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Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Aoibheann: I hope you don't mind if I say that I don't think chapter ten works. Chapter nine, where she finds the poem, works really well and chapter eleven is excellent, but chapter ten really doesn't fit in. It's unbelievable- all those fast and unexplained recoveries and all the blood - it is not just unbelievable, it is totally unnecessary. I would advise just turning chapter 11 into chapter 10 and then leaving that as a an ending. Think about it - but that's my advice.
Dated:Fri Feb 6 19:48:42 2009  

Name: Aoibheann
Message:Cora:yeah the chapter 10 you got is the real one.
Dated:Fri Feb 6 16:36:11 2009  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Thanks, Sarah.
Riona: That sounds as if it will work well.
Aoibheann: Chapter 11 arrived - and I think it's great - a wonderful ending. Well done! Do I have the final version of chapter 10? If so I'll put it all together later on today.
Dated:Fri Feb 6 09:53:37 2009  

Name: RIONA
Message:she only has one close friend and gets bullied i'll add more of the story later i have a good few chapters written including 'the classroom' and 'the coach' where she gets bullied. what you think?
Dated:Thu Feb 5 21:03:03 2009  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Aoibheann: No, not yet - it will probably come at about midnight.
Sarah Patton: I think that you will make a better story if you keep to one of the options. The important thing is to make it real by describing how your main character is feeling. Yes, I do live in that cottage. I describe it in the Famine Secret and also in millennium@drumshee (it's a bit draughty in this weather - but we do have a modern extension tucked out of sight!)
Riona: I think a school tour is a great idea for a story. It might be best to have the class go to a very old building - an old castle perhaps. The girls bed down together in a dormitory - and then when midnight comes...
Dated:Thu Feb 5 20:01:44 2009  

Name: sarah
Message:you,jaculine wilson &judi curtain are my fav authers
Dated:Thu Feb 5 19:59:55 2009  

Name: RIONA
Message:is anyone writing a book or any one finished one
Dated:Thu Feb 5 18:37:22 2009  

Name: RIONA
Message:Cora i have just posted some of my first chapter. please write back and tell me what you think.
Dated:Thu Feb 5 18:32:55 2009  

Name: RIONA
Message:Mellenium at drumshee- it was great!
Dated:Thu Feb 5 18:18:08 2009  

Name: Sarah Patton
Message:I was just reading the section that says "Biography" on this website.Do you really live in that gorgeous cottage???
Dated:Thu Feb 5 18:14:32 2009  

Name: Sarah Patton
Message:Cora:I have been thinking about the short story it is not due until next tuesday, but I would like to get all my homework for next week done before the weekend, and I have got tests on Tuesday so I will be studying for them on Monday night.I think I will just stick to one of the ideas for the story maybe just do a fight between them or maybe just stick to the part where she gets ill.And then if I wnt to afterwards I will make one big great story with both the ideas.What do you think.
Dated:Thu Feb 5 17:50:57 2009  

Name: Aoibheann
Message:Cora:oh, did you get chapter 10? i have both chapter 10 and 11 saved, so i can try sending them again.
Dated:Thu Feb 5 16:47:55 2009  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Aoibheann: It hasn't come yet - but that seems to be the way with the Story Club these days - there is usually a bit of delay somewhere out in space!
I wrote the first Drumshee book 1997 and the seventeenth in, I think, about 2003
Riona: Which book are you talking about?
If you send me some of your writing or your ideas, I'll try to help. Send it through the Story Club - I won't put it on the board unless you are happy with it.
Dated:Thu Feb 5 16:34:42 2009  

Name: Aoibheann
Message:Cora:Just sent in the last chapter!
Dated:Thu Feb 5 16:18:35 2009  

Name: Aoibheann
Message:Cora:Working on the last chapter, It should be finshed soon.
When did you write the first in the 'drumshee' seiris?
Dated:Thu Feb 5 15:50:40 2009  

Name: RIONA
Message:I really loved this book! Its unbelivable! I absolutley love reading but I CANT COME UP WITH ANYTHING! I tried writing something-i still have it but I dont think its good enough any ideas?
Dated:Thu Feb 5 15:50:24 2009  

Name: Aoibheann
Message:Cora:I've been really busy!I'll try and get rainbow done. i'm planning to end it soon.
Dated:Wed Feb 4 19:37:28 2009  

Name: Sarah Patton
Message:Thankyou I have to right it all now, so I will get started. Maybe I will just say she had an operation, because thhen I can give a good detailed description, on the emotions and stuff.When it is completed I will send it in.
Dated:Wed Feb 4 19:28:21 2009  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Sarah Patton: I got both sometime in the middle of the night!
I think, having read your first paragraph, that I would be inclined to bring in a break in their friendship. It almost sounds too good to be true the way you describe it.
You could open the next section of the story with the words - 'But then everything changed...
I'm not sure about the cancer business. It's a good rule in writing not to describe anything that you haven't experienced yourself.
Unless you've actually been through that sort of thing it will not ring true.
On the other hand, every teenager has been through the ups and downs of friendship - the romance interests beginning to interfere in all-girl partnerships etc.
Think about it and get back to me.
Dated:Wed Feb 4 15:32:56 2009  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Sarah:I haven't got anything from you on the Story Board. Could you resend?
Dated:Tue Feb 3 19:19:37 2009  

Name: Sarah Patton
Message:Cora, for English we have to write a ashort story, I have started the introduction. I am not very good at writing stories and I don't know how to build the tension up between the Conclusion and the ending.I have left the start of it on the story board,please tell me what you think.I know what I want to happen but I don't know how to approach this kind of happening.
I would like the character Jemma to find out she has cancer and her friend the speaker in the story, tries to comfort her but Jemma grows weaker and weaker and dies but I don't want it to be too dramatic. An say the last word Jemma says are (the title of the story) "you are a friend for life)
Dated:Tue Feb 3 18:38:58 2009  

Name: Sarah Patton
Message:Cora:I liked both characters, sorry it has been a while, with homework and hobbies and stuff I havent quite got round to going on to the computer.
Aoibheann:yes she was under 11 she came second, so she was over the moon jumping on stars!!
Dated:Tue Feb 3 16:59:56 2009  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Aoibheann: No, I don't usually write during the summer. I give myself those months off. Also I usually give myself December off and a few weeks at Easter.
I hope you like 'millennium' - that is about a dog I had quite a long time ago, called Mara (although in the book I call her Heidi).
I can see why you call Lucky a puppy - when my dog, Oscar, was only seven months old he was as tall as the kitchen table!
Sarah: I have had published about 26/27 (can't remember) books for children and two for adults. My third for adults will be in the shops in May.
Dated:Tue Feb 3 15:08:53 2009  

Name: sarah
Message:how many books have u written
Dated:Sun Feb 1 11:59:49 2009  

Name: Aoibheann
Message:Cora: Just relised something,Lucky isn't a puppy but he's about a bit lower than my knees!
Dated:Sat Jan 31 21:38:01 2009  

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