Mathew Paust


Location Hampton Roads, Va
Occupation Writer
Website http://www.mattpaust.com

Books by Mathew Paust
  • by Mathew Paust
    Booklocker.com, Inc., 2011.

  • by Mathew Paust
    Booklocker.com, Inc., 2010.

  • by Mathew Paust
    Bartleby Scriveners Assoc., 2012.
  • About Me

    Retired newspaper reporter. Born and raised in Wisconsin. Army veteran. B.A. degree in Slavic Languages from U. of Wisconsin.

    Prosaic, it would seem, but I sizzle with the unexpected on Twitter: @mattpaust

    Why do you write?

    Compulsion. Best way I know to quiet an addled mind.

    Any favorite authors? Books?

    Reading: It All Adds Up - Bellow

    (I'm not going to bore you with an interminable list of obligatory and esoteric works with which any writer of conceit should be familiar and, at worst, pretend to hold in sacred esteem. Besides, many of those appearing on many such lists would not appear on mine, such as...haha...I savor my recreational reading slowly and in bed, and am usually too tired to read more than a few pages before turning out the light. Oh OK, OK!. here's one that if you haven't read it, you must: "Super Sad True Love Story", by Gary Shteyngart. Yes, it's apocalyptic.)

    Mathew Paust's Wall

    Misti Rainwater-Lites – Nov 03, 2014

    Hello Matthew, very glad you enjoyed Wet Rainbow. Thanks!

    Cynthia Hawkins – Oct 10, 2014

    Hi Matthew. Many thanks for reading/commenting on "New Mass." Really appreciate the note on the form as well! Best -- CH

    Christopher James – Oct 02, 2014

    Mathew, thank you for reading and commenting

    Ylan Ha – Sep 22, 2014

    Hi Matthew. Thank you for reading and marking "Induce Me" as one of your favorites. I was nervous about publishing my first story on Fictionaut, and your comment made my day. It gave me the motivation I needed to keep writing, so once again, thank you!

    Juhi Kalra – Sep 10, 2014

    Hi Mathew
    Thank you for your comment on my story "Night Terror". It is when we are able to write from our darkest places that the lightest gems emerge. I hope I have managed this on Fictionaut.

    Yasmin Elaine Waring – Sep 01, 2014

    Thank you Mathew for the kind words on ODE TO AN AFRO. And yes, I would ABSOLUTELY follow a band called Follicular Physics.

    Yasmin Elaine Waring – Sep 01, 2014

    Thank you Mathew for the kind words on ODE TO AN AFRO. And yes, I would ABSOLUTELY follow a band called Follicular Physics.

    Amantine Sinclair – Aug 31, 2014

    Thank you Mathew for your very generous compliment on The Invite. Deeply appreciated. R

    Carl Santoro – Aug 30, 2014

    Matthew, I've got the black thumb drive here if you want to take it for a ride! Who knows, you just might meet Rod Serling! Thank you for visiting and commenting on "You Should Change at Jamaica". It really helps to get a friendly and positive pat on the back!

    Carl Santoro – Aug 27, 2014

    Thank you for visiting and leaving a comment for "The Family of Unsharpened Pencils" Mathew.
    It really helps.

    David Ackley – Aug 24, 2014

    Thanks, Mathew, for taking note of "Morning Gift," that slice of spleen. Glad it did something for your sinuses.

    Amantine Sinclair – Aug 22, 2014

    Much appreciated Mathew; your readership, comments and fav's...

    Neil McCarthy – Aug 18, 2014

    Thanks for taking the time to read my aul poem! You're a shtar~!

    Neil McCarthy – Aug 18, 2014

    Thanks for taking the time to read my aul poem! You're a shtar~!

    tommy klehr – Jul 13, 2014

    Thank you for the feedback on "Mother."

    Epiphany Ferrell – Jun 20, 2014

    Thank you for your comment on my story!

    Retired newsie, huh? I was a reporter for almost 7 years. Assigned crime and courts at both papers. It's a good beat for a writer.

    Yasmin Elaine Waring – Jun 11, 2014

    Thank you Mathew for your kind words on "Lullaby for a Dragon Baby." They are much appreciated.

    Chris Underwood – Jun 04, 2014

    Thanks for the comment Mathew. In my experience, lettuce doesn't make a sound, haha.

    K. Armstrong – Jun 02, 2014

    Thank you for the comment on my story - delighted you liked it. Kirsty

    FM Le – May 31, 2014

    Thank you for the reading of the circus poem. I read your Conjured Love poem. Loveeeeeeeee.

    Hazem Tagiuri – May 26, 2014

    Thanks for reading 'The Judge', Matthew!

    Charlotte Hamrick – May 05, 2014

    Mathew,
    Thanks for reading and commenting on "EF4 Photos". Your two words made my heart sing because they tell me I communicated exactly how I wished to in this piece. TY!

    DJ Young – May 02, 2014

    Hi Matthew and thank you for reading 500 Words (afraid I've not seen Breaking Bad!).

    Misti Rainwater-Lites – Apr 17, 2014

    Hi Mathew,
    Thanks for reading and commenting on Bloodless. Much appreciated.

    W.R. Smith – Jan 28, 2014

    Thank you Mathew.

    Nonnie Augustine – Dec 02, 2013

    I'm glad you heard my sigh, Matt.

    Volleyball Mugwump – Feb 25, 2013

    Thank you for your continuing support. During the course of such a long project, even if it is only kindly cheerleading, it does take on some importance. Thanks.

    John Riley – Feb 11, 2013

    Thanks, Mathew for reading and commenting on "A Forest."

    Sally Jayne Heymann – Jan 31, 2013

    Mathew, thank you for commenting on 1964 Dodge.

    Helen Yung – Jan 31, 2013

    thanks mathew
    haven't read _time was soft_ yet
    look forward to it

    where can i read yours ?

    Sally Jayne Heymann – Jan 30, 2013

    Thank you for commenting on Patterns on Time. It was a challenge to incorporate all the words some friends gave me.

    Brian Michael Barbeito – Jan 30, 2013

    thanks very much for reading and commenting on the short fiction, "Swimming Lessons" and btw your comment was exactly right. thanks again Mathew. - brian.

    Gloria Garfunkel – Jan 28, 2013

    Thanks for your comment on Holiday Newsletter.

    Willie Smith – Jan 26, 2013

    Hi Mathew,

    I've never used the "wall" posting procedure, please forgive me if I'm going about it incorrectly or clumsily; just wanted to thank you for that intriguing story about the Schofield revolver souvenir from the hands of the Gray Ghost. In the Northern Neck of Virginia such souvenirs weren't quite so common, although folks still (in the fifties) did display the occasional saber over the hearth. Except in museums, I never saw a firearm from the era, never got to handle one to get that warm I-was-there-too feeling. And thanks again for BALLS. You have a fine eye and ear for recreating the atmosphere of the War Between The States (as we were taught in elementary school Virginia History class to call that unfortunate conflict).

    Best of luck in your work! Willie

    Gessy Alvarez – Jan 24, 2013

    Thank you, Mathew for reading "The Restless Animus (or My 2013 Manifesto)."

    Brian Michael Barbeito – Jan 24, 2013

    Hello Mathew,

    Thanks for reading and commenting on 21.- BMB :-)

    Foster Trecost – Jan 20, 2013

    Hi Mathew, thanks for reading Brick Walls, I really appreciate it. fos.

    Gary Hardaway – Jan 16, 2013

    Mathew, thank you for your kind response to New Questions of Travel. I am grateful.

    Gloria Garfunkel – Jan 15, 2013

    Thanks for your comment on Insanity.

    Janice D. Soderling – Jan 14, 2013

    Mathew, your commenting generousity is much appreciated. Thanks for reading & liking my diminishing verse.

    Gloria Garfunkel – Jan 14, 2013

    Excellent line for Beginnings That End. It could go on and on. Thanks for the comment.

    Gloria Garfunkel – Jan 13, 2013

    I accidentally deleted your comment on Hagaddah and was thinking how sickened I feel as well by Holocaust deniers. I hate that you can't undelete on FN. I've deleted many of my stories from fidgety hands. Sorry. It was a great comment.

    Janice D. Soderling – Jan 12, 2013

    Mathew, thank you again for your generosity in commenting. I'm glad you approved my ovillejo.

    Gary Hardaway – Jan 11, 2013

    Thanks for reading "Linear A", and for your kind commentary.

    Gloria Garfunkel – Jan 10, 2013

    Thank you for your Forgiceness comment.

    Samantha Memi – Jan 10, 2013

    Thanks Mathew, I'll do some tags as I think of them

    Samantha Memi – Jan 09, 2013

    No tags? That’s because the stupid author doesn’t know how to do them.

    Janice D. Soderling – Jan 09, 2013

    Oh, of course, I mean Mathew. I knew I would screw up early on. It was you, Mathew who gave me a good laugh to start my day.

    Janice D. Soderling – Jan 09, 2013

    Ha, indeed, Marcus! thank you for commenting Metamorphosis and starting my day off with a good laugh.

    Gloria Garfunkel – Jan 09, 2013

    Thanks for your comment on Tolstoy.

    Gloria Garfunkel – Jan 08, 2013

    Thanks for your comment on For Rent.

    John Riley – Jan 08, 2013

    Mathew, thanks for commenting and faving "Testimony." I'm delighted you enjoyed it.

    Kait Mauro – Jan 07, 2013

    Thanks for reading and the thoughtful comment (but really!).

    Gary Hardaway – Jan 07, 2013

    So glad you noticed the intentional space between Dead and Line. Thanks, Mathew.

    Gloria Garfunkel – Jan 07, 2013

    Thanks for your sweet comment on Perspective.

    Janice D. Soderling – Jan 05, 2013

    Thank you, Mathew for your much appreciated comment on my short-short which warmed the cockles of me heart. Apologies for not replying more promptly. I'm just learning to navigate and it took a while for me to figure out where to post this. But now I know. Thx again.

    Gloria Garfunkel – Jan 05, 2013

    You broke into a smirk?

    Samantha Memi – Jan 05, 2013

    Thanks for the comment. I'm glad you enjoyed the story.

    Gloria Garfunkel – Jan 04, 2013

    That's a real option with lithium, just ride it out, but then the people I care about suffer as much as I do.

    Gessy Alvarez – Jan 02, 2013

    Hi Mathew, thanks for reading "The Fire Escape." One of the few stories I've written with a happy ending.

    Sally Jayne Heymann – Jan 01, 2013

    Thank you for your comment on my squirrely companions.

    Gloria Garfunkel – Jan 01, 2013

    If that's how you feel about the Conversation, fine.

    Gloria Garfunkel – Dec 31, 2012

    Thanks for your insightful comment on Conversation.

    Gloria Garfunkel – Dec 31, 2012

    Thank you so much for your comment on Attachment.

    Gloria Garfunkel – Dec 31, 2012

    Thanks for your comment on Sleepy Ranch.

    J. Mykell Collinz – Dec 27, 2012

    Hi, Mathew. Thanks for reading 'Assiduity Seventeen.' I greatly appreciate your thoughtful comments.

    Amanda Harris – Dec 26, 2012

    Thanks for reading "Eulogy for the Eating Disorder". I've been thinking of writing about that for a couple of years but didn't think it had an audience. Glad you proved me wrong.

    Foster Trecost – Dec 26, 2012

    Hi Matthew, thanks for reading Eight States Away, I really appreciate your time. fos.

    Gessy Alvarez – Dec 26, 2012

    Thanks, Mathew for reading "Menthol." A real, unreal portrayal of quirkiness.

    Kevaughn Hunter – Dec 25, 2012

    Thank you for your comments on And her son. I really appreciated it.

    Gloria Garfunkel – Dec 23, 2012

    DUO: Thanks for your comment. Experimenting with writing without punctuation has been eye-opening.

    Gloria Garfunkel – Dec 21, 2012

    BOXWOOD AT NINE: I basically wrote this in my head as is when I was nine.

    Quirina Roode-Gutzmer – Dec 20, 2012

    Thank you for "Falling" with me and for the lovely comment, Matthew.

    John Riley – Dec 19, 2012

    Thanks, Mathew for reading and commenting on "Folly Island." I'm delighted that you enjoyed it.

    Quirina Roode-Gutzmer – Dec 19, 2012

    Thanks for your lovely comment on my poem "Feeling fences".

    Gloria Garfunkel – Dec 19, 2012

    Thanks for your sweet comment on Turning Tricks.

    J. Mykell Collinz – Dec 16, 2012

    Hi, Mathew. Thanks for reading 'Assiduity Fourteen' and 'Assiduity Fifteen.' I greatly appreciate.

    Nicolette Wong – Dec 14, 2012

    Thanks Matthew for your kind words on Pastoral Hide & Seek! I really appreciate it!!!

    Phillis Ideal – Dec 14, 2012

    Thank You, Mathew, for commenting on my story. Really responded to the stength of "Gasp and Dash"

    Quirina Roode-Gutzmer – Dec 13, 2012

    Thank you for your wonderful comment and fave on "Sending kisses".

    Gessy Alvarez – Dec 12, 2012

    Thanks, Msthew. Nice to see your comment on "Routine of the Abyss."

    Nonnie Augustine – Dec 12, 2012

    Thank you, Mathew, for reading, laughing, and putting A Novel Begins on Facebook. Wow!

    John Riley – Dec 09, 2012

    Mathew, thanks for faving my poem "Factory Girl in a Blurred Photograph."

    J. Mykell Collinz – Dec 09, 2012

    Hi, Mathew. Thanks for reading 'Assiduity Thirteen.' Your comment, your recommendation, is greatly appreciated and will be seriously considered.

    Gloria Garfunkel – Dec 08, 2012

    Thanks for EX!

    Robert Vaughan – Dec 08, 2012

    Hi Mathew, thanks for your comments on "What Some Boys Do."

    Gloria Garfunkel – Dec 06, 2012

    I felt terrified when I first put on the ring.

    Quirina Roode-Gutzmer – Dec 06, 2012

    Thank you, Matthew, for your thoughtful comment on my poem "Regret". Very astute of you to notice the whimsical tone. I see you studied Slavic languages. I have also dared to do that, but will stick to only one of them and that is the Czech language.

    Adam Sifre – Dec 02, 2012

    Thanks for the read and comment. Glad you enjoyed it.

    Gloria Garfunkel – Dec 01, 2012

    Thanks for the insightful comment on Sukkos Morning.

    Gloria Garfunkel – Dec 01, 2012

    Thank you for your thoughtful comment on Sukkos Morning.

    Gloria Garfunkel – Nov 30, 2012

    Thank you so much for your comment on Gas Chamber.

    Nonnie Augustine – Nov 30, 2012

    Thank you for reading and commenting on my Borders story. The old man was real. I saw him coming up an escalator in a huge mall in Maryland. He had a large magnifying glass sticking out of his pocket and I loved him immediately.

    Gessy Alvarez – Nov 27, 2012

    Thanks, Mathew for your comments on "The Good Cancer." A subject that I stayed away from for a long time. Second story is much longer and it's making the slush pile run. We'll see if it lands in a good home somewhere.

    J. Mykell Collinz – Nov 27, 2012

    Hi, Mathew. Thanks for reading 'Assiduity Nine.' I greatly appreciate your comment.

    Gloria Garfunkel – Nov 26, 2012

    Thanks for your comment on Sanctuary. That guy appears with me sometimes too.

    Volleyball Mugwump – Nov 26, 2012

    Mathew - I'm a little taken aback by your positive feedback on Night Journey 6, but that kind of encouragement might be good for another 20 miles. Thanks so much.

    Gloria Garfunkel – Nov 25, 2012

    Glad Mall made you laugh.

    Gloria Garfunkel – Nov 25, 2012

    Hitchcock for Lifetime! High praise! Thanks.

    Carol Reid – Nov 25, 2012

    Thanks, for the read and the kind comment!

    Barry Basden – Nov 25, 2012

    Thanks, Mathew, for the read and fave of 'What the Future Holds...' Sometimes fnaut's not the easiest site to navigate.

    Joani Reese – Nov 24, 2012

    Thank you, Mathew, for your spot-on response to "Good Times."

    Foster Trecost – Nov 24, 2012

    Hey Mathew, thanks for reading and commenting on Familiar Things. Sorry I'm so late, but I really appreciate your time. fos.

    Laura McCollough Moss – Nov 24, 2012

    Hi Matthew,
    Thanks for your kind comments and for taking the time to read Christmas Presents.
    Laura

    Volleyball Mugwump – Nov 19, 2012

    No screenplay, I'm afraid - but I'll be happy to sell the rights! But seriously - and more realistically - thanks so much for the positive feedback on the ongoing Night Journey.

    Gloria Garfunkel – Nov 18, 2012

    I really liked what you said about the younger self in Matchmaker.

    Nonnie Augustine – Nov 17, 2012

    Thank you, Matthew, for reading Sudden Melancholy. Your comment touched me. Nonnie

    Gloria Garfunkel – Nov 16, 2012

    Thank you for your comment about Beam. I am a woman of many faces, but one heart.

    Charles Huschle – Nov 15, 2012

    Thanks for your comment on "Tangerine Slip Cat"! It's great to know people enjoy reading these little things of mine.

    Gloria Garfunkel – Nov 14, 2012

    The great hypochondriac will be missed.

    J. Mykell Collinz – Nov 14, 2012

    Hi, Mathew. I appreciate your great analysis of 'Assiduity Eight,' and your feedback on the story's progress. Thanks.

    Gloria Garfunkel – Nov 14, 2012

    Greatly appreciated your enthusiasm for Hair.

    Gessy Alvarez – Nov 13, 2012

    Thanks, Mathew for reading and faving " The Man with the Blue Ski Jacket." Welcome to Fictionaut!

    Gary V. Powell – Nov 12, 2012

    Hi, Matthew, thanks for reading and commenting on "The Mechanics of Sex."

    Roberto C. Garcia – Nov 11, 2012

    Hi Mathew, thanks for your comment on "Elegy for the N word". The Garden is the ultimate reset button, no?

    Gloria Garfunkel – Nov 11, 2012

    Oh, there are all sorts of words at staff meetings, but I blank them out.

    J. Mykell Collinz – Nov 06, 2012

    Hi, Gary. Thanks for reading 'Assiduity Six.' Your insightful comments are very helpful and I appreciate.

    Gloria Garfunkel – Nov 05, 2012

    Happy at your delight over the accountant story.

    Matthew Robinson – Nov 04, 2012

    Thanks, Matthew, for your thoughtful remarks on "Remember the Lions?".

    Gloria Garfunkel – Nov 03, 2012

    Thank you so much for your interesting comment on Tribe.

    J. Mykell Collinz – Oct 30, 2012

    Hi, Mathew. Thanks for reading 'Assiduity Five.' I greatly appreciate your helpful, insightful comments.

    Gloria Garfunkel – Oct 29, 2012

    I love your description of the gastric reception of Magda's return from Saratoga and I also love the fire flies melding with the stars scene, one of my favorite. You give wonderful feedback and are an empathic and articulate reader.

    Tina Barry – Oct 28, 2012

    Hi Mathew. Welcome to Fictionaut. Thanks for the kind words about "Your Last Rooster" and thanks for the star!

    Gloria Garfunkel – Oct 27, 2012

    So enjoyed your comments on Saratoga 1,2, and 5. They buoyed my mood and made me happy that someone was reading so deeply and was so involved with my characters. I consider it, let's say, fictionalized memoir. I couldn't make these people up. i am learning about myself as I write. Thank you so much. It's time I started to read your own work. g

    Gloria Garfunkel – Oct 27, 2012

    Thank you so much for the kind, thoughtful and insightful things you said about the story Saratoga. All of the things you said are true, though I had never thought about it. We had all kinds of things going on, but we were safe, the most important thing of all.

    Gloria Garfunkel – Oct 22, 2012

    Also enjoyed Cats' Eyes.

    Gloria Garfunkel – Oct 22, 2012

    Thanks for Relativity. Feeling not so clever these days.

    Adam Strong – Aug 23, 2012

    Thank you Mathew for the kind words on my story, the Hunley. And it's all true, mostly, or half of it.

    Joani Reese – Aug 23, 2012

    Welcome Matthew. I, too, am a Wisconsin product, back when it was a bit more blue. Hope you like it here. If you want to reply to a post by another member on your wall, it's best to go to the individual's wall to whom you want to reply as they probably won't see it if you post it on your own wall. (Tip # whatever : )

    Jaime Franchi – Aug 22, 2012

    Welcome to Fictionaut!

    Mathew Paust – Aug 18, 2012

    My dad's twin brother practiced law in Milwaukee. My favorite "big city" to visit growing up. Thanks for the welcome. I'm still trying to get the hang of this platform.

    Robert Vaughan – Aug 16, 2012

    Hey Matthew, welcome to Fictionaut. I live in Milwaukee, so we have something more than writing in common!

    Con Chapman – Aug 16, 2012

    Hey--don't I know you from somewhere?

    Mathew Paust – Aug 15, 2012

    Thank you, Marcy Demansky, for inviting me to join Fictionaut, and thank you Fictionaut, for admitting me to membership. This is an attractive and exciting website and I am delighted to be here.

    You must log in to write on Mathew Paust's wall.