Queen's Own
Mercedes Lackey Fan Club

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

Series 1, Vol. IV, No. 5
February 1991

(Note: These are excerpts from the original newsletter that was published on this date. The Queen's Own address has been updated. The current President of Queen's Own is Herald-Mage Adept Danya Winterborn. For more information, see http://www.dragonlordsnet.com/qo.htm.)

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Dear Misty Fans,

I hope you've all found By the Sword in your bookstores by mow. It's lovely to have a nice fat book by Misty to read, but oh, it interferes with everything else I have to do, including sleeping and getting to work on time.

Michelle Lutz has agreed to serve as QO reporter for those of us who don't have GEnie. This is what Misty has to say about the McCaffrey collaboration: "This will be a brainship book. I can now say definitely that it will involve a pair with very strong feelings for each other, with the Brawn half being a Primary Scout (first guy to take a look at the place) whose specialties are xenology and archaeology. There will probably be music incolved as well, and I must admit that I am tempted to have the Brawn's interest be classical Baroque and the Brain's rock'n'roll for a nice point of conflict!"

If the Brain and Brawn references confuse you, read McCaffrey's The Ship Who Sang.

The Oathbound tape is done! Unfortunately, Firebird's duplicator must have been visited by my computer gremlin. Some copies of the tape have background static and noise. Teri Lee says Firebird will instantly replace your defective copy; just mail it back to them.

Firebird features much Misty-related merchandise besides her tapes and books. Their winter flyer is a trasure chest of T-shirts, soft sculptures, and even pewter jewelry, designed by Misty and Larry themselves. The Crest of Valdemar pendant is beautiful! If your not already on Firebird's mailing list, send your address to [Ed. note 2003: Out-of-date information withheld. Firebird's website is at http://www.firebirdarts.com.]

Tess Wade of Tatterdemalion is selling T-shirts of the "Witch Brigade" comic strip that was first shown at SonnerCon. Diana Tregarde looks suspiciously like Misty. The shirts are [Ed. note 2003: Out-of-date information withheld.].

Convention News

CoastCon XIV The Year fo the Dragon is March 15-17 in Biloxi. Misty and Larry plan to attend. [Ed. note 2003: Out-of-date information withheld.]

BamaCon is April 19-21 in Tuscaloosa, AL. anyone have a flyer or at least an address for me?

Roc-Kon 15 is May 3-5 in Little Rock, Arkansas. Besides having Misty as GoH, the con claims to be the site of the "1991 International Klingon Assassin's League Conference. For more info, write to [Ed. note 2003: Out-of-date information withheld.].

We int he Northeast are very excited about "our" convention, September 27-29. Misty is GoH and Larry, Guest Artist, at Contradiction 11 in Niagara Falls. You can write now for registration information to [Ed. note 2003: Out-of-date information withheld.]. Qyeen's Own has been invited to present a panel discussion--our choice of topic. I still need ideas! If you plan to attend, make your hotel reservation by [Ed. note 2003: Out-of-date information withheld.]. This is an ideal con for you youngsters to attend; your family can come along and enjoy sightseeing while you enjoy the con activities.

Misty and Larry will visit me in North Jersey during the first weekend of June. Misty is DAW's featured author at the American Bookseller's Association annual convention in Manhattan. Naturally, her duties there come first but we're planning a one day mini-con for QO members. I'll give more details as we work them out.

Gaylaxicon '91 is July 19-21 in Tewksberry, Massachusetts. It is a small con (about 125 people last year) and it is specifically for gay people and their friends. The Guest of Honor is Samuel R. Delaney, Guest Artists are Hannah G. Shapero and Tristan Alexander. [Ed. note 2003: Out-of-date information withheld.] If you are under 18, a parent or guardian must attend with you.

My thanks to Adina North for the border ont he January newsletter and to Karen Heinz for her Falcon letters, the December border. The folks at the print shop really enjoy the creativity of our members.

Interested in earning your whites but not sure how to go about it? [Ed. note 2003: Out-of-date information withheld. You can find the current instructions at http://www.dragonlordsnet.com/qohandouts.htm.] Why is it "Chris Johnson's Helpful Handout"? The guidelines for becoming a Herald were discussed in many newsletters. Chris earned his whites by consolidating all that information into one easy-to-read handout.

Collegium Registry:

Welcome Herald Rahne Dylan, chosen by Fachtna, and having the gifts of Mindspeech and Mindhealing. Patience Sibeal sent a sketch of Rahne, biographies of her and her closest friend, and two poems.

Welcome Herald Gwenivere Daymon-Gallowayne, chosen by the mare Jeryn and with the gifts of strong Animal Mindspeech, strong Mindspeech, and a wee bit of Fetching. Dyan Dawson sent brief biographies of her characters, two maps, a drawing of Gwenne, a letter home, and two stories.

Welcome Herald Thyria Lyrrithernnas shena Pretera'sedrin, chosen by Dahnri a.k.a. Dree. Sarah Murphy-Worley says Thyria's gifts are Fetching, Mindspeech, and Firestarting. Sarah sent pictures of herself in Herald costume on horseback, outlines of her persona and five other characters, a time line, an essay on caring for a horse, two recipes, a story, and three costume sketches.

Welcome Herald Kyriah Vallainevvas Mestorven shena Liha'irden ("Kyr" for short), chosen by the Companion Taerlan. Brenna Farmer says Kyr's gifts are Foresight, Mindspeech, and Farsight. Brenna sent a photo of herself on a horse, an essay on the care and feeding of horses, sketches, outlines of her persona and friends, a map of the family estate, a recipe, a series of letters home, and poems.

In June 1990 we recognized Herald Adera shena Vyusher'edras, formerly known as Adrienne Travis. Adrienne has created a new persona, Herald Derai Jekannah shena Vyusher'edras. Derai's gift is Mindspeech; her Companion is Riyla. Adrienne sent a poem, drawings, costume sketches, her persona background, and a story.

NOTE: You may create as many personas as you wish. None of us is the same person today that we were yesterday. You are limited only by your imagination, your energy, and your time. And share your creativity with others through our zines!

Our Queen's Own zines are:

Arrow's Message, edited by [Ed. note 2003: Out-of-date information withheld.].

Companion's Rest, edited by [Ed. note 2003: Out-of-date information withheld.].

Honors, edited by [Ed. note 2003: Out-of-date information withheld.].

Hello from Herald Housemother:

It's still nagging time: Please, please, put a return address on every letter you send to me or to a penpal. And make sure your last name is visible somewhere. There are now about 510 of us. Not surprisingly, some of us share the same first name.

Our 510+ members live in Australia, Bermuda, Canada, England, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Philippines, Scotland, and every state of the US. I've answered inquiries from Guam and Bolivia. We're as young as eleven and as old as nver mind. What we seem to ahve in common besides our love for Misty's books is our love and respect for each other. I'm very proud to be known as your Herald Housemother!

Brad Averch informs me GRUPS stands for "Generic Universal Role Playing System".

New Club Information

Winds of Velgarth: For those interested in joining a role playing club, loosely based on Misty's novels, contact [Ed. note 2003: Out-of-date information withheld.] with the understanding that this will be a strictly correspondence club. SASE are appreciated. There is no age limit, but participation is limited ot the United States.

Attention Michigan QO! We're trying to get a chapter going. At this time there are no definite plans as we need to see how many interested people there are, and go from there. If you would like more information, [Ed. note 2003: Out-of-date information withheld.]. Ideas, questions and HELP (!) acan also be sent to me. We're also willing to include members from Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, and Wisconsin. [Ed. note 2003: Out-of-date information withheld.]

Michael Praed has given his approval and blessing to the Michael Praed Network News. If you took a look at Jody LEe's Vanyel drawings and thought "Aha! Robin Hood!" this is the club for you. For more information, [Ed. note 2003: Out-of-date information withheld. See our current newsletter for the new contact information.]. Thanks to Juanita Salicrup and Kate for the info.

From Patricia Shaw Mathews and Judith Louvis:

We are working together on a fan club for Lois McMaster Bujold tentatively called "Miles' Minions." Lois writes science fiction, not fantasy, but oh, her characters. I especially recommend Warrior's Apprentice, Brothers in Arms, and The Vor Game. If you've never read SF because you think it's all rocket ships and laser pistols, try any one of Lois's books. Pat is editing Samizdat Barrayar, the zine for Miles Vorkosigan fans, and I'm writing the newsletter, "The Dendarii Dispatch." Pat welcomes articles, essays, poetry, stories, and book reviews. Send your submissions to [Ed. note 2003: Out-of-date information withheld. See our current newsletter for up-to-date contact information.] For a completely list of Lois's work, and news of her convention appearances, send a SASE to [Ed. note 2003: Out-of-date information withheld.]. The newsletter will be mailed with the regularity of a Dendarii Free Mercenary payroll!

From Stephanie Anderson:

At last, my tahlmorra calls to start the Jennifer Roberson Fan Club. For an introductory letter, please send a SASE to [Ed. note 2003: Out-of-date information withheld.]. My first problem is a suitable club name; suggestions would gladly be appreciated. (Stephaie's father is in the American military; you can put US postage on your SASE.)

Fan Messages

[Ed. Note 2003: Fan messages are not being posted online because of the personal information they contained.]


[Ed. Note 2003: Personals are not being posted online because of the personal information they contained. Remainder of the newsletter was out-of-date contact info, and has been withheld.]

[Ed. note 2003: Out-of-date subscription information withheld.]

Queen's Own is the official Mercedes Lackey Appreciation Society. We are a not-for-profit organization. Address of publication: [Ed. note 2003: Out-of-date information withheld.]. This newsletter is published solely to inform and entertain the club's membership; no infringement of anyone's copyrights is intended.

Editor, President, Dogsbody, Housemother--Judith Louvis [Ed. note 2003: Out-of-date information withheld.]
Chancellor of the Exchequer--Steve Louvis
Archivist, Registrar, Organizer extraordinaire--Patricia Riggs
Mailing Day Helpers (last issue)--Ana Casacuberta, Robin and Louis Gladeau, Noreen Johnson.

Jean Lamb's daffynitions:

To vanyel--to suffer nobly beyond the bounds of duty (and sometimes good sense)

How does one measure vanyeling? Why, in angst-roms, of course!

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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.

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

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


Herald-Mage Adept Danya Winterborn

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