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Name: ♥(,")~*aOiFe-TrEnCh*~(",
Message:*♥~OmG, hAvEn'T bEeN oN iN yOnKs!! WaS iN iRiSh CoLLeGe 4 d PaSt 3 wEeKs!! iT wAs Gr8, i LoVeD iT!! i HaVeN't ReAlLy WoRkEd On AnY sToRiEs ReCeNtLy... i SuPpOsE i ShOuLd StArT uP aGaIn!! LoVe aOiFe! (",) XxXx
Dated:Fri Aug 3 03:57:13 2007  

Name: Kristine
Message:Cora: I've just sent in the next chapter. I'm sorry it took so long!
Dated:Thu Jul 26 17:36:46 2007  

Name: Kristine
Message:Aisling: Happy Birthday! Bit late, but better late then never!
Dated:Thu Jul 26 17:00:42 2007  

Name: Aisling
Message:Kristine: Brilliant writing as always, please continue. Sorry, I was gone for so long, your an amazing writer though.

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Dated:Wed Jul 25 19:07:00 2007  

Name: Aisling
Message:Cora: Thank you so much and I'm sorry I have been gone for so long. I'm in America right now for summer holidays and I turned 12 on the 16th!! I have entered a story I am starting. Hope you like!
Dated:Wed Jul 25 19:05:54 2007  

Name: Kristine
Message:Cora: I've just sent in Chapter One.
Dated:Wed Jul 11 20:53:48 2007  

Name: Kristine
Message:Cora: Thanks!! I'm working on the story right now. The Prolouge was very hard to write, but I'm getting used to writing fantasy now, and it's getting easier.
Dated:Wed Jul 11 15:31:07 2007  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Kristine: I've just read it through. I think it's brilliant - so far it's the best thing that you have done - incredibly mature and well-written. I'll try to put it on tonight.
By the way, yes, it is a good idea to always announce when you send a story. It makes life much easier for me.
Dated:Tue Jul 10 19:44:37 2007  

Name: Kristine
Message:Cora: I sent in the Prolouge of my story. It's about 1,120 words. I know that some of the stories haven't been arriving lately, so I thought I'd better let you know that I sent it, just in case.
Dated:Tue Jul 10 18:47:17 2007  

Name: Kristine
Message:Cora: Alright - I'll do that then. It's the first time I've written fantasy, so it's taking me a while, but I should be able to send it in by Tuesday if I'm lucky.
Dated:Sun Jul 8 10:58:29 2007  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Kristine: I'm not sure - personally I think it breaks up the story and that a foreign-looking name adds to the atmosphere. I try to compromise by not using too much of them and by using anglicisations for the prinicpal characters. For instance, in MY LADY JUDGE, I use Malachy, Rory and Turlough, instead of their Gaelic spellings. However, I must confess that many of my friends in England complain about not being able to pronounce names like 'Nuala'.
Perhaps the best solution is to put a list at the back of the book.
Dated:Sun Jul 8 09:12:28 2007  

Name: Kristine
Message:Cora: I've just thought - in my fantasy story I've used names from the characters that are from languages like Welsh and Slavonic - they're rather hard to pronounce. Should I include a note on pronunciation?
Dated:Sat Jul 7 21:53:22 2007  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Dear Aisling,
It takes brains, creativity and perseverance to write stories - these are qualities which are envied by people who lack them so I wouldn't worry. I've done what you asked, however.
Dated:Sat Jul 7 21:18:41 2007  

Name: Kristine
Message:Cora: I haven't read it. I'll keep a look out for it, though!
Dated:Sat Jul 7 16:27:41 2007  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Kristine: Have you ever read Sabriel by Garth Nix? It's so inspiring. Everyone is getting a bit tired of Lord of the Rings type fantasy - there have been too many imitations, but this is something completely different.
Dated:Fri Jul 6 19:54:40 2007  

Name: Kristine
Message:Cora: I've never written fantasy before, but I'll give it a shot. I've been reading up some fantasy books such as Eragon and Lord of the Rings for some ideas (that's what I generally do) and I think I may have something. I started the first chapter this evening, and I should have it ready for you soon.
Dated:Fri Jul 6 19:41:44 2007  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Bridget: Nice to hear from you again - I do like the new story!

Kristine: What about fantasy? It can be fun and very liberating to write soemthing where you create a new world.
Dated:Tue Jul 3 22:54:50 2007  

Name: Kristine
Message:Cora: I'm really stuck for ideas for new stories! I'm trying to decide if I should do another historical one, or a modern one. What do you think?
Dated:Tue Jul 3 22:12:26 2007  

Name: Kristine
Message:Cora: Yeah - I sent it at around half past two today. I'll re-send it now.
Dated:Sun Jul 1 16:39:08 2007  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Kristine: Have you sent it? If so, it hasn't arrived.
Dated:Sun Jul 1 16:07:13 2007  

Name: Kristine
Message:Cora: I've added in a first entry, and compressed the part about her siblings into one paragraph. It's a small alteration but it speeds up the start and helps me launch into the story faster. Do you think that will work?
Dated:Sun Jul 1 13:41:56 2007  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Kristine: Yes, I think that would work very well.
Dated:Fri Jun 29 20:32:32 2007  

Name: Kristine
Message:Cora: That sounds like a good idea. If I put that in, would I perhaps date it after the famine? And then go into the beginning I have now? (Once it's altered.)
Dated:Fri Jun 29 19:53:31 2007  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Kristine: Give it a try, but remember that I can be wrong.
What about starting with the diary - something like: 'When I was given this diary, I never knew what terrible things I would come to write it in it....' - perhaps something like that?
Dated:Fri Jun 29 18:54:03 2007  

Name: Kristine
Message:Cora: I have mixed feelings about the beginning of the story. I think I'll have to compromise, and re-write the beginning, leaving a little more to the imagination about the characters, their personalities and such, rather then have one character explain them all at the start...would that work a lot better, do you think?
Dated:Fri Jun 29 18:38:59 2007  

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