Queen's Own
Mercedes Lackey Fan Club

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

Series 1, Vol. X, No. 1
September 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 WOW! A new Misty book to read--Storm Breaking--and unexpected good news. Misty and Larry will attend Dragon*Con in Atlanta next June. We'll tell you more about it in future newsletters; this is just advance notice so you can start planning to attend too. Storm Breaking is a hardback, with interior illustrations by Larry, and more than a few surprises. (That's what's on the other side of the Iftel border? I never guessed!)

News flash from Firebird Arts & Music: Mark Shepherd is doing an instrumental album to go along with his newest book. The working title of both is Spirit Ride and the story is set in the same universe as Elvendude. The release dates for book and album are unscheduled. Misty and Paul Espinoza of Golden Bough are writing songs for a Firebird album. No, not the story of our favorite recording company, but Misty's retelling of the Russian Firebird legend. The book, a hardback, has a December release date and the album should be ready in February.

The Firebird Music Special Summer Update catalog has T-shirts for every taste, from beautiful Celtic and Michael Whelan designs to the bizarre and strange. (Imagine "Curiosity Kilt the Cat" and "Feline Groovy.") Of course there's music: TEMPEST, various Celtic artists, Michael Longcor, native American music by R. Carlos Nakai and others, and David Arkenstone. 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. Soon to come is a Shadow Stalker Songbook.

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 note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.]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 may be 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 note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.].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 note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.].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 note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.].

TEMPEST will tour the Southwest in November. For booking and information call [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.]. You can e-mail TEMPEST at [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.].

Current Westcoast dates are: Saturday, October 5 - Placerville Music Festival Nugget Campground [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.]; Saturday, October 12 - Monterey Carleton Hall [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.]; Friday, November 22 - Fresno Club Fred [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.]; Saturday, November 23 - Modesto State Theatre [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.].

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

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


Albacon '96 is October 11-13 at Howard Johnson Conference Center & Hotel in Albany New York. Guest of Honor is Nancy ICress. Write Albacon 96 [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.]. Contradiction "Sweet" Sixteen is October 18-20 at Days Inn Fallsview [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.]. Guest of Honor is Charles Sheffield. Send SASE to CONTRADICTION [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.]. Memberships are $30. The hotel number is 1-716-285-9321; call for room availability at this date.

MileHiCon 28 is October 25-27 at the Regency Hotel in Denver Colorado. Frederick Pohl and Jennifer Roberson are Guests of Honor, among other authors expected to attend are Connie Wills and S.P. Somtow. Cost is $26; the hotel is The Regency, 1-800-525-8748. For more information, send a SASE to MileHiCon [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.].

WindyCon XXIII is November 22-24 at the Hyatt Regency in Woodfield Illinois. GoH is Lois McMaster Bujold. Send a SASE to WindyCon [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.].

Once upon a time one could subscribe to a listing of conventions from all over the world. I never bothered because it was in small print and was too hard for me to read. It seems to me the editor went by the fannish name of "Filthy Pierre" (?) Does the list still exist? I'd like to put the address and cost in a future newsletter.


Please send a SASE when writing to a zine or chapter, or a self-addressed envelope and 2 IRC's if writing from a different country, unless told otherwise.

For definitions of our fannish 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 anywhere in the USA and wherever RPS/FedEx ships (including to prison addresses.) For more info call [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.] to place an order. Hours are Mon-Sat 12uoon to 7pm/Sun 12noon to 6pm. Want lists welcome!

*Support our zines and local chapters with your submissions and your membership. Can't write poetry or prose? How about commenting on what you read or watch? Recommend a book or movie, give costuming tips, make up jokes or riddles .... Those of us who edit newsletters and zines can do nothing without your support. Fandom exists because of participation.

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--Stephanie Anderson [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.]. Dues are only 10 stamps! Our goal is to meet each other and share ideas and creativity via newsletters (interview with C.J.Cherryh in the current issue!) and to have a gathering someday. For more info send SASE to 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 subscription 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 can be 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 [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.].

Heralds' Revel--[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 [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.]. For all you stray residents of Valdemar. Your Summer 96 Newsletter and Zine--THE OUTKINGDOM 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.

Pacific Northwest Collegium--[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 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 Under Kal'enel's Care [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.].

Other Fundoms:

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

Jennifer Robersou--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.]. In the latest newsletter AJ reveals that Tanya is working on a contemporary fantasy based in Kingston, Ontario about a guest house with a hole to hell in the basement that really cuts the heating costs . . . If you are a Tanya Huff fan, subscribe to Nine Above!

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

Anne McCaffrey/Pern--Sunfall Weyr c/o Senior Weyrwoman Yannia at [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.).

The Queen's Own newsletter is as good as I can make it, and I'm pleased with most issues, but the newsletter/zine that I look at with envy is the Michael Praed Network NewsLetter, edited by Kate Raymond and Morn Geiger. If you are a fan of Michael Praed, this is a must for you. Each issue is filled with photos, stories from fans lucky enough to have met Michael, even news from his parents! Recently Michael donated his Copacabana tour jacket for an auction to benefit the club and a charity. There are T-shirts available for members (just $10 + $3 shipping) and publicity stills in color or black & white. Send $20 (Checks payable to Kate Raymond) to MPNN [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.] for a one year membership and four issues of the MPNN newsletter. Send $5 for a sample issue.

FOLLOW OUR DREAMS, the zine for us and our wildest dreams and ideas. What is your dream? Do you think it will ever come true? You can send in anything you want! I'll publish about anything! FOLLOW OUR DREAMS has poems, stories, drawings, dreams, reviews (books; magazines, music, etc), and pen pal ads. Submit anything you want, but it must be original. I've been working on sending out the 2nd issue and I'm almost finished putting together the 3rd issue. To subscribe, please send $5.00 for 6 issues. Sample issues are free! Come on, give it a shot and subscribe today: You won't be disappointed! FOLLOW OUR DREAMS [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!

PHOENIX RISING: From the ashes of tire and destruction rises the bird born of flame. She needs your help to live. Send in stories of all kinds, poetry, artwork, messages, register personas of any background, leave a personal, drop some helpful info. I hope to get her out by November, please send submissions by October 20th. This is uncensored, so let your dreams run in our Sandman's Dreamscape. Send all questions, info, submissions, with a SASE, to PHOENIX RISING [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.].

Submissions needed for a new zinc, NIGHT RUNES. Any genre (mystery; romance, horror) welcome as long as it has a strong fantasy slant. Looking for short stories, poetry, artwork, book reviews; new ideas. The darker side (thieves, assassins, etc) especially wanted for the first issue, with submissions deadline November 15th. Send submissions and/or a SASE (If outside Canada, send a self-addressed envelope and two IRCs, available from your post office.) for more information to NIGHT RUNES _[Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.]. Cover art is desperately needed for the first issue. The artist whose work is chosen will get a yearly subscription free.

Come one, come all and join the fun as you go THROUGH THE MAGIC MIRROR! We're completely uncensored and dedicated completely to you. We print practically everything and it doesn't have to be fantasy related or anything related for that matter. For guidelines and subscription information, send a SASE to STAR'S MIRROR [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.]. Com' on. Check us out!

STARFIRE WEYR is here! For those of you who haven't heard, STARFIRE WEYR is a fantasy 'zine set in a unique combination of the worlds created by Anne McCaffrey. We're always searching for new dragonriders, harpers, healers, telepaths, and crystal singers ...Come join the fun! Anyone may place an ad or fan message at no charge. Sample issues are $1 + an SASE for your first issue, and subscriptions are $10 for five issues of The Night Sky. For information /guidelines, send an SASE to STARFIRE WEYR c/o Lady Katya [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.].

There is still time to have your persona recognized in VALES. I am making a section in the Vales for each of the following: Heralds, Healers, Bards, Mercenaries, Herald-Mages, Shin'a'in, White Winds Sorcerers, as well as Tayledras personas. Don't be left out. Submissions will be accepted until December first. Please send your persona as well as an SASE to Kendra Renaud [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.]. I will mail out completed lists at the end of December. The cost of the VALES will depend on the number of submissions.

Do you like Star Trek? Love getting stuff in the mail? What about writing and role-playing clubs? If you answered yes to one or more, then Warp Nine: The Future Begins Here is for you! For information, please send an SASE to Ambassador Tourian L'Rae [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.].

Stamps For Life: Be part of the ultimate recycling project. Your old/used postage stamps can be used to save children's lives. A nurse in the Manchester Children's Hospital in England says that any old or used postage stamps (no matter where they are from) can be redeemed to buy equipment and medication for the children in the Cancer Ward. If you wish to help, just save up your used postage stamps and mail them to White Deer [Ed. note 2005: Out-of-date info withheld.]. White Deer will send them on to the Manchester Children's Hospital. Won't you help?


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. 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.