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Weekly Notes

Notes for 12-May-2021...

Your favorite Critters Fund Drive is brought to you this week by the new release of...

	GOD'S NOSE by Damon Knight - $2.99

		ReAnimus Press Store: www.ReAnimus.com/1691
		Amazon: www.amazon.com/dp/B08T61MSW4/?tag=critters3a-20
		 (available in both ebook and paperback)

A collection of short stories and novelettes selected and written by SFWA Grandmaster Damon Knight, originally created for Pulphouse's "Author's Choice Monthly" series. From the introduction:
 This series of stories begins with the Creation and ends with the Last Trump, touching a few bases in between, and I think that's not too bad for a book this size.

Woohoo!  Congratulations to...

	- Michael Stevens, whose short story, "The Candlemaker" is now
	out in the current issue of Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine.

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


This week's Most Productive Critter award, for 8 critiques (at time
of judging), averaging over 500 words each, goes to...

	Eric Francis

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.)


Recommended Reading...
One of the best writing books - Secrets from the 6-time Best Editor
Critters Workshop

This week we have... [get from https://www.critters.org/private/mss.php ]...
     Title                      	Author
Week of 12-May-2021 (Crits due 19-May-2021):
 H   Cattywampus                        Adam Pitts -#29915
 SF  The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapters 45-46  Eric Wilson -#29916
 F   Chaoticum : Act 1 - Chapter 1 & 2  Charles Gull -#29917
 F   The Small-Magic Tea Shop           H. D. Grande -#29918
 H   Reality Peel 5 of 6                Dan Jolie -#29919
 F   The HeCorp Dollhouse, Chapters 1 and 2  Joel D. Young -#29920
 F   Across the Sunder, Chapters 1-4    Scott Malabarba -#29921
 F   Dichotomy                          William H. Leonard -#29922
 SF  Sixteen, Nine, Four Fifty          Eric Honour -#29923
 SF  Black Box, Chapters 1-3            Malcolm Macdonald -#29924
 F   The Wayward Fall, Chapter 2-3      Gabrielle Laufer -#29925
 H   Follow the Vampire, Chapter 3      Stephanie Ryan -#29926
 SF  Time Pieces                        Stanlei Bellan -#29927

Recommended books on writing:

	ReAnimus Press Store: https://ReAnimus.com/store?item=1144
	Amazon: https://Amazon.com/dp/B006MAZPEI

	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

	(A 99cent essay on SF and writing)
	https://ReAnimus.com/store?item=1180 | https://Amazon.com/dp/B007MF3MS8
Because you might enjoy it... A SONG OF AWAKENING by ROBY JAMES
A monumental, richly romantic historical with a subtle touch of fantasy.
Pieces up for critique in other workshops...

In the lit workshop - https://critique.org/lit :
 L   They Sang of Green Pastures Chapters 1-3  Stephen Secor -#29841

In the mystery workshop - https://critique.org/mystery :
 T   The Unforgivables Chapters 1-6     Laura Hynes -#29891

In the nonfiction workshop - https://critique.org/nonfiction :
 NP  A Big Problem With The Big Bang    Glenn Turner -#29794

In the script workshop - https://critique.org/script :
 SC  Emergency                          Joe Latessa -#29381

In the kids workshop - https://critique.org/kids :
 YL  Baxter Baumgardner and The Circles of Dantore, Chapters 1-3  Alan Vitberg -#29827

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

In the western workshop - https://critique.org/western :
 W   Black Dust Trails, Chapters 0-2    Michael ANDRE -#29724

In the romance workshop - https://critique.org/romance :
 R   Romance-WIP                        Roxanne (Roxi) Rowan -#29876

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  Hawk                               Sandy Kulhavy -#29426

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 :
 H   Cattywampus                        Adam Pitts -#29915
 SF  The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapters 45-46  Eric Wilson -#29916
 F   Chaoticum : Act 1 - Chapter 1 & 2  Charles Gull -#29917
 F   The Small-Magic Tea Shop           H. D. Grande -#29918
 H   Reality Peel 5 of 6                Dan Jolie -#29919
 F   The HeCorp Dollhouse, Chapters 1 and 2  Joel D. Young -#29920
 F   Across the Sunder, Chapters 1-4    Scott Malabarba -#29921
 F   Dichotomy                          William H. Leonard -#29922
 SF  Sixteen, Nine, Four Fifty          Eric Honour -#29923
 SF  Black Box, Chapters 1-3            Malcolm Macdonald -#29924
 F   The Wayward Fall, Chapter 2-3      Gabrielle Laufer -#29925
 H   Follow the Vampire, Chapter 3      Stephanie Ryan -#29926
 SF  Time Pieces                        Stanlei Bellan -#29927

You might also like... FORWARD IN TIME by BEN BOVA

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Because you might enjoy it... TRANSCENDENTAL - THE TRILOGY by JAMES GUNN
Not all the pilgrims are what they seem on their quest for transcendence

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