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Pritchard, James

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Comments from the author about writing:
I love the total immersion, the absolute focus of being committed to a writing project.  As an environmental historian, I'm really between fields all the time, walking an amorphous border between science and the humanities, between fact and myth, between explanation and story telling.  As a trailing spouse, I've had to take advantage of local opportunities for writing projects.  That has worked out rather well, because I've been able to return time after time to my first loves in writing, the national parks and stories about wildlife science.  As I've completed writing projects, I've never had a moment when I did not have another project waiting.  The problem becomes which of many desirable projects I would like to attack next.  First there is a process of rummaging around, looking for sources and clues, then the research which is like a gigantic treasure hunt, and then you become increasingly focused on the product you are creating, the stage of total immersion when you re-arrange all that information into a coherent story.  I went through a phase of lust for fountain pens and odd colored inks, which was fun for awhile and seemed to help the ink flow, but now any pen you pick up at the bank will do!

Book Types: Nonfiction

Audience Types: Adult

Genres: History

Are you willing to do programs for schools, libraries, or other groups? Yes

If you are willing to do programs, will you charge a fee? No

Author Web site URL: http://www.nrem.iastate.edu/faculty/pritchard.php

E-mail Address: jpritch@iastate.edu

Phone Number: 515-294-8830

County: Story

Books By This Author

  • A Green and Permanent Land: Ecology and Agriculture in the Twentieth Century. (Randel S. Beeman & James A. Pritchard), University Press of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, 2001
  • Preserving Yellowstone's Natural Conditions: Science and the Perception of Nature, University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, Nebraska, 1999
  • Field Guide to Butterflies of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. (Diane M. Debinski and James A. Pritchard), Roberts Rinehart, Lanham, Maryland, 2002

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