I honestly don’t know how to start this. At some point of this year, I wasn’t expecting to even have the website up by this time. Hell, I’m actually surprised that I’m even still writing, to be honest. This entire year felt like time was flying by when everything seemed to be going perfectly. And then time came to a sudden halt whenever something stopped me from progressing forward. I’ve had some of my biggest trials and tribulations in my entire life all in the span of twelve months. I’ve seen people blossom and bring forth newly found ambitions and dreams, and I’ve even seen people laying in a still slumber inside of a coffin. Many of the bonds and relationships I have only improved and deepened, and I had to learn to let go of those who weren’t going to help improve myself. I’ve learned when to stand up and become the voice people look to when things get tough, but I also learned when to stay quiet and let a person have to go through their own lessons. Continue reading Luka’s 2019 Year-End Round-Up
Category: Monthly Notes
The phone already rang three times today, two of the calls happening within a span of twenty-five minutes. Each one was of the utmost importance, all of them possibly changing the route of Luka’s life. Regardless of whichever one she chose, they all would be nothing but beneficial.
And now, a fourth call was ringing right in front of her.
Luka had applied to so many internships and jobs that she couldn’t keep up with which company or person she was talking to. She had to quickly go through her list of job listings with every call just to make sure she remembered.
Her phone rang three times now. She had to answer to see what kind of offer she could possibly get. Tapping the green button on the bottom of her screen, she answered, “Hello?”
The eleventh month of the calendar has come to a close, leaving only December left…
I really thought about making a dramatic openings, but I gave up really quickly. How are you lovely people doing this month?
Luka reached into the back of the freezer and grabbed the frozen cold compress. Realizing that her current outfit—a slightly oversized t-shirt and a pair of blue and black-stripped pajama bottoms—has no pockets. Mumbling under her breath, she took a deep breath and placed the compress between her breasts, using them as temporary pockets.
“Christ,” she whispered, “my tits might turn into cubes by the time I get back to my room.”
Trying to ignore the cold string on her breasts, Luka reached behind her and grabbed her crutches, carefully placing each one under her arms. With a slight hobble from keeping her right leg off of the ground, she took her time heading back down the hallway towards her bedroom.
Goddamn, September has already came to an end. That means fall is about a week or so underway, the Halloween adverts are playing on repeat during commercial breaks and in weekly coupon booklets, and people are bragging about pumpkin-flavored foods. Now, I honestly was never a fan of fall-inspired drinks and foods; I don’t care for it. However, if I see that something has cinnamon in it, I may give it a shot.
That is, of course, I can survive the trip outside. I’ll go into detail about that in a bit, just keep on reading. Continue reading the Monthly Note for September
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
“And then when my wife came back into the living room, I asked her why her friend was acting like such a hoe whenever they go out. Her friend always has all these guys over, having crazy parties and all that, and then–”
“Jesus fucking Christ, please shut the fuck up!”
Luka’s patience had run its course; her mental strength was completely gone, and she didn’t care about hurting his feelings. Looking at her coworker with an angry look, she told him off. “I’m just trying to enjoy my quiet lunch break, and then you come out of nowhere wanting to start a conversation about some bullshit your wife has to deal with. Can you please, for the love of God, go away and let me sleep?”
Luka’s coworker stated back, his glasses starting to fog up from the humid air in the store. His head titled like a curious puppy, trying to process the assault of words he just endured. After a strange few moments of silence, he finally answered.
“So I told my wife my opinion about the situation.”
An annoyed groan came from Luka as she slammed her head onto the small lunch table.
Why do I work with such idiots…?
Hello all, and hello summer! It’s that time of the year when the bright yellow star in the sky gives up a longer time in the heat and gives us the chance to enjoy nature’s way of helping us cool down. It’s also that time of the year when it’s eight o’clock at night, but it still looks like it’s six. That can be confusing as hell, right?
Anyways, how have y’all been this month? I didn’t even realize that the entire month came to an end already. Then again, I’ve been going through a lot this month, so I guess being busy all the time made me lost track of time. Hell, sometimes I thought I was a day ahead, thinking it was Tuesday when it was actually Monday. True story.
There’s not much to talk about in this Monthly Note in regards to the website, so this note will be rather short. Stated last month, I began working on updating the website with a new format for posts and an overall new website look. I may even update my logo a bit. I’m still working on that, as I have picked out a few different format options I like. I’m just fine-tuning everything first before it goes live, so bear with me just a bit longer. When it’s up, I’ll create a post.
Normally this is the part of the post where I talk about the website and story work, the longest part of the post. For this month, my life is actually taking the spot light.
Some of you may have read on here or saw some of my Tweets about this, but recently I got accepted into a summer writing internship. I’m so excited for it! This is my first actual job/work related to writing. Although it’s only lasting two months, I’ll be creating articles and content for an upcoming event later this year. It’ll involve me having to interview people—and you guys know I’m not very outward and social—but I will try my best regardless. On top of this, I’ll still be working full-time at my normal day job, so my days will be rather full. But don’t worry, I’ll still keep writing and posting on here. I’ll just have to schedule things a bit earlier than normal, so I want to apologize if things post at weird times or if something gets posted twice.
I’ll also be working on giving more variety on a weekly basis. I also have a special idea that involves your input, but I’m working out the kinks of it. You’ll be in the loop soon!
Sorry if this note seems to be all over the place. Just wanted to keep you guys updated on everything. And as always, if you have questions, feel free to email me or shoot me a tweet!
The massive stack of boxed wine towered higher than the tallest skyscraper in the city, casting its shadow over the only stock person on shift; Luka couldn’t help but groan at such the large delivery that was brought into the store.
Contemplating just how important the job really was, Luka shrugged yawned, turning around to go to the break room, “Fuck this, I’m going on lunch. Somebody else can take care of it.”
Luka stared at the blank monitor, annoyed at the lack of inspiration coming to mind. In an attempt to try and speed up the process, Luka decided to quickly chug down a favorite beer—one of the Belgian variety—and waited for its affects to hit. After ten minutes of waiting, Luka gave up and sigh.
“Fuck this, let me just jot something down for later.”
Hiya, everybody! I’m sorry for tricking you into thinking that this would be a story of some kind. I mean, it still kinda counts as one, but let us not get into technicalities; I hate them. How have you guys been doing? Did you finish any kind of goals you guys set for yourselves? Did you do something unexpected, and now you like it? Took any risks to have fun? Regardless of the result, I hope you all are nice and healthy, and that things are going your way.
I wish I could say the same for me. But you guys don’t have to worry; the website and stories are just fine. As some of you guys may have noticed, I didn’t do a “Monthly Note” for March. Reason being is, last month, I’ve decided to take that plunge into the writing and publishing industry and have been applying for internship in that field. Now, noting the fact that I don’t have a degree or real relevant experience in the field, I’ve been either getting no response from internships or getting rejection letters. Of course it’s discouraging and hurts, but I haven’t let it stop me from sending my resume to jobs in the hopes that I can get a foot in the door. If things all turn in my favor, I can potentially leave my normal day job and move on to a job in this career. Wish me luck!
Now, enough about myself. I know you guys don’t come here to read about my daily, boring life (but if you do, let me know, and I’ll bore you to death.) It’s time to switch topics to the website and story stuff
Recently, throughout April, I’ve been experimenting with story posts. What I’ve been doing is taking the idea behind 100 Word Story and expanding on it. So what my current plan is, Monday through Friday, I will post a 100 Word Story every day, all of them connecting to a single story. To give it some variety, each month with be focused on a different genre or theme. What I eventually want to do is have you guys vote on what the genre or theme of the month will be, so that’s a work in progress. On top of that, I’ll still be posting stories like usual. I’ve been trying to organize myself on what stories I want to finish immediately, which ones can wait and which ones will be on-going. Right now, my key stories are “Home Improvement” and “Don’t You Remember?” I want to apologize if updates to these stories aren’t coming out so quickly, as that’s a thing I’m trying to work on.
On the plus side, I will be more open to posting random tidbits and spontaneous stories I’ve written throughout the month. I know most of my stories are no longer than three pages, and I’m not sure if you guys like it or not. I’m trying to figure out a way where you guys can openly share with me what you like and dislike, but for now, don’t be afraid to send me emails. I’d love to hear feedback on what you guys are thinking.
I’ve also been working on a little personal story project for myself. I haven’t shared anything about it online (kind of) and I don’t really plan on to for the time being. I will give a small idea on what it is: She’s the fastest gunner of the west.
Anyways, I hope I’ve answered any questions y’all have for me. As always, don’t be afraid to contact me or hit me up on Twitter if you have questions or concerns. I’m always available to talk to you lovely people.
I hope you guys have a good one!
P.S: Alex and Sam are trying to figure out what year is it.
Copyright © 2019 by Luka Tatsujo
Two months down, ten more to go. It just hit me that March starts tomorrow. This year seems to be flying by already.
Hey, everybody! It’s the one, the only Luka. How is everybody doing this year? Have you been sticking to any New Year’s Resolutions? Did you reach any goals you had set for yourself? Hopefully the universe has been hitting you with some good fortunes and prosperity for the rest of the year. Did anything new happen in February, hopefully things that turned for the better? As for me, this month has been rather… hectic in a certain aspect.
Life at home has more or less been the same: nothing new really happened aside from me getting some more books. I did actually buy a new laptop, so that was something I was really excited about. I can run more programs at once without a hitch and I can game a bit better, so there’s that. But besides that, nothing new has been happening at home. It’s at my day job that’s been going through major changes, and not necessarily for the better, neither.
My body has been immensely sore and tired from the last two weeks, having to pick up some extra slack from work overload. We’re currently in need of extra people to help out, but none has came around and it’s making everybody tense and stressed out. And on top of that, one of the my co-workers that I was close to was let go due to certain circumstances, so that had me pretty bummed for a day or two. People always tell me “you’re young, your body will bounce back.” And honestly, nowadays with the hardships of trying to make a living in high-rent areas, being young doesn’t always mean our bodies can take a large amount of stress before we start to break down. However, I am in the process of trying to find something new more suited to what I want to do, which is write—articles, stories, columns and panels, doesn’t matter. I’ve already applied to a few things this month, but I haven’t heard anything back yet. Let’s hope something sticks and I can move onto something new!
Now, it’s time for the website updates!
There are none. And that’s not even a joke; I don’t really have any new updates coming for the website. Earlier this month, I began updating the tabs and sorting systems for whenever I make a new post. I deleted some categories and created some new ones for when people want to browse through specifics in stories and posts. I’ve also been running through all of my previous posts and updating and changing their tags and categories as well in order to be more in-tune with the new update. I’ll also be doing some light editing of everything as well for little typos and errors I’ve made. I have been thinking about changing the page layout as well to a new template, but that won’t really be occurring within the next month or two, just light changes for now.
As for updates with story works, nothing too big to report. I’m almost done with the Child at Play series and began working on the next horror story. Work has continued on Don’t You Remember? and it will begin new updates starting March 2nd. I just realized that March starts in, like, a day, so I’ll let you guys know in a week if I’ll be doing March Monster Madness again this year. However, if there’s some kind of monthly trend going on for March, I might try to dabble with that instead. Alex and Sam’s Daily Life is still on hiatus, but not for long. And aside from those things, I don’t really have any major projects coming up. I’m trying to limit my workload so I don’t burn myself out too quickly.
Sorry that this Monthly Note was so brief and not too many new things are happening. As always, I would like to thank everybody who takes the time out of their day to read my work, and I appreciate and love every single one of you guys!
Enjoy the rest of your day and be on the lookout for new stories!
HAPPY NEW– Nah, fuck it. Using an opening line like that would have been a month old at this point. I probably should have opened up with some kind of cheesy pun like I do with my usual posts. Then again, I’ve been feeling a bit down and tired lately. I hope I have a HAPPY NEW YEAR.
There… I did it… You’re welcome.
Okay, but seriously, how have all you guys been doing in the first month of the new year? Have you been keeping up with any resolutions you made? Did you start off the year on a positive note? Personally, I’ve been doing okay; work’s been hectic, and the city has been in a freeze like every other week, so there’s that. I’ve also been reading a lot more, like a lot more—I have at least a dozen novels I need to go through, and that’s not including the tons of manga I haven’t touched yet. I managed to throw myself back into video games again. I actually just finished the Resident Evil 2 remake that came out on the 25th and I had a blast through all of it, even though I played on the hardest difficulty and died a lot. But enough of my personal life. Let’s get onto the story stuff!
But before that, I have an announcement to make. As of Sunday, January 27th, I finally reached 100 followers on WordPress. When I got the notification saying that I reached that achievement, I honestly thought I was seeing things. Even now, I’m still surprised that that many people became followers for my website. And then on the 29th, I hit 1000 likes across everything I’ve posted. I know that in today’s day and age, numbers like these are barely anything, but for an average person like me, this is one of the biggest achievements I’ve ever had for myself. And the only way I could reach numbers like this is because of you lovely people. I’m truly grateful for every single person who reads my stories, whether it’s every time a new one gets post, or just on a select series that only updates once a month. It makes me happy seeing people comment on things they liked and voicing their opinions. And there are many of you who’s actually been following my work since I barely had anything to share, so you guys are absolute veterans and have seen how my work’s changed and grew over time (and hopefully getting better, too.) And all of the people who started following within recent months, I’m ecstatic that you’re sticking around and bearing with me with my works. I truly appreciate everybody, and I couldn’t make it this far without you.
Now, onto the main points. Don’t worry, it’s brief.
January has been a testing ground for me in terms of creating a stable and doable posting schedule. And although a lot of the things I posted lately haven’t really been too long, it has been taking some time to type up. In case anybody didn’t know, I am a fan of classic story-writing using pencil and paper, and when a story is complete, I type it up. That alone is a process. However, for the 100 Word Story stuff I do, I generally type up all of those since it’s a lot easier for me to keep track of my word total, making sure I don’t go over. And yes, I seriously follow that rule, those stories being exactly one hundred words. So, with that in mind, I’ve decided to come up with a nice little test run schedule. I’ll be posting three times a week, two of those posts consisting of two 100 Word Story posts. The third post will be a longer story, ranging anywhere between 500 to 1000 words. I’m going to continue testing out posting like that, so bear with me for the time being.
As for current series stuff, I don’t want to spoil anything, so I’ll make this quick. The current story for Legends of the Dark – Child at Play is nearing its finale. I wanted it to go for a bit longer, but I have other things I want to work on, so I’m trying to wrap it up. Don’t You Remember will be returning within two weeks after a hiatus. As for Alex & Sam, I’m thinking really hard about this one, as I may want to restart them to change up some details to make it a bit more easy to work with. If you have any questions about smaller series I’ve done in the past, feel free to email me and I’ll answer them as best as I can.
Wow, I didn’t realize how long this thing was going to be—I hit the second page of my word processor. I guess once my fingers start typing up what my brain is thinking, I can’t stop. However, I need to force the break or else this would go onto being the length of a short story… I like that idea. I’ll save that for later. But anyways, that’s it for this Monthly Note. Once again, I want to thank all of you guys for sticking by me this entire time, and I hope I’ve been doing right in your eyes.
Thanks for reading!
– Love, Luka.
I did my best! Or, at least, I tried to do my best.
Geez, I didn’t realize just how quickly 2018 has went. So much has happened this year, both good and bad, but that’s just how life is. Okay, that all I’m gonna do for the boring philosophy for this post. Time to move onto the better stuff!
Just the other day I was looking at all of the stuff I wrote across this entire year, and I’m actually surprised by how many things I managed to share with the world. So many various dark and murder scenes, stupid lines that made me fall on my ass and laugh, and even a few things that made me tense up and cringe about what was happening. There were so many stories where I had a page or two of decent writing done that I never finished, but left on the back burner just in case I ever got around to finishing it (I didn’t.) And then there were numerous pages where only one line was written, and I had no memory whatsoever about why I wrote that. All those hours of me staring at a blank page or a blank screen just waiting for an idea to come eventually turned into the dozens of stories I’ve written this year. And I’m actually pretty proud of myself. I honestly thought I would give up on everything by this year was over, but I fought that fear and kept pushing on. And I’ll keep on pushing straight through 2019!
The more I wrote this year, the more I began to understand what I truly enjoy writing the most, what’s the hardest thing for me to try and write, and what I need to improve on to make my writing better. As it may be a bit obvious to see, I’ve been writing a lot of horror stuff of various kinds, mostly ending with some kind of character death or gruesome scene. I’ve also been writing a lot of stories where there’s a villain who completely decimates the hero or some innocent soul caught in the crossfire. And honestly, I really, really like stories like those. So heads up for next year: get ready to see some horrific and bloody villains and anti-heroes!
Alright, enough about the good parts of me. Time to focus on you, the readers who’ve been reading my stuff! You have no idea how much I’m grateful and how much I appreciate each and every single person who visits my site and read my works. When I first started out writing in high school I never showed anybody my stories—I wrote for fun. Now, just a couple of years later, I got people who want to see my stuff. Now I’m writing for fun for myself and for others. I never imagined that I would start a website just for that. And it’s all because of all you wonderful people who remember my website or keep up with what I post on social media, and I love all of you because of it. When I first started the website, I assumed that the only people who would see my site would be people in the United State, the same country where I live. But as time went on people from the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Japan, India, Scotland, Russia, and dozens of other countries that I could list (but won’t because that list would be too damn long) started reading my works, and I was surprised as hell. There are people from literally all over the world to keep up with my stuff, and it just brings a giant smile to my face. I can’t thank you guys enough for it.
I’m sorry for the lack of posting in December. My jobs was in the holiday rush and I was burnt out every day, so I was just trying to rest whenever I can. But don’t worry. It’s almost over and I’ll be back to normal in just one more week. So prepare for more stories again!
I’m terrible at closing articles, I’m just gonna leave you guy with this.
Thank you every person who reads my stories, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year, and I’ll see you all in 2019!
Hey, everybody. It’s Luka T. How have you all been the last few weeks? How was your Halloween night? Did any of you take your children, or younger family members, out for candy in costumes? I went to a Halloween party thrown by my job, but it was also a Going-Away party for one of my co-workers. Lots of alcohol, ridiculous outfits, and bittersweet words took over the entire night. But enough about work. Let me get to the heart of this Monthly Note.
As it’s clearly been seen, the number of posts I’ve been uploading took a sharp dip over the last three weeks. And, as much as I hate myself for saying this, I didn’t fulfill my promise of doing Spooktober, which I’m heavily sorry for not doing. October was a… hard month for me. Not in terms of financial status, or something devastating occurring in my life. For most of the month, my body was just so mentally tired and physically exhausted from working and balancing a social life, that I burned myself out of writing for a little bit. So, more or less, I took an abrupt and unannounced hiatus to help recharge. That entire time, I put a pause on all ongoing projects, so I am backed up on work to do. I have done small writing things here and there during it, but nothing too major that I necessarily want to post—I’ll be taking some time soon to sort through it all and see if there’s anything I want to expand on.
For the next two months, I’ll be much busier at work since the holiday season is rapidly closing in. What I want to do is, even if I can’t update the major projects on a regular basis, I want to keep the 100 Word Story posts still going, to at least give you guys something new to read, even if it’s only a few seconds to help you kill some time. Also, a quick update on the website change. I’ve decided that I’ll roll out the new layout once the new year starts, sort of like a fresh start to a brand new year of works to come. Patreon most likely won’t be happening soon as well, so don’t worry about that. And in case anybody is worried, no, I’m not feeling discouraged about giving up writing recently. I can assure you of that. Recently, my job has found me much more reliable to help getting tasks done, so I’m often just mentally burnt out every day after work, so I tend to unwind by just turning off my brain and playing games until its time to go to sleep. And on my off days, I’ve been lounging around, either catching up on much needed sleep, or staring at my T.V. all day. I’m not making excuses for my lack of stories, because that’s unfair to so many of you faithful readers. I really appreciate every single person who takes the time out of their day to read the things I put out, whether it’s the quick 100 Word stories, or the longer chapter and episodic stories. I really mean that, and I thank you all.
But, don’t let me get too sappy. I don’t want to stain my laptop with some salty tears. I figured I’d use this post to give you guys a brief update on how thing’s are going. Like always, if you’re ever curious about things in my life, or just want to ask questions, you can always email me. I’d love to hear from you guys!
Hey everybody, Luka here. Back with another Monthly Note, this time, featuring the cooling month of September. Want to know something funny? I completely forgot that Fall officially started on the 22nd. My brain was still stuck in Summer mode. Although, the recent trend of sixty-six degree weather should have given me a hit that it was time for a seasonal change, but it completely flew over my head. And I’m not surprised–this entire month has been one long up-and-down roller-coaster for me. I don’t really like going into too much detail about my personal aches with my day-to-day stuff, so I’ll make it brief.
My job has been becoming one giant stress ball of unrelenting complaints, sudden increases in work load, and an undesired happiness killer. Just thinking about work makes me want to consider if this job is even worth giving up my mental stability. Like, after coming home from work on many occasions, I don’t even feel like writing; I just want to take a shower, eat, and just binge on T.V or play my games so that way I can just shut my brain off. And it’s been hurting my website because of it.
I’ll admit, my posts have been getting more and more spaced out, and shorter in length, and I really do apologize for it. I have a ton of different projects I have lined up that I want you all to read, but I’ve been just taking it slower than usual. And it’s making me feel bad that I’m going so long between updates for current stories and projects. It even reached a point for a bit where I questioned if I should even continue updating the website with new works; I contemplated shutting it down completely.
But don’t worry, I won’t be doing that. For now, I’m just going to try and get myself back to my normal state of mind and writing. I’ll be back to normal in no time.
Now that the boring stuff is gone, I’ll go into small detail about what’s to come. October is just a few days away, and you know what that means. Spooktober is coming back! I’ll be thinking about what kind of stuff I want to do for the month, so I’ll be writing a new post about what to expect for Spooktober in about a week or so, so stay on the lookout for that.
I’m still working on current projects, so what I’m thinking about doing is, instead of making an update for one project on specific days, I may drop a chapter for everything all in one day. Meaning, I’ll drop a new chapter for three projects all within the same day. I’ll do that once or twice until I feel like everything is up-to-date and ready. The big three project for this are the usual contenders: Alex & Sam’s Daily Life, Don’t You Remember, and Legends of the Dark. I may throw in one more as a bonus, but I’ll think about it.
Now, onto the final topic.
It’s been two years since I first posted stories on my website, and I felt like I’ve grown as a writer since then. For many who don’t know, my very first post was a fan-fiction series of a video game I’ve always played ever since I was a kid. The game series was called Tenchu, and it’s about two ninjas named Rikimaru and Ayame, and it goes through the various kinds of missions they’ve had to do: assassinations, rescues, scouting, things ninjas are usually used for. The story I was working on was focused around these two characters, and two others who were introduced well into the game series’ story-line, while using characters I thought of as well. So what I was thinking about doing is redoing the entire story I’ve done. It would most likely follow the same plot I had in mind, but I feel like the writing would be better and easier to image, considering the number of fight scenes and espionage I had written. It’s not set in stone yet, but it’s something in the back of my mind. In case you’re curious about how I first started out writing, you can check out the Tenchu story anytime by clicking the link, or by going to the Category drop-down list, and clicking “Tenchu” under the “Fan Fiction” section towards the top.
Well, that’s all for this Monthly Note. If you have any questions, feel free to shoot me an email anytime. Sorry for making this one so long.
Enjoy the rest of September, and see you in October!