(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,
Congratulations, Misty! Storm Warning is #1 on LOCUS, B.Dalton, and Walden lists. Winds of Fury and Chrome Circle are among the top five paperbacks on all three lists.
Bardic Voices III: The Eagle & the Nightingales has a January/February release date: "Why is the High King of the Human kingdoms not doing his job - and thereby allowing the Church to fill the power vacuum in the human lands of Alanda? This is a matter of some concern to Nightingale and her friends; the Church is becoming ever more overtly hostile to non-human sentients (of which there are several species in Alanda) as well as to anything that it does not at least indirectly control, such as gypsies and Free Bards.
"To discover just what is going on, Nightingale will join forces with T'tyrr, a birdman with the visage of a raptor and the voice of an angelic choir. And before the King - and through him the gypsies, Free Bards and non-humans of the twenty kingdoms - is saved, the Eagle and the Nightingale will have become if not quite lovers than far more than friends . . . "
Watch for Baen's special contest to promote The Eagle & the Nightingales in your favorite bookstore. Just fill out an advanced reservation form. There will be a random drawing among all the reservation forms for 25 autographed limited edition prints of the cover artwork. The top 50 stores handing in the most reservation sheets will also receive prizes. Feathered Mardi Gras masks will be table prizes at World Fantasy Convention later this month.
The new Firebird catalogue carries Misty's books and tapes (and CD's), Jody Lee prints, stationery designed by Misty & Larry, soft sculpture Companions (dragons & fire lizards too), Hawkbrother feather jewelry, the music of Tempest, Michael Longcor, Frank Hayes, Duane Elms, Ciannad, Steeleye Span . . . and much, much more. If you would like to be added to Firebird's mailing list, call them at [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.]. (If overseas, write to me for a catalog. I'll mail you one if you'll reimburse me for the postage.)
The Eagle and the Nightingales and the paperback version of The Robin and the Kestrel will be available by January, and HOORAY!, The White Gryphon, March/April 1995.
Wondering what to read while you wait for Misty's next book? Even if you prefer fantasy to science fiction, I recommend anything by Lois McMaster Bujold, Elizabeth Moon's Captain Serrano adventures, Hunting Party and Sporting Chance, and for you vampire fans, Tomorrow Sucks, an anthology edited by Greg Cox and T.K.F. Weisskopf. It contains tales of scientific vampirism by Ray Bradbury, Roger Zelazny, Spider Robinson, and others. These creatures of the night stalk through time and space in search of prey both human and otherwise. Throw away your garlic and pour that holy water down the drain. The old rules no longer apply, and nothing can save you.
I've just been introduced to The Parallax Society, a fannish organization with the motto "Fandom should be a hobby, not a way of life." YES! Dues are $15, and you receive an annual subscription to their newsletter The Converzence and a membership certificate and card. In The Convergence you'll find information on other fandoms, TV shows, movies, novels, art . . . If interested, send a SASE to The Parallax Society [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.].
Another club worth investigating is The National Fantasy Fan Federation (N3F for short). This is an old club, established in 1941. The club's main aim is to make contact possible for all fans. You're not alone out there, no matter where you live! N3F has a pen pal group, a fanzine appreciation society, a Games bureau, a Welcommittee to greet new members, a Filksinging bureau . . . and more. New fans and new enthusiasms are welcome. For more info on N3F, send a SASE to William T. Center [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.].
Elizabeth Barrette's "Pros & Cons: an Introduction to Fandom" can be yours for just a dollar and first class postage (a 29 cent stamp or 2 IRC's.) Don't send a SASE because I have envelopes just the right size. This little booklet has definitions of most of the "fan jargon" used in the newsletter and at cons and is especially valuable for neofans.
Renaissance Shopper is published quarterly and contains news of Reai Faires, related articles, and best of all, advertisements for everything from armour to zills. A first class subscription is just $5 for four issues. Send your check to Renaissance Shopper [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.].
The first annual Carolina Renaissance Festival began the weekend of October 1 and will last through November 6. For more information, call [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.].
WORLD FANTASY CONVENTION October 28-30 Clarion Hotel New Orleans, LA. GoH William Kotzwinkle, George RR Martin. Membership limited to 750. Call [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.].
CONTRADICTION 14 November 4-6 Niagara Falls, NY. GoH Mike Resnick. Contradiction 14 [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.].
NOVACON 24 November 4-6 Royal Angus Thistle Hotel Birmingham UK. GoH Graham Joyce. Write Carol Morton [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.].
WINDYCON November 11-13, Schaumburg IL. Pre-registration fee $25. Write to Wiiy'DYCON [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.].
PHILCON 94 November 18-20, Philadelphia, PA. GoH, Larry Niven. Jody Lee will be displaying her art work. Philcon 94 [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.].
LOSCON 21 November 25-27 Airport Hilton, Burbank CA. GoH Lois McMaster Bujold, Artist GoH, Alicia Austin. LOSCON 21 [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.].
Anyone interested in joining the Mercenaries Guild and working on a mercenary persona can send a SASE for persona guidelines to Mercenaries Guild [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.].
We have individual handouts for aspiring Heralds, Healers, and Bards, and instructions on how to work for Herald-Mage status if you are already a Herald. Send a SASE to the Guardian's NEW ADDRESS: Guardian of the Web [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.] and specify which handout you are requesting. No SASE, no answer!
You need a release form (send the Guardian or me a SASE) only if you write a story set in Misty Is worlds or using any of her characters. 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 at Highflight [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.].
There's a collegium of Valdemar located on America OnLine called . . . Arrows OnLine. To find us you must travel to a private room called "Valdernar" on Wednesday nights at 10:00 pm EST where WestHaven Collegium is located on the shores of Lake Evendim. Our Dean Anne. and Archivist Trystane will gladly greet all comers with good company and information including orientation packages. It is a place of shared dreams and friendship where one of any calling can come for camaraderie, long talks by the fire, festive gatherings, and share knowledge and understanding. We have much to offer those who wish to join in the fun including persona development for all types of characters, in-depth discussions, and gatherings to meet each other. We all post topic discussion ideas on the Mercedes Lackey Bulletin board under Swords and Sorcery. Our doors stand open to all who wish to share and learn!
Heralds' Revel is a newsletter that seeks to recreate the sharing of ideas and entertainment found at a true Heralds' Revel, as seen in Arrow's Flight. Heather Wegemer invites you to provide the entertainment, in the form of prose, poems, art, photos, recipes, whatever you wish to share. For more information, send a SASE (or a self-addressed envelope and an IRC) to [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.].
"She lifted her tear-stained face to the heavens, a jagged sob escaping her lips as she released her lover's hand. He stared at her, weakly, his beauty all the more brilliant in the moonlight. The sounds of the ball still raged on in the farthest rooms of the castle; she clutched the ribbons of the magnificent mask in her hand. "Remember..." he whispered, pleaded, backing away with a sweet, soft kiss. "Always remember this night, and the moonlight masquerade." From Moonlight Masquerade [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.]. Issue 4 is 10-__4 p_ages in 11x17 professional magazine format, filled with enchanting tales of true love and adventure for only $6.50 -- merely 80 cents more than a regular issue! SPECIAL SAVINGS: Buy any 2 issues (1 through 3) for $8.50 ($11 separately), the first 3 issues for $12 ($16.50 separately), or all 4 for $20 ($25 separately). Checks/money orders made payable to Nicole Blackwell, please."
Do you like to ride but no longer have access to a horse? Consider becoming a volunteer at a North American Riding for the Handicapped Association facility. Call [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.] for information on the program nearest you. Therapeutic horseback riding programs have produced amazing results. Be part of the magic.
FANTASY STATIONERY and BOOKMARKS! Where you can find a faerie, dragon, mermaid, unicorn, and more come to life on multi-colored paper. Special design for Valdemar fans and new designs forthcoming including Heralds, Shin'a'in, a princess and more Misty-related designs. For more info, send SASE to [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.].
From Lynn Tucker comes the news that Companions' Grove 5 should be available in March/April of '95, and Companions' Grove 6 later that summer. If you are a contributor to either, and your address changes before those dates, please let Lynn know. She needs current addresses when she mails contributor's copies. Also available from Lynn is Do or Dye: A Guide to Companion Camouflage written by Elizabeth Barrette and illustrated by Herald Alora, "a must for any Herald on a dangerous field assignment, or anyone who just wants a good laugh." Send a SASE to Lynn Tucker [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.] for ordering information on these and other zines.
Elves and witches and bad guys, oh my! Daydreaming of dragons and mages? Fantasizing about myths running amok in the 20th century? Join the ranks of Eric the Bard, Keighvin Silverhair and the Starchild! Silver Shadows is an urban fantasy zine containing short stories, serializations, poetry, art, articles and reviews. Sample issue $1/one year (eight issues) $8.00. Please send contributions, inquiries and requests to Silver Shadows [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.].
Reasonably priced beautiful fantasy stationery on quality recycled paper! No longer do you have to write letters on shaggy notebook paper ...to see what's available, just send a stamp and your address (no envelope needed) to Ellen Million Graphics [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.]. **October marks the first anniversary of Ellen Million Graphics! Queen's Own members take $1.00 off any order placed this month!**
Do you write? Do you want to be with like-minded people who won't tell you to write "real" literature? Do you want constructive comments about your work? If you answered "YES" to any of these questions, then check out the Fantasy Writer's Group. For guidelines send a SASE to either Mary K. Wilson [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.].
Attention all children of the Star-Eyed! K'Guadia, a Shin'a'in clan, invites you to join our ranks. Join in the struggle of the Ancient Warrior to protect both our beloved Plains and Earth. For more information on joining the K'Guadia family send an SASE to [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.].
Tayledras-type feather masks, all varieties of feather colors and ribbons. For flyer with info and prices send a SASE to [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.].
From Fallen Angels: Moments Musicaux aka Melodies) [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.]: Welcome to the realm of music and lighter fantasy. Any original works of that genre would be appreciated! Poetry, stories, personal musical experiences, songs (lyrics and notes, if you wish), tales, artwork, etc. will all be considered for acceptance. Issue #1 has a good start, yet it's no where near complete. Currently, there are about 25 pages of work, and the goal is 60! Please send a SASE for guidelines.
If you've ever read Anne McCaffrey's "Dragonriders of Pern" series and wished you could have a dragon of your own, then this is your big chance! SunClill' Weyr, a fan club of Anne MeCaffrey's Pern, is a group that is dedicated to fulfilling this dream for you! For more information, write to (please include $.52 in postage or 4 IRC's - no SASE required) [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.].
From Hannah Blair [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.]: My apologies to everyone. I've scandalously neglected my duties as Pern mentor these past many months. If you've written, I'll eventually get you what you requested. If no longer interested, send me a postcard reminding me what you sent as far as SASE's, money, stamps . . . and I'll send it back. I have an offer - I have the information for the job of Pern mentor but not the time. Is anyone interested? I'll be glad to hand over all the info in my possession and help you get started. Sound like a good deal? Write me!
Looking around the clearing I was soon surrounded by monstrous warhouses. Walking around in gaily colored clothing and long dark braids, a young man smiled a toothy smile and handed me a parchment. I unrolled it and read the top. It read "Under Kal'enel's Care" and was filled with poetry, artwork, letters from others and the locations of traders. I realized I had finally reached my destination, the Dhorisha Plains: home of the Shin'a'in. For more info send SASE to Stephanie Anderson [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.]. Dues are 15 first class stamps for about 8 issues.
ATTENION! ATTENTION! Do you like to write? Do you like fantasy? Do you like to create personae and live in a fantasy world? Of course you do! So come join ours! Only here in The Volurgin Scroll can you have the chance to write a story for each issue and decide the fate of two kingdoms. Send a business-size SASE to [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.].
From the Dhorisha Shin'a to the Halls of Vkandis, from Haven to the Iron Throne, comes a new zine The Trade Winds, covering all the known world of Velgarth. Send SASE for info/guidelines to Herald Aidiana [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.].
Welcome to all our new members; we're pleased to have you join us.
Note that the next newsletter will be mailed in DECEMBER instead of November. Please have fan messages and member news to me no later than 11/19. I hope to have the newsletter ready for the printer before I have to start preparing Thanksgiving dinner. I appreciate the politeness that keeps all of you from pointing out how bad MY handwriting is, but I'm still going to nag YOU to be neater! Some messages are barely legible and I don't always know what I'm supposed to be typing, especially with e-mail addresses. It was suggested that QO members attempt to meet at Mardi Gras. ("We could wear costumes and act as strange as we wanted without shocking the local constabulary!!") Anyone out there want to try to arrange a meeting next year?
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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 3 - 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.)
Typist for this issue - Shirlene Ananayo aka the Slave Scribe
Archivist and Organizer extraordinaire - Patricia Riggs, [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date content withheld.] Write to Patricia with your questions about the club and also to register your persona's names. (Finished persona material should be sent to the QO address.)
Herald-Mage Registrar and Dispenser of handout sheets--Guardian of the Web, [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date content withheld.] (Send proof of completed Herald-Mage criteria directly to the Web address, not to NJ.)
Newsletter Border Designs--Heather Wedo
Mailing Day Helpers (last issue)--The Faithful Three: Meredith Baldino and Helen Edwards and Rusty, and of course, Steve Louvis.
Wind to thy wings,
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.
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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:
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