Sunday, February 16, 2020

PROGRESS REPORT: WEEK ENDING FEBRUARY 15, 2020

I sincerely hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine's Day๐Ÿ’• and was able to spend it with the one you love.

Depending upon how this forthcoming week proceeds, I think I might be close to, if not actually finishing SHERLOCK HOLMES "THE ADVENTURE OF THE UNIMAGINABLE"! ๐Ÿ˜€
The tale is already well over 20,000 words but looks like it will end under 30,000; which would put it within the novelette or novella category, depending upon your definition of those words.


For those who have either already inquired or are wondering about the subject, since Yahoo (in its "infinite" wisdom๐Ÿ˜•) shut down all their groups, THE PULP FACTORY is now only on Facebook.
One can find many matters under discussion of pulp adventures classic and modern.
Check it out at your convenience.

Going back to writing now.
See you around the Internet.
Lee Houston, Junior
16 February, 2020

Sunday, February 9, 2020

PROGRESS REPORT: WEEK ENDING FEBRUARY 8, 2020

Everything is going well on the writing front.
Am now over 20,000 words on my SHERLOCK HOLMES short story novelette "THE ADVENTURE OF THE UNIMAGINABLE".
While I am definitely getting TOWARDS the end, I'm not there yet.
Still have a couple of more twists and turns to put Holmes and Doctor Watson through before I can say the story's done and send it on to my friendly neighborhood beta-proofreader.
ROBERT CONRAD: 1935-2020
There are many different kinds of heroes, from the brave in real life to those who save the day against tremendous odds in the various genres and formats of the entertainment industry.

Having been born in 1962, naturally I started out with my father, followed by the historic moon landing of Apollo 11 and its crew Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins, who I always thought got shortchanged by having to stay in orbit above. Then again, Collins was standing by in case of emergency, so...

A lot of the classic television programs of the 1960s I don't remember first run.
Robert Conrad and Ross Martin
The original Star Trek, Batman (and I had such a crush on Yvonne Craig in junior high!) and more I didn't see until syndicated airings in the 1970s.

One of those (re)discovered gems was The Wild, Wild, West.
The show may have never been 100% historically accurate, but overall it was a fun and entertaining adventure, especially the James West and Artemus Gordon episodes (for actor Ross Martin suffered a heart attack, making him miss the latter half of Season 3 and the beginning of Season 4).

Yet through it all Robert Conrad's West kept right on going through fights, death traps, and other trials and tribulations to bring the villains to justice and maybe even getting the woman at the end of each episode too.

My dad had a slightly different opinion though. The Wild, Wild, West was "okay", but Conrad as Major Greg "Pappy" Boyington in Baa Baa Black Sheep was his favorite and he watched every episode that was on TV, even if it was a rerun! Considering he thought reruns were a waste of time when you could either be watching or doing something else, that was high praise coming from him.

Sadly, we lost Ross Martin in 1981, and Conrad passed away yesterday: February 8.
The Wild, Wild, West, along with its leads, have had a bit of influence in my writing over the years.
When I need to show a long term friendship between two characters, my mind drifts at some point to West and Gordon.
In "The Rebel" for Jaime Ramos' Singularity: The Rise of the Post-Humans, I had a Gordon designed West like weapon amongst the title character's arsenal.
There are hints of both West and Gordon within the title character of SOLITAIRE, although I can't say more about this work in progress at the moment without spilling some serious secrets.
The one thing I have yet to do, that has been on my mind for quite some time, is to write a "buddy" adventure featuring a two character team. If I ever come up with just the right tale...

In any event, take care, and I'll see you around the Internet.
Lee Houston, Junior
9 February, 2020

Sunday, February 2, 2020

PROGRESS REPORT: WEEK ENDING FEBRUARY 1, 2020

Hmmm...
Well...
I did write this week, but I seem to be running out of steam at the moment on SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE ADVENTURE OF THE UNIMAGINABLE.
I'm just reaching the point where I'm trying to figure out an exciting climax that is worthy of the great consulting detective.
Whether I pause Holmes now or manage to get through this dilemma, eventually I will return to the SOLITAIRE novel, for I left the title character in the middle of Japan and that adventure is far from over.

In any event, I better get back to writing now.
Take care, and I'll see you around the Internet.
Lee Houston, Junior
2 February, 2020

Sunday, January 26, 2020

PROGRESS REPORT: WEEK ENDING JANUARY 25, 2020

Cover art by Larry Nadolsky
Writing proceeding apace on SHERLOCK HOLMES: "THE ADVENTURE OF THE UNIMAGINABLE".

Will return to the SOLITAIRE novel once that is completed, but spent a good chunk of the past week promoting the release of HUGH MONN, PRIVATE DETECTIVE VOLUME 3: FEMME FATALE! ๐Ÿ˜€

Hopefully both in progress projects will be done by late Spring/early Summer because there are other things I want to write, beginning with what will be HUGH MONN FOUR!

In the meantime, I better get back to writing now!
Take care, and I'll see you around the Internet.
Lee Houston, Junior
26 January, 2020

Sunday, January 19, 2020

HUGH MONN, PRIVATE DETECTIVE: FEMME FATALE NOW AVAILABLE!

Cover art by Larry Nadolsky
๐Ÿ˜€THE WAIT IS OVER!๐Ÿ˜€

The third book (and second full length novel) in my HUGH MONN, PRIVATE DETECTIVE series has been released in both print and Kindle formats by Pro Se Press on Amazon!

The private detective of the far flung future is back in a brand new adventure that hits a little too close to home when his girlfriend's apartment is ransacked and her roommate goes missing!
But is the lady on the lam from the villain(s) or the authorities?

From Pro Se's press release...
NEW PULP’S FAVORITE RETRO FUTURISTIC GUMSHOE IS BACK!
Author Lee Houston, Jr. returns to the glistening and grimy streets of science fiction mystery with his own futuristic shamus.

In the early days of Pro Se,” says Editor in Chief Tommy Hancock, “not only was Lee Houston, Jr. one of our first authors, he also introduced one of the characters that people still ask about. Taking everything a fan of 1950s type detectives would enjoy and wrapping it up in the glittery, galaxy studded package of the future, HUGH MONN, PRIVATE DETECTIVE shows the impact of Pulp as a style and what a dedicated writer like Lee can do with it. FEMME FATALE is a long awaited addition to this fantastic series.”

Even in the future, love and lust can get a Private Eye killed.
Hugh Monn finds his latest case strikes too close to home when his girlfriend's apartment is trashed and her roommate missing. But is the lady on the run from the villain(s) or the authorities?
As Hugh fights to find both the truth and the woman, he trips across a few old favorites of any galactic gumshoe- thieves, a blackmail scheme, and murder.
But the lines between love and hate, life and crime, victim and Femme Fatale get blurred as they tangle about Hugh’s proverbial neck!

Featuring an atmospheric cover by Larry Nadolsky, main title design by Sean Ali, and formatting by Carol Morris, HUGH MONN, PRIVATE DETECTIVE VOLUME THREE: FEMME FATALE is available in print for $9.99 or the Kindle foronly $2.99.
The book is also available to Kindle Unlimited members for free.

And there you have it! Hope you like the book everybody!—lh,jr.

PROGRESS REPORT: WEEK ENDING JANUARY 18, 2020

Keeping it short since I've still got a MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT to post.

After two days of intense research๐Ÿ”Ž concerning REDACTED and double checking my story's time line in regard to historical facts and the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle canon, work progresses on "Sherlock Holmes: The Adventure of the Unimaginable" once more. ๐Ÿ˜€

Currently at 18,000+ words and will probably be ending somewhere in the early 20,000s.

Gonna get back to writing now.
See you around the Internet.

Lee Houston, Junior
19 January, 2020

Sunday, January 12, 2020

BIBLIOGRAPHY 2020

Since I started FILLING BLANK SPACES in 2013, with this being the beginning of a new year, I am making my annual post to let everyone know what creative works I have available for your reading pleasure.

Sadly, 2019 saw more writing than publication except for here and The Free Choice E-zine.
Previous blog posts will help you track the current progress of SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE ADVENTURE OF THE UNIMAGINABLE and the SOLITAIRE novel.

But there is news on the PENDING front!

"Changing Horses", the short story I wrote in 2014 for Sean Taylor's HOOKER PUNK anthology is now scheduled for publication this year! ๐Ÿ˜ More details when available.

COMPANION DRAGONS: KIRI'S QUEST from 2018, HUGH MONN PRIVATE DETECTIVE BOOK 3: FEMME FATALE from last year, and THE FAMILY BUSINESS short story I wrote for the proposed STRONG CITY anthology in 2011 are all still pending at Pro Se Press.

HUGH MONN, PRIVATE DETECTIVE BOOK 3: FEMME FATALE RELEASED ON AMAZON IN BOTH PRINT AND KINDLE FORMAT JANUARY 15, 2020 FROM PRO SE!
But the official announcement wasn't made until January 19.

Although mourning the loss of his beloved wife, Jim Beard still has my ZEPHYR LILY story I created last year for his 1970s anthology that I also contributed some editorial assistance on, so when the time comes on that project...

And in regards to my past creative efforts... (Years are of actual publication)
2011
*THE WAY OF THE WORLD (first issue of Pro Se Press' Fantasy and Fear, of which I also served as Story Editor)
*Y-239 (first issue of Pro Se Press' Peculiar Adventures)
*DINEENA’S DILEMMA (Hugh Monn, Private Detective's debut in Masked Gun Mystery issue 1)
*IN THE BEGINNING (Wylde World, Part 1, Peculiar Adventures issue 2)
*SHORTAGES (Hugh Monn, Private Detective in Masked Gun Mystery issue 2)
*A TAVERN TALE (Fantasy and Fear issue 3, Pro Se Press)
*THE FIRST STEPS (Wylde World, Part 2, Peculiar Adventures issue 3)
Magazines folded and combined to become PRO SE PRESENTS, of which I was Story Editor for all 25 issues between 2012-2014.

2012
*HUGH MONN, PRIVATE DETECTIVE VOLUME 1 (Pro Se Press, collected the published and unpublished Hugh stories written for Masked Gun Mystery to that point.)

2013
*A BLACK FRIDAY IN AUSTRALIA (New Adventures of the Eagle, Volume 1; Pro Se Press/Pulp Obscura/Altus Press)
*PROJECT ALPHA, VOLUME 1 (Pro Se Press) debut novel of my superhero.

2014
*THE DEATH DEALER (New Adventures of Diamondstone the Magician, Volume 1); Pro Se Press/Pulp Obscura/Altus Press)
*WOLF HUNT (Sheriff William “Bat” Masterson meets Little Red Riding Hood in Once Upon A Sixgun, Volume 1; Pro Se Press)
*CAPTURED featuring the Man In Purple (New Adventures of The Man In Purple, Volume 1; Pro Se Press/Pulp Obscura/Altus Press)
*HUGH MONN, PRIVATE DETECTIVE: CATCH A RISING STAR (Pro Se Press) His first full length novel.

2015
*IT ALL STARTED INNOCENTLY ENOUGH (Judson/Gardner for the Charles Boeckman Project; Pro Se Press)
*THE SOUND OF OBEDIENCE (Ghost Boy, Volume 2; Airship 27)
*THE SUBSTANDARD QUINTET: COME TOGETHER (and I Co-edited Jim Beard's Super Swingin' Hero 1968 Special from Mechanoid Press too!)
*THE UNFAIR FARE (Legends of New Pulp Fiction, benefit anthology, Airship 27)

2016
*REBEL for Jamie Ramos’ Singularity: Rise of the Post Humans (Pro Se Press)
*SINBAD AND THE SINISTER STATUE for Sinbad, The New Voyages Volume 5 (Airship 27)
*THE WAY OF A WRITER for When the Shadow Sees the Sun: The Logan Masterson Benefit Anthology (Pro Se Press)
*PROJECT ALPHA 2: PROVING GROUND (Pro Se Press)

2017
THE MERCILESS MERMAID with Nancy Hansen, for Tales of the Hanging Monkey Volume 2 (Airship 27)

2018
Sherlock Holmes “The Adventure of the Artful Forger” in SHERLOCK HOLMES, CONSULTING DETECTIVE VOLUME 11 (Airship 27)

๐Ÿ˜•Yeah, I can see the "dwindling output" over the last couple of years too, but if you factor in the PENDING material coupled with my editorial work listed above along with being Editor-In-Chief of The Free Choice E-zine plus how time consuming writing can be when done properly...

In any event, everything already published is available on Amazon via my author's page, and I hope you enjoy my past, present, and future creative endeavors.

Lee Houston, Junior
January 2020