Sunday, November 22, 2020

PROGRESS REPORT: WEEK ENDING NOVEMBER 21, 2020

While my Friendly Neighborhood Beta-Proofreader goes over the SOLITAIRE manuscript, I AM still writing.
But WHAT am I writing? Besides this Blog post, that is.😉

While Airship 27's door is always open for me to submit more SHERLOCK HOLMES mysteries, theoretically I know I should be working on the third PROJECT ALPHA novel, but for some reason(s) I just can't get into it at the moment.
I know at least part of the problem is that the basic premise of ALPHA is being a superhero set in the world you can see outside your window, but right now with the pandemic😷 and other issues, the world outside my window isn't really very attractive right now.
HOPEFULLY THAT WILL CHANGE, but until then...

With that in mind I've decided upon a science fiction
project I've been kicking around for some time set on a totally different world that I had to create from scratch somewhere else in the universe and no, it's not anything in relation to HUGH MONN, PRIVATE DETECTIVE.

Words are flowing pretty freely when I work on it😀, but not sure how much writing I'm actually going to get done this week with the Thanksgiving holiday approaching.

But please remember folks, with the pandemic not only still in full swing but apparently getting worse with the cold winter months approaching, you may not have the holidays you want this year but be thankful you are still here to enjoy the holidays you can.💖

In any event TAKE CARE!
STAY SAFE!😷
And I'll see you around the Internet.
Lee Houston, Junior
22 November, 2020


Sunday, November 15, 2020

PROGRESS REPORT: WEEK ENDING NOVEMBER 14, 2020

I'VE FINISHED GOING OVER SOLITAIRE!😀

It's now in the hands of my very capable Friendly Neighborhood Beta-Proofreader for her thoughts and opinions.

Now the big question is: WHAT DO I DO NEXT?
As of posting this Progress Report, I haven't really decided yet.
Part of it is because of having a few different possibilities to consider.
Another part of the indecision is that at the moment, I don't really know what I feel like writing yet.

Writing isn't just a question of hard facts and other logistics, but emotions as well. Not just those of a character in any given scene but those of the writer as well.
Some days you feel like writing more than others.
Those lesser days you still try, but they're not always as productive as the ones when you're totally in "the zone" and your typing speed can't keep up with the speed of your thoughts.
Of course if I'm in "the zone" and suddenly see Rod Serling...😉

In any event, I better get back to writing now.
Take care.
STAY SAFE!😷
And I'll see you around the Internet.

Lee Houston, Junior
15 November, 2020


Thursday, November 12, 2020

PROGRESS REPORT: WEEK ENDING NOVEMBER 7, 2020

THE BLOG ATE MY POST! 🤯

My Editing Cap 😉
SERIOUSLY though folks, I have absolute no idea what happened and until today, I honestly didn't know anything was amiss.

But to briefly recap, I am trying to finish up my second pass on the SOLITAIRE manuscript before sending it on to My Friendly Neighborhood Beta-Proofreader for her review and thoughts.

While she is doing that, I will start my next writing project, although I have absolutely no idea what that will actually be at the moment.

In any event, I better get back to it so take care.
STAY SAFE!😷
And I'll see you around the Internet!

Lee Houston, Junior
12 November, 2020


Sunday, November 1, 2020

PROGRESS REPORT: WEEK ENDING OCTOBER 31, 2020

Cover art by Rob Davis
Well, with this {censored} pandemic😷 not only in full swing but apparently on the rise again, I didn't get any Trick or Treaters👻 out my way and it was an ideal Halloween🎃 too between not only being on a Saturday but with a full moon🌕 as well!
That combination won't happen again until 2039!

In any event, besides promoting SHERLOCK HOLMES, CONSULTING DETECTIVE VOLUME 16, now available in both Print and Kindle E-book from Amazon; I spent time wearing my Editor's Hat making my second pass on the SOLITAIRE manuscript before I send it on to my Friendly Neighborhood Beta-Proofreader.

Editor's Hat
 I know this may seem like a lot of work to some people.
After all, the story's written, why not go on to the next project?
I will, but first I want to make sure the current project is as good as humanly possible.

I will definitely start whatever turns out to be next on my agenda while Nancy Hansen is going over the SOLITAIRE manuscript, and then pause that when she's done and it's time for me to review her thoughts on the book.
THEN I'll submit it to a publisher and resume what I was working on at the time.

WHY?
Why not?
Besides, I want to make sure readers enjoy what I write and hopefully will want more, and you certainly can't achieve that objective by cutting corners and just submitting first drafts.
Otherwise you wouldn't get very far in the publishing world.
So with that in mind I better get back to it.
Take care.
STAY SAFE! 😷
And I'll see you around the Internet.

Lee Houston, Junior
1 November, 2020




Sunday, October 25, 2020

PROGRESS REPORT: WEEK ENDING OCTOBER 24, 2020

OKAY, A COUPLE OF PIECES OF IMPORTANT BUSINESS TODAY,
SO LET'S GET RIGHT TO IT.

First and foremost, the first draft to the SOLITAIRE novel is done!
The manuscript came in at 67,000+ words between 34 chapters.

Game plan now is to put on my editor's cap and go back over the manuscript to see where I can tighten and/or polish it up a bit before sending it on to My Friendly Neighborhood Beta-Proofreader for her review and input.

Second, but by no means least:
SHERLOCK HOLMES, CONSULTING DETECTIVE VOLUME 16 has been released by Airship 27!😀

Featuring the creative talents of
*I. A.—no known relation to Doctor—WATSON's 
"The Adventure of the Anarchist's Apprentice" (Who's raging havoc and destruction on London?)
*GREG HATCHER's two short stories
"The Adventure of the Disappearing Diplomat" (a race against time to save Mycroft and a foreign dignitary) and "The Adventure of the Man Who Died Twice"  (did a widow really lose her husband twice?)
*ROB DAVIS' interior art, cover (based upon an illustration from the Italian adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Sign of Four), and formatting
*Along with MY NOVELLA "The Adventure of the Unimaginable" (can Watson solve a mystery alone when Sherlock's on holiday?)

Who could ask for anything more between the covers of this amazing volume?
The book is out now via Amazon in PRINT or KINDLE E-BOOK format.

More on Holmes in the coming days.

I've got to get back to writing proof-reading now.
Take care.
STAY SAFE!😷
And I'll see you around the Internet.

Lee Houston, Junior
25 October, 2020

Sunday, October 18, 2020

PROGRESS REPORT: WEEK ENDING OCTOBER 17, 2020

I'm so near the end it's absolutely frustrating!

66,000+ words and 32 chapters into the SOLITAIRE novel.
Either this chapter or the next will be the last that ties everything before to everything I've written beyond where I'm at at the moment.

Then I'll have to go back and reread the entire manuscript. Give it a second pass and polish it up a bit before I send it to My Friendly Neighborhood Beta-Proof Reader for her opinions.

In any event, I better get back to writing now.
Take care.
STAY SAFE!😷
And I'll see you around the Internet.
Lee Houston, Junior
18 October, 2020


Sunday, October 11, 2020

PROGRESS REPORT: WEEK ENDING OCTOBER 10, 2020

Well, as you can imagine from the image on the right, I'm not quite finished with the SOLITAIRE novel yet.
Almost 64,000 words as I start Chapter 31.

I know the end is in sight because at least half of those last 4,000 words are the finale and epilog to the adventure that I wrote weeks ago.

In any event, I do have ideas to tackle for the rest of 2020 and beyond, it's just a question of who is done when versus what else might happen in the meantime.

Air Captain Ron Fortier's latest post on the Airship 27 website will be quite interesting to fans of both myself, SHERLOCK HOLMES, and my friendly neighborhood beta-proofreader.

I better get back to writing now.
Take care.
STAY SAFE! 😷
And I'll see you around the Internet.
Lee Houston, Junior
11 October, 2020