Queen's Own
The Official Mercedes Lackey Fan Club

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

Series 3, Vol. 3, No. 3
March 1, 2002

Shanayah by Tammy Haffen

Heyla, Misty fans!

The big news for the month is that Golden Grove is under new management. Aurora Nelson retired from the editorship in November 2001 after several years of heading the California chapter of Queen’s Own. Healer Adept Willowstar k'Vala (Theresa Young) and Scout Brightshadow k'Vala (Jaime Paz) are the new co-presidents of the chapter. See below for additional information about the club and their publication.

The revised Helpful Handouts should now be up at http://www.dragonlordsnet.com/qohandouts.htm. Let us know if you spot any glitches! We have also made a serious dent in those FAQ pages we’ve been promising you forever. While we still have a ways to go, you can see the start at http://www.dragonlordsnet.com/qojust.htm.

Queen’s Own is hoping to return to the convention circuit in September 2002. We’re talking with the organizers of ConTours 2002: Expeditions in the Multiverse. Their website is at http://contours.roleplayingguild.com/Index.htm. The guest list includes Mark Shepherd and Heather Alexander. The con will be in Burbank, CA, which is within easy driving distance of at least three of us from Golden Grove. If you think you can make it, please contact Danya at Legend@malcor.com. We’re asking about the possibility of a group price and some QO specific events. (Possibly a QO LARP? That board game that was played at Dragon*Con if we can get ahold of a copy?) At the very least we’d plan to attend the Masquerade as a group. Anyway, something to think about . . .

We’ve heard that the first three chapters of Misty’s book about Alberich are done, but delays have pushed the projected publication date back from October 2002 to Spring 2003.

This month’s respondee to the QO questionnaire is Herald Gwendolyn Katran (Kathleen Wing). If you haven’t replied yet, please send your answers to the questions to Danya at Legend@malcor.com.


Herald-Mage Master Danya Winterborn and Healer Adept Moonstar

  1. When did you join Queen's Own?

    Seventh grade, probably 1989 (although I couldn’t swear; it was a long time ago).

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

    Back then there weren't nearly as many books. I still remember waiting for parts of the LHM series to come out. I enjoyed the characters at first (Talia was someone I could identify with.) and enjoyed the whole world of Valdemar (and nearby locales) unfolding before me.

  3. What else do you read?

    Most everything that catches my fancy. Of late I have been reading Anne Bishop, Laurell K Hamilton, Sark, The Harry Potter books (because my friends insisted it was a necessity), Eddings, and a ton of others I’m sure are just not coming to me at the moment.

  4. What types of music do you listen to?

    Everything from classical to country to pop to musicals. I especially enjoy Celtic, Creed, all sorts of musicals (especially Les Miz, Mis Saigon, Rent, Blood Brothers to name a few), John Michael Montgomery, Garth Brooks, various 80's bands . . . , mmm, and lots of others.

  5. What movies do you enjoy?

    A few favorite movies are Neverending Story, Princess Bride, the Star Wars movies, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Birdcage, Center Stage, Strictly Ballroom, Kiss Me Guido, and Crimson Tide (an eclectic mix).

  6. What was the first con you went to?

    Never been to a con (sigh), although I have met up with a few QO people at the Michigan Ren. Fest one long year ago.

  7. Why did you get involved in fandom?

    I enjoyed meeting other people with similar interests and hobbies as me. I have always enjoyed writing so writing in the fandom was a natural extension of my love of writing especially when I was first developing those skills.

  8. What do you like best about fandom?

    The community. Although it is diverse and spread far and wide, people keep coming back. It’s a joy to meet friends new and old.

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

    Stained glass, scrapbooking, learning American sign language, working as a physical therapist, learning to use my digital camera/photography, writing, singing, music, keeping my cat and my husband out of trouble.

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

    Unsure. Since I have been busy of late, I have not had time to fully utilize all that is available even now.

    Dancer by Herald Alora

    Ren Faires:

    Here are the faires we know about that are happening in March. 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.


    CALAVERAS CELTIC FAIRE. FAX: 209-532-8375. E-mail: silvertiger@mlode.com. Website: http://www.calaverascelticfaire.com. Address: P.O. Box 1381, Columbia, CA, 95310. Site Address: Calaveras Fairgrounds, Highway 49, Angels Camp, CA, 95222. Dates: 3/15/02 - 3/17/02. Open/Close: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM.

    CROSSROADS RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL OF PALM SPRINGS. FAX: 909-490-0040. E-mail: rensite@renaissanceinfo.com. Website: http://www.renaissanceinfo.com. Address: Crossroads Productions, P.O. Box 95, Riverside, CA, 92502-0095. Site Address: Frances Stevens Park, Palm Springs, CA. Dates: 3/22/02 - 3/24/02. Open: 10:00 AM.

    ESCONDIDO RENAISSANCE FAIRE & SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK. FAX: 805-496-6036. E-mail: goldcoastprod@msn.com. Website: http://www.goldcoastfestivals.com. Address: 2509 Thousand Oaks Blvd., #351, Thousand Oaks, CA, 91362. Site Address: Felicita County Park, 742 Clarence Lane, Escondido, CA, 92025. Dates: 4/06/02 - 4/07/02. Open/Close: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM.

    FRESNO CITY COLLEGE RENAISSANCE FAIR. E-mail: mrviii@aol.com. Website: http://www.cirga.org/fcityfaire.html. Address: P.O. Box 5621, Fresno, CA 93755-5621. Site Address: 1101 E. University Ave., Fresno, CA. Dates: 3/09/02 - 3/10/02. Open/Close: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM.


    A MIDWINTER'S MEDIEVAL FESTIVAL. FAX: 813-949-4937. E-mail: mikedenson@verizon.net. Website: http://www.lakecomoresort.com. Address: 20500 Cot Road, Lutz, FL 33549. Dates: 4/06/02 - 4/07/02.

    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

    THE ITALIAN RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL AT VIZCAYA. FAX: 305-758-0091. E-mail: italyfest@aol.com. Website: http://members.aol.com/italyfest/festival.html. Address: 1122 NE 91st St., Miami Shores, FL, 33138-3452. Site Address: 3251 S. Miami Avenue, Coconut Grove, FL, 33129-2831. Dates: 3/14/02 - 3/17/02. Open/Close: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM.


    ACADIANA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL. FAX: 337-993-1581. E-mail: acadianarenfest@excite.com. Address: Contribution Solutions Inc., P.O. Box 664, Maurice, LA, 70555. Site Address: Acadian Village, 200 Greenleaf Drive, Lafayette, LA 70506. Dates: 4/06/02 - 4/07/02. Open/Close: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM.

    North Carolina

    NORTH CAROLINA RENAISSANCE FAIRE. FAX: 919-554-9392. E-mail: fairqueen1@aol.com. Website: http://www.ncrenfaire.com. Address: P.O. Box 61280, Raleigh, NC, 27587. Dates: 4/06/02 - 4/07/02. Open/Close: 10:00 AM - 6:30 PM.


    EXCALIBUR FANTASY FAIRE. E-mail: info@excaliburfaire.com. Website: http://excaliburfaire.com. Address: 1007 Main St., Ste. E, Bastrop, TX, 78602. Dates: 3/09/02 - 3/31/02. 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.


    CONSONANCE 2002. Website: http://www.rahul.net/figmo/consonance/. E-mail: figmo@rahul.net. Address: Crowne Plaza Silicon Valley, Milpitas, California. Dates: 3/1/02 - 3/3/02.

    GAMES UNIVERSITY. Website: http://members.aol.com/gamesucon/. E-mail: gamesucon@aol.com. Address: Radisson Hotel, Orange County (Fullerton), California. Dates: 3/22/02 - 3/24/02.

    STAR TREK GRAND SLAM. Website: http://www.creationent.com/. E-mail: tickets@creationent.com. Address: Pasadena Center, Pasadena, California. Dates: 3/22/02 - 3/24/02.


    CONNCON 2002. Website: http://www.ConnCon.com. E-mail: Willi@ConnCon.com. Address: Holiday Inn Select, Stamford, Connecticut. Dates: 3/22/02 - 3/24/02.


    ANIME EXPRESS 5. Website: http://www.db.erau.edu/campus/student/clubs/anime/Convention.html. E-mail: winarto@erau.edu. Address: IC (Instructional Center) building, at the Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU), Daytona Beach, Florida. Dates: 3/22/02 - 3/24/02.

    FLORIDA CON-QUEST KISSIMMEE. Website: http://www.angelfire.com/fl/FloridaConQuest. E-mail: FloridaConQuest@aol.com. Address: Kissimmee, Florida. Dates: 3/22/02 - 3/24/02.

    FURRY SPRING BREAK. Website: http://www.furryspringbreak.com/. E-mail: Registration@furryspringbreak.com. Address: The Ramada Resort & Conference Center, Orlando, Florida. Dates: 3/8/02 - 3/10/02.

    INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON THE FANTASTIC IN THE ARTS 23. Website: http://www.iafa.org/. E-mail: mbartter@truman.edu. Address: Ft. Lauderdale Airport Hilton, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Dates: 3/20/02 - 3/24/02.

    LEGENDS OF THE SPRING 2002. Website: http://msnhomepages.talkcity.com/strategyst/tbga/. E-mail: tbga@hotmail.com. Address: Express Hotel, 400 E. Bearss Ave, .Tampa, Florida. Dates: 3/22/02 - 3/24/02.

    SLEUTHFEST 2002. Website: http://www.mwa-florida.org/sleuthfest.htm. E-mail: Rwymer55@aol.com. Address: The Deerfield Beach/Boca Raton Hilton Hotel, Boca Raton, Florida. Dates: 3/15/02 - 3/17/02.

    VULKON ORLANDO. Website: http://www.vulkon.com/. E-mail: joemotes@aol.com. Address: Orlando Hilton North, Orlando, Florida. Dates: 3/23/02 - 3/24/02.


    FANTASM. Website: http://www.fantasm.org. E-mail: info@fantassm.org. Address: Marriott Century Center, Atlanta, Georgia. Dates: 3/28/02 - 3/31/02.

    STARFLEET REGION TWO SUMMIT VII. Website: http://www.omnifacets.com/region2/. E-mail: pdmohney@aol.com. Address: Sheraton Inn Columbus Airport, Columbus, Georgia. Dates: 3/8/02 - 3/10/02.


    CHICAGO COMICFEST. Website: http://motorcityconventions.com. E-mail: michael@motorcityconventions.com, gary@motorcityconventions.com. Address: Ramada Plaza Hotel O'Hare, Rosemont, Illinois. Dates: 3/9/02 - 3/10/02.

    LITTLE WARS 2002. Website: http://www.geocities.com/hmgsmidwest/. E-mail: sejanus778@aol.com. Address: Marriott Resort, Lincolnshire, Illinois. Dates: 3/15/02 - 3/17/02.


    7 YEARS WAR CONVENTION. Website: http://www.erinet.com/bp/sywassoc.html. E-mail: Ziethen@aol.com. Address: Holiday Inn Hotel, South Bend, Indiana. Dates: 3/22/02 - 3/24/02.


    KANSAS CITY COMICON. Website: http://kansascitycomicon.com/. E-mail: yrogerg1@eagle.cc.ukans.edu. Address: Jack Reardon Civic Center, Kansas City, Kansas. Dates: 3/16/02 - 3/18/02.

    PLANET COMICON. Website: http://www.planetcomicon.com/. E-mail: chris@planetcomicon.com. Address: Overland Park International Trade Center, Overland Park, Kansas. Dates: 3/23/02 - 3/24/02.


    GOTHCON. Website: http://www.gothcon.com/. E-mail: Info4GothCon@aol.com. Address: New Orleans Marriott, New Orleans, Louisiana. Dates: 3/28/02 - 3/30/02.


    ENLIGHTENMENT V. Website: http://www.boardgamers.org/specific/aor02.htm. E-mail: doncon99@toad.net. Address: Hampton Inn, Hunt Valley, Maryland. Dates: 3/22/02 - 3/24/02.

    GAMES WORKSHOP BALTIMORE GRAND TOURNAMENT. Website: http://www.games-workshop.com/news/us/events/events.htm. E-mail: Custserv@Games-Workshop.com. Address: Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, Maryland. Dates: 3/16/02 - 3/17/02.

    JOHNCON. Website: http://www.jhu.edu/~johncon. E-mail: johncon@jhu.edu. Address: Levering And Gilman Halls, Homewood Campus, Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, Maryland. Dates: 3/1/02 - 3/3/02.


    INTERCON-B. Website: http://www.InteractiveLiterature/B/. E-mail: InteractiveLit@yahoo.com. Address: Radisson Hotel and Suites, Chelmsford, Massachusetts. Dates: 3/8/02 - 3/10/02.

    MASSCON IV. Website: http://www.totalcon.com/. E-mail: mdowdy@iris.com. Address: Ayer Masonic Building, Ayer, Massachusetts. Date: 3/23/02.


    AMBERCON US. Website: http://acus.ambercons.com/. E-mail: Ambercon@juno.com. Address: Embassy Suites Detroit-Livonia, Detroit-Livonia, Michigan. Dates: 3/21/02 - 3/24/02.

    MARMALADE DOG 7. Website: http://www.wmgg.org/. E-mail: aris_redwind@yahoo.com. Address: John T. Bernhard Center, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan. Dates: 3/23/02 - 3/24/02.


    MARSCON 2002. Website: http://www.marscon.com/. E-mail: 2002info@marscon.org. Address: Hilton Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport Hotel, Bloomington, Minnesota. Dates: 3/1/02 - 3/3/02.

    MINICON 37. Website: http://www.mnstf.org/minicon/. E-mail: request@minicon35.mnstf.org. Address: Hilton Minneapolis & Towers, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Dates: 3/29/02 - 3/31/02.


    COASTCON XXV. Website: http://www.coastcon.org. E-mail: faithorhope@aol.com. Address: Gulf Coast Coliseum, Biloxi, Mississippi. Dates: 3/15/02 - 3/17/02.


    BRANSCON. Website: http://www.wizard-guild.com/branscon/. E-mail: lauriefox@mail.com. Address: Settle Inn, Branson, Missouri. Dates: 3/1/02 - 3/3/02.

    MOOCON ST. LOUIS. Website: http://www.moyevents.com/. E-mail: bmoy210@aol.com. Address: Fantasy Shop, St. Louis, Missouri. Dates: 3/2/02.


    DESERT WARS 2002. Website: http://www.hmgs.org/future.htm. E-mail: twohourwargames@hotmail.com. Address: Orleans Casino/Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada. Dates: 3/23/02 - 3/24/02.

    GAMA TRADE SHOW. Website: http://www.gama.org/. E-mail: OneGamaGal@aol.com. Address: The Orleans Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada. Dates: 3/18/02 - 3/21/02.

    New Jersey

    A GAZEBO OF GAMES. Website: http://www.wildgazebo.com/. E-mail: GM@wildgazebo.com. Address: The Somerset Marriott, Somerset, New Jersey. Dates: 3/2/02.

    PRINCECON 27. Website: http://www.princetongames.org/princecon/. E-mail: http://www.bigapplecon.com/. E-mail: bigapplecon@earthlink.net. Address: St. Paul's Church Auditorium, New York, New York. Dates: 3/29/02 - 3/30/02.

    CREATION SALUTES XENA AND STRONG WOMEN OF TV AND FILM. Website: http://www.creationent.com/. E-mail: tickets@creationent.com. Address: Pennsylvania Hotel, Manhattan, New York. Dates: 3/16/02 - 3/17/02.

    LUNACON 2002. Website: http://www.lunacon.org/. E-mail: lunacon@lunacon.org. Address: The Rye Town Hilton, Rye Brook, New York. Dates: 3/15/02 - 3/17/02.

    NONCON THE NO SUCH CONVENTION. Website: http://www.noncon.net. E-mail: chair@noncon.net. Address: Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York. Dates: 3/1/02 - 3/3/02.

    SIMCON XXIV. Website: http://www.simcon.org. E-mail: chair@simcon.org. Address: University Of Rochester, Rochester, New York. Dates: 3/21/02 - 3/24/02.

    UBCON 2002. Website: http://wings.buffalo.edu/sa/sarpa/. E-mail: nph@acsu.buffalo.edu. Address: University of Buffalo North Campus, Buffalo, New York. Dates: 3/8/02 - 3/10/02.

    North Carolina

    DURACON. Website: http://pages.hotbot.com/games/duracon/. E-mail: kwinz@nc.rr.com. Address: Hawthorn Suites, Durham, North Carolina. Dates: 3/1/02 - 3/3/02.

    STELLARCON 26. Website: http://www.uncg.edu/student.groups/sf3/stellarcon.htm. E-mail: stellarcon@hotmail.com. Address: Marriott Downtown, Greensboro, North Carolina. Dates: 3/15/02 - 3/17/02.


    TWISTERCON 2002. Website: http://www.hmgs.org/future.htm. E-mail: jlaw2424@msn.com. Address: Bricktown Plaza Conference Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Dates: 3/15/02 - 3/17/02.


    DAYS OF HONOR. Website: http://www.kag.org/events/doh.htm. E-mail: qoltar@aol.com. Address: Cincinnati, Ohio. Dates: 3/22/02 - 3/25/02.

    MILLENNICON 16. Website: http://www.millennicon.org/. E-mail: millennicon@mvfl.org. Address: Kings Island Resort and Conference Center, Kings Island, Ohio. Dates: 3/22/02 - 3/24/02.


    GAMESTORM 2002. Website: http://www.pdxgames.com. E-mail: aaroncurtis@attbi.com. Address: Doubletree Columbia River at Jantzen Beach On Hayden Island, Portland, Oregon. Dates: 3/8/02 - 3/10/02.

    LEFT COAST CRIME 12. Website: http://www.LeftCoastCrime.com/. E-mail: wrigcros@teleport.com. Address: Columbia River DoubleTree Hotel, Portland, Oregon. Dates: 3/21/02 - 3/24/02.


    COSCON 2002. Website: http://www.circleofswords.com/. E-mail: cosguild@circleofswords.com. Address: Days Inn, Butler, Pennsylvania. Dates: 3/8/02 - 3/10/02.

    EAST COAST HOBBY SHOW 2002. Website: http://www.hobbyshow.com/. E-mail: info@hobbyshow.com. Address: Ft. Washington Expo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dates: 3/23/02 - 3/25/02.

    GROUND ZERO GAMES EAST COAST CONVENTION. Website: http://www.warpfish.com/jhan/ft/gzgecc/. E-mail: jhan@warpfish.com. Address: Hotel Brunswick, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Dates: 3/1/02 - 3/3/02.

    STAR TREK. Website: http://www.creationent.com/. E-mail: tickets@creationent.com. Address: Valley Forge Convention Center, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. Dates: 3/9/02 - 3/10/02.

    XANODRIA HORROR. Website: http://www.xanodria.com/. E-mail: info@xanodria.com. Address: Blue Mountain Campground, Hamburg, Pennsylvania. Dates: 3/23/02 - 3/24/02.

    South Carolina

    BATTLE OF COWPENS. Website: http://www.warweb.com/histconv.html. E-mail: http://www.chaoscentral.org. E-mail: chaoscon666@yahoo.com. Address: Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tennessee. Dates: 3/8/02 - 3/10/02.

    GALACTICON. Website: http://www.thewebfool.com/galacticon/. E-mail: galacticon@vei.net. Address: Ramada Inn South, Chattanooga, Tennessee. Dates: 3/22/02 - 3/24/02.

    MIDSOUTHCON 20. Website: http://www.midsouthcon.org/. E-mail: info@midsouthcon.org. Address: Sheraton Four Points Hotel, Memphis, Tennessee. Dates: 3/22/02 - 3/24/02.

    TRICON. Website: http://tricon.freewebtools.com/. E-mail: highmecca@prodigy.net. Address: The Johnson City Parks and Recreation Center, Johnson City, Tennessee. Dates: 3/8/02 - 3/10/02.


    AGGIECON. Website: http://aggiecon.tamu.edu. E-mail: YaruGL@tamu.edu. Address: Memorial Student Center, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas. Dates: 3/21/02 - 3/24/02.

    REVELCON 13. Website: http://www.clever.net/cam/revelcon.html. E-mail: candacevp@aol.com. Address: Courtyard by Marriott, Houston, Texas. Dates: 3/15/02 - 3/17/02.


    GAMECON 16. Website: http://clik.to/novag. E-mail: oswystun@hotmail.com. Address: WestPark Hotel, McLean, Virginia. Date: 3/30/02.

    MADICON. Website: http://www.madicon.org/index.shtml. E-mail: conchair@madicon.org. Address: James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia. Dates: 3/29/02 - 3/31/02.

    TECHNICON 19. Website: http://www.technicon.org/. E-mail: info@technicon.org. Address: Best Western Red Lion Inn, Blacksburg, Virginia. Dates: 3/15/02 - 3/17/02.

    VIRGINIA FESTIVAL OF THE BOOK. Website: http://www.vabook.org/. E-mail: vabook@virginia.edu. Address: Omni Charlottesville Hotel, Charlottesville, Virginia. Dates: 3/20/02 - 3/24/02.


    NORWESCON 25. Website: http://www.norwescon.org/. E-mail: Info@norwescon.org. Address: Seatac DoubleTree, Seattle, Washington. Dates: 3/28/02 - 3/31/02.


    KUBLACON 2002. Website: http://www.beloit.edu/~bsffa/KC. E-mail: misuinas@stu.beloit.edu. Address: Beloit College campus, Beloit, Wisconsin. Dates: 3/29/02 - 3/31/02.

    MIDWEST OPEN 2002 - VICTORY IN THE PACIFIC TOURNAMENT. Website: http://www.washingtongamers.org/conventions.asp. E-mail: gelp@juno.com. Address: Executive Inn, Kenosha, Wisconsin. Dates: 3/2/02 - 3/3/02.

    MOOCON MILWAUKEE. Website: http://www.moyevents.com/. E-mail: bmoy210@aol.com. Address: Milwaukee School of Engineering, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Dates: 3/22/02 - 3/24/02.

    PLATTECON OMICRON. Website: http://pga.spamm.org/plattecon.html. E-mail: gaming@uwplatt.edu. Address: University of Wisconsin-Platteville's campus, Platteville, Wisconsin. Dates: 3/8/02 - 3/10/02.


    CONQUEST 2002. Website: http://www.conquest.asn.au/. E-mail: enquiries@conquest.asn.au. Address: Melbourne High School, South Yarra, Melbourne, VIC, Australia. Dates: 3/29/02 - 4/1/02.

    SWANCON 2002. Website: http://www.swancon.com/. E-mail: http://wdc2002downunder.com/. E-mail: rstephenson@mfbb.vic.gov.au. Address: Canberra, Australia. Dates: 3/29/02 - 4/1/02.


    HOTLEAD. Website: http://www.quadro.net/~hotlead/. E-mail: mantofam@quadro.net. Address: Victorian Inn, Stratford, Ontario Canada. Dates: 3/22/02 - 3/24/02.

    TRUMPETER SALUTE 2002. Website: http://www.trumpeterclub.com/pages/salute.html. E-mail: big_dog@telus.net. Address: Bonsor Recreation Centre, Burnaby, British Columbia Canada. Dates: 3/15/02 - 3/17/02.


    ISTRAKON. Website: http://albus.ipazin.net/istrakon/e-istrakon.htm. E-mail: albus@ipazin.net. Address: Spomen Dom, Pazin, Istra, Croatia. Dates: 3/15/02 - 3/17/02.


    FASTAVAL. Website: http://www.fastaval.dk/. E-mail: adam@nail.dk. Address: Aarhus, Denmark. Dates: 3/28/02 - 4/1/02.


    ANIME MARATHON 2002. Website: http://www.anime-marathon.de. E-mail: info@anime-marathon.de. Address: Bildungszentrum Nord der Deutschen Telekom, Hamburg, Germany. Dates: 3/22/02 - 3/24/02.


    DEEPCON 3. Website: http://www.deepcon.it/. E-mail: mmartini@italway.it. Address: Hotel Ambasciatori, Fiuggi Terme, Italy. Dates: 3/7/02 - 3/10/02.


    GOTHCON XXVI. Website: http://www.gothcon.se/>. E-mail: ice@netg.se. Address: Hvitfeldska Gymnasiet, Gothenburg, Sweden. Dates: 3/29/02 - 3/31/02.

    United Kingdom

    BATTLEFIELD VI. Website: http://www.battlefieldevents.com/. E-mail: info@battlefieldevents.com. Address: The Hotel Leofric, Coventry, UK. Dates: 3/30/02 - 3/31/02.

    CONCLAVE 2002. Website: http://www.conclave2002.co.uk. E-mail: conclavealba@hotmail.com. Address: The Central Hotel, Glasgow, Scotland. Dates: 3/2/02 - 3/3/02.

    CONPULSION 2002. Website: http://www.eusa.ed.ac.uk/societies/geas/convention/index.html. E-mail: conpulsion@khanate.co.uk. Address: Teviot Row Union, Edinburgh, Scotland. Dates: 3/16/02 - 3/17/02.

    HELICON 2. Website: http://www.smof.demon.co.uk/helicon2.htm. E-mail: helicon2@smof.demon.co.uk. Address: Hotel de France, St. Helier, Jersey Channel Isles, UK. Dates: 3/29/02 - 4/1/02.

    MECON V. Website: http://www.mecon.org. E-mail: meconv@hotmail.com. Address: Staff Common Room, Queen's University, Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom. Dates: 3/8/02 - 3/10/02.

    MINAMI CON 8. Website: http://www.minamicon8.anime.org.uk/mc8.nsf. E-mail: minamicon8@anime.org.uk. Address: Novotel Hotel, Southhampton, England. Dates: 3/1/02 - 3/3/02.

    STAR WARS DAY 6. Website: http://www.exewing.btinternet.co.uk. E-mail: exewing@btinternet.com. Address: Honiton Sports Centre, Honiton, Devon, UK. Date: 3/3/02.

    STARFURY: DEFIANT. Website: "http://www.starfury.co.uk. E-mail: SeanHarry@aol.com. Address: Thistle Hotel, Heathrow, London, England, UK. Dates: 3/29/02 - 3/31/02.

    TOWERCON 2002. Website: http://www.towercon.co.uk. E-mail: dictator@towercon.co.uk. Address: The Claremont Hotel, Blackpool, UK. Dates: 3/22/02 - 3/24/02.

    TRIPLES '02. Website: http://www.warweb.com/histconv.html. Address: The Octagon, Sheffield, UK. Dates: 3/23/02 - 3/24/02.

    For additional Convention information, visit Convention Outpost by Jenga at http://go.to/conventions.

    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.

    • 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).

    Dragons by Adam King

    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 Tayledras Healer Adept Willowstar, who has Mindspeech with Bondbirds, Humans and Other Races! Willowstar and her sooty owl Bondbird, Ameri, are brought to us by Theresa Young, who wrote stories about her persona and Willowstar’s family and friends, wrote two poems and drew a map of k’Vala Vale.

    • Congratulations to Herald Davad Levon, who comes to us along with his Companion Haldan. Davad is Gifted with strong Mindspeech. Janetta Maxwell wrote about Davad and his family and friends and sent two pictures for publication.

    • An automatic membership goes to Guardsman Faolan Ixran. Bruce Zimmerman has been a Volunteer Firefighter for 15 years and will be going into the Army Reserves as an MP. He is also in the SCA and a Heavy Weapons Fighter. He has armor, which he is remaking into a more period style that would translate to Valdemar. He also knows how to ride as he was part of the 5th Federal Cavalry Civil War Re-enactment Unit. Welcome to Queen’s Own!

    Returning Misty fans who have activated their memberships include:

    • Herald Kandellessa Revwyn Sevron (Casryn) (August 1996) (Fetching, Mindhealing, Animal Mindspeech).
    • Herald Jaelle Sunfire (Lilith) (October 1995) (Mindspeech, Fetching).
    • Herald Shanayah Dawn (Melantha) (July 1990) (Mindspeech, Fetching, Empathy).
    • Healer Tamesin na Coille (May 1992) (Empathy, rudimentary Animal Mindspeech).

    Welcome back! 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.

    From Healer Adept Moonstar:

    Heyla, all!

    I have started a new job, and I am getting ready for my upcoming shoulder surgery, helping Danya with the massive updates to our website, starting to learn UNIX and keeping up with schoolwork. I think I am just a little busy. <grin>

    Petsmart hired me as a Pet Trainer. I actually got my official looking nametags today. I am still waiting for them to find someone to train me. The Area Pet Trainer has moved, so I am in limbo now while they fill the position. I am teaching the dog and cat seminars, so that is a little money. I taught "You and Your New Cat or Dog" in January and "Housebreaking Your Dog" in February. I don’t know what the class will be this month.

    My shoulder surgery is February 27. I will be in the hospital overnight and spend the next week recovering before starting my next class for school. If I am a bit slow at answering your letters, please remember I am recovering from surgery and probably on painkillers.

    As you can see, we have done a large update to the site, and we are still finding things we need to change or clarify. The new pending chat list is actually helping us make sure the submission instructions are clear and the FAQ pages are helpful. I have built two Queen’s Own chat lists and the Vanyel Fan Club chat list at http://www.dragonlordsnet.com/qochat. If you are interested in these lists, you can subscribe yourself to the Pending list (if you are working on a character) or to Vanyel Fan Club list. If you are interested in the Queen’s Own, member chat list, I will need to approve your request, which I do quickly.

    Danya’s husband is helping me to learn UNIX so I can get a day job. He has been assigning me homework, just in case I thought I did not have enough to do. I really appreciate his help.



    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.


    • 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: 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 Tammy Haffen, Herald Alora and Adam King. 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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