Sunday, May 2, 2021

PROGRESS REPORT: WEEK ENDING MAY 1, 2021

Can you believe another month has come and gone?
Where the {censored} is the time going?
Anyway, life seemed to have other ideas about my agenda for this past week.








I still got some writing done, which puts me now over 42,000+ words on the SCIENCE FICTION PROJECT, but I'll be the first to admit that it wasn't as much as I wanted to do.
Heck, I didn't even get to complete the chapter in progress. 😒
Hopefully this coming week will be more productive despite the fact I've still got a doctor's appointment Monday and Tuesday is Errands Day.

In any event, take care.
STAY SAFE!😷
And I'll see you around the Internet.
Lee Houston, Junior
2 May, 2021


Sunday, April 25, 2021

PROGRESS REPORT: WEEK ENDING APRIL 24, 2021

NOW WHERE WAS I?

After having to pause for the passing of both Derrick Ferguson and Felix Silla over the last couple of weeks, it's good to get back to a regular Progress Report for a change.

I did have to stop and write a memorial for an upcoming tribute book to Derrick.
Otherwise, worked on my SCIENCE FICTION PROJECT this past week.
Have 22 Chapters plus a Prologue and over 42,000+ words so far. 
Am working toward 60 to 65,000 so obviously will be reaching the climax and at least some resolution(s) soon since I'm hoping this novel will just be the first episode of a long ongoing series.
The only other news I have is on the personal front.
I have received my second COVID-19 Vaccination shot over a week ago and feel terrific!
No side effects. No microchips or mutations.
So what the {censored} was all the fuss and other BS about?
But I still intend to keep wearing my mask in public until everyone is vaccinated and there is a global "All clear!"
Even against all the (un)known variants lurking about.

In any event, I better get back to writing now.
Take care.
STAY SAFE! 😷
And I'll see you around the Internet.
Lee Houston, Junior
25 April, 2021

Sunday, April 18, 2021

REMEMBERING FELIX SILLA

Man, I seriously hate obituaries!
Last week it was Derrick Ferguson's.
This week it's Felix Silla!

For those (few) unfamiliar with the name, Silla was an actor/stuntman who will go down in Entertainment history for many things, including originating the roles of Cousin Itt on The Addams Family and Twiki on Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.

I had the pleasure of meeting Mister Silla at the 2012 Pulp Ark Convention.
There we had a couple of chats over his long and distinguished career, to date.
Among other things, he appeared in an episode of The Monkees TV show ("Monkees At The Circus"), and was a hang gliding Ewok in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.
But Silla personally considered his favorite role to be Litvak in the George Segal movie The Black Bird because it required the least make up/costume prep time, compared to dressing up as Itt, Twiki, etc.

That was definitely a fun weekend and convention. Clicking the link above will reveal more details of the experience.
The impression continued long after I returned to my humble abode, for I not only dedicated HUGH MONN, PRIVATE DETECTIVE: CATCH A RISING STAR to Felix, but I also based the character Salexi Lilf of Stellar Studios, who first appears in Chapter 17, on him.
I honestly don't know if Silla was ever aware of that, but I hope he enjoyed it.

In any event Dear Readers, I thank you for indulging me on another trip down Memory Lane.
My writing is going as well as can be expected at the moment considering recent events.
Take care.
STAY SAFE!😷
And I'll see you around the Internet.

Lee Houston, Junior
18 April, 2021
All links were active when posted.

Sunday, April 11, 2021

IN MEMORY OF DERRICK FERGUSON

For those expecting to read my regular PROGRESS REPORT today, know that my writing is going well, but for now it's time to pause and remember a friend...

I have been informed that we've lost Derrick Ferguson April 4, 2021.
For those who have never met the man or read any of his works, I feel sorry for you.

Derrick and me, circa 2011
I had the pleasure of meeting Derrick at the very first Pulp Ark Convention back in 2011. Before then he was just a cool guy on the Internet who had a few works already published by that point.

Derrick wasn't really a complicated person.
What you saw was what you got.
Open, honest, friendly.
Always willing to talk, and not just about whatever was on his knowledgeable mind. Your thoughts and opinions on any subject were just as important.
It didn't matter who you were, for the man never saw anything except the person in front of him.
That in and of itself is a rare quality that we certainly need more of in today's world.

And he certainly could write!
His Dillion series alone is a prime example of the man's talents, but that's far from the only work he was capable of, as you can see by reviewing his Amazon listings.

Yet, in his own way, Derrick was also humble.
One consistent story related about him is the fact that Derrick never expressed or had any real interests in how well his books were selling.
What mattered to him was how well readers liked them. What they thought of his past efforts and potential interests in what was next, whether it would be another novel, short story or blog post.

That attitude certainly helped me out early in my career because, and I hate to admit this, but I was looking at the concept of success the wrong way myself back then.
Anyway, after that Pulp Ark, we exchanged posts and comments throughout the years since then until hearing the news that prompted writing this blog entry today.

Derrick Ferguson was certainly one of a kind both in person and on the printed page.
His presence in any medium will be sorely missed.

Lee Houston, Junior
11 April, 2021

Sunday, April 4, 2021

PROGRESS REPORT: WEEK ENDING APRIL 3, 2021

The Easter Bunny
Okay, just a quick shout out to all my peeps readers and fans that I hope you and yours are having a safe😷 and otherwise fun Easter weekend.

Have gotten back to where I left off on the SCI-FI PROJECT and while I am taking today off for obvious reasons, will resume work tomorrow (April 5) to finish that novel.

Consulted a few times with My Friendly Neighborhood Beta-Proofreader Nancy Hansen, who's also a member of Team Blue, as we strive to get that memorial project for Mark Halegua together.

All of this, PLUS I've been informed of an open submission call coming up for a major publisher that I plan to submit a short story to.

So, other than taking care of the Sunday Funnies on The Free Choice E-zine today, I'm going to be one busy writer the rest of this week.

In any event, take care.
STAY SAFE!😷
HOPPY EASTER!
And I'll see you around the Internet.

Lee Houston, Junior
4 April, 2021
 

Sunday, March 28, 2021

PROGRESS REPORT: WEEK ENDING MARCH 27, 2021

Well, it happens to every writer occasionally.
Afraid I hit a snag trying to figure out the plot for the SCIENCE FICTION PROJECT I'm working on right now.
I know what I want to do, but trying to figure out the best way to accomplish this is the issue of the moment.
Otherwise, I'm roughly 19 Chapters (20 counting the Prologue) and around 36,000+ words into the novel.
Considering the average book is about 65,000 words, you can see why it's important to stop and figure this out now before I continue.

Midnight Eastern Time tonight (March 28) is the deadline for readers to vote in the 2021 Pulp Factory Awards if you haven't already done so.

The categories are:
BEST PULP NOVEL
BEST PULP SHORT STORY
BEST PULP ANTHOLOGY
BEST  PULP INTERIOR ILLUSTRATIONS and
BEST PULP COVER

One vote per person can be made at 


Not sure when the winners will be virtually announced, but may the best nominee in each category win.

In any event, I better get back to writing now.
Take care.
STAY SAFE!😷
And I'll see you around the Internet.
Lee Houston, Junior
March 28, 2021



Sunday, March 21, 2021

PROGRESS REPORT: WEEK ENDING MARCH 20, 2021

 JUST SOME QUICK BITS OF BUSINESS BEFORE I GO BACK TO WRITING...

FIRST OFF, readers have until Midnight next Sunday, March 28, to vote for their favorite Pulp Creations of 2020 during the annual Pulp Factory Awards in the following categories:

BEST PULP NOVEL
BEST PULP SHORT STORY
BEST PULP ANTHOLOGY
BEST  PULP INTERIOR ILLUSTRATIONS and
BEST PULP COVER

One vote per person can be made at 


SECONDLY, Airship 27 would still love to have more interior and cover artists onboard to help with their publications.
If interested, contact Air Captain Ron Fortier either through the company website or Facebook.

NOW THEN, as for my own writing...
I'm 36,000+ words into the SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL I've been working on and it's time to start figuring out how to bring at least a couple of the plot points I've got to a satisfactory conclusion.
In hindsight there is no way I'm going to be able to connect all the dots and conclude every plot point in one book, but then again that's what series are for, right? 😉
Therefore I'm taking a short break to reread/review what I've got so far before figuring out the proper path to continue on.

And for those interested, having gone back over both the New York and Tokyo sections of the manuscript, which is roughly two-thirds of that novel, SOLITAIRE is back in the hands of My Friendly Neighborhood Beta-Proofreader to finish reviewing when she has the time to do so around her own projects.
All this may seem like a heck of a lot of work—and it is!—but in the long run it's time well spent to make a good novel even better!😀

BUT THE MOST IMPORTANT NEWS OF ALL FROM THIS PAST WEEK...
I got my first (of 2, since they gave me the Moderna version) COVID-19 Vaccination WITHOUT ANY side effects, "microchips", or other BS! 😎
Granted demand might still outweigh supply for awhile, but this life saving measure is well worth all the time and effort one might have to put into it to accomplish such an important objective!

In any event, I better get back to writing now.
Take care.
STAY SAFE!😷
And I'll see you around the Internet.

Lee Houston, Junior
21 March, 2021