The only constant is change, growth, leaving something behind for something new. This collection by Daniel Magner seeks to embrace the constant of life's chaos and delve into its every shift. From inner growth to outright fist fights, these stories follow vivid characters as they stumble through their lives searching for stability and lamenting things lost.
In Patio, a young man in need of some cash returns home to build his mom a patio, one of the biggest things she's changed about the house since the divorce. He finds his childhood home has grown into a place he doesn't recognize, but he too, is unrecognizable as his old self. He's developed a bad habit that he wants to quiet, especially from his mother.
Roulette tackles love and the looming possibility of separation for a couple on a road trip. When they stop for a break at a little casino, they find that gambling might just be the spark they need to keep the relationship alive. But what lengths will they go to to get the rush?
Clipped is told by a nameless narrator out for a haircut who just can't keep his mouth shut. This lands him in a heap of trouble and a scuffle, but underneath it all is a sense of longing so opposed to the action you can't help but wonder, what's up with this guy?
Daniel Magner has an eclectic background in poetry and short fiction, but finds that writing has always had the power to move him in one way or another. He also writes and plays music and even manages to get outside every once in a while to rock climb. His poem "Temporarily Free" appeared in the Spring 2016 edition of CSULB's literary magazine "Rip Rap" and he now has stories available on Amazon.