Monday, April 21, 2014


Cover by Kathryn Frizzell
There are infinite possibilities for an anthology.
One is: what if a real life, historical person from the wild, wild west met a fairy tale character?

The answer to that question is ONCE UPON A SIXGUN, the latest release from Pro Se Press.

Within its pages you will discover "Allan Pinkerton and The Problem At Gruff Springs" by Nikki Nelson-Hicks, while Mark Gelineau and Joseph King team up to offer Bluebeard "A Little Southern Hospitality".

But the lead story, and I was totally flabbergasted to receive that covet position, is my tale: "Wolf Hunt", where Sheriff William 'Bat' Masterson meets Little Red Riding Hood to take on wolves of both the four and two legged variety!

Now, I must admit that I had to take a good look at the beautiful cover by Kathryn Frizzell before I figured it out myself, but no: my story did not get the cover too. If you look on the wolf's left, you will see three "little" pigs about to witness the showdown, and there are no swine in my tale.

Otherwise, this is a great anthology and I'm sure the other contributors had as much fun writing their tales as I did mine.

ONCE UPON A SIXGUN is available in both print and e-formats from Pro Se Press via Amazon dot com.


Sunday, April 20, 2014



Although it wasn't planned that way, last week became short story week.

The other short I was originally committed to write in 2014 that did not have a deadline is now expected at the publisher by the end of May, and a short story I wrote in 2013 has been published as part of an anthology that I will be bragging about tomorrow.

Obviously, not as much work on Alpha, Book 2: Wayward Son this past week as I would have liked, but time flies and I'm having fun!

What more can a person ask for professionally than to love what they do and do what they love?

And of course, there's always The Free Choice E-zine, which just celebrated its 1250th career Blogger post and 2000+ page views for the 8th straight month!

In any event, I'm taking the rest of today off to be with my friends and family, but will be back at the keyboard tomorrow.

See you around the Internet.
Lee Houston, Junior
Easter Sunday 2014

Sunday, April 13, 2014


It's been a very productive week at the keyboard.

As of this post, I have over 24,000+ words and 7 complete chapters on Alpha, Book 2: Wayward Son! There is definitely at least one more chapter's worth of material past the existing 7 at the moment. I'm just not sure where the proper place for the division between Chapters 7 and 8, let alone Chapters 8 and 9 is yet.

I am betwixt and between 2 different short stories right now, and next week will be sharing with you the release of an anthology I contributed to last year!

PLUS: Thanks to its loyal readership, The Free Choice E-zine just celebrated its 31st straight month of 1000+ page views! Your humble Editor-In-Chief of that fine establishment couldn't be prouder.
Looking towards the future!

All that, and a lot of other things going on that I unfortunately can't talk about yet. So I better get back to creating.

See you around the Internet!
Lee Houston, Junior
13 April, 2014

Monday, April 7, 2014




Sunday, April 6, 2014



The early months of 2014 seem to be short story season.

Besides the ones I reported on last weekend, yet another short story I wrote in 2013 came back to me this past week for review and corrections before publication.

At this point, I unfortunately do not have an exact release date for it, but when the anthology it is scheduled for does appear...

Meanwhile, work continues apace on ALPHA, BOOK 2: WAYWARD SON; for I added several new scenes within the manuscript this past week, making it a
Art by Marc Guerrero
much more exciting read. If only I could tell you where the fledgling superhero is and what he has to do, but I don't want to spoil any of the surprises; although I will remind everyone that Book 2 does continue the unresolved plot threads from Book 1: PROJECT ALPHA. Yet while both books are technically separate stories unto themselves, it certainly won't hurt my feelings if you read or reread Book 1 before starting Book 2. Whether you prefer print or an e-reader, ALPHA and all my other creative works are available on Amazon.

I conclude my shameless plug routine by reminding everyone that I am also the Editor-In-Chief of The Free Choice E-zine.

Now I better get back to writing, so I'll see you around the Internet.
Lee Houston, Junior
6 April, 2014

Sunday, March 30, 2014


With the end of March nigh, 2014 is almost a quarter over!
So I thought it best to pause and take note of everything I have accomplished over the last three months, and what lies ahead.

*At the end of 2013, I committed to two short stories this year that (at the time) had no scheduled deadlines.
Since that promise, the publisher asked me to finish the first one, which I did. The other is about ¾ finished, and needs a final proofreading review before being submitted.
The Singularity story I've previously bragged about was written in the latter half of 2013, and its anthology should be out sometime later this year.

*As reported last week, I have agreed to do a short story for a new anthology project that I am very excited about.
I know what I want to do, and have even started work on it. The story technically isn't due until October, but the publisher will get it long before then.

Cover art by Marc Guerrero
As of this progress report, I have completed six chapters and am in the middle of Chapter 7.
Considering this project has been mentioned in practically every progress report since I started FILLING BLANK SPACES, why is this taking so long, you ask?
Super-heroic tales in straight prose (no images) are a lot harder to write than
you might think. Compared to television, movies, and comic books; everything is depended strictly upon the written word. With only the one previous book in the series, I am basically continuing where I left off at the end of PROJECT ALPHA, and I want every word to be as perfect as humanly possible.

You will note that there is no subtitle yet for the third book in this series about everybody's favorite private detective plying his trade on another planet in the far flung future.
Part of the reason for this is because what I had originally planned to do in Book 3 has been pushed back to Book 4, because the fourth book will be a real game changer for Hugh and company, and I wanted to lay some more ground work in Book 3 than just suddenly spring everything on you unsuspecting readers.
Work on this novel will begin just as soon as ALPHA, BOOK 2 is submitted and the short stories are done.

And of course there is always my Editor-In-Chief duties at The Free Choice E-zine, where we just celebrated our very first month of over 4000+ page views!

So what does the future hold?

I honestly don't know.

Barring anything unforeseen, I should be finished with Alpha and the short stories before the end of this summer, and working on HUGH 3 sometime after Labor Day at the latest.

Time is a precious commodity that us mere Humans never seem to have enough of. And this humble scribe, along with the rest of the world, also has to deal with the other day to day trappings of life too. Other projects and ideas are always welcomed, but until one of those arises, I know what I'm working on in the meantime.

See you around the Internet!
Lee Houston, Junior
30 March, 2014

Sunday, March 23, 2014


Hello once again everyone.
Busy week for me.

As reported last time, I had appointments with both my cardiologist and regular doctor last week. The dentist had to reschedule to later this April.
I'm happy to report that I'm as healthy as a 52 year old man with a heart condition can be.

The anthology that I teased about last week has been given the green light by its publisher! So that means I get to write the short story I pitched!
Sorry I can't say more about it right now, but I can guarantee that once it's published, everyone who reads it will have a groovy time, yeah baby!

I also completed another chapter of ALPHA, BOOK 2: WAYWARD SON last week too! I'm now about 23,000 words into the manuscript. The novel is fully plotted, but anyone who has ever been in my position can tell you that creating anything worthwhile takes time. Quality over quantity is my motto!

And, as always, there is also my Editor-In-Chief duties at The Free Choice E-zine too.

As for the week ahead? More writing, and some proofreading for my friend Nancy Hansen.

Well, there's no time or point in resting on my laurels, or hardies.
Better get back to work.

See you around the Internet!
Lee Houston, Junior
23 March, 2014