Queen's Own
Mercedes Lackey Fan Club

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

Series 2, Vol. I, No. 9
September 4, 1999

(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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Queen's Own/Merging of the Ways

The Official Mercedes Lackey Fan Club

Ok, new releases are getting slim! Thanks to the Teri at Firebird Arts for allowing me to reprint some of the "Ask Misty" column found on the Firebird website!!

Q: For Misty: Will there be sequels planned to the Mage Storms series, as I'd like to find out what happens to Karal, Elspeth, and the rest.

A:There won't be any DIRECT sequels (main characters in the Mage Storms as main characters in subsequent books) but you will find out what's going on with "old friends" in future books---some information is in OwlSight, for instance.

Q: I understand and accept that there will never be another Diana novel (sigh). However, I've seen a list of previously published Diana Tregarde short stories, mostly from obscure 'zines, mostly never reprinted. Is there any chance that a Diana story collection will ever be published, to reprint all the stories in one accessible volume? (Surely there's a small press or two that would be thrilled to publish this, even if mass market publishers are uninterested.)

A: All the PROFESSIONAL Diana Tregarde short stories have been reprinted in two collections from Baen FIDDLER FAIR and WEREHUNTER. The non-professional fanfiction stories are not fit to be reprinted.

Q: I was going through Amazon.com this evening. They've listed one of your forthcoming books called "The River's Gift," and say it will be out in October of '99. I don't see anything about it here, and can't find any more info online. So . . . what will it be about? :) (And, by the way, I'm looking forward to more Valdemar books!)

A: The River's Gift (which I preferred to call The Wild Swan) is one of those fancy "gift" books they've been doing lately--it's a novella in small hardback form, made for gift-giving. Anne McCaffrey has done a couple of them and they asked me to do one as well.

Q: Werehunter introduced me to S'Kitty (and S'cat). What plans, if any, are there for a full length novel on these engaging felines?

A: None at the moment, but you never know.

Q: Will you be writing more stories that have Shay'a'chern hero's as main characters like Vanyel? Granted that having too many Gay hero's may be frowned upon by some (maybe most), but it can also teach those who don't understand it, to at least better tolerate it. To Love is still Love, by whatever creed, race, religion, or sexual preference.

A: What, you think Firesong is chopped liver? He seems like a main character to me! Nine books the man is in already!

Q: After all the problems that you have gone through with, crazed fans believing in your writings, was it worth it? Would you do it again? Should I be worried that if I became a writer would I go through the same heartache? 5/30/99

A: By far and away, the vast, vast majority of our fans are such incredibly fine people, conscientious, compassionate, and caring, that the only possible answer is that without a doubt it is worth it.

As for others experiencing the same headaches . . . well, it is a fact of life that anyone in the public eye these days has a chance of attracting a lunatic. One of the professors at Rogers College attracted a dangerous stalker--all the more dangerous because he was local and knew exactly where she lived--just because she had a half-hour show on the college TV station about creative writing! And the only reason he DIDN'T kill her was because he murdered his mother first and was caught!

Yes, it could happen. If you happen to be male, Marty, the chances of it happening to you are substantially reduced. The thing to do is to study stalkers--you could do a lot worse than read Gavin De Becker's books--and educate yourself. You'll be able to see the danger signs and protect yourself before things enter a risky stage. Forewarned is definitely forearmed.

Firebird Arts and Music carries all of Misty’s books and lots of other merchandise. From Babylon 5 soundtracks to Larry’s art prints. From the music of Frank Hayes to porcelain jewelry. From kits for plastic knights to Robin Hood characters to doll-size costume patterns for Heralds & Shin’a’in. From Oneida Indian Nation T-shirts to Celtic design gift wrap. Visit their website at http://firebirdarts.com. If you want a "real" catalog, send $3 to Firebird Arts & Music, PO Box 3068, Portland OR 97294-3268. To place an order, call 1-800-752-0494. For more information, please use 1-503-255-5751. Firebird does not answer inquiries from prison addresses.

Also new from Firebird is an e-mail list for Misty fans, to keep you up-to-date on the latest news. If you would like to be included, send your email address to Teri: firebird@firebirdarts.com.

For news about TEMPEST, visit their web page http://darkmoon.simplenet.com/tempest. You can send e-mail to Lief and the other band members at tempest_rock@hotmail.com.
[Ed. note 2002: Old text replaced with: "For definitions of our fannish jargon, read the 12-page booklet "Pros & Cons: An Introduction to Fandom" written by Elizabeth Barrette. Send $1.00 and a $0.34 stamp (or $1.00 and 2 IRCs) to Queen's Own, P.O. Box 749, Laguna Beach, CA, 92652. Make checks payable to "Linda Malcor" in US funds only. ".]
Flights of Fantasy [Ed. note 2002: Old contact information withheld.] specializes in new and used science fiction & fantasy, mystery & suspense, romance books, role-playing, tabletop gaming and collectible card games. Owner Maria Perry will do special orders in any genre. Looking for a special book? Give Maria your want list--she’ll do her best for you! For orders outside the 518 area code, call [Ed. note 2002: Old contact information withheld.]. Webpage http://www.fof.net, E-mail: fof@albany.net. Flights of Fantasy accepts orders from inmates.
Sink or Swim is a helpful guide for aspiring editors, based on the experiences of past and present editors. It costs $1.50 for a copy. Checks should be made payable to Aurora Nelson. Email: temarrea@Yahoo.com, or write Sink or Swim C/O Aurora Nelson [Ed. Note 2002: Address withheld.].
Looking for stationery supplies that mirror your love of sword and sorcery? Questing for the perfect gift for that fantasy enthusiast in your life? Then give Ellen Million Graphics and her band of artist a try! We are your complete source for quality FANTASY STATIONERY! Discover the power of the "Sorceress" and drown in the dark "Bloodfest"; bask in the moment of "Precious Serenity", warmed by the softest "Butterfly Kisses"; enjoy a ride on the "Dragon Sled" while the pegasus are "Soaring", and find "Peace on Earth" with "The Christmas Unicorn" and "Betrothed Warriors". Recoiled products in B&W, single or full color. No SASE needed, just write and ask for your first FREE catalog! Custom work availableif you can dream it, we can draw it. Send inquiries to: Ellen Million Graphics, [Ed Note 2002: Ellen Million Graphics can now be found at http://www.ellenmilliongraphics.com.]. (Dealer inquiries welcome)

[Ed. Note 2002: Personals have been withheld from the online version of this newsletter because of the private information they contained.]

Note from the Editor-

Well, I’ve received ONE submission for the Logo contest (Thank you, Herald Alora!). I need more. I’ve also received many good ideas for the newsletter, some of which I can implement, others I just can’t. (Case in point being publishing the newsletter on a monthly basis, even if I had the content to fill the space, I would have to raise dues.) So, please keep your ideas and artwork coming in. I know with school, I’ve been really late replying to some of you and I’ve called in reinforcements to help out on that score! Everyone please give a warm Valdemaran welcome to Corie!! She will be my righthand where Queen’s Own is concerned, so please treat her nicely! ::grin::

Thanks again for your understanding.--Robin

Dragon and Sorcerer--Ed. Note 2002: Robin didn't credit this art; anyone recognize the artist?
I am still taking suggestions. I have some wonderful responses, but I haven't heard from enough people to justify a majority! Please write me or e-mail with any suggestions, comments or concerns as soon as possible.

I am still looking for artwork and a new Queen's Own Logo. Please send all artwork to the Queen's Own PO box and label the envelope "Artwork". I'm hoping to have some stationary, bookmarks, postcards and whatever else takes my fancy!!

Your editor and president ~ Robin


  • Arrows OnLine - To find Arrows OnLine on America OnLine, follow these directions: Keyword: books. Click on Chat & Messages. The next window you see will have a scroll down box on the left side, scroll down until you see MERCEDES LACKEY. Once on the page, go to the listbox for MESSAGE BOARDS. Select: MERCEDES LACKEY FANDOM and there you are! For an Orientation Kit, meeting info, information on the chapter Fanzine and more, email [Ed. Note 2002: Addresses withheld] and they’ll be there to help.

  • Austral’a’in, C/O Cassandra Vuksa PO Box 1850, Woden ACT 2606 AUSTRALIA . You get eight issues a year, of eight pages each. The costs are, for Australians, $8 a year or 8 x 45 cent stamps. For people overseas $12 Australian or 15 IRC’s.

  • Companion’s Choice: Emily Watts 3619 Mary Circle Ames IA 50014-3501.

  • The Herald’s Companion - Herald’s Companion C/O Karen Bertke 5694 Scarborough Drive Cincinnati OH 45238.

  • Pacific Northwest Collegium - C/O Laura Cameron/Moonglade K’Shena [Ed. Note 2002: Address withheld.]

  • The Vales is a yearly zine. Kendra Renaud,[Ed. Note 2002: Address withheld; no longer published.]

  • On The Wing costs $2.00, and is nearly 20 pages in length. This zine is completely dedicated to the Tayledras. I am also accepting submissions, stories, art, poetry, etc. Please contact me at: Kendra Renaud, [Ed. Note 2002: Address withheld; no longer published.]

  • Golden Grove , the CA Chapter QO newsletter. [Ed. Note 2002: Old info withheld. See new info at http://www.dragonlordsnet.com/danyagg.htm.

  • Sonoran Collegium is currently organizing itself! Although we are geographically in Southern Arizona, all are welcome here! The 'zine will be published bi-monthly, and dues are currently $4 US or 6 IRC's elsewhere. If you are interested, please send SASE to us at: [Ed. note 2002: Out-of-date Address withheld.]

Other Fandoms

  • Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Fantasy Magazine. Open it up and find stories that transport you from everyday into a magical place populated by fantastic beings and governed by mystical forces. Four issues a year, [Ed. Note 2002: Old info withheld.]

  • Michael Praed - Michael Praed Network Newsletter C/O Kate Raymond PO Box 516 Midlothian IL 60445.

  • Doctor Who and other Media - The Prydonians of Prynceton PO Box 3194 Princeton NJ 08543-3194. Dues are $12 ($22 for first class postage) for their monthly newsletter, The Prydonian Renegade.

  • Tanya Huff - NINE ABOVE! PO Box 204 Brattlenboro, VT 05302-0204.

  • Anne McCafffrey/Pern - Contact Weyrleader R’nier at dragonfodder@gmail.com for current information.

  • Adrian Paul of Highlander - Peace APFC PO Box 4593 North Hollywood, CA 91617 or Peace APFC PO Box 519 Bromley Kent BR2 9WX ENGLAND.

  • Lois Bujold can be reached at lois@dendarii.com. "The Bujold Nexus" is at http://www.dendarii.com. For a sample issue of the Dendarii Dispatch and information of Lois’s fan club, send a SASE to Dendarii Dispatch C/O Kaye Carrasco PO Box 1414 Roswell NM 88202-1414 USA.

  • Pandemonium - The official Melanie Rawn club invites you to join their ranks. SASE for more information: Irena Pereira PO Box 18A146 Los Angeles, CA 90018.

  • Dragonlords of Dumnonia - Contact L.A. Malcor at legend@oxy.edu or visit the website at http://wwww.dragonlordsnet.com for more information.

[Ed. Note 2002: Old pricing and contact information withheld. See below.]

Next mailing date is October 9, 1999. Deadline for submissions is September 30, 1999. The earlier the better.

Queen’s Own - Merging of the Ways 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. [Ed. Note 2002: Old address withheld.] This newsletter is published to inform and entertain the club’s membership; no infringement of anyone’s copyrights is intended.

Last issue mailing day helper in May was Jason Hoff. (If you would like to help on mailing day, please call me at [Ed. Note 2002: Phone withheld.], all help is greatly appreciated!)

Border art & all other art--(Please send more border art!!)

Editor and President - Robin Ready [Ed. Note 2002: Contact info withheld.

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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)

The featured artist for this edition of the newsletter was uncredited. If you have a clue whom it was, please contact Herald-Mage Adept Danya at Legend@malcor.com. If you would like your art to be featured in the online version of the QO newsletter, send .gifs or .jpgs to Legend@malcor.com or hardcopy to Queen's Own, P.O. Box 749, Laguna Beach, CA 92652.

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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