I think I’ve solved the light problem. I’ve been fusing the local soil for the main structure, and have gotten pretty good at it. It takes a lot of energy, and while I can get some of that energy from the waterfall, I am still limited to a small amount of building in a given day.
In a way this has been an advantage. Since I can do only a small amount a day, I’ve noticed that different soils give different colors to the fabric of the structure, and started searching for different raw materials, just out of curiosity. And I’ve found a pale sand that is translucent when fused. In fact, today I tried really increasing the fusion temperature, and found that if I heat it until it is all liquid and then cool it rapidly, it is transparent enough to see through. I can use it at strategic points to have a view of the lake and the mountains when I am indoors! I can even view the wildlife safely.
Happy Dance: I got back the ForeWord Clarion review of Tourist Trap, my book that won Fiction Book of the Year in the Reader Views contest. 5 stars, and they don’t give those often!
Jarn’s Journal is a snippet from the fictitious journal of an equally fictitious human-like alien who was stranded in Africa 125,000 years ago. The story may be found on my author website, and there is a longer version of this week’s episode on my main blog. Visit the Science Fiction and Fantasy Saturday website for snippets from other SFF authors.