I Am Puzzled

 Posted by at 12:05 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 252020

In a blog a couple of days ago I said that I was going to spend a few hours goofing off before I jumped into my next writing project, and darned if I didn’t!

In case you haven’t realized it by now, I have a very weird mind. I don’t know, maybe it’s because I’m a writer, or maybe it’s just because I am who I am, but my brain never stops working. I can be reading or watching television, or having a conversation with somebody, or driving down the road, and all the while my mind is churning away, coming up with new story ideas for my books, with new characters, or plot twists. It never stops. Even when I am sleeping, I’m dreaming of books to write and storylines and such. If my body worked as hard as my mind does, I might not be quite as fat as I am. Oh, who am I kidding? As long as Terry knows how to cook, I’ll never be skinny.

For some reason, I got in my head a while back that I wanted to get a jigsaw puzzle. Years ago I used to enjoy doing puzzles but got away from it for whatever reason. Lately, I’ve been wanting to get a puzzle. Of course, I would also have to get a card table to put it on. The other day I looked at puzzles on Amazon, trying to find one I wanted to do and was surprised at the prices. Anywhere from $20 to over $50. Nope, I’m too cheap for that.

When I was checking my email a little later, I got a popup ad about online jigsaw puzzles and decided to check it out. I discovered that there are free jigsaw puzzles online. Who knew? I found one site called Jigsaw Planet, and they had all kinds of very cool puzzles. I started with a simple one, I think it only had 50 pieces, then worked my way up to a 300 piece puzzle. Not quite the thousand-piece puzzles you buy in stores, but it kept me busy and I ended up doing two or three of them. Okay, it was four, but don’t tell Miss Terry. She thinks I was working part of that time.

And I discovered something. Just like when I was learning to fly 40 years ago, when I am doing a puzzle, it totally absorbs me. I stop thinking about books and plots and just look at all those little pieces and how they fit together. I actually come away from it very relaxed. The problem is that I enjoy it so much that it’s easy to get started and look up and realize I just blew two hours when I should have been working. I guess I don’t need to buy a card table after all.

And finally, here’s another chuckle to start your day from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us.

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Nick Russell

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  5 Responses to “I Am Puzzled”

  1. Hi Nick! Try your local library for jigsaw puzzles? Our subdivision has its own library and includes jigsaw puzzles. It has kept my husband entertained during this pandemic. (I love to read and that solves my problem, but he isn’t a reader). Also, I used to buy (before we moved here to Florida) jigsaw puzzles at garage sales! The danger is that there may be some pieces missing, but that rarely happened. When it did, I considered that an addition to the challenge! (but I hate to suggest something that might put off your writing! I can’t wait for your next book!)

  2. Here is another Free Puzzle site for you to try. I’ve played this one for a few years. No card table. No piles of finished puzzles. No worries of missing pieces.


    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It’s about time.

  3. And another site:
    Jigsaw Collection H.D. By Veraxen.
    I love this one. You can also buy more puzzles but so far I’m still working on freebies.

  4. Thank you for the insight into how jigsaw puzzles relax/distract you. I know lots of people find them relaxing, but they have always stressed me out. I think it is because I am not a visual person; signs that don’t have words frustrate me (I can understand the male and female figures for restrooms, but much beyond that, I am lost if they don’t also have text).

    Reading is my activity to lose track of time. Your books and your recommendations go a long way towards helping me escape.

  5. My husband and I also use this free puzzle site: https://www.jigidi.com

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