Jarn’s Journal Year 7 Day 123 #sffsat

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Year 7 Day 123

Kudzu, MorguefileThese People are not warlike, though they have their share of disputes. As a general rule the shamans deal with these, but now and then the shamans are the problem.

It’s a matter of group size. If a group is too small, there are not enough hunters for their preferred method of running down game in relays. If the group is too large, they must range over too large an area to find game. But the prestige of a shaman is to some extent linked to the size of the group for which he or she is responsible.

This works fine as long as the shaman is more interested in the welfare of the group than in his or her own prestige. Now and then, however, a shaman inherits a group larger than that person is ready to handle and refuses to let relatives find mates in another group. None of the shamans I have known well have made that mistake. This year, however, we have two fighting over the eventual affiliation of two young people who want to stay together.

Jarn’s Journal is the journal of a fictional alien stranded in Africa roughly 125,000 years ago. The Journal is part of the back story behind my science fiction books, set in the Jarnian Confederation, and the Journal to date is available on my Author site.

Next Saturday I’ll have an excerpt from Horse Power, which will be free that weekend.

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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13 Responses to Jarn’s Journal Year 7 Day 123 #sffsat

  1. tktoppin says:

    Seven years already. Wow, time flies. Yet another great post!

  2. This is almost like the situation with Solomon trying to decide which woman was the baby’s mother. Good stuff!

  3. S.A. Check says:

    Sue, you always have so many great story lines that run through the course of Jarn’s observations with the group dynamics to hunting, dueling Shamans (I’d love to see more on that) and of course forbidden love. Any one of those story arcs pack a powerful tale. Great stuff.

  4. Sounds like the case of a Romeo & Juliet-esque dispute. Great to see yet another aspect of the People via Jarn.

  5. Starr O'Hara says:

    Intriguing, as always! Love reading Jarn’s journal.

  6. Tara Quan says:

    Forbidden love–shaman style? I guess I’ll have to check your main blog next (this) week to find out.

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