Sunday, January 22, 2017



As author Terry Brooks once said, "Sometimes the magic works," and truer words were never spoken.
When you're in "the zone", the ideas and words just click and it's a minor miracle when your typing skills are able to keep up with how rapidly your thoughts are coming.

Then there are the OTHER days...
My friendly neighborhood beta/proofreader Nancy Hansen sent me back Chapters 5-7 of the HUGH MONN, PRIVATE DETECTIVE story I'm working on with a note, saying that what I had written and what I had planned as the plot for what was supposed to be the first story of Hugh's third book weren't working out right.

Well, of course I was greatly concerned at hearing that and, after going back over everything for
myself, sadly discovered that somewhere along the way I missed the proverbial left turn at Albuquerque because the 20,000+ words I had at the moment weren't exactly how I intended the tale to be.

So this left me with three possible options.
1. Fix the existing story.
2. Toss the existing story and come up with a new one, or
3. Set aside the existing story and come up with a new one.

Since I figured the work in progress would wind up novella size, which would leave me needing a
second feature for Book 3 anyway, I chose Option 3 and have decided to concentrate on the "companion" tale now.
This will allow me to work on something fresh while continuing to write, and in time I can come back to the original story with (hopefully) a fresh perspective on how to make it better.

Between being a pack rat to begin with and having some pretty good passages in the tale, I'll never be exercising Option 2. But whether or not the first story can be fixed is something only time will tell.

Right now, I've got a new HUGH MONN mystery to write, so I better get started.
See you around the Internet.
Lee Houston, Junior
22 January, 2017

Sunday, January 15, 2017


Hugh Monn, Private Detective
Chapters 6 AND 7 of the as yet still untitled opening story to HUGH MONN, PRIVATE DETECTIVE: BOOK 3 are finished.
My friendly neighborhood beta/proofreader Nancy Hansen is supposed to be ready to resume friendly neighborhood beta/proofreading sometime this week, so once she does, I'll be sending that to her.
Will be doing what I can on Chapter 8 until then, and then will try to get a start on my 2017 short story commitments while she's going over that material.

But you know, for what will probably turn out to be the first of two novellas in this volume, it's requiring just as much creative work as writing a regular full length novel.
Not sure if that's because of being in the more detail oriented mystery genre right now or some other reason(s), but I'll still take quality over quantity when it comes to writing or anything else.

In any event, take care, and I'll see you around the Internet.
Lee Houston, Junior
15 January, 2017

Sunday, January 8, 2017


The first week of the new year is behind us, and the writing continues.

Well into Chapter 7 of what will probably be the opening story of HUGH MONN, PRIVATE DETECTIVE: BOOK 3.
This volume will more than likely be comprised of two novellas, although I'm still working on the first one.
I am kicking around ideas for the companion tale, but no definitive plans yet.

Hope the new year is going well for you and yours so far.
See you around the Internet!
Lee Houston, Junior
8 January, 2017

Saturday, December 31, 2016

JANUARY 1, 2017

I did manage to get some writing done this past week, finishing Chapter 6 of the (still untitled) story in progress for what will be HUGH MONN, PRIVATE DETECTIVE: BOOK 3.
But considering what today is, let me just pause and say...

Lee Houston, Junior
1 January, 2017

Sunday, December 25, 2016

DECEMBER 25, 2016

Normally on a Sunday, you'd be expecting to find a Progress Report in regards to my writing efforts for the past week here. But since it is a major holiday, let me just say...

Monday, December 19, 2016


The following is the major announcement I promised everyone at the end of yesterday's Progress Report.

Cover by Michael Hegedus

JUST RELEASED by Pro Se Press is Book Two in my superhero series: PROJECT ALPHA: PROVING GROUND!

Nothing comes easy when you're a super-powered cosmic orphan without a home.
After having failed miserably to prevent the destruction of the planet Shambala at the hands of his unwanted arch-nemesis Conalaric in his debut (Project Alpha), the fledgling champion Alpha searches for a chance to become the hero he was destined to be.
Thinking the blue-green planet before him might present that opportunity, Alpha struggles to prove himself or be doomed to be misunderstood and hunted down as a potential threat to all life, including the world known as Earth.

With a cover by Michael Hegedus, PROJECT ALPHA: PROVING GROUND is now available in both print and e-book formats from Amazon, with all links active in that last sentence.

While there must be some suspension of disbelief when reading any work of fiction, I strove for a high degree of believability with this novel. It was a labor of love and I hope all my readers and fans enjoy it immensely.

—Lee Houston, Junior

Sunday, December 18, 2016


I have finished the funeral sequence for Chapter 6 of what is looking like will be the opening story for HUGH MONN, PRIVATE DETECTIVE: BOOK 3.
Not sure what else will be happening in that chapter yet, for I'm uncertain at the moment where to actually end it and begin Chapter 7.
Okay, still a lot of unanswered questions in regards to this tale and the rest of the book, but at times that is part of the fun of being an author.

My friendly neighborhood beta/proofreader Nancy Hansen has
informed me that she will not be doing any more friendly neighborhood beta/proofreading until sometime after Christmas.
Come to think of it, with Christmas approaching, I'm not sure how much more writing I'll be able to accomplish before the holiday is actually here.
Then again, I know 2017 is going to be a busy year for me writing wise, so maybe I should kick back and enjoy the holiday.
In any event, take care everybody

Lee Houston, Junior
18 December, 2016