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What will J.K. Rowling's Next Book Be About?

Posted by Melissa
May 25, 2011, 11:40 AM
A political faerie story, like she once said. Tiny little faeries running for office.
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The Scottish Book. All about Scotland.
3269 (8%)
Albus Severus and the Book They Said Would Never Happen
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I'm J.K. Rowling, and I'll tell you in comments.
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1884 Points


Glad to see Leaky back up and running. It is surprising how it disrupts my day when I can’t get on here in the mornings and read what is going on.

Nothing new here for me. Still trying to get things organized from my daughter moving in. She has took a cut in hours to get transferred so we were trying to figure out a budget for ourselves. It looks like we will just barely get by but that will be OK.

Wolfie Glad you made it back in one piece. It will be great if you are able to come work in the states and a few of us could meet up with you. I don’t live near Texas but I think it will be close enough for some to meet up. Road trips will be out of my budget for the near future.

Posted by Cool G on September 22, 2011, 12:16 PM report to moderator
857 Points

Thank you all for the good vibes. Hound is on the mend, but the arthritis will be with him always, pain meds seem to be helping. And the DS got the job he interviewed for on Tuesday! ;)

He starts next week, almost all week to learn their layout and methods, then a couple of days a week. ;)

Busy day here. ;)

Bbl. ;)

Posted by Deanie on September 22, 2011, 02:59 PM report to moderator
80450 Points

I’ve had a fascinating start to this day. I saw the neighbor who had his house auctioned off yesterday. Got on my scooter and went over to offer my condolences, and any help I might be able to manage. Well, he threw me for a total loop I can tell you!
It seems that he was in talks with his mortgage holder for several months to get his loan renegotiated. He says they were totally unresponsive to any of the proposals he put forward, and were downright rude on a couple of occasions. He said when talks finally broke off , he was informed that the bank only participated in order to meet its legal obligations, and had no intention of rewriting his loan from the outset.
To make a long story as short as possible, he was the winning bidder of yesterdays auction, and now owns his home outright!!!
His winning bid was for $131,000.00 The outstanding balance on his mortgage was more than twice that!
I ask you, how STUPID was that bank??? No wonder the RE market is so depressed and in such disarray… I just got off the phone with my RE attorney, and she was chuckling a good bit…
I tell you that guy has a yard & a half of guts to pull that off… He could have been outbid, or the bank could have stopped the auction & took over possession… Well, I for one am happy for him & his family… It is like he said, ‘They (the bank) could have been human & done a loan adjustment & they would have gotten all their money in the end. This way they take a bath & he walks off with a house for 1/2 what it is worth’… HAH!!!

Posted by Won_Two on September 22, 2011, 03:25 PM report to moderator
839 Points

Hey everyone!!
Sorry I’ve been MIA. School’s been really busy. And…erm… well, Glee came back. So… I’ve knd of been watching that episode over and over again… :] (I have a problem…)

Won, LOL!!!! That’s awesome!!! Please give you neighbor a high-five from me. Epic. Win.

There’s been a really horrible story on the news the past few days about a 14 year old kid who commited suicide because he was being bullied for being gay. I didn’t know him myself, but I know some people who did. It’s just horrible. I can’t see how anyone could do this to a person, especially for just being gay. I don’t know how you all feel about gay rights, but no matter where you stand, I just can’t see how anyone could HATE someone for that.It’s just who you love, right? Anyway, please say some prayers for the family. I can’t imagine what they must be going through right now.

I’m doing homework and lurking

Posted by Hermione Weasley on September 22, 2011, 07:19 PM report to moderator
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WON, what a way to save a home! I imagine it never occurs to most people to do that. How did he get the money to win the bid? Did he have a loan from another bank or had he been holding back and socking the money away when he figured out he was in trouble on the original loan?

HW, I am way old enough to be your mother. I have friends who were tortured for being gay and they weren’t even “out”. People just assumed they were gay and made their lives miserable. Being gay was so unacceptable that I have even seen gay men who were not “out” treat those who were out and over the top as lepers. People are a lot more tolerant now than they were twenty or thirty years ago. You can imagine how bad it was then.

Also, ARRRGGGHHHHH!!!! I made a good size post this morning and I can’t remember what I said. All I know is that when I clicked on Comment it went to 502 Bad Gateway.

Posted by Lady Hawke on September 22, 2011, 09:04 PM report to moderator
839 Points

LH, that’s part of what bugs me the most. I know we’ve come a long way, but you still hear about things like this happening. It’s horrible. In general, bullying for race, gender, etc. would never be tolerated anymore, yet there’s still so much of it out there for gay people. It makes me so mad. It’s all just predjudice…

Posted by Hermione Weasley on September 22, 2011, 09:30 PM report to moderator
245 Points

HW, I went to a small university run by a religious institution. Quite without the church’s knewledge the school became an “underground” refuge for gay men. The school was 75% female and 25% male of which 4/5 of them were gay, but not opening so. My best male friend still ended up moving to South Florida from TN so he could be far enough away from home to be “out”. He is still in denial that his family knows.

Posted by Lady Hawke on September 22, 2011, 10:43 PM report to moderator
1040 Points

Evening, all!

Won I am IN LOVE with that story! What a great turn around, and what a stupid, stupid bank! Major congratulations to your neighbor, he is my hero of the week! :)

HW that is such a heartbreaking story. :( As LH said, I have vivid memories of friends and family members being tormented, even ones who were not out at the time, but it is in general so much better now it’s hard to even wrap my mind around the idea that there are still pockets of such cruelty. My prayers go out to his family and friends.

I haven’t done any work today at all, so you all know what I will be staying up for later, but I did get lots of shopping done. :) I have my “chickee weekend” coming up next weekend and absolutely cannot wait. Three of my closest writing pals and I bid on a charity auction where one of the NYT best selling authors in my Seattle chapter was giving away a weekend in her guest house and we won, which was awesome, so we get two nights up there next week. It’s on a lake and has three tiny bedrooms, two even tinier bathrooms and a full kitchen, a canoe and a row boat, a small deck to sit out on and everything. My one friend paid the auction win, one is handing all dinners, the other is handling the other meals and I am in charge of happy hour, so I spent a great deal of time (and money! LOL) in the liquor store this afternoon. We’re going to work like mad during the days and party even harder at night. Then we have our local conference later in October, where this same group will be together for even more fun, so this is going to be a great month or so. I was planning to go up on Thursday since the owner of the property knows us and said we were welcome to come early, but as it turns out the DS is going to be out of town until Friday and I can’t leave the kids. I’m not happy about that as it would have been nice to have an extra night there, but oh, well.

LP is improving daily with her driving and feels a lot more confident, which is good. Everyone else is hanging in, as usual!

Hope you all have a very happy TGIF. :) I’m off to work.

Posted by Headmistress LemonFaerie on September 23, 2011, 12:27 AM report to moderator
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Happy Autumn Equinox to all! We are going out for a celebratory lunch:)

Won Well done to your neighbour! Victory for the little man for a change.

Lady Hawke It is so maddening to lose a post.


Posted by Graymayne on September 23, 2011, 02:57 AM report to moderator
231 Points

Happy Autum Equinox to you to Graymayne.

I have invented a new word:
When you see something like a doorknob you are being visual.
When you grab the doorknob and turn it you are being physical.
The act of you eyes seeing the doorknoband allowing you hand to find and turn it is a VISICAL act.
Visical. I like my new word.

Posted by ironsos on September 23, 2011, 03:21 AM report to moderator
245 Points


Last night I attempted to recreate my post from yesterday morning and added more to it. And it didn’t make it!!!!!!

I don’t know if I have the will to do it again. I know I said stuff to MM and GRAYMAYNE, probably WOLFIE too. I added some general thoughts and suppositions.

IRONOSOS, good word. I was walking down the hall at the hospital yesterday and I noticed the elevator equipment room and the equipment room were labeled with Braille signs. I was wondering what the point of labeling the elevator equipment room was, considering how many blind elevator maintenance workers they probably have there. On the other hand the doctor’s registry sign in the lobby and their office door numbers and names of their practices on the doors were NOT in Braille. I don’t think very many blind people find their way to their appointments without someone in attendance who can be “visical”. Is it being visical if you have to “see” the sign with your hands?

Posted by Lady Hawke on September 23, 2011, 09:02 AM report to moderator
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Posted by Lady Hawke on September 23, 2011, 09:11 AM report to moderator
231 Points

Lady Hawke: Reading Braille would be more of a “mindical” type of operation.

Posted by ironsos on September 23, 2011, 12:29 PM report to moderator
857 Points

Lady Hawke I often wonder about the braille elevator signs and buttons in our parking deck. I’m not sure that I want anyone who needs braille in the parking deck alone! Our restrooms have braille signs, but they frequently fall off the walls.

Our office numbers are only painted on the glass doors, no braille, but the stairwell doors and fire alarm pull stations have braille labels. I suppose they expect the blind to not fall down the stairs and to sound fire alarms without help. They could just step into an office and ask for assistance, except almost all of our doors have electronic locks that require a key card for access. There is one door per floor that is not locked to allow public access. ;)

Posted by Deanie on September 23, 2011, 01:07 PM report to moderator
87 Points

hahaha LH what you experienced is a very bad example of people trying to be inclusive. That type of stuff happens all the time . . .my favourite is when they put braille signs on the back of an outward opening door . . because if you’re blind thats exactly where you want to be standing, right behind a door when it opens . . or my other favourite, the disabled toilet which has had a large amount of money spent on it to make it accessible, but unfortunately its down a corridor that is accessed via a door that is too narrow for a wheelchair.

Ironsos I’ll blooming well visical you if you dont get up off your butt and go and do something useful today instead of making up new words :-P

HW thats a horrible story. My hope is that as each generation goes by there are going to be less and less people who are homophobic and racist. I’m still always really shocked when I hear homophobic or racist comments because I dont mix with people who think like that so I’m not exposed to it a lot. When you dont mix with people like that it means that you sometimes forget how prejudiced some people can be. I might of mentioned on here before about a time when I lived in not particularly nice area. my sister and I used to go running together a couple of times a week. At the time she had really really short hair and i had long hair and a group of youths decided we were lesbians!!!!! (I know idiots right?). They really did try to make my life hell for quite a long time. They egged my house, threw paint at my windows, rubbed egg and sand into my windows, followed me from the bus stop when I got home from work and shouted homophobic comments at me. They were really horrible . . . unfortunately at the time it was difficult for the police to do anything but give them a warning because I wasnt Gay it couldnt be classed as a hate crime. If i had actually have been gay they would have been able to do more about it. . . I still cant understand how two girls running together could evoke such hatred.

Posted by Wolfie on September 23, 2011, 01:15 PM report to moderator
245 Points

I don’t know if I have mentioned it here. My DS has embarked on a diet plan that I am meant to institute and it is driving me crazy.

As a piece of background information I will remind you I met my DS in my family’s health food store when he was there purchasing his vitamins. He currently receives science and health type magazines and sometimes I am find myself trying to reorganize my life to accommodate something he read.

Last week he read an article about how even whole wheat, high fiber bread was responsible for all the weigh and diabetic issues. The article indicated that wheat, even that which has remained whole wheat has been so genetically altered as to not be the healthy whole wheat product it was 50 years ago.

The article suggested the removal of all wheat products from the diet. In the process of trying to get my mind wrapped around the world with no bread, pasta, crackers, etc. the issue glycemic loads also came up.

So, now I am trying to figure out how to feed my DS, using only meat, veggie, fruits, and nuts to fill him up without bankrupting us. The diet of almost the entire world is based on some carbohydrate product which is used as a filler and a vehicle to deliver smaller quantities of meat products and more expensive veggies and fruit.

The Asians North Africans have their rice and rice noodle products. The Italians have their pastas. The Indians have their breads. Almost all of the West uses potatoes, bread and rice.

I read a diet that is similar to the one my DS proposes, the Paleo Caveman diet, but it even completely excludes the use of oats, peas, lentils, and corn products. The premise of that diet says you should only eat what a hunter/gatherer might have been able to find and eat raw. It proposes those items are poisonous if not cooked so would have killed a caveman/hunter/gatherer. I’m sorry but I have not experienced oats, peas, and corn being poisonous when not cooked. I somehow doubt a lentil would be poisonous uncooked either.

I think I’m going to have to make a compromise with all these ideas and reserve the right to use split peas, lentils, oats, and even a bit of corn from time to time.

I’m trying to find substitute means of filling the great cavernous empty spaces.

Tonight I plan to cook a spaghetti sauce and cook a spaghetti squash to use as a substitute for pasta.

Last weekend we had hamburgers with lettuce buns. I think tomorrow we will have fajitas with lettuce tortillas.

I am finding this difficult and frustrating. My DS wants me to keep his calorie count up enough to keep him from going under his necessary metabolic rate but it is really hard to find that many calories from the available food items.

Posted by Lady Hawke on September 23, 2011, 01:56 PM report to moderator
245 Points

Having just cut up a couple of spaghetti squash and having cut up an acorn squash last weekend I would defy a Caveman to have gotten into one of those things or eaten them without the benefit of a big chef’s knife and/or a stove or oven.

Posted by Lady Hawke on September 23, 2011, 02:27 PM report to moderator
245 Points

I know one thing I said in my two lost posts. I mentioned how long it had been since we would all come here and make posts between other tasks. I miss it. It made me feel less alone while I am home doing housework and cooking.

Why have we all become too busy to post between other tasks? I miss it.

And I’m worried about MM. She has always had school and soccer but was not too tired to come here and play in the past. It worries me she is too tired to come here. I’m worried she is still unwell.

Posted by Lady Hawke on September 23, 2011, 02:54 PM report to moderator
923 Points

Lady Hawke If all your DS wants to avoid is wheat, substitute other grains like oats for breakfast either as porridge or muesli with chopped nuts and pumpkin seeds and raisins. Add banana slices or other fresh fruitwhen available. Lunch and dinner serve rice or couscous mixed with your usual vegetables chopped up and mixed in to accompany meat. Add cooked rice to a vegetable stir-fry. Serve food the way the Chinese and Thai do, they don’t have wheat as a staple food. If he is trying to lose weight he should be cutting back on portion sizes anyway.

I recommend reading Dr. Peter D’ Adamo’ s book “Eat Right for your Type”. He is a naturopath and son of a naturopath and he maintains that the different blood types react to foods in different ways and certainly O blood people do not tolerate wheat or milk very well. I found it a deeply interesting book and it seemed to make perfect sense.

Posted by Graymayne on September 23, 2011, 07:24 PM report to moderator
245 Points

GRAYMAYNE, unfortunately the glycemic load of rice is almost incalculable and that is not a good idea for a diabetic. He does eat oats for breakfast with chopped nuts and we keep fruit on hand.

I do remember you mentioning this book. My DS is O positive.

The article he read contends wheat should not be on anyone’s menu.

Posted by Lady Hawke on September 23, 2011, 08:32 PM report to moderator
1884 Points

Lady Hawke What you are trying to do will be almost impossible. I tried several different things when I first became a diabetic. I got to the point I could hardly eat anything. So I went back to my regular meals only in smaller portions and made sure I had a green veg with each meal. If I eat something sweet, it is only after I have had a meal to mix with it. So I still will eat a dessert but only a very small portion. This way I don’t feel deprived. I love the crust on pizza but don’t eat it. I do eat the crust but more so the toppings. Sometimes I want a dessert but only can eat a bite or two of it. So I suggest that you just limit the wheat instead of cutting it out entirely.

I finally got into Pottermore. I was just reading things and didn’t realize I had to start trying to find things or I couldn’t move on. What a bummer. I sort of feel like Rhi did at the beginning. For some reason I thought the whole book would be there to read as you went along. So I just now have my list and my bank account. I was going along with what Won said about not picking up stuff until you were sorted. Of course I don’t have any ideal what I am suppose to be looking for.

Posted by Cool G on September 23, 2011, 09:09 PM report to moderator
857 Points

Lady Hawke, My DS is diabetic and he eats rice fairly often. It’s more calories than anything that affects weight. And weight that affects health. Trying to cut calories, but keep portion sizes up, is why so many frozen "low calorie’ foods are loaded with mushrooms. They use them as the filler that would normally be pasta or rice.

Graymayne couscous is a very small pearl pasta, not a grain. I know it is used as a grain, like rice, but it is totally manmade. I could not exist, much less live on a gluten free diet.

Hunter-gatherers would have found wild grains that would have been incorporated into the diet. They would have even been “tended” like a crop to some extent. Perhaps not plowed, sowed and harvested in the way early farmers would have done it. Actual farming was a later development.

As the nomadic life, following the great wild herds allowed, there would have been an effort to allow or even assist the plants in “self-sowing” so there would be a reliable source the next year when the migration brought them back to the area.

Eventually, domestication of sheep, goats and other edible animals would have encouraged staying in an area for a bit longer and even returning to the area annually for lambing or to winter over and the patches of grains would have been encouraged to get larger so they woulld be waiting on the return.

Hit him with that! Or try serving only items that are in season in your area. It may get expensive, but it will also get boring!

Instead of candy or gum, get sugar cane and suck on it. Of course he needs to help with the gathering. Peeling sugar cane is a messy pain, but the work offsets the calories.

If there are no beef cattle sources (farms or ranches) in your area, you would not have been able to access beef regularly or often.

Our diets are so much richer with modern transportation and refrigeration. Even if you avoid all artificial preservatives you are still using way too much salt, no pepper and almost no other flavor enhancers. That is, if you are really going to eat like hunter-gatherers would. ;)

I agree with Cool G it is more about portion control and cutting back on sweets and starches. ;)

I still have not received my Pottermore email. ;)

Posted by Deanie on September 23, 2011, 10:32 PM report to moderator
80450 Points

CoolG, glad you finally got that Pottermore welcome…. Pick up & collect everything you can find!… Especially books, galleons, and potions ingredients… I dunno what the old broken teacup, postcard, or candle are for, or if in fact they have any use or value whatsoever…. Or, what I am supposed to do with a prefect badge?
On another, sadder note… I got some news this evening that just left me shaken to my core… Blood ran cold, & guts shredded! I dunno if I can relate any of it to any of you right now… But I had to say SOMETHING, lest my acting odd, or “different” should put any one off. Geeze, when oh when does life stop throwing these stinking ‘curve balls’?

Posted by Won_Two on September 23, 2011, 11:02 PM report to moderator
245 Points

WON, whatever it is our prayers are with you and whoever else might need them.

Posted by Lady Hawke on September 23, 2011, 11:21 PM report to moderator
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I will probably post something on CC in the next day or two… I need to acquire some more info first… But what I have already heard is quite the limit I can tell you! :+/

Posted by Won_Two on September 23, 2011, 11:25 PM report to moderator
245 Points

WON, :-(

Posted by Lady Hawke on September 23, 2011, 11:51 PM report to moderator
923 Points

Morning all! I have just been studying glycaemic index articles and checked out couscous and semolina and metaphorically my head aches!

Lady Hawke I hadn’t registered that your DS was diabetic, sorry. At least I had breakfast on target, lol. I am type B and shouldn’t eat wheat either, which is why I am carrying too much weight.

Deanie Couscous is made from semolina which is a wheat based product, so we have both learned something, lol.

CoolG Go to our new castle where I outlined Pottermore, it may help. I fear that your eyesight may make life a bit trickier for you, but the blanket-search system would get around that.

I’m fed up with nights which seem as though I register every move I make in bed because it is painful:(

Photos of our lunch will be posted in the usual place at some point today. I have to downsize everything.

The ebony for my new wand has arrived, yippee!

Won Your post sounds ominous but sharing your pain will lighten it and that is what we are here for. There is a lot of expertise and life experience here, as you know. {{{{{{{Hugs}}}}}}}

Posted by Graymayne on September 24, 2011, 06:04 AM report to moderator
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Morning all!

Asti, I’ve been seeing a lot more legged creatures lately too; I hate it! I just keep reminding myself that one of the few redeeming factors of winter is that it makes the bugs go away. One of my nephews is petrified of spiders, so when I’m babysitting I have to act brave and get them for him when inside I am crying!

Wolfie, wow, I can’t believe your nephew’s two already! That really did go by quickly; if you’d asked, I would have guessed he wasn’t much more than a year old. I do not miss potty training time. I’ve always heard that girls train more easily than boys, so hopefully that’ll be the case with my niece. Regarding Matched, I’m pretty sure I had described it here before, probably more than once because I’d been excited about reading it, so it’s possible that’s why it sounds familiar to you. I met the author at the ALA conference I went to last year, but they were out of the ARCs, so I had to wait for it to come out in Dec…and then of course, other stuff kept popping up so I didn’t get to it until now.

Hi MM! Good you see you popping in! :)

Graymayne, glad to hear your DS’s friend was better than he’d expected. I hope his recovery will go smoothly, even if it will take some time. A belated Happy Equinox to you; hope you enjoyed your celebratory lunch!

Won, that is crazy about your neighbor’s situation with the house, but good for him! It’s a relief to know the family won’t be out of a home, especially since they have young children.

HW, I had read about that poor boy the other day; I’m sorry to hear you had a connection to him, even if you didn’t know him personally – it always hits home more when there’s a connection like that. It makes me so frustrated and sick to hear about stuff like this. What makes me even sadder in this case is knowing that he had made an “It Gets Better” video…if only he could have taken his own advice! :( At one of the library conferences I’ve been to, I went to a session about serving LGBTQ youth, and they talked about how many of them view the library as a “safe” spot – a place where they can go not only to find information, but also to feel they can be themselves. I so hope I’ll be able to make my library a place like that for anyone who feels they need a refuge.

Congrats on winning the auction, Lemon, that sounds like a fabulous prize! Be sure to take lots of pictures; it sounds like such a perfect setting to both relax and to write. I hope you’ll get lots of work done but also have lots of fun! :)

LH, you are a much better person than I am…if my husband ever came to me with such demands, I’d tell him to buy and make his meals himself, LOL! Partly because I’m such a picky eater myself and could never adjust to such a limited diet and partly because I’m not a fan of cooking, but either way, there’s no way I’d put up with that, LOL!

Congrats on getting into Pottermore, CoolG! I’m hoping to get a bit ahead on my school work this week so I can finally take some time to go back in and continue exploring. I haven’t been back since I did my Sorting, and that day I’d been kind of rushing to get to that point despite having said that I wouldn’t hurry through. I couldn’t resist, especially since I wanted to be Sorted on Sept 1st. Next time I’ll definitely take things more slowly.

Posted by Bookworm Jen on September 24, 2011, 09:24 AM report to moderator
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Aloha! ;)

Won whatever it is, I hope it’s not as bad as it sounds. ;)

Off to virtual shop and print out my selections then to go to the store to see if they really have it. ;)

Posted by Deanie on September 24, 2011, 10:17 AM report to moderator
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Won You have made me very worried. I seem to over react when I think something is going to be bad news.

I have been picking up everything I could find. My trouble right now is with spells. I can’tget into the 3rd floor corridor door because I couldn’t remember what I was suppose to do for the spell. I thought I could get the info again but it seems it’s a one time thing-so I am at a loss. My potion making isn’t going very well either. I hate to say this but it’s getting a little boring. Maybe I should walk away from it for awhile and then my outlook will change. So far there is not enough new information . This sort of reminds me of JKR’s web site that was a little frustrating at times.

Deanie I will go look at CC. Maybe there will be something there that will help.

Posted by Cool G on September 24, 2011, 11:19 AM report to moderator
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