Semitone Summer BY ROBERT MCKEAN 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 35
Rena liked clarity, balance, transparency, things with definite edges without ambiguity. When she placed a vase on a windowsill, it was centered. When she closed the door of a bedroom to play her flute, she knew how long she would be there, what pieces she would practice. She compressed her lips, frustrated, angry, and, consequently, frightened by the messiness of other people’s lives. “I don’t know what to think,” she said. “I’m just going to go. I’ll call you, I guess. Please say goodbye to Franz and Ellen for me.”
Their last picnic.
Lamplicker BY Robert Morgan Fisher 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 35
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One voyage still in progress uniting my mythic longings with reality was being accepted to The American Film Institute (AFI) as a Directing Fellow. Foregoing reason and especially foregoing practicalities, I packed my life, including my young son, into an old Dodge convertible and crossed the continent to the dream factory.
I wanted to render some glimmer of hope. I interpreted the collapse around me to mean that existence is present and eternal behind all the things we create to distract ourselves from it. When it all falls away we find ourselves still alive, and so we continue.
Having recently graduated from the University of Central Florida, I am just truly beginning my writing career. I have had two bar reviews published in The Drunken Odyssey, have read my written work in a literary series titled There Will Be Words, and have work in Orlando’s Transit Interpretation Project and Funny in Five Hundred.
ROBERT MORGAN FISHER
About 15 years ago I ran into Christopher Guest at McCabe’s Guitar Shop here in Los Angeles. Christopher can be very prickly and standoffish—he’s a comic genius, what can I say? He was getting his Vega Banjo refurbished for an upcoming movie. “What’s it about?” I asked. He glared at me (glared!) and muttered that it was about “folk music”.
My story Welcome to Sire’s is published in the 34thParallel Magazine Issue 26. My fiction has been published in Intrinsick Mag, Gemini Magazine, The Missouri Review Soundbooth Podcast, 0-Dark-Thirty, The Huffington Post, Psychopomp, The Spry Literary Journal, Bluerailroad, and many other publications. I have a story coming out in the Night Shade/Skyhorse Books Iraq War anthology Deserts of Fire, and a story in the 2016 edition of Red Wheelbarrow. I’ve written for TV, radio, and film. I have an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University where I work as a Book Coach and Writing Specialist. robertmorganfisher.com
I grew up in San Antonio, Texas, in one of those large, loud, rollicking Catholic families typical of the 1960s. On any given day there might be games of pitch and catch in the hallway or tackle football in the back bedroom. I moved to Austin to attend the University of Texas and still live in Austin.
I have published more than 35 fiction and non-fiction pieces in a variety of literary journals including two stories in the 34thParallel Magazine, Vietnam Vets in Issue 22 and The Hermanos Brothers in Issue 19. Most recently, The Plumber was published in the Belle Reve, Turning Blue and 62 in the Chick Lit Review, Kingston: The Lizard, The Man in Stories That Lift, The Shorthorn No. 3 in Flatman Crooked, Thanksgiving for Sex in Freight Train, Night of Hope in Concisely. Other stories have been published in The Prose Menagerie, Slugfest Ltd, Short Stories Bi-Monthly, Words of Wisdom, Nocturne Horizons, Balcones, and Carve. My short stories Christmas Day on a City Bus is published by McKinney Press. Image by Shauna Autry Photography.
Leaving Soulport takes place in the small Mississippi town where I was born and is based on two people I came to know just as their lives were changing dramatically. It is a challenging love story about a couple who found happiness together late in their lives only to have everything change in ways so cruel and so devastating that one could not predict how these lovers would cope or react.
My work has been published in The Hopper, Five2One, Ducts Journal, StoryClub Magazine, The Dark Mountain Project. I love storytelling and participate when I can at The Moth and other storytelling events.
Robert McKean has a new story in BoomerLit Magazine (where do they get these magazine names from?)
Invisible Weaving is a story of Nettie Bachelor who conscripts the attorney Harvey Silverstein to help her come to a decision as how she must deal — be it fairly or unfairly — with her two sons. Her time grows short, and Nettie finds life gets no easier. This is a story of the Bachelors that Rob has pulled out of his unpublished novel, Shutdown.
Looking for a bittersweet love story?? You're in luck. Charley wonders whether he is falling in love and whether that is necessarily a good thing in Robert McKean's story Semitone Summer in the 34thParallel Magazine, Issue 35.
Like all McKean's fiction, this story is set in Ganaego, a steel-mill company town in Western Pennsylvania. The characters, who appear and reappear in various stories, form a diverse ethnic, racial, and generational stew of lives and passions.
This is his second story in the 34thParallel Magazine. In Issue 27 he wrote Tody Was a Seven.
He has also had his writing published in The Kenyon Review, The Chicago Review, Armchair/Shotgun, The MacGuffin, The Bacon Review, Front Range Review, Crack the Spine, and Border Crossing. robmckean.com
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