To measure a moment
This thesis interrogates the linear model of time and its ramifications in relationships, experiences and society. In order to adequately challenge the linear model of time, I use creative writing to imagine a world where time functions in a more fluid way, and the ways in which time moves fluidly in ways we are not used to seeing. In four short stories, all exploring the subjectivity of time, I hope to foster an acknowledgment of the way the objective model of time is inaccurate to lived experiences. The thesis begins with a forward including theoretical explanations for this idea of time as well as literary inspiration for these stories. The first story "My Friend, The Feeling." explores how connection to a person can be realized through a shared experience of time. The second, "Acela" explores the relationship between time and psychical space and the ways in which drug use alters the experience of time. The third story, "Mud House Loop" addresses the cyclical nature of time and how memory, relationships and time are interconnected elements of personal experiences. The fourth story "Kids, Anymore" uses a format that splits between chronological storytelling and the same story alphabetized by sentence. The story is about adolescence and having friendships end because of growing up at different speeds. I hope that these stories serve to expand the common understanding of time and reinforce the importance of challenging the singular linear model of time.