## Writing and math shouldn’t go together!

For years I have explained to family and friend that I do not need math, I’m a writer words trump numbers. After many years of being unable to connect the two subjects I’ve learned how to cope in a world that requires me to know *math things*.

If I want to know a percentage off of a price I call my friend, or I pull out my handy dandy Dave Ramsey tip card.

Math is so difficult for me that I can’t get the same answer on a calculator-**ever**!

Counting money? Forget it. I’ve made piles on the floor of ten ones only to end up with an extra or worse not as many as I thought

I’ve been happy to live with a lack of math knowledge until last night. As I tried to fall asleep, my brain decided it was time to work on my next novella *Outlaw on the Pueblo Express* (Barbour Publishing 2016). I was thinking about what my character would wear on the train. I could see her face pressed against the window and then turning and asking, “Where do you think we will be at lunch time?”

**Math! Boom in my face!**

**What???????????? TIME????????????**

Pages of word problems flashed in front of me.

The ones I could never figure out the answer to.

The ones that made me cry in frustration.

The ones where I would shout to anyone who would listen, “Why should I care what time the train will arrive to pick up Bob if it stops at point B for 17 minutes?”

So here I am, faced with my math demon. I will now have to answer the question for my character, “What time will we arrive at point B?” .

I think it is time to phone a friend.

Phone Eric or Caleb. They are the math experts in my family. I’m with you, math, except for the basics, is something my brain can’t do well.

Ha, I email Eric for German/Hebrew help as I didn’t realize he can do math too!