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Space Travel for SF Writers

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Weekly Notes


Notes for 05-Oct-2022...

Helping out the ol' Critters Fund Drive To Keep The Lights On this week

	INDIAN ON PURPOSE by Craig Strete - $4.99

		ReAnimus Press Store: www.ReAnimus.com/1710
		Amazon: www.amazon.com/dp/_A/?tag=critters3a-20
		 (available in ebook + hardcover + paperback)

	

Amos Brokeshoulder was an old man as Indians reckoned it.
He was proud of getting old because he knew winters and summers and fall. He most likely would have lived a long time but now he was mostly waiting to die. His old wife Betta died five years ago in the spring so he figured to join her.
She had cancer. One day she was fine and the next she fell down and couldn't get up.
Doctor said she had pancreas cancer. Maybe different than other kinds of cancer but Amos didn't care. She died anyway. Doctor said she didn't suffer but Amos didn't believe him.
It had been five lonely years without Betta but Amos figured he was about done with living. There was no fooling around now. He even bought himself a new shirt just to die in. He used to drink and maybe he thought about diving into a bottle again but he had promised Betta he wouldn't drink no more and he didn't.
He figured he'd die in the spring when the weather got better. Amos Brokeshoulder was partial to April.
He figured that was a good time to die.
And he would have died too but things got changed round and he had to give up the dying business altogether.
There was a knock on the door and the old man got up slow and went to see who it was. People so rarely knocked that he found it strange.
"I come back," said the girl named Solace and she looked plenty sick when she said it. She had a tiny baby cradled in her arm.
She was dressed in blue jeans and a shirt that must have belonged to some guy as it don't fit and it got the name Bobo stitched on the pocket. She had a running cold sore on her lip and she looked like she been run over.
"I see that," he said, looking shocked.
"I am home now," she said...


Craig Kee Strete is a Native American science fiction writer, noted for his use of American Indian themes. (Though this book is not science fiction.)

Beginning in the early 1970s, while working in the Film and Television industry, Strete began writing emotional Native American themed, and science fiction short stories and novellas. He is a three-time Nebula Award finalist. His play Paint Your Face On A Drowning In The River was the 1984 Dramatists Guild/CBS New Plays Program first place winner.

His autobiographical novel about the his oh-wow-heavy friendship with Jim Morrison of The Doors has been optioned for a major motion picture (Burn Down the Night).


[Disclaimer: Ye Olde Critter Captain also runs ReAnimus Press, sales from which help him keep Critters going as a free site.]


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Woohoo!  Congratulations to...

	- Larry Hodges, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "Global
	Warming is a Hoax Said the Alien in the Spare Bedroom" to
	Galaxy's Edge.

	- Larry Hodges, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "The
	Vampire on the Tesseract Wall	     " to Dark Matter Magazine.

	- Larry Hodges, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "Small Step
	" to Abyss & Apex.

	- Larry Hodges, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "War Around
	the Clock" to Bullet Points Magazine.

	- Larry Hodges, whose (Critter'd) short story, "Prototype Solar
	System with Strings Attached" is now out in the current issue
	of Galaxy's Edge.

	- Larry Hodges, whose (Critter'd) short story, "Madam Hitler"
	is now out in the current issue of New Myths.

	- Larry Hodges, whose (Critter'd) short story, "Soul Testing in
	Major League Baseball" is now out in the current issue of Daily
	Science Fiction.

	- Larry Hodges, whose (Critter'd) short story, "Journey to
	Perfection" is now out in the current issue of Unidentified
	Funny Objects 9.

	- Larry Hodges, whose (Critter'd) short story, "99 Sextillion
	Souls in a Ball" is now out in the current issue of Dark Matter
	Magazine.

	- Larry Hodges, whose (Critter'd) short story, "Nanogod" is now
	out in the current issue of Dark Matter Magazine.


Please report your Woohoo!s via the www.critters.org/telldaworld.ht web page.


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This week's Most Productive Critter award, for 3 critiques (at time
of judging), averaging over 1500 words each, goes to...

	Brian Sellnow

To redeem an MPC, visit:  www.critters.org/usempc.ht

Congratulations!  To everyone else -- Crit early and often!

(For an explanation of the MPC award, see the www.critters.org/award.ht page.)

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Recommended Reading...
One of the best writing books - Secrets from the 6-time Best Editor
Hugo Award Master, Ben Bova: THE CRAFT OF WRITING SCIENCE FICTION THAT SELLS 
http://ReAnimus.com/store?item=1144
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Critters Workshop
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This week we have... [get from https://www.critters.org/private/mss.php ]...
                                                 
     Title                      	Author
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Week of 5-Oct-2022 (Crits due 12-Oct-2022):
 SF  SpaceKitty #1: Space Kitty at Last!  Marc Fleury -#30750
 SF  Lissa, Last of Her Kind            Sandra Keisling -#30751
 F   Bullet Time                        [@] Larry Hodges -#30752
 F   Breath of the Black Dragon King part 3 a rewrite  James Brian Ross -#30753
 SF  DAO x NOD, chapter 1               Matt Sahr -#30754
 SF  Expedition to Verdantia            Jordan Barr -#30755
 F   Flower of Chaos Chapter 2          Curtis W. Berry -#30756
 H   Teeth and Nails                    Emmanuel Cardenas -#30757

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Recommended books on writing:

THE CRAFT OF WRITING AND SELLING SCIENCE FICTION by Ben Bova
	ReAnimus Press Store: https://ReAnimus.com/store?item=1144
	Amazon: https://Amazon.com/dp/B006MAZPEI

HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR SPECULATIVE FICTION OPENINGS By (Critter member) Robert Qualkinbush
	https://ReAnimus.com/store?item=1184 | https://Amazon.com/dp/B007O272ZI

STAYIN' ALIVE - A WRITER'S GUIDE by three-time SFWA President Norman Spinrad
	How things really work in the art and commerce of publishing
	https://ReAnimus.com/store?item=1179 | https://Amazon.com/dp/B007SIC4I8

EXPERIMENT PERILOUS: THE 'BUG JACK BARRON' PAPERS by Norman Spinrad
	(A 99cent essay on SF and writing)
	https://ReAnimus.com/store?item=1180 | https://Amazon.com/dp/B007MF3MS8
 
Because you might enjoy it... CHALLENGE FOR A THRONE by ROBERT SILVERBERG
The real life Game of Thrones & basis George R.R. Martin used for the GoT series.
https://reanimus.com/store/?item=1615
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Pieces up for critique in other workshops...

In the lit workshop - https://critique.org/lit :
 L   Little Bird, Chapter 1: Rain       Marissa Zurba -#30729

In the mystery workshop - https://critique.org/mystery :
 M   Place Holder                       No Man

In the nonfiction workshop - https://critique.org/nonfiction :
 NP  I *Experience*, Therefore I Am     Robin niCathain -#30061

In the script workshop - https://critique.org/script :
 SC  Should I Stay                      Ellis Clay -#30600

In the kids workshop - https://critique.org/kids :
 YP  Trying A Sport From A to Z         Delano Brown -#30507

In the comics workshop - https://critique.org/comics :
 CG  Magna. logline/ synopsis           Brent Claridge -#28885

In the western workshop - https://critique.org/western :
 W   Currently Untitled                 Aleksandr Vincente Hoang -#30472

In the romance workshop - https://critique.org/romance :
 R   Faith, Love, and Obsession Chapters 8-9  Angie Mitchell -#30730

In the video workshop - https://critique.org/video :
 VS  The Gallery of Henri Beauchamp     Jay DeTalente -#21424

In the music workshop - https://critique.org/music :
 MP  The Shade Riders and Nocturnal Ned song  Beth Zurkowski -#21675

In the photo workshop - https://critique.org/photo :
 PH  Tree Reflection                    Jen Forte -#30097

In the art workshop - https://critique.org/art :
 AH  Art Man, a portrait                Robert J Cleary -#27847

In the website workshop - https://critique.org/website :
 WW  Franklin's Palindromedary          Ray N. Franklin -#29498

In the critters workshop - https://critique.org/critters :
 SF  SpaceKitty #1: Space Kitty at Last!  Marc Fleury -#30750
 SF  Lissa, Last of Her Kind            Sandra Keisling -#30751
 F   Bullet Time                        [@] Larry Hodges -#30752
 F   Breath of the Black Dragon King part 3 a rewrite  James Brian Ross -#30753
 SF  DAO x NOD, chapter 1               Matt Sahr -#30754
 SF  Expedition to Verdantia            Jordan Barr -#30755
 F   Flower of Chaos Chapter 2          Curtis W. Berry -#30756
 H   Teeth and Nails                    Emmanuel Cardenas -#30757
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You might also like... THE WITCHING HOUR by JAMES GUNN
Science and science fiction meet magic... 
https://reanimus.com/store/?item=1650

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week's manuscripts (but not much of anything else :-).  Speaking of backups --
don't forget to back up your own manuscripts so you don't lose them!

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if you'd like to help out.

Because you might enjoy it... CHALLENGE FOR A THRONE by ROBERT SILVERBERG
The real life Game of Thrones & basis George R.R. Martin used for the GoT series.
https://reanimus.com/store/?item=1615

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