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Name: jade togher
Message:when you came to our scoil rois it was so impressive to hear about your books im buyin all your drumshee books!!!!!!!!!!cant wait to read
Dated:Tue Oct 7 19:21:34 2008  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Emer: Thanks for the story - I've put a few suggestions for you.

Aoibheann: I think that is a good idea. I must say that I like a story to be finished and I think it is a bad habit not to write an ending - annoying for the reader!

KatY: You could send your story to the Story Club and no one but I will be able to read it (put a note on it to remind me not to post it on the Story Club Board). Then I could put any advice onto the message board for you.
Dated:Tue Oct 7 19:09:47 2008  

Name: Katy M.
Message:Hi, I am in 5th class in scoil rois in galway, a school you visited today. I was a girl standing a t the back. I would like your advice on a story I wrote but would not like it on the messageboard. How can I show it to you?
Katy
Dated:Tue Oct 7 16:32:14 2008  

Name: aoibheann
Message:cora, about my story, i'm going to finsh pansy first and then i will see about my other story how about that?
Dated:Mon Oct 6 20:13:19 2008  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Kristine: An Oxford comma is a comma that you put before the word and - some people approve of them and some hate them and ninety-nine per cent of the population has never heard of them!
Don't worry about the points that I mentioned - I wouldn't have mentioned them to anyone other than you, but you can just keep them in mind as you write. Feel your way into her skin and keep thinking - now would Scar say, or feel this. Remember you probably have a very different background.
Dated:Wed Sep 17 18:05:25 2008  

Name: Kristine
Message:Cora: I didn't actually know there was a meaning for 'Oxford Comma'. Because of the fact that music has so much meaning for Scarlett, every chapter is named after a song, mostly rock songs by bands mentioned in the story (they're all real bands), and Oxford Comma is the name of a song that I felt kind of sums up Nate's personality.

I understand what you mean about her history getting lost, and her self-conciousness, and, if I ever re-write this (which, knowing me, I probably will) I'll put these in. I only thought of them when you said it - I wish I had beforehand, though, it would have made the chapter much better.
Dated:Wed Sep 17 17:30:56 2008  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Kristine: I can't imagine anything that you ever wrote being not worth while or boring. I like this chapter.
Aoibheann: I've been worrying a bit about your new story. You see, I don't like the idea that this web site might encourage children to use chatrooms, and , although, those chatrooms you mention might be made up, I still don't like the idea of having a story about them on this website.
Could you possibly change it into an email conversation - something where two friends email each other and the story gradually unfolds. What do you think about that?
Dated:Tue Sep 16 20:35:06 2008  

Name: Kristine
Message:Cora: So sorry for the delay - and the chapter I'm sending in isn't even worth it - but you know the way it is with school starting back and everything. This chapter is quite short and boring but I felt I needed something to bridge the gap between exciting events. I'll have the next chapter for you very soon.
Dated:Mon Sep 15 22:16:47 2008  

Name: aoibheann
Message:ya, it does. i was wondering though, what about a sort of drama story for the new story club story?
Dated:Thu Sep 11 15:39:58 2008  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Aoibheann: Inisheer will be a wonderful place to spend five days - I'm just writing about it for a chapter in one of my books for adults. I meant to go to see it again to refresh my memory, but the weather is just too bad.
Well done with your story. I think that is fine now - an excellent ending. It's a nice feeling, isn't it, to finish off a story properly?
Dated:Thu Sep 11 10:02:25 2008  

Name: aoibheann
Message:i'm in fifth and for our school tour we go to inis ír for 5 days, i just finshed treachery at midnight its really good, i could never predict what could happen next!
Dated:Thu Sep 11 08:21:55 2008  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Aoibheann: How are enjoying school - are you in a new class?

Luke: I like your story. Well done! How long did it take you write this?
Dated:Sun Sep 7 18:53:42 2008  

Name: aoibheann
Message:first week of school over, but wait isn't there like 34 more to go?OH GREAT!
Dated:Fri Sep 5 18:26:49 2008  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Amber: I've put your story on the Story Club Board - sorry for the delay but I was on holiday.
I like the idea of the "Queen of Ice"!
Dated:Fri Sep 5 12:21:21 2008  

Name: aoibheann
Message:i will, thanks cora
Dated:Fri Aug 22 17:55:26 2008  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Good idea. The next time that you write a story you should probably think of writing the ending first, keep it to one side and then work on the story - try it - just for fun.
Dated:Fri Aug 22 14:39:14 2008  

Name: aoibheann
Message:i am going to finish the bully's favourite before i start a new story, that way will be easier
Dated:Fri Aug 22 14:08:38 2008  

Name: Kristine
Message:Cora: I'm working on the next chapter now, but I found something I thought I'd send in. I don't usually write poetry, but I wrote one poem when I was in sixth class, it came second in some competition thing, so I found it today and thought I'd send it in
Dated:Sun Aug 17 20:00:38 2008  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Kristine: Yes, I think that Louise is a bit too good to be true for someone of her age, but don't worry about it. You can always go back and edit these bits. I find that I have to do a chapter or two usually before I can get the right tone for someone.
By the way, a little tip...when you do make someone say something out of character, it's a good idea to signal to the reader that this is intended by, perhaps, making the main character mentally comment on it. Something like: 'she sounds more normal, now,' thought Scarlett, suppressing a grin
Dated:Fri Aug 15 15:31:35 2008  

Name: Kristine
Message:Cora: Yes, I know it was a little out of character for Louise...but I realised that I'd been making her kind of a Mary-Jane character, I decided I'd have to start slipping in things that will make her slightly more young - she's not exactly a teenager yet, but she's not an adult, either. I'd been writing her too adult and I think it was a mistake now.
Dated:Fri Aug 15 15:17:48 2008  

Name: Kristine
Message:Cora: Yes, I wondered about that myself and did some research on it. Single men are allowed to adopt, but they're placed under scrutiny about their private lives, living arrangements, motives, friends etc. They can be fully suitable to parent and still be turned down, but it is possible. I guess you could say that social services are more suspicious about single men adopting, more so than married men. But there are several reasons for Cecil's wanting to adopt, which will be revealed in the story. I also thought about the reasons why he would be allowed to adopt - the character is a really well-respected man, with an untarnished reputation, and also the fact that the housekeeper, Mrs Rowley, lives on the grounds with her husband and her son.
Dated:Thu Aug 14 23:06:25 2008  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:aoibheann: Don't worry - just enjoy your summer.

Kristine: the delay worked out quite well for me as I have had my little grandson here for the last few weeks and things have been very busy. I'm glad to have a quiet moment to read through your story. So far, I like it very much and think it is more 'you' than the first chapter. I'm looking forward to the school bit as there you can have a great advantage over any adult writeras you know exactly how teenage girls behave and what they say etc. This is the sort of thing that gets teenagers on the publishing ladder - though personally I love 'The Apprentice's Right'.
Dated:Thu Aug 14 09:19:18 2008  

Name: Kristine
Message:Cora: So much for later today! Sorry about the delay when you were expecting the chapter. It was a really difficult one to write for some reason! Anyway, I've just sent it in.
Dated:Thu Aug 14 00:35:37 2008  

Name: aoibheann
Message:sorry cora i'm very busy, i won't be on as much but i still try to write my story
Dated:Fri Aug 1 18:09:37 2008  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Kristine:

OK - you're the author!

I'm looking forward to Chapter Three.
Dated:Fri Aug 1 15:56:02 2008  

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