Queen's Own
Mercedes Lackey Fan Club

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

Series 1, Vol. X, No. 2
November 1996

(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,

Border Art Coming in time for the holidays, Misty's Firebird, a coming-of-age fantasy set in Russia before the Tsars. This is the tale of the adventures of a young aristocrat in a fantastic Russian landscape and of his eventual confrontation with the fabled Firebird. Firebird is a TOR hardcover, priced at $24.95. It has a December release date but may be in some stores this month. Misty and Paul Espinoza of Golden Bough are writing songs for a Firebird album that should be ready in February.

Baen is re-issuing The Lark & the Wren, Knight of Ghosts and Shadows by Misty and Ellen Guon, and Born to Run, by Misty and Larry, as well as the Wing Commander novel by Misty and Ellen, Freedom Flight, and the Misty/Piers Anthony collaboration, If I Pay Thee Not in Gold, all in paperback.

Coming late in 1997 are Beyond World's End, written with Ellen Guon (a sequel to Knight of Ghosts and Shadows) and a Bardic Voices book, Four and Twenty Blackbirds. Release dates have not been set for either.

Also from Baen and in bookstores now is Josepha Sherman's sequel to The Shattered Oath, Forging the Runes. Lois McMaster Bujold's Shards of Honor and Barrayar has been released in one volume as Cordelia's Honor, and the new Miles Vorkosigan adventure, Memory, is available in hardcover.

Firebird Music has cassettes and CD's of the songs of Oathbound back in stock. This work is based on the first book of Vows and Honor. The re-issue of songs inspired by Oathbreakers will be ready sometime next year. The Vows and Honor Concordance is still a work in progress. "Heralds, Harpers, & Havoc" is available on CD, as is "Lovers, Lore & Loss" and "Shadow Stalker." Soon to come is a Shadow Stalker Songbook.

Do your holiday shopping from the Firebird catalog. You'll find T-shirts for every taste, from TEMPEST designs to the Fairgrove logo, from the Silver Gryphon emblem to Skandranon and Companions, from beautiful Celtic and Michael Whelan designs to wolves and cats. Of course there's music: TEMPEST, various Celtic artists, Michael Longcor, native American music by R. Carlos Nakai and others, and the theme music from the film Ladyllawke. You can order all of Misty's books from Firebird as well as an Arrows of the Queen Concordance or songbook, Silver Gryphon patches and pins, related jewelry and stationery, and more.

Check out the Firebird on-line catalog at [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.] for the most up to date product information. E-mail orders maybe sent to[Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.] . To reach Firebird by phone use [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.] . Firebird's address is [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.] .

There are few recipes I'll actually use in Serve it Forth--Cooking with Anne McCaffrey, but I did have fun reading it. Katherine Kurtz's Spice Cake and Drop Scones sound really good, as do Lois Bujold's Sherried Walnut Cake and Peter Beagle's Legendary Minestrone, but Jerry Oltion's Liquid Nitrogen Grapefruit Sorbet? Allen Steele's Night of the Living Meatloaf? I don't think so. Misty and Larry provided two recipes that clearly reflect their busy life style. All authors included in the book have agreed to donate their profits to the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America's Emergency Medical Fund.

Misty assures me that she and Larry will be at Dragon*Con this coming June, but I have no further information for you at this time.

TEMPEST will be in Fremont at Club Kaos [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.] at 9:30 on November 15; in Orangevale at The Boardwalk [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.] at 9:30 on 11/16; in San Francisco at Paradise Lounge [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.] at 9 pm 11/21; in Fresno at Club Fred [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.] at 9:30 on 11/22; in Modesto at State Theatre [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.] at 8 pm 11/23; in Boulder Creek at Brewery [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.] at 9:30 on December 7; in Bakersfield at The Dore Theatre CSUB Campus [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.] at 8 pm on 12/13; in Los Angeles at Molly Malone's [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.] 9 pm on 12/14; in Mammoth at La Sierra Cantina [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.] 9 pm December 19-21. Call [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.] for information on other TEMPEST gigs or visit their new web site at [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.] . The blank space in TEMPEST's web address is supposed to be a tilde. I've tried three different ways to put a tilde in that address, but my printer won't accept it. The tilde shows up on the screen, the printer turns it into a "D" Is there a solution? (A very simple solution, please.)

Do you want to know what conventions are going to be held where and when? QO member Jason Burnett tells me that regretfully, Filthy Pierre's "SF Conventional Register" has ceased publication (after 22 years!). There are other sources. According to the October issue of Science Fiction Chronicle, conventions are listed in Scott Merritt's "ConTemporal." Subscription prices for that are $15 for 4 quarterly, $20 for 6 monthly, or $30 for 12 monthly issues. Make checks payable to "Pegasus Publis" and mail them to [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.] . SFC is "the science fiction and fantasy newsmagazine" and is available in bookstores and magazine stands. It has book reviews, release dates, a listing of markets for you would-be--wrlters, and some convention news. Single copy price is $3.50.

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MEMBER NEWS:

For definitions of our fattnish 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.

Flights of Fantasy (Books & Games) [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.] carries new and used SF/F/RPGs/CCGs(Magic, etc), and does special & mail orders ar_ywhere in the USA and wherever RPS/FedEx ships (including to prison addresses.) For more info call [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.]. You can call [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.] to place an order. Hours are Mon-Sat 12noon to 7pm/Sun 12noon to 6pm. Want lists welcome!

Local Chapters:

Arrows Online--Arrows Online, the AOL chapter of Queen's Own, is indeed open for business! If you are already an AOL member and want to join our very silly and friendly group, please e-mail the Dean of our very own 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--Cassandra Vuksa [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.]. Send your address for a copy of the latest issue, as well as subscription details, no SASE or IRCs required. (only one per person, please) You needn't live in the Southern Hemisphere to contribute or subscribe.

California chapter--Golden Grove c/o Stephanie Anderson [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.].

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

Dream Bound--c/o Sharon Tan [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.]. Calling all dreamers! There's a new chapter in Asia just for you. Dream Bound is a bi-monthly newsletter with poems, reviews, games, stories and fun. Issue 1 is ready for print and a sample will be given to those who send an SASE. Fees -for subsrrlptiun are at S$2 for local residences, S$4 for the rest of Asia, S$5 for NZ and Australia, and S$7 for USA and Europe. I'm in desperate need of subscribers and especially submissions of work (art, poems;-stories, etc.) Fees cairbe paid in cash (Singapore funds only please!) or money order made out to Sharon Tan. Fee covers 6 issues.

The Farflying Arrow: Achtung, an alle deutschsprechenden Misty-Fans!! Write to Gwendolen [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.]. All contributors and subscribers welcome.

The Herald's Companion--Typo-Dragon & Feezil seek fun-loving characters who don't mind dealing with their imaginary people. Write to Typo-Dragon at Herald's Companion c/o Karen Bertke [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.]. Dues are $3.85 for 12 issues (USA only - foreign costs more!)

Heralds' Revel--c/o H. Wegemer [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.]: Send e-mail to [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.] The first issue has been mailed, submissions are needed for the second.

Outkingdom--Y'larna Finnareth c/o Joanne Thwaites [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.]. For all you stray residents of Valdemar. Your Summer 96 Newsletter and Zine - THE OUTKINCJDOM CHRONICLES - is ready and waiting for you. Full of recipes, poems, stories and puzzles, you can't go wrong for 4.00 in STERLING only please. Anyone sending for guidelines send SAE or 2 IRC's outside the UK. Cheques etc or submissions (Always very welcome and needed) make them out to Joanne Thwaites.

Pacitic Northwest Collegium - c/o Charlene Ryan [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.]. PNC is starting its sixth year. Collegium Chronicles contains art, member biographies, news of area conventions, book reviews and more. Dues are a book of 20 stamps/$6.40 a year, or 10 stamps/$3.20 a half-year.

R.C.M.H. - now forming in CANADA. Contact Pam Dziedzic [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.] From Issue 1 of The Collegium News: What's the difference between a Bondbird with one wing and a Bondbird with two wings? A difference of a pinion.

Under Kal'enel's Care--SHIN'A'IN!!! Come join your fellow clansmen with Under Kal'enel's Care. The bi-monthly newsletters are aimed specifically at the Slnn.'a'irr. Dues are 15 stamps per year; for a sample newsletter send SASE to [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.].

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Other Fandoms:

Michael Praed--Michael Praed Network NewsLetter [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.].

Jennifer Roberson--Children of the Firstborn [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.].

Robert Jordan--Under the Dragon Banner [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 ($18 for first class postage) for their monthly newsletter, The Prydonian Renegade.

Tanya Huff--Nine Above! [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.]. If you are a Tanya Huff fan, subscribe to Nine Above!

Anne McCaffrey/Pern--Starfire Weyr [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.].

Anne McCaffrey/Pern - SunFall Weyr [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.].

Lois McMaster Bujold--Miles' Minions [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.].

General Fandom--National Fantasy Fan Federation (N3F) [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.] (Send SASE to QO for a membership application if you wish.)

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

Are you having fun in another club? Share the information with Queen`s Own members. The club should be SF/F based but can be on anything from Martin the Warrior to the stars of X-Files,

Join The National Fantasy Fan Federation (N3F) and get in touch with hundreds of members all around the globe. Through the two newsletters that are published bi-monthly members can contact each other and share fandom information. Dues are $18 per year. Send check, money order, or simply a SASE for more info; to [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.]. (Make check or money order payable to William Center, not N3F.)

Staten Island Science Fiction & Fantasy Association (SISF FA) is forming in the New York/New Jersey area. For more information write to QO member Jake Adamo [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.].

Ellen Million Graphics has expanded! Now, six artists offer over 50 designs of fantasy stationery, cards, postcards and bookmarks! For fabulous stationery products on partly recycled paper, write. and .join the mailing list. Ellen Million Graphics [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.]. No SASE needed. Order... and be enchanted!

FOLLOW OUR DREAMS, the zine for us and our wildest dreams and ideas. What is your dream? DO you think it will come true? You can send in anything you want. I'll publish about anything! FOLLOW OUR DREAMS has poems, drawings, dreams, reviews (books, magazines, music, etc.), and pen pal ads. Submit anything you want, but it must be original. The 3rd issue is almost ready for mailing. To subscribe, please send $5 for o issues. Sample issues are free! Came on, give it a shot and subscribe today! You won't be disappointed. FOLLOW OUR DREAMS c/o Robin Delos [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.].

"Hmm. What exactly is that newsletter Companion's Choice anyway? Maybe I should get more information." If you've ever wondered that (or even if you haven't), then you've come to the right place! With this one little address you can get answers to all of your questions and maybe meet a few nifty people.-(Well, what have you got to lose? It's better than doing nothing!) So write me about this very exciting (or at least semi-entertaining) chapter of Queen's Own at Shanara Ravensong [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.]. Remember, at the very least, you'll start getting more in your mailbox!

MOONLIGHT MASQUERADE, a journal of fantasy and adventure, mysticism and romance, where the night is eternal, and the splendor of your dreams awaits you amidst the brilliance of the Masquerade . . . Each issue of the full-size journal is another breathtaking journey into the realms of fantasy, mystery, and romance, yet another glimpse into the enchantment of the imagination and the magic of the Masquerade. Published quarterly, every issue is in 11 x 17 pro format with a cardstock cover and 60+ pages of poetry, artwork, and tales. Sample issues are $3.50 USA/$4.50 Canada/$6.50 overseas. Checks/money orders should be payable to Nicole Blackwell, please. Come join the Masquerade! Send all orders, or SASE or 2 IRCs for back issue information to [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.]. Issue #10 available now!

Lynn Tucker's COMPANIONS' GROVE 7 is ready for print! I am now accepting submissions for Vo18. I am taking fiction, poetry, and artwork that is set in Misty's Valdemar world. Please send SASE for guidelines to [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.]. For information on back issues, contact Lynn Tucker [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.]. Prices vary. Also available from Lynn is "DO OR DYE: A GUIDE TO COMPANION CAMOUFLAGE", written by Elizabeth Barrette and illustrated by Herald Alora, for $2.50.

The California chapter is off to a great start! We just put out Issue #3. Part One of the C.J. Cherryh interview is included as well as wonderful poetry and artwork from members. Our goal is to meet each other and share ideas and creativity via newsletters and to have a gathering someday. For more info, send SASE to [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.].

From the fires of death and destruction rises the bird of flame, the Phoenix. PHOENIX RISING is in serious need of help! We need your submissions to run, without you we. cannot go on. Please send' all poetry, artwork, short stories, fan messages, personals and personas to PHOENIX RISING [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.]. All who sent in checks for dues will receive the first newsletter on the house. All questions and comments include a SASE to the Mt. Sinai address. Come and be embraced by love and romance.

The first issue of LIFEBONDED is ready! The next issue should be out by the end of November and I'm desperate for submissions in all departments, or it will be very skimpy. Send an SASE for submission guidelines and subscription information, or $1.75 in US funds for a copy of the first issue to Kalere Nahrain [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.]. If you've already sent me an SASE for your issue, the price is $1.40. Please make checks payable to Sandra Kirchner.

THE UNICORN'S VALE, a new multi genre zine is now accepting submissions of stories, poetry, and art. If you love Fantasy but are insatiably drawn to horror, then this is the zine for you. Midst our pages you will not only find the elusive vampire and sultry weres, but the delightful unicorns as well. For a list of our submission requirements, please send a SASE to D.S. Dorshall, ed. or P.A. Roe, art ed. [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.].

Across the plains winds and Shin'a'in words run free. Voices rise with the sun and moon, strong and true, to all who will listen. Past meets present calling to the future, mingling with their hearts beating ardent with time. Be welcome into our circle and share in our rich heritage. Kathal Kestra meet witla us as you take up our written word of song, story, ceremony, and life: LEGENDS AND MYTHS OF THE SHIN'A'IN is a compilation of stories, poems and the like dedicated to the Shin'a'in people. Within the 50+ pages active fandom writers such as Elizabeth Barrette and Herald Alora (to name a couple) will entice you in this marvelous land and culture. Be a part of the Shin'a'in legend and get your copy for only $3.75 (copy prices went up). Please make check oi- money order out to Stephanie Anderson [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.].

SHIN'A'IN!!! Come join your fellow clansmen with Under Kal'enel's Care. The bi-monthly newsletters are aimed specifically at the Shin'a'in and are full of bios on personas, what's new with personas, articles, interviews, poems, artwork, and merchandise addresses. Dues are 15 stamps per year, for a sample newsletter send SASE to [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.].

Stamps For Life: Send your old/used postage stamps to White Deer [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.]. White Deer will send them on to the Manchester Children's Hospital in England where they will be redeemed to buy equipment and medication for the children in the Cancer Ward. Won't you help?

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COLLEGIUM NEWS:

We have individual handout sheets for the aspiring Herald, Bard, Healer, Tayledras, Shin'a'in, White Winds Sorcerer/ess, and Mercenary, and instructions on how to work for Herald-Mage status if you are already a Herald. Not sure of what you want to be? Extra point requirements vary on each handout according to the skills needed, but basic requirements are the same.

I. Develop a character - Develop a character (your persona - who would you be if you could daydream yourself into the world of Velgarth'?) and write about him/her. Prepare a minimum of 3 double-spaced pages, on 8.5 x 11 paper or its equivalent. If you can't type, please write or print as clearly as possible. This is a biography. Describe your persona's physical and emotional characteristics, likes and dislikes, whatever makes you uniquely you. You may use first or third person. (10 points)

II. Develop one or more friend or relative characters - You needn't be quite so detailed in your descriptions of these other characters. But remember, you are writing about people you know well. Describe what your family and/or friends look like, their own character traits, etc. Again, a minimum of 3 pages. (5 points)

By the time you've finished these basic requirements you should know if your persona is destined to be Herald, Healer, Bard, Shin'a'in . . . Send a SASE to the QO address and specify which handout you are requesting. Please, one to a customer. Club dues pay for paper and photocopying.

By the way, it's Misty and Ellen Guon who qualify for Herald-Mage, Adept class, NOT yours truly. Misty dubbed me "Herald Housemother", and it's the only title I feel I've earned.

From Herald Housemother:

"Expectations are premature resentments.&uqot;--Ann Wilson Schaef. I expected more news on Dragon*Con by now; several people had promised to keep me informed, and I was not in a good mood when I started typing this newsletter. During a break away from the computer I discovered Ms. Schaef's words. I know nothing about Ms. Schaef, but this quotation got my attention as if it were meant for me alone. How about it, QOC folks? If I surrender my expectations, maybe you'll surprise me for the next issue? I need hotel information, a registration address . . .

One of my hardest jobs is deciding how much editing to do on messages me for the newsletter. If the spelling or grammar of a Fan Message needs work I usually fix it but sometimes I can't tell if what I consider a mistake was meant to attract attention. As for zine ads . . . I fix typos but you as potential submitters/subscribers have a right to know if a would-be editor is careless or ignorant. In other words folks, please proofread what you send me, especially if you're using creatively spelled persona names. I do try very hard to send out each issue free of mistakes, but the gremlins almost always sneak something past me.

Expected mailing date for the December issue is 12/7. 1997 mailing dates are 1/11, 2/22, 4/5, 5/17, 6/21, 8/2, 9/13, 10/25, and 12/6. When you pay your dues I count forward nine issues and put that date on your mailing label. How early can you renew your dues? Whenever you want, but please, not for more than two years. The January 1999 issue will have a new editor/treasurer/president/whatever. (Not a new Herald Housemother, I refuse to give up that title!)

FAN MESSAGES:

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PERSONALS:

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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.

Next Mailing Day: December 7, 1996--Call [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.] for directions. Always call before coming, family 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.)
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Mailing Day Helpers (last issue)--Arielle Amethyst Willow'Wind and SpiritBlade.

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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

Zhai'helleva,

Herald-Mage Adept Danya Winterborn

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