Jarn’s Journal Year 8 Day 50 #sffsat

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Photographer Winfried Bruenken; Creative Commons

Photographer Winfried Bruenken; Creative Commons

I have spoken with several of the shamans about my own needs – mostly for help in cooking and clothing. I can, after all, teleport to wherever the game is plentiful and snatch fresh-killed prey from under the noses of the local predators, and I have found a number of sites where fruits and nuts are plentiful. It is the preparation of food and hides that gives me problems.

“What you need,” Lion said finally, “is a woman whose children are grown. Were Little Gnu and Gazelle not what you needed? But once Little Gnu was able to travel, he preferred to rejoin their group. I am not so sure Gazelle felt the same way.”

“Rainbow,” one of the shamans suggested. “Her mate was killed hunting two seasons ago, but she is skilled at cooking and making clothing. Her daughters have gone to other groups, and she had no sons.”

Jarn’s Journal is the journal of a human-like alien, Jarn, who was stranded in Africa roughly 125,000 years ago. He has met some of our ancestors, who persist in treating him as a god. The Journal to date is on my author site, and gives some of the remote back story of the Jarnian Confederation, where my published science fiction is set. A longer version of this post (explaining the pelargonium picture) is on my main blog.


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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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11 Responses to Jarn’s Journal Year 8 Day 50 #sffsat

  1. jccassels says:

    So basically, Jarn gets a housekeeper? Or does she expect to be a mate?

  2. T. M. Hunter says:

    Ah, it looks like matchmaking hasn’t really changed too much after all this time… 🙂

  3. Tara Quan says:

    Sounds like a match made in practical heaven. Looking forward to learning about Rainbow.

  4. Starr O'Hara says:

    Great stuff as always! Looking forward to meeting this Rainbow person. But did I miss something? Why does Jarn have such difficulty with preparing his own food? Is it because he’s from a place and time where sustenance comes pre packaged? Or is he just not the domestic type?

    • He can survive–but the instructions on cooking in his computer assume prepackaged food, and until he found Songbird the only way he could figure out how to cook was charring. And he doesn’t really like preparing food. Have a look at the early days on my author site.

  5. S.A. Check says:

    I’d like to see a scene where Jarn snatches the fresh kill from some poor predator. That’s like fishing with dynamite – no fair! I hear one of that shaman’s ancestors when on to invent eharmony. Entertaining and information – as always!

    • I commented a month or so ago about Jarn stealing prey from the local predators. He only takes the choice cuts and the hide, and a few of the predators actually wait for him to skin the prey telekinetically so they can get at the meat easier.

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