Welcome to Love of Place. Most of my work celebrates our connection to the natural world.

Most recently, my Knocking on Heaven's Door is the winner in the category of science fiction in the 2016 New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards and in the category of fiction in the 2016 Arizona Authors Association Awards. A number of reviewers have been enthusiastic, including the website Geeks of Doom, which makes me smile. Not many people know me as a geek of doom! But I am happy to embrace the complexity of my personality.

I'm also so pleased that Diary of a Citizen Scientist: Chasing Tiger Beetles and Other New Ways of Engaging the World has been awarded the 2016 John Burroughs Medal for Distinguished Nature Writing, as well as the 2014 WILLA Award for Creative Nonfiction from Women Writing the West.

My historical fantasy Teresa of the New World won the 2015 Arizona Authors Association Award for best Children's Literature and was a finalist for the New Mexico/Arizona Book Award for Children's Literature, the WILLA Award for Children's Literature, and the May Sarton Award for Children's Literature.

These are nice landmarks in a writer's life. I would be writing regardless--but, still, whew. It's good to have some encouragement.

Feel free to contact me at http://www.sharmanaptrussell.com or through my author Facebook page, Sharman Apt Russell.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Sometimes I like going for a brief swim in the internet. My photographer friend Elroy went to Alaska and sent back this photo. “Pensive grizzly,” I thought and wondered why bears so often do look pensive and then what other people had to say about that. Googling “pensive” and “grizzly” got me rows of images ("pensive grizzlies") as well as a stock photo labeled “American grizzly bear pensive in front of a waterfall” which I could have bought for $15. Flikr and Pininterest both had sites titled "pensive grizzlies." I went to Google Scholar hoping for a biological explanation for pensive grizzlies but only found articles on things like ex-pensive foraging behaviors among grizzlies and had to be satisfied with this comment, “His thoughts may be about blueberries. Or perhaps salmon. He needs a quiet moment.” There is also the pensive music of a band called Grizzly Bear. And the caption on the photo of a lion eating a baby hippo: “You can see the pensive look on his face despite the grizzly nature of what he is doing.”

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