Queen's Own
Mercedes Lackey Fan Club

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

Series 1, Vol. VI, No. 1
September 1992

(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,

Short Stories by Mercedes Lackey

(By publication date - or at least, I tried)

"A Different Kind of Courage" Free Amazons of Darkover, ed. by Marion Zimmer Bradley, 1985 (This was Misty's first professional sale.)
"Fiddler Fair" Magic in Ithkar, 3 ed. by Andre Norton, 1986
"Sword Sworn" Sword & Sorceress, 3 ed. by MZB, 1986
"A Tale of Heroes" S&S 4, 1987
"Keys" S&S 5, 1988
"Werehunter" Tales of the Witchworld, Vol 1 ed. by Andre Norton, 1987
"DeathAngel" & "Merovingen Ecology" Merovingen Nights: Festival Moon, ed. by C.J. Cherryh, 1987
"A Plague on Your Houses" MN2, Fever Season, 1987
"A Tangled Web We Weave" MN3 Troubled Waters, 1988
"More Than Meets the Eye" MN4 Smuggler's Gold, 1988
"Merovingen Folklore" MN4 Smuggler's Gold, 1988
"Turning Point" MNS Divine Right, 1989
"The Enemy of My Enemy" Friends of the Horseclans, Vol 2 ed. by Robert Adams, 1989
"Balance" & "Dragon's Teeth" Spellsingers, ed. by Alan Bard Newcomer
"A Friend in Need" Blood of Ten Chiefs, Vol 3: Winds of Change, ed. by Richard Pini, 1988
"Phantom of the Berry Patch" BoTC, Vol 3: Winds of Change
"SKitty" Catfantastic ed. by Andre Norton, 1989
"Nightside" Marion Zimmer Bradley's FANTASY Magazine #6, Fall 1989
"The Making of A Legend" S&S 6, 1990
"Don't Look Back" MN6 Flood Tide, 1990
"Friends Like These" MN6 Flood Tide
"An Object Lesson" Domains of Darkover, ed. by MZB, 1990
"The Talisman" S&S 7, 1990
"Roadkill" MZB's FANTASY Magazine #9, Summer 1990
"Satanic, Versus" MZB's FANTASY Magazine #10, Fall 1990
"Set A Thief" Renunciates of Darkover, ed. by MZB, 1991
"Stolen Silver" Horse Fantastic, ed. by Martin Greenberg, 1991
"Wings of Fire" S&S 8, 1991
"Proving Ground" MN7 Endgame, 1991
"Woman's Weapon" S&S 9, 1992
"Ties That Bind" Blood of Ten Chiefs, Vol 4: Against the Wind, ed. by Richard Pini, 1992

Border artMost of the books listed here are still available; back issues of Marion Zimmer Bradley's FANTASY Magazine can be ordered from [Ed. note 2004: Out-of-date info. withheld.].

For those of you who like to prowl through old book stores, Misty had short stories in Fantasy Book, September 1985, March 1986, September 1986, and December 1986. Also look for American Fantasy, Winter 1987. Happy Hunting - I've never been able to find them.

Good news: Andre Norton and Misty will do a sequel to The Elvenbane. The title is Elvenblood, no release date as yet. Other books in the too-far-away future: Sacred Ground, a dark fantasy-mainstream crossover involving Native American mysticism with mystery, and the long awaited story of Skandranon and the Mage-Wars, The Black Gryphon, co-written with Larry Dixon.

Wheels of Fire, co-authored by Misty and Mark Shepherd, is the story of "hot cars, lost boys, and elves to the rescue!" This is Book 2 of the SERRAted Edge series, and it's available now in many bookstores.

DAW's ad for Winds of Change reads "The kingdom of Valdemar is imperiled by the dark magic of Ancar of Hardorn, and Princess Elspeth, Herald and heir to the throne, has gone on a desperate quest in search of a mentor who can teach her to wield her fledgling mage-powers. But instead she is whirled into a maelstrom of war and sorcery as the Clan she has sought is attacked by a mysterious Dark Adept from out of the "Uncleaned Lands." And Elspeth must struggle to remember long-forgotten magics, abandoning old ways and risking the dangers of the unknown in a desperate bid to save her people." Look for Winds of Change now. An October release date means it may be in some stores already. Remember, this is a hardcover book. (The paperback version is nearly a year away.)


SEND A SASE WHEN WRITING FOR INFORMATION ON A CON! SEND A SASE WHEN WRITING FOR INFORMATION FROM ANYONE IN FANDOM! Convention committees (and editors, and fan clubs) are under no obligation to answer mail that does not include a Self Addressed Stamped Envelope!

Misty and Larry are limiting their convention appearances to concentrate on their many projects and to take a well­-deserved rest. So--if you are lucky enough to live in the Iowa area, try to attend ICON, October 2-4 in Coralville. For registration and hotel information, write 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 Columbus, Ohio on October 2-4 at Context V [Ed. note 2004: Out-of-date info. withheld.] and at Ohio Valley Filk Fest [Ed. note 2004: Out-of-date info. withheld.] October 23-25. They'll be in Schaumberg, Illinois on November 6-8 for WindxCon 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.


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, send a SASE to the new Queen's Own address: [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: Guardian of the Web - [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.

Hello from Herald Housemother

I hope your summer was fun, exciting, relaxing, whatever you wanted it to be. Mine went speeding by so quickly I'm left shaking my head in bewilderment. I still hope to move by the end of this month; please use the new QO address--[Ed. note 2004: Out-of-date ino. withheld.]--from now on.

I've been getting a lot of mail without SASE's, some even without return addresses. Patience Sibeal, mentor and zine editor, wrote to me about the same problem, and gave me permission to quote parts of her letter: "I have a 4-page letter I've been sending out with tips about writing for a long SASE (and a 12-page list of zines and clubs in media fandoms like Blake's 7 and Star Trek [not to mention many others] for $1.00 domestic or $1.50 foreign--copy and postage costs); and I am always happy to look over stories. But if I get another letter without an SASE I am just going to throw it away . . . I've said it many times but this time I mean it for real. I'm sorry, but I can't believe how many people have not sent SASEs, yet expect a response.

"In the last month I received one handwritten submission on notebook paper from someone whose address I couldn't even read (and he didn't send an SASE) and a typewritten poem from another person (whose Valdermarian name I will omit) who not only forgot to send an SASE but also forgot to leave her address or her real name! I liked both of these submissions, but how can I contact these people? I got another recent submission from a young woman who wrote a wonderful story but also neglected to send a SASE. I wrote her back after two weeks, but if she had sent an SASE I would have answered her the next day. The baser side of my nature says, why should I bother to contact these people when they apparently don't care enough to send me an SASE?

"I love helping people and I love the people I've met through Queen's Own . . . but it's irritating when a little thing like a legal-sized SASE - sort of a, you help me, I help you thing - is too much to ask for some people. I just wish people would realize I'm doing this on my own free time, just like you do, and because I want to.

"I do want to thank everyone who DID send an SASE, and people like Jim Caramsalidis who were generous and helpful."

Fandom is for fun, but it's also a lot of work for some of us--and it's expensive! Why is it necessary for you to take time to address and stamp an envelope to yourself whenever you write to a zine editor, mentor, convention committee, or me? We get ten to thirty letters at a time. Having to find an envelope, decipher and copy a scrawled name and address, AND pay for postage on ten to thirty letters a day would take the fun out this real fast. Help us to be efficient, we'll all be happier.


Greetings from the Pacific Northwest! The Pacific Northwest Collegium would like to extend an invitation to all of you from Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. Please write Herald Taeryn aka Tia Schmidt, at [Ed. note 2004: Out-of-date ino. withheld.]; or Herald Charna aka Charlene Ryan at [Ed. note 2004: Out-of-date ino. withheld.]. We love to have new members! The more the merrier!

To all QO members in Michigan from Rhys Brnwyn: Any and all of you are invited to join me and other QO members at the Michigan Renaissance Festival on September 27 at the Maze stage at noon. Wear a white ribbon on your left arm for LD. Hope to see you there!

Any QO members planning to attend Southern California's filk convention Con-Chord 8 at the Holiday Inn LAX, Los Angeles October 2-4, please contact [Ed. note 2004: Out-of-date ino. withheld.].

Greetings from Texas! For information on Haven Sent, the Texas QO chapter, write to [Ed. note 2004: Out-of-date ino. withheld.].

From Lynn Tucker Triforce Productions [Ed. note 2004: Out-of-date ino. withheld.]: Visit Valdemar and meet the Heralds, Trainees, and newly-Chosen created by the fans of Mercedes Lackey. Volume One of Companions' Grove offers tales of the Choosing of two young women; of an outkingdom Trainee with outkingdom magic - and the need for training; of an Empathic Trainee who has difficulties mastering her Gift; of a Bard with a Wild Healing Talent and a fondness for dramatic license; of a Healer and the Herald she treats; and for you Shin'a'in fans, a story in which slavers foolishly travel into the Dhorisha Plains; plus poetry and art to round things out. 48 pages, staple bound, for $5.50 first class; checks payable to Lynn Tucker, US funds only please. Lynn is accepting stories for the next volume. She says, "I don't want anyone to think that the title means only Heraldic stories will be accepted. I definitely want stories about all aspects of Velgarth, from Heralds to Healers to Shin'a'in to Pelegiris Changelings! Don't be scared, folks; editing is 90% painless!

Anybody in the Southwest interested in a newsletter? Merging of the Ways is finally ready to get off the ground. The first issue is free, after that it's $6 for six issues. MW will come out every other month or as contributions dictate. The address is Merging of the WM , c/o Jennifer Sauer [Ed. note 2004: Out-of-date ino. withheld.].

Chronicles of Valdemar is a recently established role-playing chapter of QO. Dues are $4 for a year's subscription of 10 issues. COV is not run similarly to AD&D. For more information, send a SASE to Cathy Timura [Ed. note 2004: Out-of-date ino. withheld.].

If you would like to write in the setting of Valdemar, send a SASE for guidelines to Writer's Collegium of Valdemar c/o Jacaueline Moikeha [Ed. note 2004: Out-of-date ino. withheld.]. This is not a fanzine but a writer's circle.


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Queen's Own [Ed note 2004: Out-of-date subscription info. withheld.]. Queen's Own is the official Mercedes Lackey Appreciation Society. We are a not-for-profit organization. Our new address of publication: [Ed. note 2004: Out-of-date contact 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: October 10, at the South Jersey address (I hope!); call [Ed. note 2004: Out-of-date contact info. withheld.] for directions.

Editor, President, Dogsbody, Housemother - Judith Louis [Ed. note 2004: Out-of-date contact info. withheld.](call only before 10 pm and let it ring. 1'm now in a two story/one phone house!)
Archivist and Organizer extraordinaire - Patricia Riggs, [Ed. note 2004: Out-of-date contact info. withheld.]
Herald-Mage Registrar - Guardian of the Web, [Ed. note 2004: Out-of-date contact info. withheld.]. (Send proof of completed Herald-Mage criteria directly to the Web address, not to NJ.)
Mailing Day Helpers (last issue) - Heather Adcock, Leah Adezio, Frank Burkhead, Ana Casacuberta, Patti Hemeleski, Cherie Lombardi, Joanne Mattern, and Randi Sumner.

What would a male chauvinist call Need? a Broad's Sword! (Thanks to Jennifer Wilson)

Wind to thy Wings, Judith

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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


Herald-Mage Adept Danya Winterborn

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