New entry Nov 01
Critters is 21!
Yes, 21 years ago Critters was born. Wow! Thanks so much to all of you, who've made it such a resounding success!
Books from Critters!
Check out Books by Critters for books by your fellow Critterfolk, as well as my list of recommended books for writers.
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
The Sigil TrilogyIf you're looking for an amazing, WOW! science fiction story, check out THE SIGIL TRILOGY. This is — literally — one of the best science fiction novels I've ever read.
P&E Seeks New Caretaker
Unfortunately, much of the data on the P&E site has become stale and outdated, and needs a new caretaker with the time required to update the site. The listings are being removed until they can be updated by a new caretaker.
Note that the P&E/Critters Annual Readers Poll will run as usual in January.
If you are interested in taking the reins of P&E, and possess what's needed — at least 20hrs/week to volunteer, excellent investigative skills, in-depth knowledge of the publishing industry, ability to detect scams from not-scams, thick skin, good web site skills, good writing ability — please get in touch. Thanks for your interest!
I'm being interviewed live on public radio for Critters 20th birthday. For those who want to listen, it's on the 10am (Mountain time) show on Thursday, 11/19/16, on Colorado Public Radio - www.cpr.org has streaming on the site or it's 90.1 FM in the Denver area. [Interview is done, you can listen on the site]
Free Web Sites
Free web sites for authors (and others) are available at www.nyx.net.
ReAnimus Acquires Advent!
ReAnimus Press is pleased to announce the acquisition of the legendary Advent Publishers! Advent is now a subsidiary of ReAnimus Press, and we will continue to publish Advent's titles under the Advent name. Advent was founded in 1956 by Earl Kemp and others, and has published the likes of James Blish, Hal Clement, Robert Heinlein, Damon Knight, E.E. "Doc" Smith, and many others. Advent's high quality titles have won and been finalists for several Hugo Awards, such as The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy and Heinlein's Children. Watch this space for ebook and print editions of all of Advent's current titles!
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.
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]
It's Moved! You want the NEW Critters Store, which is here...
(Old) Critters Store
Critter folk can support the workshop via purchases from certain sites. Critters gets a small commission if you make purchases from these sites below. (That is, Critters earns a commission if you buy something. These are not "pay-per-click" ads like the ads on the top and sides of the pages. These are called "pay-per-action", so it doesn't cost the advertiser any money if you click on these affiliate ad links below just to explore their site if you're interested in what they offer. They're part of the Google Affiliate Network or CJ.com, both reputable affiliate programs.)
While the best way to support the Critters fund drive is a donation (since Critters gets all the funds from a donation), if you're wanting to buy something from these companies below anyway, it would be great to do it here so you can support Critters at the same time. We've got books (on writing, genre reading, textbooks, etc.), ebooks, magazines (including Asimov's and Analog for your fantastical pleasure), stuff from Writer's Digest, and other things that Critterfolk might already be thinking of buying, like shopping online at Target.
If you do place an order through one of these links please let me know so I can verify that it gets counted.
If you're a South Park fan, you can Own a Square Inch of South Park. (Seriously!)
(Yes, this gem of a property is owned by your
very own Critter Captain. We inherited it. It's bloody useless and just
costs taxes, but then, Idea!! Or as I say, where
does Mr. Hankey live? On
online or IRL.
Great gift for Christmas / Hanukkah / Kwanzaa / Festivus!)
Also available via ebay.
Speaking of Netflix, I've fallen in love with the streaming. Before I tried it I didn't think I'd like it, but I did the free trial, and between the streaming and getting DVDs fast in the mail I confess I've become a big fan. This link should be for the free trial:
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Here's the main link —
— and here are the links directly to Asimov's & Analog, which are must reads for anyone writing SF and hoping to sell short stories:
For writing in general, there's Writer's Digest:
And for audio books, there is:
The Writers Digest Shop has all sorts of books and writing, market lists, and such like stuff for writers:
For ebooks there's ebooks.com
and Smashwords.com, where you can publish your own ebooks to all the various formats.
For eMagazines, there's eMagazines.com
There's always something you need at Target:
A lot of writers are also wine enthusiasts, so here are a couple links for that. The GoldMedalWineClub.com delivers great wines to your doorstep each month, and there's all the stuff from Wine Enthusiast. If not for you, these make great gifts:
If you've been thinking about getting a Nook...
Or some books on writing or SF...
(Hover over the cover to read about the book. Click
here to see some other books)
Here are some links to cool stuff for traveling, if you're going to cons and such:
Magellan's just has all kinds of cool stuff for traveling:
If you're looking for luggage, cases for cameras,
Boy oh boy is it always a good idea to have travel insurance.
Or more books on writing or SF :)
(Hover over the cover to read about the book. Click here to see some other books)