(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.)
Dear Misty Fans,
The dedication in Winds of Change reads "Dedicated to the Tayledras and Heralds of our world: police, fire fighters, and rescue workers everywhere, whose accomplishments in everyday life outdo anything in fiction." Added to that list, I think, should be Misty and Larry themselves. Almost immediately after Hurricane Andrew hit Florida. Larry posted the following on GEnie:
"Misty and I had 381 Ibs. of medical supplies and goods in the air to Florida within 16 hours when this disaster hit. The SCA was able to put together a delivery conduit directly into the hardest-hit areas of Homestead. A 7-truck convoy of collected goods was there for people that had yet to see as much as a policeman or soldier in the remains of their neighborhoods. And you've all followed the saga of our floods, tornado, and the loss of my studio here; I spent all of my studio budget on the goods we have sent and are sending to Florida.
"We can make more money, sometime in the future. These people needed the supplies then. I can wait longer for a place to work, they need a place to sleep and eat and bathe . . .
"Second shipment of tools and medical supplies to Florida from High Flight went out three hours ago via FedEx. Another several pounds' worth, slated to go to the SCA/Trimaris staging area for allocation to real people in real trouble . . .
"And we put together a direct-purchase arrangement with a tool importer; we are now able to buy relief-effort tools such as saws, pliers, claw hammers and the like straight from the container-ship broker. First order from here is for 50 8' x 10' tarps and a few dozen handsaws and pry bars. Every little bit . . . "
Write to Firebird Arts & Music [Ed. note 2004: Out-of-date info. withheld.] for ordering information on Larry's interior illustrations in Winds of Change. Firebird carries all of Misty's books and tapes and many other treasures. Send a #10 SASE their new for a copy of their new catalog. You can place an order with Firebird by calling [Ed. note 2004: Out-of-date info. withheld.]. If you get the answering machine, leave your complete name and address and/or phone number! For sale now is the Jody Lee cover print of Winds of Fate, as well as the cover prints of Oathbound, Oathbreakers, and all three Magic books. The Concordance for the Arrows books will be available in time for the holidays; Juanita and Buck Coulson will soon finish the Herald-Mage Concordance. The Shadowstalker tape is a "work in progress" with no definite release date.
Congratulations to Misty, for having both The Bard's Tale: Castle of Deception and Winds of Fate on the September Locus paperbacks monthly bestseller list! Castle of Deception, co-authored with Josepha Sherman, appears also on the B. Dalton and Waldenbooks bestseller lists. The October Locus shows The Ship Who Searched, by Misty and Anne McCaffrey, as number one in paperbacks on its bestseller list and number two on the Waldenbooks and B. Dalton lists. Winds of Fate appears as number six on the latter two lists.
By the way, Misty and Larry were not at WorldCon in Orlando, but someone wearing a badge with the name "Mercedes Lackey" was. If you have any information on this woman (imposter? coincidence?), please let Misty know. You can write to Misty and Larry at their business address: [Ed. note 2004: Out-of-date info. withheld.]. Letters and cards can always be sent directly to the High Flight address rather than asking DAW or me to forward them. (You can write to any author in care of his/her publisher. Mail is forwarded.)
Science Fiction Book Club members voted The Elvenbane by Misty and Andre Norton as the winner of the 1991 Book of the Year Award. Other Misty books offered by SFBC are The Last Herald-Mage (Magic's Pawn, Magic's Promise, & Magic's Price in a special 3-in-one edition) and The Lark and the Wren. The November featured selection is Bedla»t's Bard, a special 2-in-1 edition of Knight of Ghosts and Shadows and Summoned to Toumey. If you are a SFBC member and would like to see them offer even more of Misty's books, write to them at [Ed. note 2004: Out-of-date info. withheld.]. If you would like a membership form so you can join SFBC, send me a SASE. The current offer is six books for $1 plus shipping and handling, and the obligation to buy 4 more books within 2 years.
Forthcoming books are When the Bough Breaks, written with Holly Lisle, and Wing Commander: Freedom Flight, written with Ellen Guon. If you've finished Winds of Change and are wondering what to read next, try Holly Lisle's Fire in the Mist. "One of the hottest writers I've come across in a long time&uqot; says the cover quote by Mercedes Lackey. "Her entrancing characters and action-filled story will hold you spell-bound."
SEND A SASE WHEN WRITING FOR INFORMATION! Convention committees (and editors, are under no obligation to answer mail that does not include a Self Addressed Stamped Envelope!
I hope you like to plan ahead. We're going to have a "Misty-Con" sometime in August of 1994 in Nashville, Tennessee. The con, called High Flight One, is being organized by the Misty fans on GEnie. Misty and Larry will be Guests of Honor, and Ellen Guon plans to attend. The GEnie group invites you all to think of this as your convention; this is the first official QO con. We need your help to make it work. Buy a pre-supporting membership now for just $5; reserve a dealer's table for just a $10 deposit. Ideas for programming are welcome. Send your financial and moral support, and your ideas, to [Ed. note 2004: Out-of-date info. withheld.].
Juanita and Buck Coulson are well-known in the world of filk and now have another claim to fame - they're writing a concordance for Misty's worlds. Besides all that, they sell Misty-related material and other merchandise at many conventions in the Midwest. Look for them in Schaumberg, Illinois on November 6-8 for WindyCon XIX [Ed. note 2004: Out-of-date info. withheld.]. SoonerCon 8, November 20-22 in Oklahoma City, features some other familiar names as guests: besides Juanita Coulson as Filk Guest of Honor, Elsie Wollheim of DAW is participating in the reunion -of First Fandom; and C. J. Cherryh and Brad Sinor expect to attend. Write to SoonerCon 8 [Ed. note 2004: Out-of-date info. withheld.] for more information. Buck and Juanita will be back -in Illinois November 27-29 for Chambanacon 22 in Champaign. Write to Chambanacon [Ed. note 2004: Out-of-date info. withheld.]. __
Magic Carpet Con I offers a rare chance to meet Andre Norton next May 7-9 in Dalton, Georgia. Memberships are only $18 if you buy before 12/31/92. Send a SASE to QO member Betty J. Law [Ed. note 2004: Out-of-date info. withheld.] for registration information.
Tess Wade of TMR Enterprises is offering The Valdemar Fashion Books at a special price of $16.50, if you order before November 10th. The first fashion book, in packet form, will be available after December 15th. It consists of 36 pages of black & white fashion drawings, scale patterns, sewing and materials information, and a color picture of Misty in garb, as well as information on Valdemar and its people. For more information, send a SASE to TMR Enterprises [Ed. note 2004: Out-of-date info. withheld.].
Jod, Lee's latest cover print, Winds of Fate, is magnificent! QO members may purchase it directly from her for only $30 plus $3.00 shipping and handling. Send your orders to Jody A. Lee Illustration [Ed. note 2004: Out-of-date info. withheld.]. Be sure to identify yourself as a QO member to get the special price.
For a handout on how to become a Herald, Healer, or Bard, or for instructions on how to work for Herald-Mage status if you are already a Herald, [Ed. note 2004: Out-of-date info. withheld. The handouts are now online at http://www.dragonlordsnet.com/qohandouts.htm.]. If you have completed Herald-Mage requirements, send your material to: [Ed. note 2004: Out-of-date info. withheld. The HErald-Mage handout is now online at http://www.dragonlordsnet.com/qohm.htm]. All other material comes to me at the Shiloh address.
From Shirlene Ananayo aka Magpi of the Southern Sky: "Greetings from the fringe of the hurricane-torn 'war zone' of Miami! . . . Tam, me, our roomies & our assorted cats are all fine. We haven't got electricity, but we do have roofs over our heads . . . Due to the unexpected severity of Hurricane Andrew, we couldn't imagine an attempt to crank out an issue of Southern Arrow now . . . We're really okay, but the pictures on the news (both vid & paper) don't do the devastation justice . . . the dryads will weep for decades . . . " (My apologies to Shirlene and Tam. They managed to get the Southern Arrow out before the October QO newsletter, and my only problem was a stubborn computer.)
From Archangel: I had to drop 3 more stories so the zine The Storyteller is now only $2.00. Those who have already subscribed should have gotten their extra dollar back by now.
From Vickie McElfresh: Issue 6 of Companion's Rest is ready. The cost is $2 an issue or $12 a subscription. Because of college I've decided to do only 3 issues a year. The first issue of the new year will come out in January. The cost of the second volume will be $4 an issue or $12 a subscription. I'm going to try to make the zine longer and more like a magazine, with regular columnists as well as stories, art, and poems. Thanks to everyone who helped me get through this first year. Send subscription money and SASE's for guidelines to [Ed. note 2004: Out-of-date info. withheld.].
From Stephanie Wong of Arrow's Message: We've moved; the new address is [Ed. note 2004: Out-of-date info. withheld.]. Volume 3 #3 was ready mid-September so order now to insure getting a copy. $4 an issue or $15 annually, higher outside the US. The Arrow's Message Volume 1 Compilation, featuring stories, poems, filk, and new illustrations by Kiri Namtvedt, Nami Sasaki, and Frances Quinn, is approximately 90 pages long and only $11. Checks should be made payable to Stephanie Wong. Send a SASE for guidelines.
TALES-MEN is still looking for stories and art. Your own universe can find a home here. Dragons, demons, horror and romance are yours in Tales-Men. Express your opinion in your own column. Send a SASE for guidelines and ordering information to [Ed. note 2004: Out-of-date info. withheld.].
Plainschildren, the Mid-West chapter of QO is going strong but always looking for more members. If interested, write to Stephanie Benn [Ed. note 2004: Out-of-date info. withheld.].
For you Michael Praed/Robin of Sherwood fans, Janet Reedman writes that she'll be in England for at least three months, but copies of her zine Legend can be purchased from Bill Hupe & Reg Kennedy [Ed. note 2004: Out-of-date info. withheld.]. Janet is accepting submissions for two new zines. Sword will feature stories based on any medieval or fantasy movie/show ie Ladyhawke, Excaliber, Willow . . . and Merry Men will contain stories based on non-Robin of Sherwood roles played by the ROS cast. For information, write to J. P. Reedman c/o Tony & Ros Phipps [Ed. note 2004: Out-of-date info. withheld.].
For anyone interested in a QO-like fan club for Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series, send a SASE to Anna Clower [Ed. note 2004: Out-of-date info. withheld.].
Are you a fan of Highlander? The Gathering is an appreciation society/newsletter for the fans of the Highlander films and the new television series, currently seeking sanctioning. There are no formal dues; ideas are welcome. For info please send a SASE to [Ed. note 2004: Out-of-date info. withheld.].
My name is Lark. I am a seventeen year old elf and Bard-in-training (sorry, no fiddle). I know a little bit of everything and am willing and ready to answer questions about: writing, drawing, gaming, mythology, and music. Please address all envelopes to Lark at [Ed. note 2004: Out-of-date info. withheld.] and include an SASE or at least a return address in your letter - I usually toss away envelopes. If you want a story critiqued, you must include an SASE for me to send it back in.
Ista Wevr, an Anne McCaffrey fan organization playing in the universe of "What if Canth had flown Wirenth?" is back! The 80-page zine is $15 for four issues. Checks or money orders should go to Holly Hutchison [Ed. note 2004: Out-of-date info. withheld.]. (Make checks out to Holly, please.) If you ordered a copy of Ista Weyr and have moved without receiving it, please send your new address to Holly. New subscribers are welcome, of course!
Purgatory Press is seeking stories, poetry, filk, and whatever else might be appropriate for 3 zinbes: Vampire Tales 1--a collection of vampire related material; The Quantum Leap Travel Guide to History: following the adventures of Sam and Al; and an as-yet untitled ST:TNG zine. Please send a SASE for requirements to Nancy Feldman [Ed. note 2004: Out-of-date info. withheld.].
Chain letters may be fun for those who get very little mail but I HATE THEM! Do NOT use QO addresses for chain letters. According to the chain letter I received last week, I'm going to die in poverty real soon because I broke the chain. That's nothing compared to what I wish the person who sent me the blasted thing!
My moving Day is November 10, whether I'm ready or not. If you're ever on the southern end of the New Jersey Turnpike, give a call; I'm about half an hour away.
No November newsletter, but there will be a December issue, mailed around December 14th. Send zine and chapter updates, fan messages, and Herald/Healer/Bard packets to the Shiloh address by December first. Oh yes...the computer problem seems to have been fixed. (Please, please, please, make it so.) I hope it likes its new location.
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Queen's Own [Ed. note 2004: Out-of-date info. withheld.], for 9 issues of the newsletter. Sending out only nine issues per year will let me keep the dues at [Ed. note 2004: Out-of-date info. withheld.] and still nearly break even. Please make checks payable to [Ed. note 2004: Out-of-date info. withheld.]. 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. We are a not-for-profit organization. Our new address of p ublication: [Ed. note 2004: Out-of-date info. 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 12, at the South Jersey address; call [Ed. note 2004: Out-of-date info. withheld.] for directions.
Editor, President, Dogsbody, Housemother - Judith Louvis [Ed. note 2004: Out-of-date info. withheld.] (Call only before 10 pin and let it ring.)
Archivist and Organizer extraordinaire - Patricia Riggs, [Ed. note 2004: Out-of-date info. withheld.]
Herald-Mage Registrar - Guardian of the Web, [Ed. note 2004: Out-of-date info. withheld.] (Send proof of completed Herald-Mage criteria directly to the Web address, not to NJ.)
Mailing Day Helpers (last issue) - Suzanne Brenner, Frank Burkhead, Patti Hemeleski, Sharon R. Leinkram, Joanne Mattern.
From Janet Parrish, for would-be Mages and cold-sufferers alike: If you program your energy source, does that mean you have a "code in your node"?
Wind to thy wings, Judith
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:
c/o High Flight Arts and Letters
P.O. Box 2970
Claremore, OK 74017
Herald-Mage Adept Danya Winterborn
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