Jarn’s Journal Year 4 Day 240 #sffsat

Year 4 Day 240

Red Sea, MorguefileMeerkat says another moon cycle, and laughs behind our backs at both Giraffe and me. At least we can keep busy, Giraffe with supplying food and hides while I get on with my mapping and contribute an occasional exotic edible.

I decided to investigate both the salty sea and the north-flowing river, spending half of each day on one and then teleporting to the farthest point I have explored on the other. Today I reached the northern end of the salty sea, and found I could levitate high enough to see another ocean to the north, and far to my left a green, swampy-looking area that must be the delta of the river. Tomorrow I will follow the river, which seems the water route to the tideless sea.

The salty ocean does not actually connect with the tideless one, though even a slight rise in sea level would cause a breakthrough. The northward-flowing river, however, evidently does and I will switch tomorrow to following it. It’s a good thing I can levitate, as the quick look I got did not suggest that walking the bank of this river would be either easy or comfortable. If nothing else, it looks like an ideal habitat for blood-sucking insects!

I hope Songbird has her child soon, as I don’t think she’ll be able to walk if she gets much larger.

Jarn’s Journal is the fictional journal of a fictional alien stranded on Earth, in Africa, 125,000 years ago, He has found and been accepted as a god (much to his annoyance) by a group of primitive humans. He is trying to map the coastline of Africa while worrying about the child he rescued being about to have her own first child. The full journal (as far as it has been written) is on my author website.

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About sueannbowlingauthor

Sue Ann Bowling earned a bachelor’s degree in physics at Radcliffe/Harvard and a Ph.D. in geophysics from the University of Alaska. After thirty years of teaching, she retired to focus on writing. Bowling has lived in Alaska for fifty years. Visit her Web site on canine color genetics at http://bowlingsite.mcf.com/Genetics/Genetics.html.
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20 Responses to Jarn’s Journal Year 4 Day 240 #sffsat

  1. jccassels says:

    Is that the Nile he spied?

    Sue Ann, I just love reading the details you’ve researched. I’m very much looking forward to reading Jarn’s take on human childbirth!

  2. tktoppin says:

    Very detailed! Love it…and Jarn’s hesitant thoughts on Songbird’s ‘condition.’ Good stuff!

  3. Some lovely description of the landscape that gives the reader a full picture of your world. I agree with T.K. about Jarn’s thoughts on Songbird’s ‘condition.’ We get the ‘human’ touch there.

  4. T. M. Hunter says:

    I, too, can’t wait to see Jarn’s take on the birth.

  5. Blast those blood-sucking insects! And like the others, I impatiently wait for Jarn’s thoughts and reactions to Songbird giving birth.

  6. Your research shows through your details and makes Jarn’s voice all the more realistic. And you have the perfect overlay of emotion, so I’m sure the emotion for the birth scene is spot on. Looking forward to reading more.

  7. amergina says:

    What I most like about these snippets is the emotional content that’s hidden beneath the journal entries. Great job at letting the readers glimpse that.

  8. I always feel like I’m on the journey with Jarn!

    🙂 Heidi

  9. gayleramage says:

    I wonder if Songbird is having more than one child. Great description of what Jarn can see when he levitates (oh, how I wish I had that ability, being a small person ;-D)

    • Remember (1) Songbird is pretty young (early teens) which makes the large belly look larger) and (2) Jarn has virtually no experience observing pregnancy in his own species. Replacement rate for a stable population is a little more than 1 reproducing female child per woman. Humans have a reproductive life of about 30-40 years, and pre-modern many children died and women died in childbirth, so a woman had to have enough children to make up for the premature death rate. Result–human women can have children often–fertility is largely controlled by the woman’s fat reserves (pulled down by a nursing child.) Jarn’s species is much longer lived–no aging, and life spans easily several thousand years. The women are fertile maybe once a century, and they don’t always get pregnant then. So pregnancy is very rare and he doesn’t know what to expect.

  10. pippajay says:

    Jarn is going to get such a shock watching pregnancy in another species.

    • The main difference in pregnancy is that in his species, there is considerable remodeling of the pelvis while ovulation is approaching, continuing throughout pregnancy. R’il’nian woman get big bellies when pregnant, but they are better supported by the remodeled pelvis, which also allows a larger birth canal. Actual birth is much easier in R’il’nians. It’s the birth process that’s going to shock him.

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