Queen's Own
The Official Mercedes Lackey Fan Club

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

Series 3, Vol. 6, No. 1
January 1, 2005

by Devin Harris

Heyla, Misty fans!

Welcome to the New Year! We hope everyone had a happy holiday season. We wish to express our deepest sympathy and concern for everyone whose life was touched by the tsunami in South-East Asia. See below for details about how you can help.

Danya may be lecturing in Italy and Britain this year. If you live in either of those countries, let her know. She’d love to say "Heyla" if she gets the chance. (BTW, she did get the collie puppy, and his official name is "Epic’s Dux Artorius&uqot;, "Dux" for short.)

Convention Appearance Alert: Misty and Larry will be attending CONVergence in Minnesota this July. Heartland Arrows, our chapter that covers that region, is currently up for adoption. We’d love to see someone adopt the chapter and organize a group to put in an appearance for QO at this con. See below for more details about the convention.

Disaster Information: If you are a QO member who lives in SE Asia (We know we have several.) or who has been hurt by the disaster in SE Asia, please let us know! We’d like to do whatever we can to help.

Dragonlords and QO have joined the Red Cross disaster relief effort through Amazon.com to raise funds for emergency supplies for SE Asia.  Amazon.com has posted this message to its Associates:

"More than 50,000 people have lost their lives in East Africa and South Asia in the aftermath of the earthquake and resulting tsunamis on December 26. The American Red Cross reports that emergency assessment and first-aid teams were on the ground quickly and are already working with local groups to support relief efforts. If you would like to help, you can invite your visitors to make a financial donation to the American Red Cross using the Amazon Honor System. One hundred percent of donations made will go to the American Red Cross disaster relief efforts."

If you or anyone you know would like to make a donation to the Red Cross, you may do so through the link on any of the following three pages:


Publication News: The first reissue of the Di Tregarde series, Burning Water, should now be available! Children of the Night (Burning Water) is scheduled for release August. If you haven’t read this series yet, you are in for a real treat!

Stoned Souls (with Josepha Sherman) is also available. C.J. Cherryh’s The Sword of Knowledge for a Misty story as well.

The paperback edition of This Scepter’d Isle (with Roberta Gellis) should be in bookstores come February.

Sanctuary, the next installment in the Joust series, is scheduled for release in March. Alta will be released in mass-market paperback format at the same time. Also in March, the hardcover edition of Ill Met By Moonlight, the next installment in the SERRAted Edge series (this one coauthored with Roberta Gellis) should be available.

Mad Maudlin (with Rosemary Edghill) will be out in paperback in May, and the paperback of This Rough Magic (with Eric Flint and Dave Freer) should follow in June.

Bedlam’s Edge, the next installment in the Bedlam’s Bard series, should be available in August. Misty also coauthored this one with Rosemary Edghill.

Thanks to all of you who support QO by making purchases through the Dragonlords’ Bookstore (http://www.dragonlordsnet.com/bkstore.htm). We really appreciate the help with the club’s expenses so that we can keep the memberships in QO free.

RPG Information: We’d like to start holding regular online RPGs again. Please message Danya at Legend@malcor.com with the times you are available if you would like to attend. Please include your time zone or convert your times to Pacific Standard time! We have members all over the world, and we’ve had some glitches with people getting the wrong day as well as the wrong time because of time zone changes. If you’d like more info about QO RPGs, visit http://www.dragonlordsnet.com/qorpg.htm.

Chapter News: Editors and Chapter leaders, we need to hear from you! We suspect that many of the QO chapters have folded for various reasons, and we would like to make them available for adoption by new and existing QO members. Please let us know what’s going on. For those of you who are still in business, please review your ads and let us know if there is anything we need to update. We like to keep our information as current as possible <g>.

For those of you returning to school, happy learning! If any of you have something interesting going on in your life that you’d like to share with QO members, write and tell us about it! We’d love to hear from you.


Herald-Mage Adept Danya Winterborn and Healer Adept Moonstar

Ren Faires:

Here are the Faires we know about for January. Faires are indexed alphabetically by state. Have any information about any other Renaissance Faires in your area? Send it to us at Legend@malcor.com.


FLORIDA KEYS MEDIEVAL FESTIVAL. Site Address: Sugarloaf Lodge 17001 Overseas Hwy., Sugarloaf Key, Florida, 33042. Dates: 1/7/05 - 1/10/05.

HOGGETOWNE MEDIEVAL FAIRE. E-mail: piperlr@ci.gainesville.fl.us. Website: http://www.gvculturalaffairs.org. Address: Linda Piper, PO Box 490, Station 30, Gainesville, FL 32602. Site Address: Alachua County Fairgrounds, Gainesville, FL. Dates: 1/29/05 – 2/6/05. Open/Close: 10 AM - 6 PM.

KIWANIS/LEE COUNTY MEDIEVAL FAIRE. E-mail: sandyanne52@aol.com. Website: http://www.medieval-faire.com. Address: Kiwanis Club of Riverdale, Terry Short, PO Box 50379, Ft. Myers, FL, 33905. Site Address: Lehigh Acres, FL. Dates: 1/15/05 – 1/24/05. Open/Close: 9 AM - 5 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.


DIRK BENEDICT CRUISE. Website: http://www.swainworldcruises.com/benedict. E-mail: Susan@Swaintours.com. Address: Los Angeles, California. Dates: 1/18/05 – 1/25/05.


CONVERGENCE. E-mail: info@convergence-con.org. Website: http://www.convergence-con.org/. Address: 1437 Marshall Avenue, Suite 203, St. Paul, MN, 55104. Site Address: Sheraton South, 7800 Normandale Blvd., Bloomington, MN, 55435. Dates: 7/1/05 – 7/3/05. Guests: Mercedes Lackey and Larry Dixon!

For additional Convention information, visit Convention Outpost by Jenga at http://www.geocities.com/jengacons/.

by Devin Harris

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 $0.37 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:

Other Fandoms:

By way of news from other fandoms, we were saddened to learn of the death of Douglas Adams, the author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and other works. He had a heart attack at the age of 49. One of our members has alerted us to a wonderful eulogy for Adams by Richard Dawkins: http://www.edge.org/documents/adams_index.html.

by Devin Harris

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.

We have no new personae to announce, but several people are working on what should be their final rewrites (nudge, nudge <g>).

If you were working on a persona who is no longer listed at http://www.dragonlordsnet.com/qochat.htm that means we have not heard from you in over a year. To revive your persona, simply message Danya at Legend@malcor.com and tell her that your persona is in "Deep Storage." She will pull it out for you and reactivate your submission.

If you are a returning member who has recently activated your membership in Queen’s Own and we have forgotten to list you, message Danya at Legend@malcor.com, and she’ll make sure you are greeted in the next newsletter.

Lost . . .

One of the challenges running an online club is that people don’t 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.

by Devin Harris

From Healer Adept Moonstar:

I first want to wish for hope and safety to all those in the affected regions from the Indian Ocean disaster. My thoughts are with them, and I am relieved to see aid trickling into the areas. Especially this time of year when our thoughts are focused on our family, we really are thankful for the blessings that we have and pray for those who are not as lucky. I continue to watch for the individual miracles in that part of the world and rejoiced when the lost little Swedish boy was reunited with his father.

I am also happy to see personas start to trickle into our inboxes. I am glad they came at a time when I have time to read over them. For those of you wondering what to do with the personas once they are accepted, there are still a couple of zines up and running, and we always encourage you to write stories about your personas and let everyone know more about them adventures they have and what they are doing now. Have you read a good or bad book and want to tell everyone about it? Or seen a movie and want to share your feelings? The fanzines and newsletters are always looking for something new to publish.  We are always in need of art; if you have the time to draw a doodle or two or three, we are interested. Please e-mail those to us, and let us post your work within our newsletters.

I know I start back to school in January, and I am sure many of you do also. I am still, as ever, considering a move to Phoenix, if any of you are there or have been in that part of the country please e-mail and tell me about it! I know I get busy and may not return your emails promptly, but, rest assured, I will get to them.




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 Devin Harris, who granted us special permission to display these pieces. 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


Herald-Mage Master Danya Winterborn and

Healer Adept Moonstar

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