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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 22-Jun-2016 (Crits due 29-Jun-2016):
 SF  Crypt of the Chronolith            [mpc] Tim Adams -#25957
 SF  Words of Wisdom                    Dave D'Alessio -#25958
 F   The Golden Touch Chapters 5 & 6    April Hicks -#25959
 SF  Hermit on Mars Prologue and Chap 1  Kathy London -#25960
 SF  The Administration of Disability Benefits in a Simulated Universe  Paul R. Hardy -#25961
 SF  The Soft Clock                     Joel Schroeder -#25962
 SF  The Orb Weaver's Gifts             Lee P. Melling -#25963
 F   A Branch of Rowan, Chapters 14-15  April Weeks -#25964
 SF  Muphrid, Chapters 0-2              John Waterman -#25965
 H   A New Beginning                    Sandor Kovacs -#25966
 SF  I Am Ur Dog                        Jen C.A. Morris -#25967
 F   Once Again: A Modern Fairy Tale - Ch. 3  M. Kari Barr -#25968
 SF  Skyclimber, Chapter 1              Tom Greene -#25969
 SF  Making the Cut                     J. D. Kalmanson -#25970
 F   Rebirth of Myrddin V.2             Erik Robinson -#25971
 F   Night's Country                    Jeffrey Hall -#25972
 F   Darkness Falling                   George Sartiano -#25973
 F   Star of Wildfire and Ash           Z. Z. Ali -#25974
 SF  Eye of the Timegate                Russell Forden -#25975
 SF  Forever Grey Chapters 1-2          Greg Tracii -#25976
 F   The Far Scribe: Prologue and Chapter 1  Coinneach Hutchinson -#25977

Week of 29-Jun-2016 (Crits due 6-Jul-2016):
 F   Two Dead Men and a Truck           Marc A Criley
 SF  The Loud Lights                    Jeff Richardson
 F   Land of Many Ages                  Fred Obermeyer
 F   A Piece of the True Cross          Jan Stephens
 F   Nocturne, Chapters 1-2             Robert Richard
 SF  White Rabbit in Red Space, Chapter 1  Justin Sturm
 F   The Reborn Identity, Chapters IX-X  Joel E. Roosa
 F   Emile - an Interlude - Primal Skies series  Kim Smeltzer
 F   Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 11-12  Keir Puplett
 F   Games of the Grey Gods, Draft 3, Chapters 17-20  Russell Adams
 SF  The Ghost Loop: Please Let Me In!  Mark Rawlings
 F   The Old Salt                       Matthew Duerst
 F   Situation No Win                   Leena Naidoo
 F   Abandoned                          G.A.Miller
 F   Aide-De-Camp                       Shawn Proctor
 F   The Quicksilver Conspiracy, Prologue-Chapter 3  Michelle Johnson
 SF  How to Sync Spouse                 Russell Nichols
 SF  Vera, Chapters 1-3                 Alasdair Clark
 SF  Upon a Darkside Rising             Wilber Arron
 H   Burt's Top Secret Spice Mix        Matthew Weber

Week of 6-Jul-2016 (Crits due 13-Jul-2016):
 SF  Lynden                             Amelia Tumlin
 SF  Love, Lies, & Clones, Chapters 1-2  Joy Schultz
 F   Living Color                       Alec E. B.
 SF  The 4748 Days of His Life          Dan Reade
 F   Chronicles of Tellus Chapter One - A Name  Scott Heckler
 SF  The Face of Jes Viscosie           Ray Franklin
 SF  Astera Vol1 - Episode 1: A New Era Part 1  Joy Landa
 SF  B.E.T.A. _section 1, Intro - Chapter 4_  Sam Bullers
 SF  The Harvest                        Julie Reeser
 F   The Journey of Bey Bear            Chris Kenworthy
 F   Calypso                            P.E. Zimmerman
 SF  Jovian Wolf                        Kristopher Horton
 SF  The Travelers Quest Chapters 1-4   Dottie Blackshear
 SF  Rusted and Alone                   Brad Preslar
 SF  Fates Paradox                      Stephen Shewmake
 H   The Well by Moonlight, ch 1        Kevin Emmons
 SF  One Past, One Future               David John Baker
 SF  Lost Goddess: Forgotten            Kimberly Pickering
      (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 Reborn Identity, Chapters XI-XII  Joel E. Roosa [6-Jul-2016]
 F   The Vampire Hunter part 1          Kim Smeltzer [6-Jul-2016]
 F   The Vampire Hunter part 2          Kim Smeltzer [?]
 F   The Vampire Hunter part 3          Kim Smeltzer [?]
 F   Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 13-14  Keir Puplett [6-Jul-2016]
 F   Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 15-16  Keir Puplett [?]
 SF  Astera Vol1 - Episode 1: A New Era Part 2  Joy Landa [13-Jul-2016]
 SF  Astera Vol1 - Episode 1: A New Era Part 3  Joy Landa [?]
 F   The Vampire Ribald - Memory Vignettes I  Kim Smeltzer [?]
 SF  Forever Grey - Chapters 3-4        Greg Tracii [29-Jun-2016]
 SF  B.E.T.A section 2 _Chap 5-10_      Sam Bullers [13-Jul-2016]
 F   The Golden Touch Chapter 7         April Hicks [29-Jun-2016]
 F   Free Fall                          Sandor Kovacs [29-Jun-2016]

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 F   Wednesday                          Arina Pricop [11-May-2016]
 SF  Skyward Descent, Summary & Chapter 1  Graceann Barrett [11-May-2016]
 H   The Way Out                        Gary Buller [11-May-2016]
 SF  Becoming the Dragon                Patrick Sanders [18-May-2016]
 SF  The Apartment Complex outline      Adrian J. Brabo [18-May-2016]
 F   The Dreamscape Aquarium            David Serra [18-May-2016]
 SF  The Age of Psiber Knights: Tail of the Lion: Chapter One  Thomas John Moscato [25-May-2016]
 F   The Silent Tear, Prologue          Elizabeth Azurra [25-May-2016]
 SF  The Mothership - Prologue, Chap 1  Jonathan Bergeron [25-May-2016]
 F   Work In Progress, Chapter 1        Margaret Brier [01-Jun-2016]
 F   The Beer Dilemma                   Eric Weaver [08-Jun-2016]
 SF  Through the Backdoor: Part 1       Alexandra [08-Jun-2016]
 H   A Light in Hell                    Cedric Kulacz [08-Jun-2016]
 F   One Word                           Brian Kemper [08-Jun-2016]
 H   Roosevelt Is For Lovers            Jason J. Nugent [15-Jun-2016]
 F   Callowfield Ch. 1                  Christopher Smith [15-Jun-2016]
 H   One of a Kind                      Debra Crichlow [22-Jun-2016]

>> 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.]