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 looked back and I didn’t mention last weekend when my daughter was on the trip to St. Louis that she and the three girls she roomed with were without a chaperone in the room. When they arrived there was a shortage of adults to go around in each room. She and three other girls were chosen to room alone without supervision. She came home with her belongings intact. I was so relieved. She can be so scattered but left to her own devices managed to pull herself together and keep her things under control.
I was also pleased she was one of the ones her teacher felt were reliable enough to be left to their own devices in a hotel room far from home.
Here is a long series of very daunting and horrific photos of the devastation across Arkansas, Mississippi and Alabama from last weekend’s tornadoes. It never ceases to amaze me how buildings can be crushed or swept off their foundations and carried away with nothing left behind and across the street another house can be immaculate and untouched.
Ironsos – May the Fourth be with you. :D
Does anyone here watch Game of Thrones?
I fell in love with the series.
I am still 2 hours from home. Thank goodness for the IPad.
MM, yes, I do! I have read the first four or five books, and it translates BRILLIANTLY to TV. I am really enjoying the series. I admit to being a little bit in love with Tyrion. And Arya.
May the fourth be with all of us!!! :)
Hellooooooooo Leaky, it’s been a while but I hope you are all doing well! :)
Asti – aren’t we ALL in love with him?
I have not read the books so I’m being surprised by all the deaths. Now I’m unsure if I should read the books because I love the surprises. Are they keeping true to the books or are they deviating?
I love the series and recommend it. Just ignore all the sex scenes. :/
This happened 75 miles northeast of me in Baltimore MD… They got way less rain than we did down here… But look what happened!
WON, I saw that video a couple of days ago. It was unbelievable. I thought of you but knew you live out in the country so I wasn’t too concerned you were directly involved.
Won_Two It was sad to hear about the damage to your previous property but a great relief to know that you were safe in your new place:) The weather is taking on rather biblical characteristics. Watch out for a dove carrying a twig from an olive tree.
MM, the series sticks very very closely to the books. I saw an interview with the actor who plays Jon Snow, where he said half the cast had never met the other half……the scope is so huge, the storyline so big………it’s great fun, but yes, there is a lot of death and a lot of sex!
I am bracing myself for the task of trimming back the ivy which I encouraged to drape over the fence to enhance a small shaded area in the garden. I didn’t realise how fast ivy grows and the task of keeping it under control gets harder every year as my general fitness reduces.
I am finding the Jewel House very interesting because it reveals the extent of amateur research done by people with enquiring minds who did not have the benefit of a university education during the sixteenth century. I’m fascinated by the network of connections around Europe that were forged by these men just by writing letters and sending parcels when no actual postal system existed. It was made possible by the trading traffic on the seas of the world which has been in existence for thousands of years. In our highly connected modern world it is easy to under-estimate the contacts made possible in the past by trade. History and geography were simply boring lessons to be endured as part of the school curriculum when I was at school but I have realised much later in life the error of that attitude.
sorry another flyby . . . . I am trying to keep up with people on FB though. As always I’m crazy busy. I’ve been travelling a lot with work (Hungary, Germany, Holland). My project covers the whole of west and Central Europe so it means quite a lot of flying from country to country. Last week I was in Budapest, which was beautiful and I was with one of my favourite work colleagues so we had a lot of fun, but it was still exhausting. I think my project might be extended too. Its supposed to finish in July, but the client is making some encouraging noises about moving to Phase 2. So at least It’ll give me some work as I have a few potential options when I finish this project, but nothing firm. Thats the scary part of being self employed
I’m also trying to finish off book 2 (helped by asti who is my go to girl for beta reading :-), make a start on book 3 to make sure I don’t write myself into a corner and do some prep work for a couple of writing workshops and YA book club sessions I’m organising over the summer. The workshop thing is like being a first year consultant all over again. I have to build up all the sessions from scratch rather than having materials that I can re-use. Hopefully next year it will be a lot easier.
My comedy moment of today which will make you all laugh: I got up early this morning to bake some bread. I had a conference call with senior management which I knew would last 45 mins and the bread needed 30 mins to bake. I figured that I could quietly open the door while on the call and take the bread out . .what I hadn’t bargained on was the cheese that had dripped onto the bottom of my oven from a lasagne I made last night which burnt and smoked out the whole oven . .so when I opened it up plumes of smoke billowed out which set of my smoke alarms in the kitchen, living room and hallway. The noise was horrendous. Luckily the mangers on the call saw the funny side of it :-)
I promise I will be back soon for a proper catch up.
My MIL had a hospital procedure today that revealed she has an ulcer. While we thought this was the most likely diagnosis, her symptoms and her age, (85) did lead us to prepare ourselves for worse news. We are grateful and relieved.
Wolfie, lovely to see you here again! And yes, that is a terrific bread story. I’d love to hear more about the workshops please.
Gryamayne, I went to Amazon to look at that book; it sounds really interesting. I love that period of history. One of the best things about reading is that it leads you on to other books, to delve deeper into the world, forever learning. Love it!!
Today I’m exhausted. Work was horrendous and no sign of relief. I’m laying down; everything hurts. Legs, arms, head.
Thank goodness for no mother in law. I can just lay down and do nothing without guilt. :)
A visit from Wolfie, a red-letter day:)
Asti It is not surprising that Deborah Harkness writes excellent stories when she can make historical research-based factual books so interesting.
I’m up late again, I must get off to bed.
I took the day off to take my mother to sign papers at the bank, both of us, some for her and some for her. COOLG, we finally put my name on her bank accounts. I never wanted to do it but the time has come. We also made a decision about what to do with the money that is inside the trust, how to invest it to keep it safe but still make some money off it.
Then, we took her car to the shop to get it serviced and it turned out to be time to do the brakes as well so we sat there a long time. It is done and I am glad and I didn’t have to sit there alone. My mother can take pleasure sitting just about anywhere in public because she is going to talk to whoever is sitting next to her. She had two involved conversations with people today. Last night was the end of year choir concert. We had to take my daughter early and my mother went with us and sat in the lobby of the church while we waited for the doors to open for the performance. She had an hour long conversation with the lady next to her. Being isolated at home all this time has been hard on her. She would rather have daddy back but she takes a lot of pleasure in going out and seeing people.
Our closest grocery has undergone a renovation and expansion which has taken the better part of a year. It is almost totally finished. The store is enormous. There is a cheese shop, food bars, olive bars, salad bars, a delicatessen with all sorts of prepared meats, vegetables and salads. There are bulk nuts, grains, dried fruits. You can purchase as much as you like by weight. There is even baby furniture for purchase, cribs, car seats, play pens, etc. The store is probably 400 ft (122 m) wide and 150 ft (46 m) deep. The number of selections you have in a store like this are amazing but it is so easy to walk yourself to death. You get to one side of the store and find you forgot something from the other side and then find there is something else you needed they have moved to the other side.
Lady Hawke, I have been a big brave bunny, and made an appointment for a haircut. I go on Friday. I was spurred into action by the shop manager who remarked that if it got much longer I’d have to wear it up to work……eep! I still have a photo of the cut I had last time that I really liked. I think I will show it to the hair lady and ask her to do that again. And try and maintain it, lol. I do hate going to the hairdresser!
Deanie Deanie, where are you, and are you ok? xx
MM, were you worn out from the long drive, and do you feel better today?
Gee I did not realize I had not been on the computer for so long. I know that my electric went out for a few minutes and I did not turn the computer back on but did not realize it had been so long.
I did not go Saturday to the ball game because it had been cancelled. Sunday I went shopping with Jennifer. Afterwards I wanted a milk shake so we went to Steak and Shake.
Today I mowed the front yard again. The grass had really grown since last week. I also did poopy patrol which I don’t particularly like but when you have two big dogs, it is a must. They use to go out of site by the side of the house towards the back but I had to cut them off from the side yard. They had found a way to get in the back yard which is not fensed now. Therefor they could go where they wanted. They did not run off but did go next door which the light company had cut trees. They let the limbs fall on the side fense so it was messed up too. Funny how most of the fense was ruined in the back while we were gone and most were done by the utilities companies. I guess since we were not at home they did not think they needed to repair it. They said they had the utility easement so did not have to repair it. Strange that the fense had been up for 10-15 years without being damaged by the tree trimmintg.
I have been wearing my high wedge sandels to get use to them. I bought them last fall but have not worn them out yet. I seem to be able to walk better now that I have been doing more of it. I have been trying not to have my head down as much. I usually have it down because that is part of my vision loss- I don’t see below my knees close up.
Asti I hope things turn out ok for your daughter in regards to her friends. You never know what someone might take offense at. Jennifer said she was going to be a grandmother on facebook and her daughter unfriended her. LoL She got mad because she had not said it first even though Jennifer did not say which daughter was pregnant. She still is distant even though it has been so long. I have a niece that is the same way with taken offense at something and holding a grudge forever. I am glad I am not that way.
MM Enjoy your free time. I know how nice it is to have your home to yourself after a relative has moved out. When I get lonesome, I remember how it was when my family lived with me full time. I usually feel better. Lol
Lady Hawke I have been wondering if you might have caught a glimpse of the Royals. Sort of funny the guy who impersenates Prince Harry has been in the same area.
Won So sorry your old farm had been damaged by the storms. I realize you no longer live there but it still hurts when something you have put your time and soul into building get damaged. How is your bird? You have not said much about her lately. I do remember her name and type but decided not to say since I could not remember if you said here or some place else.
Ironsos I love seeing your avatar. He makes me smile.
Asti Before I forget, did you see Under Milk Wood on TV on May 5th? I missed the announcement but spotted it on BBC iPlayer today and watched it on my PC. It was an excellent production with an all Welsh cast and imaginatively presented. Dylan Thomas wrote it as a play for voices so it was originally a radio play. Years ago I took part in an amateur stage production in which the director insisted that no-one attempt a Welsh accent! I really enjoyed re-visiting the script again, the language is just stunning at times.
Lady Hawke I am delighted that your mother managed to have a good natter with somebody new. It is very therapeutic and stimulating.
CoolG Glad to see you back in our family circle, I was hoping that you hadn’t been affected by all the stormy weather.
I must make up for my late night yesterday, I didn’t even sleep all that well:(
Cool G: Back in the late 1950’s I took a picture of the family dog that looked a lot like
my avatar. That is why I chose it.