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Name: Cora Harrison
Message:the thing is that there is also loads and loads of really exciting, excellently-written stuff.
But I think I would be happier if it were a bit more rooted in the place. There was nothing about Galway in it - nothing about school or any sort of normal teenage life - but then perhaps that claustrophic atmosphere is what makes it so different.
I just don't know. I'd leave it for a week and then go back and read it through.
Dated:Sun Aug 16 20:08:30 2009  

Name: Kristine Niland
Message:Cora: I know what you mean. There's a lot of things about this story that I feel really uneasy about, myself, I'm just not sure how I would change them or even what half of them are!
Dated:Sun Aug 16 19:59:22 2009  

Name: Kristine Niland
Message:Cora: I've just sent in the final chapter! I might add a short epilogue, but the story is finished.
Dated:Sun Aug 16 17:54:34 2009  

Name: tara
Message:building a bonfire sounds fun, but can it be a bit dangerous?did any of your clothes burn?
Dated:Sun Aug 16 17:38:54 2009  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Tara: That sounds fun. When my children were young - ages ago - we had a camper van and had holidays in Mayo. We camped by beach called Streedagh and as all our clothes were wet, on the first fine day we built a huge bonfire of drftwood in order to dry them.
Dated:Sun Aug 16 15:21:31 2009  

Name: Tara Coleman
Message:hi cora sorry i've not been writing to you lately
i've been so busy during the hols
i went up to mayo in a camper van and i went for a swim on achill island in the pouring rain!!!!!
Dated:Sun Aug 16 12:34:29 2009  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Laoise: I think that might be a bit too far for me to travel. I'm getting old!

Mariiyam: Thanks for finishing the story so well! I'll start a new one in September
Dated:Fri Aug 14 15:39:49 2009  

Name: Laoise
Message:Cora,
would you be able to come to my school? if you are able ask for Ms. fitzpatrick's 5th class room 5.S.N. Naomh Eoin Co.Laois
Dated:Sat Aug 8 14:35:41 2009  

Name: Aoibheann
Message:Cora: Swimming mostly. i sent in the next chapter neverless.
Dated:Fri Aug 7 18:35:31 2009  

Name: Laoise
Message:Thanks Cora
Hopefully your advice will help!!! (and by the way I love your books)
Dated:Fri Aug 7 18:15:20 2009  

Name: sarah
Message:do u visit schools anymore
Dated:Fri Aug 7 17:25:11 2009  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Laoise: I think that you probably don't plan your story before you start. I know it's tempting to dive straight in when you get a brilliant idea, but just take a little bit of of time to invent a good ending for the story and then you will have no trouble as you will be steering towards that ending right through the story - putting in a few diversions on the way, of course!
Dated:Fri Aug 7 14:30:18 2009  

Name: Laoise
Message:hi cora
im going into 5th class and i was wondering if you had tips on writing stories. i always start off with great ideas then in the middle i go away from the point!PLEASE HELP!!!!
Dated:Thu Aug 6 20:18:27 2009  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Aoibheann: Don't worry - this is the time of year for swimming (or do you surf at Lahinch?) and having fun on the beach with friends. You can take up your story again when autumn comes.

Sarah: What sort of stories do you like reading? Animal stories or adventure stories - or stories about school life?
Dated:Thu Aug 6 15:32:06 2009  

Name: sarah
Message:i want to write a story but i don't know what it should be about
Dated:Wed Aug 5 19:13:56 2009  

Name: Aoibheann
Message:Sorry Cora have been really busy and have spent the last few days in Lahinch with my friends. Will get cracking on my story straight away.
Dated:Wed Aug 5 12:13:59 2009  

Name: Lexi H.
Message:Thanks Cora, I havent read northern lights, I will definetly read it. I am looking forward to your new series!
Dated:Mon Aug 3 14:46:24 2009  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Lexi: Have you read Phillip Pullman's 'Nothern Lights'? I think you might enjoy that. I'm not the best person to ask as I might be out-of-date with children's writers. Why don't you ask your local libararian.
Next March I am having a new murder series for boys of your age - the London Murder Series. I hope you will enjoy this when it comes.
Dated:Sun Aug 2 17:32:42 2009  

Name: Lexi H.
Message:Hey Cora,
Im Lexi, I am looking for some books to read. I am 11 years old. i have read all of your books.
Can you recommend any?
Thank you!
Dated:Sat Aug 1 21:46:11 2009  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Krisitne: Sorry the message board isn't working for you - but anyway, that message was probably too long to have fitted.
That's really fascinatiing.
That took O'Brien a really long time to turn you down. I bet they seriously considered it.
What about having a go with the present story?
I do think that Cecil has to come to life in the reader's mind a bit earlier, though.
Nothing too obvious - don't give the game away - but he has to be a character.
I read some Eva Ibbotson(?) and you are much better!
And very much better than the vampire lady!
Dated:Sat Jul 18 19:52:37 2009  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Kristine: Sorry your story has only just gone on. I haven't been able to access my website, myself this week - perhaps because I have just got broadband.
Dated:Sat Jul 18 17:13:31 2009  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Aoibheann: I'm not sure that it is necessary to put the chapters together - a chapter can be quite short - it is dictated by a switch of subject matter or a change in tone, rather than a set length.
What you do need to do, I think, is to find a better beginning. That seems such a childish question about dividing sweets - rather like something you would ask an infant, that I don't think it fits with the rest of the story- especially as the girl is supposed to be a 'nerd'.

How old is she supposed to be?
Dated:Sun Jul 5 11:18:47 2009  

Name: Aoibheann
Message:I've decided to turn the 1st and 2nd chapter into the first and the 3rd and 4th into the 2nd.
they are pretty small. i might add on a few bits so i'll send you the improvents with the 5th chapter
Dated:Sat Jul 4 14:32:51 2009  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Aoibheann: I liked the story, Aoibheann. Very lively and with an intriguing end to the chapter.
Dated:Fri Jul 3 16:27:07 2009  

Name: Aoibheann
Message:Cora: Sorry about the delay for chapter 4. its only 318 words this time. sorry but i have been busy.
Dated:Thu Jul 2 23:19:15 2009  

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