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Jigsawing

on September 20, 2015

Blogs can be like those really difficult jigsaws that it might take you years to complete but, at the end, you can’t quite complete because of all the missing pieces. You know exactly what those missing pieces look like, and how they are shaped, but you have to accept that they have probably been gobbled up by the vacuum cleaner, then used to make a bird’s nest; they’re gone but not gone.

Some time ago, I paid a small amount to have my blog converted to book-like format so that I could print it out. The reason I did this was not so that I could admire my clumsy, incoherent handiwork, but so that I could re-shape it into some sort of coherent story about Parkinson’s disease.

Okay, so the PDF conversion meant that it would print from 2011 to now rather than backwards-in-time. Because each year consisted of hundreds of pages, I ended up with seven PDF files and happily printed out one and a half of these files until my printer
spat
the
dummy!

Well, after weeks of wrestling with/ coaxing/ swearing at /wanting to OBLITERATE/ and finally giving up on, my uncooperative printer, I came to my senses and put all of the files onto a usb and took it into a print shop. Half an hour later
hey
presto!

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Now, hopefully, within nearly 3,000 pages of blog words and images – a jigsaw of thoughts and emotions spanning nearly four years – I will find something that is worth editing into a useful and publishable book.

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39 responses to “Jigsawing

  1. Vicki says:

    Amazing how time flies isn’t it, Julie?
    I’m not surprised you have 3,000 pages, but I don’t envy you the task of translating it into a book. how long did it take you to write your first Book (if I may ask)?

  2. arlene says:

    It must be costly to do that but it is really nice to see all your blog posts printed like a book. How about the pics, were they printed too?

  3. Yvonne says:

    “We grow too soon old, too late smart” or something like that! Good thinking re: letting someone else do the printing!

  4. susanpoozan says:

    Very many good wishes. With your skill with words and a great story to tell the book will surely be of interest to many and most certainly worth writing.

  5. ksbeth says:

    i’ve wonder how to do this myself. congrats on getting it done and good luck on making it onto a book, i look forward to it )

  6. Terry says:

    Good idea! How and where did you find a way to put your blog into a printable file?

  7. Fantastic, exciting and daunting at the same time!! πŸ˜€

  8. Tiny says:

    It will be a great book, Julie!

  9. Judith Post says:

    Ye gods! And I thought rewrites of my drafts were hard work. This should keep you busy for a while, but you’ve got lots to work with. Best of luck.

  10. Lisa Rest says:

    Congratulations on having the fortitude to get everything printed and ready to inspire you.

  11. tootlepedal says:

    What program or website did you use to get the pdfs. I would like to do the same to mine.

  12. Wow – 3000 pages! That is quite a task ahead to edit that down to a 250 page book!
    I believe in you Julie. You can do it! I would love to read the book when it is finished.

  13. Yeah this reminded me of when Kathy had to print off a heap of stuff for her to study she at first tried to do it at home but I said stick it on a flash drive and take it to Office works the cost is worth it for no hassle and printer spitting the dummy

  14. I know you will Julie!!!!! It’s already there. And it is beneficial. To many of us, for many different reasons.

  15. You have your work cut out for you.
    I have been falling behind reading and blogging since school started. Oy. Why am I not independently wealthy?

  16. niasunset says:

    This is great dear Julie, Good Luck. Thanks and Love, nia

  17. Michelle Burns says:

    It will be wonderful! I love the way you write, and words are so comforting to me. I will we weren’t so far away! ❀

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