Sunday, July 24, 2016

PROGRESS REPORT: WEEK ENDING JULY 23, 2016

About to send the SECOND draft of my Sherlock Holmes adventure to my friendly neighborhood beta-proofreader Nancy Hansen for her thoughts.
In all honesty, I think it is a much better story now than the original draft.
Not that the first draft was bad, but for every creative endeavor I always try to submit the best story I can humanly write.
In the end, it's your opinion as the reader that matters most, but like I said before, Sherlock Holmes turned out to be a tougher creative challenge than I thought it would and I want my first outing with the Victorian Era's Consulting Detective to be memorable.

With that thought in mind, I better get back to writing now.
Take care, and I'll see you around the Internet.
Lee Houston, Junior
24 July, 2016

Sunday, July 17, 2016

PROGRESS REPORT: WEEK ENDING JULY 16, 2016

The Sherlock Holmes adventure that I have sweated over and worked on for weeks now is FINALLY in the capable hands of my friendly neighborhood beta/proofreader Nancy A. Hansen!
She is going over it with a fine toothed comb, an electron microscope, and whatever else she uses.

When I get the edited copy back from her, I will be going over it with at least as much attention to detail as she displayed, making sure everything is as accurate as humanly possible in regards to the details of life during Victorian England as well as it is a tale worthy of the famous consulting detective, before submitting it to Ron Fortier at Airship 27.

I kind of find myself at loose ends at the moment waiting for Sherlock to come back, but that doesn't mean I'm idle.

I've been going over ideas for what will eventually be the third volume in my Hugh Monn, Private Detective series from Pro Se Press, as well as kicking around some other project ideas.

Some of those ideas are short stories, for I know of two projects that I WILL be contributing to once they are given the green light to start. Others are for anthologies that I want to contribute to as time permits, especially encore engagements to Ghost Boy and Sinbad-The New Voyages.
Vitruvian Man by Leonardo da Vinci

There are also some new concepts I've been considering too. Whether these work out to the point that I actually write them remains to be seen.
However, I also need to learn how to be more proficient with my writing time as well.
It's way too easy to be emotionally or Internet distracted by something.
After all, I'm only human.

On that note♫, take care everyone!
Lee Houston, Junior
17 July, 2016


Sunday, July 10, 2016

PROGRESS REPORT: WEEK ENDING JULY 9, 2016

NO MATTER HOW GREAT THE WORDS ARE,
I'M STILL ONLY HUMAN.

I was making the final proofread of my Sherlock Holmes story before sending it on to my friendly neighborhood beta/proofreader when I found a drastic mistake.
I gave Holmes the wrong solution!
In a lot of mystery stories, there are usually two possible solutions.
The "almost" and the "totally correct" one.

Ellery Queen on TV, circa 1975
Ellery Queen, another fictional detective, was famous for this.
Someone else, usually either his father Inspector Queen or a rival thought they had the solution to the mystery, only for Ellery to provide the correct answer to the enigma.
In my case, I accidentally gave Sherlock Holmes the "almost" solution and Inspector Lestrade the "totally correct" one.
Definitely would not cast the famous Victorian Era Consulting Detective in a good light, would it?

Found where I made the mistake(s) laying the clues and am correcting the situation now.
Hope to have the story finished and finally off to my beta/proofreader this week.
But, considering how late it is as I post this, I'll get a fresh start on the project Monday.

Take care, and I'll see you around the Internet.
Lee Houston, Junior
10 July, 2016

Sunday, July 3, 2016

PROGRESS REPORT: WEEK ENDING JULY 2, 2016

For all intents and purposes, the first draft of my Sherlock Holmes story for Airship 27 is complete!

I want to reread it from start to finish before sending it on to my friendly neighborhood beta/proofreader Nancy Hansen for her comments and opinions first.

While she has it, I will resume work on my other short story commitment for 2016 until she sends it back to me.

Once I have gone over her annotated version and finalized the manuscript, then I will be submitting it to Ron Fortier at A27.

Meanwhile, for those of my readership celebrating, I hope you have a safe and HAPPY 4TH OF JULY WEEKEND!

Lee Houston, Junior
3 July, 2016

Sunday, June 26, 2016

PROGRESS REPORT: WEEK ENDING JUNE 25, 2016

ALMOST finished with the first draft of my Sherlock Holmes story for Airship 27.
Holmes has just proven to Lestrade that the person the Inspector suspects is guilty can't be, and is now about to explain who is.
At the 12,000+ word mark on "The Adventure of..."
Sorry to keep you in suspense, but I'm still uncertain whether or not to actually reveal the title right now.

In any event, once I finish the first draft, will be sending it to my friendly neighborhood beta/proofreader Nancy Hansen for her opinion(s).
Then, when I get that back, will go over the manuscript one last
time before submitting it to Ron Fortier at Airship 27.

While I'm waiting for her input, and once I can completely cross Holmes off my To Do List (for now?), I will be working on my other known short story commitment for 2016.

I say known because there are a couple of other potential short story assignments on the horizon, but none of them have become a reality.
Yet.

After that, will start creating whatever is destined to become the third volume of HUGH MONN, PRIVATE DETECTIVE.

Better get back to writing now.
See you around the Internet.
Lee Houston, Junior
26 June, 2016

Saturday, June 18, 2016

PROGRESS REPORT: WEEK ENDING JUNE 18, 2016

              For those with reason to celebrate,


Finished going over the manuscript for my friendly neighborhood beta/proofreader's next book within her Greenwood Cycle of novels.
I honestly think Nancy Hansen has another winner on her hands.

Then I spent the rest of the week going back over what I've written so far of my Sherlock Holmes story for Airship 27. Unfortunately that tale isn't finished as far as the manuscript is concerned yet, but it is now much tighter than it was.
I even thought of another clue to throw into the mystery, but whether or not it turns out to be another red herring or something important will only be revealed when you finally get to read the tale.

With that, take care and I'll see you around the Internet.
Lee Houston, Junior
19 June, 2016

Sunday, June 12, 2016

PROGRESS REPORT: WEEK ENDING JUNE 11, 2016

Had to wear my editor's hat this past week because my friendly neighborhood beta-proofreader Nancy Hansen needed me to return the favor and go over the manuscript for what will eventually be the next novel in her Greenwood based fantasy series from Pro Se Press.

So far so good. Another great adventure that begins a few yearturns after the last page of Masters' Endgame and picks up where events left off at the end that novel.

Can't say more without spoiling everything for you, but her book will be well worth reading once it's published.

After I finish helping Nancy out, I'll be getting back to my Sherlock Holmes story for Airship 27 before I start creating my other (known) short story commitment for 2016.

I say "known" because I am aware of two other potential short story projects waiting in the wings, but neither of them have been given the proverbial green light yet to begin working on.
Once that happens...

Otherwise, once I complete the "known" short stories for 2016, I'll begin work on what will eventually be the third book in my Hugh Monn, Private Detective series.

So I better get back to it.
Take care, and I'll see you around the Internet.
Lee Houston, Junior
12 June, 2016