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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 27-May-2015 (Crits due 3-Jun-2015):
 F   The Wizard's Roman Revolution - Chpt. #3  Christopher J. Piatti -#24875
 F   The Man Who Married a Fairy 1-2    Andrew Richardson -#24876
 SF  Bunny Business                     Jennifer Michaud -#24877
 SF  Saving Missus Carson               Marty Bonus -#24878
 SF  Mercury Rev                        Neal Williams -#24879
 F   Brides in the Turning City         Alexander Leger-Small -#24880
 F   The Bed of the Crimson King        Filip Wiltgren -#24881
 SF  Moebius                            Christoph Weber -#24882
 F   Devil's Blood, Chapters 4 and 5    Sarah Jane Hodge -#24883
 SF  As the Rain Falls                  Derrick Boden -#24884
 F   Pipe Dreams                        A. Nichols -#24885
 F   Code Duello, Chapter 1             David Reiss -#24886
 SF  Liberation                         [@] David John Baker -#24887
 SF  Trade Route, Chapter 2             Curtis Manges -#24888
 SF  Ah, Love!                          Charles T. Walbridge -#24889
 H   Feed Me                            Mark Alan Schultz -#24890
 F   In the Citadel's Shadow - Chpt. 1  Jason Wood -#24891
 SF  Else If                            Beth Goder -#24892
 F   Son of Death Chapters 1-10         Tanmay T. P. -#24893

Week of 3-Jun-2015 (Crits due 10-Jun-2015):
 SF  Wind-Riderz Part I Chapter 3       Christopher Cragwick
 SF  Storytime at the Bloody Dagger     Beth Wilson
 H   An Artist's Eye Chapter 1          Wendy Turner
 SF  Nothing to Lose                    Christian Roberts
 F   Deceiver, Chapter 1                M L Sawyer
 F   Child of the House Chapter 1       Kaitlyn Whipple
 F   The Girl in the Faerie Woods       Chris Kenworthy
 F   Help From Above                    Dale W. Glaser
 F   Never Ride Again                   Ray Sheppard
 SF  First Contact                      Elena Hayes
 H   Another Beer                       Robert A. Vicens
 SF  Jefferson Adjacent, Chapters 1-3   Parker Crutchfield
 SF  Much Abides                        Henry McFarland
 F   Puma's Den                         Sara Reller
 H   The List                           Abbey Heuiser
 SF  An Authentic Hunting Experience    Gary Goodson
 SF  Nameless                           Jacob T. Oakley
 SF  Our Gift to the Animals            Richard Leis
 H   Lady of Wax                        Devin M. Anderson

Week of 10-Jun-2015 (Crits due 17-Jun-2015):
 SF  The Hamsa, Chapter 4-5             Patrick Sanders
 SF  Ithaka, Chapter 1                  Manek R. Mistry
 F   The Bridge of the Moon             Corey Smith
 H   Blue Spider                        Carl Alves
 SF  The Incident At Wolfe Creek, Chapters 2&3  Leena Naidoo
 H   Voodoo as I Say                    Richard Zwicker
 F   The Tide, Chapter 1                Katie Tracy
 SF  Remembrance                        Garrett Menning
 SF  Under the Weather                  Jacob Rennick
 F   Ways To End The World              Alex Bottle
 SF  Uprooted                           Shane Thomas
 F   The Vampire's Daughter             Kim Smeltzer
 F   The Black Queen Chapter 3          Chad Willson
 SF  Doxing the Camgirl                 Dan Malakin
 F   The Vampire Julia - Primal Skies #8  Kim Smeltzer
 F   Crown of the Halakith, Chapters 3-4  Joel E. Roosa
 SF  Stone Age Vacation                 Michael Andre-Driussi
 SF  Story Time                         Dirck de Lint
 H   Unexpected Detour                  Jason Rhodes
 H   Landlocked Lighthouse              Marilyn Schanaman

Week of 17-Jun-2015 (Crits due 24-Jun-2015):
 SF  Baxter Brown isn't gay...well maybe a little  Vincent Stacy Henry
 SF  The Beast Within                   Brendan Wilder
 SF  The Perfect Die, Chapters 1-3      Samuel Bishara
 SF  Infinity                           Catherine Steding
 F   Hollow Things                      R. Leigh Hennig
 F   The Lost Dreamer, Prologue         S. Escuadro
 SF  Hidden Truth                       Doug Pruden
 F   Through the Coral                  Shauna Black
 SF  Party Performance Optimization Using Numerical Methods v3.1  Robert Harpold
 SF  Past Futures                       Claudia Corneyea
 F   Spun Gold                          Melanie Hopkins
 SF  Pixel Heart Draft 2                Will Milner
 F   Viraetes Island-Following the Adventures of Alice, Chris, and Matt  Miah Goodreau
 H   The Red Tavern                     Debra
 F   Zeltis chapters 9-12               Shanna C. Larsen
 SF  Death Watch                        Jeff Cates
      (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]"):
 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 [?]
 F   Wizard's of the Watchtower         Christopher J. Piatti [3-Jun-2015]
 SF  God of Memory, Lords of Iron       [?]
 F   The Vampire's Madman               Kim Smeltzer [17-Jun-2015]
 SF  Littlefoot                         Charles T, Walbridge [3-Jun-2015]
 F   Devil's Blood, Chapter 6           Sarah Jane Hodge [3-Jun-2015]
 YA  Jonah Blackstone: The Ankh of Life, Chapters 1-2  Darrell Johnson [?]
 YA  Jonah Blackstone: The Ankh of Life - Chapters 1-2  Darrell Johnson [?]
 SF  Arctic Marauder                    Jennifer Michaud [3-Jun-2015]
 SF  Jefferson Adjacent                 Parker Crutchfield [10-Jun-2015]
 F   Viraetes Island-Following the Adeventures of Alice, Chris, and Matt  Miah Goodreau [24-Jun-2015]
 SF  The Hamsa, 6-7                     Patrick Sanders [17-Jun-2015]
 H   Artist's Eye Chapter 2             Wendy Turner [10-Jun-2015]
 F   The Wizard's Roman Revolution - Chpt.#4  Christopher J. Piatti [?]

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 F   The Timeless                       James Robertson [22-Apr-2015]
 F   Guardians of the Dream, chapter 1  Amit M. Halberthal [22-Apr-2015]
 SF  Don't Look Back, Chapter 1         Jeff Joseph [06-May-2015]
 H   Flying Brian Air                   Peter Sides [13-May-2015]
 SF  Half Past Never                    Ryan Funk [20-May-2015]
 SF  Book of Zac, Prologue and Chapter 1  Johan H N Floderus [20-May-2015]
 SF  A Dream of Gears                   Will Milner [27-May-2015]
 H   It Came For Caroline               Justin C. Key [27-May-2015]

>> 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.]