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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I AM OFFICIALLY ON HOLIDAY! FOR A FORTNIGHT!!!!!! WOOHOO!
And, technically, I sacrificed a day of my holiday to work overtime today!
I am so looking forward to a long break.
I am reading a light, enjoyable book that is more interesting than I was expecting, and very well researched….. Time’s Echo, by Pamela Hartshorne. Just right to ease me into two weeks of relaxation.
Ironsos, your book sounds fun. I’ve added it to my wish list and will keep an eye on the price, thank you.
Graymayne, have you watched the Cheshire episode of Ade in Britain? With the Worm Charming Championships?!! Wonderfully bonkers! My daughter is going to have a go tomorrow!
Graymayne I’m so annoyed about the royal christening . . I was sure we’d get a day off work. We had one for the jubilee and the wedding and I thought for sure the same thing would happen for the christening . . but sadly it wasnt to be (which is why I’m still at my work laptop at 10 oclock). Also glad you enjoyed the book :-) and you’ve left me wondering whether you’re living in another country! Sunshine, England, October . . it doesn’t compute.
LH good luck with the teaching. Your description of the behaviour in the class reminded me of some of the union meetings I’ve chaired :-)
Asti I missed your gloating email about being on leave. I tried to book Monday and Tuesday off, but had to cancel Tuesday because I’ve got too much work stuff to do. I have nearly 20 days leave left that I have to take off before the end of the year. . . . not sure how I’m going to do that
Wolfie Will they pay you for the days or is it a case of use it or lose it? ;)
Asti Enjoy your time off. And congratulations on suruviving until payday! ;)
Odd question – Have any of you read anything my Michael Angel? I know nothing about him or his books. I just bought one, though, because I could not resist the title – Never Mind the Princess, Save the * dragon *. ;)
DEANIE, no, civilized children is not an oxymoron. It just seems so when your opinions are founded on the average muggle child.This week I have witnessed some very civilized “small adults” who are pitted in an uphill struggle against some very uncivilized barbarians who are rolling their way to the bottom of the hill. I wonder if adults always saw children this way or if the world is actually falling apart. I don’t want to know most of these children as adults. The ones who are already “human” will be welcome company.
Deanie: Just read the blurb about him and his books on amazon. I may order it as it is only 18 pages long.
Asti Hurrah for payday and holidays! I have seen a couple of Ade programmes but not that one. However, I have a personal tale about worms. Back in the 90’s I took up Circle Dancing once a week at a local school and one evening in the summer it was rather warm so our leader/teacher suggested that we dance on the grass outside. Out we trouped and began our evening happily dancing on the grass to the music tape playing on the portable player. After a while someone noticed that several worms had made their appearance in the middle of our circle, presumably in response to the rhythmical vibrations of our feet. I think we returned to the school hall, not wishing to trample accidentally on worms when performing dances which included moving into the centre of the circle, especially as some of the dancers had chosen to dance barefoot:(
Wolfie I am hoping that one of these still we will be able to meet up and I can brandish your book for signing:) You might like to know that I was surprised by how quickly I forgot the novelty of knowing the author and became immersed in your storytelling.
It is past my bedtime.
There are photos of Robert Pattinson and a trailer starring Kellan Lutz as Hercules at http://www.breakingdawnmovie.org/
I have just ordered the official illustrated guide to The Twilight Saga in book form; I don’t find flitting backwards and forwards in an Ebook very straight forward and maps can be disappointing. I feel I need a quick reference source because the character list is huge and I don’t have the power of recall that I took for granted earlier in life.
Anyone who is devoted to Benedict Cumberbatch (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier,Spy, Sherlock, Star Trek into Darkness, The Fifth Estate) etc) can find several films of his, not well known, on DVD at Amazon. They would make a good stocking-filler for Christmas.
I have had a lovely first day off. I already feel relaxed and de-stressed, (which is making me aware of how very uptight I have been feeling.) I finished Time’s Echo, which I really enjoyed, played the piano, and had a good wallow in the bath. Fifteen more days of this!
Graymayne, woohoo, you are officially a Worm Charmer, congratulations!
I just realized that I have been lurking and not posting.
I went to town today. They have moved the road from one side to the other where they are working to make it bigger. This makes it harder for me to drive to town since the cement blocks are on my blind side. I am blind on the other side too but I have a little more vision before I loose it. This is for a bypass. When it is done it should only take about 10 min to hit Interstate 65 from where I live.
I went to Walmart (which always takes so long to find anything since they made it a super center) and the grocery store. By the time I had to groceries put away I was beat. I feel like I need a nap now. I had to wear my winter coat and put on my boot shoes. I was dressed for cold weather and it was cold.
We saw Benedict Cumberbatch in a production of Frankenstein which was performed in London and shown at our local movie theatre. We saw the night he played Frankenstein’s monster but did not get a chance to return the next night to see him play Dr. Frankenstein.
My daughter and I have gathered the finishing touches of her Halloween costume today. Our most important visit was to a local watch/clock repair shop. We went in and asked him to raid his store of broken clock gears. Then, we visited a Halloween shop to find a wig and some makeup.
Tonight I will sew the gears and bows to the costume while we listen to Shadow of Night. I am also sewing a long ribbon to some mother of pearl field glasses for her to wear around her neck.
Lady Hawke Er, I would have thought that a young lady of nearly fourteen would be capable of doing that sort of sewing on her costume with her own fair hand.
GRAYMAYNE, she does try to sew. She did make a lot of the bows but her skills are not very neat yet for the finished product. I am attaching the gears to her expensive corset and I don’t want holes left in it. I am trying to use hidden stitches. Right now her work is still awkward and very obvious. Her bows are rather “unlovely”. I also want to make sure the stitches on the ribbon on the field glasses are very secure because I don’t want them hitting the ground.
She did paint the fur for the ear head unit. I know I need to tell her to start doing the work herself but I make a big enough mess with the hot glue gun and burn myself on the hot glue and I am experienced and trying to be careful. I regularly come out of these costumes with large blisters. Mostly, I don’t want holes in the carpet or on my table tops.
One of the side effects of her diagnosis is she is sort of “scattered”. Being scattered with dangerous impliments that can ruin furniture and carpets is not a good thing.
On the other hand she has given one of the cats a bath this morning without assistance. Washing a cat is the last thing I want on my “to do” list.
We are anticipating the biggest storm for about 5 years tonight. They’ve been warning about it all week. The winds are rising and the road at the back of the house is flooding and is full of bits of tree. DS has taped up the letterbox to stop it rattling in the wind.
We watched THG tonight. Daughter was fine with it, commenting throughout about the bits that were different, or had been left out. I had confusing memories……I have only seen the film once. I forgot that the final Cornucopia scene was a LOT more gruesome in the book. As was the Glimmer bit. That didn’t bother daughter at all in the film. I cried again at the Rue bit.
Today has been spoiled by a delightful row my DS and I had last night. He refuses to apologise, and I am refusing to back down. After 18 years with barely an irritation, the fights of the last 10 months are getting more than a little tiring. He is under a lot of stress, and has been for a long while, but I don’t think he realises (or appreciates,) exactly how much he demands and expects of me, and the stress I too am experiencing. I’ve always said I am great in a crisis, I just fall apart afterwards. This crisis has been going on for the best part of a year, and I am fed up of having to be the strong one. Rant over, sorry.
The kids are on half term holiday this week, so I get to spend some time with them. Our clocks went back last night, so it got horribly dark horribly early.
Annwyl Your DS should be consulting his doctor, not making your life difficult. How about setting up a meeting with Relate? This situation is obviously not going to be solved without experienced counsellors. It is obviously not typical behaviour, as evidenced by your past history, so that means his thinking is being affected. If left untreated people can be driven to very unreasonable behaviour.
ASTI, I think it is common for men to feel their stress is of higher, finer, more terrible quality than yours. They don’t seem to realize their stress runs over onto you and overwhelms your own stress. Today my DS told me something unpleasant and a few minutes later he felt he had to add, “You realize this is really not good.” My response was, “Do you think I’m stupid?” He acts as if I am merrily oblivious to his worries. He doesn’t realize my stomach starts tearing itself up whenever something upsets him, that whatever affects him ultimately affects the whole family. Fortunately, the situation resolved itself a few minutes later and things turned out to be okay.
They don’t even register your stress as substantive; they don’t feel your stress, and don’t seem to realize you are processing their stress as well as your own. They certainly don’t even register you have stress. I have to keep reminding my DS of all the stressors I have because, since I don’t have an important job outside the home, he feels mine are less compelling. Sometimes he saves really crucial bits of his stress and shares them with me after we have turned off the lights at night. Then, he turns over and goes to sleep and I am left with my eyes popped wide open, perspiring. Then, he is surprised I have difficulty sleeping.
I don’t know how many times I have heard the words, “You didn’t make me understand what trouble you were having.” No, I told him but he was so buried in his own stress he never heard me when I cried for help. He had all he could process and his only way of managing mine was to minimalize the significance of what I was telling him, not to really hear it.
After one week of working I have had to be blunt with him. I have pointed out I leave home before he does and with my father in rehab I don’t get home until after he does. I have told him if he finds he is running out of socks, underwear or clean clothing in the middle of the week he should not wait to tell me about it when I get home. He needs to take care of it himself. I have washed every bit of his clothing for the week ahead over the weekend. If he needs anything else he is not to look to me for it.
My poor little job brings in a miniascule amount of money but I am gone longer than he is and I am in a thankless situation, just as he is. I go to a job where I have no bathroom privileges except during my planning period which may be at the beginning of the day or six hours later at the end of the day. Until that planning period, if I am with elementary school children, I have no access to a bathroom. If I am with middle school or high school children I have no access until lunch or the planning period. He goes to a job where he can go to the toilet whenever he wants. I spend my day with people who have no interest in what I am telling them, who look right through me and keep doing exactly what they want. They are rude and mocking and I have to keep my cool and maintain my temper.
My DS has always loaded me down with all sorts of little things he doesn’t want to deal with, many things which make my stomach lurch to have to manage on my own. Over the years it has amounted to me handling everything but his job and cutting the grass which I can’t do as I am so allergic. I have had to do the taxes, the refininancing on the house, all the unpleasant unfortunate phone calls. I am not allowed to have my phone turned on at school. So, I can’t make or receive phone calls or access the internet. So, a lot of the things that have been pushed off on me will be back in his court. He may be at a more important job but he has access to phones.
I am so sorry you are having issues.
Lady Hawke I have just tossed my witch’s hat into the air with a whoop at your demand for a better balance of responsibilities.
I have to say that your new job sounds horrendous and somehow Dickensian, not to mention being a serious strain on the bladder.
Asti We appear to have been spared the worst of the storm, we just had blustery winds and rain.
Lady Hawke Have you looked into the possibility of Depends for your work days? (Just kidding!)
But seriously, socks and simple laundry should not be out of the ability limits of either of your housemates. Maybe my DS should drop your DS a line about the satisfaction of doing his own laundry.
Speaking of, my DS gave my sister a short course in how to use my washer and dryer when she was last here for a visit. He did a very good job, too. ;)
Work is slow today. We have been here for almost 5 hours and only have 292 calls with 14 people answering them. So that averages to just over 20 calls per person. I have had 27 calls today. (So someone is slacking off! Humf!) ;)
Called for an appt. at my ENT Doctor’s office and they set me up for tomorrow morning. Almost
called another doctor for treatment of shock. Acid reflux giving me fits even with new medication.
We took a pretty substantial battering in last nights storm. The strongest gust, at 99mph, was recorded not that far away. I think four people have lost their lives.
We lost a tree at the back of our garden. I am VERY VERY VERY thankful that it fell into the road, and not the other way, else it would have hit the house. Scary.
My DS left the hall door open when he went to work this morning; So the cats were able to get up the stairs and wake me up at just gone 6.30. I was less than impressed. Being tired does not help me.
Ironsos, I hope the Doctor can help, and quickly. That sounds very unpleasant.
My DS was a 40 year old man who had been taking care of himself for years when I married him. He knows hoiw to do laundry but he doesn’t know how to divide it into the priorities of three people. On the occasions he has done his own laundry he has monopoized the equipment and made it impossible for me to work the necessities of the other two of us in. So, his attempts to do his laundry have often frustrated me.
When I spoke to my DS about taking up his slack I had to make him understand he had to wash necessities as he needed them instead of monopolizing the equipment for days. Upon arriving home I might have desperate need to use the equipment myself. He seemed to understand. He said, “So, I need to empty the washer quickly and get it moved into the dryer so you have access to the washer.”
How to put our petty bickering into perspective……..I am to attend a wake tomorrow, representing my DS and accompanied by my BIL, to celebrate the life of someone my DS has known for about 30 years.
Asti I don’t understand why you should have to represent your husband when his own brother will be there. If you didn’t know the deceased you will feel very marginalised, and this is supposed to be your holiday break.
Asti I suppose you have to represent your spouse because he cannot get away from his new job for such things yet. That is one of the largest inconveniences of a new job. I do agree that you may feel a bit out of place, but at least your BIL will be there, so you won’t feel a total stranger. :|
I have to go ice my shoulder. The rotator cuff thing is acting up again. In checking out what can be done, I find that surgery is not very effective unless there is actually a torn tendon, ligament or muscle. Then after the surgery, the treatment is exactly the same as is recommended when no surgery is involved. I have been looking into compression sleeves and other support devices. They are not cheap. Of course, if the doctor will prescribe them, the cost will be mostly covered by the insurance. ;)
In the mean time, sleep and most activities are painful or impossible. ;)
Tomorrow I have to go see the sleep people and get a new mask. I want one that is considerably smaller than my current one. Perhaps I will see if I can handle what is called a “nasal pillow” or “nasal cushion” by the manufacturers. ;)
I just saw video of the storm in the UK. It was a tremendous looking storm.
ASTI, did the tree take out the fence around the back of your property bordering the road? If so, is that your personal fence you will have to replace or does it belong to the town? I heard the death toll has climbed to a dozen people. Lethal storms are such a waste of life. When you live in an area not accustomed to and ready for such storms it is almost inevitable.