Shotgun Writer

A friend and I chatted about writing. This friend of mine is amazing. He’s going for a doctorate while working full-time as a minister and serving his wife and kids. He’s also a writer. I asked how his writing was going. This is something the two of us do on occasion to encourage or commiserate.Continue reading “Shotgun Writer”

This is what I am now.

I’m beat. I’ve been beat all day. The day previous to my writing this, I was in the hospital. Lung infection. It was grand, let me tell you. Today I knew I wouldn’t get much done. And it’s true; I haven’t. In my “day job” I’m a minister. It’s still where I spend most ofContinue reading “This is what I am now.”

But why is Jonathon Mast?

I’m not Jonathon Mast. OK, yeah, I know that “Jonathon Mast” is what appears on all the credits for my fiction. If you click that little “Published Works” tab up there, you’ll find a bunch of stories all credited to that Jon guy. And that’s me. But that’s not my name. You see, I useContinue reading “But why is Jonathon Mast?”


I can’t do this forever. It’s something I’ve recently realized: Because of the trajectory of my depression, I won’t likely be able to make it to retirement as a pastor. I could be very wrong about that, of course, and it’s not something that I need to act on now at all. It’s more justContinue reading “Quitter”