Over Christmas, I helped the people with whom I spent the holiday put together a decades-old jigsaw puzzle with no picture to guide us. Its 600+ pieces were irregular, not at all like the kind you usually get today, and the project took us several days. Today’s Meditation – from Bertine van Hövell – is a jigsaw with similarly jagged pieces, and though it is (thankfully) much smaller and does not create an image at all, it does successfully convey a sense of accomplishment.
Apparently Bertine’s studio Lost Again experienced literal overnight success, as she and Thomas Wrobel “woke up one morning to find that the little web-based project we thought was a failure, consumed 40 gig in bandwidth in just one night”. (Unfortunately the intro doesn’t name the project, but a quick Google suggests it might be their Fanfic Maker.) Any success I can claim has been less sudden, but I do know what it’s like to realise that people who never would have paid attention to you before now know who you are and care about what you do. And I can look back at a (possibly more nebulous, in my case) “before” and remember what it was like to work and work without a sense of where I was headed and when I would get there.
Next to the puzzle, a phone screen shows the date advancing, but only the month, with the year crossed out. So (whether or not this was the intention) you get the sense of progression without the feeling of a deadline approaching or clock running out, which I appreciated. Don’t we all wish that we were able to simply work on our big projects at a steady pace for as long as they take?