Sunday, December 28, 2014


The holidays are a magical time, filled with a special joy and wonder uniquely their own. Sure, it's easy to get lost in the hectic rush preparing the "perfect" Christmas or get caught up in all the commercialism, especially if you work in the retail industry.
But when you take the time to truly savor the moment, there IS something special about this time of year.

Or at least, that's how I feel about the subject.

Other than getting to read Chuck Miller's story for the upcoming superhero anthology that will include the works of David Michelinie, Jim Beard, Erwin K. Roberts, and myself; for better or worse I didn't get anything else accomplished creatively this past week.

However, I did have a great time with my extended family and friends, so I think that is a far better achievement than anything I could of written this past week.

This week might wind up being a different story, for all I have to do is attend a New Year's Eve party and I don't even drink. So depending upon errands and housework, there are several days wide open that I might accomplish something in.

I hope you and yours had a wonderful Christmas time.
Please party responsibly this New Year's Eve, for I'm sure your loved ones would like to enjoy the pleasure of your company in 2015 and beyond.

Take care, and I'll see you around the Internet.
Lee Houston, Junior
28 December, 2014

Sunday, December 21, 2014


In all honesty, it's been a very busy week as the holidays approach.
Wrapping gifts, shopping, wrapping gifts, shopping for more wrapping supplies since I'm such a lousy gift wrapper to begin with.
Unfortunately not much accomplished on the writing front.


I did get to read a story by Erwin K. Roberts that will be in that superhero anthology with David Michelinie, Jim Beard, Chuck Miller, a few other people, and myself.

But other than finishing going over Chapter 12, not much else regarding ALPHA, BOOK 2: WAYWARD SON this past week.

My friendly neighborhood beta-proofreader has asked me to hold off sending her any more work until after the holidays, and with the first of two coming up this week, I'm not sure how much I'll get accomplished writing wise this week as it.

Then again, how often do you get to spend quiet moments with family and friends?
So with that in mind...

Hope I didn't leave any out, and I'll see you around the Internet folks.
Lee Houston, Junior
21 December, 2014

Sunday, December 14, 2014


Pretty good writing week, despite the interruptions.

On the personal front, I had to scramble to finish my Christmas shopping this past week, because I have to take at least part of tomorrow off away from writing to wrap and package everything that is going back to the family I still have living in and around my original stomping grounds. I think they'd appreciate actually getting presents on Christmas, so I have to mail early before it's too late.

Professionally, I went over all of Nancy Hansen, my friendly neighborhood beta-proofreader's notes on Chapter 11 to ALPHA, BOOK 2: WAYWARD SON. I incorporated the corrections and even came up with a few additions along the way. Well into Chapter 14, and even sent and received Chapter 12 back, but haven't had a chance to go over her notes to it yet.

But I bet everyone has a lot of questions, like:
*What planet is Alpha on at the moment?
*Will he stay or go when all is said and done?
*And what does the object on the right have to do with the second half of the novel?

Everyone will find out sometime in 2015.
Meanwhile, I better get back to work.
See you around the Internet!
Lee Houston, Junior
14 December, 2014

Sunday, December 7, 2014


Let's see how the week went.

Got a lot of Christmas shopping done on Cyber Monday and never had to leave the comfort of my own home.

Tuesday I was privileged to read a brand new short story by the legendary David Michelinie for an anthology project we are both contributing to that is scheduled for 2015.

This will be the SECOND book that we both will have stories in, for Singularity: Rise of the Post-Humans from New Babel Books is scheduled for release within the next few months.

Wednesday I finished Chapter 13 of ALPHA, BOOK 2: WAYWARD SON and started Chapter 14, which puts us in the transition period (also known as night) between the second and third day on "the mysterious planet".

Thursday, got Chapter 11 back from Nancy Hansen, my friendly neighborhood beta/proofreader who is reportedly feeling much better now, but haven't finished going over all her notes or sent her Chapter 12 yet.

And the rest of this past week has been spend dealing with family, friends, errands, and other personal matters. After all, household chores do not take care of themselves, no matter how great your appliances are.

So overall, a lot accomplished. More on the personal than writing front this past week, yet getting all that personal stuff out of the way now leaves more time in the coming week for writing.
I hope.

In any event, I better get back to work now.
See you around the Internet.
Lee Houston, Junior
7 December, 2014