Sunday, August 23, 2015


Chapter 16 IS done!

Fourth time/revision was the charm. Am working on Chapter 17 of ALPHA, BOOK 2: WAYWARD SON now, with the novel projected to be 18 chapters long.
There might actually be a 19th, but we'll see how things turn out.

For those of you wondering why this takes so long, please remember that authors also have commitments and responsibilities in the real world to deal with and honor besides those in the creative realm of writing.

For example, housework and other chores kept me from my computer until after dinner today. Meanwhile, besides being my friendly neighborhood beta/proofread, Nancy Hansen also has her own writing projects to take care of along with a host of other things to deal with in real life; including helping to babysit her grandchildren on a regular basis.

Barring anything unforeseen, the manuscript should be done by the end of September 2015, although it will still require a final pass in its entirety before submitting the novel to the publisher.

*Legends of New Pulp, the Tommy Hancock benefit anthology from Airship 27 is aiming for a Fall 2015 release while the Super Swingin' Hero 1968 Special (anthology) from Mechanoid Press will hopefully be out in time for Christmas.

Meanwhile, I better get back to writing now.
See you around the Internet.
Lee Houston, Junior
23 August, 2015

Sunday, August 16, 2015


Well, it may not seem like it once you read this, but there IS progress!

My friendly neighborhood beta/proofreader has yet to review the fourth revision of Chapter 16 to ALPHA, BOOK 2: WAYWARD SON; while I'm hard at work on Chapter 17.
Remember, at the end of last week's Progress Report, I had just sent her the first revision for review.

Current projections show the novel being completed with Chapter 18, but we'll see how it turns out.

And of course, everybody knows my thoughts on
and how I want BOOK 2 to be as perfect as humanly possible, considering that WAYWARD SON sets the foundation for the future of the ALPHA series.

So I better get back to writing now.
See you around the Internet.
Lee Houston, Junior
16 August, 2015

Alpha image by Marc Guerrero

Sunday, August 9, 2015


Here's where things stand at the moment.

My friendly neighborhood beta/proofreader Nancy Hansen finally got a chance to look over Chapters 16 and 17 of ALPHA, BOOK 2: WAYWARD SON.
I looked over all her comments and addressed the issues she felt needed attending to with the material.

But part of the solution to fixing Chapter 16 was to bump up material that originally appeared in Chapter 17.
So now Nancy is going to review the revised Chapter 16 again, while I combine what's left of Chapter 17 to what I already had in progress of Chapter 18 to make a new Chapter 17.

Then, once the new version of Chapter 16 is done to both her and my liking, then I will send her the revised Chapter 17 for review.

So where does that leave things at the moment?
53,000+ words between 16 official chapters, the 17th in progress, and the overall novel going at least 18 chapters.

A lot of hard work has already gone into the creation of this manuscript, and I'm obviously not finished yet; but I'm going to do the best I humanly can to make ALPHA, BOOK 2: WAYWARD SON a novel you can be excited about reading!

Better get back to writing now.
See you around the Internet.
Lee Houston, Junior
9 August, 2015

Sunday, August 2, 2015


Here's where things stand at the moment on ALPHA, BOOK 2: WAYWARD SON...

I have finished writing Chapters 16 and 17!
However, because of stuff that she has to deal with, my friendly neighborhood beta/proofreader has yet to review either of them.

Meanwhile, I am working on Chapter 18.
How many chapters remain to be written is uncertain.
There are points I still want to cover before Book 2 concludes, so I won't be surprised if there is a Chapter 19, but whether or not the count reaches 20 (or beyond) remains to be seen.

As I've said before, while I do plot, my plots are not completely set in stone.
I like having the flexibility of including new ideas when they come along that go great with whatever I'm writing at the moment, along with the freedom to toss whatever doesn't work if necessary.
After all, technically this is the fifth attempt at completing the manuscript for ALPHA, BOOK 2: WAYWARD SON.

Writer's block, missing that infamous left turn at Albuquerque, call it what you will. As you can see by the graphic on the right, a LOT goes into the creation of any novel or short story.

Although the readers have the final judgement, I will not submit any manuscript until I have done the best I am humanly capable of.
But this time everything is going great and the end is in sight!

Gotta get back to writing now.
See you around the Internet.
Lee Houston, Junior
2 August, 2015

Sunday, July 26, 2015


Work is proceeding well on the manuscript for what will be ALPHA, BOOK 2: WAYWARD SON.

Sixteen complete chapters at 52,000+ words.
Not sure what the final chapter and word counts will be at the moment, let alone what else I can say right now without risking major spoiler alerts, so I better get back to writing now.

See you around the Internet.
Lee Houston, Junior
26 July, 2015

Sunday, July 19, 2015


Hard at work on the concluding chapters to ALPHA, BOOK 2: WAYWARD SON.

Granted, haven't started sending them to my friendly neighborhood beta/proofreader yet, but that time is coming.

All the whys and wherefores as to all the hard work and detours/delays that have affected the novel are well documented in previous Progress Reports on this blog.

Think Labor Day weekend I might be typing "THE END" at the bottom of the last page of the manuscript, but that date isn't set in stone. Who knows what else might happen between now and then?

Meanwhile, better get back to writing.
See you around the Internet.
Lee Houston, Junior
19 July, 2015

Monday, July 13, 2015


Between the more recent Progress Reports I've posted and the actual work I've done on the book, it's occurred to me that it's been a mighty long time since I've actually posted any teasers from the manuscript.

Therefore, the following excerpt is from much further along in ALPHA, BOOK 2: WAYWARD SON than any previous Work In Progress post.


When Alpha first opened the side door, he was surprised to see the small group of beings in a helpless state. They were all bond and gagged against their will. Their eyes started to light up with hope when they spotted him, regardless of how oddly their rescuer was dressed. He wanted to pause and set them free, but was uncertain how much time remained to complete his mission. Leaving the chamber door open as he turned away was the best compromise available.

At the end of the corridor was another door identical to the one he was forced to slice open. Sensing others outside the barrier, Alpha floated invisibly above the main control room's rear portal, his back against the ceiling. He then created a minute force shield, and manipulated it with just a thought against the entrance way’s control panel to attempt remotely opening the threshold. A few moments of trial and error finally resulted in success as the small globe pushed the proper buttons to unseal the door.

As the portal slid open, several armed guards rushed in. Alpha waited until the last one passed underneath him before silently flying out of the room.