Sunday, April 19, 2015

PROGRESS REPORT: WEEK ENDING APRIL 18, 2015

Okay. Let's see what's been accomplished this past week.

*Had to put my editor's hat on for a while and go over a revised short story for that superhero anthology I'm helping Jim Beard with for Mechanoid Press.
Things are going pretty smoothly with that project, although there is no official release date yet.

*I'm approaching the halfway point on that short story I was asked to write for Airship 27.
Barring anything unforeseen, that should be done by the end of the month.

*I'm in-between chapters on ALPHA, BOOK 2: WAYWARD SON.
My friendly neighborhood beta/proofreader is unavailable at the moment, so I've been concentrating on the aforementioned short story because I'm racing toward the climax and the finish line on the novel, and I certainly don't want to make any mistakes this late in the game.

So overall, things have been pretty good this past week.
Hope they were for you too.
I better get back to writing now.
See you around the Internet.
Lee Houston, Junior
19 April, 2015

Sunday, April 12, 2015

PROGRESS REPORT: WEEK ENDING APRIL 11, 2015


First and foremost, this is my 100th writer's blog post.

I would like to thank all my readers and fans who have visited on a regular basis to see what I have been up to creatively from week to week.

Without you, this blog, let alone my writing, would be for naught.

Now then...

Art by Marc Guerrero
I finally got the latest attempt at Chapter 15 of ALPHA, BOOK 2: WAYWARD SON back from my friendly neighborhood beta/proofreader. The delays were not her fault, for there is a lot going on in her life as I type these words, but that is a subject best left for her to discuss.
As far as the chapter itself is concerned, I will be going over it this week. I do have Chapter 16 written, but felt it best to get Chapter 15 resolved before sending off the next one for her review.

I honestly don't know what the issue(s) have been with 15, especially since this my fifth attempt at it. Lot of research and locale investigating required too.
Considering everything that has happened so far and what will happen before the end of Book 2, I'm trying to make WAYWARD SON as believable as possible.

Remember, BOOK 1: PROJECT ALPHA was our hero's origin story and first adventure. BOOK 2 sets the foundation for the future of the series.

Promo poster for Book 1 by Sean E. Ali
Yes, I know there has to be some suspension of disbelief in a work of fiction, but if you ask the readers to do that too much, it will have the opposite effect on your work. They will put the book aside and go on to something else.

But I haven't been idle while waiting for Chapter 15 to come back. I'm now 6,000+ words (out of 15,000) into that invitational short story I've been asked to write, and should have it done before the end of the month.
People have been asking me for more details on that, but I'm not sure how much I can say at the moment.
I will admit that it's a period piece, and does involve a subject I know a lot about.
If that's not enough information, you'll just have to wait until I can speak more about it.

In any event, I better get back to writing now.
Thank you once again for being here, and here's to the next 100 posts and beyond!
Lee Houston, Junior
12 April, 2015

Sunday, April 5, 2015

PROGRESS REPORT: WEEK ENDING APRIL 4, 2015


HOPPY EASTER! 

My friendly neighborhood beta/proofreader says I should get Chapter 15 of ALPHA, BOOK 2: WAYWARD SON back by the end of this week.

Chapter 16 of ALPHA 2 is just about finished, but I don't want to hit another snag this close to the end, so I'm trying not to get too far ahead of her.

Meanwhile, I've been working on that brand new short story project I was invited to participate in, and that should be done by the end of this month.

Otherwise, I've taken today off for personal reasons, hence part of the reason why this post is so late being put online, but I will be back at "work" tomorrow.
See you around the Internet.
Lee Houston, Junior
5 April, 2015

Sunday, March 29, 2015

PROGRESS REPORT: WEEK ENDING MARCH 28, 2015

Okay folks. I've got a lot going on right now, so I definitely feel like this poor fellow to the left of the text, on a tricky tight rope to traverse.

On one hand, ALPHA, BOOK 2: WAYWARD SON is going well. Still in-between the recently revised Chapter 15 and what will now be Chapter 16.
My friendly neighborhood beta/proofreader Nancy Hansen hasn't had a chance to see either yet, because she has a lot going on in her life too, including the recent release of her latest novel MASTER'S ENDGAME, which is the exciting conclusion of the trilogy that began with "Fortune's Pawn" and continued in "Prophecy's Gambit".

Concurrently, another of my tales from the marathon short story season of 2014 has finally seen publication. That now makes 4 out of 10 written last year, with at least two more guaranteed to see print by the end of 2015.
"It All Started Innocently Enough..." is the opening story of the CHARLES BOECKMAN PRESENTS JUDSON AND GARDNER anthology from Pro Se Press. A reporter and a small town deputy's investigation into an unfortunate car accident leads to the discovery of...
Well, let's just say it was a lot more than either of them expected.

Nancy's stuff, my work, and the creative output of a lot of other great authors, like Rick Steeves, who shares the JUDSON/GARDNER anthology with me; are all available on Amazon (dot) com.

Meanwhile, out of the blue, I've been invited to contribute a short story to an anthology that is right up my creative alley.
I'll admit I was flabbergasted when asked personally by the anthology's editor, but between that and the subject matter, there was no way I could say no.

This is on top of the two short stories I have already committed to for 2015, both of which I still have to write at some point (probably in-between ALPHA 2 and HUGH MONN, PRIVATE DETECTIVE 3), but this invitation also came with an already on the horizon deadline, so I am hard at work on it while awaiting the pending chapter reviews from Nancy.
So to keep everything in balance, I better get back to work now.
See you around the Internet.
Lee Houston, Junior
29 March, 2015
















Sunday, March 22, 2015

PROGRESS REPORT: WEEK ENDING MARCH 21, 2015

Okay, once again there has been progress on ALPHA, BOOK 2: WAYWARD SON this past week, but it may not seem like it until you read further along.

I got Chapter 15 back from Nancy Hansen, my friendly neighborhood beta/proofreader.
However, when all is said and done, Chapter 15 turned out to be only four pages long.

While there are no rules in regards to how long a chapter should be, that just didn't seem right to me, so I folded in what would of been Chapter 16 into Chapter 15 to make a longer chapter.

So Chapters 15 + 16 = 15.

In return, that now makes what was Chapter 17 actually Chapter 16.

Chapter 17 - 16 = 16.

Great juggling act, isn't it?

Reminds me of that classic Looney Tunes moment when Bugs Bunny tries to convince Daffy Duck that "this week was next week last week".

The story is actually where it should be at the moment, rushing towards a climax to resolve everything.
Just the chapter divisions are different than they were this time last week.
And of course, Chapter 15 is now once again with my friendly neighborhood beta/proofreader.

So maybe this week was next week last week after all?
In any event, take care, and I'll see you around the Internet.
Lee Houston, Junior
22 March, 2015

Sunday, March 15, 2015

PROGRESS REPORT: WEEK ENDING MARCH 14, 2015

Okay, there WAS progress this past week, but it might not seem like it until I explain.

I've finally gotten Chapter 15 of ALPHA, BOOK 2: WAYWARD SON back from my friendly neighborhood beta/proofreader Nancy Hansen. Meanwhile, I've been bouncing between Chapters 16 and 17 of the manuscript while waiting for 15.

With me so far?

Now then, I started going over 15 when I realized something was off, so I double checked Chapters 16 and 17.

I had the sequence of events wrong!

The bad guy sprung his trap before Alpha was even in the area!
It was like everyone jumping out of hiding to yell "Surprise!" at a party and the guest of honor hadn't even shown up yet.

This is why I not only double check my work, but also have my friendly neighborhood beta/proofreader on hand.
Can you imagine how embarrassing it would have been to submit the manuscript as is with that glaring mistake?

Thankfully we're not talking another major rewrite here, because this is my fourth attempt to complete a first draft on Book 2, since I'm trying to build the foundation for the future of the ALPHA series with this novel.
Followers of this blog can go over all my previous posts to see how things went up to this point.
In this case, I just have to rework and juggle sections of 15, 16, and maybe 17.
Either way, Nancy will be getting Chapter 15 to go over once more sometime later this week.

So I better get back to work now.
Take care, see you around the Internet, and Happy Saint Patrick's Day.
Lee Houston, Junior
15 March, 2015

Sunday, March 8, 2015

PROGRESS REPORT: WEEK ENDING MARCH 8, 2015

HAPPY INTERNATIONAL
WOMEN'S DAY!

Chapter 15 of ALPHA, BOOK 2: WAYWARD SON is with my friendly neighborhood beta/proofreader. Nancy Hansen has been busy dealing with some stuff of her own, but promised me she would get to it as soon as humanly possible.

Meanwhile I celebrated my 53rd birthday March 5th, the daytime highs will finally be ABOVE freezing this week (although I can't say the same about the night time lows), and I'm working on Chapter 16 right now, as all the plot threads are starting to come together toward a grand finale.

Okay, this turned out to be one of my shorter progress reports,
but at least there IS progress!
I better get back to writing now.
See you around the Internet.
Lee Houston, Junior
8 March, 2015