You Don’t Know Me – Don’t Judge Writers Based on Page One

You Don’t Know Me – Don’t Judge Writers Based on Page One

Throughout life we all have that moment when somebody tries to judge us based on little to no information about us—they only judge based on face value. We would often get confused about fitting into a certain clique just because we have colorful hair colors or because we’re covered in piercings and tattoos. Hell, we may get lumped into a group just because we’re wearing a shirt with a band logo on it. Sometimes these early judgments are true, but they’re not most of the time. But that’s how life is and we just go about our business.

However, if you’re a writer and somebody tries to judge your work without knowing your history, your style, your flow, and especially without reading more than just the first page, it feels like the most offensive thing in the world. And I personally just had this moment a few days ago after talking to a guy who said I should write psychological instead of horror. Now if I remembered correctly, and I’m pretty sure I did, psychological is a sub-genre of horror. And, on top of that, he made this comment after reading the first page of an action story I wrote, so…

Dude, if you’re reading this, I just want to tell you this: Know your facts before talking shit.

However, this post isn’t to vent or put a person on blast. I just want to help inform people about what NOT to do if they want to approach a writer. Continue reading the article here

100 Word Story – A Space Tragedy (Part Three)

The entire crew had some kind of gripe with the commander, considering his obnoxious attitude and know-it-all behavior.

Although he was of the rank of Commander, everybody felt that he didn’t deserve it, that it was handed to him on a silver platter.

And after dealing with him for long enough, some of the crew members finally decided to do something about him. Continue reading the 100 Word Story

100 Word Story – A Space Tragedy (Part Two)

The entire crew had some kind of gripe with the commander, considering his obnoxious attitude and know-it-all behavior.

Although he was of the rank of Commander, everybody felt that he didn’t deserve it, that it was handed to him on a silver platter.

And after dealing with him for long enough, some of the crew members finally decided to do something about him. Continue reading the 100 Word Story

100 Word Story – A Space Tragedy (Part One)

The entire crew had some kind of gripe with the commander, considering his obnoxious attitude and know-it-all behavior.

Although he was of the rank of Commander, everybody felt that he didn’t deserve it, that it was handed to him on a silver platter.

And after dealing with him for long enough, some of the crew members finally decided to do something about him. Continue reading the 100 Word Story

Book Review – The Sun’s Caress: A Rayden Valkyrie Tale

Book Review – The Sun’s Caress: A Rayden Valkyrie Tale

When most people think about the word “warrior” they imagine somebody who’s strong, well suited for battle, and loves the thrill off a fight, even if it costs them their life. And occasionally, they may not always be the brightest of the bunch, sometimes lacking knowledge and wisdom.

Rayden isn’t your average warrior.

With her journey for discovery taking her across numerous lands, seeing a wide array of faces and people, Rayden Valkyrie’s latest tale has her traveling to the lands of the Far East: Yamatainu. Having befriended Timiko, the brave leader of a band of pirates, they set out together to help bring prosperity and hope to nearby villages currently suffering from the cruel grip of war. Accompanied by Mari-chan, a quick-witted ally, Rayden’s time in Yamatainu quickly becomes not only a chance to help those in need, but a learning experience for herself. Continue reading the book review

August Note – 8/31/2019

August Note – 8/31/2019

The room filled with the bright orange hue of the setting sun flashing through the window blinds. The calm breeze danced around, bringing the scent of freshly cut grass into the room. The wandering cat crossed into the sun’s light, its brown eyes shining straight at the only person in the room.

However, even with the tranquil scene in front, Luka continued to stare up at the ceiling, trying to focus on the train of thought constantly derailing.

With a heavy sigh, Luka shook her head, “Everything’s just been so crazy lately. It’s crazy how just one thing can turn everything else on its head.”

The cat let out a gentle cry, prancing towards Luka and jumping onto her lap. Luka’s eyes came down from the ceiling and focused on the cat.

“I’ll make the right move. I promise.” Continue reading this Monthly Note

100 Word Story – False Mother (Finale)

“It wouldn’t stop crying, it just wouldn’t stop…”

Eugene ran over to the bed and grabbed his shaking wife, “Love, relax. What happened, who wouldn’t stop crying?”

The wife couldn’t contain herself, her hands trembling as she was pushing down on a pillow. She shook her head with fright when she spoke through her sobbing, “I should have told you months ago that I didn’t want this. Seeing it in front of me, hearing it cry—I hated it.”

Eugene didn’t understand what she was saying. He looked around the room, “Where’s our son?”

The wife slowly lifted the pillow.


Copyright © 2019 by Luka Tatsujo

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100 Word Story – False Mother (Part Six)

Black grocery bag in hand, Eugene climbed the stairs to the second floor of the house, trying to keep his heavy feet from irritating the old flooring.

Not paying attention to his footing he accidentally tripped on the final step and sent the bag flying out of his loose hand, “Shit. Hope I didn’t wake them.”

Eugene walked down the hallway and picked up the bag, noticing it landed right in front of the master bedroom. When he picked up the bag he could hear a faint sobbing coming from behind the door.

He burst into the room, “What’s wrong?”


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100 Word Story – False Mother (Part Five)

With his wife and child finally sound a sleep Eugene crept his way out of the bedroom and the house, getting into his car to drive into town.

As he drove down the empty suburb roads, he couldn’t get rid of this gut-wrenching feeling within. Something was telling him to turn back now, but he ignored it. He thought the relaxing drive into town would ease his worry.

He glanced at the rear view mirror, seeing his own wrinkled reflection staring back at him, “Christ, I look like death.” However, he still smiled, “Guess it comes with raising a family.”


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100 Word Story – False Mother (Part Four)

“Is there anything I can get you while I’m out? Any kind of medicine or ointments?”

Eugene’s wife rolled over in bed to face him, her eyes struggling to stay open, “Just some aspirin. I’m having really bad headaches again.”

Eugene nodded and he headed for the bedroom door. Before he made it out the baby began crying. However, his wife had her ears covered, thrashing around in the bed. Without thinking, Eugene ran over and picked up the baby, slowly rocking it to try and soothe it.

“Make it stop,” his wife screeched out, “shut that fucking baby up!”


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100 Word Story – False Mother (Part Three)

Under the bright blue sky Eugene carefully pushed the wheelchair out of the hospital, making sure his wife and son were comfortable in the seat.

“Are you feeling fine, love?” Eugene politely asked.

His wife didn’t bother looking back, keeping her eyes forward as she replied, “Yeah…”

Seeing a black car pulling up to the curb, Eugene called out to the driver. The driver quickly got out and assisted the wife and child into the backseat.

Before closing the door, Eugene noticed his wife had her hand over the child’s face, “Protecting him from the sun?”

“You can say that…”


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100 Word Story – False Mother (Part Two)

“Turn down the lights, they’re hurting my eyes.”

Eugene quickly obeyed, “Sure, love.”

Turning a small dial on the wall, Eugene dimmed the lighting in the room. However, even in the darkened room, he could see the faint glowing of his newborn child resting in his wife’s arms. Wrapped up in a sky blue towel with a matching baby beanie hat, Eugene smiled at his child peacefully sleeping away. Noticing his features, Eugene chuckled at the sight of his son’s nose, “It’s pointed like yours, dear.”

His wife didn’t respond, her eyes locked in a dreaded stare at the baby.


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