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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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Did not think it would ever happen but I just won a game of “Hearts” in 4 hands. WOW!

Posted by ironsos on July 12, 2013, 12:09 AM report to moderator
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Good morning, Leaky. Glad to hear all the positive news here this morning! Won, I’m so happy to hear about you and Sally. It’s been a rough stretch for both of you and yall more than deserve happiness! Asti, congratulations on your daughter’s year 5 grades – how wonderful! That’s great to hear that her next school will offer her such good opportunities. MM, I’m glad to hear that you’re staying to positive and everyone is still able to get out and have such a good time. I’ve only been to casinos in Vegas, and I have to admit that I don’t see the appeal, but I’m glad that yall enjoy them so much!

I am planning a day of research and grant writing in the Museum today and hoping for few distractions and interruptions. I don’t have high hopes of being left along, but maybe if I shut and lock my door and keep my office phone off the hook I can keep the riffraff out!

Posted by Dr. LEW on July 12, 2013, 09:25 AM report to moderator
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ASTI, I was trying to think of the name you the place where you work because I saw an article about a shop near the residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall that has designated a parking place for the duchess and the new baby. I knew the name did not sound like the name of your shop to me. So, I had to dig up your shop up and I noticed something I have never noticed before, your opening times. I’m sure you will be horrified to know our shops never close. If I decide I have to have an item at 1 AM I can have it. I have been there at Midnight and my DS has been there at 3 AM for pharmacy items when someone was ill.

Posted by Lady Hawke on July 12, 2013, 10:05 AM report to moderator
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I just discovered I made no post last night. I came and read but typed in nothing myself.

My mother threw her glasses away yesterday. She can’t see through them any longer. We went to Dollar Tree and purchased a pair of readers. She did her grocery shopping without glasses of any kind. I must say seeing her with no glasses is startling to me. She has worn glasses constantly since I have known her. She will have to have a mild prescription once her eyes are completely healed but the eye that was done on Wednesday had 20/20 vision on its own yesterday. The first eye is at 20/30. She can tell she can see small print better with readers although she can manage without them.

ASTI, I’m also very pleased your daughter is doing so well. It is such a relief every time you are given evidence they are succeeding as well as you hoped.

DR LEW, best wishes on your grant writing. Sounds like too much fun. Speaking of research, I think my daughter is beginning to turn toward starting with a Bachelor’s an Master’s degree in something like research before doing the PhD in something fluffy like Celtic Studies. We have convinced her she needs something a bit more generally marketable as a skill that would also be beneficial regardless what the top degree ends up being.

Posted by Lady Hawke on July 12, 2013, 10:19 AM report to moderator
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LH, I don’t know what you consider a “research” degree, but it seems like a history degree would be a way to go. I don’t know what the opportunity for undergrad research is in the histories (probably depends on the school), but a M.A. would definitally offer the opportunity for research. I would also think it would be the logical degree before something like a Celtic Studies Ph.D. Actually, upon Googling, it seems that some of the programs (especially if she wants to stay in the US) are more “language and literature” programs, in which a language degree or English degree might be more appropriate. I don’t know how English degrees work – for BA or MA – so I’m not sure about the research aspect. English and history degrees are both degrees that you can do anything with. Alternately, you can do nothing with them since you’re not trained in any technical task. If the PhD is the end goal, then your daughter needs to research what the requirements are for such programs. I say this because you don’t want her getting an anthro/archeo degree, or a language degree, only to see that she needs history and English requirements to get into the program – the she’ll essentially have to do a second bachelors to be able to get into a MA and/or PhD program. I see that a lot in my program – someone switching into geology/paleontology from a different undergrad degree has to add 1 or 2 extra years to their MS to make up for deficiencies.

I understand the push for a degree that is more marketable, but it all depends on the end goal. You can get pretty much any bachelors degree you want and have the same success in getting into law school or med school, but for the more academic pursuits, degrees and curriculum get more and more specific and generally have a specific set of requirements. And as I mentioned, your can get any or no job with a degree in English or History. My BF has run into the problem with his history degree. He can get any mid-level job he wants (sales, intro management, etc.), but when he was looking into grad school for film and media, he found that he had a number of undergrad deficiencies to fill before he could even get to the graduate-level classes.

Posted by Dr. LEW on July 12, 2013, 11:08 AM report to moderator
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LH, I don’t know what you consider a “research” degree, but it seems like a history degree would be a way to go. I don’t know what the opportunity for undergrad research is in the histories (probably depends on the school), but a M.A. would definitally offer the opportunity for research. I would also think it would be the logical degree before something like a Celtic Studies Ph.D. Actually, upon Googling, it seems that some of the programs (especially if she wants to stay in the US) are more “language and literature” programs, in which a language degree or English degree might be more appropriate. I don’t know how English degrees work – for BA or MA – so I’m not sure about the research aspect. English and history degrees are both degrees that you can do anything with. Alternately, you can do nothing with them since you’re not trained in any technical task. If the PhD is the end goal, then your daughter needs to research what the requirements are for such programs. I say this because you don’t want her getting an anthro/archeo degree, or a language degree, only to see that she needs history and English requirements to get into the program – the she’ll essentially have to do a second bachelors to be able to get into a MA and/or PhD program. I see that a lot in my program – someone switching into geology/paleontology from a different undergrad degree has to add 1 or 2 extra years to their MS to make up for deficiencies.

I understand the push for a degree that is more marketable, but it all depends on the end goal. You can get pretty much any bachelors degree you want and have the same success in getting into law school or med school, but for the more academic pursuits, degrees and curriculum get more and more specific and generally have a specific set of requirements. And as I mentioned, your can get any or no job with a degree in English or History. My BF has run into the problem with his history degree. He can get any mid-level job he wants (sales, intro management, etc.), but when he was looking into grad school for film and media, he found that he had a number of undergrad deficiencies to fill before he could even get to the graduate-level classes.

Posted by Dr. LEW on July 12, 2013, 11:08 AM report to moderator
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I have no idea why or how that posted twice…

Posted by Dr. LEW on July 12, 2013, 11:08 AM report to moderator
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Thanks, DR LEW, we will take that into account five or so years from now when we are looking at college in a more timely fashion. As we look at her future path we will be looking for a path that will allow her some fall back positions as she moves toward the final degree. We will likely be picking your brain as well for your input into what is a reasonable course when the options are laid out.

Posted by Lady Hawke on July 12, 2013, 11:53 AM report to moderator
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np. Career advising is one of my job requirements. ;)

Posted by Dr. LEW on July 12, 2013, 12:12 PM report to moderator
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Good evening!

More overtime today………..the extra pennies are starting to add up nicely. I am determined to build a decent cushion.

LEW, good to see you! I hope your day is going well.

Lady Hawke, we have a few, larger supermarkets that are open 24 hours a day, but they are few and far between. Our opening hours used to be 8.30 until 7. Now it’s 7.30 until 8pm, or 9 on some days. We are staffed from 6am until 10pm. If I was on a full time contract, my shifts would change each week within those hours; this is why I won’t go full time. My P/T contract means I have set hours.
I wishwishwishwish I could see without my glasses. I have an alarm clock with the most enormous, red, glowing digital display, (my sister teases me about it every time she visits,) and I still have to squint to read it. I am glad all has gone so well for your Mother.

Posted by asti on July 12, 2013, 04:32 PM report to moderator
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I know I am a bit behind the times here, but I am reading PS. One bit that has always bugged me…..In Chapter Three she refers to the “repaired alarm clock,” that Harry uses to wake himself up early to try and intercept the postman. WHAT repaired alarm clock!? I know he has just moved into Dudley’s second bedroom, which is full of broken stuff, but there is no mention of an alarm clock. It just appears. And how does Harry repair it?
It has been a while since I have read an HP book. As I said, I am only on Chapter Three, but I do love how easy it is to fall back into that world, and how wonderful and familiar it all is.
Some of you know that my DS and I are not getting on particularly well. It sounds very silly to say, but going back to this book actually has me in tears.

Posted by asti on July 12, 2013, 05:12 PM report to moderator
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Thanks everyone, it means a lot…
Posted by Won_Two on July 12, 2013, 09:09 PM report to moderator
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ASTI, do you think the alarm clock was a bit of fouled editing that someone missed? I’m hoping the tears are a relief and release of tension for you, not something that makes you feel worse.

I am sitting up far past my bedtime waiting for my Night Blooming Cereus to do its thing. I have been waiting for three hours and it has only loosed one petal. When it actually breaks it will be fully open within 15 minutes. I like it better when it blooms in winter at 6 PM. It is almost 10:30 PM.

Posted by Lady Hawke on July 12, 2013, 11:26 PM report to moderator
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Lady Hawke: Pour some coffee on the dang thing!!!

Posted by ironsos on July 13, 2013, 12:12 AM report to moderator
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Wotcher Ya’ll

Won – very glad to hear about you and Sally, hope you both do well in your recoveries and all goes good in life for the future.

ROFLMAO Ironsos

MMM I thought the same as Asti hope both you and the MIL are well…

Lady Hawke – I am very impressed that Little Hawke has college all planned already, she is WAY ahead of me when I was planning for college, I just knew I was going, had no idea what I would do once there. Also – glad to hear your Mother’s surgery went well and the result was good.

Has anyone seen Now You See Me – saw it last week and it was so good I went back yesterday. Am looking forward to City of Bones next month, just finished reading all the books (so far).

Hope you had no interruptions Dr LEW good luck with both the research and grants.

Posted by Sirius B (HeartMagic104) on July 13, 2013, 01:16 AM report to moderator
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dittany for Dr LEW & MMM who had a spectacular within the post splinch

Posted by Sirius B (HeartMagic104) on July 13, 2013, 01:29 AM report to moderator
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Asti I think the “repaired alarm clock” refers back to the statement about nearly everything in Dudley’s second bedroom was broken. There is no mention of a clock in the cupboard under the stairs but in Pottermore, one of the collectable items was an alarm clock in Harry’s cupboard so there is an editing problem involved at some point. However, before Harry is moved upstairs mention is made of Harry waiting to raid the fridge and not knowing the time because he had no watch, so that makes a double error!! My head aches!

Posted by Graymayne on July 13, 2013, 02:42 AM report to moderator
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GOOD MORNING FROM THE DIALYSIS LINIC.

My MIL has the early chair. We wake up at 5:00am, she is at the clinic at 6:00 and she gets out at 10:30pm.

I have been so busy lately. I look forward to relaxing at the end of the month.

Posted by Madame Minerva on July 13, 2013, 08:19 AM report to moderator
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Does anyone else see a huge avatar with Won’s post??

Posted by Madame Minerva on July 13, 2013, 08:20 AM report to moderator
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I see a HUGEEEEEE avatar, too, MM. Took me a while to figure out where the text was. ;)

I always just figured the alarm clock was something from Dudley’s room that he tried to fix when he moved in. Yall read in MUCH more detail than I do. I’m such a slacker!

Yesterday wasn’t quite as productive as I would have liked. But that was completely my fault – I just couldn’t get my head in the game. Other than that, people did a good job of leaving me alone.

Posted by Dr. LEW on July 13, 2013, 10:23 AM report to moderator
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AT least we have no problem figuring out what Won’s avatar is. L0L

Lady Hawke Your flower is lovely. Glad you were able to get a picture. Your daughter is not even in high school and is figuring out her MA and PHD? I would think it will change several times before she graduates. My grandson has decided to go into the Air Force so he can pay for his education. His brother went into the Army but I don’t know if he plans to contionue his education. He is home from Germany. He got in last night.

My oldest daughter got in yesterday from North Carolina. I bought pizza for everyone for supper so my daughter would have a day off from cooking. Today she is going to be cooking for the graduation party tomorrow. I am going to go there to help her. My middle daughter has called to see if I want to go to the ball field to watch my almost adopted son’s son play. I want to go but I don’t think I can sit out in the sun that long. I am at the age where I need shade. Besides I have drank coffee all morning so I need to stay close to home for a little while. Lol

Posted by Cool G on July 13, 2013, 11:51 AM report to moderator
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Good evening!

Gosh it was hot today! They reckon it got up to about 34C, which is about as hot as it gets here. The good weather looks set to last a bit longer too, yay. Though I was almost glad to be at work today! Even in my chilled aisle, where I normally need to wear my uniform jacket, it was very warm indeed! I enjoyed my lunchbreak under a shady tree.

LEW, you MUST go online and see if you can find footage of Mumford and Sons playing at the T in the Park festival last night. They were amazing!

Won, SCARY enormous avatar, lol!

Posted by asti on July 13, 2013, 02:48 PM report to moderator
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The flower didn’t bloom until sometime after 12:30 AM. I stayed with it until 11:20 and went to bed but I couldn’t go to sleep. At 12:30 I was still awake so I thought I would get up and take a picture of it and I found a very gravid white ball but the flower had not opened. So, I just went back to bed and went to sleep.

We went out for a quick cheap lunch at a Chinese buffet and then used some of our IMAX tickets at the local museum. This is the first weekend in months we didn’t have a funeral or pressing plans. We have two whole days with nothing to do but laundry and whatever we want.

WON, my daughter thinks your ginormous white rabbit avatar is awesome.

Posted by Lady Hawke on July 13, 2013, 07:15 PM report to moderator
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Has everyone else seen? THE CUCKOO’S CALLING by ROBERT GALBRAITH is actually JK ROWLING.

The book has twenty very positive responses on Amazon. It was published Apr. 30, 2013 and the secret has held almost ten weeks.

It sounds as if it is a much nicer book than A CASUAL VACANCY.

Posted by Lady Hawke on July 13, 2013, 07:34 PM report to moderator
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BOOK DESCRIPTION FROM AMAZON

Release date: April 30, 2013

A brilliant debut mystery in a classic vein: Detective Cormoran Strike investigates a supermodel’s suicide.

After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office.

Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, thelegendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

You may think you know detectives, but you’ve never met one quite like Strike. You may think you know about the wealthy and famous, but you’ve never seen them under an investigation like this.

Posted by Lady Hawke on July 13, 2013, 07:37 PM report to moderator
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Review
“Combines a complex and compelling sleuth and an equally well-formed and unlikely assistant with a baffling crime…A stellar debut.” (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

“Instantly absorbing, featuring a detective facing crumbling circumstances with resolve instead of clich├ęd self-destruction and a lovable sidekick with contagious enthusiasm for detection. Strike bears little resemblance to Jackson Brodie, but Kate Atkinson’s fans will appreciate his reliance on deduction and observation along with Galbraith’s skilled storytelling.” (Booklist)

“Plenty of twists…Totally engrossing…Galbraith’s take on contemporary celebrity obsession makes for a grand beach read.” (Library Journal, starred review (Mystery Debut of the Month))

THE CUCKOO’S CALLING reminds me why I fell in love with crime fiction in the first place.” (Val McDermid, bestselling author of The Vanishing Point)

“Cormoran Strike is an amazing creation and I can’t wait for his next outing. Strike is so instantly compelling that it’s hard to believe this is a debut novel. I hope there are plenty more Cormoran Strike adventures to come. A beautifully written debut novel introducing one of the most unique and compelling detectives I’ve come across in years.” (Mark Billingham, author of The Demands)

“Robert Galbraith’s debut is as hardbitten and hard-driving as its battered hero. CUCKOO’S CALLING scales the glittering heights of society even as it plumbs the dark depths of the human heart. A riveting read from an author to watch.” (Mike Cooper, Shamus Award-winning author of Clawback)

“The private eye novel is not dead. It was merely waiting for Robert Galbraith to give it a firm squeeze, goosing it back to bold, new life. Hardboiled crime fans are going to go cuckoo for this one. I haven’t had this much with a detective novel in years.” (Duane Swierczynski, Shamus and Anthony Award-winning author of FUN & GAMES)

“A remarkably assured debut. Robert Galbraith’s portrayal of celebrity-obsessed modern London is at once beautifully written and utterly engrossing, his characters so real you could eat dinner with them, his ever-coiling plot guaranteed to keep you up past your bedtime. I couldn’t put it down.” (Owen Laukkanen, author of The Professionals)
About the Author
After several years with the Royal Military Police, Robert Galbraith was attached to the SIB (Special Investigative Branch), the plain-clothes branch of the RMP. He left the military in 2003 and has been working since then in the civilian security industry. The idea for Cormoran Strike grew directly out of his own experiences and those of his military friends who returned to the civilian world. ‘Robert Galbraith’ is a pseudonym.

Posted by Lady Hawke on July 13, 2013, 07:41 PM report to moderator
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The backstory on Galbraith is interesting.

Posted by ironsos on July 14, 2013, 01:15 AM report to moderator
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So how do we know its JK Rowling?

Posted by Madame Minerva on July 14, 2013, 07:26 AM report to moderator
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MM It was revealed by the Sunday Times in the UK. I have bought a copy this morning of the book this morning.

Posted by Graymayne on July 14, 2013, 07:37 AM report to moderator
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MM, she has already been interviewed and admitted it is her.

Posted by Lady Hawke on July 14, 2013, 08:46 AM report to moderator
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