Jarn’s Journal Year 8 Day 106 #SFFSat

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Year 8 day 106

African Blue QuailI’ve decided to map the northern shoreline of the tideless sea, as a first step toward exploring the continent to the north. I already know that there a a strait to the west connecting the tideless sea with the tidal ocean that surrounds this continent, so the logical place to start was the great river delta to the northeast. Besides, I wanted to see what Rainbow could do with the rare clones of sweet dates I have discovered.

She can’t quite get her mind around the idea of something as big as the continent we are on. But when I zoomed the computer map out until the local area was visible, and showed her where the landmarks were located on the map, she was able to figure the direction to one she hadn’t seen. Compared with those who cannot understand a map I am not standing on, this is genius.

I get the impression, however, that she considers my mapping a harmless diversion that she is quite willing to put up with as long as it gets her food and skins, especially dates. She has devised a way of stuffing a local bird I am fond of with those, and the result is almost enough to distract me from my mapping. She is thrilled to get the birds, a rather stupid type of ground-dweller that competes with us for plant food.

Jarn is a human-like alien who was stranded in Africa some 125,000 years ago. He has met a group of our ancestors, who (much to his annoyance) persist in treating him as a god. In Rainbow he may finally have found an acolyte who can hep with clothing and food preparation without driving him crazy.

For a longer version of this post, see my main blog. Or to see the whole Journal to date, check out my author site.

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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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7 Responses to Jarn’s Journal Year 8 Day 106 #SFFSat

  1. So vivid. Impressive that Rainbow has understood the concept of mapping. Looking forward to seeing where this goes.

  2. amergina says:

    I do like the description of Rainbow understanding maps. Also, poultry stuffed with dates is yum!

  3. jccassels says:

    Rainbow sounds like an intriguing companion for Jarn.

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