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The Critters Queue

Manuscripts 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 15-Jan-2020 (Crits due 22-Jan-2020):
 SF  Another Sad Report from the Liberation of Earch  Ed Kratz -#28903
 F   Pandora's Unboxing                 Renan Bernardo -#28904
 F   Let Cry the Heathens, Chapter 1    Lyric Gray -#28905
 F   Drip                               [@] Larry Hodges -#28906
 SF  Blood & Power: The Calm Chapter 7  Javier Sobrado -#28907
 F   The Estranged Princess             Daniel Jones -#28908
 F   The Sheenseeker - Chapter 1 _Lindys_  Heather Gaither (Jonni Cling) -#28909
 F   Born for the Road                  Christopher Henderson -#28910
 H   A Line in the Sand                 Jim Keane -#28911
 F   Trey Roberts and the Ancestor's Wish, Chapter 1 of book 2  Lee Magnus -#28912
 SF  The Thoroughly Respectable Career of Adelaide Blunt  Isabel Heynen -#28913

Week of 22-Jan-2020 (Crits due 29-Jan-2020):
 F   Soul Testing in Major League Baseball  [@] Larry Hodges [22-Jan-2020]
 F   Eye of the Storm                   Casey M. Schneider
 F   Sacrifice                          Sean Masters
 SF  Snikabah                           John Griffin
 F   The Girl Who Never Dreamed         Russell Adams
 SF  Changelings: Rebirth, Chapters 9-10  Liam Corley
 H   + 30 Seconds                       Madison Estes
 SF  A Fox at Christmas                 Kevin P. Hallett
 SF  Merka, Chapters 1, 9 & 26          Pamela Najar-Simpson
 SF  A Million Tiny Bombs               Joe Follansbee
 F   Borderlands, Episode 2 [sample]    Charles Gull

Week of 29-Jan-2020 (Crits due 5-Feb-2020):
 SF  Further to Fall, Chapter 5 _Section 2_  Garrett Menning
 F   Mages Unbound Ch 1                 Laura Engelhardt
 H   Faithful                           Tim Stevens
 SF  Filament                           Steve Levandoski
 F   Cricket O'Calleigh                 Michelle Henrie
 SF  The Only One                       Juno Kwon
 H   Unlikely Helpers                   E.V. Zukowski
 SF  Strange Guests Ch 5                Mike Whittle
 F   My Stars Your Story                Patricia Moussatche
 F   A Shepherd's Story                 Sandy Kulhavy
 SF  The Rogue From Outside: Part 2     Kevin Lane
 F   And There Was Your Truth           Christine Dantimo
 H   First Urges: A Homo Monstrum Chronicle  Kevin Stadt
 F   Prologue, sections 1-3             Nicholas E. Lehde

Week of 5-Feb-2020 (Crits due 12-Feb-2020):
 F   Stalwart Night                     Hannah Azok
 H   The Moon is a Friend for the Lonesome v2  Andrew Giffin
 F   Storms Past                        Laura-Marie Steele
 SF  Jewels From the Dark, Chapters 1-2  Eric W Sayers
 SF  A Sea Like Glass                   Brian Scott Pauls
 SF  Footprints in the Newly Fallen Snow  Jon Stonecash
 F   The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapters 12-13  Eric Wilson
 H   The Jumper                         Carl Alves
 F   The Parallel Chapters 1&2          Andrea G. Franco-Cook
 SF  Gravity Fishing                    Jennifer Scott
 F   Shine                              Soteris Phoraris
 SF  A Falconer's Respite               Hershel-Mars Auberon
 SF  I Don't Love You Anymore           Dan Reade
      (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]"):
 F   The Sheenseeker - Chapter 2 *Talon*  Heather Gaither [22-Jan-2020]
 F   Trey Roberts and the Ancestor's Wish, Chapter 2 of book 2  Lee Magnus [22-Jan-2020]
 SF  False Continuum: Prologue & Chapt 1  Sean Masters [29-Jan-2020]
 F   The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapter 14  Eric Wilson [12-Feb-2020]
 F   Trey Roberts and the Ancestor's Wish, Chapter 3 of book 2  Lee Magnus [?]
 F   Such a Bright, Bright Day          Russell Adams [29-Jan-2020]
 SF  The Gold Eagle, Chapter 2          Nicholas E. Lehde [12-Feb-2020]
 SF  The Gold Eagle, Chapter 3          Nicholas E. Lehde [?]
 SF  Premium Resurrection Pack - $99    Renan Bernardo [22-Jan-2020]

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 H   Face Paint                         Geovani Zambrana [30-Oct-2019]
 F   The Edgelord's Son                 Nick Thompson [04-Dec-2019]
 F   Run!, full story                   Samuel Simons [11-Dec-2019]
 H   Deep Splinter                      Dustin [11-Dec-2019]
 F   The Gods of Dragons _Vol 1_; Chapter 1: Behind Blue Eyes  Shawn Cameron [25-Dec-2019]
 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  Those Above                        JC Crochet [15-Jan-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.]