Latest Updates at TMJ

November 29, 2021: Giving Tuesday
Posted by Ronyx

To the readers of The Mustard Jar and the Fort Family Community: Tuesday, November 30 is Giving Tuesday. I ask you to  join me in making a generous donation to the Fort Family Community by clicking on the donate link. The authors here provide quality stories for your reading entertainment. This is a small way that you can reward us for our efforts. It takes money to run this site . Help keep us online and ad-free. Thanks- Ronyx.

November 22, 2021: 2021 Christmas Short Story Event
Posted by The Story Lover

Originally Posted by Fred DeElve

Fred De Elf

We are thrilled to announce our Christmas Short Story Event for 2021, and the first Event of 2021.

This year's themes are: Christmas In Outer Space, Christmas On Mars etc., and because Uncle AC begged, Christmas at Dennys® On [Name Your Planet].

The Guidelines are straightforward as usual:

  1. Stories should be between 500 and 15,000 words, give or take a million words.
  2. All Submissions should have the author's initials appended to the end of the Filename.
  3. All submissions are due by Sunday, December 20th at Midnight PST.
  4. This event is open to any reader or author that wants to enter; non-fort Family Authors are more than welcome.
  5. Have Fun Writing!
  6. All submissions should be sent to 2021 Christmas Short Story Event.

And now something special for this year's event Flash Fiction! The Themes are: A Horse for Christmas, An Elf For Christmasetc.

The rules are the same except for the word count, which is a Maximum of 500 Words!

As always, this event is open to all readers and authors. 

Happy Writing,

Fred the Elf PNG

November 1, 2021: Stuff People Do is Complete
Posted by Ronyx

I posted the final chapter of Stuff People Do for those who wait until a story is completed to read it.

October 15, 2021: Song: Six Queer Kids
Posted by Ronyx

I want to share with you a video a reader shared with me in response to my latest story, Stuff People Do. It is titled 'Six Queer Kids.' Mike sings of homeless LGBTQ kids who have been kicked out of their homes because of their sexuality. Listen to the song, read Mike's inspirational introductory words and the lyrics to the song.  Here is the link: Mike Rickard   Thank you, Mike, for sharing this with my readers. 

September 1, 2021: Donate to the Fort Family of Sites
Posted by Ronyx

Greetings to my TMJ Friends. In March, I joined the Fort Family of Sites as a hosted author. Their expert team created the new website you are now visiting. I can never thank them enough for all the hard work they do in keeping my site online. My stories are free for your entertainment. However, that doesn't mean that there aren't costs to maintain the site. The past year has been hard on on of us. The Fort Family is asking for help to keep my site and others online and free from ads. If you can spare a little- or a lot- please join me in donating to this worthy cause.  You can donate here:  DONATION PAGE   Thanks, Ronyx

September 1, 2021: Donations Needed
Posted by The Story Lover

Due to the ongoing Pandemic, a lot of us have gone through financial difficulties. The Fort Family of Sites has been affected by those financial difficulties as well. In fact, for the last eighteen months, we have been running in the red. Due to quite a few of our sites coming up for renewal over the next couple of months, we will go far enough in the red that it will be untenable.

So, please donate to support our Author Hosting and keep all of our sites online. All donations large or small will be greatly appreciated. Anything you can give to support The Fort Family of Sites will go a long way to keep the sites online and Ad-Free.

Thank you for your generosity.

TSL for the Fort Family of Sites.

August 26, 2021: Thanks, My Friends!
Posted by Ronyx

I spent two hours last night answering email, and I loved every minute of it! I responded with a personal email, but I sitll I want to publicly thank each and every one of you who wrote and shared your kind thoughts with me. You brightened up my day. Thanks!  -Ronyx

May 20, 2021: Ronyx is featured in Imagine Magazine!
Posted by Ronyx

Hey Gang!

I am super excited about this! Comicality has featured my story, Dancing on a Star, in the May issue of his Imagine Magazine. He also did a cool interview with me. Visit and read more about me than you will ever want to know. LOL.

Click here: May issue of Imagine Magazine

April 25, 2021: New Story
Posted by Ronyx

I have started posting my new story, Stuff People Do.

April 14, 2021: New Story! Coming Soon!
Posted by Ronyx

Hey Everyone!  I know it has been a long time, but I have started a new story which I hope to begin posting soon. 


        Stuff People Do  by Ronyx

Matt Stevens is a normal sixteen-year-old. He goes to school and makes good grades. Even though he is being raised in an extremely religious home, he manages to do well. Then, unexpectedly, his life takes an abrupt turn late one night when his best friend, Ricky, kisses him while wrestling on the bed. Matt starts to question his own sexuality, and he begins to realize he is gay. His life starts to spiral out of control, leading to many unexpected twists and turns.


In the meantime, click on my featured stories link and read some of my other stories. And don't forget to write! 

March 22, 2021: The NEW Mustard Jar!
Posted by Ronyx

Hello, to all my friends at The Mustard Jar. How do you like the new look? I’ve changed to a new hosting server, and I am so proud of the new site.  It will be more user-friendly, and it will also be more compatible with all reading devices. I want to send out a special thank you to The Story Lover's Website, and members of the Fort Family: TSL, AC Fan, Akeentia, and Jeff P. for all the hard work and patience they provided me in creating this new site.

I’ve been away for a while. I hit that proverbial wall, and I stopped writing. After twenty-three stories, I felt there wasn’t much more to say. However, I hope this new site will motivate me to begin writing again. I really enjoy interacting with my readers.

I want to thank those of you who have been with me and supported me since I posted the first chapter of Apple of Her Eye. TMJ has two million visitors in fifteen years, and you have been the best readers any writer could ever hope for. Your kind emails and words of encouragement have meant more to me than you will ever know. Many of you have become great friends. We’ve shared a lot of wonderful times. Please don’t give up on me. I’m here if you ever need me.

Sit back, relax and enjoy my stories. If you find something you like, please write.  You can email me at: