Why did I write Jim’s Pterodactyl?
After I’d written Jim’s Revenge, I decided that accident-prone Jim needed to get
into another scrape.
I also have a slight obsession with Pterodactyls and I like Cheese.
I think this is why Ollie, Jim’s Pterodactyl is so fond of cheese.
What if Jim somehow was given a Pterodactyl? Total madness!
While I was developing my idea, I came across Searching for Ropens by Jonathan David
Whitcomb. (See link below) He’d been on expeditions to Papua New Guinea (north of
Australia) because there were roumors that creatures resembling Pterodactyls still lived in
the jungles of Papua New Guinea.
After reading Searching for Ropens I still needed more information. I needed to fly over
Papua New Guinea. My word, I hear you say, that must have been costly. Luckily, I flew by
Youtube airways and it was free. (See link below)
Papua New Guinea is a country located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. It
occupies the eastern half of the island of New Guinea, as well as numerous
smaller islands in the region. Here’s a brief precis about Papua New Guinea:
Papua New Guinea is known for its rich cultural diversity, with over 800 different
languages spoken among its various indigenous groups. The country’s rugged
terrain, dense rainforests, and stunning landscapes make it a unique destination
for adventure seekers and nature enthusiasts.
The capital of Papua New Guinea is Port Moresby. The economy is primarily
based on agriculture, mining, and natural resources, with a focus on products like
coffee, cocoa, and minerals.
Despite its natural beauty and cultural wealth, Papua New Guinea faces
significant challenges, including issues related to healthcare, education, and
infrastructure development. Tribal conflicts and law and order problems have also
been a concern in some regions.
Flying in a small plane over Papua New Guinea can be an exhilarating and unique
experience. As you soar through the skies, you’ll be treated to breathtaking views
of the country’s diverse landscapes, from dense rainforests to mountainous
terrains and pristine coastlines. Here are some highlights of what you might
encounter during such a flight:
From the air, you can witness the lush greenery of its rainforests, the rugged peaks
of the Owen Stanley Range, and the crystal-clear waters of its coastal areas. You
will also observe the remote thatched-roofed villages and communities that are
often inaccessible by road.
The first two chapters of Jim’s Pterodactyl are based on my research.
The rest of the novel takes place in Tipham in the NorthWest of England.
A word of warning, if you do decide to visit the town, your Satnav may
misbehave. If your satnav does play up, why not take the opportunity to visit the
surrounding towns (eg Liverpool, St Helens, Wigan, Warrington, Widnes,
Runcorn, Chester, and Frodsham.) You will find a little bit of Tipham dotted
around all over them.
Post by Andrew R Williams Author of the Arcadia’s Children series
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