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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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  38015 votes in total

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MM, that makes my knees hurt. I have done no real housekeeping since my troubles started here. All I have been doing is fighting this war with my bedroom and the laundry.

We are about to head out on some errands. I’m planning on ribs for dinner. My daughter requested them.

COOLG, have you been doing without your check? That is crazy, the bank sending your check back. I almost always have to look in the correct place at least twice to find anything. Usually, the first time I am going too fast because I’m just trying to grab whatever it is. So, I waste more of my time looking elsewhere before I go back to the right place and look again.

Posted by Lady Hawke on September 29, 2012, 03:47 PM report to moderator
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Good evening!

I am attempting to use my DS’s phone, so please forgive any errors!!

We have gone away for the weekend, just the two of us, no kids, woohoo and wayhay!! We had a lovely day today, a long walk along the cliff tops, witth the view to eating in a cafe before catching a bus back. But the food on offer looked so awful we took a bus to a nearby town and had a pub lunch before walking home along the river! All in all, we walked about 9 miles. A pint at a seaside pub, followed by a shower refreshed us both!

We are without the car so are travelling neccessarily light. I have not bought the book with me. Hopefully I’ll be able to start it properly soon!

Home tomorrow, so I’ll see you then xxx

Posted by asti on September 29, 2012, 04:03 PM report to moderator
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ASTI, I missed you were going away. We’ll look forward to hearing about it.

Posted by Lady Hawke on September 29, 2012, 04:10 PM report to moderator
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I think my poor DS is worn out. We are, in theory, watching a DH2 on my ipad, but he is struggling to stay awake, lol!

Posted by asti on September 29, 2012, 04:47 PM report to moderator
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Watched my first “Mystery Science Theater 3000” movie yesterday. With my love of snarky
humor and bad movies I am surprised I have not watched one before. I am hooked.

Posted by ironsos on September 29, 2012, 07:25 PM report to moderator
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The following is thanks to George Carlin: If you ever ate chicken two day straight did you
ever wonder if the chickens knew each other?

Posted by ironsos on September 30, 2012, 12:48 AM report to moderator
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The kids came to get the motorcyle today. It has been at least 10 years or more since I have seen it. They got it out of the shed. The tires were still up and not dry rotted. It just had dust on it. A good cleaning and it will look like new again. The seat was still in good shape so no mice had been at it. I can’t believe that I had forgotten that it was red. I should have remembered that since most of our vehicles are red. My grandson was thrilled with it. He probably had been in the shed and saw it there but it was when he was younger. So now I don’t have any motorcyles. I sold two small ones last year. I should have taken pictures of it since I don’t know where any are. Oh well. I am sure my grandson will be taking some and posting them on FB.

Posted by Cool G on September 30, 2012, 09:53 AM report to moderator
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When your grandson’s photos post to your wall on FB, let us know.

My friend who joined me for LeakyCon is in town today and tomorrow. I will see her this afternoon and for awhile tomorrow.

ASTI, I thought of you while reading TCV. There was a reference made to a black board eraser using the term you mentioned.

There are some extremely uncomfortable moments while reading, to the point I can feel my scalp burning. I find, so far, there are only four adult or teenage characters with whom I have empathy. Even though I feel empathy for them doesn’t insure that I like them. There is one character for whom I should feel pity but, one off hand thought on the part of another character, has made me distrust the person, even though the person looks a victim on the surface. Most of the people in this book are shown to have very unpleasant motivations for their actions, even if their actions are on the surface positive. It is a generally unsavory lot.

Posted by Lady Hawke on September 30, 2012, 11:36 AM report to moderator
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Jen and my granddaughter picked me up to look at a house today. They are going to put in an offer on it. It is 12 minutes from my house. It is not a big house but will be large enough for her and the girls. She also will have a room for me if I decide at some time I need to move in with her. It is good to know that I can live with either of my daughters if I need to.

Lady Hawke Yes it has been 2 months since my check has been deposited and it might be another week. You can see why I am aggravated. It is not SS fault but the banks but once the bank sends your check back twice, there is a flag put on your account. It all takes time to get it straightened out. In the meantime, my bills still go on. You think it is corrected and then it happens again.

Posted by Cool G on September 30, 2012, 01:11 PM report to moderator
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Good evening.

We got home a few hours ago……. Long enough for me to have roasted a chicken and do two loads of washing.
I am feeling very selfishly miserable. Yes I missed the kids, yes, it’s nice to be home, but it was so good just to have two self indulgent, lazy days, and to be on my own with my DS was just lovely. Sitting by the sea, being hypnotised by the gentle waves, holding hands and not having to think about cooking, or homework, or dinner money, or shopping…..It was a special weekend.

I finished a simply gorgeous book. It has been on my wish list for a while and I finally treated myself. It is called The Borrower, by Rebecca Makkai. It’s about a librarian and a 10 year old boy, and while it deals with fundamentalism, censorship and individual freedoms and self discovery, it is at heart a book about books……. love of booksand the importance of books. It is one of the very few books I would give five out of five stars. I thought it was wonderful. Very quirky and cleverly written. Have a look!

Lady Hawke, there has been a lot of press reports about the unpleasantness of the characters in TCV, and comments about how much JK seems to “hate” the middle classes. She herself calls it a book about responsibility. I cannot comment personally yet, as you know I have yet to read it. Usually, I have no problem with unpleasant characters as long as they are well written…..we shall see! I recently read Solar by Ian McEwan, and the main character was so foul, but so well drawn it was brilliant. It was interesting to read reviews of the book; how many people hated it because of the main character.

Posted by asti on September 30, 2012, 02:57 PM report to moderator
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Wow! Europe retained the Ryder Cup! It was very exciting.

Posted by Graymayne on September 30, 2012, 08:01 PM report to moderator
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ASTI, I don’t mean to say the characters are not well developed or that I don’t believe it is well written. I am simply finding it difficult to like these people. I don’t think we are meant to like these people but I do think the most unsavory aspects of our own deep, dark thoughts are buried in them. I just hope most people consciously attempt to rise above their baser motivations.

There are a lot of Vernon and Petunia Dursleys in this book. Actually, there is one character who might as well be called Vernon Dursley except that he is even more distasteful.

Posted by Lady Hawke on September 30, 2012, 10:16 PM report to moderator
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Congratulations to Europe on retaining the Cup. Darn it.

Posted by ironsos on October 01, 2012, 12:22 AM report to moderator
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It ended up raining all day yesterday. We woke up with thunder rumbling and lightning flashing this morning.

I am am meant to go have lunch and spend some time with my friend alone today. We had my daughter with us yesterday. She came home with four new books. My friend is good to her.

Posted by Lady Hawke on October 01, 2012, 08:39 AM report to moderator
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I’m cold. I took my daughter to school and it is 58F (14.4C) and I got damp as I didn’t have an umbrella. Now, I feel cold to the bone. It was 90F (32.2C) on Thursday.

Posted by Lady Hawke on October 01, 2012, 09:51 AM report to moderator
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Lady Hawke That is just a ridiculous weather change, I’m not surprised you feel chilled!

Posted by Graymayne on October 01, 2012, 12:28 PM report to moderator
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Aloha! Just flurking! ;)

Posted by Deanie on October 01, 2012, 02:22 PM report to moderator
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note to self: The next time you use powered cleanser in the toilet bowl be sure that the
can of cleanser is IN the bowl before shaking vigorously.

Posted by ironsos on October 01, 2012, 03:47 PM report to moderator
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Ironsos – got it. Shake can inside the bowl. O.o

Cool G – at least your motorcycle is staying in the family. :)

My famiy dinner was really nice and successful. But it was thanks to the DS who was so helpful. We are truly a team. I had over 30 people in my house including the kids. The DS Barbqued and I made all the sides. It was really good. I bought a red velvet cake and an apple pie for dessert. I made potato salad, rice and a fresh vegetable salad. My sisters brought macaroni salad and fresh fruit.

I invited all of our family and everyone kept dropping by. Even though my family is wonderful, Iwas exhausted at the end of the day. Today all I want to do is rest but I can’t. I have a lot of work.

Posted by Madame Minerva on October 01, 2012, 07:43 PM report to moderator
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IRONSOS, in your face or all over the bathroom?

I am so tired. i feel as if I have hit a wall and now I can hardly move. I think getting cold and damp wore me down. After having lunch with my friend I came home and made soup and cornbread. Fortunately, the soup was in a bag with all the seaoning and ingredients and all I had to do was add meat and water and let it cook. I was up to no more than that.

Posted by Lady Hawke on October 01, 2012, 08:18 PM report to moderator
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MM, I saw your photo of the group at your house. It looked as if everyone was happy and having a good time.

Posted by Lady Hawke on October 01, 2012, 08:20 PM report to moderator
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Lady Hawke: Luckily It was a side to side motion. Damage was limited to two walls, a radiator, and the toilet.

Posted by ironsos on October 02, 2012, 12:33 AM report to moderator
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I think I have been awakefor 4 hours. I am wondering what I watched last night before I fell asleep. I have got to start sleeping later in the morning. I am getting my sleep because I am falling asleep in the evening, waking up to start watching TV for the night and waking up early in the morning. I think I fell asleep last night watching Castle.

It rained most of yesterday and most of the night. It is getting cooler. Guess I will start another book.

Posted by Cool G on October 02, 2012, 06:15 AM report to moderator
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CoolG I find that being awake at 3.0am – 4.0am leads to very negative thoughts. I recommend the use of an alarm clock timed to wake you up after watching evening TV so that at least you get to bed.

I’m back on another round of anti-biotics:( which I hope will deal with two leg problems at the same time, both arising from poor circulation.

Posted by Graymayne on October 02, 2012, 07:07 AM report to moderator
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It is not as cold this morning and the sun is out. So, it looks as if it might be a pretty day.

GRAYMAYNE, I hate you are feeling unwell, especially when I know you are engaged in deep house cleaning.

I hate being awake during the wee hours as well. That has always been my most worrying time. I can make almost any worrying prospect seem very plausible during those hours.

JEN did tell me something at LeakyCon that has helped me not worry so much about being awake and has, in turn, allowed me to go back to sleep more quickly, thus avoiding remaining awake so long to put myself through all that negativity. It seems there has been research that shows it was considered natural to wake up in the middle of the night and spend several hours awake. People made reference to it as if it was common knowledge that people had a “first sleep” and a “second sleep”. People left the bed between sleeps and did small quiet tasks or read or wrote, even went to visit neighbors who were also awake.

It seems it is natural to wake for lengths of time during the night and the stress we put ourselves through worrying why we are awake only lengthens the time we are awake. Since I learned this I have had very few extended periods of wakefulness accompanied by worrying. Now when I wake I feel vindicated in reading for a bit instead of lying there trying to force myself to sleep and spending the time torturing myself. Instead I read until I am sleepy again and then I sleep.

Posted by Lady Hawke on October 02, 2012, 08:53 AM report to moderator
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afternoon all

Just waiting for a call to start so thought I would pop in and say hi. I was going to go out for a short walk – but it has started to rain again.

Asti still heard nothing about the job. Chased up the recruitment agency and they havent responded either. My friend who interviewed for them last year said it is a good sign as he was told the next day he didnt have the job. He thought that they might have a few weeks of interviews planned so are waiting till the end to agree the best candidates. . . .I’m not too sure. It seems to be dragging on too long to have a good outcome.

I had a lovely walking weekend in Wales – it was lots of fun and I met some really nice people. My legs are still a bit sore though,

LEW I want the new mumford and sons album too. I heard the new song on the radio and it is fab. Did i mention that I saw them at their King of the Road tour earlier this year? it was brilliant.

I havent bought a copy of TCV yet. I’m still desperately trying to finish off two books for my bookclub on Wednesday. We are reading K-Pax which I finished at the weekend and really enjoyed and The Last King of Scotland – which, despite the quite unsympathetic main character I am also enjoying too – its just quite detailed and wordy and taking me a long time to get through.

Posted by Wolfie on October 02, 2012, 09:48 AM report to moderator
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Wolfie I read K-Pax after seeing the film with Kevin Spacey. There are two other books but I see to remember being a little disappointed at the end of it all.

Lady Hawke At least one leg is healed up and not giving me any discomfort, so that is something to cheer me up. The cleaning I hate. I am supposed to have a place for everything, but we have too many things to fit into this place and both of us are dreadful hoarders. Actually our Post Mistress has recently added a box for Unwanted Shoes in her village store, so now I have an outlet for some that no longer fit, (my feet are broader and fatter than in earlier years):(

Posted by Graymayne on October 02, 2012, 11:41 AM report to moderator
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Hi everyone, Is anyone else having a problem with U-Toob?

Posted by Won_Two on October 02, 2012, 12:02 PM report to moderator
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Won_two: No problem playing clips.

Posted by ironsos on October 02, 2012, 03:21 PM report to moderator
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Good evening!

I have become immersed in The Casual Vacancy. I am about 100 pages from the end, and hope to finish tomorrow.

MINOR SPOILERS BELOW………….

While it is no great work of literary fiction, it is very readable. Her depictions of the characters are laugh out loud funny in places, there is a lot of really sharp description. Shirley, Howard and Samantha are my favourites! But I am finding the unrelenting horribleness of everyone a little wearing. Even the halfway decent characters act selfishly and stupidly, damaging those around them.
I HATE her over-use of brackets to describe her characters thoughts and reasonings. I don’t recall it in HP, but it is really bugging me in this.
All her characters are very two dimensional. There is no one with any depth.
Most people in real life are really not this shallow.
It is still very odd to hear her writing “voice” and for it not to be Harry. Even though I’ve read so much of this book I still find this unsettling.
BUT, I am enjoying it. She is a sharp and witty writer.

SPOILERS OVER!

I understand The Ryder Cup was very exciting! My DS and son stayed up to watch the end, and woke me up with their cheering and whooping! You might remember I bought my DS tickets to the last one in Cardiff for his 40th.

Graymayne, I am glad the antibiotics are working, but am with you on the cleaning! And as for hoarding…….. Even with the Kindle, I have books overflowing the bookcases, and stacked in the bedroom!

MM, I am glad tour family

Posted by asti on October 02, 2012, 03:41 PM report to moderator
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