Jarn’s Journal Year 7 Day #sffsat

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Year 7 day 110

gazellesIt’s amazing how quickly the seasons fly by. I’ve come to count them in part by the coming and going of the People, and begun more and more to realize how brief their lives are. Many of those I first met as elders are gone, while many of the children are now adults with children of their own. Little WildDog is thriving, with a new brother or sister on the way, Little Gnu’s daughter is happily enjoying every opportunity of meeting others of her own age. Especially boys. Not that the boys of her own age are taking much notice yet!

I am being urged to choose a new acolyte for the coming season. Little Gnu has amassed an unequaled store of fine blades, and the women in particular are eager to get them for hide working. With his skills, I do not think he will have any problem keeping his family fed, even though his leg has never healed quite straight.

Jarn is a fictional human-like alien who was stranded in Africa roughly 125,000 years ago. A slightl longer version of this post can be found on my main blog; his Journal to date is on my author site. His full story is a major part of the back story of the universe in which my science fiction novels are set.


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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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12 Responses to Jarn’s Journal Year 7 Day #sffsat

  1. A sad snippet indeed. It’s tough judging seasons this way – the elders passing. But the shift in focus to the coming of age is heartwarming.

  2. T. M. Hunter says:

    That would definitely be a tough situation, but it’s nice for the readers to have an entirely new group of supporting characters to discover and learn to love.

  3. How time flies when you’re…I don’t he’s having too much fun. Forget I wrote that. I can definitely sense his melancholy mood.

  4. jccassels says:

    Poignant. I love when Jarn looks at his longevity compared to the brief lifespans of those around him.

  5. There is certainly a bittersweetness to his reflection on the lives of the People, and how long he’s watched them. I love how he can zoom out in a way, and then zero in on certain things–like Little Gnu developing a craft to feed his family despite his disability.

  6. Tara Quan says:

    A really interesting take on marking the passage of time. I guess life spans of other living things are always relative to one’s own.

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