New entry May 19
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The Critters Queue
Manuscripts themselves are here.
Queue of manuscripts out or to be sent (dates are estimated, depending on number of mss. sent out, which depends on number of members; probabalistically, the end of the queue is usually about a month away): Title Author --------------------------------------------------------------------- Week of 22-May-2013 (Crits due 29-May-2013): F The Last Heart, Chapters 0-2 _RFDR_ [mpc] Jacob Steponaitis -#22569 SF Captain Alzheimer [@] Chet Gottfried -#22570 SF Won't Somebody Think of the Children, chapter 4 Chris Kenworthy -#22571 SF Sacrificing Mercy Henry McFarland -#22572 F J&R Rides Again Chap 2 and 3 Sue Kesler -#22573 F Making of the Mongoose, Chapter 2 Christina Usher -#22574 SF The Value of a Life ch1-2 Caitlin Seal -#22575 H Kikimora's Bond Armada Volya -#22576 SF The Jumper Brian Groover -#22577 F Gathering of the Gifts, Chapter 15 Robert William Shmigelsky -#22578 F Ghosts of the Future Josh English -#22579 F The Plummet of Trusting Souls Brock T.I. Penner -#22580 SF Raise Your Weapon Josen Llave -#22581 SF Yellow Linda Robbins -#22582 SF Special Points Juan Hernandez -#22583 SF Exclusion Neil W. Howell -#22584 SF The Singularity Will Not Be Single-Payer Irene Ying -#22585 H Cloud on the Horizon Sarah Borroum -#22586 F Ancianito and the Search for the Fountain of Youth Greg Jeffs -#22587 F Hero or Villain, Chapter 1 Chanala Weinreb -#22588 Week of 29-May-2013 (Crits due 5-Jun-2013): F The Grey Khaeil, Miara Tarilyn intro chapter [mpc] Steven Batham SF The Commute [mpc] Ed Bleck SF Sunnybank John Nickerson F Doctoring Reality Harlen Bayha H He Ain't Dead, He's My Brother Nicholas Stella SF Cycles of the Black Sun Martyn Dade-Robertson SF Back in the Real World Chapter 6 and 7 Tom Russell F The Gloryus Adventures of King Bryant, Sekrit Genius! Julia Nolan H The Circle, Chapter 31-33 Jason Rush SF I Don't Hate Her After All / Jonathan Livingston Kamikaze Christian Roberts H Lizard Man Carl Alves F 42 Months Greg Kurzawa H The Not, Chapter 24 A. R. Braun H Morgan's Isle, Chapters 0-1 Andrew Richardson F Keeper of Planets -- Rule Breaker Christopher Pierno F The Change of an Age, Pandora's Box Dale Marsceill H Why are you afriad of the dark? Casey Fox F In the Blood Prologue - Chapter 2 Robin L. Martinez H Hand Under Jennifer Michaud SF Cyberjesus Charles Hand F Silver In The Dark, Chapters 1-3 Karl Bryan H. Bago Week of 5-Jun-2013 (Crits due 12-Jun-2013): F Silence Rising, Chapters 27-30 M L Sawyer SF The Apprentice Andrew J. Chamberlain SF How Not To Succeed At Your Internship Joseph J. Steinberg SF The Payback Frank Stephen Shewmake SF My Time On Earth Ian Creasey F The Word Well Fred Obermeyer F An Ancient Evil Chtrs 1-3 William Marsch SF Warming Season, Chapter 1: A Body on Ice Sean Green SF Loligo Falls, RFDR Jeffrey Colin Wiles SF The Automatic Pen Boris Layupan SF Chimera's Breath, Chapter 2 Andrew J Proverbs F Naughty or Nice? Rebecca Ogrodowski SF Lupus, Chapters 1-3 Edith M. Mertz F Migrant Birds Jeremy Minton SF Not for Human Use Gregory John Ranzoni SF Brother Duck and the Cats, Chapters 1-3 Russell de Grove SF The Wheel - Synopses Darusha Wehm F Some Other World Bethany Gonzalez Moreno SF Which Universe? Frej Wasastjerna Week of 12-Jun-2013 (Crits due 19-Jun-2013): SF Mystic Monocle Madison Culler SF The Hidden Truth, Chapters 1-3 Amy Elmore H Perseus' Mirror Donald Jacob Uitvlugt F Confession Aqilah Aziz F Becoming Benevolent Chapters 1-3 Taylor Lowe SF Rose Briar Eleanor Wood F The Opposite Side,Book 1 Trace, Prologue & First Chap. Brandon K. Shoens F The Qaehl Cycle, Book 1: Awakenings, Chapters 3-4 Allene R. Lowrey SF Teardown Dom Dulley SF A Cure for the Common Cold Amanda H. Geard F Omega Quest: Sentinel's Call, Chapters 1-2 John Darr SF The True Apprentice Paul Butler SF Forgotten Kimberly J Pickering SF Karlecia's Head Andrew Mackay F The Last Great Song Champion Tony Farnden SF Lesser Heights Erin Pienaar F The Slippers of the Shoemaker Russell Adams SF Annalogue and Digidad Janis Zelcans F Old Friends, Chapter 1 of W.I.P. Nathan Washor SF Like Grandpa Brad Preslar Week of 19-Jun-2013 (Crits due 26-Jun-2013): F The Clockwork Farmer Thomas Shamma F The Tale of a Boy Sage, Prologue- Chapter 5 Nikhil Sekher F Wizard Hearts Sara Puls F The Binding chapter 2 Elizabeth Johnson F The Lady and The Moon Matt Dovey F The Virgin Hunt Sharon Crosheck F The Forgotten Queen Robert Ryan F Mud-Child, Chapters 1-2 Stephanie Bittner SF Definition of a Soldier _part 1 of 4_ Mark Janusz SF The Immortality Curse William Ritchey SF The Coming of Bugs Jeffrey Hall SF Foreclosure David Miles SF Closures Swapna Kishore ====================================================================== (Note, if the last week above looks abnormally large, it probably needs me to add a new week, a task I do manually when I get around to it. Future critique dates are approximate and subject to change.) Symbols: [@] - Pro [SFWA/HWA] author [*] - Extra week(s) for holidays/aburt-out-of-town. [mpc] - Most Product Critter Award winner [!] - Special non-Wednesday dates because Critter Captain will be out of town [ERROR!] - This means there is a problem and your manuscript will NOT be sent out - Contact the Critter Captain ASAP if you see this by your name. Waiting to enter Queue (Will enter at end of queue on "[date]"): YA Enchanter RFDR E. B. Pike [?] M The Shot Zimbalist L. Odhams [?] M The Shot Zimbalist L. Odhams [?] L The Six Samurai Chapters 1-3 John Endris [?] F Our Father, Chapter 1 Brandon Byes [?] SF Terra Prime: Fall of a Federation [?] F Gathering of the Gifts, Chapters 16-17 Robert William Shmigelsky [29-May-2013] F The Prince That Time Forgot, Chapter 2 Robert William Shmigelsky [?] F The Prince That Time Forgot, Chapter 3 Robert William Shmigelsky [?] F The Prince That Time Forgot, Chapter 4 Robert William Shmigelsky [?] F The Prince That Time Forgot, Chapter 5 Robert William Shmigelsky [?] SF The Mirror Hall Martyn Dade-Robertson [5-Jun-2013] SF TO THE MOON, ALICE Linda Robbins [29-May-2013] F Silence Rising, chapters 31-34 _the end_ M L Sawyer [12-Jun-2013] SF Travelling Between Worlds - Revision Andrew J Chamberlain [12-Jun-2013] SF Bed and Breakfast Juan Hernandez [29-May-2013] SF Lupus, Chapters 4-7 Edith Mertz [12-Jun-2013] SF Back in the Real World Chapter 8 Tom Russell [5-Jun-2013] SF The Keys to Happiness Frank Stephen Shewmake [12-Jun-2013] SF Definition of a Soldier _pt 2 of 4_ Mark Janusz [26-Jun-2013] -+- Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week): F A Haunted World Rebecca Stuckey [13-Mar-2013] F Luna llena Quetzal O.M. [20-Mar-2013] SF Real Worlds Amos S. Parker [27-Mar-2013] H Non Cody Hawthorne [27-Mar-2013] SF Empire State, Chapter 1 Caroline Sendejar [27-Mar-2013] H In the Attic Austin Fern [03-Apr-2013] SF _Ekkentrica_ Comp. 5 James Rogers [10-Apr-2013] F The Boy Wolf Ylli Mujaj [10-Apr-2013] F Yip Yip Yip Troy Brown [10-Apr-2013] H One Man's Trash Richard E. Ulrich [17-Apr-2013] SF Preston, the Robot God Michael Gibbons [17-Apr-2013] SF Harlequei Isle, Chapter 1-Flutter Megan Woods [17-Apr-2013] H Black Forest Rising S.T. Yaschuk [17-Apr-2013] F Untitled, Chapter 1 Alison C. Van Horn [24-Apr-2013] SF Synthetic Ian Nytes [24-Apr-2013] SF Changes Jawad Benhammou [01-May-2013] SF Gravity Capture in a Chinese Market Darryl Bordeleau [08-May-2013] H Bloody John Clown Robert C. J. Graves [08-May-2013] SF Xandorron: The Thinkers vs. Takers Gregory Scott Callen [08-May-2013] F Have Magic, Will Travel Mari Mitchell [08-May-2013] F Blinded Aqilah Aziz [15-May-2013] F Bella Donna, prologue + chapter 1 Tara Sreeram [15-May-2013] SF Rimbaud Geeta Chari [15-May-2013] F Idol Blasphemy Jeff Hewitt [15-May-2013] F Sophia Arzac and the Keepers of Parduragia, Prologue-Chapter 4 Ezekiel Jacob D. Carinan [22-May-2013] SF War of Shadows, Prologue and Three Chapters Jeremy Szal [22-May-2013] F Query for The Binding Elizabeth Johnson [22-May-2013] F Conan the Exile, Chapter 4 Levi Jacobs [22-May-2013] ::: >> Note 1: Held manuscripts are removed after four weeks on hold and >> must be resubmitted. >> Note 2: It is the *author's* responsibility to notify Aburt when >> they have brought up their critique count and want their ms. sent out.