Sunday, July 12, 2020

PROGRESS REPORT: WEEK ENDING JULY 11, 2020

G'day mate!🤠
Still working on the SOLITAIRE novel.
Am now on Chapter 22 and over 48,000+ words into the manuscript, with the action shifting from Tokyo, Japan to the Australian Outback.

Can't say any more without the risk of tripping the SPOILER ALERT SYSTEM, so I better get back to writing now.
Take care, and I'll see you around the Internet.
Lee Houston, Junior
12 July, 2020


Sunday, July 5, 2020

PROGRESS REPORT: WEEK ENDING JULY 4, 2020

I hope everyone has had a good and safe Fourth of July weekend.
There is still a lot going on in the world right now between the pandemic, racial tensions and all the other troubles humanity is currently facing but if you're reading this, then you're still alive and that's a start!
Hopefully in time we can work everything out.

Chapter 21 and over 46,000 words into the current novel as SOLITAIRE has gone on to the next leg of the adventure.
From New York City to Tokyo, Japan and now the Australian Outback.
If there was only some way I could collect frequent flyer miles for my imagination...😉
Then again, it's probably a lot safer right now just to sit at my computer and let my mind wander.

In any event take care, STAY SAFE, and I'll see you around the Internet.
Lee Houston, Junior
5 July, 2020

Sunday, June 28, 2020

PROGRESS REPORT: WEEK ENDING JUNE 27, 2020

Okay. Let's go through the check list.✅

Still on SOLITAIRE.
44,000+ words in the middle of Chapter 20.
Been in Tokyo, Japan since Chapter 13 after spending the first 12 in New York City.
Should finally be leaving the Orient by the end of this chapter to go on to the next leg of this adventure novel.
Have to finish this manuscript and edit SHERLOCK HOLMES in "THE ADVENTURE OF THE UNIMAGINABLE" before I go on to a totally brand new project, whatever that will be.

Yep. That pretty much covers everything.
Okay. Take care everybody!
STAY SAFE! 😷 And I'll see you around the Internet.

Lee Houston, Junior
28 June, 2020

Sunday, June 21, 2020

PROGRESS REPORT: WEEK ENDING JUNE 20, 2020

Although I pretty much stayed home most of this past week except for grocery shopping hunting day, there were lots of other matters to attend to, so I'm afraid I didn't get much actual writing done.😞

What that means is that I'm still on Chapter 19 of the SOLITAIRE novel, but am now at 43,000+ words.
Should get out of Tokyo (figuratively, since the closest I've ever been there in real life is anime, manga, and kaiju movies) soon to continue the next leg of this globe trotting adventure.

And of course, don't forget the graphic reminder of what today is.😉

Take care, and I'll see you around the Internet.
Lee Houston, Junior
21 June, 2020

Sunday, June 14, 2020

PROGRESS REPORT: WEEK ENDING JUNE 13, 2020

Okay, let's get the writing news out of the way first.
41,000+ words and 19 chapters into SOLITAIRE now.
Whether this chapter or the next, the Tokyo leg of the adventure novel is about to conclude and then...?

You folks certainly don't need me to get on my soap box and speak about current events.
The pandemic...
...George Floyd and all the issues therein...

From one human being to another, WE NEED TO FIND PEACEFUL SOLUTIONS TOGETHER to all the problems facing us locally, nationally, and globally!

In hopes of eventually accomplishing this very long term goal, I'd like to take a moment and share something special with everyone that I first heard as a small child.
Courtesy of YouTube, from 1968 ♫Everyday People♫ by Sly and the Family Stone.


Take care. STAY SAFE! And I'll see you around the Internet.
Lee Houston, Junior
14 June, 2020


Sunday, June 7, 2020

PROGRESS REPORT: WEEK ENDING JUNE 6, 2020

THIS AND THAT.
Have a few things to share with everyone, so let's get right to it.

SOLITAIRE
Currently in the middle of Chapter 18 and approaching the 40,000 word mark.
Whether the Tokyo leg of the adventure ends here or in Chapter 19 remains to be seen however.

SHERLOCK HOLMES
Got "The Adventure of the Unimaginable" back from my friendly neighborhood beta-proofreader yesterday. Want to finish at least Chapter 18, if not the entire Tokyo section of SOLITAIRE, before I start going over Holmes in earnest.
How long that will take once I actually start remains to be seen, because I'll be working on trying to turn a first draft into a polished manuscript ready for submitting to Airship 27.

YESTERDAY
June 6 was D-Day, the turning point of World War 2 for the Allied Forces.
Winston Churchill is to have said after the fact, "Never was so much owed by so many to so few."
It was a long and decisive battle on the beaches of Normandy that eventually led to the defeat of the Nazis and their evils.
Which leads me to...

TODAY
You don't need me to remind you of recent events concerning George Floyd and others.
Bigotry, discrimination, inequality, and all the other (social) sins of the world are wrong and should not be tolerated, let alone allowed to continue.
Yet while the Allied Action was necessary in the 1940s, there are more peaceful methods of protest and standing up for your rights available.
After all, the loudest chance to express your voice and opinion is coming this November with Election Day!

So STAY SAFE, and I'll see you around the Internet.
Lee Houston, Junior
7 June, 2020

Sunday, May 31, 2020

PROGRESS REPORT: WEEK ENDING MAY 30, 2020

Hate to sound like the proverbial broken record, but I'm still working on SOLITAIRE.
The statistics have increased since last week though. On Chapter 17 now. 38,000+ words but still in Tokyo, Japan.

It's tough trying to write about a place you've never been to. Granted, that happens a lot in science fiction. After all, when was the last time you were on another planet?😉
Most of my traveling over the years has been done via the entertainment industry. Books, magazines, TV, movies, etc.
There are a lot of places I would love to see for myself first hand someday.
Wasn't sure when that would of ever happened, even before the pandemic struck.
Yet one can still do research, as well as dream and imagine.

With that in mind, I better get back to writing now.
Take care, and I'll see you around the Internet.
Lee Houston, Junior
31 May, 2020