mark your caldendars! We are also planning to have a chat at a time when our international folk can attend. (We’re still setting the date and time for that.) Contact Moonstar at email@example.com for details.
We start our QO member interview series in this newsletter with questionnaire answers from a very special member: Queen’s Own founder, Herald-Housemother Judith Louvis! Enjoy!
Herald-Mage Master Danya Winterborn and Healer Adept Moonstar
I didn't: I started it! Our first newsletter was 1 page, sent to people who had written to DAW, Misty, or Terri Lee at Firebird in February 1988.
Her characters. I identified with Talia; I became Talia while reading Arrows. No other author had gotten me so emotionally involved.
Sci-fi, mysteries . . . I used to read horror but today's headlines are horrible enough so I've switched to romances; I like the assurance of a happy ending.
I love classical, but I gotta admit I love country and western too. Also ethnic, filk, big bands . . . it depends on my mood.
I saw Shrek, The Mummy Returns and The Lord of the Rings and enjoyed them immensely. Most of my movie watching is the classics on TV.
My first con was in Jackson MS (Springfest? 1989? I can't remember), and I went to meet Misty.
I needed some fun in my life, and I wanted to have friends who could see the value of imagination and of being silly.
Fandom is a great equalizer. Age, economic background, even geographic location are unimportant. It's the shared interest that brings us together.
At the time I ran QO, nothing! My family was very tolerant of my "hobby." Now I am Grammy, not Herald-Housemother, and I can't wait until the grandkids are old enough to enjoy Misty's worlds.
Ah, that's for you young folks to decide. I would like to see fandom in general return to the goal of having fun and being an outlet for creativity. Fandom is NOT a way of life; it's a way of play. All intelligent species need play!
Here are the faires we know about that are happening in February. 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
ARIZONA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL. FAX : 520-463-2026. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: http://www.royalfaires.com. Address: 12601 East Highway 60, Apache Junction, AZ 85219. Dates: 2/02/02 - 3/24/02. Open/Close: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM.
HOGGETOWNE MEDIEVAL FAIRE. FAX: 352-334-2146. E-mail: email@example.com. Website: http://www.gvlculturalaffairs.org. Address: Dept of Cultural Affairs, P.O. Box 490, Station 30, Gainesville, FL 32602-0490. Site Address: Thomas Center A, 302 NE 6th Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32601-5476. Dates: 2/02/02 - 2/10/02. Open/Close: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM.
THE GULF COAST RENAISSANCE FAIRE. FAX: 850-470-0012. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: http://www.gcrf.org. Addrss: 3603 Mobile Hwy., Pensacola, FL 32505. Site Address: St. Anne's Church, 5200 Saufley Field Rd., Pensacola, FL 32526. Dates: 3/02/02 - 3/03/02. Open/Close: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM.
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.
These are the upcoming cons we know about. Have any information about conventions in your area? Send it to us at Legend@malcor.com.
CONDOR IX. Eemail@example.com. Website: http://members.home.net/dkeais/condor/. Address: DoubleTree Hotel - Del Mar, San Diego, California. Dates: 2/22/02-2/24/02.
DUNDRACON. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: http://www.dundracon.com. Address: San Ramon Marriott, San Ramon, California. Dates: 2/15/02 - 2/18/02.
GALLIFREY 2002. E-mail: Gallyone@aol.com. Website: http://www.gallifreyone.com/. Address: Airtel Plaza Hotel, Los Angeles (Van Nuys), California. Dates: 2/15/02 - 2/18/02.
ORCCON. E-mail: email@example.com. Website: http://www.strategicon.net/. Address: Los Angeles Airport Westin Hotel, Los Angeles, California. Dates: 2/15/02 - 2/18/02.
XENA 2002. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: http://www.creationent.com/. Address: Pasadena Sheraton, Pasadena, California. Dates: 2/15/02 - 2/17/02.
FLORIDA EXTRAVAGANZA. E-mail: email@example.com. Website: http://www.fxshow.com/. Address: Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida. Dates: 2/16/02 - 2/17/02.
MEGACON. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: http://www.megaconvention.com/. Address: Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida. Dates: 2/22/02 - 2/24/02.
CAPRICON 22. E-mail: email@example.com. Website: http://www.capricon.org/. Address: Arlington Park Sheraton, Chicago, Illinois. Dates: 2/7/02 - 2/10/02.
STAR TREK. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: http://www.sfedora.com/. Address: The Clairion Hotel, Champaign, Illinois. Dates: 2/9/02 - 2/10/02.
WINTER WAR 29. E-mail: email@example.com. Website: http://winterwar.prairienet.org. Address: Chancellor Hotel, Champaign, Illinois. Dates: 2/1/02 - 2/3/02.
SPRING MANEUVERS. E-mail: Limberrider@webtv.net. Website: http://community-1.webtv.net/LIMBERRIDER/SPRINGMANEUVERS/. Address: The Hunt Lodge, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Dates: 2/22/02 - 2/23/02.
CONCAVE 23. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Address: Park City, Kentucky. Dates: 2/22/02 - 2/24/02.
UKON. E-mail: email@example.com. Website: http://on.to/msu. Address: University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky. Dates: 2/15/02 - 2/16/02.
FARPOINT 2002. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: http://www.bcpl.net/~wilsonr/. Address: Marriott’s Hunt Valley Inn, Baltimore, Maryland. Dates: 2/15/02 - 2/17/02.
KATSUCON 8. E-mail: email@example.com. Website: http://www.katsucon.com/. Address: The New Marriott Waterfront Hotel, Baltimore, Maryland. Dates: 2/15/02 - 2/17/02.
BOSKONE 39. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: http://www.nesfa.org/boskone/. Address: Sheraton Framingham Hotel, Framingham, Massachusetts. Dates: 2/15/02 - 2/17/02.
TOTAL CONFUSION XVI. E-mail: email@example.com. Website: http://www.totalcon.com/. Address: Ramada Rolling Green Hotel, Andover, Massachusetts. Dates: 2/21/02 - 2/24/02.
CON OF THE NORTH 2002. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: http://www.conofthenorth.org/. Address: Ramada Inn, St. Paul, Minnesota. Dates: 2/15/02 - 2/17/02.
CONFLATION 2002. E-mail: email@example.com. Website: http://fluidicimpulsesofthesoul.com/Conflation/index.html. Address: Six Flags Ramada, Eureka, Missouri. Dates: 2/15/02 - 2/17/02.
CON PETROL. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: http://www.sff.net/people/sfreader/czarkon.htm. Address: Comfort Inn, Independence, Kansas City, Missouri. Dates: 2/22/02 - 2/24/02.
NEEDFEST GAMEDAY. E-mail: StLMetroRPGA@att.net. Website: http://home.att.net/~stlmetrorpga/NeedFest_Gameday.htm. Address: Imperial, Missouri. Dates: 2/9/02.
VISIONCON. E-mail: Junior@visioncon.net. Website: http://www.visioncon.net/. Address: Clarion Hotel, Springfield, Missouri. Dates: 2/22/02 - 2/24/02.
SVAHA: WHAT PRICE VICTORY? E-mail: GM@wildgazebo.com. Website: http://www.wildgazebo.com/. Address: The Somerset Marriott, Somerset, New Jersey. Dates: 2/8/02 - 2/10/02.
RUNNING GAGG VI: LORD OF THE NUTS. E-mail: email@example.com. Website: http://gagg.geneseo.edu. Address: McVitte College Union, SUNY Geneseo, Geneseo, New York. Dates: 2/8/02 - 2/10/02.
CONDFW. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: http://www.condfw.org. Address: Radisson Hotel Dallas North at Richardson, Dallas, Texas. Dates: 2/23/02 - 2/24/02.
OWLCON. E-mail: email@example.com. Website: http://www.rice.edu/owlcon. Address: Rice University, Houston, Texas. Dates: 2/8/02 - 2/10/02.
SCI-FI EXPO - PLANO. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: http://www.scifiexpo.com/. Address: Plano Center, Plano, Texas. Dates: 2/23/02 - 2/24/02.
LIFE, THE UNIVERSE & EVERYTHING XX. E-mail: email@example.com. Website: http://come.to/LTU&E/. Address: Brigham Young University, Wilkinson Student Center, Provo, Utah. Dates: 2/21/02 - 2/23/02.
PREZCON 2002. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: http://www.prezcon.com/. Address: Doubletree Hotel of Charlottesville 804-973-2121. Dates: 2/20/02 - 2/24/02.
SHEVACON 10. E-mail: email@example.com. Website: http://www.shevacon.org. Address: Holiday Inn Hotel Tanglewood, Roanoke, Virginia. Dates: 2/22/02 - 2/24/02.
POTLATCH 11. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: http://www.ccnet.com/~lennyb/potlatch/. Address: The Best Western Executive Inn, Seattle, Washington. Dates: 2/22/02 - 2/24/02.
RADCON 3B. E-mail: email@example.com. Website: http://www.radcon.org/. Address: Doubletree Inn, Pasco, Washington. Dates: 2/15/02 - 2/18/02.
COSTUMECON 20. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: http://home.vicnet.net.au/~costume/costumecon20.html. Address: La Trobe University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Dates: 2/15/02 - 2/18/02.
GENGHISCON. E-mail: email@example.com. Website: http://www.genghiscon.org/. Address: Noalimba Convention Centre, Bateman, WA, Australia. Dates: 2/8/02 - 2/10/02.
HOLODICTION - MELBOURNE. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: http://www.startrek.com.au/. Address: Carlton Crest Hotel, Melbourne, Australia. Date: 2/25/02.
HOLODICTION - SYDNEY. E-mail: email@example.com. Website: http://www.startrek.com.au/. Address: Wentworth Hotel, Sydney, Australia. Date: 2/24/02.
AD ASTRA. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: http://www.ad-astra.org. Address: Toronto Colony Hotel, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Dates: 2/8/02 - 2/10/02.
CONSPIRACY 2001. E-mail: email@example.com. Website: http://www.longshotsystems.com/CONspiracy/. Address: Mission City Lodge, Mission, British Columbia, Canada. Dates: 2/8/02 - 2/9/02.
A2002. E-mail: Killjoy_b@mailcity.com. Website: http://users.bart.nl/~totoro/. Address: Golden Tulip Conference Hotel, Velhoven, Netherlands. Dates: 2/8/02 - 2/10/02.
WAIKATO DIPLOMACY OPEN. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: http://daanz.org.au/dip-tournaments.htm. Address: LIC Social Club Rooms, Hamilton, New Zealand. Dates: 2/23/02 - 2/24/02.
ROSCON. E-mail: email@example.com. Website: http://www.convent.ru/. Address: Moscow, Russia. Dates: 2/14/02 - 2/17/02.
CONCEPTION 2002. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: http://www.wessexgaming.org/. Address: Naish Holiday Village, Highcliffe, Dorset, UK. Dates: 2/7/02 - 2/10/02.
FANTASY SCI-FI PARTIZAN 2002. E-mail: email@example.com. Website: http://www.innotts.co.uk/irregulars/. Address: Kelham Hall, Newark, Notts, UK. Date: 2/10/02.
FIRST WAVE INVASION. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: http://www.wolfevents.co.uk/. Address: Marriott Hotel, Heathrow, London, England. Dates: 2/22/02 - 2/24/02.
INVASION 2. E-mail: email@example.com. Website: http://www.tenthplanet.co.uk. Address: Barking and Dagenham Library, Barking, Essex, UK. Date: 2/24/02.
OXCON. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: http://users.ox.ac.uk/~diplo/oxcon/index.html. Address: Arco Building, Keble College, Oxford University, Oxford, UK. Dates: 2/16/02 - 2/17/02.
RAMSDENCON. E-mail: Shilly@compuserve.com. Website: http://www.geocities.com/ramsdencon/. Address: Ramsden Hall School, Billericay, Essex, UK. Dates: 2/21/02 - 2/24/02.
STARFLEET BALL 8. E-mail: email@example.com. Website: http://www.starfleet-ball.com/. Address: The Carrington House Hotel, Bournemouth, UK. Dates: 2/9/02 - 2/11/02.
WOLF SG-4. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: http://www.wolfevents.co.uk/. Address: Heathrow Park Hotel, Heathrow, London, England. Dates: 2/1/02 - 2/3/02.
For additional Convention information, visit Convention Outpost by Jenga at http://go.to/conventions.
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.
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 email@example.com.
You’ve all probably noticed by now that I’m feeling much better <G>. All of the QO newsletters are coded and online (with art!). The Webring is working again, and our other Webrings have been migrated to the new system (Still working out some bugs, but overall, these are in much better shape than they’ve been in for over half a year <g>.). Our QO chatlist is functioning again, thanks to Moonstar. A bunch of broken links have been fixed; some new links have been added. People with pending personae are finally hearing back from us. We’re back in touch with Herald Bastian, and we’ll be bringing the Vanyel Fan Club back to life (The chatlist is already up and running.). We’re also doing a major overhaul of the site based on information from The Valdemar Companion. Look for updated persona handouts, FAQ sheets for various cultures and on a variety of topics, and other fun stuff to appear online soon.
John is now two months old, and he’s the other reason I’m getting so much work done. See, he has a habit of wanting to nurse between about 3:30 AM and 5:30 AM. Then about the time he falls asleep, my daughter, Kassie, is almost ready to wake up. Since I’ve been a terrible insomniac for more years than I care to think about, that means I can’t get back to sleep after John wakes me up. So I figure that as long as I’m up anyway, I might as well do some work <g>.
This month is kind of special for me in that I hit 40 on the 3rd. All in all, it’s been a pretty good decade. My first book came out in hardcover and has since gone to paperback (as well as into a Japanese translation with a Russian translation pending). I’ve had three wonderful children added to my life. I moved out of apartments and into my own home (It’s much nicer not having to share walls anymore <g>.). I was ordained as an Elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA), and I’ve been extremely active in my church government. You can check out my bio page at http://www.dragonlordsnet.com/author.htm for some of the other highlights of what I’ve been up to. Becoming active in QO and now helping to lead the club has been a special joy. Thanks to all of you for your support! It’s a real pleasure to be working and playing with you.
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