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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 4-Dec-2013 (Crits due 11-Dec-2013): F God is a Parking Lot [mpc] Fred Obermeyer -#23165 SF Star Killer Jeff Cates -#23166 SF Uncommonly Beautifulâ€"Painted By Him Henry McFarland -#23167 SF Weighing Alien Love on a Kitchen Scale Chris Kenworthy -#23168 SF Soul Peddling Down the Texas Byways Gary Goodson -#23169 SF For the 100th Time, He Won't Be A Zombie President Douglas Kolacki -#23170 F Dragon Marked Kaitlyn Whipple -#23171 SF Chloe-Chloe, My Raven Haired Rebel PART II Elena Hayes -#23172 F The Ballads of Ealaidh: Second-Paw Mischief Jennie Brass -#23173 SF Flashlight Crusade - RFDR Jeffrey Wikstrom -#23174 F Shedding Skins Mary J. Daley -#23175 F What We Could Have Been Aoife Farley -#23176 SF Apocalyptic Hangover Part 2 Chris DeSantis -#23177 F Determination Marc Quattromani -#23178 SF Exchange Student Dave Rogers -#23179 F Saffron's Blade, Prologue-Chapter 2 Megan McElhanon -#23180 SF The Queue Wongoon Cha -#23181 SF Brown Eyes in the Menagerie Kelsey Snyder -#23182 Week of 11-Dec-2013 (Crits due 18-Dec-2013): F Between Sea and Shore Vanessa Fogg SF Eternity in an Hour Jack Calverley H Planned Community J.A. Tolbert F Stairs To The Sky: A Fragmentary Retrospective Joanna Hoyt SF Coetta's Clay Cody Sisco SF Olympus Part I Neal Williams F Kauai - Jared and Kinsley Wayne Halm SF A Hitch in His Getalong Darin Ramsey SF Little Pink Robot Adam vanLangenberg SF Hyphae Will Milner SF Abraham the Eskimo -- Part One Carlos Mano F Tormented Souls Lee Dailey F Shrouded Goddess_chapters 2+3 Patricia Moussatche F Silverdirt, Chapters 3-4 Brenna Raney SF Pawprints in the Aeolian Dust Eleanor Wood F Monday Blues Valentina Buffetti SF Concrete Jungle Nolan M. K. Kamitaki SF Starship Epiphany: First Steps Luke Beahan H The Host with the Most Nicholas Stella SF Recall This Best to Mind Vince Bonasso SF The Anonymous Tran Serum Week of 18-Dec-2013 (Crits due 25-Dec-2013): 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 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 ====================================================================== (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] SF The Lighthouse Keeper Mary j. Daley [11-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 President Buchanan's Diary Douglas Kolacki [11-Dec-2013] F The Root Of The Matter, a Rhode Island Story Douglas Kolacki [?] F You Know You're A Vampire Douglas Kolacki [?] F Only The Whale Stands Between Me and England Douglas Kolacki [?] F Ballads of Ealaidh-The Final Candlemark Jennie Brass [11-Dec-2013] H The Macnever Report Jeffrey Wikstrom [11-Dec-2013] F Thus to All Scrooges and Grinches Douglas Kolacki [?] -+- 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] ::: >> 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.