Jarn’s Journal Year 4 Day 265 #sffsat

Year 4 Day 265

Lotus (Morguefile)The river flows into the tideless sea, all right, though it isn’t as tideless as I first thought. When I checked the water level with the position of the moon over several days, it became obvious that there is a very slight rise and fall, so this salt water body must connect somewhere with the tidal sea I found far to the west. Storms and offshore and onshore winds, however, have much more effect on the water level.

I have cut back a little on my exploration, studying the delta in the morning, teleporting back to my home base to check on Songbird at noon, and following the coast westward in the afternoon. So far the coast westward is primarily desert, though there is greenery now and then where there are springs. There must be mountain regions where the water table is recharged, but I have not found them yet.

The delta is fascinating since I figured out how to set the warnoffs to repel the hordes of biting insects — not to mention the water snakes, the hippos and the crocodiles. I don’t think the People would be very happy here. Their advantage of height, of being able to see over the vegetation, would be totally lost in these reed beds.

I wish Songbird would hurry up and have her baby.

Jarn’s Journal is the fictional journal of a fictional alien who was stranded on Earth some 125,000 years ago. He has been adopted as a god (to his considerable annoyance) by primitive humans. Right now he is trying to map the coastline of Africa, while worrying about a child he rescued earlier, now about to have a baby of her own.
 The Journal to date is on my Author site.

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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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18 Responses to Jarn’s Journal Year 4 Day 265 #sffsat

  1. tktoppin says:

    Me too! Hurry up Songbird. Sue Ann, you’re teasing now… Great snippet as always!!

  2. This is a really captivating snippet that definitely leaves me wanting to know much, much more of the story. Great detail and imagery too.

  3. I’m with Jarn. Where’s this baby? Beautiful details.

  4. He still doesn’t know about this whole pregnancy business. Does he?

  5. He knows about pregnancy in animals and in his own species (where it’s very rare and accompanied by changes that make birth easier) but he really hasn’t paid much attention to it in humans, besides noting that they do not understand the link between sex and pregnancy.

  6. amergina says:

    Another nice snippet! He sounds a bit worried about Songbird… since he’s not straying too far.

  7. warnoffs — I want these! And maybe the ability to teleport, too.

    😉 Heidi

    • They’re pretty standard in my universe, though they have to be “tuned” to the predator. They send out a psionic message in two parts: “I’m not dangerous” (great for wildlife watching) and “I’m not edible and I’ll make you sick if you try.”

  8. Peter Vialls says:

    I’m not surprised he’s worried about Songbird. Having been at the birth of both my children, I am firmly of the belief that the human birthing system is clumsy, dangerous, hideously painful and not remotely pleasant. I’d like to think Jarn can make it easier for Songbird… Good snippet, by the way.

  9. carycaffrey says:

    Always a pleasure to read, although I’m STILL eagerly waiting to read the whole thing.

  10. pippajay says:

    He’s as impatient as an expectant father!

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