Sunday, December 30, 2018


Well, the last Progress Report of 2018. Where has the time gone?
Wish I had some actual progress to report, but except for The Free Choice E-zine, I haven't really done much writing this past week.

2019 will begin with me going over my friendly neighborhood beta-proofreader's latest fantasy novel while she reviews HUGH MONN, PRIVATE DETECTIVE, BOOK 3: FEMME FATALE.
I know I'll also be getting through the rest of this winter finishing my "Zephyr Lily" story for Jim Beard, starting what will become PROJECT ALPHA, BOOK 3 and who knows what else?

Not much of a party goer myself, but for those celebrating New Year's Eve, please party responsibly.
In any event, I'd like to leave you with a timeless but still very appropriate quote from John Lennon...

A very Merry Christmas
And a Happy New Year.
Let's hope it's a good one
Without any fear.

See you in 2019 folks!
Lee Houston, Junior
30 December, 2018

Sunday, December 23, 2018


WHAT progress?
I managed some personal proofreading one afternoon this past week, and that's been about it.
The closer we get to Christmas...🎄 (sigh)
and I'll be off till at least Wednesday morning because of the holiday.

In any event, take care, and enjoy whatever time you might have with your friends, family, and loved ones.

Lee Houston, Junior
23 December, 2018

Sunday, December 16, 2018


I'm trying to do what I can get done when the time is available, but in all honesty I'm beginning to think that my friendly neighborhood beta-proofreader was right in taking the rest of 2018 off.

Not that I'm giving up.
Just that I don't feel like beating my head against a brick wall when I get mad at myself for not
accomplishing everything I wanted to.

But what I can get done now is less I have to worry about once 2019 starts, so I'm going back to writing now.

See you around the Internet.
Lee Houston, Junior
16 December, 2018

Sunday, December 9, 2018


It seems that the closer we get to the holidays, the more demands are placed upon my time.
Nothing I can't handle. It's just that the more I tend to other matters (like housecleaning, shopping, Christmas decorations, etc) the less time there is for writing.
Maybe my friendly neighborhood beta-proofreader is right in taking the rest of 2018 off from any major work, which also means she will not start reviewing the manuscript for HUGH MONN, BOOK 3: FEMME FATALE until sometime after the first of the year.
I know there are still things I need to do, including owing a marketing director a photo and bio, once I find someone with a working camera willing to take my picture.
In any event, the above was a whole lot of words to explain why not much got done on the writing front this past week.
Maybe this week will be better?
We'll see how it goes.
In the meantime, take care and I'll see you around the Internet.

Lee Houston, Junior
9 December, 2018

Sunday, December 2, 2018


First and foremost: for those celebrating starting at sundown tonight, HAPPY HANUKKAH!

Now then...
Can you believe this is my 300TH WRITING BLOG POST???
I tried looking for an appropriate image to celebrate this tricentennial, but all I could find was the (copyrighted) logo to some movie.
Seems like just yesterday I started my writing blog, but we all know it's been longer than that.
Am thinking about changing the background/layout format, but haven't liked any of Blogger's offerings yet.
If you folks have any thoughts on the subject, please leave them in the comments section to this post.

Anyway, my friendly neighborhood beta-proofreader and I haven't exchanged files yet, so not sure when she'll be reviewing HUGH MONN, PRIVATE DETECTIVE BOOK 3: FEMME FATALE while I go over her latest fantasy novel, but time will tell.

Been thinking about my writing plans present and future.
Still have to finish my Zephyr Lily story for Jim Beard, and definitely want to do at least another Sherlock Holmes story for Airship 27, but my main focus to open 2019 WILL BE whatever becomes Book 3 in the Project Alpha series!

For better or worse though, my productivity just hasn't been where I want it to be.
Granted, it's physically impossible to write 24/7, and life and other matters do get in the way sometimes when I try to write.
The false starts and restarts, let alone pausing everything when my mother passed away last year, certainly didn't help things on HUGH 3.
Then again other obligations, like my recent doctor's visit (which went well), house work (unfortunately I have yet to find a self cleaning house, let alone clothes and dishes that will wash themselves) and other stuff (with winter upon us, somebody has to start and run the wood stove) take time away from writing.
I know there isn't enough hours in the average day.
There certainly isn't enough me.
Especially since I've lost a good 30 pounds since the start of this year! 😎

None of the above can be taken as an excuse, but it is an explanation for what's been going on.
After all, I'm only human. 👽😉

In any event, I better get back to writing now.
Take care, and I'll see you around the Internet.
Lee Houston, Junior
2 December, 2018