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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Lady Hawke I hope you have some suitable footwear with you. In England we almost expect it to rain on a Bank Holiday but in Texas?? What rotten luck:(
Fortunately, the areas in front of the shops and restaurants are well paved. Unfortunately, the green spaces between one ring of shops and the next ring are not paved. Those are the areas where small stages and individual kiosks are set up. When crossing those areas I bogged down so my shoes sucked off my feet. I was wearing black leather trainers. They were well made enough my feet never got wet.
We arrived much later than I had hoped but just after the worse of the rain. We did have to use our umbrellas for a short time several times during the day but I never used my rain poncho except as a water repellant cover for seats.
We walked the whole thing but didn’t enter 65% of the shops. We mostly followed our daughter into the shops that attracted her. She determined she should have waited to purchase a corset. She was put into a very well made one that was sized by inches and not by S, M, L, or XL. Put into a well fit corset it was much more comfortable. She may sell hers on eBay and save for a well fit one.
She purchased fairy wings that attracted a lot of attention even among the staff. Most of the staff were wearing fox tails. My daughter has been working on a tail for her Cheshire Cat costume but once she saw the fox tails she had to have one. She also purchased some Steampunk goggles. That finished off her money.
I had cabbage rolls in the German section and some Mead. My DS and daughter went for turkey legs.
We are very tired. The trips through the muck wore my legs out.
Fortunately, once the rain ended the temperature dropped. So, it was much more pleasant from that perspective.
My daughter loved the music performances and staged acts.
Tomorrow we have a very long day, a drive of almost 600 miles home.
The last time we attended the Texas Renaissance Festival they had been suffering an epic drought. The night of the days we attended a deluge started. By the next morning when we started home the flooding was so bad it took us 10 hours to drive 80 miles we had to take so many detours around flooded roads. The rain kept going after we left and they went from epic droughts to epic floods. The TX Ren Fest was flooded out. People lost their homes and their livestock. This was maybe 17 or 18 years ago.
Finally used some of my remaining living brain cells and bought a 4.5qt (5.5 liter) slow cooker. Do not know
why I did not do this years ago as I love soups and stews. Printed out a bunch of recipes as well.
Lady Hawke: Is finding Steampunk items normal as late at a RenFair.
Steampunk isn’t really appropriate to Ren Fests but since they attract people who are generally drawn to all sorts of costuming the purveyors of merchandise are smart to have those items in stock. You don’t see Star Wars or Star Trek costiming for purchase but since Steampunk is retro/historical and is still dependent on corsets you do see it available at Ren Faires.
Thought I would try mowing again today. I just waited too long to bring mower out and let sit in sun with the battery on charger. I don’t know if the charger was turned on the other day. Anyway it almost started after having it on about 3 minutes. So now I am waiting for it to charge again. Since I have the mower sitting out in the sun, I can not let the dogs out. They might decide to chew on one of the lines. They did on my last mower. I think I will wait an hour then try again. My grass really needs to be mowed one last time. It is suppose to rain again tomorrow. It was too cold yesterday to try mowing the grass.
I did manage to get the front and side yard mowed. Then I cleaned the wheels of grass and the undercarriage to put my lawn mower away for the winter. I was so tired when I got done that it was a question if I was going to keep standing for my shower or sit down. Trouble was I did not think I could get back up if I sat down in the shower. I had to rest before I finished doing my hair. I finally got it dry and straightened. Well not completely straightened since I do curl it under for my bob cut. Anyway my grass is cut , my bath is taken, and my hair is done. So I smell good and my hair looks good. Lol
I have to go back to the previous page and catch up.
After a final bit of financial wizardry, all of the bills for this month, including the final pay off of the ex car, have been covered! Huge sighs of relief, and only 11 days ’til payday……..eep!
Graymayne, re THG, that was pretty much my thinking. I don’t think the other two would hold her interest at the moment, but the first one, despite the violence, has enough moral certitude, and so much of doing what is right, as well as all the questioning the reasons, that I think she will get on well with it. Plus her nickname is the name of one of the less fortunate characters, so she will definitely feel the emotion and pathos of that scene!
If my Grandmother was still alive, she would be 98, and would be fairly horrified at my cooking. She would not think me a competant cook at all! I do not bake, (apart from simple cookies with daughter,) I don’t make bread, and I have never, ever made my own pastry. If I want cakes or desserts, I buy them.
But she did cook her vegetables until they begged for mercy, lol!
Ironsos, I too am a big fan of soups and stews! How did the first meal turn out? It sounds lovely.
Lady Hawke, it sounds like it has all been worthwhile to see your daughter enjoy herself so much! I hope you’re all safely home soon.
How are your parents?
Asti: Just ordered the slow cooker yesterday. Expect to see it delivered here by Wednesday.
Aloha y’all! ;)
Not really all caught up everywhere, but I have been working on it. Hmmmm…. that may be the problem – I don’t think it should feel like work. I go to the computer to play unless I am doing specific work, like bill paying. I may disappear totally for a bit. I f I do, I will be back when it is fun again. ;)
1 month and 4 days until we leave for Florida. We are spending a week at the Military Recreation hotel on Disney property. Yes, I am planning at least one day at the Wizarding World. Possibly Thursday? Can someone contact our mid-Florida resident to see if there is one day of the week that is less busy than the others? I understand he can be found on FB, but I still refuse to join there. Thanks! ;)
I did not sleep last night, but luckily I was off today. It’s Columbus Day (or as the Hawaiians call it “Discoverer’s Day”). I finally got to bed around 7:30 this morning. I did sleep, sort of. I woke up or was awakened 4 times by 11:00 am. I think it is finally nap time. I hope I can actually sleep. The DS should be home between 7:15 and 7:45 this evening. ;)
I may have to taste test several different wines beforehand to see which is best for the braised steak.
Might I recommend a Mouton Cadet Rouge 2007? It is under $10.00 and very French, full bodied & makes a really superior beef sauce. It also ain’t bad drinkin! lool…
The sauce consists of tomato paste with water, a clove of finely diced garlic, diced white onion and
2-4 ounces of red wine.
I will have to apparate at Ironsos apartment when his braised steak is done. Hehe!! :)
Hello everyone. I had a very restful three day weekend. MY AUNTS THE NUNS ARE HERE. My cousin has them first since it’s his father (my uncle)who they want to see. I probably get them this weekend. Wish me luck.
Did you see about the earthquake in the Phillipines? I hope Josephines family are all safe. :|
Daughter had started THG. SPOILERS BELOW IN CASE ANYONE HASN’T READ IT!!!!
She got to the bit where Prim’s name was called, and let out a small squeak of horror. Bless!
I feel very restless without my Kindle, lol, although I can easily download my current book onto my iPad.
England are about to play football, in a crucial match to decide if they qualify by right for The World Cup…….yawnnnnnn I have two very tense men in my house.
MM, have fun with the nuns!
Ironsos, enjoy the wine testing! I have a glass right now, to help me through the football, lol! I hope you’ll enjoy your new toy and make lots of yummy meals.
Oooooh, I forgot, guess what I found on Amazon last night? A short story, called A Night of Cake and Puppets, by Laini Taylor, telling how Zuzu and Mik got together. I haven’t bought it yet, but it is firmly on the wishlist! £1.99 in the UK, so hopefully nice and cheap in the US too!
Asti THE BOOK arrived this morning!! It’s quite a page turner. I’ve just read a grisly bit so I think I will stop for this evening, I like to be able to sleep at night and I have enough trouble as it is.
I don’t think I posted the last two days at all. We spent Monday driving back from Houston and arrived home about 8 PM after a stop at the grocery to pick up some milk.
Yesterday we played catch up, did some laundry but not enough, all being complicated by a trip to the doctor’s office. My daughter mentioned her ankle was really hurting when we got into the car in the dark as we left the Renaissance Festival. On the way home on Monday she thrust her leg up into the front seat for us to view. She had a fairly angry looking bite with a red target like circle on her ankle. Yesterday morning when we looked at it the bite mark had opened up. She said it had excreted clear yellow mucous. So, we called the doctor and set an appointment. He said she had found a spider which had probably tucked itself into the top of her socks and bit her as she pulled the socks off. He thought it was probably a brown recluse bite but could have been another sort of spider. He does not think this particular bite is going to core out into a crater on her ankle.
This morning I took my daughter to school, did my mother’s shopping for her, delivered her groceries to her apartment as I picked her up to take her to my father. Since then I have been home doing the laundry I did not get done yesterday and cleaning up in the kitchen.
I wish I had taken a video of the young man putting my daughter in that corset. Once he measured her and laced the front then cinched the back he started adjusting her and the corset. Without any hesitance he grabbed hold of the top front of the corset and started shaking her into place. He nearly lifted her off her feet. He worked his hands all over the top line of the corset, shaking and jiggling, heaving and pulling. My daughter became redder and redder in the face as he worked. She loved the corset but is still a bit traumatized by the handling she received. To make it worse her father was standing watching the spectacle. She still harbors the hope that he hasn’t noticed that she has grown up in that way.
IRONSOS, I know you can find all sorts of recipes on the internet for slow cookers. Make sure you investigate recipes you wouldn’t think possible. You can even make cakes in slow cookers. I’m sure you will enjoy the cooker. You can make some comfort foods in a slow cooker that are much more satisfying than versions made in a microwave.
Daughter is loving THG! She’s up to the bit where they do the tv interviews. I had a good discussion with her tonight about reality tv, fakery, appearance, perceptions, rich and poor, etc, and how Katniss is in a similar contrived situation to all the “stars” we see on X Factor every week. I knew she’d “get it!”
I will be interested to see how she reacts when Katniss enters the arena, and the violence starts.
BUT, if she’s ok with the arena in the book, and the film is so close to the book, and I’ve let her read the book, surely I have to allow her to see the film?!?
Lady Hawke, oh, your poor daughter!! Whilst I know she will appreciate being “fitted” properly, despite the blushes, I can understand the embarrassment………….. Funny story coming up………. I was about 14, we were staying with my Grandparents, sitting at the table having a meal. I was very aware of my Dad, who kept shooting me odd, puzzled looks throughout the meal. All of a sudden he looked at me in astonishment and said, “(my name,) you’ve grown breasts!!” I’m not sure who was more mortified, me or my poor Grandad! Grandma, (in possession of a very impressive bosom,) just got the giggles.
I am ignoring all mention of things with eight legs that might possibly crawl into socks and bite. AND CAUSE CRATERS!!!!!!! All I will say is that I hope your daughter recovers quickly. Shudders……..
Thanks, Ironsos! I have happy men!
Graymayne, squeeeee! So glad you’re enjoying it. Did you see my name, lol!! (I’m so ridiculously proud of that!)
Asti Of course! After checking that it wasn’t a second printing I went hunting for the acknowledgements, and basked in the glow of my two UK Leaky friends.
Re seeing THG, I would give her some time to digest the book before letting her see the film. Fortunately, it was handled sensitively and little was seen of the violence in the arena but some was unavoidable later on. I feel that pictures stay in the mind longer than words, or they do with me.
I find that as I get older the things I loved to eat as a kid no longer settle as the used to.
Case in point: hot dogs and chocolate milk.
ASTI, I would have been enormously humiliated if my father had said that to me. I would have probably dropped through the floor.
We went into a local cheap shoe shop to look for boots for my daughter to wear as part of her Halloween costume and then as her winter shoes for the year. She went in asking for Steampunk boots. I tried to shush her, telling her just to ask for boots, since no one around here understand Steampunk.
We were astounded to find the clerk not only knew what Steampunk was but is a Cosplayer. She is also a Potterphile, is on Pottermore (sorting as a Ravenclaw) and attended LeakyCon in Chicago. She was quite helpful and we had a happy conversation.