What will J.K. Rowling's Next Book Be About?
|A political faerie story, like she once said. Tiny little faeries running for office.||
|The Scottish Book. All about Scotland.||
|Albus Severus and the Book They Said Would Never Happen||
|I'm J.K. Rowling, and I'll tell you in comments.||
|34057 votes in total|
WOW LH that is absolutely wonderful !!!!!!
thanks Ironsos great news about your eye!! what does “drive wiper” mean and do ?
That is according to what/whose drive wiper you are using. It can either clean free space on a
drive(good) or COMPLETLY wipe your hard drive(bad) You have to be 100% sure of which
you are using. If you are only 99.99% sure then Don’t do it.
I have read the excellent interview with Maggie Smith linked to the main news page here and I wanted to draw your attention to a film she made with Judi Dench and Miriam Margolyes called Ladies in Lavender, which was directed by the actor Charles Dance. It is set in Cornwall during the early part of WW2 and is a beautifully crafted film based on a short story and I cannot recommend it too highly.
IRONSOS, Love Pirates, well, I love most G and S, but Pirates holds a special place in my heart.
GRAYMAYNE, I’ll have to rent LiL for myself. I’ve seen it on Netflix and been tempted by it but I have been aware I might be watching it alone. My daughter might watch it with me. She liked The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
aww Leaky’s not letting me post… thank you to all who said they’d copied and saved the post before trying to submit!!!
Lemme try again:
helloooooooo Leaky! It’s been…. wait for it…. nutty! ;) as usual, not nuttier. Though I’m sure you’ll be glad to hear I managed to say “no” to another extra project. I know, it’s a miracle! I haven’t gotten to do much catch up but:
Lady Hawke yay for Litte Hawke’s accolades… well deserved!!! :D Hope you had a nice celebration last night! Her costumes for school spirit sound amazing! And sorry to hear about your freezer and electrical disaster. I hope it will get fixed up soon!
asti so glad you and your family had a great vacation! :) :)
ironsos glad your surgery went well – that sounds like an amazing difference!! Did you get to go “ARRRRR” a lot with the patch? Halloween’s just next month… ;)
wolfie I have some expenses, can you file them for me?
LEW hope you’re settling down well and teaching is not too harrowing! I saw about UGA’s defensive starters and groaned on your behalf. Also please do not become a Chiefs fan just cuz’ you’re in the same state.
Ooh it worked! So here is the 2nd part:
Hunger Games fans One of my friends lent me her copy of The Hunger Games book and I devoured it on Labor Day. Love love loved it! Though it looks odd to see “hunger” and “devour” so close to each other. :O I saw the movie twice before reading the book and now I would like to see the movie again, but it has left the dollar theater. :( And I am being cheap. But I was somewhat surprised that the movie smoothed over Katniss’ relationship with Haymitch. Did any of you get that impression? In the book she never did seem to warm up to him, esp in the arena where she is doubting whether he would actually send her any sponsored presents. And I know I am being dense here, but the ending of the movie did not give me the same sense of dread about her future as the book did. I think the movie left out Haymitch’s warning to Katniss just before they went on stage as victors. And I don’t remember Katniss curling up to Peeta in their last interview in the movie.
Oh and I am so super curious about the redheaded Avox girl they left out of the movie. If she was fleeing from the Capitol and going east, was she looking for District 13? I wonder if she will show up again in the other books. Katniss mused on why she would show up in the woods so far away from home, and from what we get in book 1, no one would leave the Capitol’s decadence. I’m quite certain the boy she was with died, unfortunately. But then if she was so important, why would they not put her in the movie? Though maybe there is something else in the movie that I missed which subbed for her.
I did manage to read the preview (first 40 pages) to Catching Fire on amazon, but I am trying not to give in and buy it or ask my friend to lend me her copy even though last night I dreamed about reading CF. :O It was great, though.
But I have so much to do, it’s horrible! I’d enjoy CF more if I could get work done first, right?
forgot to add one thing about the jerkiness of some of teh Hunger Games scenes – I did get a bit motion sick in the beginning but eventually my stomach calmed. It was a mistake to sit in the 4th row in the theater. ;) When I saw it again, I sat about half way up in the theater and it went a lot better. I was reading the reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and some of them said that the director had to do the shakycam thing for the violent scenes so as to preserve the PG13 rating – so the killings woudn’t be so graphic but still got the point across.
Hufflebug The novel is written from the point of view of Katniss and much information is gleaned from her thoughts and memories. Film has to go down another route to impart information but the use of the hand-held camera can convey Katniss’s visual experience of a scene. She was so busy trying to stay alive at the Cornucopia that she saw little of the fighting so the hand-held filming showed only her part of the start of the games. Quite apart from the PG13 aspect this technique spared us becoming voyeurs of violence like the citizens of the Capitol, which is completely in sympathy with the theme of the book, disgust that humanity could become so de-sensitised to cruelty and injustice.
The Avox girl’s story had to be sacrificed in order to tell a clearer story; she was an interesting but not a pivotal character in the book. She was there only to demonstrate the ruthlessness of the regime.
The relationship between Haymitch and Katniss was played down because her distrust was all in her head and part of what her life experience had taught her, trust nobody but yourself, not an easy thing to portray on film. I think that it is conveyed by the fact that Katniss rarely smiles, mostly she surveys the world warily with a face that betrays nothing of her feelings. Gale is the only person she really trusts.
Bought 2, refurbished 5 gallon Cornelius kegs online. Instead of going thru the hassle of bottling my next 10 gallon batch of home brew… I will load it all up in the 2 kegs & keep & dispense em’ in my kegorator. This will be my first attempt at brewing an Ale. My Lagers have turned out rather well if I say so myself (and I do!) lool. Minxie, I hope ya don’t mind… but if it turns out well I plan to name it: Dr. LEWs Paleoale :+D
Today while at the bookstore I noticed a car covered in Wicca/Goddess Worship/Witch/Faerie bumper stickers and the license plate was local. I was gobsmacked. I saw the lady with her children in the bookstore. My DS asked how I knew it was her. Well, I just did. After identifying her I saw them check out and go to that car. I can’t believe that car has been driving around here and I have never seen it until today. I wonder how she is managing to survive on a daily basis around here. I’m still careful to whom I admit I read Harry and she is driving around with a car proclaiming herself to be a practicing witch.
Ironsos at this point I want to totally wipe my hard drive – that is the only thing I can do to clean out the virus,\. Tried all the things you and Won told me, either they don’t work enough or aren’t allowed to work…
Huff – to add to the splendid answer Graymayne gave you – the movie does have the warning from Haymitch in it; but does not have Katniss curling up with Peeta at the last interview as in the book; I got the same sense as you about the scene on the train going home with Peeta, it seems to leave things much more pleasant in both Katniss’ mind and in their relationship than the book does. In the special features that come with the DVD the director explains that he did the hand held stuff for the begining and the cornacopia scene to both get the PG-13 rating and to better reflect Katniss’ emotions/ point of view. Glad you love the book you will love CF and Mockingjay too I think. I’ve got the books (only read them twice so far tho) and the DVD. have seen the movie 4 times now and will watch it at work again tonight. In my opinion it is one of the best movies ever made. And it shows us just how close WB could have stayed to the HP books if they really had wanted too.
Sirius B: If you wipe the hard drive you will have to buy a new O/S,and all new software ect. This
could cost over $100 easily. What you need to do is a factory restore which returns your computer
to the condition on the day you bought it. You can also try a system restore to a point in time before
you got the virus. Not sure if this will work or not. Don’t know what else to say other than I can come
over and look at the computer if you want me to. It could not be before the 17th though.
You can always google any question you have as to how to do these things. Be sure to include you
computer model and O/S
Sirius B: If you are posting on here with the computer in question then hopefully it
can be fixed.
Sirius B: If you are posting on here with the computer in question then hopefully it
can be fixed.
Laundry, laundry, laundry
Slow day here and I’m not ready to help yet. Must go be busy first.
We went to a 40th birthday party last night. My sister and BIL went too, and stayed with us overnight. I might had slightly too much to drink. My sister and I stayed up very late, chatting, and I have struggled today, lol. Serves me right!
I’m glad you enjoyed Part 1. Part 2 will follow as soon as my head works!
Won, I LOVE the name of the ale!
I will be watching the finale of the Paralympic Games in the arena tonight. The event has been the most successful in the history of the Paralympic movement in every way and the attendance has been at full capacity both during the day and the evening sessions. There has been dedicated coverage on radio and TV every day throughout each day, and bulletins on the general TV news when there was Team GB success to report. The general morale in the country seems to have lifted quite a lot entirely due to the success of these two huge sporting events plus an upturn in the so-called summer weather.
This afternoon we have played cards while watching one of my favorite musical movies, 1776. It actually styles itself as a musical play instead of a musical. At one point 45 minutes of drama pass without a song.
It is so elegantly written. The dialogue is taken from quotations and the songs sung between John Adams (the second US president) and his wife, Abigail, are taken from their copious correspondence. They were known to have written quite passionate letters to one another and those letters have been put into print. There are a couple of silly songs but most of them are quite moving and a couple are even quite controversial.
I would recommend this beautiful piece even to our UK friends. It explains much of our American love of the British even while explaining why we went into rebellion. The main characters are many of the US Founding Fathers, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, etc. As I mentioned much of the dialogue is taken from their writings and correspondence and records of the Continental Congress. If you aren’t familiar with Benjamin Franklin he was quite a wit in his time and I imagine there are phrases and sayings which he originated which may have crossed the Atlantic to the UK over the years.
I am in tears in portions of this show every time I see it and I’m certain moments are not exclusive to Americans. It is the same human emotion, no matter where you live.
I checked Amazon.uk and the film is available for only 5.20 GBP New. It has a 5 Star rating on Amazon UK.
Almost all the actors in the film are reprising their Tony Award Winning performance. A Tony is the American Olivier Award.
I haven’t had chance to catch up as I’ve been away with my nephew glamping thise weekend. Anyway I thought I would cheer you up on this sunny monday morning with a story about my stupid mishap.
So I arrived home late yesterday evening after an exhausting weekend glamping with my nephew. I frantically packed a bag and went straight to bed because i had to get up at 4.30 this morning to drive down to Aldershot for a mentoring training course.
I jumped out of bed at 4.30am and was in the car by 5.00am. The motorway was rammed all the way to Aldershot and it took me 7 hours to do a 4 hour journey. So when i finally arrived at the training course I was nearly 3 hours late. I was really stressed and frantically ran to the training room only to find that another course was in progress. Anyways after some investigation I discovered that as our head office is in America they use the American date fomat for training courses. . .so my course is not taking place on 10 September (10/09) but is in fact taking place on 09 October (09/10).
everyone thinks its hilarious. . . . . . .I hate stupid american calendars.
Wolfie Too bad about the wrong date but good that you haven’t missed your training course. I am afraid I wouldn’t be able to keep up with the date format. Does this happen often?
I was up early again this morning. I have cooked breakfast and now ready for a rest. I thought about doing the mowing this morning but the grass is still too wet. It seems the cool weather is causing this. I will do it tomorrow. It will probably be too hot this afternoon but I will see how I feel.
I did have company this weekend. My almost adopted son came by for a visit. We didn’t adopt him because as we were in the process, he was adopted by someone else. I didn’t know they would have more than one person in the adoption process at the same time but they did. I guess we were their back up in case the first one fell thru. Unusual since he was 10 years old and my sister=in=law’s newphew. It was a cult organization that got him and we didn’t see him for 8 years. When he turned 18, he came to stay with us part time. So even though we didn’t adopt him, he has been part of our family since he was 18.
State Definition of “gifted & talented”:
“‘Gifted children’ shall mean children who are found to have an exceptionally high degree of intellect, and/or academic, creative or artistic ability.”
(Mississippi Code Ann. §37-23-175)
I looked up the requirements to be in the Gifted and Talented program in the State of Mississippi. I thought there was some academic test they had to pass. It is obviously subjective. The only reason my daughter has not been included in the Gifted and Talented Program is her elementary school deliberately chose to exclude her. I want to go smash my hand into the face of that principal at the elementary school. If she does not get into the program in the Middle School I will be shocked. Her teachers are raving at me about how creative, talented and intellectually out of the box she is.
Also, I find it interesting that Mississippi, a state whose public schools are generally considered to be a joke by the rest of the country, is one of only four states that mandates their Gifted and Talented Program and funds it fully with state funds.
I will mention the county in which we live is ranked at the extreme top end of academic performance in the state and my daughter is ranked Advanced for any state for Language Arts and near the top the Proficient category for any state. I don’t know why there isn’t a science rating.
The Gifted and Talented teacher told her she didn’t understand why she had not always been in the program.
So, I hope she performs as anticipated on the test today.
WOLFIE, I won’t even begin to harrass you about the problem with the calendar differences. My mind has a very difficult time remembering the reverse order when I read dates in a British publication. If I worked for an American company in a UK office and our local dates were in the British form and our corporate dates were in the American form I would forever be showing up in the wrong place at the wrong time. At least you were a month early for this one and didn’t miss it. It is good the date on the calendar was not 09/10/2012. You would have showed up on October 9, 2012 only to find the class was long since over on September 10, 2012. Even when we write dates out we start with the month followed by the day. We don’t tend to write 10th September. We write September 10.
COOLG, why would the adoption agency allow a cult to adopt a child? Didn’t they do proper inspections? I’m glad he was emotionally bonded to you and had some place he felt he could go.
Hopefully this will post….. I’ve having trouble getting Leaky to load.
Lady Hawke, the actions of your daughter’s previous school sound very like discrimination. I can’t believe how atrociously they treated her, and to deliberately hold her back……… Well, obviously I don’t know all the facts, but I think a letter of official complaint to your Education Department might be very much in order.
I am so glad that this school is working out well, both socially and academically. How long until your daughter knows if she has been accepted?
Wolfie, I love you!!! You always make me chuckle. I suspect it will be along while before you live this one down!