Blogging from A to Z Challenge: Letter A Is for Algebra

Blogging from A to Z April 2017 Challenge

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.


Blogging A

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?


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16 thoughts on “Blogging from A to Z Challenge: Letter A Is for Algebra

  1. When I was in high school I enjoyed algebra and geometry both. I thought it was like solving puzzles–which it is in a way.
    In my senior year I had a terrible trigonometry teacher who really ruined math for me. He was such a bad teacher that later he went on into administration eventually becoming Superintendent of Schools. Thank goodness he got out of the classroom!

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

  2. I’ve always loved math, but I didn’t love school. I dropped out when I was young and always regretted all the years I missed of math, but I’ve recently discovered Khan Academy and every day I teach myself something new. I feel like I’m getting something back from the years I lost. Great post, thanks for sharing 🙂

    Lisa // Zen and Pi
    Visiting from the A to Z Challenge 🙂

  3. Algebra! Cute! LOL I’m a homeschool mom, and when my son got to Algebra in his math class, I had to re-learn everything I’d forgotten from my high school days. Ouch!

    Nice theme tie-in with your book. 🙂

    Oh, I have an Algebra joke for you! “And then Satan said, ‘Let’s put the alphabet in Math!'” 😉

    • Ha ha! I don’t homeschool, but I still feel like I get to relearn it all either helping my kids or checking over their work. We’ll see what happens when they get to calculus!

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