New entry Dec 07
Critters is 23!
Yes, 23 years ago Critters was born. Wow! Thanks so much to all of you, who've made it such a resounding success!
Books from Critters!
Check out Books by Critters for books by your fellow Critterfolk, as well as my list of recommended books for writers.
New Book from a Critter Member**NOW IN PRINT EDITION TOO!** Awesome new book, HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR SPECULATIVE FICTION OPENINGS, from a Critter member whose unearthed a shard of The Secret to becoming a pro writer. Really good piece of work. "...if you're at all concerned about story openings, you'd be nuts not to read what Qualkinbush has to say." —Wil McCarthy, author of BLOOM and THE COLLAPSIUM
How to Write SF
The Craft of Writing Science Fiction that Sells by Ben Bova, best-selling author and six-time Hugo Award winner for Best Editor. (This is one of the books your ol' Critter Captain learned from himself, and I highly recommend it.) (Also via Amazon)
I was interviewed live on public radio for Critters' birthday, for those who want to listen.
Free Web Sites
Free web sites for authors (and others) are available at www.nyx.net.
ReAnimus Acquires Advent!
ReAnimus Press is pleased to announce the acquisition of the legendary Advent Publishers! Advent is now a subsidiary of ReAnimus Press, and we will continue to publish Advent's titles under the Advent name. Advent was founded in 1956 by Earl Kemp and others, and has published the likes of James Blish, Hal Clement, Robert Heinlein, Damon Knight, E.E. "Doc" Smith, and many others. Advent's high quality titles have won and been finalists for several Hugo Awards, such as The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy and Heinlein's Children. Watch this space for ebook and print editions of all of Advent's current titles!
THE SIGIL TRILOGY: The universe is dying from within... "Great stuff... Really enjoyed it." — SFWA Grandmaster Michael Moorcock
Announcing ReAnimus Press
If you're looking for great stuff to read from bestselling and award-winning authors—look no further! ReAnimus Press was founded by your very own Critter Captain. (And with a 12% Affiliate program.) [More]
Notes for 22-Jan-2020... Fun book today helping out the Critters Fund Drive this week, a new release, never before been published, by a three-time Nebula finalist (and winner of assorted other awards)-- NOBODY RIDES FOREVER by Craig Strete - $3.99 ReAnimus Press Store: www.ReAnimus.com/1634 Amazon: www.amazon.com/dp/B07W8D2QFM/?tag=critters3a-20 (available in both ebook and paperback) The even more authentic life of Billy the Kid. Being the secret death bed confessions of Pat Garrett, one time sheriff of Lincoln county, New Mexico, by whom Billy the Kid as such he was known was finally hunted down and personally rendered deceased which ended up his foolishness in no uncertain terms. Including desultory facts about the mysterious killer of said Pat Garrett as revealed from the lips of the dying Pat Garrett himself, as told to Puking Bird. Translated from the original vapourous Indian language and edited and corrected for general drunkenness by Craig Strete, himself the unnoted author of other unrelated literary droppings. -+- Thanks for the donations, folks! We are 83.8% of the way to the fund drive goal with contributions from 144 donors, leaving about $700 to go. Thanks especially to Wulf Moon Bill Leonard Jeani Rector Larry Hodges anthony lavely Philip Lindeman for their recent donations to help keep Critters going. Much appreciated! [See http://www.critters.org/donate.php for more information.] -+- Woohoo! Congratulations to... - Richard Zwicker, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "Repeat as Necessary" to Hybrid Fiction. - Derrick Boden, who sold his short story, "Hustle" to Escape Pod. Please report your Woohoo!s via the www.critters.org/telldaworld.ht web page. -+- This week's Most Productive Critter award, for 7 critiques (at time of judging), averaging almost 800 words each, goes to... Charles Gull 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 Hugo Award Master, Ben Bova: THE CRAFT OF WRITING SCIENCE FICTION THAT SELLS http://ReAnimus.com/store?item=1144 ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Critters Workshop ---------------------------------------------------------------------- This week we have... [get from http://www.critters.org/private/mss.php ]... Title Author --------------------------------------------------------------------- Week of 22-Jan-2020 (Crits due 29-Jan-2020): F The Girl Who Never Dreamed Russell Adams -#28914 SF A Fox at Christmas Kevin P. Hallett -#28915 SF Merka, Chapters 1, 9 & 26 Pamela Najar-Simpson -#28916 F Borderlands, Episode 2 [sample] Charles Gull -#28917 H + 30 Seconds Madison Estes -#28918 F Sacrifice Sean Masters -#28919 F Soul Testing in Major League Baseball [@] Larry Hodges -#28920 SF Changelings: Rebirth, Chapters 9-10 Liam Corley -#28921 SF Those Above JC Crochet -#28922 F Eye of the Storm Casey M. Schneider -#28923 SF A Million Tiny Bombs Joe Follansbee -#28924 ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Recommended books on writing: THE CRAFT OF WRITING AND SELLING SCIENCE FICTION by Ben Bova ReAnimus Press Store: http://ReAnimus.com/store?item=1144 Amazon: http://Amazon.com/dp/B006MAZPEI HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR SPECULATIVE FICTION OPENINGS By (Critter member) Robert Qualkinbush http://ReAnimus.com/store?item=1184 | http://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 http://ReAnimus.com/store?item=1179 | http://Amazon.com/dp/B007SIC4I8 EXPERIMENT PERILOUS: THE 'BUG JACK BARRON' PAPERS by Norman Spinrad (A 99cent essay on SF and writing) http://ReAnimus.com/store?item=1180 | http://Amazon.com/dp/B007MF3MS8 Because you might enjoy it... COMMENCEMENT by ROBY JAMES The Sting was what made Ronica McBride special... now she was crashed on an unknown planet without it. https://reanimus.com/store/?item=1340 ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Pieces up for critique in other workshops... In the lit workshop - http://critique.org/lit : L What We Talk About When We Talk About Enlightenment Michael Gruver -#28815 In the mystery workshop - http://critique.org/mystery : M Katrina Cut Jim Steele -#28848 In the nonfiction workshop - http://critique.org/nonfiction : NO Belief in Proportion to the Evidence, Cha. 7 Without any Loss or Dishonour Jim Parry -#28884 In the script workshop - http://critique.org/script : SC Loose Lips Robert Qualkinbush -#28625 In the kids workshop - http://critique.org/kids : YP Saul T. Unyon: The Short End of a Tall Tale Michelle Henrie -#28566 In the comics workshop - http://critique.org/comics : CG Magna. logline/ synopsis Brent Claridge -#28885 In the western workshop - http://critique.org/western : W A Message to Santa Fe, Chap 1-3 Frank Coombs -#25375 In the romance workshop - http://critique.org/romance : R Pack Chapters 1-3 Anastasia Bromberg -#28384 In the video workshop - http://critique.org/video : VS The Gallery of Henri Beauchamp Jay DeTalente -#21424 In the music workshop - http://critique.org/music : MP The Shade Riders and Nocturnal Ned song Beth Zurkowski -#21675 In the photo workshop - http://critique.org/photo : PH Dry Mud and Cinder Cone Bill Wight -#19627 In the art workshop - http://critique.org/art : AH Art Man, a portrait Robert J Cleary -#27847 In the website workshop - http://critique.org/website : WW Ax-yZ The Creative Projects Platform Charles Gull -#27088 In the critters workshop - http://critique.org/critters : F The Girl Who Never Dreamed Russell Adams -#28914 SF A Fox at Christmas Kevin P. Hallett -#28915 SF Merka, Chapters 1, 9 & 26 Pamela Najar-Simpson -#28916 F Borderlands, Episode 2 [sample] Charles Gull -#28917 H + 30 Seconds Madison Estes -#28918 F Sacrifice Sean Masters -#28919 F Soul Testing in Major League Baseball [@] Larry Hodges -#28920 SF Changelings: Rebirth, Chapters 9-10 Liam Corley -#28921 SF Those Above JC Crochet -#28922 F Eye of the Storm Casey M. Schneider -#28923 SF A Million Tiny Bombs Joe Follansbee -#28924 ---------------------------------------------------------------------- You might also like... UNDERHANDED CHESS by JERRY SOHL A hilarious handbook of devious diversions and stratagems for winning at chess https://reanimus.com/store/?item=1244 Standard notes: HELP: If you need help with anything, see http://www.critters.org/help -- there are FAQs and a form to ask questions. HELPING CRITTERS: Critters is donation funded & volunteer run, so if you'd like to help out with our current fund drive or otherwise, please visit http://www.critters.org/donate.php -- Thanks!! HOW TO SEND CRITIQUES: Remember to send the critiques directly to me, firstname.lastname@example.org, so I can forward them to the authors _and_ give you credit for your effort. Please send only one critique per mail message (makes it easier to archive). Please make sure the "#" symbol and manuscript number are in the email Subject: line, like Subject: #1234. (Conversely, if you want ol' Aburt to personally read the message, i.e., it's _not_ a critique, don't put a "#" in the subject or I won't see it. Also -- put my current anti-spam code word in there: see http://www.critters.org/antispam.ht .) You may also send your critiques via http://www.critters.org/webcrit.ht . Note that all critiques will be available to everyone to read the next Saturday. DIPLOMACY: Remember, authors and critiquers, we're all friends here. Be polite. Be considerate. Be tactful. You can say you thought a story was drivel in a courteous way. Try to point out the good and the bad; offer alternatives if you can. Never, ever, attack the author -- only the story. Authors: Remember that some reviewers may lack tact. Try to be understanding, but if you get any that you feel are just plain mean-spirited, too short to be of any use, or too "feel good," let me know and I'll withhold the reviewer's "credit" for that story and/or cajole them into something more insightful. See http://www.critters.org/diplomacy.ht for more... CRITIQUE LENGTH: If you want to send a short critique that you know is too short for credit (200 words or less of your own meaningful content) please put "NC#" in the Subject (NC=No Credit, like Subject: NC#1234) -and- say something like "not for credit" inside your critique. (Remember also that for MPC purposes, a critique must be 300 words or more.) CHATTING: Comments -other- than critiques (such as discussion of the critiques, or Woohoo! announcements, or chit chat) should be posted to one of the official Critters discussion forums (See the http://www.critters.org/newsgroups.ht web page for full info, guidelines, etc.) Don't post stories or critiques (mail those to email@example.com). QUOTING: Please pare the ms. down if critiquing in-line (don't quote the whole ms.!). Other format rules are at http://www.critters.org/format.ht . EVERYTHING'S ON THE WEB: Past reviews are on the web page. The current week's manuscripts are also there, as are prior mss. and even some rewrites. There's a Master Page Index (site map) with tons of links to common items. AUTHORS: Authors for this week -- if you aren't getting email'd critiques from me (as they come in) within a couple days -- ask me and we can verify I'm sending them to the correct address. (Send me a phone# in case I can't get email to you.) Check the format of your story ASAP to make sure it's all there and readable. EMAIL ISSUES: If you want to change your email address or preferences (# mss. emailed, SF/F/H type, or whether you get the huge critique batches at week's end), point your browser to http://www.critters.org/admin.ht . Please don't ask me to do this by hand, it's quite a chore! (E.g., if you're going on vacation and want to suspend mail from me -- do this before/after your trip.) BACKUP SITE: If you're unable to reach www.critters.org to get manuscripts, I've set up an emergency backup site at http://backup.critters.org where you can get the week's manuscripts (but not much of anything else :-). Speaking of backups -- don't forget to back up your own manuscripts so you don't lose them! QUITTING: If you want to quit or go inactive, drop by http://www.critters.org/admin.ht . DONATIONS: Critters is funded by donations, so visit http://www.critters.org/donate.php if you'd like to help out. Because you might enjoy it... TO SAVE THE SUN by BEN BOVA AND A. J. AUSTIN Earth's sun will soon explode, unless a massive engineering effort can save it. https://reanimus.com/store/?item=1464 -- You received this email message because you signed up for the Critters Writers Workshop. If you want to stop getting these emails, please visit http://www.critters.org/email.ht .