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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.
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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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Good evening!

We had a lovely, lovely meal for our anniversary yesteday. It was expensive, but very special. I think this is definitely going to be our new Special Occasions restaurant.

I like mango chutney, and I use mango quite a lot in cooking, but am not keen on it as a fruit. I usually have a fruit salad for breakfast at work, and must admit, I leave the mango. I find it too fragrant, if that makes sense in a flavour.

Lady Hawke, I would have been SO tempted to make that phonecall. You have my admiration! My DS has done the same; I don’t know where to hit his clock to make it stop, plus I don’t have my glasses on, so it is hit and hope. More than once it has almost gone out of the window.
My best wishes for your MIL. I hope she has not been too shaken by all this.
I have to say, the more hints and teases I read about The Casual Vacancy, the more I am looking forward to it. While I wish we could have Harry all over again, I think she writes well enough to be able to pull off something completely new. It will, at the very least, be interesting!

Wolfie, my DS had a simialr thing happen to his back a few years ago. He was playing with daughter on a giant snakes and ladders activity thingy, and slid down a ladder slide at just the wrong angle, and landed very awkwardly. He went very very peculiar, and I really thought it was A and E for us too. I have now banned him from going on it again, while daughter finds the memory of Daddy On The Slide hysterically funny. She’d like you!!! I am glad you’re ok, but take care. And congrats on the walk, what were you supporting?

Posted by asti on September 24, 2012, 04:49 PM report to moderator
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I think my Night Blooming Cereus is going to blow open tonight. The top layer has started to peel back. So, if it doesn’t go tonight I’m absolutely certain it will be tomorrow. When the first bloom opened about three weeks ago I wasn’t even aware there was a bloom until the next morning and I saw it was open. This is the first time I will have experienced the entire process.

Posted by Lady Hawke on September 24, 2012, 07:17 PM report to moderator
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In the last two hours the blossom has made tremendous progress. There is no longer any doubt this is the night it blooms.

Posted by Lady Hawke on September 24, 2012, 09:15 PM report to moderator
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Just checked. It is almost fully open.

Posted by Lady Hawke on September 24, 2012, 09:27 PM report to moderator
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Lady Hawke The Evening Primrose over here starts to open in the early evening and it can be quite startling to watch it happen in real time because the petals are much wider and have to unfurl like an umbrella. The speed at which this occurs seems odd and out of character in a plant.

I found a video (real time) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTLLw0C6yEk

Posted by Graymayne on September 25, 2012, 07:18 AM report to moderator
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ladyhawke I think you should wait until he arrives home and then throw the alarm clock at his head the minute he walks through the door. If you aim it just right he will have a nice egg like bump that will remind him not to do it again.

Asti it was for a medical charity at the hospital my sister works for. The charity is run by two nurses. They fundraise all year round and use the money to buy non essential surgical equipment – mainly quality of life stuff that the hospital trust wont pay for like respirators etc so terminal patients can be nursed at home rather then in hospital.

won see I knew there was a reason not to get a red car . . . policemen scare me :-)

Posted by Wolfie on September 25, 2012, 08:51 AM report to moderator
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GRAYMAYNE, that is amazing how quickly it went. I take it a primrose folds itself back up and opens again. It isn’t a one night only plant.

My poor flower will be dead in another couple of hours. It will be unrecognizable later today, just a dried out gray mass which will fall off the main stem of the plant.

Posted by Lady Hawke on September 25, 2012, 08:51 AM report to moderator
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My DS’s trip is becoming more and more of an irritation. For some reason I thought I saw he was expected home just before 8 PM. I wasn’t too thrilled about having to pick him up at the airport after dark in the middle of the evening.

This morning I heard a news report that American Airlines pilots are in a labor dispute and are deliberately delaying flights. My DS’s flight to Las Vegas ran two hours late but he didn’t know why.

So, I decided I would check the specifics of his flight home and was horrified to see he is SCHEDULED to arrive at 10:05 PM, not 7:50 PM. Where did I get 7:50 PM? So, if his fight home is delayed as his flight out was delayed we may not be picking him up until Midnight. In the best case we can’t expect him before 10 PM. Either way is going to make for a late night. We are normally in bed by then so my DS’s clock can go off at 5:30 AM.

Posted by Lady Hawke on September 25, 2012, 09:29 AM report to moderator
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Lady Hawke Sadly the flower will die the next day:(

Posted by Graymayne on September 25, 2012, 10:22 AM report to moderator
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I was also looking at the time zones in the United States. My DS was surprised to find he was in West Coast time. His other great indiscretion was to call me at 11 PM when we had already spoken after his arrival in Las Vegas at just before 9 PM our time. We said, “goodbye” and I said, “goodnight” at the 9 PM call and he went off to have dinner. Then, he called again after he returned to his hotel after having dinner. When it was obvious he had awakened me he said, “Oh, what time is it there?” “11PM, and I was asleep.” “Oh, sorry, I’ll let you go.” Then, the clock went off at 5:30 AM.

Anyway, upon looking at the time zone map I was surprised to see only five states have split time zones. I grew up in Tennessee which is one of the states with a split time zone. Any time we went to the mountains we changed time within the state as we traveled. My friend lives in Kentucky and she talks about Kentucky being on two time zones. I didn’t realize how unusual it was to have a state with split time zones. It usually happens at state lines. Tennessee (my home state), Kentucky (where my friend lives), Indiana (COOLG), Oregon (west coast), and Idaho(bordering Oregon) are the only split states.

Tennessee, Kentucky and Indiana are stacked South to North on each other and that is the break, midstate in each case. They can find a state line to draw the line in other cases.

All of the UK is in the same time zone, isn’t it?

We are expecting 90F (32.2C) today. I just noticed you in the UK are around 13.3C (56F) today. That is a huge difference.

Posted by Lady Hawke on September 25, 2012, 10:33 AM report to moderator
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I started checking alternate flights for my DS for in case the pilots delay his flight out of Las Vegas and cause him to miss his connection in Dallas to Memphis.

There are no options on other airlines that might get him to Dallas in time to catch his flight.

So, I checked the later flights that evening from Dallas to Memphis. There are none. If he misses the connection to the Dallas to Memphis flight he can’t get home on Thursday night.

There is only one flight on Friday morning that could get him home almost in time to go to his 8 AM meeting. There is one flight that arrives here at 7:29 AM. If it arrives on time I might pick him up and get him to his meeting almost on time, depending on where the meeting is held.

Posted by Lady Hawke on September 25, 2012, 11:14 AM report to moderator
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My flower is already dying, almost dead.

Posted by Lady Hawke on September 25, 2012, 11:15 AM report to moderator
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It is a potenial WOLFIE travel catastrophe in the making…

Posted by Lady Hawke on September 25, 2012, 11:20 AM report to moderator
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hahahaha ladyHawke you sound like the people I work with. As soon as anything bad happens when they are travelling they blame me. They accuse me of cursing them. We even had a long debate about whether I was the cause of all the travel chaos when the icelandic volcano erupted. . . .apparantly the conclusion was that it couldnt just be down to mother nature, I had to have a hand in it too

so everyone else be warned – you’d better be nice to me or I’ll start to share the travel misery with you all

Posted by Wolfie on September 25, 2012, 12:29 PM report to moderator
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oh and LH tell your DS that I feel his pain. I’ve had a number of those late finishes and very early morning starts. its not nice at all. I get through it by silently praying that I will win the lottery so I dont have to work ever again . . .its not been very fruitful so far, but it does make me feel better for a short time

Posted by Wolfie on September 25, 2012, 12:32 PM report to moderator
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We had our first snow in the high mountains on Sunday night.Sitting at 56F right now in Salt Lake City.

Posted by ironsos on September 25, 2012, 02:03 PM report to moderator
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Wolfie If the pain starts below the small of the back and wraps around and down the outer thigh to end at the inside of the knee or back of the lower leg, it could be your sciatic nerve. It could be slightly pinched due to swelling or pinched between the vertibrae. Of course lumbago affects the same areas. Either way, try ice. ;)

*Lady Hawke, I’m sorry that your MIL is not well, but I am glad they seem to be taking care of her. ;)

MM that sounds like a great getaway trip! ;)

Posted by Deanie on September 25, 2012, 04:07 PM report to moderator
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When my MIL was discharged yesterday we were told we needed to make an appointment with her doctor for a one week follow up appointment. I told her I would call and make the appointment when it was good for me since I would be the one taking her.

So, I called and made the appointment. I called to tell her when the appointment would be. She told me she had called and cancelled the appointment, that she didn’t feel like going. I told her there was no way she could have called and cancelled the appointment since I had just made the appointment and called to tell her when it was.

She told me I should not have done that, that she didn’t feel like going today. I told her the appointment was not today. It had never been today. There had never been an appointment today. The appointment I had made was for next week for her one week follow up.

She went on to tell me she had cancelled TODAY because it was too much trouble for me. Once again I told her there was NEVER an appointment for today and I had made and appointment for next Thursday and we would be going. What is inconvenient for me is when she doesn’t take care of herself and I end up being called to an emergency room to sit all night and end up having to run to the hospital for days or weeks.

I don’t know what goes on with her. She said she had no memory of having to make and appointment for a one week appointment which we discussed and told me she had cancelled an appointment that for today that never existed.

Posted by Lady Hawke on September 25, 2012, 04:20 PM report to moderator
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Good evening!

Well, my parents have done it again! Worryingly, my Father has aquired a mobile phone, so he can now reach me even when I might be conveniently out!! He rang me as I was walking daughter home from school. They’d had a day in the area, and were we available to be taken out for a meal?
After finding out what time my DS was going to be home, I rang him back, and we realised we could just have a couple of hours together before they had to go home. And……..they took us to the posh restaurant where we went for our anniversary!
Daughter loved it. She asked if they had chocolate milkshakes………. no, they certainly don’t, but without hesitation the waiter told her he would see what Chef could do. There quickly appeared the best, most chocolatiest, creamiest milkshake in the world, for which we we not even charged. This is a seriously impressive place.
It was lovely to see them, especially to see Dad looking so well, and back on form. He had oysters. Bleurrrggghhh. And ate them with must gusto, appreciative noises, and inappropriate slurping. Then dipped his napkin in the ice they were served on to dab stains off his shirt. I love my Dad!

Posted by asti on September 25, 2012, 04:23 PM report to moderator
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Florida also has a split time zone. The far western part of the panhandle is in Central time. ;)

Posted by Deanie on September 25, 2012, 04:33 PM report to moderator
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ASTI, that sounds lovely except for your father being able to hunt you down when you are “unavailable”. I suffer from that difficulty. I find I am never off leash. On the other hand if he is carrying a cell phone now you will also be able to find them when they are out of pocket.

Posted by Lady Hawke on September 25, 2012, 06:35 PM report to moderator
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ASTI, also I do find it impressive when restaurants are capable of making something that is not part of their usual repetoire. That supposed to be the mark of a fine place with a truly competent chef and kitchen. A true restaurant should be capable of making an attempt at anything for which you ask. They aren’t really competent if they only have set menu items that can’t be broken out and repurposed for special requests.

I do not understand why the British believe oysters must be eaten raw. People do eat them raw here at raw bars but they are eaten cooked just as often, if not more so. We fry them and we bake them with lovely toppings. We put them in stews. They are NOT slurpy at all when cooked.

DEANIE, I forgot Florida.

My DS has solved his potential flight problem on Thursday. He has changed airlines and ended up with a non-stop flight. He must leave a bit earlier but will arrive home almost five hours earlier than anticipated, even if the other flights had run on time.

Posted by Lady Hawke on September 25, 2012, 07:03 PM report to moderator
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Morning all! The UK has been suffering from an ex-hurricane belt of cloud that in places was 6 miles thick and it has delivered non-stop rain for over thirty hours and many places have suffered from flooding as a result. I feel sorry for all the misery that people are suffering.

This morning I watched an interview on Breakfast of Jo Rowling talking to WillGompertz, the BBC Arts correspondent. She looked very nice with her hair attractively styled and dressed quite conservatively in a dark jacket, all of which made you concentrate on what she was saying. She is now free to write when the mood and inspiration takes her rather than being constrained by publishing schedules. There were times during the HP saga when the pressure made life difficult and there are two books in the series with which she is not perfectly happy. She is hoping that everyone has got the message that the current book is not intended for children. The inspiration for it came out of the blue while she was on a plane so I assume that she needs time and space for her mind to relax into the state which allows creativity to flourish. I am looking forward to the arrival of my copy.

Posted by Graymayne on September 26, 2012, 05:11 AM report to moderator
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I am going to wait until I read the reviews of her new book before I purchase it. I have done this for several of my favorite authors. The day is gone that I will buy a new book without knowing if it is any good. Sometimes I will purchase it even if the reviews are iffy if I think I will like it myself.

They keep saying they have an interview with JK this morning on Good Morning America but so far it hasn’t been on yet.

I have been up since 3:30. I fell asleep early last night so when I woke up to let the dogs out, I couldn’t go back to sleep. Maybe because it was storming and the dogs wouldn’t leave my side. I should say it started storming right after I let the dogs back in.

Posted by Cool G on September 26, 2012, 07:55 AM report to moderator
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Andy Williams has died. He was one of the only remaining singers I associate with traditional 1950s/1960s style Christmas music.

Posted by Lady Hawke on September 26, 2012, 09:52 AM report to moderator
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This is the regular shopping day. I need to take my mother to the dermatologist and I need to go out and turn the lights on for my friend at her condo so she will not arrive in the dark this weekend.

Posted by Lady Hawke on September 26, 2012, 10:00 AM report to moderator
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I hate to hear about Andy Williams. It seems like so many people that were famous when I was growing up are now gone. I guess that means I am getting older.

I am reading a book that one of the characters lives in the area where I grew up. I did not know this when I started reading but as so many things seemed familiar, I was wondering where this was taking place. Finally they said so now I know I wasn’t imagining things.

This is really a rainey day. It is not as cold as it has been since the furnace is not running.

Posted by Cool G on September 26, 2012, 10:14 AM report to moderator
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I’ve started to make my way through the new chapters of Pottermore again. It seems this time you may have to wait for quite some time before action begins to take place on the screen. Also, I have reached the place where you have to herd cornish pixies back into their cage. My first try was a complete failure. I herded no pixies successfully. I will probably need to go set up on a tabletop with a real mouse.

Posted by Lady Hawke on September 26, 2012, 10:25 AM report to moderator
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graymayne its been raining here non stop since Sunday evening. Yesterday I thought I was going to go stir crazy as I was desperate to go out for a walk and get some fresh air. Finally today at 1 oclock we had a break in the weather and I managed to get out for an hour. Luckily I took the opportunity because it started raining again as soon as I got home. I am going on a hiking trip to Wales this weekend so I have my fingers crossed for some dry weather.

Deanie I do suffer from sciatica quite a lot. I’ve had it for a number of years – It was like the sharp pain of sciatica but sustained over a longer period of time.

Shame about Andy Williams – I was a fan.

Posted by Wolfie on September 26, 2012, 11:30 AM report to moderator
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Sad to hear about Andy Williams.

Fall weather in full swing here. Nice to finally not have the heat.

Posted by ironsos on September 26, 2012, 02:03 PM report to moderator
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