Thursday, November 9, 2023

Puzzles! by Christine Bush


 Lately, I’ve been seeing many articles and blogs about the benefits of “using your brain” by doing puzzles.  The gist is that as we age, keeping that “ole brain muscle” in shape will keep us young.

I hope this is true!

I’ve been doing puzzles all my life, beginning when young with word searches, crossword puzzles,  and the daily cryptograms in the local newspaper.

A snowy day could bring our family to the table to tackle a challenging 1000 piece puzzle.

Lately, I’ve become addicted to Wordle, Quordle, Octordle,  and Sudoku.  I think my brain is actually a little too busy.

But in addition to those puzzles in the paper, on the phone, on the computer, I’ve been making puzzles in other ways all my life.

My favorite kind of story to write is a Sweet Romantic Mystery.  There's lots of puzzles to solve.

Building characters is a puzzle.

“Why exactly did she do that?”

“What is keeping him from committing to love?”

Building a mystery plot is a puzzle.

“Who done it?”

“What’s the motive?”

“Was it Miss Scarlett in the parlor with the candlestick?”  You get the point.

So I guess I have this “puzzle thing” handled. Please remind my brain.  How about you?  Do you do puzzles?  Do you like to figure out the puzzles in mysteries?  I’d love to know!

In the mood for a good romantic mystery?  Try my award winning story: Available in print or ebook!

                            Cindy’s Prince

                       Cindy's Prince: Bush, Christine: 9781499587241: Books

Christine Bush is a USA Today Bestselling author of romance, romantic mystery, and suspense.  She can be found living in the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania with her husband and 2 lazy cats, and spending time with her 14 grandchildren.   When she’s not writing, she’s teaching Psychology at a local college, and working with clients in her private practice as a Marriage and Family Therapist. She loves to hear from readers and writers!

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