Sunday, February 19, 2017

PROGRESS REPORT: WEEK ENDING FEBRUARY 18, 2017

Okay, after making some serious revisions, Chapters 1-3 of the HUGH MONN, PRIVATE DETECTIVE story I'm currently working on are with my friendly neighborhood beta/proofreader Nancy Hansen, while I'm proceeding on Chapter 4.

The third book featuring the shamus of the far flung future is more than likely going to wind up being an anthology, but how many cases will comprise this volume remains to be seen.

However, the way this week looks, I have medical appointments and other personal commitments every day but Wednesday. So I'll be trying to get my writing done whenever I can, but how much will be accomplished this week remains to be seen.

Better get to it.
See you around the Internet.
Lee Houston, Junior
19 February, 2017

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

2016 BIBLIOGRAPHY UPDATE

It has occurred to me that for some reason, I have yet to update my Bibliography!
(my bad)
Anyway, while I did write a lot in 2016, not everything I wrote then has been published yet, so what has officially joined the ranks of my creative efforts are:

*REBEL, a short story introducing a new heroine for Jamie Ramos’ Singularity: Rise of the Post Humans (Pro Se)
*SINBAD AND THE SINISTER STATUE for Sinbad, The New Voyages Volume 5 (Airship 27)
*THE WAY OF A WRITER, my essay for When The Shadow Sees The Sun: Creators Surviving Depression, aka The Logan Masterson Benefit Book (Pro Se)
and of course:
*PROJECT ALPHA: PROVING GROUND the second book in my superhero's adventures (Pro Se).

Obviously I can't talk about the unreleased projects yet, but those who have followed this humble blog of mine are aware of at least some of the other things I have worked on last year.

And for my COMPLETE bibliography to this point...
2012
*THE WAY OF THE WORLD (first issue of Pro Se Press' Fantasy and Fear)
*Y-239 (first issue of Pro Se Press' Peculiar Adventures)
*DINEENA’S DILEMMA (Hugh Monn, Private Detective 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)
*HUGH MONN, PRIVATE DETECTIVE, Book 1 (Pro Se)

2013
*A BLACK FRIDAY IN AUSTRALIA (New Adventures of the Eagle, Volume 1; Pro Se Press/Pulp Obscura/Altus Press)
*PROJECT ALPHA, Book 1 (Pro Se)

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 (Book 2): CATCH A RISING STAR (Pro Se)

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 QUINTENT: COME TOGETHER (and I Co-edited Jim Beard's Super Swingin' Hero 1968 Special from Mechanoid Press)
*THE UNFAIR FARE (Legends of New Pulp Fiction, the Tommy Hancock benefit anthology, Airship 27)

2016
See above.
Those items have DIRECT LINKS, but everything can be found at Amazon

I am working on HUGH MONN, PRIVATE DETECTIVE, Book 3 right now.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

PROGRESS REPORT: WEEK ENDING FEBRUARY 11, 2017

Hugh, by David L. Russell
Got Chapter 2 of the current HUGH MONN, PRIVATE DETECTIVE story back from my friendly neighborhood beta/proofreader Nancy Hansen and am going over it now.

I will be the first to admit that (in my humble opinion) there are a variety of reasons why a mystery story seems to take more time to create than a tale in any other genre, but I always do my best to make every story I write as good as I can within my human talents.

In any event, I better get back to writing now.
Take care and HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!
Lee Houston, Junior
12 February, 2017

Sunday, February 5, 2017

PROGRESS REPORT: WEEK ENDING FEBRUARY 4, 2017

The first chapter of the new HUGH MONN, PRIVATE DETECTIVE story, is done and has already been sent to and come back from my friendly neighborhood beta/proofreader Nancy Hansen.

I'm well into Chapter 2 now, so I better get back to writing.

Take care, and I'll see you around the Internet.
Lee Houston, Junior
5 February, 2017

Sunday, January 29, 2017

PROGRESS REPORT: WEEK ENDING JANUARY 28, 2017

PLANNING AHEAD

Last week as you'll recall, I reported having to set aside the 20,000+ word story I was originally
working on for HUGH MONN, PRIVATE DETECTIVE: BOOK 3 because it wasn't turning out right.
Well, I did figure out what was wrong with that tale.
I was too far ahead in Hugh's time line!

While I plan Hugh more on a caper by caper basis, compared to my Project Alpha series (which has the superhero's adventures loosely plotted until at least Book 7), I do have a general idea of what I want to see happen to the title character over the course of the next several years.
The story currently on hold was actually a tale I should tell later than where things are in Hugh's life at the moment.
Having an idea of what happens to a character down the road isn't a bad thing, but even accidentally trying to tell his life story–so to speak–out of sequence is.

So where does that leave us, and Hugh, now?
Writing on Book 3 has resumed and the first chapter of the new story is done and with my friendly neighborhood beta/proofreader Nancy Hansen for review.
I still have the same basic unanswered questions I did when working on the original story:
"How long will this adventure be?"
"Will I need at least another tale if this one falls short of being novel length?"
and "What do I call it?"
But I'm not worried about finding those answers.
Yet.

Books 4 and 5 are now also roughly plotted out, with the unfinished story that needs fixing now slated for the fifth book.
I can hear the readers now asking such questions as:
"Why so far down the road?"
"What happens in Book 4? Let alone in Book 3?"
Afraid you folks will just have to wait and see.

For now, I better get back to writing.
Take care everybody!
Lee Houston, Junior
29 January, 2017

Sunday, January 22, 2017

PROGRESS REPORT: WEEK ENDING JANUARY 21, 2017

WRITERS ARE HUMAN TO TWO TOO!

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

PROGRESS REPORT: WEEK ENDING JANUARY 14, 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