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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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I think a skunk may have seeked shelter under my house. Every time I go downstairs or open the door, I get a whiff of skunk. I hope it is just somewhere outside and not under my house.

Harley keeps wanting to go outside so it may be somewhere next door.

Posted by Cool G on January 23, 2014, 10:31 AM report to moderator
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MM I saw on the news about the fire. I always wonder about you and my family when things happen near or around Chicago.

Posted by Cool G on January 23, 2014, 10:40 AM report to moderator
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I washed my dishes this morning but watched as the water went down the sink afterwards. When it is this cold I am afraid the drain pipes will freeze.

Posted by Cool G on January 23, 2014, 10:43 AM report to moderator
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The temperature has been dropping here during the day, still nothing to compare to COOLG or MM, but cold enough to be absolutely miserable, hard and cold.

My teacher had her planning period at the last period of the day and I was able to leave before 2 PM. I have done some grocery shopping so all I have to do is pick my daughter up, come home and turn on the fire.

I was about to go get in line so my daughter wouldn’t have to wait outside so long but it just occurred to me that she will be waiting inside at the front of the school since that is where she waits for me when I work at a school that gets out later than hers. She has no idea I was able to leave early so she will be waiting at the front and not outside. So, I can stay home a little longer.

I am making oyster stew for dinner. There were oysters on sale and it is so cold the idea of oyster stew sounded good to me.

Posted by Lady Hawke on January 23, 2014, 04:19 PM report to moderator
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Good evening!

No overtime tomorrow…….or next week. This is killing me. I need the extra hours. It enables us to eat.

On the upside, being off tomorrow at least gives me the opportunity to get organised for our big weekend. It’s going to be fairly manic, and we’ll be exhausted at the end of it. I am looking forward to it, but it is going to be emotionally exhausting too.

I took a batch of cottage pie out of the freezer last night, so all I had to do tonight was cook the potatoes to top it, and cook some runner beans to go with it.

Posted by asti on January 23, 2014, 04:38 PM report to moderator
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ASTI, I know what you mean about needing to work. For the last three weeks I have been unable to work on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday due to other people’s doctor’s and attorney’s appointments. This Monday was a national holiday. So, I have only worked on Thursday and Fridays since we started back to school after Christmas. I already know I can’t work on Tuesday or Wednesday next week. I am trying to stack multiple appointments on each day but no matter how hard I try there are always appointments that don’t fit or that can’t be scheduled except on particular days. I need to work every day I can. Every appointment costs me a day of pay. My DS looks at me and asks how much money I will be able to deposit and it is never as much as I or he would like. Part of the appointments that have kept me from working were his.

I will have to go back and look at what is happening for you this weekend.

Posted by Lady Hawke on January 23, 2014, 07:08 PM report to moderator
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ASTI, I still don’t see what is going on this weekend for you.

GRAYMAYNE, I can tell you there is something on Facebook you would definitely like. Deborah Harkness is very active there. She posts real time excerpts from the books, photos of palaces and people who were inspirations for her characters and locations, etc. She also shares details about publishing information and covers for the upcoming book. I have had some one on one conversations with her there. It is very thrilling.

I wonder if you couldn’t go to Facebook and look at her page without registering>
Posted by Lady Hawke on January 23, 2014, 07:14 PM report to moderator
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Other than a lack of snow it has been a normal winter here.

Posted by ironsos on January 23, 2014, 08:21 PM report to moderator
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Mr.Deanie it was very close. Today we watched as they used a “wrecking ball” to bring it down. The building was old and huge. It was completely destroyed. I am sure they brought it down quickly due to all the children who use that street to get to and from school.

It was chaotic again when they told us that the street was open and then to find out the street was still closed by the police again. That we should be dismissing students through one gate only. Parents did not know how to find their kids. They are used to a certain order and line up. Now they had to scramble to get to the East side of the building to find their kids. It is very stressful for the parents, staff and students. The principal was very upset at the miscommunication with the town police / fire department and our school.

Our school building is so huge it spans two city blocks. Students are dismissed through two sides of the building. 7th grade side and 8th grade side. (East and West gates.) It is the West gates that were closest to factory fire and where all students were denied access. In order to find their children parents probably had to drive around a three block radius to come back around to the correct gate. By the amount of parent calls and complaints traffic was horrific. :(

We are usually very organized and efficient at dismissing students and getting students into school busses. We have it all down to a science. Parent’s cars are lined up on either side and 3,000 students are cleared out in less than 10 minutes. Walking, loading school busses or into parent cars. It is a sight to see. But just one fly in the ointment and our parents are distraught. :( it makes for a very busy office. My domain. Sigh! :(

Posted by Madame Minerva on January 23, 2014, 09:10 PM report to moderator
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Cool G – I didn’t realize our fire made the national news. :( it was so huge and spectacular.
That kind of Fame we certainly don’t want. :(
We had news helicopters circling yesterday. It is so wierd to see them.

Posted by Madame Minerva on January 23, 2014, 09:18 PM report to moderator
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More cold air and snow. Sure why not!
I am so done with winter. :(

Posted by Madame Minerva on January 23, 2014, 10:49 PM report to moderator
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Lady Hawke Asti’s weekend commitments can be found on our new castle site. Thanks for the information about Deborah Harkness; I knew that she had a Facebook site but I can’t rid myself of my distrust of that place so I will have to make do with the alternative site.

MM I think that a formal complaint should be made by your principal to the source of the mis-information in view of the numbers of pupils and parents involved. This was a serious error which caused unnecessary alarm and might have put the school in a bad light.

Posted by Graymayne on January 24, 2014, 04:13 AM report to moderator
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Still cold here. This morning it was -8 degrees. Don’t know what the wind chill factor was. Did not want to know. I only know I had to wait by the door for the dogs so they were not outside any longer than necessary.

I will go to the other castle while it is on my mind.

Posted by Cool G on January 24, 2014, 09:29 AM report to moderator
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I have just finished my re-read of Shadow of Night and loved every minute of it.

We are prepared for more rain on Sunday and dropping temperatures. Roll on Spring.

Posted by Graymayne on January 24, 2014, 08:53 PM report to moderator
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helloooooooo leaky! Happy Friday!!!!!!!!! I am so tired! I hope everyone had a good week!

I’ll be lurking!! :)

Posted by Hufflebug on January 24, 2014, 09:41 PM report to moderator
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Watching Half Blood Prince, one of the darkest of the Harry Potter films….literally.

Posted by Adella Black_1975 on January 25, 2014, 04:13 PM report to moderator
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I was up early and it had snowed again. Will it ever stop so the snow will melt off the road to the main road? The main roads are usually clear. I don’t want to try driving on it until then. I am sure my tires are not the best since I have been meaning to buy two new ones for the last 2 years. I can not afford a wrecker bill if I slide off the road. I guess the next time my daughter offers to take me to the store I should say yes. I will need to get my meds sometime next week.

Posted by Cool G on January 25, 2014, 04:16 PM report to moderator
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Adella: I wonder if the cinematography was done on purpose to help convey the mood.

Posted by ironsos on January 25, 2014, 05:04 PM report to moderator
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HUFF!!waving madly.

Hello everyone. Since when is it a warm up if the temperature rises to 22 degrees???. :(
Now tonight it’s dropping to -2.
I am done with WINTER!!!

Posted by Madame Minerva on January 25, 2014, 06:58 PM report to moderator
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HI everyone… LH I am crying… The Travel Channel is doing a feature on The Germantown Commissary I am soooo drooling. LOOL

Posted by Won_Two on January 25, 2014, 07:21 PM report to moderator
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Lady Hawke I wish I could give you a hug in real life! I spent much of this morning following up your information of January 23rd and I found that I could access Deborah Harkness’ Facebook website without becoming a member, and I have been filing away a lot of the photographs in my Shadows of Night folder because, as you anticipated, I really enjoyed them. I was particularly interested in her inspiration for the Bishop farmhouse because my knowledge of the possible architecture was nil. My respect for this author’s eductional background was increased when I saw some of the alchemical illustrations she posted; the effort required to get into the medieval mindset for her university course must have been huge. I now have to set up a folder for the first book, filing is one of my strengths, lol.

Posted by Graymayne on January 26, 2014, 10:28 AM report to moderator
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GRAYMAYNE, I’m so glad you tried and were able to get in without registering. I knew you would love her Facebook page. I love the various author’s pages. I have “liked” Deborah Harkness’s page so I get each of her posts on my homepage. I don’t have to go to her page to see what is there. It shows up on my page as she posts it. She doesn’t see anything I post about my life. She only sees posts I write to her on her page. I do have one author that I “liked”, expecting the same set up, that I would see her news and she would never know I existed unless I wrote on her page. Strangely enough, she has her parameters set as you would between personal friends. She sees the photos I put up of my daughter in her costumes, my flowers when they bloom, etc. I know this because she comments on my personal page. I almost feel this author is a personal friend and it seems more and more so. I took one of her books into the delivery room with me when my daughter was born by Caesarian. I knew I would go to recovery for an extended period and grabbed a book as I was wheeled to the operating room.

Posted by Lady Hawke on January 26, 2014, 03:11 PM report to moderator
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GRAYMAYNE, Deborah Harkness is the world authority on John Dee, the renown alchemist. So, her academic expertise is very much in line with the research she has done for SoN. She really did find a lost John Dee manuscript in the Bodleian library while working on her thesis. So, she is very much the basis for Diana. She has encouraged my daughter to persist in her desire to get her PhD in history/mythology. She has said my daughter reminds her very much of herself at the same age.

Posted by Lady Hawke on January 26, 2014, 09:27 PM report to moderator
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GRAYMAYNE, Deborah Harkness is the world authority on John Dee, the renown alchemist. So, her academic expertise is very much in line with the research she has done for SoN. She really did find a lost John Dee manuscript in the Bodleian library while working on her thesis. So, she is very much the basis for Diana. She has encouraged my daughter to persist in her desire to get her PhD in history/mythology. She has said my daughter reminds her very much of herself at the same age.

Posted by Lady Hawke on January 26, 2014, 09:27 PM report to moderator
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School and work is cancelled tomorrow. I can’t believe it. My district never closes. It is testimony to the severe winter we are experiencing. :(

I have a cardiologist appointment tomorrow. I don’t know how I’m getting there. It is supposed to be really bad weather.

Posted by Madame Minerva on January 26, 2014, 09:36 PM report to moderator
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ASTI, my washer quite spinning and draining. I tried and tried to restart it to make it spin and drain. It never did. So, I had to fish dripping wash out of the washer, put it into black garbage bags, put the garbage bags into laundry baskets and take all that heavy dripping laundry and everything else I still needed to wash to the laundramat. So, I didn’t get over to see my parents today. Mother offered to let me come and use her washer and dryer. I was on my way to do as she suggested and then she called me back with the realization that I could be through much more quickly if I went to the laundamat and used multiple professional machines at the same time. I was going to accommodate her by allowing her to help me but I was relieved when she realized how long it would take me to process everything through one home size washer and dryer.

MM, is it snow or cold that is closing your schools tomorrow? If it is snow you should probably reschedule your appointment.

Posted by Lady Hawke on January 26, 2014, 09:52 PM report to moderator
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LadyHawke – first thank you for letting me know about your post at NC. Please keep us posted. {{{hugs}}}

Also I am afraid of the cold. It will mostly be frigidly cold here no snow. The windchill will be dangerous. -35 below zero. The reason I’m afraid of the cold is that my chest tightens when the cold hits me. No matter how much I bundle up or how close I get to the door I will feel the wind and the cold. :(

Posted by Madame Minerva on January 27, 2014, 08:12 AM report to moderator
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I have a terrific husband. (I think I have said that before) LOL
Today he left work early and was here an hour before I had to leave for my cardiologist appointment. He chauffeured me right to the door of the office and picked me up right from the door. He has been absent so much from work due to my many hospital stays. I try not to make him miss work for simple doctor visits. He felt that it was needed. It’s just way too cold out there. I was so grateful. I did not feel the cold at all. The car was warm when I went outside and he stayed in the car to keep it warm while I was in the Dr. Office. :)

On the down side I had blood drawn to check my blood count again. The doctor said I looked pale. Aneamia is not fun but I won’t complain, there are other much worse diseases. Keep your fingers crossed for me that it’s at 7 or higher. :/

Posted by Madame Minerva on January 27, 2014, 07:43 PM report to moderator
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I don’t have work tomorrow. Two days in a row. It’s too frigidly cold. The entire area is canceling school. It’s just way too cold.

Wednesday I have a vacation day to go babysit my grandson. I am looking forward to that.
So I will probably work only two days this week. :)

Posted by Madame Minerva on January 27, 2014, 07:48 PM report to moderator
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MM, I’m glad your DS took such good care of you and your appointment came off without a hitch in terms of comfort. How long did your DS wait with the motor running?

This is going to be a busy day for me. I have a termite inspector and a regular home inspector coming to the house across the street this afternoon. This morning I have to go to my parent’s bank and get some of their investments liquidated into a checking account so a check can be written for the house. If all these processes come off well we intend to close on the house on Thursday and then I can get a flooring place to come in and lay the new floor and I can start repacking my parents for another mover. I will also have to have a company come in who does handicap accessible ramps and bathroom fittings.

My parents would like to do the banking for themselves but my mother can’t leave my father and he has decided it is too difficult to get out with a catheter, especially in this cold.

Posted by Lady Hawke on January 28, 2014, 07:53 AM report to moderator
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