New entry Mar 20
Network speeding up
I'm switching the connection over to a new, shiny 10X faster network because of all the load. There might be bits of downtime as your boxes learn new addresses and things. Should be brief. Let me know of any prolonged outages you see.
Preditors & Editors Changeover
With the very sad passing of Dave Kuzminski, who ran P&E, I've taken over the P&E duties. Lots of what I hope are improvements; check it out at pred-ed.com.
Free Web Sites
Free web sites for authors (and others) are available at www.nyx.net.
New Book from a Critter Member**NOW IN PRINT EDITION TOO!** Awesome new book, HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR SPECULATIVE FICTION OPENINGS, from a Critter member whose unearthed a shard of The Secret to becoming a pro writer. Really good piece of work. "...if you're at all concerned about story openings, you'd be nuts not to read what Qualkinbush has to say." —Wil McCarthy, author of BLOOM and THE COLLAPSIUM
Space Travel for SF Writers
Hot off the presses from ReAnimus Press! Space Travel - A Science Fiction Writer's Guide— An indispensible tool for all SF writers that explains the science you need to help you make your fiction plausible. (Also via Amazon)
is Dying has been Replaced
THE SIGIL TRILOGY: The universe is dying from within... "Great stuff... Really enjoyed it." — SFWA Grandmaster Michael Moorcock
Announcing ReAnimus Press
If you need help making ebooks from manuscripts or print copies—or finding great stuff to read—look no further! An ebook publisher started by your very own Critter Captain. (And with a 12% Affiliate program.) [More]
CritStyle is a simple web app that lets you format and print manuscripts from www.critters.org.
It gives you basic control over type size and line spacing (double or single), and will also apply bolds and italics specified with the *asterisk* and _underline_ conventions. You can also minimize the header info.
How to Use
To use CritStyle, simply copy a manuscript from the critters website and paste it into the yellow box. Click the Preview checkbox to switch between paste box and preview mode. In most browers you can also double-click in the preview box or paste box to switch views (this does not work in Internet Explorer).
In Internet Explorer you will be prompted to allow direct pasteboard access - if you click 'Allow Access', the contents of the pasteboard will be automatically inserted and CritStyle will go straight into preview mode. Explorer will prompt you on first loading the webpage, and each time you click 'New'.
The Autofit button will set a font size optimised for the maximum line width.
To store your preferred default settings, click 'New', then save the current browser address as your bookmark/shortcut. The font size, line spacing and header minimization settings are stored in the address, and will be applied each time the page loads.
CritStyle has been tested in Firefox 3.x (PC), Internet Explorer 7/8 (PC), Safari 3.x (Mac) and Google Chrome (PC). Results on other browsers are not guaranteed.
Runs very slowly with Firefox RealPlayer Browser Record Plugin enabled.
I hope you enjoy using CritStyle
Mike Alexander, 2009