Oh the lies of this picture, the horror! Shield your eyes!
Being a teen writer is not nearly as easy as it is made out to be. There are a number of obstacles that stand in the way – homework, essays, tests, quizzes, sports, applications, exam prep (SAT, SSAT), jobs (not in my case) and many other daily commitments. And you must also add in your daily dose of reading, writing , and blogging, if you have a blog. Not so easy, eh? I have been so busy recently that I haven’t gotten to writing my crime novel yet. I made it about 10k words in, and realized thatmy MC had flat out lied to the reader to help keep the ending – a very intense ending, mind that – unexpected. I endeavored to cloud my beginning in ambiguity so I could circumvent the inevitable revelation that would occur in the end, but it didn’t turn out well. Anyway, I cut 9k of those words out a few weeks ago, and since then I’ve been so busy that I haven’t even received the chance to write my crime novel. I’m participating in NaNoWriMo, so hopefully that will jump-start the novel (are any of you part of NaNoWriMo?). Point being (sorry about my incessant ramblings), it is not easy to be a teen writer. Why? Well, I like to blame it on good old Geometry HW (that was sarcasm, by the way). You have all dealt with it before or are dealing with it now. Geometry HW. “That which shall not be named”, as I like to call it. So from now on, that’s how I’ll refer to it. Algebra I was simple enough; very logical and sensible and even the “curveballs” didn’t pose much of a threat because it was not difficult to answer it by using prior knowledge in context. Doing Algebra HW wasn’t a very lengthy either, after all I wrote my first crime novel (unpublished and not very good) while balancing out Algebra HW. Easy enough, right? And then, this year, I reached the subject, “that which shall not be named”. Not that I have anything against this subject because I have a great, fervent teacher who enlivens such a boring math class but it just doesn’t seem to click with me. I remember in second grade when we would have a short section about “that which shall not be named” at the end of the year (mostly dealing with naming shapes) and I heard that I would be doing “that which shall not be named” again in 8th grade, I was so excited and I – a naive little kid – thought that I was so ahead of the game. Oh how wrong I was.
Rays, easy enough. Angles, piece of cake. Segments, shoosh yeah. Graphing, yawn. “That which shall not be named” class was a breeze. And then I discovered the perils of Geometry homework (*gasp*! He said it by the name). Proofs. Oh how I hate proofs. Especially paragraph proofs. Drawing the conclusion – no problem – but it takes me forever to explain my reasoning in a comprehensible paragraph suing strong geometrical terms, but to make it easy enough for someone who doesn’t know “that which shall not be named” to understand. Being a writer, writing paragraphs should be no problem, right? WRONG! I can write you an A essay in twenty minutes or a page in my novel in five. Can I write paragraph proofs? NO! It takes me a long, long, long time to do this type of “that which shall not be named” homework. And it really does deprive me of genuine writing time, *he says as he trudges pack to the sadistic, cackling homework on paragraph proofs*. The point of this post? Not much really, maybe I am seeking commiseration…
What do you get when you mix English with Math? (Yes, you may try to answer it)