Sunday, April 15, 2018

PROGRESS REPORT: WEEK ENDING APRIL 14, 2018

Still working on my Companion Dragons' tail tale.

Approaching 28,000 words now, which is pretty good considering the novella has to be between 30,000 to 35,000 words.

Although it has an end of May deadline, should have it done before the end of April, then back to HUGH MONN, PRIVATE DETECTIVE, BOOK 3: FEMME FATALE while my friendly neighborhood beta-proofreader and Dragons' series editor reviews my work.

Going back to writing now.
Take care.
Lee Houston, Junior
15 April, 2018

Sunday, April 8, 2018

PROGRESS REPORT: WEEK ENDING APRIL 7, 2018

Wish I had something new to report, but I'm still working on the Companion Dragons' novella for my friendly neighborhood beta-proofreader Nancy Hansen.

As entertaining as working on this has been (and if you've ever stopped writing to react to your own prose, then you know what I mean), I long to be on a different project too.
But if I switch to something else, that would just delay the dragons from being completed.
It's bad enough I haven't finished HUGH MONN, PRIVATE DETECTIVE, BOOK 3: FEMME FATALE yet as it is.

The dragon adventure IS over 25,000+ words now, so I should have it finished before the end of April.
How long it takes to finish HUGH after that remains to be seen.
But to get anything done, I better get back to writing now.

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

Sunday, April 1, 2018

PROGRESS REPORT: WEEK ENDING MARCH 31, 2018

HOPPY EASTER!
Unusual time at the moment, with Easter and April Fools' Day both falling on the first of the month this year.

In any event, got some serious work done on the Companion Dragons' adventure this past week.
Am approaching the 25,000 word mark, with the minimum goal of 30,000 in sight.
Maximum word count is 35,000 words on these novellas, but I'll have the tale wrapped up before then.

Will admit that it's been harder to do than I first thought, trying to find a balancing act between adventure and maintaining a "G" rating, or "Y7" if this was a television program.
Not sure how all those other series do it.
After all, you have to have some danger and excitement during the adventure, yet you don't want to scare your audience so much that you lose them.

Definitely will have the dragon slayed, I mean: finished this month, with the completion of HUGH MONN, PRIVATE DETECTIVE, BOOK 3: FEMME FATALE my immediate goal afterward.
After that...???

But while the weather hasn't really shown any major signs of improvement yet—where the heck is Spring???—there is one bright ray of hope on the horizon.

The 2018 Baseball ⚾ season has begun!😁 GO RED SOX!

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

Sunday, March 25, 2018

PROGRESS REPORT: WEEK ENDING MARCH 24, 2018

Okay folks, I'm going to be totally honest with you.
The only day last week I didn't have to go out and be somewhere was the day the latest nor'easter hit my neck of the woods.

I did try to get as much writing done as I could whenever the opportunity presented itself, but right now I'm still on the Companion Dragon project for my friendly neighborhood beta-proofreader.

On the positive side of things though, I did pass my latest physical, so my health is about as well as can be expected for a 56 year old man with a heart condition.
In any event, I am hoping to get a lot more writing done this week, for other than errands Monday and Friday, I'm not going anywhere other than where my imagination and the keyboard take me.

Cover art by Laura Givens

AND A FRIENDLY REMINDER: SHERLOCK HOLMES, CONSULTING DETECTIVE VOLUME 11 WITH MY STORY ("THE ADVENTURE OF THE ARTFUL FORGER") AND 3 OTHER GREAT MYSTERIES IS NOW AVAILABLE FROM AIRSHIP 27!


With that in mind, I better get back to writing now.
Take care, and I'll see you around the Internet.
Lee Houston, Junior
25 March, 2018


Tuesday, March 20, 2018

NOW AVAILABLE: SHERLOCK HOLMES, CONSULTING DETECTIVE VOLUME 11

I'm proud to announce that the eleventh volume in Airship 27's long running Sherlock Holmes, Consulting Detective series has just been released!
Under a beautiful cover by Laura Givens, I have been privileged to join a trio of talented authors to help Doctor John Watson chronicle the latest cases of the Victorian Era's greatest sleuth.

In "The Scotland Yard Murder" by I. A. Watson, a woman's remains are discovered at the construction site for the Yard's new headquarters.
In "The Adventure of the Manhunting Marshal", Peter Basile teams Holmes and Watson with a lawman from America after a wanted criminal.
Holmes' fabled intellect is challenged by Greg Hatcher's "The Adventure of the Conundrum King" as a sadistic killer leaves baffling clues before committing his crimes.

And in my story (and I'm honored to find it second in the volume), "The Adventure of the Artful Forger" finds Holmes and Watson discovering that the theft of a painting leads to a devious conspiracy.

Each tale is accompanied with beautiful interior illustrations by Rob Davis.

After all the hard work and long hours I put into creating "The Artful Forger", I will be the first to admit that it is difficult to craft an adventure worthy of one–if not the most important–of history's greatest detectives.
Even Sir Arthur Conan Doyle himself took a lengthy sabbatical from the character when everyone believed Holmes to have perished during a final showdown against Professor James Moriarty at the Reichenbach Falls in "The Final Problem".
But like Doyle I will return, for working with Holmes and Watson, along with Airship 27 founders Ron Fortier and Rob Davis, is a whole lot of fun too!

Sherlock Holmes, Consulting Detective Volume 11 is currently available in print, with other formats pending, via Amazon.

Monday, March 19, 2018

PROGRESS REPORT: WEEK ENDING MARCH 17, 2018

Exclusive photo of me during the nor'easter blackout.
Other than writing continues on the Companion Dragons novella I promised my friendly neighborhood beta-proofreader Nancy Hansen, afraid there isn't really much true progress to report at this time.
Lot of personal stuff interrupted my plans this past week, including another nor'easter and a brief power blackout.
Really wish this snow would end and Spring finally shows up, but right now they're predicting another 6-12 inches this coming Wednesday, which at the very least will probably screw up my impending doctor's visit.
Oh well, all I can do is carry on and get back to writing.
Take care folks!
Lee Houston, Junior
19 March, 2018

Sunday, March 11, 2018

PROGRESS REPORT: WEEK ENDING MARCH 10, 2018

Work is proceeding apace on my Companion Dragon Tales novella for my friendly neighborhood beta-proofreader Nancy Hansen.

I'm about three quarters through the first draft.
Still have a couple of major scenes to write but, barring anything unforeseen, I still think I might have the first draft completed and back to Nancy before the end of March 2018.

But whenever I do turn in the first draft, it's back to HUGH MONN, PRIVATE DETECTIVE, BOOK 3: FEMME FATALE while she reviews my work.

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