Jigsaw Puzzle Follow-up

Completed jigsaw puzzle

Jigsaw Follow-up

Well, I had an unexpected day off from work due to weather, so I worked on my jigsaw puzzle.

Completed jigsaw puzzle
Completed Jigsaw Puzzle

The arctic vortex currently sitting over much of the northern hemisphere dropped outdoor temperatures to well below 0 fahrenheit (-20c) or worse with wind chill twenty to -50-60f (-45c) in many areas, keeping me indoors today.

Voila, I finished it. Click on the picture to see the full-sized completed effort. Whoo hoo!

Now what ???????

Oh right. I’ve got a book to finish writing.


The Setup

Over the holidays, my girlfriend/partner gave me a jigsaw puzzle as a gift. I don’t know whether to be ecstatic over the thoughtfulness of the gift or cringe by the vast amount of time it’s taking to solve the jigsaw puzzle.

But first, let me backup.

Last fall, we went over to a friend’s house for dinner and conversation, catching up since we last saw each other. At that occasion, our friends had a jigsaw puzzle of their own they were working on. Interested, and with their permission, I found and placed a few pieces and thought nothing of it.

Jigsaw Puzzle box photo

Apparently, my girlfriend noticed and arranged to get me a jigsaw puzzle of my own which she presented to me over the holidays. I was delighted with the thoughtfulness of the gift. I hadn’t worked on one in decades, probably since I was a kid.

Plus, it was a puzzle involving one of my favorite subjects, mermaids. In this case, a Disney rendering of Ariel, the Little Mermaid, and her family and friends. Not that I am into the Disney character that much, just that it was a mermaid scene. Thoughtful or not, I hadn’t considered that I’d be all that interested in solving the damn thing.

Oh, how I was ever wrong.

Solving It

For three weeks now, I’ve spent significant time on this complex 750 piece puzzle. Oh sure, I could have been working on a 1000 piece puzzle, but 750 is a good number after such a long time. I’m about 3/5th done with the jigsaw puzzle.

As I place piece after piece, I’m finding it easier to find others and fill them in. I just hope that I’m not missing one. That would really piss me off. Either way, I’m having fun solving the puzzle. The big question is, when I’m done with it, feeling good about my accomplishment, will I be satisfied and go back to writing? Or, will I be on the hunt for a new one eventually building a collection of dozens of puzzles. It’s a dilemma for sure.

Wasted Time ?

Sometimes I think that I’m wasting time by solving the jigsaw puzzle. It’s taking a lot of time to work it, time that may be better spent on more productive things, such as writing, drawing or painting. Then, as I consider that thought, I realize that as I do this jigsaw puzzle, I am having fun, and I am exercising my mind. You may ask, how am I doing that?

jigsaw puzzle upside down
Solving the jigsaw puzzle upside down

That’s a good question. I’ve done the bulk of the puzzle upside down. That’s right, the top of the puzzle is closest to me, and the bottom is furthest away from me.

Why? It’s a technique I learned ages ago in creating a drawing or painting from a photograph. Turn it upside down, and your mind stops trying to fill in the gaps with imagery that does not exist. Did you know your brain will do that? Be it music, images, data, or just about anything, the human mind will fill gaps with what it thinks makes sense. Turning the picture upside down forces the brain to stop doing that. It is forcing me to look at patterns, shapes, and colors to find the missing piece. In short, it’s an alternate way of looking at life.

Application to Everyday Life

When I decided whether it was worthwhile to write about solving my jigsaw puzzle, I realized something. The methods I use, or learning to use, in the solution to this problem are the techniques I use in everyday life and in writing my novels. If you think about it, coming up with a plot that makes sense and plausible, is kind of like solving a jigsaw puzzle.

I create characters that interact with each other to tell a story. The story could be about anything, it really doesn’t matter. What matters is enticing the reader to see enough to keep reading, provide conflict and drama along the way, to reach a believable ending. In short, I try to write my stories as if you, the reader, were living the plot, by escaping death, loving life, solving a problem or enjoy themselves in bed with a favorite partner.

It’s the journey that matters.

So, as I sit in front of my jigsaw puzzle or write my next great novel, remember this. I will relentlessly search every elusive piece that hides from my intense gaze. I will find you and put you into your place in the world. You cannot escape, and you will be assimilated.

And when I do, all will be fine in the world.

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Jigsaw Puzzle

jigsaw puzzle upside down

The Setup

Over the holidays, my girlfriend/partner gave me a jigsaw puzzle as a gift. I don’t know whether to be ecstatic over the thoughtfulness of the gift or cringe by the vast amount of time it’s taking to solve the jigsaw puzzle.

But first, let me backup.

Last fall, we went over to a friend’s house for dinner and conversation, catching up since we last saw each other. At that occasion, our friends had a jigsaw puzzle of their own they were working on. Interested, and with their permission, I found and placed a few pieces and thought nothing of it.

Jigsaw Puzzle box photo

Apparently, my girlfriend noticed and arranged to get me a jigsaw puzzle of my own which she presented to me over the holidays. I was delighted with the thoughtfulness of the gift. I hadn’t worked on one in decades, probably since I was a kid.

Plus, it was a puzzle involving one of my favorite subjects, mermaids. In this case, a Disney rendering of Ariel, the Little Mermaid, and her family and friends. Not that I am into the Disney character that much, just that it was a mermaid scene. Thoughtful or not, I hadn’t considered that I’d be all that interested in solving the damn thing.

Oh, how I was ever wrong.

Solving It

For three weeks now, I’ve spent significant time on this complex 750 piece puzzle. Oh sure, I could have been working on a 1000 piece puzzle, but 750 is a good number after such a long time. I’m about 3/5th done with the jigsaw puzzle.

As I place piece after piece, I’m finding it easier to find others and fill them in. I just hope that I’m not missing one. That would really piss me off. Either way, I’m having fun solving the puzzle. The big question is, when I’m done with it, feeling good about my accomplishment, will I be satisfied and go back to writing? Or, will I be on the hunt for a new one eventually building a collection of dozens of puzzles. It’s a dilemma for sure.

Wasted Time ?

Sometimes I think that I’m wasting time by solving the jigsaw puzzle. It’s taking a lot of time to work it, time that may be better spent on more productive things, such as writing, drawing or painting. Then, as I consider that thought, I realize that as I do this jigsaw puzzle, I am having fun, and I am exercising my mind. You may ask, how am I doing that?

jigsaw puzzle upside down
Solving the jigsaw puzzle upside down

That’s a good question. I’ve done the bulk of the puzzle upside down. That’s right, the top of the puzzle is closest to me, and the bottom is furthest away from me.

Why? It’s a technique I learned ages ago in creating a drawing or painting from a photograph. Turn it upside down, and your mind stops trying to fill in the gaps with imagery that does not exist. Did you know your brain will do that? Be it music, images, data, or just about anything, the human mind will fill gaps with what it thinks makes sense. Turning the picture upside down forces the brain to stop doing that. It is forcing me to look at patterns, shapes, and colors to find the missing piece. In short, it’s an alternate way of looking at life.

Application to Everyday Life

When I decided whether it was worthwhile to write about solving my jigsaw puzzle, I realized something. The methods I use, or learning to use, in the solution to this problem are the techniques I use in everyday life and in writing my novels. If you think about it, coming up with a plot that makes sense and plausible, is kind of like solving a jigsaw puzzle.

I create characters that interact with each other to tell a story. The story could be about anything, it really doesn’t matter. What matters is enticing the reader to see enough to keep reading, provide conflict and drama along the way, to reach a believable ending. In short, I try to write my stories as if you, the reader, were living the plot, by escaping death, loving life, solving a problem or enjoy themselves in bed with a favorite partner.

It’s the journey that matters.

So, as I sit in front of my jigsaw puzzle or write my next great novel, remember this. I will relentlessly search every elusive piece that hides from my intense gaze. I will find you and put you into your place in the world. You cannot escape, and you will be assimilated.

And when I do, all will be fine in the world.

Feedback

What are you thoughts? Care to comment? Do you agree or disagree? Send me a note. I’d love to hear from you.

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For more about me

For more about me as an author/writer, check-out my website RichardVerry.com, highlighting my novels and stories available to read or purchase.

To learn more about me as an artist, check-out my online art gallery at maggicalExpressions online art gallery

 

Christmas 2018 Ornaments

Starship Enterprise NCC1701

My girlfriend suggested a new gallery which I call my Christmas 2018 Ornaments. They represent a few of my latest acquisitions to my ornament collection.

Click on the link to load the slideshow and see what I like.

Christmas 2018 Ornaments

Feel free to send me a comment or two. I will respond in a timely manner. Feel free to check out my books available on Amazon and other ebook retailers.

Thanks for taking a look.

Merry Christmas 2018

Merry Christmas 2018

Wishing you and yours, my friends, family, readers and fans a verry Merry Christmas 2018. And as for those that don’t celebrate it, and I know you’re out there, have a very happy holiday season.

Thank you for the support and love you all have shared throughout the year. You’re awesome.

Christmas 2018 gallery

Christmas 2018

Christmas 2018 gallery

Yesterday, I wrote about setting up for the holiday, which kept me from writing all that much. Here is the result of a job well done in preparing for Christmas 2018, at least as reported by family and guests who stop by for drinks and conversation.

I can’t offer you a drink but I can say this. Click on the picture and enjoy the show!

Christmas 2018

In the holiday spirit and knowing that you enjoy my stores, would you please share the love by sharing my Website  or Amazon author page  with your family and friends. Enjoy many hours of spirited conversation as you discover common interests.

Thank you for your love. I hope you had a great year.  Merry Christmas, happy holidays, and may the coming year bring you continued love and joy.