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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 19-Feb-2020 (Crits due 26-Feb-2020):
 F   Such a Bright, Bright Day          Russell Adams -#28967
 SF  Titan, novel thru 1st Plot Point   Kathy London -#28968
 H   An Elegy for Thomas W. Gronach or Shaking the Cat's Paw.  Joel Schroeder -#28969
 F   Hidden Knight                      Leanna Zimmerman -#28970
 SF  False Continuum: Prologue & Chapt 1  Sean Masters -#28971
 F   An Unexpected Side-Quest           Rich Perkins -#28972
 SF  H2LiftShips, a tech manual for a future Chapter 1-2  Bob Freeman -#28973
 F   Forgive the Fortune-Teller         [@] Larry Hodges -#28974
 SF  Blood & Power: The Calm -- Chapter 8  Javier Sobrado -#28975
 SF  Coveted Relics Chapter Prologue and Chapter 1  Jeremy Zentner -#28976
 F   Selah Chapters 1-2                 Ella Walker Henderson -#28977

Week of 26-Feb-2020 (Crits due 4-Mar-2020):
 SF  Project Random                     Glenn Ferri
 SF  -Parallels- Volume One The Odyssey of Samantha Williams, Prologue and Chapter 1  Edward LeCore
 SF  The Games at the Edge of Town      Robert Leishman
 SF  The Gold Eagle, Chapter 2          Nicholas E. Lehde
 SF  An Elegy for Thomas W. Gronach or Shaking the Cat's Paw  Steve Levandoski and Joel Schroder
 F   The Land of the Lily Pads          E.V. Zukowski
 SF  Domestic                           Daniel Villani
 SF  Inhale                             Jeffrey Richardson
 SF  Further to Fall, Chapter 6         Garrett Menning
 SF  Forever Grey Chapter 1             Greg Tracii
 SF  Topographic                        Tim Stevens
 H   The Poison Tree                    Preston Chase
 H   How to Eat a Cricket - V3          Yacine GACI
 F   Who Moved My Wand: A Fairy Godmother's Guide to Change in the 21st Century  Jamie M. Boyd

Week of 4-Mar-2020 (Crits due 11-Mar-2020):
 SF  Swallowed Earth                    Emerson R.C. Andrews
 F   The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapter 14  Eric Wilson
 F   The Horseman                       Soteris Phoraris
 SF  A Language Older Than Words        Andrew Giffin
 SF  Take My Heart                      Martin Heckman
 SF  Changelings: Rebirth Ch 11         Liam Corley
 F   Bent's Repairs                     Joe Follansbee
 SF  Echo Lake _Chapters 1_             Audrey Felter
 SF  The Winnowing, Chapters 1-4        Scott Malabarba
 F   Self-possession Chapter 1          Dan Hoy
 F   Trey Roberts and the Ancestor's Wish, Chapter 3 of book 2  Lee Magnus
 F   The Sheenseeker: Chapter 1         Heather Gaither
 SF  Nuclear Semiotics                  Dan Reade
 F   The King's Kabal, Chapters 1 & 2   David Morel
 F   Fulmen and Ignis, Chapters 1&2     Christina Carlson-Hass
 F   The Applicant _and_ Three Men Walked Into a Bar  Joel E. Roosa
      (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.)


[@] - 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]"):
 SF  The Gold Eagle, Chapter 3          Nicholas E. Lehde [4-Mar-2020]
 F   Trey Roberts and the Ancestor's Wish, Chapter 4 of book 2  Lee Magnus [11-Mar-2020]
 F   The Sheenseeker: Chapter 1 - Vesper  Heather Gaither [11-Mar-2020]
 F   Gold Eagle: The opening            Nicholas E. Lehde [?]
 F   The Gold Eagle, Chapter 1          Nicholas E. Lehde [?]
 F   The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapters 15-16  Eric Wilson [11-Mar-2020]
 F   The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapters 17-18  Eric Wilson [?]
 F   The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapters 19-20  Eric Wilson [?]
 SF  Coveted Relics: Chapter 2          Jeremy Zentner [26-Feb-2020]

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 H   Little Grey                        Megan Maddox [08-Jan-2020]
 SF  The Collapse Series: Keeper Foundation  Alexander A. Batalou [08-Jan-2020]
 F   Winter's Promise Chapters 1-4      Angelica K Ramirez [08-Jan-2020]
 F   Hades' Cycle                       D.Y. Foster [08-Jan-2020]
 F   Biting the Apple, Chapter One      Nisaa A. [15-Jan-2020]
 SF  Snikabah                           John Griffin [22-Jan-2020]
 F   Storms Past                        Laura-Marie Steele [05-Feb-2020]
 SF  Mars II                            Emmery Chrisco [12-Feb-2020]
 F   Cold Light                         Jennifer Oberlander [12-Feb-2020]
 F   Wisp                               SHALONDA L. COTTON [19-Feb-2020]
 SF  Cosmobourous                       JC Crochet [19-Feb-2020]
 F   Eileen StarHawk : Secret of the Last Door, Chapter 1  AD Chowdhury [19-Feb-2020]
 F   More Blood! Prologue Chapter and Chapter 1  Raffy Grullon [19-Feb-2020]

>> 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.

[Click here to see the queue including archival data from 1995.]