Sunday, June 25, 2017

PROGRESS REPORT: WEEK ENDING JUNE 24, 2017

"I'm... back???"
Well, the third time, week was the charm.
Sort of.
It wasn't until Thursday of this past week, but I finally got some writing done over the last couple of days! 😁

Did some work on my 1970s story for Jim Beard's forthcoming anthology project AND I managed to write down some notes and other thoughts for a project that I've been mulling around for a while now.
When that ever becomes a fully completed manuscript remains to be seen.
Right now I've got to concentrate more on my 1970s tale and HUGH MONN, PRIVATE DETECTIVE: Book 3.

But this week should be back to what passes for "normal", if such a term even exists, let alone can be accurately applied to the life of a writer.

In any event, take care everybody, and I'll see you around the Internet.
Lee Houston, Junior
25 June, 2017










Saturday, June 17, 2017

PROGRESS REPORT: WEEK ENDING JUNE 18, 2017

"I'M BACK!"
Unfortunately, it was another rough week on the writing front. A lot of other stuff needed my attention. Nothing I couldn't handle, but that meant not being at the computer to write.
I did manage to get some writing in Saturday after taking care of my blogging responsibilities on The Free Choice E-zine, but only managed a little over 100 new words on my 1970s project story for Jim Beard.

Truthfully, I really don't know how this coming week is going to turn out. Still dealing with some of those life commitments that kept me from writing last week. Whether or not I get any writing done before Saturday remains to be seen.

In any event, I hope everyone has a good week and HAPPY FATHER'S DAY.

Lee Houston, Junior
18 June, 2017

Sunday, June 11, 2017

PROGRESS REPORT: WEEK ENDING JUNE 10, 2017

Okay folks.
"I don't smell anything wrong."
I'm going to be totally honest with you.
THIS PAST WEEK STANK, writing wise!
About the only real writing I got done was Saturday afternoon, not counting keeping up with The Free Choice E-zine.

Okay. I knew last week going into this week that I was looking at a rough haul ahead, but SHEESH!
Anyway, I'm hoping that this week will turn out to be better, but that actually remains to be seen.
Still a few things on the personal front that have to be dealt with.
Nothing I can't handle, but still important stuff that takes away from writing time.
Sometime soon things should get back to "normal", whatever that means.

Lee Houston, Junior
11 June, 2017

Sunday, June 4, 2017

PROGRESS REPORT: WEEK ENDING JUNE 3, 2017

Spent a lovely week in the 1970s.
Reviewed the first story submitted for the pending anthology set in that decade before forwarding my notes on to Jazzy Jim Beard, then spent time working on my own story for the collection.
At the moment, I'm honestly not sure what I'll be doing this week yet, because there are a few life commitments I have to honor plus a major medical appointment I have to keep Tuesday.
Otherwise, I'll definitely be writing as much as I can, whenever I can.

See you around the Internet!
Lee Houston, Junior
4 June, 2017

Sunday, May 28, 2017

PROGRESS REPORT: WEEK ENDING MAY 27, 2017

REMEMBER THE VETS!
Truthfully, there isn't really all that much writing actually getting done over a holiday weekend, for tomorrow is Memorial Day here in the United States of America.

HOWEVER...
After going over my friendly neighborhood beta-proofreader's hard work on the previous chapters of the current HUGH MONN, PRIVATE DETECTIVE adventure, I am well into Chapter 8 right now, but will have to pause and put on my editor's hat soon to review the first story submission received for Jim Beard's 1970s project! 😀

Please stop and remember the veterans past and present who have helped to make the world safe and free, and I'll see you around the Internet!

Lee Houston, Junior
28 May, 2017

Sunday, May 21, 2017

PROGRESS REPORT: WEEK ENDING MAY 20, 2017

My friendly neighborhood beta-proofreader Nancy Hansen HAS reopened her friendly neighborhood beta-proofreading service after getting through her second eye surgery.
I now have a massive amount of notes to go over concerning the current HUGH MONN, PRIVATE DETECTIVE story I'm working on.

I did get a little more work done on my own 1970s story for Jim Beard while I was waiting to discover Nancy's status, but that tale isn't finished yet either.
Ah, the life of a writer.
In any event, I better get back to "work" now.

Take care, and I'll see you around the Internet!
Lee Houston, Junior
21 May, 2017

Sunday, May 14, 2017

PROGRESS REPORT: WEEK ENDING MAY 13, 2017

OKAY...
Finished Chapter 7 to the as yet, still untitled HUGH MONN, PRIVATE DETECTIVE story I'm working on.
Still also don't know if this tale is going to grow into a full length novel like CATCH A RISING STAR did or fall short and require another mystery to complete Volume 3.



While her recovery is doing good, no word yet on when my friendly neighborhood beta-proofreader will be reopening her friendly neighborhood beta-proofreading service.
Yet, other than losing Thursday because of medical reasons, the overall week should be wide open for writing.
Which I will resume after breakfast Monday morning, considering what time it is as I post this.

So take care everybody, and I'll see you around the Internet.
Lee Houston, Junior
14 May, 2017


Sunday, May 7, 2017

PROGRESS REPORT: WEEK ENDING MAY 6, 2017

Let's see now... this week was next week last week.
No, sorry. That's a classic Looney Tunes skit.
Anyway...

My friendly neighborhood beta/proofreader Nancy Hansen is recovering from surgery on her right eye now. Not sure when she will resume her friendly neighborhood beta/proofreading service, but she is doing well health wise.

This past week, I've worked on HUGH MONN, PRIVATE DETECTIVE, my 1970s story, and came up with the beginnings of a potential novel plot that I am seriously considering developing further as time permits.

For sure on my 2017 agenda, I have to finish HUGH and my 1970s story, as well as help edit the project as submissions are turned in.

When those are done, I want to start work on what will eventually become PROJECT ALPHA, BOOK 3; a couple of promised short stories with thankfully no actual deadlines, and maybe even that potential novel idea I mentioned a couple of paragraphs ago.

So other than housework, medical and other life commitments, along with Boston Red Sox baseball games, I'm looking at some busy times ahead.
Or in other words, I better get back to writing now.
See you around the Internet!
Lee Houston, Junior
7 May, 2017

Sunday, April 30, 2017

PROGRESS REPORT: WEEK ENDING APRIL 29, 2016

My esteemed colleague and friendly neighborhood beta/proofreader Nancy Hansen spent most of her free time this past week working on her own material, since she will be going back for the surgery on her right eye this coming Thursday as I type this post.
HOWEVER... she did take the time out of her busy schedule to proofread Chapter 6 to my current efforts on HUGH MONN, PRIVATE DETECTIVE.
Having just gotten this back yesterday, I certainly will be going over her notes before I resume work on Chapter 7 and wish her well with her impending surgery.
For her fans out there, Nancy has told me she is seeing better out of the left eye now than she has in years, and cannot wait for the right eye to be corrected.


For those interested, Jim Beard has gathered quite a list of talents to work on his 1970s project.
All concepts and plots have been submitted and approved between him and yours truly, so now it's just a question of waiting until the contributors start sending in their completed stories and going over them as they arrive.
And as for what I am bringing to the table? Besides my good looks and creative editorial skills that is.
Okay, a tease below.

Where no one else dares travel walks the beautiful but deadly…

Hey. I did say it was a tease!
In any event, take care and I'll see you around the Internet.
Lee Houston, Junior
30 April, 2017

Sunday, April 23, 2017

PROGRESS REPORT: WEEK ENDING APRIL 22, 2017

I am happy to report that my friendly neighborhood beta-proofreader Nancy Hansen is now in-between full recovery of the surgery on her left eye and the impending surgery on her right eye.
Don't know if that means she'll resume her friendly neighborhood beta-proofreading service before she has to get ready for surgery on her right eye, but it will be something on the agenda to ask the next time I see her.
Under the circumstances, she has yet to go over Chapter 6 on my latest efforts concerning HUGH MONN, PRIVATE DETECTIVE as I work on Chapter 7 in-between other matters that require my attention.

I'm also very excited to report that SINGULARITY: RISE OF THE POST HUMANS won TWO of the 2017 Pulp Factory Awards (for 2016 material) Friday night at the Windy City Pulp & Paper Con.

David Michelinie won Best Short Story for "Lord Pemberton's Adjustment Service"!
Photo ?

Photo by Jaime Ramos

...and SINGULARITY itself won Best Anthology!

So a big thank you to our readers, fans, and voters from David, Jennie Wood, Nancy Hansen, Chris Magee, series creator/editor Jaime Ramos, along with yours truly!

Going back to writing now.
See you around the Internet.
Lee Houston, Junior
23 April, 2017






Sunday, April 16, 2017

PROGRESS REPORT: WEEK ENDING APRIL 15, 2017

Well, I wish there was more progress to report than I do have.
My friendly neighborhood beta-proofreader Nancy Hansen successfully had her eye surgery and is on the road to recovery now.
I HAVE been writing this past week, but unfortunately there isn't much I can say at the moment about what I worked on.
So let me just wish all my readers and fans a HOPPY EASTER and I'll see you around the Internet.

Lee Houston, Junior
16 April, 2017



Sunday, April 9, 2017

PROGRESS REPORT: WEEK ENDING APRIL 8, 2017

Well, yes I am still working on what will probably be the opening story of the third HUGH MONN, PRIVATE DETECTIVE book.
Just finished Chapter 6 and have started 7. The case is taking a few interesting twists and turns as it is.
HOWEVER... the invaluable services of my friendly neighborhood beta-proofreader will not be available for the foreseeable future, because Nancy Hansen is about to undergo eye surgery.
Everything will be all right. These things just take time and I wish her well.




For those interested, while it is still in the preliminary stages, things are going well concerning the planning for the 1970s anthology, as mentioned last week.

I have read some interesting concept proposals so far, and I can say in all honesty that if I wasn't already involved in this project, it would definitely be something I'd want to read once it was published.
More details as they develop and I can share them with you.

So between the above and a couple of other things, not only is the weather starting to show signs of improvement, but my late spring is starting to look busy now writing wise too.
Therefore, I better get back to writing now.
See you around the Internet!
Lee Houston, Junior
9 April, 2017

Sunday, April 2, 2017

PROGRESS REPORT: WEEK ENDING APRIL 1, 2017

Mixed week folks.

On one hand, almost got Chapter 6 to the current HUGH MONN, PRIVATE DETECTIVE story (book?) I'm working on done, after going back over Chapter 5 from my friendly neighborhood beta/proofreader.
Then unfortunately I lost a couple of days between needing to attend to some other matters and the fact I was without Internet service for over 24 hours, which kept me from doing research when I needed to.

Hopefully, I'll get back on track this week, especially considering...

Jim Beard has asked me to join him once again co-editing and contributing to his latest superhero homage!

Fans who remember the Super Swingin' Hero 1968 Special should start saving their hard earned money for the forthcoming sequel volume as we enter the 1970s!

Even if everything wasn't still in the early planning stages at this point, I can't say more than I already have at the moment, because I certainly don't want to let any cats out of their bags prematurely.

Then again, considering we'll be dealing with the 1970s this time, I wonder if an analogy concerning ducks and discos would be more appropriate?

And for those wondering what I'm talking about...

Take care, and I'll see you around the Internet.
Lee Houston, Junior
2 April, 2017

Sunday, March 26, 2017

PROGRESS REPORT: WEEK ENDING MARCH 25, 2017

A BRIEF THOUGHT AND TIDBIT ON WRITING

Hugh Monn
Work proceeding apace on what will be Book 3 in my HUGH MONN, PRIVATE DETECTIVE series.


Just got Chapter 5 back from my friendly neighborhood beta/proofreader, so I'll pause working on Chapter 6 now and go over it first.
Wish I had more to report, but other than typing away on a keyboard, writing in and of itself isn't that exciting, per se.
It's what you write about and how you feel about your writing that gets the brain and heart pumping as you sit down in front of your system and fill the monitor with words.
And in truth, I'm pretty good on both aspects.

But while I don't want to give away any spoilers in regards to my work, I can share tidbits now and then with you.
So now, without further adieu, the opening paragraph to Chapter 1 of the third Hugh Monn book!


Life had been treating me pretty well of late. My relationship with Captain Sandra Bunnae of the Beach Patrol was getting enjoyably serious. The only complication was whether or not to fully disclose my past to her and how Sandy would react once she learned the truth. I certainly wasn’t lying to anyone about my feelings toward the Leporidaen lady, but a lie of omission was still a lie.

Wish I could share more with my readers and fans, but like I said, I don't want to spoil the fun before the book comes out.
Better get back to writing now.
Take care, and I'll see you around the Internet.

Lee Houston, Junior
26 March, 2017

Sunday, March 19, 2017

PROGRESS REPORT: WEEK ENDING MARCH 18, 2017

A blizzard in March?
Who the heck ordered that?
And it wasn't even one of the tasty desert types either.
Oh well...

Despite all of the weather obstacles, I HAVE finished Chapter 5 of the current HUGH MONN, PRIVATE DETECTIVE story I'm working on, but still want to go back over it again before I send it on to my friendly neighborhood beta-proofreader for her opinions.

Well, Spring is supposed to start tomorrow.
Not sure the weather is in sync with the calendar though.
In any event, take care, and I'll see you around the Internet.
Lee Houston, Junior
19 March 2017

Sunday, March 12, 2017

PROGRESS REPORT: WEEK ENDING MARCH 11, 2017

Despite a few ill-timed interruptions, including winter storms and one power outage, I have been writing and continue to work on the third HUGH MONN, PRIVATE DETECTIVE book.
Haven't gotten to the point yet where there is something new to send my friendly neighborhood beta/proofreader, but at least I am writing.

Take care, stay safe and warm, and see you around the Internet!
Lee Houston, Junior
12 March, 2017

Saturday, March 4, 2017

PROGRESS REPORT: WEEK ENDING MARCH 4, 2017

As far as writing goes for this past week, I am on Chapter 5 of the current HUGH MONN, PRIVATE DETECTIVE story while awaiting the opinions of my friendly neighborhood beta/proofreader on Chapter 4.

But today (March 5th) I am taking a well deserved day off!

Although they have taken a toll on my health, having made it through both congestive heart failure AND an aortic aneurysm within the last decade, I happily celebrate my 55th birthday today, glad that I have made it this far!


March 6th I will return to writing.
Today is for celebrating life!
Lee Houston, Junior
5 March, 2017

Sunday, February 26, 2017

PROGRESS REPORT: WEEK ENDING FEBRUARY 25, 2017

Well, for better or worse, my prediction last week about the week ahead came true.

There were just too many other life commitments to honor that kept me away from the keyboard and writing more than I would have liked.

Now this week so far appears "normal", whatever that means.

In any event, I hope to have at least Chapter 4 of the current HUGH MONN, PRIVATE DETECTIVE story finished by next weekend's progress report, so I better get back to writing now.

See you around the Internet!
Lee Houston, Junior
26 February, 2017