Shotgun Writer

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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.

I’m going to paraphrase here, because my photographic memory is 8-bit, but he said something along the lines of, “If I took all the writing I did for my doctorate and everything and focused on just writing, I’d have a few books done by now!”

Oh, man, that one hit home. A lot. 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 of my time, and gratefully. I’ve been very blessed to serve where I am. However, that work requires a lot of time and energy. Writing a sermon is not a simple matter. Visiting hurting people can’t be done when you’re distracted. However, given that I’m in recovery, I wasn’t expecting to do a whole lot. And it’s true; I didn’t do a whole lot today.

Writing isn’t a simple matter, either. Creating worlds out of thoughts takes effort and energy and can leave a person exhausted. Which means I didn’t expect to do much writing today, either.

And yet, here I am. This post marks more than 2000 words written. Now, that’s not a great day of writing for me, but it’s a far cry from nothing!

And it reveals something to me: Continue 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 use a pen name, and I thought I’d share why I do that, as well as how the heck I ended up with that name. Continue 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 just me coming to terms with the idea of doing something different.

What’s that something different I could do?

Oh, hey! Could I transition into being a full-time writer?

OK, stop laughing. I’m serious here. Continue reading “Quitter”