Sunday, November 10, 2019


Despite my lack of time last week, when I got the chance to do so, I DID WRITE!
Am currently on Chapter 11 and 26,000+ words into the SOLITAIRE novel.
Wish I had more to talk about concerning the above, but why spoil surprises before they're ready to be revealed?

For those interested, I have yet to hear anything from Pro Se concerning a scheduled release date for either HUGH MONN, PRIVATE DETECTIVE, BOOK 3: FEMME FATALE nor the project I wrote that emergency short story for.

The Jim Beard Project "Zephyr Lily" was written for has been pushed back to at least 2020.

And Sherlock Holmes in "The Adventure of the Unimaginable"?
I DID work on it a little this past week, but SOLITAIRE still seems to be "THE" project of the moment, so...

Hey, between everything else and my responsibilities to The Free Choice E-zine, at least I AM WRITING!
So on that note♫, I better get back to it now.
Take care, and I'll see you around the Internet.
Lee Houston, Junior
10 November, 2019

Sunday, November 3, 2019


Well folks, it's been a bit of a rough week for yours truly, as evident by the fact of exactly WHEN I'm actually posting this Progress Report, but I have managed to get some writing done off and on since my last Progress Report.
The main focus continues to be my new novel SOLITAIRE.
Am in the middle of Chapter 11, 26,000+ words and going strong.
Unfortunately the week ahead doesn't look that promising.
Two different doctors' appointments scheduled, and still not a TARDIS in sight! 😉
PLUS there's a possibility of the first snow🌨 fall of the "season" (AND IT'S ONLY EARLY FALL!🍂) happening this coming Friday.
Thankfully nothing scheduled that day but staying inside and keeping warm.
Don't get me wrong though.
Snow❄❅❆ IS beautiful to look at as it drifts down a few flakes at a time here and there.
But anything more severe, let alone having to deal with it afterward... 😝

In any event, back to writing after a good night's sleep.
Take care, and I'll see you around the Internet.
Lee Houston, Junior
4 November, 2019

Sunday, October 27, 2019


A LOT of good writing this past week.
Granted, all of it was concentrated upon the SOLITAIRE novel in progress, but anyway...
May have to pause that project soon, but just to go over the second half's plot before I get too far into it and realize I missed the proverbial "left turn at Albuquerque."😉
That would result in having to backtrack to the point wherever things started going wrong and begin rewriting from there.
Main problem at the moment is I'm having trouble visualizing a key fight scene and transferring it accurately from my mind to the computer screen.
I have figured out that I'm stalled on my SHERLOCK HOLMES story, "The Adventure of the Unimaginable" for a similar reason.
At the moment it's the bridging sequence between the second and third "acts".
With everything needing to come to a satisfactory conclusion by the end of the story, I want to make the transition between sequences read more smoothly than just inserting a scene break.

Thankfully neither project has an actual deadline, so I can take as long as I need to make sure both tales are the best I can humanly make them. Yet SOLITAIRE has been "hot" right now, so that's why I've been concentrating on it so much lately.

In any event, I better get back to writing now.
Take care, and I'll see you around the Internet.
Lee Houston, Junior
27 October, 2019

Sunday, October 20, 2019


Making the final pass on the emergency short story that I was working on last week since my friendly neighborhood beta-proofreader went over it.
Sorry that I still can't say anything more about it at this time.
It was a tight deadline to begin with, but the tale is an enjoyable 3600+ words that I'm sure you'll like.
More details when we're closer to an actual publication date and I can say more.

As of tomorrow, I will be back on SOLITAIRE and/or my Sherlock Holmes story "The Adventure of the Unimaginable".
So until then, take care, and I'll see you around the Internet.
Lee Houston, Junior
20 October, 2019

Sunday, October 13, 2019


To start off with, for those who have asked, Jaime Ramos is steady at the moment.
No word on a donor kidney yet, but here's hoping.

I'm still writing, duh.
For whatever reason, I'm finding it easier right now to work on the SOLITAIRE novel than my Sherlock Holmes short story, but both projects are now on hold for the moment as I honor a newly arisen short story request.

Afraid I can't say more about it than the nine words at the end of my last sentence except that it has a VERY tight deadline that I have to honor, so I better get back to writing now.

Take care.
I will return to the previous projects in progress as soon as this new one is done.
See you around the Internet.
Lee Houston, Junior
13 October, 2019

Sunday, October 6, 2019


Okay, I'm trying to help my friendly neighborhood beta-proofreader Nancy Hansen help out our mutual (writing) friend Jaime Ramos.
If you personally cannot assist, can you please at least spread the word in hopes of finding someone out there who can?

Our friend and fellow writer/editor Jaime Ramos has end stage kidney disease. He posted the following today:
Jaime, with his son and wife.

I had a check up with my kidney team...
My numbers aren't good. Got many shots and an infusion of iron. 
Hemoglobin is down... so is protein.
I got a flu vaccination.
End Stage Renal Disease... no fun.
Still looking for a kidney donor.

While prayers and well wishes are important and appreciated, what Jaime really needs is a donor kidney!
PLEASE, if you can do something along those lines, all kidney patients in similar circumstances would appreciate it. At the very least, please share this post—I have Jaime's permission to do so. Let's blanket the world with the news and see if we can locate a donor.

Here is where you can find out more about the donor that Jaime needs.

The people you need to speak with concerning donating a kidney are...

Barnes Jewish Transplant Center


A muse
A muse too
Been getting a LOT of writing done this past week, when time and other life commitments allowed.
Managed a little on the SHERLOCK HOLMES' "The Adventure of the Unimaginable" story, but for whatever reason(s) I am super hot on the SOLITAIRE novel (formerly known as The New Idea in previous posts). About to break 23,000 words on that!
Hey, whatever works.
I'm certainly not going to argue with my muse(s).

In any event, I better get back to writing now.
Take care, and I'll see you around the Internet.

Lee Houston, Junior
6 October, 2019