Sunday, December 9, 2018

PROGRESS REPORT: WEEK ENDING DECEMBER 8, 2018

It seems that the closer we get to the holidays, the more demands are placed upon my time.
Nothing I can't handle. It's just that the more I tend to other matters (like housecleaning, shopping, Christmas decorations, etc) the less time there is for writing.
Maybe my friendly neighborhood beta-proofreader is right in taking the rest of 2018 off from any major work, which also means she will not start reviewing the manuscript for HUGH MONN, BOOK 3: FEMME FATALE until sometime after the first of the year.
I know there are still things I need to do, including owing a marketing director a photo and bio, once I find someone with a working camera willing to take my picture.
In any event, the above was a whole lot of words to explain why not much got done on the writing front this past week.
Maybe this week will be better?
We'll see how it goes.
In the meantime, take care and I'll see you around the Internet.

Lee Houston, Junior
9 December, 2018

Sunday, December 2, 2018

PROGRESS REPORT: WEEK ENDING DECEMBER 1, 2018

First and foremost: for those celebrating starting at sundown tonight, HAPPY HANUKKAH!

Now then...
Can you believe this is my 300TH WRITING BLOG POST???
I tried looking for an appropriate image to celebrate this tricentennial, but all I could find was the (copyrighted) logo to some movie.
Seems like just yesterday I started my writing blog, but we all know it's been longer than that.
Am thinking about changing the background/layout format, but haven't liked any of Blogger's offerings yet.
If you folks have any thoughts on the subject, please leave them in the comments section to this post.

Anyway, my friendly neighborhood beta-proofreader and I haven't exchanged files yet, so not sure when she'll be reviewing HUGH MONN, PRIVATE DETECTIVE BOOK 3: FEMME FATALE while I go over her latest fantasy novel, but time will tell.

Been thinking about my writing plans present and future.
Still have to finish my Zephyr Lily story for Jim Beard, and definitely want to do at least another Sherlock Holmes story for Airship 27, but my main focus to open 2019 WILL BE whatever becomes Book 3 in the Project Alpha series!

For better or worse though, my productivity just hasn't been where I want it to be.
Granted, it's physically impossible to write 24/7, and life and other matters do get in the way sometimes when I try to write.
The false starts and restarts, let alone pausing everything when my mother passed away last year, certainly didn't help things on HUGH 3.
Then again other obligations, like my recent doctor's visit (which went well), house work (unfortunately I have yet to find a self cleaning house, let alone clothes and dishes that will wash themselves) and other stuff (with winter upon us, somebody has to start and run the wood stove) take time away from writing.
I know there isn't enough hours in the average day.
There certainly isn't enough me.
Especially since I've lost a good 30 pounds since the start of this year! 😎

None of the above can be taken as an excuse, but it is an explanation for what's been going on.
After all, I'm only human. 👽😉

In any event, I better get back to writing now.
Take care, and I'll see you around the Internet.
Lee Houston, Junior
2 December, 2018

Sunday, November 25, 2018

PROGRESS REPORT: WEEK ENDING NOVEMBER 24, 2018

Really not all that much to say at the moment.

Had a great Thanksgiving, and what writing time I did manage to obtain was devoted to my "Zephyr Lily" story for Jim Beard.
Still waiting to hear from my friendly neighborhood beta-proofreader as to when we'll be trading files so I can go over her latest fantasy novel while she reviews HUGH MONN, PRIVATE DETECTIVE, BOOK 3: FEMME FATALE.

But other than an impending physical this week, there should definitely be more writing time available to me than there was this past week.
Better get to it.

Take care, and I'll see you around the Internet.
Lee Houston, Junior
25 November, 2018

Sunday, November 18, 2018

PROGRESS REPORT: WEEK ENDING NOVEMBER 17, 2018

First and foremost everybody:

Now then, my friendly neighborhood beta-proofreader has decided that between the impending holiday and needing to finish going over what will be the fifth novel in her Jezebel Johnston series before submitting it to Airship 27, that the two of us will not be trading files until after the first of December at the earliest.

I will still be going over her latest fantasy novel while she reviews HUGH MONN, PRIVATE DETECTIVE, BOOK 3: FEMME FATALE, just not when I originally thought.

So what have I been doing?
WRITING.
Duh!

At the moment, I am backtracking to finish my Zephyr Lily story for Jim Beard's 1970s comics homage anthology, because that has been green lighted again! 😁

Then I will be racking up the frequent time traveling miles between a few other projects I want to get underway, including another Sherlock Holmes adventure.
So while all of this might be a whole lot easier if I had my own TARDIS😉, I certainly won't be idle, despite the fact that I will be taking Thursday off.

In any event, take care, and I'll see you around the Internet.
Lee Houston, Junior
18 November, 2018

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

PROGRESS REPORT: WEEK ENDING NOVEMBER 10, 2018

You can't see it from your side of the Internet, but I'm doing my "happy dance" right now because I have finished the manuscript for HUGH MONN, PRIVATE DETECTIVE, BOOK 3: FEMME FATALE!

Tuesday, my friendly neighborhood beta-proofreader and I will trade files.
I will review her latest fantasy novel while she reads Hugh.
When done, we will trade back and go over each other's respective notes, making corrections where needed before going over the manuscript one last time from start to finish.
Then, when everything is as perfect as humanly possible, I will submit FEMME FATALE to the publisher and go on to my next project.

"But what is that?" you ask.
Stay tuned!

HAPPY VETERANS' DAY!
Lee Houston, Junior
11 November, 2018

Sunday, November 4, 2018

PROGRESS REPORT: WEEK ENDING NOVEMBER 3, 2018

I AM on the very last chapter of HUGH MONN, PRIVATE DETECTIVE, BOOK 3: FEMME FATALE!
However, I'm not sure if it will conclude with Chapter 25 or 26.
It's just a question of how long I decide to make 25.
Regardless of the chapter number, I am currently 134 manuscript pages and 63,000+ words into the novel, so I do have to conclude everything before reaching 70,000 words.

With the false starts, dead ends, restarts, and having to pause everything because of my mother's passing last October, I will be the first to admit this one has been really tough to write.
Yet the end IS in sight!

When FEMME FATALE is done, I will be going over my friendly neighborhood beta-proofreader's manuscript for what will be her next fantasy novel while she reviews Hugh.

After that...?

So I better get back to writing.
Take care and I'll see you around the Internet.
Lee Houston, Junior
4 November, 2018


Sunday, October 28, 2018

PROGRESS REPORT: WEEK ENDING OCTOBER 27, 2018

I am certainly glad that this past week is over and done with.😣
The eye exam went well. Mine are as healthy as a 56 year old man's can be. 😎
Still need the reading glasses, but at least the prescription hasn't changed.
Eye health is as important as anything else concerning your well being, and I do the best I can to stay well, living a post congestive heart failure and aortic aneurysm life.
But because of the eye exam and some other stuff, I didn't get much writing done this past week. 😢

Hopefully things will be back to what passes for "normal" soon.

Still on HUGH MONN, PRIVATE DETECTIVE, BOOK 3: FEMME FATALE, so I better get back to writing now.

Take care, and I'll see you around the Internet.
Lee Houston, Junior
28 October, 2018