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The Critters Queue
Submission files 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 11-Dec-2013 (Crits due 18-Dec-2013): SF Paradise Unwinding [mpc] Levi Jacos -#23183 F Stairs To The Sky: A Fragmentary Retrospective Joanna Hoyt -#23184 F Shrouded Goddess_chapters 2+3 Patricia Moussatche -#23185 SF Pawprints in the Aeolian Dust Eleanor Wood -#23186 H The Host with the Most Nicholas Stella -#23187 SF Eternity in an Hour Jack Calverley -#23188 F Tormented Souls Lee Dailey -#23189 F Monday Blues Valentina Buffetti -#23190 F Kauai - Jared and Kinsley Wayne Halm -#23191 SF Olympus Part I Neal Williams -#23192 SF Hyphae Will Milner -#23193 SF The Anonymous Tran Serum -#23194 SF Recall This Best to Mind Vince Bonasso -#23195 SF Abraham the Eskimo -- Part One Carlos Mano -#23196 SF A Hitch in His Getalong Darin Ramsey -#23197 SF Little Pink Robot Adam vanLangenberg -#23198 SF Coetta's Clay Cody Sisco -#23199 F Between Sea and Shore Vanessa Fogg -#23200 SF Starship Epiphany: First Steps Luke Beahan -#23201 F Silverdirt, Chapters 3-4 Brenna Raney -#23202 Week of 18-Dec-2013 (Crits due 25-Dec-2013): F Thus to All Scrooges and Grinches [mpc] Douglas Kolacki [?] F _Untitled_ - Prologue Elizabeth Hiestand SF The Centauri Survivors, Chapter 1 Andrew J Chamberlain F Hand-Off, A Story of the Sorcerous Crimes division Doug Scott F Atlantean Speakeasy Stephanie Boisvert F Broken Carl Gable H A Bullet With My Name On Kit Power SF Bloodlines,Chapter 1 Debra Crichlow H The Not, Chapter 28 A. R. Braun F The Swallow of 221B Baker Street Irene Ying F SPHERES: Whispers and Murmurs, Chapter 1 RFDR Lynanne Carroll F Striking Chains, Ch.1-2ish Kris Schnee H Saviors Ed Kratz F A Devil in the Land of the Gods P.E. Zimmerman H Grundy Frank Oreto SF Now Charles Hand SF Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor Larry Rachman H Harvester of Days Mav Skye F Flotsam Rebecca Jay F Seeing the Light Joe Walker F Of That Alluring Fruit Jonathan Byrne Week of 25-Dec-2013 (Crits due 1-Jan-2014): F Sionn Chapter 1 Nicole Nagelberg SF Little Machines Rupan Malakin SF Recursion Dom Dulley SF Toy Soldier L Chan SF Breathing Space Jenny Green F The Mirren Stone, Chapters 1-2 Susan Boesger SF Botany Bay Clancy Weeks SF Secret Service: LA Ralph M. Ambrose SF At the Sign of the Black Dog Jon Hurwitz SF The Eighth Tick Madison Culler F The Lady's Secret Face -- Prologue and Ch. 1 -- RFDR Tara Saunders F The Clandestine Darla Jackson SF Hindsight Felicia Beasley F The Compassionate Lion Alexander Harris SF The Lighthouse Keeper Mary j. Daley F President Buchanan's Diary Douglas Kolacki F Ballads of Ealaidh-The Final Candlemark Jennie Brass H The Macnever Report Jeffrey Wikstrom SF Gotta Have That Look Chris Kenworthy SF Seven Vidal Cid ====================================================================== (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 [?] SF Rats in Space [?] F Dollhouse of the He, Chart [?] L Violin Playing Robot Chrissie Wranja [?] H Sanctuary Adam vanLangenberg [18-Dec-2013] F Dad dad dad Will Milner [18-Dec-2013] SF Abraham the Eskimo -- Part Two Carlos Mano [18-Dec-2013] F Daughter of the Wizard Lee Dailey [18-Dec-2013] SF The Refuse Hunter's Daughter Will Milner [?] F Tribute Lee Dailey [?] F The Wind Demon - Prologue Lee Dailey [?] F Under Gear Market Will Milner [?] F The Root Of The Matter, a Rhode Island Story Douglas Kolacki [1-Jan-2014] F You Know You're A Vampire Douglas Kolacki [?] F Only The Whale Stands Between Me and England Douglas Kolacki [?] SF Olympus Part II Neal Williams [18-Dec-2013] H The God of West Kansas Frank Oreto [25-Dec-2013] F Despair _Ch.1-2_ Lee Dailey [?] F Shrouded Goddess_chapters 4+5 Patricia Moussatche [18-Dec-2013] H The Hansel Diet Stephanie Boisvert [25-Dec-2013] -+- Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week): F The Apothecary's Curse: Prologue Barbara Barnett [04-Sep-2013] SF Salt Aaron S. Gallagher [04-Sep-2013] F Book Riders, Chapters 1-3 Sylvie E. Leclerc [11-Sep-2013] F The 37th, Chapter One Seth Z. Herman [11-Sep-2013] F Dark City Dick Romeo Matshaba [11-Sep-2013] F The Prince That Time Forgot, Chapter 5 Robert William Shmigelsky [11-Sep-2013] SF Jason Green Argo Chapters 2-4 Rich Masters [18-Sep-2013] SF Full Knife Chapter 1 Chip Yde [25-Sep-2013] F Electraa Kyrene L. Roy [02-Oct-2013] H Basement Floyd Northrip [02-Oct-2013] F The Pure One Teva McLaren [09-Oct-2013] H A Little Help Linda Robbins [09-Oct-2013] SF Prototype George Cotronis [23-Oct-2013] SF Rose Jack Dowden [30-Oct-2013] SF The Wasp and the Fly Sandra Kellams [30-Oct-2013] F Just Another Angel Jimmy Schaefer [06-Nov-2013] H Animals Alastair D. Hileman [13-Nov-2013] F Grafted, Chapter 1 David Flood [20-Nov-2013] SF Access Code Kaushik Ghose [27-Nov-2013] F Puriwrinkle Maranda Hallinan [27-Nov-2013] SF When Time Spies Scott Shipp [04-Dec-2013] F Haunted Short STory Mary Bennett [04-Dec-2013] H Planned Community J.A. Tolbert [11-Dec-2013] SF Concrete Jungle Nolan M. K. Kamitaki [11-Dec-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.