Keywords

fiction, short stories, literary fiction, changing lines, MFA thesis, creative writing

Abstract

Changing Lines is a collection of five short stories that focus on pairings of opposites. In the title story, a boy in split custody chooses whether to live with his fundamentalist Christian father or his occult mother. In “Diminishing Returns,” a gifted girl is paired with an incompetent girl for a badminton tournament in her high school gym class. In “Invisible Orbits,” a talented guitarist in poverty joins the band of a wealthy and well-connected singer. In “Unable to Die,” an older therapist confronts her past as she consoles a grieving student facing his uncertain future. The collection closes on “The Color in Your Cheeks,” the story of a successful game developer who finds out his younger brother has run away from home to make adult videos with their childhood next-door neighbor. The stories all center on the tension and change liable to occur when heavily contrasting individuals are forced to interact, portraying how these worldviews are formed with an aim at psychological and sociological nuance. While each story is told in a traditional linear narrative style, the collection is varied in its use of point of view and vantage point. Questioning truisms serves as the main driving force of the collection, while the themes of how neuroses are formed in childhood, spirituality, projection of one's own weakness onto others, coping mechanisms, the psychological effects of demographical status, and internalized contempt are all explored in varying degrees.

Completion Date

2024

Semester

Spring

Committee Chair

Sanz, Manuel

Degree

Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)

College

College of Arts and Humanities

Department

English

Degree Program

Creative Writing

Format

application/pdf

Language

English

Rights

In copyright

Release Date

May 2029

Length of Campus-only Access

5 years

Access Status

Masters Thesis (Campus-only Access)

Campus Location

Orlando (Main) Campus

Accessibility Status

Meets minimum standards for ETDs/HUTs

Restricted to the UCF community until May 2029; it will then be open access.

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