Sunday, November 22, 2015


Chapter 19, TAKE TWO of ALPHA, BOOK 2: WAYWARD SON is back with my friendly neighborhood beta/proofreader, with over two pages of NEW material!
Because of the impending holiday, not sure when Nancy Hansen will be able to review and send it back to me.

I know everyone is looking forward to reading this novel, but question why it's taking so long.
I do understand everyone's anxiousness to read ALPHA 2, but would you prefer to read a high quality work or a hack job?

The latest word from Captain Ron Fortier of Airship 27 concerning the LEGENDS OF NEW PULP FICTION project (also known as the Tommy Hancock Benefit Anthology) is that all 62 stories are done, the volume will be roughly 400 pages, and they are still hoping for a between Thanksgiving and Christmas launch date, as seen by the image on the right.

Over 100 talented writers and artists, including yours truly, have donated their time and talents toward this endeavor. You will be hard pressed to find such an exotic collection of today's creative personnel in one place, and we all hope you appreciate our efforts towards this worthy cause when its available to the public.

There are roughly six weeks left in 2015, and 2016 is on the horizon, so let's see what awaits us.

See you around the Internet!
Lee Houston, Junior
22 November, 2015

Sunday, November 15, 2015


Well folks, I've gotten Chapter 19 of ALPHA, BOOK 2: WAYWARD SON back from my friendly neighborhood beta/proofreader and I'm going over it now.

Once that's done, I'll send it back to Nancy Hansen to review again while I resume work on Chapter 20, the grand finale to the novel.
Of course, I'll still have to go over it one last time to make sure the manuscript reads well as a coherent whole once I finish the first draft.

Everything I've mentioned before about impending releases is still on schedule. I'm hoping at least one of those projects will be out for the holiday season, but it all takes time.

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

Sunday, November 8, 2015


Okay, Chapter 19 IS FINISHED!

Will be sending it to my friendly neighborhood beta/proofreader after I finish posting this progress report today.

However, the manuscript to ALPHA, BOOK 2: WAYWARD SON WILL be going a full 20 chapters!

I have been thinking about my future projects after Alpha 2 is finished and submitted for publication.

I now have a plot worthy of Sherlock Holmes for that short story featuring the Victorian era's consulting detective that I promised Airship 27. I've also been considering a few short stories for some of their other anthologies, but more on that when those plans start edging closer to reality.

I'm also five pages into the other short story I originally committed to writing this year. Thankfully neither Holmes or this tale ever had an actual deadline attached (and I'm even more thankful that I met all those commitments on time as they arose), because in this case I'm dealing with a totally BRAND NEW CHARACTER and I definitely want to make sure everything is as right as humanly possible.

I've also been considering potential plot ideas for whatever will become Book 3 in the HUGH MONN, PRIVATE DETECTIVE series. Still not sure exactly what caper(s?) the detective of the far flung future will be taking on yet though.

Let's be honest with each other folks.
So far, 2015 has not been a great writing year for me.
Parts of it have been my fault, and for those I take full responsibility.
Others were influenced by things outside my control, and I just had to deal with them the best I could. Not as well as I would have liked to, but the best I could.

With this year only having a few weeks left at this point, it's definitely time to move forward and plan ahead.
No commitments at this time for 2016 beyond the plans I've already discussed above. Just have to take it all one day at a time.

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

Sunday, November 1, 2015


I hope everyone had a safe and happy Halloween.
I also hope that those who needed to remembered to set the clocks back one hour, since Daylight Savings Time ended overnight.
If you didn't, at least you'll really be on time wherever you have to go today.

I finished formatting and proofreading that anthology for my friendly neighborhood beta/proofreader Nancy Hansen; so I'm back working on ALPHA, BOOK 2: WAYWARD SON.

Writer's cap
At this point, still not sure if Chapter 19 (the one in progress) or Chapter 20 will be the last one.
Unfortunately, I lost Thursday to a cardiologist's appointment, but I have my writer's hat back on now and intend to have this manuscript finished by Thanksgiving.
Of course, I'll still have to give it its final "once over" to make sure the entire story reads as one coherent novel instead of a disjointed start/stop/restart project. But I'll cross that bridge when I come to it.

I have been told that everyone involved at Mechanoid Press is hard at work preparing THE SUPER SWINGIN' HERO 1968 SPECIAL that I helped visionary Jim Beard with for release, and that the Tommy Hancock Benefit anthology: LEGENDS OF NEW PULP FICTION is doing well at Airship 27.
Only the latter is scheduled for actual release before the end of 2015 at the moment, but I'm looking forward to both projects being available to the public when ready.
I had a great time participating in both anthologies, and Jim Beard has already shared some thoughts on a potential sequel to 1968 with me, so I'm truly looking forward to working with him again.

Meantime, I better get back to writing.
Take care, and I'll see you around the Internet.
Lee Houston, Junior
1 November, 2015

Sunday, October 25, 2015


While I am still working on Chapter 19 to ALPHA, BOOK 2: WAYWARD SON and am still uncertain at this moment whether or not 19 or 20 will be the final chapter of this novel, I have had to pause and switch gears for the moment.
My editor's hat, sort of

I am now wearing my editor's hat as I format and proofread an anthology for my friendly neighborhood beta/proofreader Nancy Hansen.

As I post this, I am only a couple of pages away from finishing the second of three stories, so I will be back on ALPHA 2 later this week.

Meanwhile, I hope everyone has a safe and fun Halloween, and I'll see you around the Internet.

Lee Houston, Junior
25 October, 2015

Sunday, October 18, 2015



Okay, I know some of you folks out there might be tired of hearing about Chapter 18 over and over for the last few weeks.
You know what?
So am I, but there comes a point in every writer's creative endeavors (or at least, there should be a point) where they always want to make sure that what they've written is the best they humanly can produce.
With that in mind, Chapter 18 of ALPHA, BOOK 2: WAYWARD SON IS done!

However, while revising and tweaking the chapter, I came up with a much better cliffhanger than originally planned.
So now, even though I am working on Chapter 19, I'm back to honestly not knowing whether or not there will be a Chapter 20.

This book has undergone so many rewrites and revisions that just goes to prove writing IS hard work!
Part of it is my responsibility. I'm striving for the best novel I can create since I personally consider Book 2 the lynch pin of the entire ALPHA series.

Project Alpha (Book 1) told our hero's origin and first adventure.
Book 2 picks up where Book 1 ended as our hero takes and...
Sorry. You'll have to wait and read the novel for yourself in 2016.

I have, or thought I had, Alpha's story plotted out at least through the end of Book 5.
However, I discovered that I had too much material that I wanted to include in Book 2 that has since been reluctantly set aside, so Book 3 will now be the second half of Book 2's adventure, pushing all the other plots back by at least one book.
But I will promise each and every one of you out there one thing right now.


The latest word on THE LEGENDS OF NEW PULP FICTION: THE TOMMY HANCOCK BENEFIT ANTHOLOGY from Airship 27, according to Captain Ron Fortier himself, is that the project is roughly three images and some final production away from a (hopeful) Thanksgiving-ish release just in time for the holidays.

There are so many people rallying around and creatively contributing to this cause, that the projected page count for the print volume stands at an estimated 1000 pages!
Unless Ron was joking about that.
Then again, 63 writers, 4000-5000 words per story, each tale with one illustration...

Of course, that won't matter to those of you with e-book readers. But any way you look at it, that is A LOT of good short story reading ahead!

More on this as we get closer to an actual release date.
For now, I better get back to writing.
See you around the Internet.
Lee Houston, Junior
18 October, 2015

Sunday, October 11, 2015


"Let's do the time warp again!"—The Rocky Horror Picture Show, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year!

GOOD writing takes time!
Chapter 18, Take 3 of ALPHA, BOOK 2: WAYWARD SON is still with my friendly neighborhood beta/proofreader. Nancy Hansen promises me that I will have it back sometime in the early part of this coming week. Meanwhile, she is spending the weekend canning vegetables for winter.

Not sure why they call it "canning", since she's putting everything in jars, but anyway...

I do have the first draft to Chapter 19, the FINAL chapter of the manuscript almost finished, but want to wait and see what my F.N.B/P thinks of 18, so if I have to make any revisions that might affect 19...

Therefore, I have spent the last couple of days working on one of the two short stories that I actually committed to in 2015.

Not that I haven't written a few already this year.
One of them has even already been published!
FRIENDLY REMINDER: it was "The Sound of Obedience" in the second GHOST BOY anthology, available in print and e-book formats from Airship 27.

Thankfully neither of my two original commitments have an actual deadline.
While I still owe Airship 27 a Sherlock Holmes mystery, the one I'm working on at the moment is my first foray into comedic adventure (think The Princess Bride), that unfortunately I can't say much more about right now.

It has proven a blast to write, and I'm only on page 5 of that manuscript.
But I will be going back to ALPHA as soon as I get Chapter 18 back.
Still believe that I will have the manuscript done and submitted to the publisher by Thanksgiving for a 2016 release date.
If not, definitely BEFORE Christmas!

In the meantime. I better get back to writing.
Take care, and see you around the Internet.
Lee Houston, Junior
11 October, 2015