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About Me — JL Matthews

Not to brag, but I’m awesome at virtual kindergarten.

I love this idea and format. I must credit Zulie Rane, Danny Forest, and Violet Daniels, who, as far as I’m aware, came up with it. Also, a shout out and thanks to Quy Ma and Jennifer Marie. “About Me Stories” is a wonderful way to foster a sense of community, and I’m thrilled to learn more about my fellow Medium dwellers!

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Hi! I’m JL Matthews. I’m about forty years old and happily-married. I live in the southern US with my wife, two daughters, and dog.

As is typical of most writers, I have an aptitude for banking. I worked in the financial services industry for over a decade — imagine tall buildings filled with cubicles. Around 2018, I escaped through a hidden passage and have been living a disreputable life as a stay-at-home father and writer since then.

I joined Medium in June 2020, which means I’ve been financially independent since mid-July.

Just kidding.

If you’ve been here a while, you’ll understand. If not, well, give it time, young one, give it time.

That said, I am one of those rare creatures — like an albino deer or a two-headed turtle — that consistently earns over $100/month here.


Who knows. Hopefully, it’s because there are people who enjoy my writing. But perhaps it’s just a fluke.

So what do I write?

A little of (almost) everything. I write humor, history, fiction, poetry, and more.

I hope you’ll check out some of my work and give me a follow. I do appreciate every follower, every read, and every clap.

Stay safe. Be well.



What’s keeping me busy this month?

  • I have a new humor piece that requires a custom illustration. I’ve been working with a talented artist and I’m very excited with what I’ve seen so far. I’m hoping the piece will run sometime around New Year’s.
  • I have several pieces that are finished, but I haven’t published (or even pitched) them. I’m determined to clear the decks and get them out in the world.


  • I read several books in November. I’d like to try my hand at book reviews, which is an area I haven’t dabbled in yet.
  • I need to figure out my writing goals for 2021. What areas will I prioritize and what publications will I aim for?
  • Christmas is almost here. COVID is still around. Like everyone else, I’m trying to stay sane.

Contact Me

There are three ways to get in touch with me:

  1. Leave a comment on any of my articles — including this one. I try my best to read them all and reply. But please — and this should go without saying — don’t be rude.
  2. Reach out to me via email. I’m at JLMatthewsWrites@gmail.com
  3. I’m on Twitter. Follow @JLMatthews5.

Featured Articles

(Updated: 08 December 2020)

My aim is to update this page every few weeks.

I also have my own blog/publication here on Medium, Laughing Stock. If you enjoy my work, please check it out.




A publication dedicated to bringing out the stories behind the writers themselves. A place of autobiographies. Types of personal stories include introductions, memoirs, self-reflections, and self-love.

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