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||
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I have once again failed at popping in regularly…though at least it hasn’t been as long an absence as in the past!
As an update from last time, my meeting with the parent about Brisingr actually went very well. We did decide to remove the book and send it over to the middle school, but my principal made it clear that the decision was being made in large part because we don’t own the first two so it doesn’t make sense to have just the third. I did acknowledge that what I had read of the book so far was somewhat more violent than the first one, but I felt that it fit with the progression of the series in terms of a brewing war and that while the books are fantasy, some of the violent parts do mirror how things would have been in medieval times, so it can be a teachable moment. But the other thing is that when the books were originally being published, kids who read Eragon at around 10 years old would have been teens by the time the third book came out, and the books would sort of have aged with them.
Anyway, the woman was very nice and not antagonistic at all. She even brought up Common Sense Media (which LH and I have talked about before), saying that she prefers to double-check things on Scholastic’s site before bringing up concerns to the school because she finds CSM to be more conservative. A few days after the meeting, she sent me a lovely thank-you note, saying she appreciated my taking the time to meet with her and being so prepared and that the school was lucky to have me. (Yay, brownie points in my evaluation file, lol!) She also wanted to let me know that she had followed up with the superintendent, who said that the district would be working on a consistent selection policy, and she thought I might want to be involved in that. I had already known that we were going to be doing that, and in fact I’m meeting with the other librarians and assistant superintendent next Monday to work on it. I’m looking forward to it since it’ll be the first time I’ve met the other librarians. Plus, I’m pretty prepared since I had to create a policy as one of my projects for school.
Other than that, things are still going well. Time is just flying by!
Hi JEN, I’m so glad there was such positive follow up to your parent meeting. That is remarkable that a situation that could have turned so bad ended up being a positive experience.
Even though it is cold the sun is shining and we have determined to take advantage of it by going to the zoo and spend some time in the sun.
I elected to put my beef roast and root veggies in my slow cooker and leave it so I will have the majority of dinner ready by the time I get home. I also mixed up the batter for my Yorkshire pudding and put it in the refrigerator to hold until I get home. I’ll just steam some brussel sprouts and dinner will be ready.
Daughter cooked tea tonight. She made pizza, topped with sweetcorn, orange pepper, mushrooms and spring onions. It was yummy, though next time she needs to roll her dough a bit more thinly. I suppose it doesn’t help that I don’t have a rolling pin, and make her use a beer can. I am ashamed!
*Lady Hawke, Wolfie’s book is a YA novel set in the not too distant future, after a virus has decimated the population. The narrator is a 15 year old girl, one of the privileged elite who live in safe, hygienic, sanitised enclaves. I will say no more!
Jen, lovely to see you! I am really glad to hear the meeting went so well. You are fab!
Graymayne, I have never read any Wodehouse, but I too have read bad reports about the tv prog. I suspect it is quite easy to make his characters “pantomimey.”
Won I will be happy to fix your address at CC. My card to you was not returned. I wonder why not. The return address was very clear, but I have not seen it come back. Odd. ;)
I did read quite a bit of Wodehouse, but it was years ago. I am not sure I remember anything I read. I do think many of his characters could easily be blown into panomime charactertures. ;)
Asti I do have a rolling pin, but I have never used it. For pizza, I find that it is easier to use the fingertips to flatten and thin the dough. Then you have tiny finger depressions to help hold the sauce and you can feel how thick or thin the dough is. Just a thought. ;)
Asti I decided to download the complete story today to be quite sure of my opinion. I enjoyed the writing which is very English and the comedy is largely in the descriptive writing and then topped up by confused conversations. The main character is a man who tends to get wrapped up in his own thoughts and worries and turns a deaf ear to his sister’s naggings, so misunderstandings are quite common. I would think that Wodehouse fans would find the TV rendition a big disappointment.
Lady Hawke My post was in response to MM’s comment that she was up at 3.0am.
BWJen Full marks for diplomacy and knowledge of your subject, very good Brownie points indeed!
I am home from an afternoon at the zoo. We also visited the used book store in an historic area of town, the bookstore where many of my daughter’s mythology books were purchased at Christmas. We brought home spring rolls from her favorite Vietnamese place.
Now, the Yorkshire pudding is about to come out of the oven. I’ve steamed the Brussel sprouts and the rest was finished in the slow cooker as expected. Now we need to find a movie for the evening.
Graymayne – now your post makes sense. LOL! :D
LadyHawke – we have never been to Arizona. We drove through it once when we were going to San Diego to visit my brother but we did not stop to sight see. The DS really wants to go to Arizona. We will see.
Jen – good to see you.
We just returned from the Park District banquet. We had a good time with friends. It always amazes me how many people we know from our former city. The mayor’s secretary came to our table to say that they love our son at the police department. She has known us since my son was 10yrs old. It was very nice.
Morning all! I sneaked in by the back door. We are having continued light snow but it is not affecting the road because the surface is too wet. My DS has rescued our slow cooker from the loft and is cooking beef topside with vegetables. The butcher was very pleased to see him, he had experienced a couple of very quiet days probably because of the snow on the ground. I am making sure that my keyboard Kindle is fully charged and I topped up my mobile phone yesterday. I gather that at least two of our group have found themselves unable to sneak back into Leaky. Yesterday I watched the film The Seeker: The Dark is Rising and was fascinated by the fact that the young hero played a very different role in The Hunger Games. I never read the series (Dark is Rising), but I felt that the film rather overdid the magical effects. I have yet to see anything in this genre that comes near to the quality of HP.
MM, there is a wide variety of things to do in the Four Corners area where AZ, UT, CO and NM meet. You chould spend a couple of weeks driving back and forth over those four state lines. You have the Grand Canyon, Durango, CO, and Santa Fe, NM which I mentioned earlier. In Utah you also have Canyonlands National Park and Zion National Park as well as so many National Recreation areas and monuments it is not worth me trying to list them. For big cities you have Flagstaff, AZ and Albequerque, NM.
In the spring, summer and early fall the Durango Silverton Narrow Guage Railway makes day trips to Silverton, CO a tourist destination town with shops and restaurants. In the winter months the train makes a run through the mountains to a wilderness area along a river and boxed picnic lunches can be ordered a day in advance. The train is a vintage 19th century train. We took it in the summer and it was a very good day.http://www.durangotrain.com/ride-us/cascade-canyon-winter-train
I know you love Florida and it is probably particularly appealing to you in the winter but I do not believe you would be disappointed if you went to AZ and CO, NM and UT too.
GRAYMAYNE, who can’t get into Leaky? So far I have only hit the dusting message briefly and on a second attempt was able to access it each time….so far… I hope I’m not jinxing myself.
What veggies are you putting in the slow cooker with your roast? Even after eating dinner last night I had a almost a gallon, maybe 3 L of meat, veggies and broth to put away for future use. I may convert what is left into stew and put it in the freezer to be served over rice or toast for future meals.
Lady Hawke Asti and CoolG, I think, they posted on cc. Onion and carrots went in with the meat and stock, then I have added quartered chestnut mushrooms, lightly cooked in olive oil an hour before serving. My DS is currently baking potatoes in the halogen cooker. I will be serving steamed purple sprouting broccoli as a side dish.
I have dismantled my Xmas jigsaw and I will do an old favourite, a winter downhill skiing scene in Switzerland. We have been having unrelenting very fine snow all day, but the temperature is just on 0 degs. If it freezes tonight we could have a skating rink situation.
MM, I had to change my password to get in at the other castle. It was awkward and took more than one try. Several weeks ago I tried and never could get in but I pounded away at it tonight and finally broke through. Now, I’m afraid of signing out over there.
They are doing some bigtime revamping of the site’s code… For the past 5 days the only place on Leaky that I’ve been able to get onto are here, the Ravenclaw Common Room, & my Owlery, but can only post here…
We had more snow overnight but the driving conditions on main roads are fine, and there is a slight thaw currently. My DS went out in the car to take the bin rubbish and do a bit of shopping at a store en route. Counties to the north of us have experienced rather more snow and more difficulties as a result. Airports are cutting down on the flight schedules because of poor visibility here plus problems being experienced in European destinations, and some airports have closed. I haven’t heard of any loss of electricity supplies recently.
I was kicked out of the other Castle overnight but it did let me back in with my reset password.
We have a bit of sun this morning but I can see some dark clouds looming in the distance.
I’m off today for the King Day holiday. I am working on the Laundry Lion. She is not happy. ;)
I went to see the “Les Miserable” with my daughter. I loved it!
I have never seen it on stage so I can’t compare but at the end of the movie the audience was very quiet for a few seconds and then broke into applause. It was very moving.
3 more days till my vacation. :)
Deanie – I’m off today too. :)
I enjoyed it. Although it is miserably cold here. Tonight will be incredibly cold. The heater has been working tirelessly. I want to somewhere warm. :(
MM, does FELIPE know you are having problems getting in the other Castle? He set a new password for me and I was able to get in and change it for myself.
It was too cold here today to go out and wander around outside. So, it was hard to find something to do. I think my daughter and I are going to a movie. My DS is working late and she is feeling let down by our false starts.
I’m glad you like LES MISERABLES, MM. If you ever have the chance to see it onstage you really should. All the music and songs are left intact onstage.
I’m doing some work on the computer, so I thought I’d pop in while I’m actually online. I think the biggest obstacle to my visiting more is that I spend very little time on the computer anymore. Now that I have my phone, it’s much more convenient to read through sites on it, but since I still don’t find I can translate my thoughts well while typing on the phone, I rarely post from it. So, I either need to work on that and start forcing myself to type on it more, or I need to make myself turn on the laptop more often when I’m home!
It’s snowing out and is expected to continue straight through to morning, though we’re only supposed to get 2-4 inches. Hopefully since it’ll be spread across so many hours, there’ll be plenty of time to clean up the roads so they don’t cancel school. A 90-minute delay would be nice since it still counts as a day. But if it’s cancelled, we’ll end up having to add Tuesday, June 25 to the school year, which is the day I’m supposed to leave for LeakyCon. I don’t want any more snow days!
Happy MLK Day to us Americans
Lady Hawke I knew about the LeakyCon meet up, and the rash, but not the bed bugs (ick) Did you have to bug bomb your house? We have had a couple of outbreaks in certain unclean apts here, but I can not see yours being cause by being unclean. How did it happen, very glad to hear you got rid of them and are healthy again. IF the lawyer runs for mayor are you going to go to the opposition and let them know he was a bully and a cheat?
since I finally got a virus free computer I have now had the fun of ordering books for my Kindle and I love it !!!!! First one I got on it was Rhiannon’s and I loved it.
Does Wolfie have a book published too? if so, where can I get it? What is it’s title?
Have been absent due to working 7 graveyards a week thanks to a situation here at the homestead. so mostly I work sleep and work sleep. It’s great for the paycheck but bad for anything else, had a rare day off this AM so caught up on my sleep and chores.
Just perusing the weather outlook for the next week… Time to break out the thermal underwear & the Eddie Bauer arctic parka… On the subject of weather watching, I am just about done with the Weather Channel… I cannot believe those boneheads fired Heather Tesch… For crying out loud. They fired TESCH??? and kept those 2 noodleheads? GAAAAAAAH! Ok, rant over… >:+/
SIRIUS, we traveled a lot during the spring. They come home with you from hotels because people are traveling from the Middle East and Asia to the US. They have brought them back into the country. We were free of them after many years of using DDT but we haven’t had that in years. So, they are making a comeback. I found out there are websites where you can see which hotels have a record of bedbug infestations. They are all over the place, even in expensive hotels.
that is not good Lady Hawke and it shows that the hotels are not checking things properly…