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That looks very chemistry-ish. Hmmm….

I have always had an…uneasy relationship with science in all its forms. When I have those “forgot to study for a test” dreams, they are always science classes.

So it is rather hilarious that I ended up writing books that are filled with fictional science. It is possible it all started here:

In my junior year in high school, the chemistry teacher told us that a) we had to take this national test; b) we would be graded against all the chemistry students in the country. Or the world, I forget which; c) we had to pass the test to pass chemistry and d) we had to pay a fee to take the test.

I was not thrilled about any of this, but my parents—clearly not noticing how totally wrong it was to pay to suffer this much—anted up the fee, thus ensuring I would have to take this test.

The day arrived. I opened the test and read the first question.

I not only did NOT know the answer. I didn’t even know what it was asking me. It was like reading a foreign language. Or being in one of those “homework” nightmares. Only this was not a dream. It was real.

I read the second question. If anything, it was harder to understand than the first question.

I sat there for a moment, fighting panic. How could I have taken almost a whole year of high school chemistry and not learned any actual chemistry? I was not only about to flunk chemistry, but I was on track to be the Worst Chemistry Student in the Whole Country. Or the World.

And then, I think I snapped. I thought, why waste time reading questions I didn’t understand? It would make the misery longer and be like kicking my own self esteem with my own foot over and over again.

So I just went through and checked boxes. I didn’t read a single question after those first two.

When the Day of Judgment arrived, I will admit to feeling a fair amount of unease.

Because my Chemistry Teacher liked to torture us, he told us he’d be reading our scores off in front of the class, from top score to bottom (is it any wonder we stagger out of high school with our self esteem in tatters?).

He read out the best score, then second best…and then…

To find out my score, click here and than come back and tell me what you think…

So, what do you think? Should I respond to those science purists with my score? Or just keep making things up? [grin]

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My Bad Chemistry
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6 thoughts on “My Bad Chemistry

  • November 14, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    Lol. The Good Lord was watching out for you! My college macro economics class was told going into the final: “No matter how bad your grades are, you ace this final and you’ll get at least a C in this class.” The entire class had been taught in Greek. (Really. I’m pretty sure.) My grade on every test had been an F or D, so my average at best was D-. I didn’t know how to study for the final and was so throw-up sick about it, I didn’t. Grades came out. I passed with a C. Yes, I believe in miracles.

    • November 16, 2016 at 9:57 am

      LOL! That is indeed a miracle! I love it! Sometimes we just need saved from classes we don’t need for anything but graduating. lol

  • November 14, 2016 at 10:54 am

    Math and I are not friends. Clearly, you have a knack for Making Things Up. Or really favorable luck. Have you visited a casino? Whatever you do, continue to write. My Kindle has room, and I can always get another one.

    • November 16, 2016 at 9:58 am

      Aw, thank you, Sheila! Yes, making things up is, apparently, my super power, whereas facts and math…no. lol

  • November 14, 2016 at 4:53 am

    I have that same dream Pauline, but with me the it is always a math test. I don’t know why, I was pretty good at math, but in the dream, not only have I not studied, but I have been skipping class.

    If suffering through a national/world Chemistry test is what inspired you to write stories with made up science, then I must thank your Chemistry teacher!

    • November 14, 2016 at 10:41 am

      LOLOL! That is too funny and yes, I have math dreams, too. Math is very scary! Yeah, I’m glad that I didn’t give up on making up my science. It is a LOT of fun! LOL Thanks!

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