Sunday, February 22, 2015


Art by Marc Guerrero
As far as ALPHA, BOOK 2: WAYWARD SON is concerned, I'm working on Chapter 15 right now, and have just gotten Chapter 14 back from my friendly neighborhood beta/proofreader, but haven't had a chance to go over it yet.

It's the beginning of Alpha's third day on the mysterious planet I will not name, but you will discover the answer when you read the book.
All the plot points are beginning to converge as I approach the 48,000 words mark.
What the final word count will be remains to be seen, because a few of the things I wanted to do in Book 2 have (for better or worse) been pushed back to Book 3.

Otherwise, I am just trying to stay warm and healthy as winter continues to maintain its icy grip on my part of the world.
However, there is one small ray of hope, despite all the bone chilling temperatures and the endless supply of snow.

Spring training has started for the upcoming baseball season!

Take care, stay warm (where applicable), and I'll see you around the Internet.
Lee Houston, Junior
22 February, 2015

Sunday, February 15, 2015


I sincerely hope everyone had a fantastic Valentine's Day!

Chapter 14 of ALPHA, BOOK 2: WAYWARD SON is with my friendly neighborhood beta/proofreader right now, but before I can go on to Chapter 15, Nancy Hansen has pointed out that I have a bit of a timeline problem between Chapters 11 through 14!

She does realize that it is the night of the second day for Alpha's visit on whatever planet he's on (and no, I'm still not revealing that information because it's a plot point of the novel), but exactly when during the night is never mentioned!
There are no outside lights on when needed, or somebody stating what time it is when that fact is important to know. Just a bunch of little things that I, as the author, am aware of but that get overlooked sometimes when writing.

Sean Taylor will be posting a round table later this week about the importance of beta/proofreaders, and the above is one of the reasons I have one: to catch mistakes like this before a manuscript is submitted and the editor finds it.

{ADDENDUM: As of February 19, 2015; Sean has posted that article and it can be found HERE.}

Now, writers are only human beings and we do make mistakes.
No matter how well you write (or think you write), or how many beta/proofreaders you have go over your material before you send it to the publisher, their editor(s) will still go over it again before your words are released to the public. So the more work you put into your manuscript now, the less problems there will be down the road.
It all comes back to one thing: QUALITY OVER QUANTITY!

I have to get back to writing now.
See you around the Internet.
Lee Houston, Junior
15 February, 2015

Sunday, February 8, 2015


Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to take a moment out of my busy schedule to let you folks know about an awards program important to many action/adventure writers and creators.

The Pulp Factory is now accepting votes for their 2015 slate of awards in the categories of Best Pulp Novel, Best Pulp Short Story, Best Pulp Cover, Best Interior Illustrations, and the brand new category: Best Pulp Anthology.

Now, as you can see in the ballot below, I don't have any nominations this year, but several of the nominees I know and have read.

If you'd like to vote, all you have to do is cut and past the ballot into the body of an e-mail addressed to Andrew Salmon at

Only one ballot per person with just one vote per category, and may the best work(s) win.


Please vote for only one in each of the five categories by putting a X in the appropriate circle. Once completed, send directly to You have until the end of March to vote and turn in your ballot.

( ) The Bay Phantom: Confederacy of Devils by Chuck Miller (Airship 27 Productions)
( ) The Cast Away by Wayne Reinagel (Knightraven Studios)
( ) Legion III: Kings of Oblivion by Van Allen Plexico (White Rocket Books)
( ) The Vril Agenda by Derrick Ferguson & Joshua Reynolds (Airship 27 Productions)
( ) Young Dillon in the Halls of Shamballah by Derrick Ferguson (Pro Se Press)

( ) The New Adventures of Major Lacy and Amusement Inc - David Brezski, David White, Morgan Minor, Ed. (Pro Se Press)
( ) Pride of the Mohicans - Van Allen Plexico, Ed. (White Rocket Books)
( ) Sgt. Janus Returns - Ron Fortier, Ed. (Airship 27 Productions)
( ) Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective Vol 6 - Ron Fortier, Ed. (Airship 27 Productions )
( ) Sinbad: The New Voyages Vol 4 - Ron Fortier, Ed. (Airship 27 Productions)

( )  "Beasts of the Bowery" by Michael Panush from El Mosaico: Hellfire (Curiosity Quills Press)
( ) "The Fort of Skulls" by Ian Watson from Pride of the Mohicans (White Rocket Books)
( ) "Kissing Cousins" by Ralph L. Angelo Jr. from More Blood - a Sinanju Anthology (Destroyer Books)
( ) "The Seventh Serpent" by Graham McNeill (Black Library)
( ) "The Strix Society" by Joshua Reynolds from Occult Detective, Vol. 1 (Airship 27 Productions)

( ) Michael Kaluta, Challenger Storm – Curse of Poseidon (Airship 27 Productions )
( ) Douglas Klauba, Domino Lady Money Shot (Moonstone Books)
( ) Jeffrey Hayes, Gary Phillips’ Hollis PI (Pro Se Press)
( ) Mark Williams, Legion II: Sons of Terra (White Rocket Books)
( ) Adam Shaw, The Vril Agenda (Airship 27 Productions)

( ) Zachary Brunner, The Bay Phantom: Confederacy of Devils (Airship 27 Productions)
( ) Rob Davis, Robin Hood, Forbidden Legend (Airship 27 Productions)
( ) Rob Davis, Sherlock Holmes – Consulting Detective Vol 6 (Airship 27 Productions)
( ) Phil Cho, Sinbad – The New Voyages Vol 4 (Airship 27 Productions)
( ) Fabio Listrani, Zombies Vs. Robots: No Man's Land (IDW)


With the passage of another week, you must be wondering how things are going on ALPHA, BOOK 2: WAYWARD SON since I posted here last?
The answer is: pretty good, actually.

Alpha is between the end of his second night and the dawn of his third day on whatever planet he finds himself on at the moment; and no, I still will not reveal where he is, because that's part of the excitement of the novel.
There are events happening all over that planet that will affect the overall outcome of the story.

I'm actually somewhere between Chapters 14 and 15 at the moment, because I'm writing several sequences out first and then will finalize the time line and the dividing point(s).

My friendly neighborhood beta/proofreader is running a bit behind, due to family commitments; so she's somewhere between Chapters 12 and 13 right now.
But don't worry, I'm a very firm believer of quality over quantity, and I want this novel to be the best book I can humanly make it.

On that note, I better get back to writing now.
Take care everyone, and I'll see you around the Internet.
Lee Houston, Junior
8 February, 2015

Sunday, February 1, 2015


Well folks, I'll be honest and admit that I'm not exactly sure what to tell you in regards to my progress this past week working on the manuscript for ALPHA, BOOK 2: WAYWARD SON.

As I wrote last time, there has been plenty of writing and editing done. I've solved most of my action versus exposition problems, resulting in an additional chapter of material in the process.

On the other hand, I'm about where I was in the overall story when the whole problem originally reared its ugly head, only now I'm starting with Chapter 15 instead of 14 since there is that new chapter of material.

I truly wish I could tell you more details about where Alpha is, what is happening to him now, and what comes next; but to do so would spoil the surprises when the novel is published.

Alpha art by Marc Guerrero
I can remind everyone that what I am attempting to do with BOOK 2 is lay the foundation for the future of the series, since BOOK 1 (Project Alpha) revealed his origin story and first adventure.
Now Alpha is trying to find his place in the universe. Will this strange new world he finds himself on be it?

Barring anything unforeseen, I should be finished with the manuscript sometime between late March/April. Then it will require a final beta/proofreading before the novel is submitted to the publisher. The actual publication date will be determined by them sometime after that.

But to do my part, I better get back to "work" now.
See you around the Internet!
Lee Houston, Junior
1 February, 2015