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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 7-Apr-2021 (Crits due 14-Apr-2021):
 SF  MagnitudeCh4-5                     Victor Jimenez -#29853
 F   The Personary                      [@] Larry Hodges -#29854
 SF  There's No Barking on Mars         Russell Weisfield -#29855
 H   Darkness Lies, Chapters 6-11       Kyle Walker -#29856
 H   Ballistics Don't Lie               Matthew J Olson -#29857
 F   Savage Light, Chapters 1-3         Caitlin Swift -#29858
 F   Dimidium, Chapter 1                Danilee Keogh -#29859
 F   The Riders, Chapters 1-6           Rebecca Toro -#29860
 F   The Widow                          Isabel Heynen -#29861
 SF  Tearer, chapter 1                  Ela Mishne -#29862

Week of 14-Apr-2021 (Crits due 21-Apr-2021):
 F   Chaoticum : Prelude - Chapter 8    Charles Gull
 SF  Praise the--                       Adam Pitts
 H   Skunk, Grease, and Ghost           Justin Wu
 F   Hope is Phoenix                    Paul Leser
 F   The Japanese Fairy In American Park  Anne Hansell
 H   From Dust Thou Art                 babu prakash
 F   The Departed Chapter 1             Laura Mortensen
 SF  Duty to Society                    Eric Honour
 H   Endless night of horrors           Pallab Behari Chaklanabis
 SF  Sleeping Sickness                  Gary Gillen
 SF  Shadows of the Roarsi, Chapter 1   Stephen Martin
 F   The HeCorp Dollhouse: Prologue     Joel D. Young
 SF  Her Desher                         scottt godfrey
 F   Homecoming                         Charles Botsford

Week of 21-Apr-2021 (Crits due 28-Apr-2021):
 F   Ellica and the Runic Sword         Anastasia Shalunkova
 F   The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapters 43-44  Eric Wilson
 H   Soul Proprietorship                H. D. Grande
 H   Christmas in Pandemonium-Synopsis-RFDR  John Willems
 F   Ferret, chapters 2 and 3           Margaret Moller
 H   Follow the Vampire, Chapters 1 and 2  Stephanie J. Ryan
 F   The Wayward Fall, Chapter 1        Gabrielle Laufer
 F   For Those Who Are Lost             Matt Krizan
 H   Reality Peel 4 of 6                Dan Jolie
 SF  Good night, Rosemary               N. M. Dudack
 F   The Key                            Lisa Michelle Essler
 SF  The Rebirth of EO, Chapter 1       Juno Kim
 F   The Middle Sophei and the Youngest  Marc Fleury
 SF  The Node                           John Elwood

Week of 28-Apr-2021 (Crits due 5-May-2021):
 H   The Portal                         Jim Keane
 SF  Emotive, Chapter 10                Jeff Naylor
 H   Harlequin                          Katelyn Sullivan
 SF  A Fake Ghost Story                 David Zweifler
 SF  Forever Grey Chapter 3             Greg Tracii
 SF  The Optimal Timeline               George M Edwards
 F   Raedfrith's Tale, Prologue         Charles B. Machinist
 H   Hellscape: The Stray Dogs, Chapters 1-8  Brian Umsteadt
      (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 Qwulne                         scottt godfrey [21-Apr-2021]
 SF  Prey                               scottt godfrey [?]
 SF  Mites                              scottt godfrey [?]
 SF  La'Sann                            scott Godfrey [?]
 SF  Roland Darleigh                    Scott Godfrey [?]
 SF  The Worlds of the Black Sun        Scott Godfrey [?]
 SF  The Wendigo                        Scott Godfrey [?]
 SF  Cell Phone                         James Keane [5-May-2021]
 F   Chaoticum : Act 1 - Chapter 1 & 2  Charles Gull [21-Apr-2021]
 F   Chaoticum : Act 1 - Chapter 3      Charles Gull [?]
 F   Chaoticum : Act 1 - Chapter 4      Charles Gull [?]
 F   Chaoticum : Act 1 - Chapter 5      Charles Gull [?]
 F   Chaoticum : Act 1 - Chapter 6      Charles Gull [?]
 F   Chaoticum : Act 1 - Chapter 7      Charles Gull [?]
 F   Chaoticum : Act 1 - Chapter 8      Charles Gull [?]
 F   Chaoticum : Act 2 - Chapter 1      Charles Gull [?]
 F   Chaoticum : Act 2 - Chapter 2      Charles Gull [?]
 F   Chaoticum : Act 2 - Chapter 3      Charles Gull [?]
 F   Chaoticum : Act 2 - Chapter 4      Charles Gull [?]
 F   Chaoticum : Act 2 - Chapter 5      Charles Gull [?]
 F   Chaoticum : Act 2 - Chapter 6      Charles Gull [?]
 F   Chaoticum : Act 2 - Chapter 7      Charles Gull [?]
 F   Chaoticum : Act 2 - Chapter 8      Charles Gull [?]
 H   The Midnight Train Murders 3rd Revision  Jim Keane [?]
 H   Cattywampus                        Adam Pitts [21-Apr-2021]
 SF  Don't Touch My Stuff               Adam Pitts [?]
 SF  The Riders, Chapters 7-11          Rebecca Toro [14-Apr-2021]
 F   The Riders, Chapters 12-16         Rebecca Toro [?]
 F   The Riders, Chapters 17-22         Rebecca D Toro [?]
 F   The Riders, Chapters 23-27         Rebecca Toro [?]
 F   The Riders, Chapters 28-31         Rebecca Toro [?]
 F   The Riders, Chapters 32-34         Rebecca Toro [?]
 SF  MagnitudeCh6-7                     Victor Jimenez [14-Apr-2021]
 SF  Emotive, Chapter 11                Jeff Naylor [5-May-2021]
 SF  Emotive, Chapter 12                Jeff Naylor [?]
 SF  Emotive, Chapter 13                Jeff Naylor [?]
 SF  Emotive, Chapter 14                Jeff Naylor [?]
 SF  The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapters 45-46  Eric Wilson [28-Apr-2021]
 F   The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapter 47  Eric Wilson [?]
 F   The Small-Magic Tea Shop           H. D. Grande [28-Apr-2021]
 F   The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapter 48  Eric Wilson [?]
 SF  The HeCorp Dollhouse, Chapters 1 and 2  Joel D. Young [21-Apr-2021]
 F   Chapter 2                          Danilee Keogh [14-Apr-2021]

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 F   Powers of the universe             sai phani [03-Mar-2021]
 F   In the Sorcerers' Society          Chris Piatti [03-Mar-2021]
 F   The Captain Thunderegg Arc         Jordan Chase-Young [10-Mar-2021]
 SF  Interstellar Tall Tales: William the Pecostian  Jacob Swift [24-Mar-2021]
 H   The Mysterious MrGraves            Troy Adams [24-Mar-2021]
 F   Summit of Memory                   Claudia Lackie [31-Mar-2021]
 F   Teacher Errant                     Anastasia Shalunkova [31-Mar-2021]
 SF  The Thrill                         Joseph Townsend [07-Apr-2021]
 H   The Stretcher                      Andrew Eron [07-Apr-2021]
 H   The Revenants of Reckoning         James Hyde [07-Apr-2021]

>> 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.]