What came first?

I told my pal Neil Haverty I’m working on a new book. He sent me this:

slightly askew rectangular array of sunshine

In school, taking a Math course: Matrix Algebra every Tuesday from 7 – 10 p.m. Homework is the same every time: I start by looking up “matrix” and “algebra” on the internet, then I dive in. I’m working hard for shitty results, which has led me to thinking about an alternate version of the situation, in which someone opens his/her eyes in the morning, and feels the same way about waking up as I do about learning Math. I’m studying harder lately, trying to figure out how to get my character out of bed.