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

Sunday, June 5, 2016

PROGRESS REPORT: WEEK ENDING JUNE 4, 2016

Cover art by Rick Johnson
Well, even though this turned out to be another work interrupted week, I did mange to almost get near the 10,000 word mark on my Sherlock Holmes story for Airship 27!

But why the interruptions?
Because...
SINGULARITY: RISE OF THE POSTHUMANS has been released from Pro Se Press!
You can read the full story here in my previous post on the subject.

As you can see by the cover illustration, it has a very unique crew of creative talent behind it, and I would love to have the chance to participate in future sequels with my character "The Rebel".

Redefining superheroes and steampunk, the anthology is already doing very well on the Amazon sales charts, and can be found in both print and digital formats.

Looking ahead, this week is looking mixed, but I will get to writing when I can.
With that in mind, take care, and I'll see you around the Internet.
Lee Houston, Junior
5 June, 2016

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

SINGULARITY: RISE OF THE POSTHUMANS NOW AVAILABLE!

Cover art by Rick Johnson
The journey actually began well over a year ago, when series creator Jaime Ramos privately approached several people about the possibility of contributing to "a new kind of super hero" anthology he wanted to do.
His dream project.
Cut to today, when SINGULARITY: RISE OF THE POSTHUMANS is now a reality!
Besides coming up with the background settings and overall series bible, Jamie has included stories from what has to be an A-List of writing talent, including comic book legend David Michelinie, Jennie Wood, Nancy Hansen, Brant Fowler, Chris Magee, and myself to present an unique view of a potential future.

The Technological Singularity Event left the world’s governments trembling. War ravaged the globe as the last of humanity faced off with the Nanite Army of Fire. Eventually the world was plunged into darkness.

When Earth regained its senses, technology had been reduced to the steam driven level of the 1800’s, despite the fact it is 2075! The world's governments no longer existed, until Dr. Fulbright began rebuilding English society in New Southampton.

Fate seemed to intervene when his lab exploded and carved a giant crater in the center of the city. With Dr. Fulbright believed dead (for if not, where has he been since?), the struggling city was left without guidance or authority.

"Authority" was regained when brutal Queen Anne anointed herself the new city monarch. Anne quickly established a brutal regime bathed in blood and violence.

In the shadow of death and oppression, the people of New Southampton seek saviors. In the darkness, some have heard the call for Revolution. Beings that have crawled out of the time of the Singularity to give the people hope. Many call these harbingers of salvation the Posthumans.

“It’s always fantastic,” says Tommy Hancock, Editor in Chief of Pro Se Productions, “when a book comes along that has every likelihood of being a genre changer. SINGULARITY: RISE OF THE POSTHUMANS is such an anthology. Taking the core concepts at the heart of tales of Superheroes and the evil they face and blending them in with aspects of Cyberpunk, Noir, and more; the stories in SINGULARITY look at the concept of Superheroes through an extremely multifaceted, complex prism and every page is a winner!”

Redefining Superhero prose, SINGULARITY: RISE OF THE POSTHUMANS is now available in print and digital formats.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

PROGRESS REPORT: WEEK ENDING MAY 28, 2016

Well, once more life had other ideas while I wanted to write.
This time, it was more along the line of the usual appointments and commitments one faces to exist; but overall I'm as healthy as can be post congestive heart failure/aortic aneurysm.
I've actually LOST weight!
If found, please DON'T return!

Meanwhile, have managed to break 9000+ words on my Sherlock Holmes story for Airship 27, so life's good.

HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY
and I'll see you around the Internet.
Lee Houston, Junior
29 May, 2016

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

BACK STORY: SUPER SWINGIN' HERO 1968 SPECIAL

For me, a lot of 2015 was spent in 1968 helping Jim Beard make his dream project a reality.
So I thought it was about time (no pun intended) to get feedback from the other contributors on the Super Swingin' Hero 1968 Special from Mechanoid Press, a homage to that way out publishing period in the late 1960s where companies were trying anything and everything to attract readers.

Everyone was asked the same three questions.
01. If you ever read or still do read comic books, what was your very first one?
02. What are your thoughts on the late Silver Age of comics?
03. How did you become involved with the anthology and come up with the story for your specific feature?

DAVID MICHELINIE
Author of so many great comics of the past.

My very first comic was probably around 1956, either one of DC's second tier heroes (Green Lantern, Hawkman, The Flash, etc) a Disney duck book, or Classics Illustrated.
I became hooked on comics in the latter part of the 1950s and they informed my character development very strongly. It was an era when heroes were good and villains were bad, which was not exactly a true representation of the real world. But it showed the world as it could be, as it should be, and that was enough to light a spark of hope in my malleable and somewhat naive little kid mind. It's probably why I seem to add at least some sort of positive element in even the darkest stories I write.
Lee contacted me through Facebook and asked if I'd be interested in participating. I said, "Sure". As for the story, there were only two slots left when I joined: Ghostman (homage to Deadman) and The Crawler (homage to The Creeper). To be honest, I'd never read either of those characters when they were published, so I went through a few back issues and decided that Deadman would be the easiest--er, I mean, most interesting to use as a template. I took key elements from the original and came up with a storyline that would fit and pitched it. Unfortunately, I was told that I'd stuck too close to the copyrighted material and the editors would prefer, quite reasonably, to avoid a massive lawsuit. So I sat back and re-thought things, coming up with alternatives that, I have to admit, actually made the story better. I re-pitched, got approval, and wrote what I hope became an entertaining story with a bit of heart, a couple of laughs, and a recognizable background of the 1960s.

LISA M. COLLINS
Author of things both fiction and culinary.

My dad introduced me to comic books when I was around six, with my first being an Archie.
I think I fell right into one of the new demographics comic publishers were trying to break into. I was young and female. I was also deeply interested in science and the Silver Age comics was loaded with it, and whet my appetite for more.
As a member of the Pulp Factory yahoo group, I saw a post by Jim calling for proposals about the project. I batted some ideas his way about adapting a story loosely based off of Dial H for HERO, a DC Comics about a mysterious dial that turns a kid into a superhero by selecting the letters H-E-R-O in order. I personally have an affinity for all things Egyptian, and reworked the idea by selecting a pantheon of ancient Egyptian gods who would imbue my character, Jane Roberts, with mystical powers by wearing a necklace of rotating beads spelling out god's name.

ERWIN K. ROBERTS
Creator of The Voice, and other exciting adventures.

At age three or four I started trying to figure out the newspaper Sunday comics. The key word being tried. The first comic book I remember is when my grandmother read to me “Only a Poor Old Man” from my sister’s copy of Uncle Scrooge #1. I collected U.S. comics from the mid-1950’s thru the early 1990’s. I still buy an occasional independent comic.
The late 1960’s were my college years. Just remember that no comics shops existed then. Things went crazy on the newsstands. TH.U.N.D.E.R. Agents and Tower Comics came and went. So did Gil Kane’s graphic (in more ways than one) novel His Name is -Savage! Anybody remember Fatman - the Human Flying Saucer? Marvel had an explosion. Meanwhile DC just went nuts. And I loved most of it. For me the Silver Age of comics began when I bought The (Barry Allen) Flash #105. It began to end in 1985 with Crisis on Infinite Earths and DC releasing Frank Miller’s Legends of the Dark Knight. Since that time all the contrived EVENTS and the steady stream of creators and editors aping Miller with ever darker characters took all the fun out of comics for me. I see DC and Marvel comics these days and cringe. The art and the blurbs just scream, "You don’t want to read this."
I saw Jim Beard’s call on the Pulp Factory mailing list, but hesitated a bit before replying. The list of characters was a bit picked over by then. I tend to write lone wolf heroes, in preference to groups. Only one solo character remained: Changeor - the Mutable Man. In 1968 able bodied Americans males, eighteen and older, had to be seriously concerned with getting Drafted. Changeor took his Draft physical almost exactly one year before I did. We both had the same sort of high-handed Draft Board. There is more than a little of my own experiences in this story. It is just that I can’t change my shape and composition like he can.

Okay folks, considering that there was 10 fantastic features within the Super Swingin' Hero 1968 Special and we've only heard from 3 authors in this post, obviously this article is TO BE CONTINUED, but the anthology can be found at Amazon.com!