Sunday, February 18, 2018

PROGRESS REPORT: WEEK ENDING FEBRUARY 17, 2018

WELL...

I was doing great on the Companion Dragon story the first half of this past week, and then I caught a <censored> head cold!

Okay. I didn't want to catch the dang thing.

Heck, I wasn't even looking for one to begin with.

But I have it, and I'm dealing with it the best I can right now.

At least it isn't the flu!

In any event, I'll be back to writing full time as soon as I can.

Take care everybody!
Lee Houston, Junior
18 February, 2018

Sunday, February 11, 2018

PROGRESS REPORT: WEEK ENDING FEBRUARY 10, 2018

Back on the Companion Dragon novella this past week.
Have to admit, finding it a bit tough to tell an adventure without forgetting that the heroine is only a five year old companion dragon.
I'm too used to writing about more adult adventurers like HUGH MONN PRIVATE DETECTIVE or ALPHA the superhero.
Don't worry, my friendly neighborhood beta-proofreader has already gone over the manuscript as it is once and has given me plenty of notes and suggestions.
It's just a question of actually doing the work.
Anyone who says writing is easy hasn't tried it for themselves.

In any event, going back to it now.
See you around the Internet!
Lee Houston, Junior
11 February, 2018

*BONUS TIME AGAIN!*

Looks like I've wound up with another short Progress Report on my hands, so you folks know what that means!
This time, the excerpt below is from the Companion Dragon's adventure I'm working on. ENJOY!
😎
...She was in the Sandwich Islands of the Otherworlds, a group of small cays nestled together on the clearest, cleanest stretch of blue ocean you could ever imagine. It was a place of lavish resorts, beautiful beaches, and multiple eateries always open for your dining pleasure but unfortunately manned by the worst cooks in history. As long as you weren’t hungry and could afford the travel expenses, the Sandwich Islands always guaranteed you a great vacation...

...The ruby scaled dragon was perched in the branches of a tall palm tree at the edge of the shoreline, looking out across the Mayo Ocean at the dark storm clouds that hovered over where she needed to go, the Isle of Wurst. While not a very big island compared to some of the others, it was surrounded by large rugged rocks that made getting there by boat difficult. Rumor had it that there were monsters patrolling the shoreline to keep unwanted visitors away. Then again, hardly anyone ever willingly visited the Isle of Wurst. It was such a dismal place because of the constant cloud cover. The island was always dark and gloomy, even if it was a bright, sunny day everywhere else...

Sunday, February 4, 2018

PROGRESS REPORT: WEEK ENDING FEBRUARY 3, 2018

I reached a decent stopping point (at 16,000+ words) on the Companion Dragon novella I'm writing for series editor (and my friendly neighborhood beta/proofreader) Nancy Hansen and e-mailed it to her for review.

Until I hear back from her on the subject, I've returned to working on HUGH MONN, PRIVATE DETECTIVE, BOOK 3: FEMME FATALE.

See you around the Internet.
Lee Houston, Junior
4 February, 2018

Wow. I didn't plan it this way, but that was kind of a short Progress Report, wasn't it?
Tell you what folks.

😎BONUS TIME!😎

The following is a brief snippet from FEMME FATALE. Ready?

...It was still a couple of hours before dawn as I felt my girlfriend’s hand tighten its grip on mine.

We were standing in the Public Viewing Room of the Galveston 2 morgue, which was in a below ground level tier of the City Services Tower. Except for the trim around the projector of the wall mounted holo-monitor and the control panel next to it, the space was all white in color. Even the floor, ceiling, and chairs for visiting mourners were the same bland, sterile looking hue.

We were there to see the body of...
...but being here was something Sandy insisted upon. Until she saw for herself, Sandy was unwilling to believe the news.

It was a solemn, but relatively quick event. In a low but gentle voice, the Grief Attendant on duty asked if she was ready. Sandy just silently nodded her head as the woman in the all white uniform activated the viewing screen.

One brief look was all it took. Sandy turned her head away and started crying again after confirming the identity of the deceased. I held my girlfriend close, trying to comfort her as I just stared at the mortal remains of...

Sunday, January 28, 2018

PROGRESS REPORT: WEEK ENDING JANUARY 27, 2018


HUGH, THERE'D BE DRAGONS!

I started out this past week working on HUGH MONN, PRIVATE DETECTIVE, BOOK 3: FEMME FATALE when my plans got changed.

Back in 2017, my friendly neighborhood beta-proofreader asked me if I'd like to contribute to the Companion Dragon universe of stories that already featured Lazlo, Waxy, and Copper.
Of course, I jumped at the chance to work with Nancy Hansen!

We discussed at length who would be "my" dragon, and how the character would fit into the overall plans for the series, including the fact that sometime in the future (and when right now is anybody's guess), there might be a team up of ALL the dragons!

There was no deadline at the time, so imagine my surprise when Nancy contacted me and asked if the first draft of the novella (30,000 minimum to 35,000 words max) would be ready this spring! 😲

Now, it's not like I hadn't been working on it at all. But between various attempts and versions of what is now shaping up to be FEMME FATALE for HUGH, as well as the 1970s Project for Jim Beard (which unfortunately is still on hold as I post this), along with a couple of other things besides life's interruptions, I only managed to do a little over 9000 words on the story.

So guess what I've been working on this past week? πŸ˜‰

I'm now nearing the 15,000 words mark as of this Progress Report. As soon Nancy is over her unfortunate bout of the flu, I'll send her what I have so far for review and go back to HUGH in the meantime.

Ah, the life of a writer.
I better get back to "work" now.
Take care, and I'll see you around the Internet.
Lee Houston, Junior
28 January, 2018

Sunday, January 21, 2018

PROGRESS REPORT: WEEK ENDING JANUARY 20, 2018

Hugh Monn
The writing has been pretty intense this past week.
Or, at least the sequence for Chapter 13 of HUGH MONN, PRIVATE DETECTIVE, BOOK 3: FEMME FATALE is.
It's been a pretty emotional time, especially for one specific character.
Wish I could say more, but don't want to spoil things for the readers.
I am 41,000+ words into the novel and do think it's coming along great now.
Granted, I've had my ups and downs, along with a couple of false starts trying to create this book; but I am well on my way now and the finish line (THE END) is on the horizon.
Not sure how much longer it will take me to get there, so I better get back to "work" now.
See you around the Internet!
Lee Houston, Junior
21 January, 2018

Sunday, January 14, 2018

PROGRESS REPORT: WEEK ENDING JANUARY 13, 2018

Any available writing time this past week, outside of honoring my responsiblities as Editor-In-Chief of The Free Choice E-zine was spent working on HUGH MONN, PRIVATE DETECTIVE.
But not all of it was spent on BOOK 3: FEMME FATALE.

I had a few ideas cross my mind while working on Chapter 13, and wound up going back over the previous false starts before FEMME FATALE and now have a solid plot for what will be BOOK 4!
As well as what will eventually be BOOK 5!😎

I'm not sure about other professions, but at least in writing, it pays to hang on to your old material and unused ideas, because you never know when all the various pieces will fit together to create something new and wonderful.
It certainly saves you a lot of time and hassles avoiding this:

In any event, while all my novels are self-contained, without those dreaded words "To Be Continued" at the bottom of the last page, they do tend to build upon one another, like the books in any good series should.

The relationship between Hugh and his girlfriend Sandra Bunnae started at the end of the first HUGH book, has continued through BOOK 2: CATCH A RISING STAR, and is still going strong during BOOK 3.

And in BOOK 4???

Well... let me finish BOOK 3 and what will eventually be the third book in the PROJECT ALPHA series before we start talking about that, okay?

In any event, I'm going back to writing now.
Take care, and I'll see you around the Internet.
Lee Houston, Junior
14 January, 2018


Sunday, January 7, 2018

PROGRESS REPORT: WEEK ENDING JANUARY 6, 2018

Well, it's certainly been a busy week for me.
Writing wise, I spent every moment I could going over HUGH MONN, PRIVATE DETECTIVE, BOOK 3: FEMME FATALE Chapters 11-13 now that I've got the edited copy back from my friendly neighborhood beta-proofreader.

On the other hand, the blizzard Thursday certainly wasn't a lot of fun.
Had to go out Wednesday to fight the mobs at the store to lay in extra supplies, just in case.
Why everyone suddenly goes into "headless chicken mode" during such events is beyond me.
The objective is just to have extra stuff on hand for a few days, not to be able to survive until the zombie apocalypse is over. Right?

Thankfully the power never went out, but that wind!
Being originally from the southern Gulf Coast, I know what it's like to deal with a Tropical Storm, let alone a hurricane, and blizzard winds are certainly no fun either.
Especially the cold!
It has not gotten above the 20s for afternoon high temperatures in my neck of the woods since before Christmas!
There have even been a few nights when the official low temperature turned out to be a negative number!

One thing you have to remember, besides the fact that climate change is real.
Not only do the warmer days grow hotter, but the winter days get colder!
In any event the worst is (allegedly) over, for now, and it's supposed to get ABOVE freezing for a few days during the coming week.

Speaking of which, I'll be creating fresh words on the HUGH manuscript as soon as I finish going over all of Nancy Hansen's notes; although work will be paused on Wednesday for a doctor's appointment.

So take care, and I'll see you around the Internet.
Lee Houston, Junior
7 January, 2018