Queen's Own
Mercedes Lackey Fan Club

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

Series 1, Vol. XI, No. 5
February 1998

(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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Border Art Border Art Dear Misty Fans,

Coming in March from Baen is Bedlam's Bard, a reissue of the Misty/Ellen Guon collaborations Knight of Ghost and Shadows and Summoned to Tourney in one volume. April is the release date for the short story collection Fiddler Fair.

DAW is shipping Oathblood for April release, and Owlsight, the sequel to Owflight, is scheduled for October. Owlsight will have a Jody Lee cover.

Many of Jody A. Lee's beautiful covers are available as prints. Three of her earlier editions have gone completely out of print. If you own "Oathbound," "Oathbreakers," or "Magic's Price," congratulations. If you've just discovered Jody's art and had your heart set on owning one of these, you're not totally out of luck. Fantastic Art maintains a Resale Registry and occasionally an out-of-print title turns up for sale. If you want one, want to establish insurance value, or if you'd like to sell your copy of one of these prints, contact Fantastic Art [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.]. They carry many other Jody Lee titles. "Last of the. Renshai" is a limited edition of just 100.

Jody Anne Elizabeth Lee was born in San Francisco in 1958. Her grandparents came from Canton, China. Her early drawings reflected the usual phases of growing up: lots of horses, clothing designs, cartoon superheroes, cute greeting card art. "Betsy Wollheim (of DAW books) has this theory that every artist in this field has a drawing of Spock hidden away in a closet somewhere," laughs Jody, "and I'm afraid it's true!"

At first Jody was very interested in illustrating children's books and greeting cards. It was her friends in the Society of Creative Anachronism who helped her develop her love of all things fantastic and medieval. They taught her how to sword fight and introduced her to popular fantasy and science fiction. That's when she decided to look for a career in cover art. (She still has her armor, which is used mostly for photo shoots.)

Jody attributes some of her success to always trying to be professional and practical. She understands that the first purpose of a cover is to sell the book. "As an illustrator," explains Jody, "I have a little 4 by 7 inch poster with which to tell a 400 or more page story. Rather than just photoproducing one instance in the book, I try to make an image that can represent the feel or mood of the book . . . I rate the success of a painting as to whether it'll look good on the living room wall.

Jody works in water based media. Some of her earlier work is in gouache, colored inks, and pencils. "Color is very important to me. I usually show up with one design and two color solutions when showing my comps to the art director."

"I feel incredibly lucky," says Jody in closing. "Sometimes I groan and moan a lot because this is not an easy profession, but that's the real truth. There are a lot of people who want to do art, and aren't able to, so I'm very grateful to fate and opportunity for letting this happen. I also have to thank all the friends and family who have helped me along. The other thing is I really am an illustrator at heart. Getting to illustrate for the likes of Mercedes Lackey and Lloyd Alexander and the others is great because I love reading their books! "

Firebird Arts and Music is another source of Jody Lee prints. Firebird carries all of Misty's books and related music; T­shirts with art by Larry Dixon as well as Onieda Indian Nation and wildlife designs; Riverdance videos; the music of TEMPEST, Michael Longcor, David Arkenstone, et al. and much more. Among new items from Firebird are the videos of The Sharpe's Series and the Bernard Cornwell Sharpe novels. Richard Sharpe is a soldier serving under Lord Wellington in Spain during the Napoleonic Wars. Series star Sean Bean has become one of England's most sought after actors.

Firebird has recently moved into a new location and is experiencing construction-related difficulties. Teri Lee thanks you for your patience and assures me your orders will be shipped as soon as possible.

TEMPEST will be appearing March 14 & 15 at the Calaveras Celtic Faire [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.]. Call [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.] for more information. During the month of December Lief and Michael were in the studio with producer Berry recording the first CALIBAN CD. The release date is set for Saint Patrick's Day. In 1997 TEMPEST played huge festivals in England, Canada, and the US, and toured across the continent four times! They're looking forward to lots more wonderful adventures in 1998. Visit their web page [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.].

Conventrion News

MILLENIVICON is March 20-22 at The Blue Ash Hotel and Convention Center in Cincinnati Ohio. Guest of Honor is author Mike Resnick, Science Guest of Honor is Dr. Bill Breuer. Among others attending a.re Hai Clement and Buck & Juanita Coulsan. Gaming, a masquerade, entertainment, benefit auction, art show . . . Cost is $30 at the door (sorry, no early registration after February 28) and $72.93 per night for a hotel room. Call [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.] for room reservations. For more convention information, call [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.].

REVELcon 9 is March 2Q-22 in Housior; Texas. This con emphasizes fanzines, fun, arid ;cod No speciai guests of honor, just a weekend with other- fara, a chance to meet old friends and discover new ones, discuss your favorite fandom, attend panels, enjoy the Saturday evening entertainment . . . For more information,write to [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.].

Marcon 33 is May 1-3 at the Hyatt Regency in Cciumaus Ohio. Author Guest of Honor is Lois McMaster Bujavd. Robin Wood is Artist GoH, and Joel Rosenberg is Fartasy GoH. There will be panels, autograph sessions, an art show, filking, a dealer's roam, videos, masquerade . Cost is $32 through April 30 and $38 at the door. For more information [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.].

Local Chapters

Arrows Online meets in the Fantasy Fiction Chat Room on AOL. For details, AOL folk can e-mail the Dean of Westhaven Collegia at [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.]. Or, if you want to take a look from afar, come to the Lackey Fan forum, located in the listbox of the Fantasy forum of Fictional Realm [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.] on AOL. Look for the Message board named "Arrows OnLine." Non AOL folk can learn a bit about us by visiting our web page at [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.].

Austral'a'in--For more information, write to Cassandra Vuksa [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.]. Austral'a'in's first zine, PEOPLE OF THE SOUTH, is ready for sale. Cost within Australia is $8 or twenty 45 cent stamps, and for overseas it's $12 Australian or twenty IRCs.

Companion's Choice--Shanara Ravensong [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.].

The Herald's Companion--Herald's Companion c/o Karen Bertke [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.]. So that's where feezils come from! Also recipes, book reviews, and poetry.

The Messenger--Joanne Thwaites [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.].

Pacific Northwest Collegium--c/o Laura Cameron/Moonglade K'Shena [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.]. Collegium Chronicles will print short stories, guest editorials, poetry, reviews . . . Editor Moonglade urges you all to get creative!

R.C.M.H.--Although RCMH and The Collegium News are no more, articles of special interest can be ordered from [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.]. To receive a copy of "Mapmaking--Which Way is North," "What is all this Fan Stuff" (an intro to fandom), "Creating a Persona from Scratch," and/or &uqot;Misty and the Internet," send a SASE or self-addressed envelope and 2 IRC's to [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.]. If interested in more than one article, send an extra stamp or two to help with paper and printing costs.

Member News

Flights of Fantasy [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.] specializes in new and used science fiction & fantasy, mystery & suspense and romance books, and roleplaying. tabletop gaming, and collectible card games. Owner Maria Perry will do special orders in any genre. Looking for a special book? Give Maria your want list--she'll do her best for you! For orders outside the 518 area code call [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.]. Flights of Fantasy accepts orders from inrnates.

After considerable deliberation, the editors of Outkingdom would like to announce a change of name and image for the Chapter. (Current members will already have been notified of the approaching alterations.) From the 1st April, 1998--and it's no joke, folks!--we will be opperating under the new name of The Messenger and our zine, currently THE OUTKINGDOM CHRONICLES, will be known as THE MESSAGE. We will be producing both the newsletter and the zinc at fixed dates on a thrice vearlv basis, with a fixed subscription of £12 Sterling a year. All current subscriptions paid will be carried forward to the new first issue; new subscription details/guidelines. please contact [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.].

It's inventory time and Ellen Million Graphics is holding a "get this off my shelves" sale! She says. "My mess is your treasure, so browse away!" There are packages of discontinued styles. designs on out-of-stock paper, and miscellaneous sheets. For a list of complete packages, send a SASE. For a grab bag, type package of 20 miscellaneous sheets, send $4/large sheets, $3/small sheets. Ellen Million Graphics [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.]. Ask too for the current catalog.

Ariya looks up and grins, holding a roll of duct tape in her hands. Rea stands to tile side, mouth taped shut, looking ready to kill &uqot;My turn to tell vou things about DON'T ARGUE WITH THE VOICE. Um, let's see . . . Issues 1 & 2 are out already. Issues 3 & 4 are in progress. A copy costs $4. Subscriptions [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.], and contributors get special discounts. These rates apply to everyone. Cash is preferred; any checks should be made out to Erin Frost. Disk Submissions (Mac or PC) should be: Word, PowerPoint, Works, Write, or Notepad. You need to speciy Artist's or Writer's guidelines. We negotiate with editors. Please, no mail from inmates. Send vour Velgarth or Fantasy stuff to [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.].

Dragonlords of Dumnonia is an online fan club that offers fantasy writers a place to practice their craft by publishing in fanzines, and people who like role-playing on a detailed fantasy world a place to have grand adventures. Visit the website at http://www.dragonlordsnet.com or send e-mail to L.A. Malcor at mailto:Legend@malcor.com.

A new 'zine is on tile rise and it's aimed specifically at women!!! It's GIRL POWER babv!! That's right, this zine is dedicated specifically to the strength of women everywhere! We're accepting stories, poetry, art and anything female oriented!!! SUBMIT NOW! Come on ladies! SHINE your finest!! This is ALL for you! Gus s, don't feel afraid to submit and join in too! You're invited to celebrate the POWER of WOMEN with us! Submissions for the first issue are now being accepted. Don't miss out. The price for the zine has yet to be determined, but I'11 keep you posted! Send your submissions to [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.].

[Geis up on her chair and waves her arms around in the air.] Hello! Yoo-hoo!! ! You! Yeah, you! Come here! I've got something to tell you. There's a newsletter out that you really really really really REEEEAAALLLLLY need to read! No, seriously. It's called Through the Magic Mirror and it's fabulous! You have to read it! You must. PLEASE! I beg you! You should see the Febnran issue. It's 'DA BOMB!!!' No sh-- . . . uhhhh_ well you understand. <giggles> So come on already! For a sample issue and guidelines, send a SASE to [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.]. What have you got to lose?

House of Headaches is now open for submissions!!! Ahh, I love starting new projects! Call tile a glutton for overwork and stress! Poetry, art, stories, anything! ! ! No actual guidelines except that I have to be able to read your handwriting and you have to provide me with return postage for whatever you want back. That's right, NO RULES, JUST WRITE!!! Your topic: attitude, misery, pain, and all those little things you know you've writtcn, but think it's too demented to use anywhere. Well now you have a place to vent EVERYTHING off!! Tell me how your life sucks and tell me what kind of scum that guy/girl who dumped you is. Send submissions to Headaches [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.].

For definitions of our fannish jargon. read "Pros & Cons: An Introduction to Fandom" written by Elizabeth Barrette. Send [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.] to the QO address for this 12 page booklet.

"The efficiency of a general is inversely proportional to the number of medals he wears."

Mercedes Lackey

Fan Messages

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"Never sit down at the table with your sword at your side. Strap it to your back for a faster draw."

Mercedes Lackey,

Other Fandoms

Michael Praed--Michael Praed Network NewsLetter c/o Kate Raymond [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.].

Doctor Who and other Media--The Prydonians of Prynceton [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.]. Dues are $12 ($22 for first class postage) for their monthly newsletter, The Prydonian Renegade.

Tanya Huff--NINE ABOVE! [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.].

Anne McCaffrey/Pern--Sunfall Weyr has a web site at [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.] or contact them c/o [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.].

Adrian Paul of Highlander--Peace APFC [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.] or Peace-APFC [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.].

Lois Bujold can be reached at Imbujold([Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.] "The Bujold Nexus" is at [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.].

Pandemonium--the official Melanie Rawn club invites you to join their ranks. Sase for more information: Irena Pereira [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.].


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Hello from Herald Housemother

My thanks to all for your concern about my recent laser surgery. It was a bit more painful than I expected (what the doctor said would be a warm sensation felt a lot more like a burn to me), but it did the trick. Now if I could only get rid of this cold/flu/whatever that insists on hanging on . . .

Writing the newsletter using Microsoft Publisher instead of good ol' WordPerfect 5.1 takes a little longer but I do like the way it looks. Most of your comments were positive, too. I was asked about accepting electronic art contributions--yes, I'm willing to try. PC format [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.] only.

Stamps For Life is still collecting used postage stamps from all countries. THe cash from the sale of these stamps is used to purchase equipment and medication for children in the Cancer Ward of Manchester Children's Hospital in England. Simply remove the stamps from all your mail and send them to White Deer [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.]. Send a few, send a lot, all will help. If you lose White Deer's address, [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.].

Anne McCaffrey's Robinton: Master Harper of Pern is available now from Del Ray. If you liked Tailchaser's Song, you'll probably like Gabriel King's The Wild Road, coming in March.

"Dragons are best approached by messenger."

Mercedes Lackey

Queen's Own [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date content withheld.], for 9 issues of the newsletter. Sending out only nine issues per year will let me keep the dues at [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date content withheld.] and still nearly break even. Please make checks payable to Queen's Own in US funds only--my bank charges me $10 to cash a foreign currency cheque. You may pay [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date content withheld.] if you wish. The $8 fee covers the cost of printing and mailing; I have no objection to your sharing a newsletter. Check the date on your address label to see when your membership ends.

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: [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date content withheld.]. This newsletter is published solely to inform and-entertain the club's membership; no infringement of anyone's copyrights is intended.

Deadline for next newsletter contributions: March 25--earlier is better.
Next Mailing Day: April 4--Call [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date content withheld.] for directions. Call before coming, emergencies can cancel mailings.

Editor, President, Dogsbody, Housemother--Judith Louvis [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date content withheld.] (Call only before 10 pm and let it ring.)
Border art--Nicole Pileggi
Mailing Day Helpers--Because my mom was rushed to the hospital for a pacemaker on January 16 and I would be spending Saturday night with her, I told volunteers Zoanne Murphy and Barbara Leflar Jackson to stay home. Steve did most of this mailing by himself (as well as driving back and forth to the hospital and seeing that I remembered to eat.)

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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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