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Creating a Puzzle with Scoundrels

Timothy Zahn | January 8, 2013

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I’ve never been very good at jigsaw puzzles.

It’s a skill I’ve just been unable to master. I can’t see where a given piece fits into the picture on the box; sky and cloud pieces completely baffle me; and the red blob that has to be on the piece I’m looking for (because it extends from the red blob on this piece) is always smaller and more inconspicuous than I expect it to be. Generally, once any pieces with words had been connected (I’m pretty good with the word pieces), my job at family jigsaw parties was cheerleading for the others and making sure there were plenty of snacks.

But I do like jigsaw puzzles. So if I can’t put them together, maybe I could try creating one.

How do I start?

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Star Wars Reads Day: Timothy Zahn

Timothy Zahn | October 2, 2012

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Paper Trails

Timothy Zahn | September 26, 2012

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In honor of the upcoming Star Wars Reads Day, a few random reminiscences on some of my own memorable book experiences:

  • Reading Tom Swift Jr. in the back seat while driving across Nebraska in July on a family vacation

No AC, no Interstates, just heat and dust and the adventures of a young man with cool future technology. My first real introduction to the wonders of science fiction.
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