Pauline Baird Jones, author, writer, romantic suspense author, science fiction romance author, steampunk, humor, time
This is not a clock. It is a rock. It exists IN time, it does not TELL time.

I had reason recently to mull on that mysterious thing called time. My mulling followed on a short exchange I had with the hubs.

Hubs: I’m not going to make it in time.

Me: If you’d quit using rocks, instead of clocks, to mark time, you’d be on time.

I get a “look.” And the hubs, inexplicably to you or I, does not rush out the door. He sits down at his computer and starts clicking things (not looking at the time, btw).

Because in his perception of time, he isn’t late. He will be “in” time. Because the hubs operates in geologic time. It’s time…plus or minus a million years. In his view, he is never late.

I used to think he did it to annoy me, but over the years, I’ve come to realize he perceives time very differently from the way I do. If you had a timer and asked me to tell you when a minute had passed, I would probably call it within a few seconds. I won’t say I’m never late (but that’s usually because I don’t want to be somewhere or I’m traveling with the hubs), but usually I’m early. Even when I try to be late, I tend to be early. It’s not a blessing.

Pauline Baird Jones, author, writer, romantic suspense author, science fiction romance author, steampunk, humor, time
This is a clock.

If you ask the hubs to tell you when a minute has passed…well, the way of the rock does not deal in minutes. They are too puny and insignificant. (And yes, we’ve tried watches. They DIE on his wrist. Seriously quit ticking.)

This has caused me to ponder time on many occasions. Before smart phones, one needed to do something while waiting for someone operating in a different time than one’s own. I have to wonder if it is that mulling that caused my fascination with time travel? Okay, I can’t totally blame him because I read Wrinkle in Time before I met him.

And I’ve always loved to watch even really bad time travel movies like Time Rider. Okay, I didn’t love it, but I did watch it. Cause I love time travel movies. Love the “what if” potential, the fish so far out of water story line. Biggles Adventures in Time anyone?

I enjoyed the sensation of “mini” travel through time when I went to England and was ahead of my family in time, though would so rather have done it by TARDIS. Steerage is not comfortable time travel.

I’ve gone beyond simple mulling of time. I’ve blogged about why time travel is a really bad idea. And about the Chinese government banning time travel. (That still cracks me up.) My favorite Harry Potter is The Prisoner of Azkaban. I’d so love to have a time turner. My favorite Star Trek Next Generation episodes are the time travel ones. And I’ve written five novels that involve time travel in one way or another, even though they almost made my head explode trying to sort it all out.

Despite the head exploding potential, I get a kick out of time travel Google searches. I’ve found time machines for sale (unused), books on actual time travel experiences, and that story about the Chinese government. Even National Geographic has weighed in:

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So what about you? How do you perceive time? How does it flow for you? Are you early? Late? On time? Live with someone on “other” time? Do you like time travel? Wish you could do it? Have done it? All comments are entered into my monthly drawing for a $10 AnaBanana gift card of makes-time-pass-more-pleasantly. Winner announced the first blog post of the new month.

Pauline Baird Jones, author, writer, romantic suspense author, science fiction romance author, steampunk, humor, Project Enterprise

Perilously, and timelessly yours,


Pauline Baird Jones: Geologic Time?

9 thoughts on “Pauline Baird Jones: Geologic Time?

  • November 28, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    LOL I read an article about China banning time travel movies a while back. Too bad they’ll have to miss mine! I pretty much experience time by the clock, although I am often late to work as I’m not a morning person. Once I’m up and going though, I’m punctual.

    I love local history, so I wouldn’t mind time traveling a bit to experience it – but just a bit! The time travel in my books comes with some pretty steep limitations, so I’d be wary of that. Fun topic!

    • November 29, 2012 at 8:32 am

      I loved the reason the Chinese banned time travel in books and movies: because some of it might be true. LOLOL!

      I am not a morning person either! Yeah, I have to be up and going to be punctual. I have to give myself at least half an hour wake up time before I have to actually move and do.

      I would have to say my issue with historical time traveling comes down to plumbing. LOLOL! Thanks for stopping by!

  • November 27, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    I am with you girl. Always early. Hubby is not quite as far gone as yours but he definitely runs on a bit of a different clock than me. He doesn’t get hung up about time, being on time, etc…while I get very stressed out if I am running late. So I hear ya. My watch is my BFF. Mind you, I am also trying to relax a bit more on those rare occasions that I am running late because stressing about it and turning into a raving bitch isn’t cool. LOL!!

    • November 28, 2012 at 8:51 am

      Yeah, I’ve had to learn to chill big time, because I’d always arrive where we were going trying to tamp down the bitch in side. LOLOL! I’m seeing a pattern emerge here, though. I wonder if guys who are loose with time are drawn to use time keepers, cause they know they need us to get anywhere? (grin)

  • November 27, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    Like you, I am aware of ‘time’ as in clock time and I’m never late unless circumstances are beyond my control. The hubs is a pantser when it comes to time. His idea of when you rock up is ‘just in time’ and I HATE that cliff-hanging uncertainty in which he clearly revels.

    As for time travel – it’s mind-boggling if you start to think about it. The whole space-time continuum and what is time, really, when I’m typing this at 0634 in my ‘time’ and it’s probably something like 1834 the previous day in your ‘time’? Then you get to Einstein’s physics and the warping of ‘time’ with speed. Meh. It’s too early for this… 🙂

    • November 28, 2012 at 8:50 am

      Isn’t it interesting that time keepers seem to marry time wingers? I wonder if there is a study about that somewhere? Cliff hanging uncertainty sums it up! Though I am too tired anymore to fight it that much. LOL!

      Yeah, time travel totally boggles. I think that’s why it fascinates me so much. Wow, you are ahead of me in time! Maybe we can work together to play this advantage. (grin)

  • November 27, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    Frankly, I am with your husband on this one as I love geology. Also, now that I am beginning my sixth decade, I have the luxury of enjoying the moment without regard to the minute hand of any clock. I used to be habitually early and still am, sometimes, but other times, beyond fashionably tardy.

    Great post! I enjoyed it immensely.


    P.S. Am just starting to write a novel that will play with time travel so nice to know I now know an expert.

  • November 26, 2012 at 8:06 am

    Myself, I love how everyone can have a different thinking when it comes to time. The relative nature of time itself is an interesting fact to me. I am someone who likes to be “on time.” If I have set a meeting at 7:00 a.m., then on time for me is to be within 5 minutes on either side. When it comes to work, I always try to be on the early side.

    However, I have an employee that works for me that believes that if you are not 15 minutes early, you are late. That thought always intrigued me, especially with my military background. That is one thing they believed and always said. If you are right on time, you are late, and fifteen minutes early was on time. Now I learned from that lifestyle that I don’t like being fifteen minutes early just to have to wait. I believe that is where my thinking on time comes from.

    I don’t have a problem with time travel as long as it is done in a believable fashion. I love when scifi pushes the envelope at times, but when they just throw it in as an afterthought it always makes me cringe.

    • November 26, 2012 at 8:39 am

      Wow. Fifteen minutes early is late? I can so share the not liking to wait feeling. I have waited a lot. As I mentioned, I am often early, but I never think anyone else is late. Just always wish I could manage to not be early. LOL! Hmmm, is waiting time longer than busy time? I always think of Data trying to figure out human perception of time…

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