The Obelisk Gate by N. K. Jemisin

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Overview (No Spoilers): The first book in The Broken Earth series, The Fifth Season has been one of my favorite reads of 2017. As a result, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the second installment, The Obelisk Gate. I waited, impatiently I might add, for a week or two for the library book to become available. Alas, I reached a point that my patience was exhausted and I couldn’t wait any longer to pick up where I’d last left up left Essun, Alabaster, Tonkee, and Hoa, causing me to run out to the local bookstore to get the book in question. My impatience was rewarded, as I couldn’t put down The Obelisk Gate, which had a much more intimate feel compared to its predecessor. We learn more about Essun, I’m making the distinction between the latter of the Damaya/Syenite/Essun…

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Picnic in the park with a fluffy friend

City Skipper Gal


Looking for something for the kiddos to do during this nice weather to get them out of the house? What about packing up their favorite teddy bear for a teddy bear picnic in the park?

The Oak Creek South Park, located at 790 Miamisburg-Centerville Rd., Centerville will be hosting a Teddy Bear Picnic on Tuesday, April 11 from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. for kids and adults of all ages. Okay, it might look a little funny if a 45 year-old man is alone with his teddy bear, but let’s think of the kids.


The event will feature craft stations, storytime, and food trucks for the purchase of supper or snacks. But, a picnic isn’t a picnic if you don’t bring your own food and a nice blanket to spread on the ground.

Let the kids mingle together in their imaginary world- where bears really do talk – and enjoy…

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15 Ways to Describe Birds


For the next few months, weekly writing tips will include word choice suggestions. That includes:

  • colorful and original descriptions
  • pithy words and phrases
  • picture nouns and action verbs
  • writing that draws a reader in and addicts them to your voice

I keep a  collection of descriptions that have pulled me into the books. I’m fascinated how authors can–in just a few words–put me in the middle of their story and make me want to stay there. This one’s on how to describe birds.

A note: These are for inspiration only. They can’t be copied because they’ve been pulled directly from an author’s copyrighted manuscript (intellectual property is immediately copyrighted when published).

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