For the first time, I’m participating in the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge! The concept is simple: Each day in April I’ll be blogging on a topic starting with the letter of the day, beginning with A and progressing to Z by the end of the month. Posts will be short and will relate to my chosen theme: my new coming of age story, Rightfully Ours, released April 1.
A is for Algebra
Can I tell you a secret? Quick – cover the ears of the tweens and teens! I like algebra. I’ve come to realize I’m somewhat of an anomaly among writers, who by and large seem to abhor math. But let’s cut algebra some mathematical slack since it does have letters.
While writing novels and solving algebraic equations may seem worlds apart, they both offer the satisfaction of a solution in which all of the pieces fit. There is order.
In Rightfully Ours, Paul and Rachel first establish a connection at her kitchen table as he helps her straighten her tangled thoughts on algebra, eventually helping her move her C grade to an A. Their study time also provides an opportunity for more physical proximity than they’d ever enjoyed, a fact not missed by Rachel’s father, who discovers them working side by side.
In a quick internet search, I stumbled across the perfect algebra/pirate humor, appropriate for Rightfully Ours (see Letter P).
Why do we need algebra?
Finding X is only useful if you’re a pirate!
Algebra: love it or hate it?