Queen's Own
The Official Mercedes Lackey Fan Club

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

Series 3, Vol. 3, No. 2
February 1, 2002

Gwen 1 by Gwenaelle Durand

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 healermoon@gmail.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

  1. When did you join Queen's Own?

    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.

  2. What got you hooked on Misty's books?

    Her characters. I identified with Talia; I became Talia while reading Arrows. No other author had gotten me so emotionally involved.

  3. What else do you read?

    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.

  4. What types of music do you listen to?

    I love classical, but I gotta admit I love country and western too. Also ethnic, filk, big bands . . . it depends on my mood.

  5. What movies do you enjoy?

    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.

  6. What was the first con you went to?

    My first con was in Jackson MS (Springfest? 1989? I can't remember), and I went to meet Misty.

  7. Why did you get involved in fandom?

    I needed some fun in my life, and I wanted to have friends who could see the value of imagination and of being silly.

  8. What do you like best about fandom?

    Fandom is a great equalizer. Age, economic background, even geographic location are unimportant. It's the shared interest that brings us together.

  9. What other things besides Queen's Own occupy your time?

    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.

  10. What types of things would you like to see Queen’s Own do in the coming years?

    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!

    Gwen 2 by Gwenaelle Durand

    Ren Faires:

    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: arizonarenfest@royalfaires.com. 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: piperlr@ci.gainesville.fl.us. 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: gcrenfaire@aol.com. 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.

    South Dakota

    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. E-maildkeais@home.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: netrep@dundracon.com. 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: strategiconinbox@aol.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: tickets@creationent.com. Website: http://www.creationent.com/. Address: Pasadena Sheraton, Pasadena, California. Dates: 2/15/02 - 2/17/02.


    FLORIDA EXTRAVAGANZA. E-mail: bzalkin@aol.com. Website: http://www.fxshow.com/. Address: Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida. Dates: 2/16/02 - 2/17/02.

    MEGACON. E-mail: info@megaconvention.com. Website: http://www.megaconvention.com/. Address: Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida. Dates: 2/22/02 - 2/24/02.


    CAPRICON 22. E-mail: info@capricon.org. Website: http://www.capricon.org/. Address: Arlington Park Sheraton, Chicago, Illinois. Dates: 2/7/02 - 2/10/02.

    STAR TREK. E-mail: sfedora1@aol.com. Website: http://www.sfedora.com/. Address: The Clairion Hotel, Champaign, Illinois. Dates: 2/9/02 - 2/10/02.

    WINTER WAR 29. E-mail: winterwar@prairienet.org. 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: grrobe@preferred.com. Address: Park City, Kentucky. Dates: 2/22/02 - 2/24/02.

    UKON. E-mail: shampoo_neko@yahoo.com. Website: http://on.to/msu. Address: University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky. Dates: 2/15/02 - 2/16/02.


    FARPOINT 2002. E-mail: farpointcon@bigfoot.com. 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: katsucon@katsucon.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: boskone@nesfa.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: mdowdy@iris.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: info@conofthenorth.org. Website: http://www.conofthenorth.org/. Address: Ramada Inn, St. Paul, Minnesota. Dates: 2/15/02 - 2/17/02.


    CONFLATION 2002. E-mail: conflation@lycos.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: takki2takki@earthlink.net. 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.

    New Jersey

    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.

    New York

    RUNNING GAGG VI: LORD OF THE NUTS. E-mail: rungagg@geneseo.edu. Website: http://gagg.geneseo.edu. Address: McVitte College Union, SUNY Geneseo, Geneseo, New York. Dates: 2/8/02 - 2/10/02.


    CONDFW. E-mail: info@condfw.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: owlcon@rice.edu. Website: http://www.rice.edu/owlcon. Address: Rice University, Houston, Texas. Dates: 2/8/02 - 2/10/02.

    SCI-FI EXPO - PLANO. E-mail: scifiexpo@aol.com. Website: http://www.scifiexpo.com/. Address: Plano Center, Plano, Texas. Dates: 2/23/02 - 2/24/02.


    LIFE, THE UNIVERSE & EVERYTHING XX. E-mail: ltue@earthling.net. 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: kingmaker96@mindspring.com. Website: http://www.prezcon.com/. Address: Doubletree Hotel of Charlottesville 804-973-2121. Dates: 2/20/02 - 2/24/02.

    SHEVACON 10. E-mail: shevacon@msn.com. Website: http://www.shevacon.org. Address: Holiday Inn Hotel Tanglewood, Roanoke, Virginia. Dates: 2/22/02 - 2/24/02.


    POTLATCH 11. E-mail: kate@oz.net. 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: kstiles@pasco.wednet.edu. Website: http://www.radcon.org/. Address: Doubletree Inn, Pasco, Washington. Dates: 2/15/02 - 2/18/02.


    COSTUMECON 20. E-mail: stilskin@netspace.net.au. 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: greysilk@lycos.com. Website: http://www.genghiscon.org/. Address: Noalimba Convention Centre, Bateman, WA, Australia. Dates: 2/8/02 - 2/10/02.

    HOLODICTION - MELBOURNE. E-mail: holodiction@startrek.com.au. Website: http://www.startrek.com.au/. Address: Carlton Crest Hotel, Melbourne, Australia. Date: 2/25/02.

    HOLODICTION - SYDNEY. E-mail: holodiction@startrek.com.au. Website: http://www.startrek.com.au/. Address: Wentworth Hotel, Sydney, Australia. Date: 2/24/02.


    AD ASTRA. E-mail: info@ad-astra.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: sawbones@uniserve.com. Website: http://www.longshotsystems.com/CONspiracy/. Address: Mission City Lodge, Mission, British Columbia, Canada. Dates: 2/8/02 - 2/9/02.

    The Netherlands

    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.

    New Zealand

    WAIKATO DIPLOMACY OPEN. E-mail: cpurcell@lic.co.nz. 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: roscon@rambler.ru. Website: http://www.convent.ru/. Address: Moscow, Russia. Dates: 2/14/02 - 2/17/02.

    United Kingdom

    CONCEPTION 2002. E-mail: havedice@aol.com. 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: laurence@innotts.co.uk. Website: http://www.innotts.co.uk/irregulars/. Address: Kelham Hall, Newark, Notts, UK. Date: 2/10/02.

    FIRST WAVE INVASION. E-mail: information@wolfevents.co.uk. Website: http://www.wolfevents.co.uk/. Address: Marriott Hotel, Heathrow, London, England. Dates: 2/22/02 - 2/24/02.

    INVASION 2. E-mail: tenth.planet@virgin.net. Website: http://www.tenthplanet.co.uk. Address: Barking and Dagenham Library, Barking, Essex, UK. Date: 2/24/02.

    OXCON. E-mail: james.pinnion@keb.ox.ac.uk. 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: info@starfleet-ball.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: information@wolfevents.co.uk. 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.

    Tantris by Gwenaelle Durand

    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:

    • Arrows OnLine: It’s back! Arrows OnLine has returned as an official chapter of Queen’s Own. To find them, go to Keyword Mercedes Lackey on AOL. Click on Mercedes Lackey Fandom. You can see their chatroom, Companion’s Grove, at that point, but to get to the message boards, click on Message Boards. For the Arrows message boards, click on Mercedes Lackey Fan Group (The other option, Mercedes Lackey’s Fiction, is a general discussion of Misty’s books and is not part of Arrows.). If you get lost or have additional questions, contact the Arrows Dean, Herald Ryhannon Gaia Degent, at MistyKalia@aol.com.

    • Austral'a'in: Austral'a'in is a chapter of QO that has been running for more than five years now. Despite the name, which is a combination of Latin and Shin'a'in for "People of the South", we don't just have members south of the equator. Rather, anyone is welcome! Snail Mail: Austral'a'in, c/o Cassandra Vuksa, P.O. Box 1850, Woden ACT 2606 Australia. E-mail: garou@netspeed.com.au.

    • Golden Grove: Membership is open to all. Send all questions to Golden Grove, c/o Theresa Young, 2573 Blue Heron Dr., Hudson, OH 44236. To query by e-mail, contact minna@adelphia.net. Visit our website at http://www.dragonlordsnet.com/danyagg.htm for more information. (See ad below.)

    • Herald's Waystation: This chapter covers the Gulf Coast Region, Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Louisana, and adjacent. We plan to hold get-togethers during a Rennie Faire centered in these states; details to be announced later. We will have a quarterly snail mail newsletter called Companion's Quarterly. We are not going to charge new members for the first 3 newsletters; after that it will be 75 cents per newsletter. We will also have an online, nonfiction newsletter. Look for details and other fun stuff when we launch our chapter website. Snail mail: Jan Tallevast, Rt 1 Box 137, Milford, Tx 76670. E-mail: heraldauralynn@hotmail.net and HeraldEnyo@gmail.com. For more information visit our website at http://deserthorses.com/heraldswaystation.

    • Pacific Northwest Collegium: Newsletter: Collegium Chronicles. $8 per year/$4 for a half-year, $2 per issue. Website: http://www.dragonlordsnet.com/danyacc.htm. General inquiries to: anjakiya@hotmail.com. (See ad below for more details.) Collegium Chronicles Back Issues: The Danya Winterborn Saga: 4 B&W issues: $4.00 each, 2 Full color issues: $6.00. Please allow 2-4 week delivery.

    • The Vanyel Fan Club: The Vanyel Fan Club is a chapter of QO that started out as an independent fan organization. The chapter is devoted to fans of Herald-Mage Vanyel Ashkevron from The Last Herald-Mage Trilogy by Mercedes Lackey. E-mail: VanyelFanClub@hotmail.com; Herald Bastian, President aka Western Guardian (herald_bastian@hotmail.com); Herald-Mage Master Danya Winterborn, Guardian of Questions aka Northern Guardian (Legend@malcor.com); Healer Adept Moonstar, Guardian of Trainees/New Heralds aka Eastern Guardian (healermoon@gmail.com). (The position of Southern Guardian, editor of the VFC newsletter, is currently open. Several people are interviewing for it.) There are currently no dues, but dues will probably be set at $10 per year for people who wish to subscribe to a hardcopy of the newsletter/zine. For more information, see the VFC website at http://www.dragonlordsnet.com/vfcindex.htm.

    Zines and Newsletters:

    • Austral'a'in: Editor: Cassandra Vuksa, P.O. Box 1850, Woden, ACT 2606, Australia, E-mail: garou@netspeed.com.au. We print fiction (both fanfic on Velgarth and other fantasy stories), poetry, art, reviews, recipes, articles, personas, penpal ads and stacks more! Each issue is eight pages (four double-sided) and you get eight issues a year for the measly cost of $8 Australian (or 8 x 45 cent stamps) for Australians, or $12 Australian (or 15 IRCs) for people overseas. (If you can't get Australian funds or IRCs, e-mail me, because we might be able to negotiate some other form of payment, such as CDs that are unavailable in Australia!) The cost of membership covers postage and printing - we're a strictly not-for-profit group. If you are interested in more information, or have stories or other submissions that you would like to see published, contact me! Attention all writers and artists: Austral'a'in is desperately seeking submissions. We are also always looking for new members. Please? Contact me (Cassandra) at garou@netspeed.com.au for details!

    • Children of Velgarth: Editor: Kendra Renaud, P.O. Box 749, Laguna Beach, CA 92652. I publish new and old personae, even previously published persona if asked by members in this new, official QO zine. I will only accept what was sent in for your persona to Queen's Own to be recognized. Any fan fiction written later should be sent to one of the other zines who really need it to keep their zines going. This fanzine will be published periodically when it reaches 80 pages or so to keep costs at $5.00 payable in U.S. funds or 12 IRCs. Make checks payable to "Kendra Renaud". The fee covers the cost of printing and mailing; you may share (but not duplicate!) copies of the fanzine. Watch the Queen's Own newsletter for release dates. Volume 2, Issue 2 is now available! For the contents list and additional information, visit http://www.dragonlordsnet.com/qozine.htm. (Special Note: Make sure you use the P.O. Box Address and not my home address since I’m moving at the end of May. I don’t want any orders to go astray.)

    • Companions' Grove: Editor: Devin Harris (Blue Devyn). Companions' Grove still needs stories and artists . . . particularly artists willing to illustrate stories! CG Volume Seven is open to all submissions, and Cat’s Cradle, a SERRAted Edge novella by Heather Arnold, needs an illustrator who can draw the usual humans, elves, and elvensteeds, plus, ummm …trucks *G*; if you’re interested, please send a couple of black and white art samples to devin@greendragonpress.net, or snail mail them to the address below. Additionally, the original six issues of Companions’ Grove are now available as a set for $30.50 in the US (outside of the US, please e-mail me and I’ll get back to you with the price). The Danya Winterborn Saga by Linda Malcor is available for $6.00 in the US. Three more old Valdemar zines are now back in print: "Fire Eyes" (43 pgs, $5.25 in the US) and "Endgame" (36 pgs, $5.00 in the US) by Heather Arnold, and "The Sum of Duty" (57 pgs, $6.50 in the US) by Royce Day. More information can be found at http://www.greendragonpress.net/novellas.htm . Shards of Autumn by Den Elms, should be available by early 2002. Please visit http://www.greendragonpress.net/misty.htm for more information, prices for individual issues of Companions’ Grove, or to order via credit card using PayPal. To order via snail mail, send check or money order (payable to Devin Harris; US funds only) to Green Dragon Press, c/o Devin Harris, 4531 N Kelishan St, Pahrump, NV 89060.

    • Companion's Quarterly. The snail mail newsletter of Herald's Waystation (See chapter description above.). We are not going to charge new members for the first 3 newsletters; after that it will be 75 cents per newsletter. Snail mail: Jan Tallevast, Rt 1 Box 137, Milford, Tx 76670. E-mail: heraldauralynn@hotmail.net and HeraldEnyo@gmail.com. For more information visit our website at http://deserthorses.com/heraldswaystation.

    • Golden Grove: Editor: Theresa Young. E-mail: minna@adelphia.net. A subscription to the newsletter is $4 US or twelve stamps per year. Foreign subscriptions are nine IRCs a year. Send your subscription requests and all questions to Golden Grove, c/o Theresea Young, 2573 Blue Heron Dr., Hudson, OH 44236. Visit our website at http://www.dragonlordsnet.com/danyagg.htm for more information.

    • Herald's Companion: Editor: Karen Bertke, 5694 Scarborough Dr., Cincinnati, OH 45238, E-mail: krbertke@bertke.com. If anyone has friends stationed overseas for the war, let us know and we'll send them a feezil mascot (to make anything feezilable).

    Lestat by Laura Felton

    Other Fandoms:

    • Lois Bujold: Lois Bujold can be reached at lois@dendarii.com. "The Bujold Nexus" is at http://www.dendarii.com. You can receive information about their newsletter, the "Dendarii Dispatch" by contacting Lyn Belzer, Editor, 25-16 18th St., #2 Long Island City, NY 11102.

    • Marion Zimmer Bradley: Marion Zimmer Bradley's FANTASY Magazine. is being discontinued. Please contact us if you have any additional information about the future of her fandom.

    • CrossGen Comics: Exciting New Fantasy Comic Books. Follow Prince Ethan's adventures the third Wednesday of each month as he gains the powerful sigil and accidentally puts his world on the brink of war. Meridian, on sale the fourth Wednesday of each month, is the fantastic saga of a teenage girl and her plight to save her floating island home. Go to http://www.crossgen.com, or call 1-888-COMICBOOK for details on a retail location near you.

    • Tanya Huff: Nine Above! is a list for fans of author Tanya Huff. This list provides announcements about Tanya's latest work, publication dates, and personal appearances. NA! also provides a forum for Tanya's fans to communicate with each other, and will have discussion as well as announcements. Lurking is fine, but participation is encouraged. When you join, we'd love for you to send a "hello" to the group at large, telling us who you are! To start sending messages to members of this group, simply send email to nineabove@egroups.com.

    • L.A. Malcor: Dragonlords of Dumnonia: L.A. Malcor, http://www.dragonlordsnet.com, Legend@malcor.com.

    • Anne McCaffrey/Pern: The Third Pass Weyrs. Contact Weyrwoman Second Naerah at Nyco@aol.com or visit the website at http://www.3rdpass.com/ for more information.

    • Adrian Paul of Highlander: Peace, APFC P.O. Box 4593, North Hollywood, CA 91617 or Peace, APFC P.O. Box 519, Broley, Kent, BR29WX, England.

    • Michae Praed: Michael Praed Network Newsletter, c/o Kate Raymond, P.O. Box 516, Midlotioan, IL 60445.

    • Melanie Rawn: Pandemonium - The official Melanie Rawn club invites you to join their ranks. SASE for more information: Irena Pereira, P.O. Box 18A146 , Los Angeles, CA 90018.

    • N3F is one of the oldest general interest SF/F clubs, started in 1941. Members meet by snail mail and email to discuss SF, Fantasy, and Horror genres. (Some gather at cons, too.) We have plenty to offer the hungry SF/F/H fan! Members receive Tightbeam, the club's quarterly zine, and The National Fantasy Fan, our bi-monthly zine. For inquiries, please e-mail vze28fbf@verizon.net or snail mail me at Jennifer Mackay-Douglas, 970 Main Street, Clifton Park, NY 12065. Check out our website at http://geocities.com/area51/atlantis/6270.

    • Star Trek: The USS Starfire is a writing group that writes original fiction set in the Star Trek universe. To find our more about our group, please visit our website at http://www.epix.net/~ckocher/starfire.html or e-mail us at trek01@epix.net.

    • Doctor Who and other Media: The Prydonians of Prynceton, P.O. Box 3194, Princeton, NJ 08543-3194.

    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.

    • Welcome to Bard Raina Cael, who has Bardic Gift and Talent! Bard Raina is brought to us by BriAnne Searles, who wrote one story about her persona and one story about her family and friends. She sent a picture of herself in a play as well as the program for the play, and she drew a picture of a costume that she designed.

    • Congratulations to Shin’a’in Leshya'edrin shena Pretera’sedrin, Clan Chief of the Grasscat Clan. Gwenaelle Durand wrote a story about her persona, family and friends, and had it published in Austral’a’in. She knows archery, can ride a horse, and has learned the care and feeding of horses.

    • Welcome Tayledras Mage Flameheart k’Chona and her Bondbird Choni! Flameheart has very strong Mindspeech and the ability to communicate with her bondbird, humans and other races. Rachel Kory wrote about her persona and Flameheart’s family and friends, drew a picture of her bondbird and sent a poem.

    Davad by Janetta Maxwell

    From Herald-Mage Master Danya Winterborn:

    Heyla, all!

    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.



    Fan Messages:

    The newsletter is routinely posted to the Net. If you are concerned about your address falling into unfriendly hands, don't place a fan message! You may answer fan messages without ever placing one yourself. The editors reserve the right to edit--and shorten!--all messages. (Remember to tell your Post Office about your alternative name if you wish to receive mail addressed to your persona at an addressed where you receive mail under your real name.)

    The only "fee" for a fan message is to write to two other people. If your mailbox is empty, don't complain--write letters!

    • From White Winds Sorceress Shadow Weaver (cimeshadow@aol.com). I am looking for gothic and sci-fi fantasy events in Ohio/KY/Indiana/West Virginia to merchant at. If you have any info please e-mail cimeshadow@aol.com or snail mail Cimeshadow Weaver, 2119 Jasmine Dr., Lexington, KY, 40504.

    • From Jennifer Mackay-Douglas (vze28fbf@verizon.net) to all her old pen pals (and some new ones, I hope): I got married in May 99 and I moved around so much I lost track of my old pen pals. My interests include reading soft SF, short stories (primarily Asimov's because of budget), and fantasy. Nonfiction topics I usually read include: vegetarian cooking, pet care, natural health, history (my hubby and I do Civil War reenacting), and science research on genetic engineering (for my in-progress SF novel). I love going to SF/F cons, enjoy roleplay gaming, watching movies and TV. (I especially love Farscape on the Sci-Fi Channel.) I love all forms of Star Trek, Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, and a ton of other shows and movies. I enjoy reading Misty, Tad Williams, Kate Elliott, Llewellyn, Tolkien, Ray Bradbury, Ursula K. LeGuin, Louise Cooper, Tara K. Harper, and many more! Write me snail mail or email and I'll write you back. :-) Send snail letters via the US Post Awful to: Jennifer Mackay-Douglas, 970 Main Street, Clifton Park, NY 12065.

    • From Crystal Sarakas Kocher (crys@stny.rr.com) 26-year-old radio/television producer looking for friends who enjoy long, silly conversations, dreaming of Valdemar and other such things. I would love to hear from old friends that I have lost touch with over the years and from new friends, too!

    • From Herald-Mage Hedge Wizard Jensen Redstart/Kat Knafelc dragonfodder@gmail.com. 22-year-old college grad going back for her Master's in Ecology in the fall. Loves reading, writing, fandom, Scooby-Doo and comic books.

    Kiera by Janetta Maxwell


    • From White Winds Sorceress Cime Shadow Weaver. To All. Shadows of Goddess is now an online store. I offer 10 % discount to Queen’s Own members. Be sure to tell me you are though. (:) I offer new items weekly. http://www.ebaystores.com/shadowsofthegoddess. My e-mail address is cimeshadow@aol.com.

    • From Aurora Nelson. To All My Penpals. (you know who you are): Hope you all had a great holiday season! To the multitude of my friends (and anyone else) with a birthday in January . . . Happy Birthday! I just realized how many of you there are! We could take over the world! ^^ For any friends, old, new, or as yet undiscovered, wishing to get in contact with me, you may email me at aurora@temarrea.com or temarrea@yahoo.com. Or snail mail at: 2843 Hopyard Rd PMB#189, Pleasanton, CA, 94588, USA.

    • From: Healer Adept Moonstar. To: All. Re: QO Newsletter. Needed February 88 through March 91, Queen's Own newsletters. I am creating an archive for the club, and as you can see we are listing all the approved personas on the site. Anyone with these newsletters please send COPIES to the Queen's Own address, P.O. Box 749, Laguna Beach, CA 92652. Thank you very much.

    • From Herald-Mage Danya. To: All. Re: Cookbook. If you've read my persona submission in CoV, you know that I like making up medieval-style recipes. I'm thinking about compiling a cookbook based on meals that Misty describes in the Velgarth series. If anyone is currently reading the books, could you note the book and page any food items are mentioned on and send them to me at Legend@malcor.com? Thanks!

    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 artists for this newsletter are Gwenaelle Durand, Laura Felton and Janetta Maxwell. 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


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