Jarn’s Journal Year 9 Day 62 #sffsat

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Year 9 Day 62

The People don’t look like much as newborns, but Songbird and Giraffe seem proud enough of their daughter. They’ve named her Swallow, and she’s been formally accepted as a member of Rain Cloud’s band. I did not, I am glad to say, have to take any part in the ceremony, though I did provide the token to hang around her neck. It was a bit of rock, flowstone from a fascinating part of the northern continent.

The area is not too far from where I encountered the pig and the northern hunters. It is a region of lakes, cascades, sinkholes and springs, and this particular bit of translucent rock, formed from the calcium in the water, looked almost like a bird in flight. The cascades certainly do not involve anything like the sheer mass of water in the falls I am tapping for counterbalancing, but they are beautiful. I am tempted to show them to Songbird, but I am already perhaps going too far in planning to let her try to understand the northerners’ method of fur tanning.

There is not a great deal of game near the lake this year, so the People will probably not stay much longer. I have assured the shamans that Rainbow has been more than satisfactory in meeting my needs, and she seems quite happy to stay.

Jarn’s Journal is the journal of a human-like alien stranded in Africa some 125,000 years ago. The Journal to date is available on my author site. If you scroll down, you can get the posts that were published during December, while the sign-up list was on vacation.

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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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7 Responses to Jarn’s Journal Year 9 Day 62 #sffsat

  1. Peter Vialls says:

    I love the description of the rock looking like a bird in flight. (Oh, and Happy New Year!)

  2. I love how you included the cue word. It was already a beautiful snippet with the birth of a child among the people so detailed, but that extra bit really made it pop.

    • Actually, having the cue word a month in advance, I googled waterfalls for images, picked up one of the Piltvice region in Croatia, and remembered a PBS program on it. (The waters are so rich in calcium that everything gets coated with flowstone which also forms the cascades.) I’d already planned for Songbird’s second child, so that let me use the Wikimedia image.

  3. S.A. Check says:

    I wonder, did the flowstone, which is a great descriptive word, have anything to do with the name chosen? I like how the birth just flows into everything else you describe, ending in the description of Jarn and Rainbow’s “arrangement”.

  4. amergina says:

    Always nice to have a peek into Jarn’s life.

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