Sunday, February 28, 2016


Well, another "fun" (note sarcastic quotes) week has come and gone!
Wound up spending most of Tuesday at the local DMV, but at least I got out of there the same day I went in!

Thursday was mostly errands, and it seemed like I didn't sit in my desk chair for more than five minutes in any given stretch before I had to take care of something that pulled me away from the computer this weekend.

What all this is leading up to is that there is still two chapters left in my review of the manuscript to PROJECT ALPHA, BOOK 2: WAYWARD SON, before I send it on to my friendly neighborhood beta proofreader.
Word count has been reduced from 71,041 words to 69,589 words, making the book 1,452 words tighter than it was.

Hopefully, it WILL get done this week.
Famous last words? I hope not!
Meanwhile, take care, and I'll see you around the Internet!
Lee Houston, Junior
28 February, 2016

Sunday, February 21, 2016


Well folks,  as I celebrate the 150th post on this blog, another interesting week has passed for me.

Was actually going pretty good until a water line came loose in the basement, instantly making that area an indoor pool and, considering how cold it was outside at the time, I temporarily had to join the Polar Bear Club if I wanted to fix it.

Shut off the water. Reattach the disconnected section because the pressure caused it to work loose. Reattach everything else. Turn the water back on and be thankful I got it right the first time.
Gene Kelly at his finest!

All the while trying to stay warm while thinking that under better circumstances, I could have restaged the title number from Singin' In The Rain.
Fun. Fun. Fun. (Note the sarcasm.)

Yet, I did manage to get some serious work done too.
There are only five chapters left to proofread on PROJECT ALPHA, BOOK 2: WAYWARD SON!
Have pared my word count down from 71,041 words to 69,792 words; making the manuscript 1249 words leaner and better.

Barring anything unforeseen, like I plan all these <censored> interruptions to begin with, I SHOULD have the rest of the novel gone over this week before sending it to my friendly neighborhood beta/proofreader for her final pass.
HOPEFULLY I will be totally done and on to other projects by Saint Patrick's Day.
Then it will just be a question of when Pro Se Press publishes and releases it.
In the meantime, have a great week, and I'll see you around the Internet.
Lee Houston, Junior
21 February, 2016

Sunday, February 14, 2016


Despite the weather interruptions, still working on the final edit of PROJECT ALPHA, BOOK 2: WAYWARD SON.
Completed reviewing the first ten chapters while fighting power outages and trying to keep the wood stove going to stay warm.
Started with 71,041 words.
Have currently reduced it to 70,431 words.

Now, 610 words may not seem like a lot to some, but doing my best to tighten up the manuscript and make it even better than it originally was.
Of course, I still need to let my friendly neighborhood beta/proofreader go over it too before I submit the novel to Pro Se Press, but I am getting closer to doing that!

Meanwhile, HAPPY VALENTINES DAY to those celebrating, and I'll see you around the Internet!
Lee Houston, Junior
14 February, 2016

Sunday, February 7, 2016


Well folks, I kept trying to work.
At least on writing, if not continuing the final edit on PROJECT ALPHA, BOOK 2: WAYWARD SON, before submitting the manuscript.

However, errands and other life commitments took away most of Tuesday and Wednesday this past week.

Then the bad snowstorm and the lack of electricity took away Friday and Saturday.
Did some more handwriting on a rough draft for what will eventually be my Sherlock Holmes story for Airship 27, but ALPHA is strictly a computer task and without power...

Hoping for a better week ahead, despite the weather predictions for the next couple of days being more snow just as bad as what I've already had.

In any event, see you around the Internet.
(I hope.)
Lee Houston, Junior
7 February, 2016