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.||
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MM, you may have said but I don’t remember, is it a girl or a boy? Have they told you?
I’m staying home today to work on taxes. I suppose I’ll start with ours as they are more complicated than my parent’s taxes.I also have to deal with trying to make a return on some defective merchandise and carry on with the ever present laundry. If I have extra time I will need to muck out a bit more of my things to make room for what is coming from my parent’s house.
I am glad Leaky is back. You never get the details on other sites.
I went to Columbus today. The sun was out. It is suppose to be rainey and snowey the rest of the week. Everything costed just a little more than I had planned. I did get the balance paid on my eyes. It was $11 more than the statement said. The reason was that everything came back that was going to be paid by Medicare. I then went to Target to buy Breaking Dawn part 2. It cost about $5.00 more than I thought. So I looked at my paper I had printed and it was not for blue ray. I had to buy it at Target because no one else had the extra disk with all the extra’s on it. Since this was the last one, I did want all the extra’s.
Watching all the cooking shows must have rubbed off on me. I bought extra virgin olive oil at the store last week. I watch Paula Dean’s show but I never cook anything she makes. I like her son Bobby Dean’s show much better. The one that cooks like me is Patricia Yearwood’s cooking show on the food network and I think it is on the cooking network too. So many of the things she cooks are so similar to things that I cook. Maybe because we come from the same part of the country whereas Paula Dean is father south and too much fattey things.
Last year was the first time I didn’t have to file taxes. I did have to do them to make sure I wouldn’t have to file. My brother says this is his last year for doing other people’s taxes. Personally I think he should have stopped several years ago. I called him yesterday but could not talk long because he was doing someone’s taxes.
I’ve finished the taxes but I’m not efiling them quite yet. I need to let them sit a day or two and then go back and look at them again. My eyes have looked at too many numbers today and even if I were to go back and recheck it all again right now I might not see an error. This is a personal best record for me in completing the process, just over three hours. I managed to have everything I needed before I started this time. Usually it goes on sporadically for days or even weeks. I could probably let them go now but I will feel less stressed if I look at them again. I’m just a bit anxious about cutting through it all so quickly. It makes me think I missed something.
I don’t know why I get so stressed. We always receive a refund. It is not as if we owe the government additional money. I suppose I’m always afraid I’ve done something wrong and we do owe money and I don’t realize it. Using an electronic filing program should set my mind at ease and to some extent it does. It walks you through the process and asks you what number is in what line of any given tax form. You just transfer the numbers and the program calculates and fills in the correct forms. It was so much more stressful when you had to the library and figure out which forms you needed, pull them from the display stands, and then had to follow the instructions on those terrible huge tax manuals printed on onion skin paper. I don’t know how anyone ever had the nerve to attempt doing taxes themselves.
JOSEPHINE, I’ve pretty much learned to trust my daughter. If she gets into something she feels is over her head she is very good about self monitoring. I didn’t even have to say anything to her about the Fever books before she voluntarily told me she wasn’t comfortable with them. I just had not thought to mention it.
Now I need to find some food and continue on with my regular chores
There has been a book in my parent’s house for years and I brought it home several months ago. It has a leather cover but the front cover is off the book but still with it.
I just found out there are only eight copies of this book known in libraries world wide. I found a Library of Congress description of it and it matches. It is bound in brown Morrocan leather and the publishing date is 1860.
Our copy was given as a gift in 1861.
The rest of the book other than the cover is in really nice condition. There are plates of famous women from Lord Byron’s poems, a tissue paper page and then the poem to the woman. The plates are all in good shape and the tissue is in good shape as are the pages with the poems.
So, we have come up with a rare book. There was an estimated value of another book in private hands with a problem with the front cover at $750 to $950.
It was back to work for me today, bleaurrggggh.
Daughter now has The Cold. She was invited to a swimming party yesterday, and I probably shouldn’t have let her go. But she was/is OK in herself, and was so looking forward to it. There are fewer and fewer parties these days…..they’re all growing up, and the parents have less money.
I asked her if she wanted to invite half a dozen friends for a tea party for her birthday, and she said “no.” I’m still not really sure if that was because tea parties for friends aren’t “cool,” or if she had the money situation in mind. That bothers me.
Daughter also had a school visit from an author today. He is published, but not well known. He does a lot of school workshops, and is pretty good. BUT….. He has met J K Rowling! So, just a few degrees of separation!
Talking of authors, Jodi Piccoult is visiting my local bookshop soon for a Q and A and a talk.
Lady Hawke, I am very envious. Not for the monetary value, but for the age, and especially the rarity. What a treasure.
And I did a double take on your tax post. I read efiling as if there were 2 f’s and no i!
MM, am I right in thinking that the baby is due next month? You are nearly a Grandma!
I found a downloadable copy of the book at this link, or you can just scroll and see the pages.
ASTI, that is quite exciting to be the mother of someone who has met someone who has met JKR! I’m sorry she is not feeling well though. From what you said many people are limiting children’s parties so I wouldn’t torment myself too much. She had a fun birthday and was happy. Maybe when she hits 13 and/or 16 you can do proper birthdays.
I wouldn’t mind going to a Jodi Piccoult signing either.
Your should know by now if I am cursing it would definitely be a misprint.
Lol, Lady Hawke, hence the double take!
My Mum says that when my sister and I were growing up, it was an unwritten rule that once we got to 10, that was the end of the parties. It seems the same sort of thing is still happening, though I know money is an issue for a lot of parents. Even with our recent problems, we are in a better financial position than many. For which I feel both grateful and guilty.
Thanks for the link, off to have a look!
This is easier to see, full pages and it is animated and turns each page for you.
It turns out there is an 1864 edition as well which is also rare but I have the first edition.
I was looking at the weather to see how much snow MM was suppose to get- 8 to 12 inches. Imagine my surprise when I saw I was suppose to get 4 to 8 inches. I knew it said snow on the weather but I guess I have gotten use to it being flurries and not much accumulation. I am glad I went out to do my errands yesterday.
I was just reading Lemon’s post about comic con. I wonder if she posted it at CC for other’s to see it? Her new book is out on Amazon. I have to wait until I make it to the bank to transfer funds before I can purchase it. Hmm maybe I should change to one bank instead of two then I could transfer online. No don’t want to make it too easy to withdraw funds from savings. Lol I was going to do it yesterday but didn’t make it . After going to Columbus, I was ready to go home and figured I could go to NV another time. Did not know it was going to snow with accumulation.
I need to finish watching all the extra’s on Breaking Dawn Part 2. The one that introduces all the other vampires has made it easier for me to remember who they are watching the movie. Of course reading the book again has made the movie that much better. That usually doesn’t happen.
Lady Hawke Interesting book.
This afternoon we watched a documentary on the asteroid which exploded over Russia recently. It proved to be much more interesting than we expected because so many scientists were very keen to gain knowledge from this event for future reference. Apparently nothing like this has happened before and been witnessed by so many cameras, so much could be learned. It was a stony meteorite containing approx 11 % iron, from the asteroid belt, believed to have been involved in a collision at some point in its life because of fracture lines in some fragments. This would have caused it to explode and break up before landing. We failed to see its arrival because it was coming “out of the sun”, like good fighter pilots, and there had already been a proposal to launch a satellite equipped with infra-red to spot this type of event. It is a comforting thought.
We saw the sun today, it was very exciting! It really felt quite warm. Having had a week off, I can really see the difference in the mornings……it is so much lighter. The street lights are actually going off as I walk down the road. I am looking forward to Spring.
Lady Hawke, I found those links really interesting, thankyou. Will you have your copy restored, do you think?
ASTI, it will be a matter of cost. I’m hoping to be able to purchase a conservancy box for it. Restoring it might be beyond my capabilities. Also, I would have to look into the pros and cons of restoration. Sometimes doing that sort of thing will make the item more functional but will also reduce its value.
Valerie Harper has announced she has an inoperable brain tumor, & has 3 months to live… :+(
A day off tomorrow, yay! Though I have agreed to work overtime both this Friday and next. I am still in panic mode, and it all adds to the emergency fund.
I’m reading a good, fun book. It’s called Mr Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, by Robin Sloan. I’m only about half way through, but it is different, funny, anarchic and clever.
LadyHawke – I have no idea if it’s a boy or a girl. My son and my DIL do NOT want to know. :(
We won’t know till the baby is born. She is due on April 20th. :)
One of my colleagues commented today how impressed he was that I haven’t cracked yet at my job. He has no clue how close I am…
DR LEW, that makes me sad you are under such stress, especially when you managed to get exactly what you wanted. Maybe if they are surprised you haven’t cracked they are aware it is too much for even a superperson to handle. Maybe you could let off yourself a bit and everyone would understand. Many times if you just keep performing people assume it isn’t a problem, everything is fine and you like it that way. Maybe it is time for you to have a professional heart to heart with those in charge and deliniate what is reasonable, obtainable progress that will win over time without killing anyone, namely you.
Dr. Lew Aren’t you due for a vacation soon? Or is it a working get away? I for one am glad that you come here more often. I realize that so many are busy with their lives but that doesn’t mean that we don’t miss them.
We got about 4 inches of snow but it is melting now. This is typical March snow. We usually get a lot but it doesn’t stay around long. I guess I will have to clean it off the truck today so it will completely melt off what is left. I should have taken a picture yesterday when everything looked pretty.
I am sitting here drinking my morning coffee. I woke up early as usual but went back to sleep so waking again at 7:30 was late for me.
Just saw a picture of Justin Beaber or whatever his name is with his pants falling down. Why do guys think people want to see their underware? It is bad enough when it is boxers but when it is tighty whiteys it is like they are undressing. My grandsons went thru a stage of doing this. So glad they decided to pull their pants up. I don’t know I remember just last year one of my grandson’s pulled his pants down in the back to show me his hairy butt. I told him he didn’t get that from his grandpa although the blonde coloring looked familiar. That is actually what he was wanting to know. I told him he could have just asked me. Lol See what you have to look forward to MM?
I have been making the dogs stay downstairs until their feet are dried. Harley has started tearing a box apart for entertainment while he is waiting to come upstairs. That just makes something else for me to clean up each day. Yesterday I unscrewd and replaced a screw in the top rack of the bi fold door and put a shorter screw in. I guess the door was catching on it making it so hard to close. I wanted the bi fold door so it wouldn’t take up so much room when it was open. Since it is a solid wood door, it is very heavy. I think I will put up a regular door when it gets warmer. I made a regular frame for a 36 X 80 inch door so I can put a regular size door up in place of the bi fold if I want to. I do have a complete door I can use.
I have just spent a couple of hours watching video of the movie The Host. I needed to get to know the actors who play the characters in the movie before I go see it. I discovered why most of the characters are so much younger. I thought it was probably to get a younger audience but it was because of the person who plays Melanie/Wanda. After casting her it determined the age of the other characters. Just looking at the picture, I was getting the wrong character mixed up. It looks like you will have to forget about the book and take the movie as a stand alone since they have had to add a lot of different things. I understand why since a lot of the movie is conversations between Melanie and Wanda. They also have to get more action because it is a movie. I will miss some of the characters that were cut but that is to be expected. Anyway I will look at these You Tube clips between now and the end of the month so I will enjoy the movie. I would hate to spend the whole movie trying to figure out who everyone is.
I went to see my doctor today about a very tender R calf, because I was afraid it might be DVT. It is very difficult to diagnose but I will be going for an ultrasound scan tomorrow at my regular hospital. The doctor also had a listen to my chest because I still have a “tail-end” cough following my cold, but he didn’t hear anything untoward. I was given a blood-thinning injection in my abdomen to be on the safe side. I was supposed to be dining out this evening with my DS and two ukulele friends but I don’t approve of risking other people’s health when you have been battling an infection, I have never done it in the past and I don’t intend to start now.
I am re-reading_Breaking Dawn_ and enjoying it thoroughly again. I will be able to use the actor’s faces to people my mental screen. My copy of part 2 of the film isn’t released until Monday next.
CoolG Once again you amaze me by calmly mentioning mending or changing doors. I wouldn’t know where to begin!
I am off to make my evening meal.
I’ve had a lovely day. Just a bit of housework and some necessary laundry, then lots and lots of reading and piano practice. I am so glad I am not houseproud, lol!
I finished Mr Penumbra’s 24hour Bookstore. I appreciate it won’t be for everyone, but I loved it. It’s the most fun I’ve had with a book for a long time. Quirky, anarchic, a bit geeky, a bit of a code breaking quest, and a love of books at the heart of it. Lady Hawke, might you point your daughter towards it? I think she might get quite a lot of enjoyment from it.
Graymayne, I do hope all goes well tomorrow. Let us know! xx
LEW, I’m sending hugs.
My daughter finished her week of end of term testing today. Tomorrow she goes for her photoshoot and lunch out. Then, next week is Spring Break. After that we have nine weeks of school until the end of the year.
Morning all! We have a grey, damp morning:(
Asti I have downloaded the book you have just finished after looking inside it on Amazon. I’m intrigued.
A Catching Fire alert. Publicity is coming through at last about the film, with several portraits of the main characters in their Panem couture clothes. Here is the website http://catchingfiremovie.org/
Daylight is coming earlier. This morning I noticed it was getting light around 6:30 AM. This means that when the time changes Sunday it will be daylight at 5:30 AM. It will feel like spring to me then. Snow still covers the ground across the street but is almost gone in my yard. I wonder what is the difference?
Lady Hawke Talking about the end of the school year is just another reason to think spring is here.
My grandson started taking online classes for school last November. This was in place of going to school where he wasn’t doing well in the grade department. After only doing this for a couple of months, he took a test and graduated with a high school diploma. This reminds me of his mother who got her GED diploma after taking a refresher course for two months. She realized that she had miss out on learning things when she started college. Her first year was rough and I had to help her with a lot of her work. She took note of everything and by the time she was a sophmore, I did not have to help her with her school work. So I am glad he has a diploma but I am sure he will realize as his mother did that he missed out on things. He does have a job and has had one since last summer so he is not lazy. He also was in football and wrestling which he excelled at. Of course when he stopped trying, he had to quit sports. I just wonder why he got tired of school. His brother graduated at half term. I wonder if this had anything to do with his not wanting to contionue going to school?
I have done remodeling since the 80’s. I started out helping the DS remodel our home. I guess I just picked it up. I started using saws etc. when we did wood working. Of course I forget how to do things but I get on the internet and find a How To video and instructions for just about anything you want to do. After reading and watching, usually it comes back to me how to do something. The main thing that stops me doing repairs now is the energy it takes. I don’t have a lot of excess energy. I am lucky that I have a daughter who took note when she was our helper. If I need help doing something, she is usually the one that steps in to help me.
My daughter got up half an hour early to wash her hair and have it perfectly dry and brushed out. She also did a full face of makeup this morning in preparation for her photoshoot. I believe people will be shocked when she walks into school today with her eyes all done and blush and lipstick without it being a costume. She is dressed up and looks way older than her age to me, still young but a lot closer to a highschooler than a school child. She is as tall as some of her teachers. I would like to see the reaction.
I’ve got to clean up and head over to my parent’s house for a bit. I need to be home early enough to make a birthday cake for my DS. I dread grating the carrots for the carrot cake which is his preference. This is his 60th birthday. Neither of us can believe he has become 60. How did that happen while we weren’t looking? He was still in his 30s when we met.