πŸ“š What I learned πŸ“š

Hey there, lovely reader,

It's been another busy writing week. I'm cracking on. Some days things flow, other days it's a struggle. A good night's sleep always helps. πŸ˜‰

What I learned this week

I cracked on apace with the latest book this week. I'm still in the phase that requires research. Below are some of the things I learned this week.

I don't always use the things I learn in any shape or form in my writing, or they may make their way in only tangentially or in a very minor way, but all of it is important to create the vision in my head from which I come up with words.

  • The way to get to Elizabeth Castle off the coast of Jersey at high tide is by amphibious ferry. There are two of them. They run every thirty minutes and are part-boat, part-bus.
  • The network of tunnels originally built for the German occupying force to withstand the Allies air raids and bombardment was converted into an emergency military hospital to attend to D-Day casualties.
  • The piece of organ music often played as a newly married couple walks down the aisle is the Widor Toccata, the fifth movement, in F major, by Charles-Marie Widor, a French organist and composer.

Magic puzzles

I get a lot of questions about these, so I thought I'd walk you through them. They are very fun, go at a quick clip, and there is even a scavenger hunt for you to do at the end.

First, you do the basic 1,000 piece puzzle. If you look carefully you can see a zig-zag line that goes l-r.

Once that's done, you switch the section on the bottom left with the section on the bottom right.

This is easy if you have a flat, polished surface that is much larger than the jigsaw. If not, much frustration involving pie slices and spatulas (I recommend stainless steel) will ensue as it does in my house. You can see the pond on the left is now on the right.

Despite this switch the puzzle picture is rearranged but unbroken. And there is now a hole in the middle. You then fill that in with another fifty or so pieces to make a completely different puzzle.

Here you can see the filled in tree monster. And cue to the scavenger hunt.

You can get these magic puzzles here

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Right, more writing beckons. Have a lovely week.

Happy reading!

Chaos in Cambridge by Alison Golden
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